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Red "Seasons Greetings" Bags
Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking.
Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend, November 26 to 29, and December 20 to 25. Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh and Dundalk.
"A little relief at the parking meter during the busiest days of the holiday season makes it easier to support locally owned shops and restaurants,” said Kamenetz. “These small businesses help support the neighborhood economy.”
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz encouraged local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.
Central to Our Outstanding Quality of Life
From the stage of the historic Hippodrome Theatre in west Baltimore, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz called for County residents to come out and support the world class arts and cultural attractions in Baltimore City.
“Those of us who live in Baltimore County know how important the city is to the entire region. We benefit from the exceptional arts and cultural attractions just down the road from county residents,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Let’s stand together in support of our neighbors.”
Kamenetz noted that last year Baltimore County residents visited Baltimore City arts and cultural attractions over 687,000 times.“That is why Baltimore County provided $2.8 million in grants this year to support arts, sciences and humanities non-profits in the Baltimore region. The Walters, the National Aquarium, Center Stage and the Baltimore Symphony are as central to our outstanding quality of life as the Orioles and the Ravens.”
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake applauded this regional call to support Baltimore City cultural attractions.
“We are all one region. There is so much good in Baltimore City that is good for Baltimore County, and vice versa," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "I appreciate the County Executive's recognition of that fact and his efforts to encourage Baltimore County residents to support the amazing array of arts opportunities in Baltimore City."
Special County Tourism Web Page
Baltimore County has created a special page on its tourism website, www.enjoybaltimorecounty.com/BaltimoreArts with quick links to information about Baltimore City arts and cultural attractions.
“I believe in leading by example. I look forward to seeing many Baltimore County residents in the city as my wife Jill, my sons and I continue to enjoy what’s special about living here,” said Kamenetz.
City Arts Leaders Applaud Program, Invite All to Enjoy
"Baltimore County has always provided the backbone to cultural Baltimore, via their passion, attendance and financial commitment to the arts. Nothing says, ‘One Baltimore’ better than the global language of arts and music,” said Rebecca Hoffberger, founder-director, American Visionary Art Museum.
“We are delighted that County Executive Kamenetz is encouraging county residents to enjoy the city’s many wonderful cultural attractions,” said Clair Zamoiski Segal, chair, BMA Board of Trustees. “The BMA is looking forward to showcasing all of its beautiful renovations, gorgeous collection galleries, and new exhibitions—and we want to remind everyone that general admission is always free.”
“We will always be grateful for the continuing support of Baltimore County residents,” said Don Hutchinson, president and CEO of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. “So many residents are members and visitors to the Zoo. We hear from visitors that they really enjoy spending time with their family and friends in the Zoo, unplugged from their computers and televisions, talking to one another about the experiences they are having here.”
“I wish to extend a special thanks to County Executive Kamenetz and the County government for remaining committed to the arts in Baltimore City,” said Julia Marciari-Alexander, the Andrea B. and John H. Laporte director of the Walters Art Museum.
“We are grateful for the incredible support Baltimore County gives to Center Stage, especially in regard to our upcoming temporary move to Towson University,” said Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. “We’re looking forward to bringing professional theater to the doorsteps of Baltimore County residents, and welcoming them back to the city next year to a completely renovated building.”
“Port Discovery Children's Museum is proud to provide the children and families of Baltimore County the opportunity to connect purposeful play and learning through our educational, interactive exhibits and programs. We join County Executive Kamenetz in inviting you to come down and imagine, play, learn and grow in our nationally recognized children's museum,” said Bryn Parchman, executive director of Port Discovery.
“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and we could not thank the residents and leadership of Baltimore County enough for being our biggest and most loyal supporters for an entire century! We welcome everyone to join us at the Meyerhoff this holiday season and beyond, and look forward to uplifting the hearts of our audience for many more years to come,” said Paul Meecham, president and CEO, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
$2.8 Million in County Grants Support City Arts and Cultural Organizations
Arts, Sciences and Humanities Organizations in Baltimore City Serving the Region–FY2016
- American Visionary Art Museum
- Bach in Baltimore
- B&O Railroad Museum
- Baltimore Choral Arts Society
- Baltimore Clayworks
- Baltimore Museum of Art
- Baltimore Museum of Industry
- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
- Baltimore Theatre Project
- Center Stage
- Concert Artists of Baltimore
- Creative Alliance
- Everyman Theatre
- Handel Choir
- Hippodrome Foundation
- Historic Ships in Baltimore
- Jewish Museum of Maryland
- Living Classrooms
- Lyric Opera
- Maryland Art Place
- Maryland Historical Society
- Maryland Science Center
- Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
- National Aquarium
- Port Discovery Children’s Museum
- Reginald F. Lewis Museum
- Star Spangled Banner Flag House
- Walters Art Museum
Facility Brings 60 Jobs to Dundalk
QRS of Maryland, LLC, a joint venture between QRS and Canusa-Hershman Recycling Company, has opened a one-of-a kind recycling facility in Dundalk to separate and recycle post-consumer household plastics.
The $15 million plant, with more than $10 million in high-tech processing equipment, will create 60 full-time jobs at capacity.
“QRS of Maryland brings new jobs, new investment and a steady stream of plastics recycling that will help us all live in a more environmentally-friendly way,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Dundalk’s central Mid-Atlantic location, transportation and distribution routes are a perfect fit for the growing domestic plastic recycling business.”
The facility is expected to help divert tens of thousands of tons annually from landfills and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to the Closed Loop Fund, an impact investment fund that makes below-market loans for recycling infrastructure. The QRS plant in Dundalk, Maryland is the first full recycling facility investment by the Fund, which has established partnerships with major corporations including Procter & Gamble, 3M, WalMart and Johnson and Johnson.
"Our newest Plastic Recovery Facility in Baltimore County provides communities and recyclers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions with a reliable, domestic processing solution for mixed, post-consumer plastic containers,” said Greg Janson, CEO of QRS.
New Technology Will Increase Reuse of Raw Materials
The QRS plant combines technology that for the first time will be able to both separate products by resin type and repurpose them into raw materials for new products and packaging. The facility incorporates the latest optical scanning and cleaning equipment and is able to process 4,500 tons of materials every month – nearly double the capacity of what’s presently available domestically.
“With this new plant, QRS of Maryland is helping to re-shore the plastic manufacturing business to the United States. With reliable, large quantities of sorted and cleaned plastic available for re-use, manufacturers can more easily expand product lines using recycled plastic,” added County Executive Kamenetz.
County Helping with Job Recruitment
Baltimore County is assisting QRS as they recruit workers for the plant. “Our career centers in Eastpoint, Liberty Road and Hunt Valley can help job seekers interested in working at the QRS plant,” said Will Anderson, Director of the Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
Information on Baltimore County American Job Center locations and job seeker services can be found online.