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Date: Mar 8, 2017

Commission for Women celebrates 40th anniversary

The Baltimore County Commission for Women will recognize three outstanding women during its 35th annual Woman of the Year Awards Ceremony to be held the evening of Tuesday, March 28. The Women of the Year awards are given to female Baltimore County residents who have enhanced the lives of others and made significant contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.

The Baltimore County Commission for Women 2017 award winners are:

  • Kelli Szczybor as the “Woman of the Year,” community leader and visionary co-founder of Angel Park in Perry Hall
  • Toni Torsch as the “LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference Awardee,” community leader addressing the severe problem of opioid addiction
  • Nhu Dang as the “2017 Young Woman of the Year,” Parkville High School senior, student leader and active community volunteer

More information about each of the winners is available on the County website at

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will lead the recognition ceremony, together with members of the County Council and Baltimore County Statehouse delegation. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Towson.

This year, the Baltimore County Commission for Women is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It was formed on January 3, 1977 by an act of the Baltimore County Council to address the needs of women through education, outreach and advocacy. The Commission works to identify and advocate for programs, legislation and services to meet the needs of Baltimore County’s women and children.

For additional information about these awards and the Commission for Women, please contact Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2450 or

“This plan ignores science and is like spraying a can of Raid on the surface of the water,” EPS Director says

Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) Director Vince Gardina responded today to the Governor’s unilateral decision to fund short-term treatments to target an infestation of midges, a non-biting nuisance insect, in the Back River area of the County. “The infestation of midges in the Back River is caused by the nutrient-rich bottom sediment in the river that has accumulated over a century. These impacts will not be negated by a Band-Aid approach which will result in a waste of taxpayer funding. Baltimore County chooses to use environmental restoration funding based on proven science and known results. Furthermore, Back River is a waterway of the State of Maryland and as such is the State’s responsibility to manage,” Gardina said. 

 “While Governor Hogan claims that Baltimore County should join the State by frivolously matching his $330,000 expenditure to test the efficacy of such an application, my staff and I have researched the science and feel that nutrient reduction at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant and removal of the pollutant-laden bottom sediment in the upper Back River is the only real answer to stop midge larvae. While this may be difficult and impractical, the solution proposed by Governor Hogan is completely political and will have no real results, setting unrealistic expectations for the public,” stated Gardina. “The Governor’s small-scale treatment of midge larva will have little effect on the midge population. It will leave most of the Back River untreated allowing midge populations to easily reproduce and continue to be a nuisance,” he said.

 The Governor’s suggestion that Baltimore County holds primary responsibility for the waters of the State is factually inaccurate. Last October, the Governor proposed that Baltimore County pay for half of a $1.3 million program for midge remediation in Back River. The County declined because even that level of spraying would not achieve a comprehensive solution and would not be an effective investment of taxpayer dollars.​

Revised September 11, 2017