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  1. Kamenetz to Honor Henrietta Lacks’ Legacy in Turner Station on Saturday, July 29

    Program and Special Recognition Includes Free Movie Screening 

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is hosting a tribute to Henrietta Lacks next Saturday, July 29, in the Turner Station neighborhood where she lived. The program celebrates her legacy and will include a special and rare honor from the County Executive, as well as remarks from community leaders and a free screening of the movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring Oprah Winfrey.

    The program, which will take place at the Fleming Community Center, located at 641 Main Street in Turner Station, begins at 10 a.m. and includes refreshments. The public is welcome to attend.

    Sponsoring groups include the Lacks Family, Henrietta Lacks House of Healing, Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, Turner Station Conservation Teams, Fleming Senior Center Council, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. William Wade’s family, Baltimore County Department of Aging, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, The Kingdom Economic System and Turner Station Heritage Foundation Committee. Media sponsors for the event include Radio One and the Afro-American Newspaper.

    Henrietta Lacks has been called by some “the most important woman in medical history,”  despite the lack of recognition while she was alive. An African-American Dundalk resident who lived in Turner Station, Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting source of an immortalized line of cells that will reproduce indefinitely and continues to be a source of invaluable medical data today. Her cells were used to test the polio vaccine, were a basis for cloning and in vitro fertilization and are helping to develop anti-cancer drug therapies.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:22:00 GMT
  2. DPW to Host Public Workshop on Dumbarton Drainage Improvements

    Engineers Will Discuss Upcoming Storm Drains Project

    Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works will discuss local drainage improvements to Barton Oaks Road, Overbrook Road, Crossland Road and Fairway Road in the Dumbarton area as well as rehabilitation of existing culverts running beneath Barton Oaks Road, Overbrook Road, and Fairway Road (all near the Suburban Club of Baltimore County).

    To keep residents of this historic neighborhood abreast of design and construction discussions, County Engineers will hold a workshop on Wednesday, August 16 between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. at the Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

    During the meeting, residents will have an opportunity to discuss the project’s impact with engineers in an informal setting. For more information, contact James Ekeh, Project Engineer, or Sheldon Epstein, Section Chief, Bureau of Engineering at 410 887-3711.

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:14:00 GMT
  3. Grown Local

    by Charlie Dyjak, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

    Summer is here and with summer comes the opportunity to buy fresh produce at your local farmers market. Baltimore County is home to 12 different farmers markets approved by the Maryland Farmers Market Association, so there is always one close to home.










    Summer salads, BLTs, and seared vegetables are delicious summer entrees. When prepared with the fresh ingredients found at farmers markets, these dishes are out of this world. A good dish always starts with the best ingredients and the fresh, crisp tastes of locally grown produce cannot be matched.

    Pick up these fresh ingredients at your local farmers market for a quick, light tomato and cucumber summer salad.

    Cut 4 cucumbers into slices

    Chop 4 tomatoes into bite size pieces

    Dice a red onion

    Toss together in a bowl and drizzle on olive oil and red wine vinegar.

    Sprinkle in salt to your liking.

    If you want to go “recipe-free,” just buy a juicy peach or tomato and eat it whole. 

    Here are a dozen Baltimore County farmers markets to explore, from Catonsville to Dundalk to Hereford. Grab your market bag and get out your shopping list!

    Baltimore County Farmers Market
    Maryland State Fairgrounds, Wednesday: 10 am - 1 pm 

    Boordy Vineyards – Good Life Thursdays
    12820 Long Green Pike, Thursday: 3 pm – 7 pm 

    Catonsville Farmers Market
    5820 Edmondson Ave., Wednesday: 10 am – 1 pm 

    Catonsville Sunday Farmers Market
    730 Frederick Road, Sunday: 10 am - 1:30 pm 

    Dundalk Village Farmers Market
    44 Shipping Place, Saturday: 7 am - 12:30 pm 

    Eastpoint Farmers Market
    7839 Eastern Ave., Wednesday: 9 am – 2 pm

    Hereford Farmers Market
    17004 York Road, Saturday: 9 am – noon

    Kenilworth Farmers Market
    798 Kenilworth Drive, Tuesday: 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. 

    Pikesville Farmers Market
    1700 Reisterstown Road, Tuesday: 2 pm - 6 pm

    Randallstown Farmers Market/Liberty Road
    8604 Liberty Road, Wednesday: 1 pm – 5 pm

    The Avenue at White Marsh Farmers Market
    8215 Honeygo Blvd., Friday: 10 am – 1 pm

    Towson Farmers Market

    17 Allegheny Avenue, Thursday: 11 am – 3 pm 



    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:31:00 GMT
  4. Baltimore County’s Historic Investment in Aging Infrastructure

    By Steve Walsh, Director, Baltimore County Department of Public Works

    Keeping safe and healthy means fighting for clean air and water and serving as good stewards of our land. With 200 miles of waterfront and 2,000 miles of streams and tributaries in Baltimore County, we consider protection of the environment a sacred trust.

    When you are a diverse county of more than 831,000 people in a region of over 2.8 million residents, the balance between thoughtful development and preserving environmental resources is one of the major responsibilities of government. We take this responsibility very seriously in Baltimore County.

    It’s not just a local issue. Across the country, infrastructure that was built in the 1950s is strained. Water and sewer pipes that were installed decades ago are literally bursting at the seams, increasing the number of water main breaks and waste overflows.

    To put the scale of the issue into local perspective, there are 3,160 miles of sewer lines plus 2,139 miles of water lines in Baltimore County alone. Sixty percent of the County's water and sewer pipes are more than 50 years old, which is the average life span of a water and sewer pipe. More than half of all the County's pipes were installed before 1970, with the greatest percentage installed in the 1950s.

    We could sit and wait for a major environmental disaster. But, Baltimore County is moving forward, modernizing our crumbling infrastructure with an historic $1.6 billion investment in water and sewer system upgrades.

    “These ongoing improvements must be made to protect our citizens, now and for the next generation. As a responsible government, we must bite the bullet now and not kick the can down the road," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.     

    In 2005, Baltimore County entered into a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment to address these pressing needs. Baltimore County has invested over a billion dollars in water and sewer infrastructure, inspecting hundreds of miles of pipe, rebuilding pumping stations, replacing old lines and monitoring the system. Traditional overflow points have been sealed. Replacement lines have been built to accommodate increased capacity. Sanitary overflows are turning the corner with reductions in annual incidents. All of the County’s major pumping stations have been rebuilt and modernized. The County is on schedule to meet its consent decree obligations and is in good standing.

    The County implements a rigorous preventive schedule for inspecting, cleaning and monitoring our entire water and sewer system. When a new development is proposed, we carefully evaluate our capacity to be sure we do not overload the system.  

    Every community should expect - and deserves - clean water and safe sewer systems. Infrastructure is a shared benefit. Responsible stewardship of our environmental resources is a shared responsibility.  

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:50:00 GMT
  5. Stay safe and tick-free

    by Steve Walsh, Director, Baltimore County Department of Public Works

    The danger from tick bites affects anyone who goes outdoors, from to hikers to public works crews to folks enjoying a barbeque in the backyard.

    Road crews, utility crews, surveyors and engineers have considerable contact with the out-of-doors and are under a real threat from deer and bear ticks, especially during the hot summer months. Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works trains its employees about the dangers of tick bites.

    We teach our crews what to watch for, instruct them how to navigate woods and fields safely, and walk employees through health and safety steps if they think they’ve been bitten.

    Our common sense instruction is intended for employees, but it applies to everyone.

    Steering clear of tick bites

    • First, the obvious: avoid tick infested areas.
    • Wear light-colored clothing in woods or fields so that you can spot ticks.
    • Tuck pants legs into socks; tuck shirts into pants.
    • Tape the areas where pants and socks meet.
    • Wear a hat.
    • Spray insect repellent.
    • Walk in the center of a trail when possible.
    • Inspect your skin after hiking.
    • Regularly check your pets for ticks and carefully remove any you find.

    Here’s how the Centers for Disease Control suggests you safely remove and dispose of a tick.

    Tick bites are serious business. Although only two to three percent are infectious in Maryland, tick bites can lead to a range of medical problems including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Early symptoms can include fatigue, chills, fever, joint pain and skin rash within a few weeks of a bite. Many symptoms are common to other diseases, and a professional opinion is a good rule of thumb.

    Stay safe and tick-free.

    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:20:00 GMT
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