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Date: Jun 2020

Free Camps Open on Monday, July 6 at Limited Capacity, Residents Should Contact PAL Centers to Register

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks PAL Recreation Centers will open for summer camp beginning Monday, July 6, at limited capacity. Spaces are still available for registration.

Programs are free and open to participants ages 8 to 17 and will include active games, arts and crafts, outdoor athletics, life skills and other activities. All registrants will also receive a daily box breakfast, box lunch and snack.

Camps will operate Monday through Friday until August 28, 2020. Hours will be determined by each individual PAL location.

COVID-19 Precautions

To keep participants safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19, the County is taking several precautions, including:

  • Registration limited to the first 28 registrants at each site
  • Staggered arrival and dismissal times
  • Social distancing
  • Face masks worn by staff and participants
  • Scheduled activities to limit interaction with other groups

Locations

To register, residents should contact a local PAL Center to register. A list of locations, contact information, and hours of operation for camps is provided below:

Cockeysville PAL
9835 Greenside Drive Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
410-887-7708
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dundalk PAL
15 Commerce Street, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
410-887-7229
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hillendale PAL
1111 Halstead Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234
410-887-5561
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lansdowne PAL
2301 Alma Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21227
410-887-7414
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mars Estates PAL
1498 East Homberg Avenue, Essex, Maryland 21221
410-887-6422
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Scotts Branch PAL
3651 Rolling Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207
410-887-4710
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Shady Spring PAL
8876 Goldenwood Road, Rosedale, Maryland 21237
410-887-0505
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Winfield PAL
8304 Carlson Lane, Milford Mill, Maryland 21244
410-887-4707
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Woodmoor PAL
7111 Croydon Road, Lochearn, Maryland 21207
410-887-6806
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.


Proposed Class Action Will Provide Funds to Protect and Remediate Local Waterways

Today, the City of Baltimore and Baltimore County, along with eleven other governmental entities across the country, announced a proposed nationwide class action settlement with Monsanto Company, Pharmacia, LLC, and Solutia, Inc., for $550 million, resolving PCB water contamination claims for a proposed class of 2,528 governmental entities nationwide.

“This national resolution will empower nearly 2,000 cities, towns, counties, and independent port districts to better monitor, mitigate, and remediate these man-made carcinogens that impair the water quality in stormwater, sewer systems, sediments, and water bodies,” Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Baltimore County Executive John A. Olszewski, Jr. said in a joint statement. “Our region is home to hundreds of miles of waterfront, including rivers, creeks, and critical estuaries like the Baltimore Harbor, which are a precious component of our culture. We’re proud to lead efforts to protect these natural resources and to protect waters throughout the state and nation.”

Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, impair the water quality of Back River, Bear Creek, Curtis Creek and the Baltimore Harbor, which are important estuaries, as well as tidal portions of Bird River and Gunpowder River, and the Lake Roland impoundment. PCBs are man-made carcinogens that persist in the environment and bioaccumulate, resulting in fish consumption advisories in these water bodies.

Cases Were Litigated for Over Five Years

Legal motions to approve the proposed settlement class have been filed in federal court in the Central District of California, in a case before Judge Fernando M. Olguin. More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed by governmental entities since March 2015, seeking to recover the costs associated with cleaning up stormwater and environmental contamination caused by PCBs, which Monsanto manufactured between the 1930s and 1977. The City of Baltimore and Baltimore County were the first East Coast governments to sue.

The named plaintiffs leading the nationwide resolution include the City of Baltimore, Baltimore County, City of Spokane, City of Tacoma, City of Portland, Port of Portland, City of Berkeley, City of Oakland, City of San Jose, County of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach, City of San Diego, and City of Chula Vista, California. The cases were collectively litigated for over five years and were mediated and resolved through JAMS Mediator Judge (Ret.) Jay Gandhi.

The proposed class action must be approved by Judge Olguin prior to providing payments to the governmental entity class members. The proposed class action will provide all class members with a monetary benefit and will additionally provide funds for those governmental entities that have incurred or will incur significant expenses to protect and remediate America’s waterways.

The City of Baltimore is represented by Acting City Solicitor Dana P. Moore and Director of Affirmative Litigation Suzanne Sangree. Baltimore County is represented by County Attorney James R. Benjamin, Jr. and Deputy County Attorney Gregory E. Gaskins. The City of Baltimore and Baltimore County are also represented by outside counsel Martin Wolf, Richard Gordon and Ben Carney of Gordon, Wolf & Carney, as well as Kyle McGee of Grant & Eisenhofer, and John Fiske of Baron & Budd, P.C., one of the proposed Lead Class Counsel.

For more information or availability, please contact for Baltimore City: James Bentley at 443-257-9794, or for Baltimore County, Sean Naron at 443-613-3221.


Free July 1 Webinar Explores Regional Recovery Forecasts and Emerging Industries 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has assembled a panel of economic thought leaders to discuss the changing regional business landscape in the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, and explore potential long-term shifts that may alter our local economy for years and decades to come.  

“Exploring Economic Impacts and Opportunities in the Baltimore Region” is the fifth session in the “Baltimore County Business Forum—COVID-19 and Beyond” webinar series.

Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) Director Will Anderson will moderate this 60-minute session, where an expert panel will discuss the pandemic’s impact on businesses, recovery forecast trends and the unique opportunities emerging in business sectors like technology, logistics, domestic manufacturing, retail distribution and others. 

“It’s important for government to partner with our business community to provide a data-informed analysis of where we are now and to offer insights into emerging trends and areas for potential economic expansion in the coming months and years,” said County Executive Olszewski, who will offer his perspective on the role of local government in supporting business resilience. 

Participate Live or Watch a Recording on the County Website 

The webinar will be presented live via Cisco Webex on Wednesday, July 1, at 1 p.m., and webinar access information is posted on the County website at baltimorecountybusiness.com. Recorded video of the completed webinar will be posted there shortly afterwards. People are invited to submit questions during the webinar via the live Webex questions feature, or in advance by emailing businesshelp@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Panelists include: 

  • Dr. Daraius Irani, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research at Towson University
  • Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski
  • Scott Phillips, Managing Director, Legal and Business Consulting Services, LLC
  • Tom Sadowski, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development at University System of Maryland
  • Michele Whelley, CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

Resources for Job Seekers and Businesses are Updated Regularly

The Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) provides a comprehensive overview of resources and assistance available to help affected individuals and businesses. This information is available on the Department’s website.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017