Baltimore County News
County agencies win 2016 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that four Baltimore County agencies have been awarded 2016 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).
“Baltimore Countians are lucky to have very dedicated and capable employees who are focused on improving County services and the overall quality of life in Baltimore County,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I congratulate these employees on developing award-winning programs that benefit our residents and will be looked to as national models by other jurisdictions,” he said.
The Baltimore County agencies that merited national recognition include:
- Department of Aging for their Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Community Resources Publication
- Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Schools for the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge
- Department of Aging for the Food for Thought Initiative
“These programs are truly exceptional and they exemplify good government and innovative thinking,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Vicki Almond.
Libraries and other locations offer relief from the heat
If you are looking for a cool environment with access to water and bathrooms, then Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” available where you can get relief from the heat.
During the months of May through September, Baltimore County Public Library has 19 convenient branches that are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or call 410-887-6100.
Baltimore County senior centers are also open to the general public, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 senior centers or call the Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County phone line at 410-887-2594.
There are also other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County:
- Community Centers
- Movie Theaters
- Neighbor's home with air conditioning
“Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where you can get relief from the heat, and I urge you to use them if you do not have air conditioning.”
To keep you and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat, use these hot weather tips:
- NEVER leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
- Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
- Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also provide your pet with plenty of water and sheltering.
- Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
- Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.
Empower yourself with tools to help keep older adults safe
Elder abuse is a serious, but often hidden, problem in our communities. One in eleven older adults in the U.S. is victim of physical, sexual or financial abuse, or neglectful care. But you can help to keep seniors safe by educating yourself and empowering the seniors in your life!
On June 15, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Baltimore County Department of Aging will mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) with a forum at the Sollers Point Multipurpose Center, located at 320 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk. Participants will learn how to identify elder abuse and connect seniors to help and support. The forum is open to the public and includes a continental breakfast and free gift.
After the forum, the County will host a free shred-a-thon in the Center’s parking lot from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The public is welcome to bring one box or bag of documents to be shredded to protect personal information from identity theft. The forum is hosted by Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today and sponsored by AARP. It is free and no registration is required. For the shred-a-thon, register at aarp.cvent.com/WEAADShred16 or call 877-926-8300.
For more information about WEAAD, contact 410-887-4200.