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Date: Jun 13, 2019

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. Further support for this concert comes from the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF), enriching lives through music by sponsoring free live performances in all 50 states and Canada. For more information, visit MPTF’s website at www.MusicPF.org.


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.

The Clean Green 15 winners.

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 County Executive high-fiving students.

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
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Charlesmont Elementary School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
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Fullerton Elementary School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
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Lansdowne Elementary School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
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Milbrook Elementary School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
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Perry Hall Middle School
Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
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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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017