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Date: Aug 17, 2017

Three Locations to Feature Giveaways, Information and Activities for Students

School children from around Baltimore County are invited to celebrate the beginning of the new school year at back-to-school events at three locations the afternoon of Tuesday, August 29. The events are co-hosted by the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent, Verletta White.

The events are scheduled on Tuesday, August 29 from 3p.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations:

Banneker Community Center

27 Main Avenue

Catonsville, MD 21228


Randallstown Community Center 3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD 21133


Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center

323 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD 21222

Events will feature:

  • free backpacks with school supplies (Children must be present to receive giveaways, which are available while supplies last.)
  • health information
  • Police officers, fire personnel, fire engines, police cars, K-9 dogs, McGruff the crime dog, CPR demonstrations
  • resources from non-profit and community organizations

“For six years we have been able to help students in Baltimore County, thanks to the commitment of Kevin Liles and his foundation,” County Executive Kamenetz said. “Our back-to-school events give students and families an opportunity to get engaged in the community and start the school year off on a positive note.”

“Growing up in Baltimore has given me a special connection to our communities and a desire to help grow and support our children and families here. I am humbled to know that my achievements serve as a platform that inspires kids to accomplish their goals and take advantage of educational opportunities,” said Kevin Liles, CEO and Founder of 300 Entertainment and of KWL Enterprises. 

“The start of a brand new school year is an exciting time for students, parents, educators, and the entire Team BCPS community,” said Interim Superintendent White. “Partnering with County Executive Kamenetz and the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation allows us to help our students arrive at school next week equipped with the items they will need to help launch a successful and productive school year.”

About Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation:

The mission of the Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore Foundation is to improve the quality of life for youth in the Greater Baltimore area. The foundation provides young people with exposure to social, educational, economic, cultural and civic opportunities that they may not otherwise experience.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has reached out to Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta in response to residents’ concerns about noise, altitudes and environmental impacts of flight patterns at BWI airport. Kamenetz is supporting the DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable’s request that the FAA consider operational changes for flights taking off and landing at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

“It is clear that the flight patterns established several years ago have been a real hardship on people who live near BWI,” said Kamenetz. “Baltimore County has been participating in the Roundtable since its inception. As the group continues to work in good faith with the FAA toward a long term solution, the Roundtable is recommending some operational changes to help residents and communities in the short term. I strongly urge the FAA to review these operational changes and continue working with the Roundtable toward meaningful improvements.”

"The Roundtable greatly appreciates the steadfast and strident support Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz is providing to the Roundtable and the BWI communities,” said Lance Brasher, chairman of the DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable. “The changes requested by the Roundtable as described in County Executive Kamenetz's letter to the FAA are vital to begin providing relief to adversely affected residents. It is imperative they be implemented as soon as possible. “

The Roundtable is requesting that the FAA return to previous flight patterns and elevations. It is also requesting interim operational solutions at BWI while awaiting the response:

  • Approve a waiver to allow air traffic controllers to set flight courses that disperse departure flight paths.
  • Approve a waiver to allow air traffic controllers to create more flight path dispersion on arrivals.
  • Approve a procedure to require controllers and airlines to maintain altitudes at a minimum 4,000 feet.

“I look forward to a resolution of this issue,” concluded Kamenetz.

This is the text of the County Executive’s letter to the FAA Administrator:

Mr. Michael P. Huerta, Administrator

Federal Aviation Administration

800 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, DC 20591

RE:      DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable’s Request for Operational Relief Measures

Dear Mr. Huerta,

I am writing in support of the DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable’s requests for changes in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) operations at BWI Airport to help address concerns about noise, flight patterns, and the altitudes of planes taking off and landing at the airport. 

As you know, the group has requested the FAA revert back to the flight patterns and elevations before the next generation procedures were implemented, and there is an FAA PBN Working Group process in place to review that. In the interim, FAA officials met with the group and offered 3 operational changes that could be considered to help residents in the interim.

The Roundtable has been working for the last 6 months, in good faith with the FAA and MAA, seeking relief for the residents around the airport and in the central region of the State. The requested short term changes would allow all parties to carefully go through the PBN Working Group process knowing there is some help on the way for communities. These suggestions should not be confused with the formal request to revert back to the old flight patterns and altitudes, but they are changes that can help now and give some credibility to this process and the FAA.

The three changes are:

  1. Approve a waiver to allow air traffic controllers to vector aircraft to help disperse the flight paths better on departures.
  2. Approve a waiver to allow air traffic controllers to vector aircraft on a course to the line of intercept rather than to a fixed point to create more flight path dispersion on arrivals.
  3. Approve a procedure to require controllers and airlines to maintain slope intercepts out to 10 DME and beyond 10 DME to keep altitudes at least at 4000 to remedy the concerns with aircraft flying much lower than before Next-Gen procedures.

I think it is important for the FAA to review and approve these changes quickly, as a sign of good faith to the group and community. After all, the communities impacted by these issues have been at this for several years seeking help.  

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this issue.

“You’re Hired” Conference Theme Emphasizes Workforce and Economic Development

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan in welcomed local government officials this morning to MACo’s annual summer conference at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.

This year’s conference theme, “You’re Hired” reflects an emphasis on working together to grow Maryland’s workforce and economic opportunities in diverse industries including technology, the military, clean energy, the environment, agriculture and education. The conference kicked off yesterday with a Tech Expo hosted by MACo and the Maryland Technology Council, and it features two full days of educational sessions offering valuable opportunities for local officials to learn from each other and share best practices. Session topics range from economic and workforce development to the opioid crisis, cannabis business regulation, recreation, environmental justice, land use and much more.

“If you think about it, local government truly touches every element of our lives and this conference offers local decision-makers valuable opportunities to share insights and experience on the issues making headlines as well as the more mundane, but equally critical, services we provide our residents every day,” Kamenetz said.

“Ocean City is kind of a second hometown for most Marylanders and we are delighted to, once again, host the hard-working people who make our local governments work and help to make Maryland one of the best-run states in the country,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. Mayor Meehan presented County Executive Kevin Kamenetz with a ceremonial “key to O.C.” as they welcomed conference attendees.

This year’s conference attracted 2,800 registrants from around the state including local government staffers, elected officials, lawmakers and business representatives. Attendance is up from approximately 2,500 attendees last year, with about one-third of all county government elected officials from the state participating.

MACo was founded in 1939, as a non-partisan organization to advocate the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 

Revised September 11, 2017