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County Executive Kamenetz and Khizr Khan Joined Community and Religious Leaders Calling for Preserving American Values of Equal Rights 

Patriot Plaza in Towson came alive as a diverse crowd of people answered Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s “A Call for Unity” at a regional rally featuring Gold Star Family Member Khizr Khan.

The rally, co-hosted by the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, featured Kamenetz, Khan and dozens of community, religious and cultural leaders who took to the stage to bring awareness to the importance of diversity and of eradicating discrimination and hatred in the Baltimore area and around the country.

Kamenetz proclaimed July 12 as Unity Day in Baltimore County and presented Khan with an Executive Citation for standing up for the Constitutional rights of immigrants by promoting fairness, equality and human rights for all.

Khan, the father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who lost his life in 2004 serving in Iraq, spoke passionately about the right of equal treatment for all citizens and presented Kamenetz with a pocket sized copy of the U.S. Constitution.  

Referencing Baltimore County’s diverse population and his April 5 Executive Order on Law Enforcement Standards on Immigration Status, Diversity and Equity, Kamenetz said, “In Baltimore County, we are standing up to those who seek to divide us,” and, “the true measure of a government is how we treat the downtrodden, those who are most vulnerable.”

Khan spoke at length, sharing how he and his wife suffered persecution in other countries and how they decided to speak out against injustices here, particularly protecting the rights of immigrant children. “The divisiveness and discrimination threatening our communities is totally un-American,” he said. “America is a place of equal protection, equal dignity and plurality where all citizens are treated equally. If you go to the darkest corners of the world and share with them the values of the United States, enlisted in our Constitution, they all wish to come here. It is that standard that I hope the rest of the nation will celebrate.”

A lively crowd of attendees showed their support by chanting, ringing cowbells and applauding speakers from the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, Commission for Women, Amigos of Baltimore County, the Islamic Society of Baltimore, Bridge Maryland and clergy from multiple denominations.

The event was also supported by the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Baltimore County NAACP, the AL Farooq Foundation, Daryl Bass, the Greater Baltimore Muslim Council and the Islamic Society of Baltimore. 

Photos from the event are available online at https://flic.kr/s/aHskZj6hqi. Please feel free to share them. 


July 27 Evening Event to Highlight Prequalification Process 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County is hosting an evening workshop on its prequalification and procurement processes to help smaller firms — especially minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises — bid on County contracts for professional services and capital construction.

“We want to encourage companies new to the government contracting arena to get involved in County projects like upgrading our schools and infrastructure and enhancing our waterways and parks,” Kamenetz said. The County Executive will speak at the workshop, providing details and updates on the County’s prequalification process.

July 27 Workshop to Help Potential Bidders Become Prequalified for County Contracts

The event, which will take place on Thursday, July 27 at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, features a 4 p.m. networking reception followed by a 5 p.m. program and break-out sessions by project category. The workshop is geared toward busy contractors, offering them the opportunity to learn about the prequalification process, potential contracting opportunities, surety bonding requirements, and more.

For additional information about the Prequalification Overview and Revisions Workshop, interested businesses may contact Carla Tucker, Minority and Small Business Marketing Manager, Baltimore County Government at ctucker@baltimorecountymd.gov or call (410) 887- 3119.


The updated library features new, enclosed spaces and upgraded technology

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Library Director Paula Miller are pleased to announce that the Randallstown Branch has reopened after an extensive renovation and technology upgrade. The library closed for renovation on January 29.

Amenities and features of the Randallstown Branch include a large reservable meeting room (capacity 221), newly enclosed children and teen spaces, four study rooms, free WiFi, 33 public desktop computers, one children’s computer, and a large collection of print and audio-visual library materials. New shelving, comfortable seating, signage and updated public restrooms complement the modernized space.

The branch also features a Center of Excellence, the COLAB, which is a technology/maker cooperative space that includes items such as 20+ laptop computers, an HTC Vive virtual reality system, Microsoft HoloLens holographic computer, PlayStation 4 console with VR Bundle and games, Sphero SPRK and Ollie robots, and snap circuits. On the horizon for the branch are a Kano build-it-yourself computer with coding kit and a 3D printer.

“We thank our customers for their patience as we renovated the Randallstown Branch to bring 21st century library services to the community,” said BCPL Director Paula Miller. “In addition to books and electronic resources, this update allows us to provide transformative experiences and user-friendly spaces that make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.”

A collaborative effort of BCPL and Baltimore County Government, this $1.1 million project was funded in part through a grant from the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services.

“This $1.1 million project has transformed the popular Randallstown Branch into a state-of-the-art community hub for people to access technology and benefit from a larger collection of library materials, great children and teen spaces, an attractive meeting room and so much more,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Branch programs resume on Saturday, July 1 from 2-3 p.m. with the Build a Better World Science Show with Science Guys of Baltimore. Starting on Monday, July 3, the Randallstown Branch will begin its weekday Lunch and Learn series, where children 18 and under will enjoy crafts or fun hands-on learning experiences along with free boxed lunches.

Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) has served the citizens of Baltimore County since 1948. With 19 branches throughout Baltimore County, BCPL empowers and engages individuals for a more inclusive and connected Baltimore County community, and provides opportunities to explore, learn, create and connect. In addition to loaning books, library card holders may borrow DVDs, music, e-books and gain access to our research databases. Branches provide computer and internet access, job search assistance and offer a multitude of daily learning programs for adults and children. For more information about branches and services, visit bcpl.info or follow BCPL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016