YOUR Support is Needed! – Govans Elementary School Summer Program Funding

10 May

Community Release from Baltimore Curriculum Project:

Last year we received $42,000 from the Abell Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Family League to support our summer program.  This year we received $0.

Fortunately, Loyola Clinical Centers is coming onboard as a new partner this summer, and offsetting some of our costs by providing literacy instruction to our students.

We need to raise at least $15,000 in order to run a free, streamlined program for fifty K-5 students from July 5th-28th, Monday through Thursday, 8:30am-2:15pm. Offerings will include hands-on STEM instruction, literacy instruction, physical education, technology, team building, arts and crafts, breakfast and lunch.

Please consider sharing this e-mail with your friends and making a donation online at: https://www.crowdrise.com/govans-summer-2017 You can also send a check made payable to “Baltimore Curriculum Project” to: Baltimore Curriculum Project, c/o Govans Summer, 2707 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. (Please write “Govans Summer” in the note space.)

City Council Hearing – Water Billing Issues

21 Mar

Monday, March 27, 5pm-7pm, Baltimore City Hall, 100 N. Holliday Street (Please be sure to have ID to present at the door)

The Baltimore City Council’s Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee will be holding the following Investigative Hearing – Water Billing For the purpose of requesting that the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Department of Finance brief the City Council on water affordability for customers of Baltimore’s Bureau of Water and Wastewater, the new water billing system started in October 2016, and concerns raised by customers of the Bureau of Water and Wastewater regarding unusually high bills, missing bills, and the process to contest bills. This was introduced by City Council President Jack Young as Council Bill 17-0015R.

DPW will have customer service staff on site, set up in the Reeves Room, to assist constituents with water bill issues. This service will be available starting at 5pm.

Spring Cleaning!

21 Mar

Do you need volunteer assistance with a project in your neighborhood?  An alleyway that needs to be cleared, overgrown weeds, a park clean up?  Each semester, community residents and students from Loyola join together to work on projects throughout the York Road corridor community. 

Please fill out this form to request volunteers. Projects must take place in neighborhoods directly adjacent to the York Road commercial corridor from Northern Parkway to 39th Street.

Dates for this Spring’s Clean & Green Days are:

  • March 18
  • March 25
  • April 1
  • April 8

The days last from 10am-12:30pm.  In that time, so much can get done!  We just need community support as leaders for the projects!  

Please feel free to contact me at memcsweeney@loyola.edu for more information. 

Make Your Neighborhood Shine: Sign up for Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s Spring Cleanup

21 Mar

Spring is near! Let’s sweep away the dust and grime of winter and make our neighborhoods sparkle by signing up for Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s Spring Cleanup. This year’s Spring Cleanup will be held Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Communities can start preparing for spring cleaning by calling 311 to register. To participate in this year’s Cleanup, groups should organize now and provide their cleanup location(s) and anticipated numbers of participants when calling 311 to sign up. Registered communities will receive bags to help with their cleanup efforts.   This is the City’s 18th annual spring cleaning event, which encourages neighbors from throughout the City to work together to sweep, rake, and plant.

Residents participating in the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup can earn credits toward their storm water fee. Representatives from registered communities can pick up forms needed to apply for the storm water credit when they come to collect bags for their cleanups.

Tax Sale Clinics

21 Mar

Happening in March and April across the city. Any homeowner with a tax sale-related question or issue (e.g. unpaid bills,  questions about tax credits, legal or housing counseling assistance) is encouraged to attend.

 

FREE Legal help is available:

  • Saturday, April 1, 9am-3pm @ Poly Western High School, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane
  • Monday, April 10, 3:30-7:30pm @ Waverly Branch Library, 400 E. 33rd Street

People are asked to register by calling 443 – 703 – 3052.

 

FREE Tax Preparation

21 Mar

The Northern Community Action Center (5225 York Rd) will have free tax preparation at the center again this year. The office will be open M-F from 8:30am-4:30pm.  There will also be some evening and weekend hours.  For more information and to make an appointment, call 410 234-8008.

 

Building a Foundation for Stronger Communities

21 Mar

 

A Five-Part Workshop Series Focused on Capacity Building for Community AssociationsMarch 20-May 15, 2017

Does your community association have a strong foundation upon which to build its work? Does it follow its bylaws? Do association leaders know how to keep proper records of meetings? Is the association current on all required filings? Are elections held in a proper manner, as defined by the bylaws?

This series is designed for leaders of all types of community associations – new and old, large and small, experienced and inexperienced.

The following topics will be covered:

· Session 1:  March 20

Structure, Fiduciary Duties, and Meetings 

· Session 2:  April 3

Meetings and Keeping Things in Order 

· Session 3: April 17

Bylaws 

· Session 4:  May 1

Maintaining and Growing Your Organization 

· Session 5:  May 15

Advocating for Your Community 

All workshops will be held at Community Law Center (3355 Keswick Road, Suite 200, Baltimore, 21211). Doors will open at 6:00pm for dinner (provided) and conversation. Workshops will begin promptly at 6:30pm and will conclude by 8:30pm. 

This series is designed for and limited to community association leaders. Registrants must commit to attending all 5 (five) sessions. 

HOW TO REGISTER: Pre-registration is required; no walk-ins will be permitted. Registration is available only to elected officers or directors of community associations. To register, contact Kelly Pfeifer at kellyp@communitylaw.org or 410.366.0922 x114, who will confirm eligibility and then provide a link for payment. 

Upon payment of the $75 registration fee (per person), the registration process will be complete. Registration will be conducted on a first come, first served basis. Since space is limited, a maximum of two attendees per organization may register. 

VALUE: In addition to the wealth of information learned from the workshops, and the hot dinner served at each session, attendees will each receive one copy of Community Law Center’s Strengthening Baltimore’s Neighborhoods: A Legal Handbook for Community Associations (a $25 value)!

Community Law Center, Inc. | 410.366.0922 | Fax 410.366.7763 | mail@communitylaw.org | www.communitylaw.org

21 Mar

Applications for the BGE Scholars Award are now available online through April 1. The nine new scholarships are part of BGE’s legacy gifts that marked the company’s 200th anniversary last year. Central Scholarship, a Baltimore-based nonprofit, is administering the scholarship program on BGE’s behalf. “We view this scholarship program as another way for BGE to […]

via Applications Now Available for BGE Scholarships — Councilman Bill Henry

Be a Part of Positive Change on the York Road Corridor

30 Jan

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The York Road Partnership’s newest committee, Business Engagement, invites you to join us for our first meeting on Thursday, January 26th. The meeting will be held at the Walter P. Carter Recreation Center (820 E 43rd St.) at 6:30PM. 

The Business Engagement Committee was formed to increase the safety and cleanliness of our corridor through partnership, support, and accountability. At our first meeting, we will discuss the work that has happened so far, our committee chairs’ vision for the future, and tangible next steps. At future meetings, we will be asking committee members to take ownership over business partners closest to their homes. 

If you have ever driven down the corridor and thought, “I wish I could see some change,” this is the committee for you! 

 

Hope to see your there! 

 

In community,

York Road Partnership

410-617-1171

yorkroadpartnership@gmail.com

 

FREE Tax Preparation

30 Jan

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The Northern Community Action Center (5225 York Rd) will have free tax preparation at the center again this year. The office will be open M-F from 8:30am-4:30pm.  There will also be some evening and weekend hours.  For more information and to make an appointment, call 410 234-8008.

 

Important message for taxpayers:  Due to the new Congressionally-mandated PATH Act, low-to-moderate income working families making less than $54,000 yearly that file and claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or the federal Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) won’t see their EITC, ACTC or any other federal refunds until after February 15.  Many of the “big box” paid tax preparers are already targeting these filers for Refund Anticipation Checks (RACs) and Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs), charging exorbitant interest rates (up to 36%) plus big fees to people who can afford them least.    

    1. All taxpayers who claim the federal EITC and/or ACTC will have all their federal tax credits and refunds delayed until after February 15. Checks will start arriving or be direct deposited beginning on that date.
    2. Regardless, filers should NOT wait to file. Schedule a FREE tax preparation appointment with Baltimore/Maryland CASH starting January 3, 2017. In Baltimore, call 410-234-8008. For a listing of sites outside of Baltimore, call 211. 
    3. Don’t believe the hype – NO ONE can get their full federal refund/EITC/ACTC to them faster than the FREE nonprofit tax preparation services provided by Baltimore/Maryland CASH!
    4. Yes, it’s hard to wait on a federal refund but huge interest & big fees from RACs & RALs can take a big bite out of people’s hard earned money. Why not put all that money into your pocket instead?
    5. IT’S YOUR MONEY – KEEP IT! Don’t waste it on paid preparers who will take a large percentage of your federal refund/EITC/ACTC, whether there’s a delay or not. 
    6. The delayed payments ONLY affect Federal tax returns, NOT Maryland. State of Maryland EITC and/or ACTC and/or state refund checks will be delivered on time.
  • Tax preparation through IRS-certified volunteers is high quality, safe and FREE to anyone who earned under $54,000 in 2016.
  • —-Robin McKinney, Director, Maryland CASH Campaign, Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope, 443-692-9422 (office), www.mdcash.org
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