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Baltimore County is making its case to PayPal as the location of choice for a 400-person global operations center the financial tech firm recently withdrew from North Carolina.

“You keep expanding your Hunt Valley Global Operations Site in the heart of our central business corridor, and frankly, we love it,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a letter to PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman.   

Kamenetz noted the growth of PayPal and other financial and tech companies in Baltimore County including T. Rowe Price, Bank of America, ADP and Dunbar Security Solutions.

“We have the financial, cyber, software engineering and experienced operations talent ready for PayPal to recruit. Our workforce development team already has helped the PayPal Hunt Valley operations center successfully find qualified workers,” added Kamenetz. “With rapid communications connecting operations centers to the world, it makes sense for PayPal to consider expanding its Hunt Valley operations. We look forward to the conversation.”

Bill Me Later, purchased by eBay/PayPal in 2008, was founded by Baltimore financial technology entrepreneurs. PayPal and eBay split into two companies in 2015.


Aims to Boost Residential Tree Canopy

Homeowners can get great deals through the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability’s 11th bi-annual Big Trees Sale. The sale is designed to encourage people to help increase the County’s tree canopy by planting in residential areas.

“Planting big native trees is something positive you can do, for your community and the environment – they beautify your yard and boost your property values, and their shade can cut your energy costs, their roots help keep stormwater from running off into our waterways and their leaves help clean carbon from the atmosphere,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. 

Each spring and fall, the Big Trees Sale features a selection of native trees supplied by Baltimore County’s reforestation nursery. Big Trees are Maryland native species such as oaks and maples that grow taller and cast shade over a wider area than smaller trees such as dogwoods and flowering cherries. They need room to grow and take longer to mature, but they provide greater and longer-lasting benefits to homeowners when properly sited. Big Trees species generally outperform smaller ornamental tree species in terms of environmental benefits, with their greater ability to soak up excess rainwater, save energy through shading, remove atmospheric carbon, and add to property values.

To date, more than 650 citizens have planted nearly 3,400 big trees purchased though this program. This year’s sale will take place at the Baltimore County EPS Reforestation Nursery, located at 7131 Brinkmans Road, Middle River, Maryland 21220. Baltimore County residents can order Big Trees online now and pick up trees on the last early pick up day, or at the nursery on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The last sale date is open to the public, where residents can purchase any remaining trees and non-County residents can purchase up to two trees.

Please note that only cash or checks can be accepted as forms of payment. 

Eight different species are still available for the spring sale. Depending on the species, trees are anywhere from four to seven feet tall and are offered for $20 to $30 each. The Big Trees website (www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bigtrees) has pictures and descriptions of each species to help residents find the right tree for their property. EPS is also offering tree shelter kits to better protect the trees from deer browsing and buck rubbing.

EPS encourages people to order trees as soon as possible before species sell out. The last day to order online is Wednesday, May 11.  Non-County residents can buy trees that were not pre-ordered at the Saturday, May 14th sale, not to exceed two trees per customer. Trees must be ordered online using the online order form at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bigtrees

Species Still Available for the Spring Sale:

  • Black Oak
  • Chestnut Oak
  • Pin Oak
  • Red Oak
  • River Birch
  • Pignut Hickory
  • Scarlet Oak
  • Swamp White Oak

Any questions about the Big Trees sale may be emailed to EPS at bigtrees@baltimorecountymd.gov


Outdoor Clinics Offer Vaccinations for $8

Keep your pet and your family safe this fall by taking advantage of Baltimore County Department of Health’s low-cost rabies vaccination clinics. The outdoor clinics are scheduled from May 7 through June 12 at nine sites. Vaccinations protect domestic animals and humans from rabies, which is a potentially fatal disease.

Vaccinations are $8 and available to cats, dogs and ferrets owned by County residents. The clinics will be held rain or shine. Animals receiving rabies shots must be at least 12 weeks old. All animals must be on leashes or in carriers. Due to time constraints, safety and escape risk, uncontrollable animals will not be vaccinated during the clinics. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. All cats must be contained in a properly sized, escape-proof carrier. Exact change is appreciated, as cash and checks will be the only forms of payment accepted.

Baltimore County law requires pets to be licensed and for rabies vaccinations to be kept up-to-date. Other precautions against rabies include obeying leash laws and avoiding contact with wild animals or unknown domestic animals. If your pet has had contact with a wild animal, notify your veterinarian. Additionally, if you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, seek medical attention.

Bite and scratch exposures from any animal to a human or pet exposure to wildlife are also reportable to the local Health Department, Police Department or Animal Control authority. For additional information on how to protect your pet against rabies, contact Baltimore County Animal Services at 410-887-PAWS (7297).


 
 

Revised April 6, 2016