Baltimore County Now
Features Santa, Towson U. Marching Band, Holiday Musical Performers
Baltimore County's Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place next Friday, November 20, at 6 p.m.
It will be held in the downtown Towson shopping district at Olympian Park, located at the corner of Allegheny Avenue and the traffic circle. This year’s festivities will include a holiday performance by the 250-member Towson University Marching Band, Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck, free hot chocolate and pastries, and holiday musical performances.
Musical performers include the Perry Hall Middle School Choir and the Anna Apicella School of Dance.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will preside over the official lighting of the Baltimore County Christmas tree at approximately 6:20 p.m.
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Immediately following the tree lighting, the Towson Chamber of Commerce will host a Santa's Workshop featuring free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as holiday musical performances. Santa's Workshop is located across York Road from Olympian Park at 1 E. Joppa Road (next to Barnes and Noble). Parents should bring their own cameras if they'd like photos of their children with Santa
Temporary Road Closure and Free Parking
To accommodate the event, Allegheny Avenue will be closed to traffic from Washington Avenue to the traffic circle from 4 until approximately 8:30 p.m., that evening.
Mid-Atlantic Properties will offer free parking from 5 to 9 p.m., at 111 Allegheny Avenue.
Thank You to Event Sponsors
The event is organized by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Baltimore County Government. Sponsors include 101.9 Lite FM, Mid-Atlantic Properties, Zerodraft, Trends, the Baltimore Sun Media Group and Towson Circle. Refreshments are being provided by the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, Sheraton Baltimore North, La Cakerie and Cunningham’s Kitchen.
A Season of Celebrations in Towson
The Christmas tree lighting event kicks off the Towson Chamber of Commerce’s WinterFest 2015 – a series of holiday-themed events that serves as an open invitation for families to visit restaurants and shops while seeing the new developments around the Towson community. Members of the community are encouraged to come down and get acquainted with the talking reindeer Beau and Tinsel, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have breakfast with Frosty and the Grinch, create holiday gifts in Santa’s Workshop, and participate in many other festive activities!
For more information about this event and Towson Winterfest, a month-long series of holiday events, contact the Towson Chamber of Commerce online or call them at 410-825-1144.
Appeal to Governor on Statehouse Steps to Release $68 Million for Maryland's Children
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner, and Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice (representing Montgomery County Executive Isaiah “Ike” Leggett) on the steps of the State House this morning to call on Governor Larry Hogan to release $68 million in education funding that has been appropriated by the General Assembly.
'It is About Children'
“In Baltimore County, we believe deeply in fiscal responsibility. We are a county that has not raised the property tax in 27 years or the income tax in 23 years. We are one of only 38 counties in the nation with a triple A bond rating. We walk the walk when it comes to fiscal accountability, said Kamenetz. “But this action by the Governor has nothing to do with fiscal responsibility. The state is now projecting an end-of-year surplus of $519.7 million. Even after releasing these funds and increasing funding for state pensions, the state would still have nearly $400 million in surplus above the additional $814 in its own rainy day fund. This is not about fiscal responsibility. It is about children.”
“The money that the state withheld from our schools could have helped our children in so many ways – smaller classroom sizes, expanded after school opportunities, greater access to technology, additional summer programs, more arts and advanced academics,” said Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “It is time for the Governor to release this funding and demonstrate his commitment to invest in our children and our schools.”
"As elected officials, it is our responsibility to make sure that we keep the promise of public education," said Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner. "Education must remain the path to opportunity and prosperity for all our students, regardless of their circumstances."
"There is nothing more important than in investing in our children's education," said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. "The nearly $18 million we should receive under GCEI is critical."
Surplus Funds Can Supply Resources
“Earlier this year, Governor Hogan cut $20 million from Prince George’s County Public Schools. This is revenue our schools need to maintain and reduce class size, retain experienced and qualified teachers and adequately prepare our students to compete in the increasingly global economy,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “School system after school system has repeatedly demonstrated the hardship that will occur if the Governor does not provide these needed funds. It is inexplicable to us that the Hogan Administration would not use surplus funds to give our children and schools the resources they have relied on for nearly a decade. I am proud to lend my voice to the chorus of local and state officials as well as education and community leaders who are calling for the Governor to release this funding immediately. Anything less would be unfair to the children and families of Maryland.”
Owings Mills and Towson Development, Responsible Pet Ownership, Lead Paint Hazards and Resources
The November edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights the following topics:
Update on Owings Mills and Towson – County Executive Kevin Kamenetz shares the latest on major development and upgrades underway in Towson and Owings Mills.
Responsible Pet Ownership – County veterinarian Dr. Melissa Jones shares resources for pet owners and adoption opportunities for all (with a special Pets for Vets promotion all month for veterans). Spoiler alert – adorable kittens co-star in this segment!
Lead Paint Poisoning – Did you know that any pre-1978 home could have dangerous lead paint? Get the facts and learn about resources to protect your family.
View streaming video of the Hello Baltimore County shows.
In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:
- Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
- Tuesdays: Noon, 9 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
- Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
- Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
- Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.