Baltimore County News
Baltimore County Presents An Independence Day Extravaganza on July 3 at Oregon Ridge Park
Through a joint effort between the Baltimore Symphony Musicians, the Baltimore County Office of the County Executive and the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore County will host an Independence Day Extravaganza, featuring symphonic music and fireworks at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at Oregon Ridge Park.
Despite the previously announced cancellation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) summer season, the concert will proceed as scheduled, but will be offered as a free event to attendees.
“This event is important to Baltimore County and my administration was committed to making sure residents still have the opportunity to celebrate July 4 at Oregon Ridge,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. “I’m excited and thankful to the Baltimore Symphony Musicians for their willingness to participate in this year’s event despite the current challenges.”
About the Program
A portion of the event will be funded using money that had been allocated as grant funds for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The full symphonic program will be led by Jacomo Bairos, music director of the Amarillo Symphony and recent guest conductor of such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops and the National Symphony Orchestra. Bairos will lead a program of patriotic-themed orchestral works, featuring music by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and John Williams, in addition to traditional marches. As in past presentations, the program with conclude with Tchaikovsky’s stirring "1812 Overture" along with a thrilling fireworks display.
“The BSO has performed outdoor concerts at Oregon Ridge since 1977 and the Baltimore Symphony Musicians are honored to work with County officials to maintain a presence for 2019,” says Baltimore Symphony Musicians’ community outreach coordinator and oboist Michael Lisicky. “The Baltimore Symphony Musicians are committed to being the hometown band for our city, state and Baltimore County, and this year is no different,” states Baltimore Symphony Musicians’ Committee co-chair and percussionist Brian Prechtl.
Ticket and Parking Information
The event will also feature food trucks and music from the Lutherville Music School. Admission is free but tickets are required for entry. Children three and under do not need a ticket. Get your tickets or learn more about the Independence Day Extravaganza.
Parking will be available onsite at Oregon Ridge and at the Agriculture Center on Shawan Road. Accessibility parking will be available at Oregon Ridge. There will be no parking at the Timonium Fairgrounds this year. There will be no rain date.
The 2019 Independence Day Extravaganza is made possible by Baltimore County and the Baltimore Symphony Musicians. Additional logistical support for this event is provided by the Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-543.Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:19:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-executive-olszewski-announces-free-concert-featuring-baltimore-symphony-musicians
Schools Earned $18,000 in Environmental Literacy Grants and Technology Prizes
Some 5,000 students and community volunteers have made Baltimore County a cleaner and greener place by participating in this year’s Team Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge. County Executive Johnny Olszewski, BCPS Superintendent Verletta White and Debbie Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, announced this morning that 17 County public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in 242 litter clean-ups that collected 2,400 bags of trash around the County this school year.
At an awards ceremony yesterday morning at Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School in Edgemere, County Executive Olszewski encouraged the audience of students and faculty to think about where litter ends up. “The wind and rain washes litter into the storm drains, which lead to our streams and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay,” he said. “Litter not only looks bad in our neighborhoods, it also pollutes our waterways—and that’s harmful to wildlife, fishermen, boaters and our environment.”
“The Clean Green 15 Challenge is a hands-on, simple way for our students to protect the environment as they express pride in their schools and their communities,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White.
Clean Green 15 Results
Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools
The 2018 to 2019 school year program resulted in 242 clean-ups conducted by 4,955 volunteers who picked up 2,394 bags of litter and debris. The number of participating BCPS schools nearly doubled this year to include 37 schools. In addition to litter, Clean Green 15 volunteers collected many tons of bulk trash items from parks, streambanks, schoolyards and other locations around Baltimore County for a total estimated weight of 31,837 pounds. Clean-ups were conducted by school groups as well as community-based volunteers.
Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups, competing from last May through this April to see which school communities could log the most clean-ups. The program is open to any group, including school-based groups, places of worship, youth groups, civic or community groups, scout troops, sport teams, businesses or other organizations that wish to help clean up their community. Groups are asked to report their clean-ups on the BCPS website and designate a school to receive credit.
Winning Schools for Year 2018 to 2019
As a result of this year’s Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to 11 top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy. Examples could include installing a reading or rain garden, planting trees, diverting downspouts or environmental education projects. Six schools won Honorable Mention awards and received a Samsung Galaxy device.
Award Prize School Grand Prize $3,000 grant Reisterstown Elementary School High Schools First Prize $2,000 grant Dulaney High School High Schools Second Prize $1,500 grant Western School of Technology and Environmental Science High Schools Third Prize $1,000 grant Hereford High School Middle Schools First Prize $2,000 grant General John Stricker Middle School Middle Schools Second Prize $1,500 grant Ridgely Middle School Middle Schools Third Prize $1,000 grant Loch Raven Academy Elementary Schools First Prize $2,000 grant Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School Elementary Schools Second Prize $1,500 grant Bear Creek Elementary School Elementary Schools Third Prize $1,000 grant Grange Elementary School Special School Prize $1,500 grant Battle Monument School Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
Charlesmont Elementary School Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
Fullerton Elementary School Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
Lansdowne Elementary School Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
Milbrook Elementary School Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
Perry Hall Middle School Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
Pleasant Plains Elementary School
Clean Green 15 is Underway for Next Year
In addition to awarding prizes to the winning schools from this year, officials also kicked off the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge for the next school year, with groups eligible to log clean-ups from May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020, for consideration in next year’s awards.
This is the sixth year for the challenge, which is a collaboration between Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County. This year’s sponsors include BGE and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:00:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/seventeen-schools-win-the-team-bcps-clean-green-15-litter-challenge
Repairs to Continue Into the Evening Commute
Overnight on Wednesday, June 12, a water main break occurred in the area of York Road near Padonia Road. Early indication is that construction work for a water main tie-in on York Road, just south of Padonia Road, led to the major water main break on a 12-inch diameter pipe. The road was extensively damaged when the pipe failed, leaving a crevasse eight feet deep, 30 feet wide and 50 feet long, just south of the Padonia-York intersection.
All lanes of traffic were closed early this morning between Padonia Road and Roosevelt Street and traffic has been detoured onto I-83. Drivers should expect rush hour congestion and they should use alternate routes if available.
Repair work, which began this afternoon, may require that water service be turned off to some businesses near the break as work progresses, but no major water outages are expected at this point.
The work on York Road is part of an extensive water main renewal project, which began in 2013, and extends from Towson to Cockeysville as Baltimore County is replacing old lines with new and larger water mains to provide for growing demand. Baltimore City owns and repairs the water system in Baltimore County, but Baltimore County is responsible for major line replacements like those on York Road.
We will keep the public updated on the progress of the repairs.Wed, 12 Jun 2019 18:53:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/york-road-water-line-update
New Platform Brings Unprecedented Transparency to the County Budget
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today unveiled a new open budget platform where residents can view detailed information about the County’s budget, bringing a new level of transparency to how the County spends taxpayer dollars.
“An open, transparent government is an accountable government. We can better serve the residents of Baltimore County by ensuring they have access to information about where our money comes from and where it goes,” Olszewski said. “The open budget platform provides an unprecedented level of transparency to Baltimore County’s budget process.”
Residents can visit the Baltimore County Open Budget platform and explore the County budget or search for specific programs and services. The platform features information on revenue and expenditures, including both operating and capital expenses.
The current open budget platform represents a first phase. Later this year, in addition to the County’s current approved budget, the platform will feature previous years’ budgets. It will also have the ability to track actual expenditures in addition to appropriated funds.
The open budget platform is part of Olszewski’s ongoing commitment to a more transparent and accountable government for Baltimore County. An open data portal will be made available later this year, and the Fiscal Year 2020 budget includes funding for a performance management system.
In addition, earlier this year the County Executive proposed and the County Council approved the creation of an Office of Ethics and Accountability. The Fiscal Year 2020 budget includes funds for this office, which will be charged with evaluating and investigating government operations in order to promote efficiency and prevent fraud, waste and abuse.Mon, 10 Jun 2019 16:36:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/olszewski-unveils-open-budget-platform