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Johnny O and his family.

"I grew up in the shadow of a steel mill. I saw firsthand the detrimental effects the mill’s closure had on my friends and family. But like so many in Baltimore County, I didn’t give up, I went to work."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

Johnny O and his family.

"I spent 7 years teaching in the Baltimore County Public School System. I know what needs to happen to bring our children’s schools into the 21st century."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

Johnny O and his family.

"For nearly a decade I served in the state legislature working to improve education, bring jobs to Maryland, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

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  1. High Temperatures Continue Through Early Next Week

    Several Locations in Baltimore County Provide an Oasis During These "Dog Days of Summer"

    The Labor Day weekend is just two weeks away, but the dog days of summer are hanging on tightly. Temperatures above 90 degrees with a heat index of 100 and higher, are projected through early next week, but there are many places in Baltimore County to go to stay cool and safe from the intense temperatures.

    Nineteen convenient branches of the Baltimore County Public Library are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website or call 410-887-6100 to get more information on the library branch nearest you.

    Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to everyone, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on the 20 Senior Centers throughout the County or call the Senior Center Information and Assistance Line at 410-887-2594.

    Other Cool Locations

    These public cooling centers, with plenty of water and available restrooms, offer an oasis during these hot days. Other places you can go to seek relief from the heat in Baltimore County include:

    • Community Centers
    • Churches
    • Malls
    • Movie Theaters
    • Museums
    • Restaurants
    • Or, the home of a neighbor, relative, or friend with air conditioning

    "From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where our residents can get relief from the heat, and everyone without air conditioning is urged to use them," said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services.

    Hot Weather Tips

    Keep yourself and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat by adhering to the following hot weather tips:

    • Never leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
    • Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
    • Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also, provide your pet with plenty of water and proper shelter.
    • Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
    • Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses when outdoors.
    • Visit a cooling center in Baltimore County or consider visiting family, friends or an air-conditioned public building.
    Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:48:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/high-temperatures-continue-through-early-next-week
  2. Small Business Resource Center Announces 2019 Small Business Award Winner

    Monique Reid, Founder of Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services, Receives the Award

    The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center has announced Monique Reid, founder of Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services, as the winner of the 2019 Small Business Award. Her businesses provide mobile blood draws, IV Infusions, Drug and Alcohol Testing, and DNA Testing. In addition, she also offers Phlebotomy Workshops for Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare businesses.

    “Congratulations to Monique on her award and on her success with Express Way Medical Laboratories and Angel Hands Healthcare Services. Our entrepreneurs are a wonderful asset to our communities in Baltimore County and I’m grateful to people like Monique for their vision and hard work,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Our Small Business Resource Center was created to assist people like Monique as they reach for their dreams.”

    The Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), a cooperative effort between the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, helps establish, grow, and improve County businesses. SBRC offers free counseling services that have served more than 6,000 clients and facilitated the start-up of more than 700 businesses.

    “I saw the need for a critical service in our community, and I knew that I could serve that need while also building a successful business in Baltimore County,” Ms. Reid said. “The Small Business Resource Center helped me to turn that vision into a reality.”

    Ms. Reid first visited Leonard Lee of the Small Business Resource Center in summer 2015 as a start-up mobile phlebotomy concierge service. With guidance and support from the SBRC, in spring 2019, Express Way Medical Laboratories opened the first physical location in Towson. Ms. Reid credits Mr. Lee and the Small Business Resource Center as some of her biggest supporters during her entrepreneurial journey, providing counseling and connecting her to different funding sources.

    The SBRC Small Business Awards were introduced to recognize the exceptional work and community impact of Baltimore County small businesses and their founding entrepreneurs.

    For more information about the Small Business Resource Center and to see how we can help grow your business, contact 410-825-6200 or visit the SBRC website.

    Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:03:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/small-business-resource-center-announces-2019-small-business-award-winner
  3. Ad Campaign Wins International Award

    Stylized Crab Image Calls Out Potential Risks to Food Sources

    County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that the County’s anti-litter outreach campaign, "Litter Doesn't Stop Where it Drops", won a prestigious international award for its artistic imagery and clear messaging that highlights the connection between litter and its damaging effect on aquatic life, including the seafood that we eat. The ads, designed by the Towson advertising firm Pinnacle Communications Resource Company, ran on buses, trash cans, social media and other locations.

    A crab that is also made up of trash like, a glass bottle, an old spoon and a cigarette butt. Also features the text litter doesn't stop where it drops, put litter in its place

    “Litter is an unsightly issue in many of our neighborhoods and in our waterways,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We are reminding people that litter has long-term consequences that can be easily prevented by all of us being mindful of its effect on the environment by making simple changes to how we dispose of our trash and recyclables.”

    The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability’s “Litter Doesn’t Stop Where it Drops” ad campaign, which launched this spring, took Bronze in the international 2019 Summit Creative Awards. The awards series recognizes advertising worldwide and is considered the premier arbiter of creative excellence for small and medium advertising firms. The winning ad was selected from more than 4,500 submissions from 27 countries and was among only 11% of total entries that won an award.

    The campaign (PDF) features a stylized photograph of a steamed Maryland blue crab with part of its body replaced with pieces of litter. The outreach campaign illustrates how litter can hit the ground and be carried away by wind or rain down the nearest storm drain and into streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Additional ads will be running in the upcoming months.

    Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:17:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/ad-campaign-wins-international-award
  4. No Senior Eats Alone Day

    Baltimore County Department of Aging’s Call to Action to Combat Social Isolation

    Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) today announced the first ever No Senior Eats Alone Day to be held on September 12, 2019. The initiative aims to encourage County residents to connect with seniors in their communities in order to combat social isolation in older adults.

    “Our seniors are treasures in our communities, and as they age, we all have an obligation to help protect them from the detrimental effects of social isolation, which is regrettably all too common among older adults,” Olszewski said. “I look forward to sharing a meal with seniors on No Senior Eats Alone Day, and I hope all county residents will look for opportunities to do so as well.”

    What is No Senior Eats Alone Day?

    Photo of Nusrat and a group of people standing outside"The meal allows people to eat together and improve their
    lives and health."
    - Nusrat, 72, Islamic Society of Baltimore

    No Senior Eats Alone Day is part of the BCDA’s 2019 Living Connected initiative, which has provided resources and activities to combat social isolation in older adults. Many life events that occur later in life—retirement, loss of a friend or spouse, moving, changes in health—happen as one ages. This can cause one’s social network to become very small, leading to feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Further, research has proven that isolation has detrimental effects on one’s physical and mental health. The effects are wide-ranging. In fact, it is said that loneliness and social isolation has the same effect as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

    “Each of us is aware of someone in our communities that may be feeling isolated and alone. On No Senior Eats Alone Day, everyone is asked to reach out to someone in the community that would benefit from feeling more connected and valued by inviting them to share a meal or to join a group of peers to break bread,” said BCDA Director Laura Riley. 

    On September 12, 2019, Baltimore County’s 20 senior centers will host lunches where all older adults are welcome to join our Eating Together Program for a special meal. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit a center, meet the members and discover the diverse activities offered at the site. If you know a friend or family member that may be interested in experiencing a senior center, you may encourage them to call their local center to register at 410-887-3052 before September 3, 2019. Additionally, many centers are offering day-long opportunities to share a meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Partners Needed

    Photo of Dorothy"Knowing a meal is available is such an asset."
    - Dorothy, 80, Rosedale

    Religious institutions, restaurants, community associations, housing buildings and individuals throughout the County can join this day to reach out to older adults and make them feel valued and appreciated. In fact, BCDA is looking for partners in the community to register and host events or participate in other ways. There are many ways to participate:

    • Host a meal for seniors at your church, synagogue or community organization.
    • Provide a discount or free dessert to anyone bringing a senior in to eat that day.
    • Ask your members to reach out to someone they think is isolated to go out for a meal or bring the meal to them to share.
    • Deliver a meal to a lonely neighbor and visit with them.
    • Assist older adults in getting to one of the County’s 20 senior centers for a meal.

    Partners may register to have an event in support of No Senior Eats Alone Day. If you have questions about being a partner, contact BCDA’s Communication Office at 410-887-2002.

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    Photo of Fred"Coming to the center for activities and meals
    saved my life. I was very lonely after my wife passed."
    - Fred, 84, Rosedale

    No Senior Eats Alone Day is just one effort on behalf of BCDA to keep older adults connected. If you know of an older adult that would benefit from getting connected to the Department of Aging’s resources and programs, contact MAP or the Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County at 410-887-2594 or email aginginfo@baltimorecountymd.gov

    The mission of the Baltimore County Department of Aging is to strengthen lives by providing services, programs and connections to resources. For more information on the various programs provided by BCDA, visit the Department of Aging website.

    Watch a video to learn more about social isolation.

    Wed, 07 Aug 2019 14:42:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/no-senior-eats-alone-day
  5. High Temperatures Expected Through Weekend

    Numerous Locations in Baltimore County Offer Excellent Options to Help 'Beat the Heat'

    Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees and higher over the next several days and Baltimore County has several “cooling centers” with access to water and bathrooms that offer relief from the heat.

    Public Libraries

    Nineteen convenient branches of the Baltimore County Public Library are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Residents can cool off while reading a book or enjoying scheduled events at a branch in their community. Visit the Baltimore County Public Library website to get more information on the library branch nearest you or call 410-887-6100.

    Senior Centers

    Baltimore County Senior Centers are also open to the public, regardless of age. Most locations are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who visit these locations to get relief from the heat can watch TV, read a book, or sit and relax. Visit the Department of Aging website for information on their 20 Senior Centers or call their Senior Center Information and Assistance line at 410-887-2594.

    Other Options to Keep Cool

    Other places you can go to cool off in Baltimore County include:

    • Community centers
    • Churches
    • Malls
    • Movie theaters
    • Museums
    • Restaurants
    • Or the home of a neighbor, relative or friend with air conditioning

    “Residents need to know that the County has plenty of resources available where they can go to get cool,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “From libraries and senior centers to churches, movie theaters and malls, there is a place in every community where residents can get relief from the heat, and everyone without air conditioning is urged to use them.”

    Hot Weather Tips

    Keep yourself and your family healthy and safe in the summer heat by adhering to the following hot weather tips:

    • Never leave a child or pet in an unattended car!
    • Check on elderly or chronically ill family members, friends and neighbors.
    • Stay hydrated with water or fruit juices. Also, provide your pet with plenty of water and proper shelter.
    • Limit outdoor activity when the temperatures and humidity are extremely high.
    • Use sunscreen and reapply often when spending time outdoors.
    • Wear loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses when outdoors.
    • Visit a cooling Center in Baltimore County or consider visiting family, friends or an air-conditioned public building.
    Wed, 07 Aug 2019 12:45:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/high-temperatures-expected-through-weekend
 
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County Executive Biography

County Executive John A. Olszewski, Jr.

A lifelong Baltimore County resident, Johnny believes in the power of public service and giving back to the community that has done so much for him. Learn More.