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  1. County Invites Public to Attend Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan Meeting

    Meeting is October 29 at 7 p.m.

    In accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article Section 9-503, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works is developing a new Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan to cover the 2019–2028 period. As part of the Plan development process, a County Executive-appointed Solid Waste Management Citizens Review Committee (SWMCRC) has been formed to provide input and recommendations to the County regarding the content of the new Plan.

    The next meeting of the SWMCRC will be held on Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room at 400 Washington Avenue in Towson. Anyone may attend and observe this open meeting, though there will not be an opportunity for public participation. People wishing to attend are asked to contact the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000 by Thursday, October 25.

    An agenda for the October 29 meeting will be made available online at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time. This agenda, as well as additional information about the County’s Solid Waste Management Plan, will be located at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwasteplan.

    Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:20:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-invites-public-to-attend-ten-year-solid-waste-management-plan-meeting
  2. Tricks & Treats for a Green-o-ween

    By Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Communications Specialist, Department of Public Works

    Americans will spend about $9 billion this Halloween on costumes, decorations and candy. Most of this merchandise is single use and comes in packaging that can’t be recycled. In fact, the amount of Halloween waste we generate each year is downright terrifying. But fear not! There are lots of creative ways to green your Halloween and save money while having a ghastly good time.

    Buy pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks from local farms, nurseries or farmers markets. Have a green goblin thumb? Grow your own next year. And don’t waste those pumpkin guts – use the flesh in recipes and roast the seeds for a healthy snack.

    Swap, buy used or upcycle

    Swap, buy used or create upcycled decorations. You’d be surprised by how easy it can be. It took me less than 30 minutes to transform a selection of sweet-faced knick-knacks into a motley crew of creepy décor using a little paint.

    You also can swap, buy used or make upcycled costumes. Use ingredients you have at home to make face paint. Next September, host a Halloween costume swap party.

    Use up arts and crafts supplies by upcycling buckets, pillowcases, cans, t-shirts, gift bags or reusable totes for trick-or-treating. Trick or treat in places you can reach on foot or by public transit.

    Keep treats in the bag

    Please don’t litter! Parents – bring a bag and gloves or grabber tool to pick up litter along your trick-or-treating route. Your little ghosts and ghouls shouldn’t be leaving a trail of candy wrappers in their wake. Want to help keep ours a clean green county year round? Clean streams and public lands with your local watershed association, do a Clean Green 15 pickup in your community, or get your group to participate in the Adopt-A-Road program.

    Having a party?

    Send invitations electronically. Serve locally-sourced food and drink. Buy fair-trade chocolate. Use reusable linens and kitchenware. If you must purchase new items for your Halloween celebrations, look for products and packaging made with recycled content. Serve witches’ brew or Frankenpunch in drink dispensers instead of beverages in bottles and cans. Use a meal planning tool to determine how much food to prepare. Store leftovers in reusable containers and (actually) eat them. Put out a recycling bin and ask your guests to use it. Visit the County’s website to find out what is and is not accepted for curbside recycling collection.

    Use leftover candy in baked goods, ice cream sundaes, snack mixes, cereal bars and more. Use your imagination, or try one of many recipes found on Pinterest.

    Be safe and have fun! 

    Have a Green-o-ween idea you’d like to share? Send it to cleangreen@baltimorecountymd.gov. Follow Clean Green Baltimore County on Facebook for news and information to help you live more sustainably.

    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:12:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/tricks-treats-for-a-green-o-ween
  3. When, where and how to vote

    Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

    For the 2018 General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in Baltimore County may vote before election day at a designated early voting center in Baltimore County or on election day at the polling place for their residence in Baltimore County.

    Early Voting

    Early voting centers will be open for voting from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm from Thursday, October 25 through and including Thursday, November 1. The early voting centers in Baltimore County are located at:

    • Arbutus Recreation Center – 865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227
    • Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park – 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
    • County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills – 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117
    • Honeygo Run Community Center – 9033 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, MD 21128
    • Jacksonville Recreation Center at Sweet Air Park – 3605 B Sweet Air Road, Jacksonville, MD 21131
    • Randallstown Community Center – 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133
    • Reisterstown Senior Center – 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
    • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center – 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD 21222
    • Towson University Administrative Building – 7720 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
    • Woodlawn Community Center – 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
    • Victory Villa Community Center – 404 E Compass Road, Middle River, MD 21220

    Baltimore County voters may vote at any one of the designated early voting centers.  A list of early voting locations can be found at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/documents/2018_Early_Voting_Centers_web.pdf

    Election Day Voting

    Voters who prefer to vote on election day can vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  On election day, polling places will be open for voting from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. To avoid delays, voters should try to vote between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

    Where Do I Vote?

    During early voting, Baltimore County voters should vote at a designated early voting center in Baltimore County. Centers are located at accessible facilities with adequate parking and within a convenient driving distance for most voters in the county. Information about early voting centers and early voting in general is available at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html

    On election day, Baltimore County voters should vote at their assigned polling place. Voters can find their assigned precinct by looking at the voter notification card they received from the Baltimore County Board of Elections or by clicking the Find Your Polling Place link at elections.maryland.gov. Voters who have moved but have not updated their address with the Baltimore County Board of Elections should search for the polling place for their new address or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections. It is important for voters to vote in the polling place for their new address, because only those contests for which voters are eligible to vote will be counted.

    How Do I Vote?

    Maryland elections are conducted with a paper-based voting system. Voters will cast votes by marking and scanning paper ballots. Most voters will use a pen to mark a paper ballot by hand and voters unable to mark a ballot by hand will use a ballot marking device. All voters will insert their marked paper ballots into a scanner. Instructions will be available to help voters familiarize themselves with the ballot and how to vote. Voters may also ask an election judge to explain how to vote on the voting system, but a voter must vote alone, unless the voter is unable to do so because of disability, inability to write, or inability to read the ballot.

    For absentee and provisional voting, voters are issued a paper ballot. Absentee voters who choose to receive their ballot electronically print their own paper ballot to mark by hand. Voters fill in the oval next to each candidate and ballot question response they select. An online ballot marking tool is also available. Using the tool, voters mark their ballot using their computer, then print their paper ballot and return it by mail. At the Baltimore County Board of Elections, absentee ballots are fed into a scanning unit which reads and tabulates the selections made by voters.

    All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are reviewed in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to State law and regulation.

    How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot?

    Voters may request to receive their absentee ballot by mail, electronically, or by fax. Visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html to request an absentee ballot.

    The deadline to request a mailed or faxed absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The deadline to request an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, November 2, 2018. Voters who request an electronic absentee ballot will be notified by email that their ballot is ready for download, then instructed to enter unique identifying information before printing their ballot, voting instructions, and return envelope template.

    If a Baltimore County voter misses the above deadlines but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections before 8:00 pm on election day.  Visit elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html for more information.

    Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 8:00 pm on election day, November 6, 2018, or mailed on or before election day and received by the local board by Friday, November 16, 2018.

    All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election.

    What is a Provisional Ballot?

    A provisional ballot is a safeguard to ensure that individuals who believe they are registered and eligible to vote are able to vote. Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application, and then issued a paper ballot. It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted.

    All provisional ballot applications are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the provisional ballots impact the outcome of an election. A provisional ballot will only be counted after the Baltimore County Board of Elections has reviewed the provisional ballot application and determined that the individual is in fact registered and eligible to vote the provisional ballot. Additional information about provisional voting is available at: elections.maryland.gov/voting/provisional_voting.html

    Voters can visit elections.maryland.gov/elections/2018/index.html for more 2018 election information or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).

    Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:14:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/when-where-and-how-to-vote
  4. County to Host United Way FallFest 2018 in the Courthouse Gardens in Towson

    Free Event Open to the Public 

    Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler invites the public to a celebration to kick off the County’s participation in the “United We Fight. United We Win” campaign of the United Way of Central Maryland.

    FallFest 2018 will be held on Friday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse gardens along Washington Avenue in downtown Towson. The event will feature scarecrow-making, games and contests, food trucks, vendors, a silent auction, kittens available for adoption, music and more. The event is being held rain or shine.

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:32:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-to-host-united-way-fallfest-2018-in-the-courthouse-gardens-in-towson
  5. Mohler Proposes a Major Expansion of the County’s Mental Health Crisis System

    Mobile Crisis Team Will be Available 24/7

    Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced plans to significantly expand the County’s emergency mental health system by funding overnight hours for the Mobile Crisis Team that responds to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, including those addicted to opioids.

    The Baltimore County Crisis Response System, a collaborative effort between the County’s Health and Police Departments, works with The Affiliated Sante’ Group, Inc. to provide emergency mental health services to Baltimore County residents. The Mobile Crisis Team is currently available from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily. The increased funding of $561,000, contingent on County Council approval, will bring the Mobile Crisis Team budget to $2.6 million and will help expand their services to 24 hours per day.

    “Our Mobile Crisis Team provides a vital service to people in their most vulnerable moments; by pairing a mental health clinician with a police officer, they are able to respond in a way that deescalates situations, protecting both the individual and overall public safety,” Mohler said. “If approved by the Council, we will ensure that County residents who need these services throughout the night will now have access to them.”

    “The increase in funding will mean an expansion in service hours, and having these services available around the clock is priceless,” said Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch.

    The Mobile Crisis Team responds to severe behavioral health emergencies in the community, with the goals of diverting residents from unnecessary hospitalizations and/or entry into the criminal justice system, and reducing the number of emergency petitions. The team provided 2,343 interventions to County residents and their families in fiscal year 2018.

    “This funding will allow constant coverage throughout the County to provide a resource to patrol officers dealing with those suffering from mental health issues,” said Chief of Police Terrence Sheridan. “Hopefully, this will continue our trend of peacefully resolving incidents involving individuals in crisis.”

    “The Mobile Crisis Team has been a tremendous asset to the community and I support the expansion of their availability into the overnight hours, when many incidents take place,” said County Council Chair Julian Jones.

    “Mental health crises don’t start in the morning and end at night,” concluded Mohler. “We have to take care of those in need.”

    Facilitating Access to Mental Health Care

    Another strength of the Mobile Crisis Team is that they help people take full advantage of the dynamic matrix of services in place to link County residents to preventative care options.

    For more information on mental health services offered in Baltimore County, call the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-3828. To access emergency mental health services, call the 24-hour Mobile Crisis Team hotline at 410-931-2214.   

    Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:00:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/mohler-proposes-a-major-expansion-of-the-county-s-mental-health-crisis-system
 
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