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  1. Baltimore County Offices and Facilities Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

    No Trash, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection on Monday

    Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Monday, May 28 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed and parking meters need not be fed on Monday, May 28.

    No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on May 28; Drop-Off Centers Closed

    The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to learn when to set out materials during weeks that contain a collection holiday. Schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000.

    Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Memorial Day. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.

    Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed on Monday, May 28.  Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26.  County offices and drop-off facilities will reopen on Tuesday, May 29.

    For more information, residents should visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website or call 410-887-2000.

    Fri, 25 May 2018 16:28:00 GMT
  2. Donald I. Mohler Elected Baltimore County Executive by County Council

    Kamenetz Chief of Staff Will Complete Term  

    May 24, the Baltimore County Council elected Donald I. Mohler III as the 13th Baltimore County Executive to fill the remaining term of Kevin Kamenetz who died on May 10, 2018. Mohler served as Chief of Staff to Kamenetz since 2010. He previously served as County Executive Jim Smith’s Acting Chief of Staff and Communications Director.

    Donald I. Mohler“I am truly humbled,” said Mohler. “This wasn’t supposed to happen. My friend and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz should be finishing his second term in office. Baltimore County has been through a lot over the last few weeks, including the tragic death of a police officer and the sudden loss of our County Executive. This is a time for everyone -- County employees and communities -- to come together and heal. Baltimore County is strong. As Jill Kamenetz so bravely said at her husband’s funeral service, ‘we will be okay.’ County government will continue to provide the services and public safety that our residents deserve. I am committed to making that happen.”

    Mohler’s resume follows:


    Doctor of Education                     Nova Southeastern University                    1999

    Master of Education                     Loyola College                                           1978

    Master of Liberal Arts                  Western Maryland College                         1977        

    Bachelor of Arts                           Western Maryland College                         1972

    Employment Summary:

    Chief of Staff for Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz - 2010 - 2018

    Communications Director/Acting Chief of Staff for Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith- 2009-2010

    Communications Director for Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith - 2004-2009

    Chief Operating Officer, Alternatives Unlimited - 2002-2003

    Executive Director, Student Support Services Baltimore County Public Schools - 2001-2002

    Northeast Area Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools - 1998-2000

    National Faculty Member for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership Nova Southeastern University - 1999-2003      

    Instructor, Excellence in School Administration Goucher College - 1998-1999        

    Assistant Superintendent, Communications and Special Projects Baltimore County Public Schools - 1995-1998

    Principal, Baltimore County Public Schools

                    Catonsville High School - 1992-1995       

                    Sparrows Point Middle School - 1990-1992    

     Assistant Principal, Baltimore County Public Schools

                    Dundalk High School - 1985-1990       

    Guidance Chairman, Baltimore County Public Schools

                   Dundalk High School - 1983-1985       

    Guidance Counselor, Baltimore County Public Schools

                    Lansdowne High School - 1978-1983

    Social Studies Teacher, Baltimore County Public Schools

       Lansdowne High School - 1972-1978

     Social Studies Teacher

                    St. Mark’s School - 1971-1972 

    Thu, 24 May 2018 18:30:00 GMT
  3. County Recognizes 2018 Baltimore County Asian American Excellence Awardees

    Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    Baltimore County officials recognized the five recipients of the 2018 Baltimore County Asian American Excellence Award on Wednesday evening at a ceremony at the Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.  The annual recognition event is held in May, which is designated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Chief of Staff Don Mohler presented the awards as a representative of Acting Baltimore County Executive Fred Homan.

    This award is presented to individuals whose life work has successfully contributed to the socioeconomic vitality of the greater Baltimore region, and whose efforts inspire others to strive for success and to celebrate diversity and achievement.

    The 2018 Awardees are:

    Bel Leong-Hong is a mathematician and computer scientist. She worked at the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for 30 years where she held numerous high-level posts: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence; Principal Deputy Director of the Defense Security Service; and Deputy Commander of the Joint Inter-operability and Engineering. She was appointed the first Department of Defense Data-Wide Administrator and created the DOD  Center of Software Excellence in Defense Information Systems Agency.  

    Sudip Patel is a successful entrepreneur and community benefactor. He owns 15 Dunkin' Donuts franchises between Baltimore and Washington D.C., employing more than 150 workers. He is a longtime community supporter, helping local schools and non-profits raise funds.

    Marianne Brackney is a highly regarded community advocate. She was the lead liaison for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues for the Social Security Agency. Marianne was instrumental on the White House Initiative on APPIs Interagency Implementation Team and has made significant contributions in upgrading Social Security data for Asian and Pacific Islander language access and preferences.

    Ravilal Sunar, an entrepreneur and father of four children, migrated from Nepal in 1996. Growing up in the Himalayan foothills, he fought against caste-based social injustice and ethnic discrimination for equity and human dignity. As a member of the Baltimore Association of Nepalese in America, he helped purchase the first Nepali Community Resource Center in Baltimore County. Similarly, as a Trustee of Nepali American Culture Center of Baltimore, he spearheaded the campaign to acquire the center’s 31-acre property in 2018.

    Rosa Cruz Penafiel, an expert in economic and community development, is the Vice President of Communications for the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC). She supervised the marketing campaign of AAEDC’s VOLT Fund, a state-backed loan program funded with casino revenues to benefit small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. Since 2013, AAEDC has approved financing totaling $10.7 million, and is credited with retaining 378 jobs, creating 338 jobs, and spurring capital investment of almost $29 million.

    About Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    May is designated nationally as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are among the many organizations paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

    In June 1977, Representatives Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage week. The following month, Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Spark Matsunaga from Hawaii introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed and on October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend the week-long celebration to a full month. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

    According to the Asian American Heritage Month website, May was selected to recognize the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, which was constructed primarily by Chinese immigrants.

    View photos from Wednesday evening's event.

    Thu, 24 May 2018 15:07:00 GMT
  4. Homan Statement on Line-of-Duty Death of Police Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio

    Extends Condolences, Hails Effective Response by Baltimore County Police

    Acting Baltimore County Executive Fred Homan released the following statement in response to the line-of-duty death of Police Officer First Class Amy Sorrells Caprio:

    “We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of one of our dedicated and talented police officers, and extend our condolences to her colleagues, family and friends,” said Acting Baltimore County Executive Fred Homan. “The professionalism, teamwork, swiftness and effectiveness of our public safety and police responders, while coping through a loss even greater than ours, has been absolutely first-rate.”

    Tue, 22 May 2018 19:30:00 GMT
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