Baltimore City Department of Public Works Press Release: DPW Director Chow Addresses National Water Issues as the Cover Story of Leading National Journal

1 Mar

Baltimore City Department of Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E, along with the C.E.O. of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Adam Krantz, have penned the cover story for the latest edition of the Clean Water Advocate.

The article, PAYING THE PRICE, outlines the current dual national crises of addressing our aging water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure, and also the associated rising costs of water and the impact on our poorest citizens.

Baltimore is used as an excellent case study because it has old pipes and a significant portion of its population is below the poverty level. In addition it is only a few dozen miles from Washington and this article is addressed to Congress and the E.P.A., asking them to take urgent steps to address these issues.

In spite of promises from the White House on infrastructure initiatives, these have not yet panned out. In addition to the obvious needs to upgrade our mains and tunnels, federal mandates have placed extraordinary burdens on local budgets, and in turn on every citizen. 

The Clean Water Advocate is a publication of NACWA, the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues, as well as a top technical resource for water management, sustainability and ecosystem protection interests.

The Winter 2018 edition, with this article, can be found here: https://www.nacwa.org/news-publications/clean-water-advocate

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Youth Works! Summer Jobs Launch Careers: Deadline is THIS FRIDAY, March 2!

1 Mar

All Baltimore City residents between the ages of 14 and 21 are eligible to apply for the Youth Works summer jobs program which connects young people to work experiences with private sector, nonprofit, and public sector employers.  The application website is:  youthworks.oedworks.com .  Additional information can be found on:  moed.baltimorecity.gov and on Youth Works Facebook page.  For any additional information:  Ernest F. Dorsey, Assistant Director, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, (410) 396-6722 or edorsey@oedworks.com.   All Baltimore City Middle and High School students received this information from their schools earlier this month. 

Spring Clean and Green Opportunities:

1 Mar

It’s time to get our hands dirty to beautify our community!   Projects include flower planting, street & alley clean up, painting & more! 

Upcoming Volunteer Days:

  • March 24
  • April 7

9:30am-12:30pm

Meet at 5104 York Road

Tools Provided.  All are welcome!

Submit a project here.

Preference given to projects on or adjacent to York Road.

Contact memcsweeney@loyola.edu to sign up.

Care A Lot Program: Application Deadline Extended: Friday, March 9th by 5 p.m.

1 Mar

Program Background

 

CARE- A -LOT is a city led effort to develop sustainable, innovative greening strategies to transform vacant lots into assets for a growing Baltimore City. The purpose of BMORE Beautiful’s Care -A -Lot Program is to support innovative community groups and organizations in the cleaning, maintenance and beautification of vacant lots in Baltimore

 

Grant Opportunities

CARE-A- LOT annually selects community based organizations for the program through a competitive application process. Selected groups can receive a grant fund up to $5,500 for caring for up to 25 lots. The value of the grant depends on the number of vacant lots maintained and equates to $22 per lot visit for a total of 10 visits per lot during the grant period (May –October)

 

Please direct questions to BMORE Beautiful Program Liaisons: Natasha Neale or Kwame Rose. BMOREBeautiful@baltimorecity.gov  or  410-396-6909

Take the Community “Pulse” Survey Today!

1 Mar

In collaboration with the York Road Partnership, Loyola is offering this survey through March 2, 2018 to elevate common challenges and opportunities among our Greater Govans and York Road communities.

You’re invited to participate:  GREATER GOVANS/ YORK ROAD COMMUNITY “PULSE” SURVEY 2018  (Survey link: https://loyola.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0JL1EM9wDSaTGS1)

 

In 2008, Loyola University Maryland’s strategic plan called for Loyola to engage more deeply in improving the quality of life for all persons living, working, and learning in our York Road corridor communities.  After a listening project with residents, focus areas of 1. Strengthening the York Road commercial corridor, 2. Enhancing youth development and education, 3.  Building neighborhood civic capacity, and 4. Addressing Food Security emerged.  Together, over the past ten years, partnerships between Loyola and York Road Partnership area neighborhoods, residents, businesses, organizations and communities have led to commercial corridor planning, afterschool programs, strengthened relations, and projects like the Govanstowne Farmers’ Market.

 

Residents, and individuals from non-profit and for profit organizations that live, work, worship and play within the York Road Partnership’s boundaries are eligible to receive a $10 CVS gift card for completing the survey’s multiple choice questions. (Loyola University Maryland students, faculty and staff are not eligible to receive a gift card.)

 

Malik Jordan is also available to administer the survey in paper form to your group. (Only one survey and gift card per person, online or paper!)

 

If you have any questions contact Malik Jordan, mjordan@loyola.edu or 410.617.2771.  If you have any questions about your rights as a participant, contact the Loyola University Maryland Institutional Research Board, at irb@loyola.edu or 410.617.2188.

 

*The York Road Partnership’s boundaries are: 39th Street (south) to Baltimore City/County Line (north) and from Charles Street (west) to the Alameda (east)

 

Citizen Police Academy

1 Mar

Interested in learning about law enforcement?  Want to learn more about the Baltimore Police Department?  Join us for our 2018 Spring Citizens Police Academy!

When:  Every Tuesday, March 6-May 22, 5:30-9pm

Where:  Hosted at the Baltimore Police Training Academy, 3500 W. Northern Pkwy

Learn about:  Aviation . SWAT . K-9 . Media Relations . Investigations . Use of Force Training & Policy . Defensive Tactics . Police Procedures & Ethics . Decision Making & Judgement Application . Crime Scene Procedures & Forensics . Establishing Community Partnerships . Traffic Enforcement & MUCH MORE

Contact:  Community Engagement Unit:  443 984-7411 or CommunityEngagementUnit@Baltimorepolice.org

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and reside within Baltimore City

Support: Govans Elementary Computer Fundraiser!

7 Feb

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Where:  Flight American Fusion, 5723 York Road

Time: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

Join Govans Elementary for an evening of good food and fun to support the Govans Laptop Fund. (Family-Friendly)

Meet Principal Taylor and Govans Teachers from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Govans Elementary has raised $37,000 to provide students with the computers they need to prepare for the State test.

We only need $5,000 more to purchase 90 laptop computers.

Flight will be donating 10% of the evening’s proceeds between 5pm and 12pm to Govans Elementary. We will also be accepting checks and credit card donations. (Any funds raised beyond $5,000 will support the areas of greatest need for Govans Elementary.)

CAN’T ATTEND? Donate online at:
https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/laptops-for-govans-elementary-students

or mail a check made payable to “Baltimore Curriculum Project” to: Baltimore Curriculum Project, c/o Govans Laptop Fund, 2707 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21224

Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved in Our Schools!

31 Jan

Walter P. Carter Volunteers Needed:

Classroom Support

Volunteers will work directly with the teacher to complete tasks to aid in classroom assignments.

Examples of tasks include making copies, updating bulletin boards, possibly running small groups in the classroom. Time commitment is flexible.

Food Pantry

Once a month, WPC will hold a Food Pantry. Volunteers will be needed in the morning and in the evening to assist with unpacking boxes, sorting through food items, and preparing grocery bags for families. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work closely with WPC staff members, community members, students, and families. On Food Pantry days, volunteers will be needed from 10 am – 12 pm or 4 pm – 6 pm.

Guest Speakers

Volunteers are needed to support middle school students during their community circles on Tuesday mornings between 9:00 am – 9:30 am. Volunteers will have the opportunity to inspire 6th- 8th grade students by sharing career paths and significant life stories.

For more information, please contact Ms. Tyra Hinton at thinton@loyola.edu

 

Guilford E/MS Volunteers are needed:

Classroom Support

Volunteers will work directly with the teacher to complete tasks to aid in classroom assignments. Examples of tasks include making copies, updating bulletin boards, possibly running small groups in the classroom. Time commitment is flexible.

Food Pantry

Each month, Guilford holds a Food Pantry. Volunteers will be needed to assist with unpacking boxes, sorting through food items, and preparing grocery bags for families. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work closely with Guilford staff members, community members, students, and families. On Food Pantry days, volunteers will be needed from 1 pm – 2 pm.

For more information, please contact Ms. Tyra Hinton at thinton@loyola.edu

Parking Ticket Amnesty: This Thursday and Friday ONLY

31 Jan

Baltimore City to offer two day amnesty for parking tickets:  Mayor Catherine Pugh announced two days of parking ticket amnesty in Baltimore City. On February 1 and 2, you can pay your parking tickets without paying any extra fines associated with them. This is the first parking ticket amnesty in Baltimore since 2003. The Mayor’s Office estimates there are 500,000 unpaid parking citations. You can pay your tickets online, over the phone, in the mail, or in-person. Personal checks are not accepted.

Know a Teen/Young Adult in Need of a Summer Job? Have No Fear, Youth Works is Here!

31 Jan

 

Youth Works!  Summer Jobs Launch Careers:  All Baltimore City residents between the ages of 14 and 21 are eligible to apply for the Youth Works summer jobs program which connects young people to work experiences with private sector, nonprofit, and public sector employers.  The application website is:  youthworks.oedworks.com .  Additional information can be found on:  moed.baltimorecity.gov. You can also follow Youth Works on Facebook here!

For any additional information:  Ernest F. Dorsey, Assistant Director, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, (410) 396-6722 or edorsey@oedworks.com .

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