Baltimore County News
Kamenetz Proclaims Today Arbor Day in Baltimore County
Baltimore County has once again been recognized on a national level for its success in promoting the benefits of trees for communities. This is the 12th year that the County received this noteworthy designation by the national Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“We invest a lot of time and resources in maintaining the health of our existing forest resources and with an aggressive reforestation program,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We appreciate this recognition and are proud to continue our designation as a Tree City USA,” said Kamenetz.
Each year Tree City USA communities celebrate Arbor Day as a day for citizens to plant trees in recognition of the multiple benefits they provide for a healthy environment and livable communities. Communities are nominated for the award if they proclaim Arbor Day, have a tree protection ordinance and a forestry agency, and expend at least $2 per capita on tree programs. The County exceeded that requirement, allocating some $2.5 million toward tree planting and tree care Countywide in Fiscal Year 2015.
Today is Arbor Day in Baltimore County
County Executive Kamenetz also proclaimed today, April 6 as Arbor Day in Baltimore County. Nationally, Arbor Day is April 29 this year, as proclaimed by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
March 31 Community Forum is Open to All
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will hold his tenth community forum as part of an ongoing effort to interact directly with Baltimore County residents and community leaders. This latest Coffee with Kevin will be held for communities in the greater Reisterstown area.
The forum will take place Thursday, March 31 at the Reisterstown Senior Center, located at 12035 Reisterstown Road, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., with a question and answer session beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public without pre-registration and coffee and donuts will be provided. The County Executive regularly hosts these gatherings in communities all around the beltway.
“I am very pleased that County Executive Kamenetz is visiting Reisterstown. It’s a nice way for people to get to talk directly with him about local issues and also find out what is happening with the County as a whole,” said Bernadette Hill, President of the Reisterstown Senior Center Council.
“The Reisterstown community is looking forward to having coffee and conversation with County Executive Kamenetz and sharing our perspective on the priorities of our downtown business district. We very much welcome the opportunity for this type of personal communication with our County Executive,” said Glenn Barnes, President of the Reisterstown Improvement Association.
"These community forums have been very helpful, both to me and, I believe, to the community members who attend," said Kamenetz. "We are a large county and each area has its own charm and its own priorities. This has been a great way to connect with people directly and learn about their neighborhoods and their specific ideas and concerns.”
These forums are part of Baltimore County's ongoing efforts to increase transparency and responsiveness in government. The County is using social media to communicate directly with the public through Facebook and Twitter to share current and timely information with citizens. "More and more, people go to social media for up to the minute news and information. We encourage everyone to stay connected with County government online and through our social media platforms," concluded Kamenetz.
The March edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights the following topics:
Black History Month Museum Tour – Join us for a video tour of the Diggs-Johnson Museum and learn about their educational programs.
Saving Lives, Treating Addiction – County Executive Kamenetz announces new initiatives to fight heroin and opioid addiction. Find out more.
Baltimore CASH Campaign – Find out if you qualify for free tax prep and financial services.
To view streaming video of the show, go to the Hello Baltimore County page.
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: 12 p.m., 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.
Revised April 6, 2016