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Date: Sep 2018

The new edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television show, meets the music director of Baltimore Choral Arts, an artist who uses corrugated paper to make a statement, a North Carolina native writing uplifting music for hard times, and an art historian looking to the future of contemporary art. The program airs on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Featured segments include:

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with Anthony Blake Clark, music director of Baltimore Choral Arts, about how growing up in rural west Texas impacted his love of Mozart.
  • North Carolina native Richard Hinton, a successful orthopedic surgeon in Baltimore, is also writing and performing music that speaks to our need to connect with community.
  • The Common Man Project performs original music.
  • UMBC art historian Kathy O’Dell gives her take on the direction of contemporary art.
  • Artemis Herber discusses why corrugated paper is her visual metaphor for taking an everyday product and transforming it into art that makes a statement about man and nature.

smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. - noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments can be viewed on the Baltimore County Government YouTube channel.

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.

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Survey is Part of the County Executive’s Goal to Make Government Open and Transparent With a Focus on Customer Service

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced today that the county will conduct its first citizen survey in nearly a decade. The survey will be mailed to randomly selected county citizens beginning in October and will provide the county with critical data on how to best serve those who live, work and play in our communities.

“As we continue to strive for an open and transparent government, it is imperative to understand how we are doing,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “We must become a more data-driven government. This comprehensive survey will help us assess citizen satisfaction with county services and identify opportunities for improvement.”

The county is using National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) to conduct the survey. NRC is a national firm with expertise in research and evaluation in the public sector. The company will survey 2,000 randomly selected county residents.

“Getting feedback from its citizens is an essential part of making government work,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr. “I am very pleased that the County Executive is collecting this information, and I look forward to reviewing the results with my colleagues and constituents.”

Selected households will receive the survey by mail in early October, and the county expects to have the results by the end of November. “I am very pleased the results of this survey will be available for the new administration and County Council as they begin their terms,” concluded Mohler. “It is my hope that they will make the collection of this and expanded data an annual event.”

“County Executive Mohler reached out to me this summer to discuss community surveys, and I am delighted that the county is moving in this direction,” said Dr. Mileah Kromer, Associate Professor and Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College. “It is imperative that local government engage its citizens in a meaningful manner. This data will help the county government better understand the present and help to identify ways to improve the future for residents.”

How and when to register or change polling place

Important deadlines for the upcoming 2018 Gubernatorial General Election are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

To vote in the upcoming general election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered – including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or before the November 6 General Election – must register by 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. This is also the last day for registered voters to update their address with their local board of elections or change their party affiliation.

Voter Registration, Address Change, Change Party Affiliation

Baltimore County residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address, or change their party affiliation online at

Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address or party affiliation online using different identifying information.

Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Baltimore County Board of Elections, 11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. A hand-delivered application must be received by the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 9:00 pm on October 16, 2018, and a mailed application must be postmarked by October 16, 2018.

Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:

  • Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Local boards of elections
  • Local Department of Social Services offices
  • Marriage license bureaus
  • Motor Vehicle Administration offices
  • Offices on Aging
  • Post offices
  • Public institutions of higher education
  • Public libraries
  • Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • State Board of Elections
  • State Department of Health offices
  • The MTA Paratransit Certification Office

You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application at: 

Accessible Polling Places

Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities. An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place. This request must be submitted in writing by 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.  The request form is available online at:

Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail. On receipt of a timely request, the Baltimore County Board of Elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.

To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible, voters may visit:

Early Voting

The 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Starting Thursday, October 25 through and including Thursday, November 1, voters may vote in person between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence. Information about early voting centers and early voting in general is available at:

For more information, voters may contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit

Revised September 11, 2017