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  1. County crews stops sanitary sewer overflow in Cockeysville

    Water contact advisory for Beaver Dam Run and tributary

    At approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, County utility workers discovered a break in a temporary sewer pipeline just north of Padonia Road.  Equipment and construction material were brought to the site and repairs began Tuesday to address the sanitary overflow, which was halted Wednesday morning at approximately 11 a.m. The volume of discharge as a result of the broken line has not yet been determined, but is expected to be significant.

    Several intermittent sanitary sewer overflows, resulting from the single pipe failure, occurred at two sites: the site of the break itself on Beaver Dam Road, just north of Padonia and near a tributary to Beaver Dam Run, and a site south of Ashland Road between York Road and Western Run. The overflow near Ashland Road occurred as a necessary part of the process to repair the line at Beaver Dam Road.

    The public is advised to avoid contact with the water. The Baltimore County Department of Health is monitoring water quality in Beaver Dam Run and the tributary and has issued a water contact advisory and will update the situation as needed on their website:

    Further details on the cause of the overflow and the total volume of discharge will be published as they become available.

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:43:00 GMT
  2. Health Department to host Behavioral Health Town Hall Meeting and Health Fair

    Free public event offers information and resources

    The Baltimore County Department of Health will hold its 17th Annual Behavioral Health Town Hall Meeting and Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 19 at Oregon Ridge Park’s Lodge (13401 Beaver Dam Road) in Cockeysville, Maryland.

    The purpose of this event is to provide participants with information about tobacco cessation and peer recovery support while:

    • Learning about behavioral health resources in Baltimore County.
    • Receiving information and resources on wellness and health-related topics from panelists.
    • Participating in a question and answer open forum.
    • Hearing from keynote speaker Carlos DiClemente, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

    Behavioral Health disorders are common health conditions that impact many County residents. Baltimore County has a comprehensive network of mental health and substance abuse services including outpatient, residential, rehabilitation, case management, and crisis services, as well as specialized programs for both children and adults. Over 19,000 clients a year receive services in the Baltimore County behavioral health system.

    The event is free and open to the public. For additional information about this event, contact Venus Rankin-Waters, LCSW-C with the Department of Health at 410-887-3828 or To reserve a vendor table, contact Susan Parks with the Mental Health Association of Maryland at 410-235-1178 ext. 205 or

    For information on behavioral health services in Baltimore County, call 410-887-3828 or visit

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:17:00 GMT
  3. County to Make Major Improvements at Intersection of Towsontown Boulevard and Osler Drive

    - Upgrades to ease congestion near hospitals and Towson University

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County is moving forward with improvements to the intersection of Towsontown Boulevard and Osler Drive just north of Towson University. Following discussions with the university and three nearby medical institutions, the County has initiated a project to improve traffic flow and enhance pedestrian and driving safety with an upgraded signal, additional sidewalks and a 16-foot road widening, which will permit a double left-turn lane on to Osler Drive.

    “We appreciate the collaboration of these thriving Towson institutions as we all work together to bring a new vibrancy to downtown Towson,” said Kamenetz. “This roadway improvement helps provide for the significant growth that continues in Towson.”

    The first phase of construction was completed today, including widening Towsontown Boulevard and installing sidewalks west of Osler Drive. In early 2017, the Department of Public Works will install a new sanitary sewer line in Towsontown Boulevard in the vicinity of Osler Drive. This construction is expected to take approximately three months to complete.

    At the end of the school year, the next phase of the roadway widening project will start in May and run through August, with the installation of retaining walls on the north side of Towsontown Boulevard east and west of Osler Drive, followed by the 16-foot roadway widening.

    The roadway improvements are a partnership between Baltimore County and Towson University, along with its neighboring medical institutions – Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Sheppard Pratt Health System and University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The County will contribute $1.7 million, which is 75% of the $2.3 million estimated cost, with the remaining cost to be shared between the university and the three hospitals. 

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:37:00 GMT
  4. Job readiness training for young adults expands

    $1 million grant to CCBC will provide educational programming, employment services

    Jobs are out there for young adults who have left school. But some young people have not yet mastered the work values that make them job ready.   

    Comprehensive educational programming and employment services will be expanded to Baltimore County young adults through $1 million in federal funds awarded by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development to the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). 

    “Too many employers tell us they are actively looking for workers, but often find some young adults need additional training and mentoring in order to be successful in the workplace. This substantial grant to CCBC engages one of our best educational resources to help young adults bridge the gaps and move forward with their careers,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.        

    Candidates ages 17 to 24 who are out of school will have the opportunity to participate in a  bridge program where they will explore and learn about work values, social and life barriers, industry and careers, financial literacy, conflict and anger management, problem solving, time management, job readiness and successful study skills. Eligible participants will also engage in creating individualized life plans, which may include earning a Maryland high school diploma or a continuing education workforce credential, taking credit classes and/or obtaining employment. Case managers, mentors and coaches will provide guidance throughout the program. 

    "We are extremely excited about this new initiative that will make a positive difference in young people’s lives,” remarked CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “At CCBC, we can provide these students with a whole-learning experience that will give them greater confidence in making educational, career and life choices.”

    “For many years, CCBC has been a workforce engine, including innovations in our K-12 system with early college and dual enrollment,” said Will Anderson, Director of Economic and Workforce Development. “We are confident that the youth CCBC will serve will not only reach their program goals, but will benefit from exposure to college and life-long learning.”

    Baltimore County awarded the $1 million grant to CCBC through a competitive selection process. 

    County wide orientation sessions will introduce candidates to CCBC and the college’s resources and provide an overview of new workforce programing. Program orientations begin October 18.

    For more information about orientation sessions and program enrollment, contact the Community College of Baltimore County at or call 443-840-5671.  

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:15:00 GMT
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