Welcoming Our Future. Celebrating Our Past.
Volume 1, Issue 19_____________________________________________Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Wednesday, December 1
10:30 AM – Executive Appointments Committee Hearing (David H. Thompson Jr.-Social Services Commission; Camron Ellerbee-Social Services Commission).
12:50 PM – Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee Voting Session (Obstructing or Impeding Traffic).
1:00 PM – Land Use and Transportation Committee Hearing (Rezoning-1746 Ashland Avenue; Planned Unit Development-New East Baltimore Community, Amendment 1).
1:00 PM – Public Safety and Health Committee Hearing (Dismissal of Rape Cases).
All hearings in Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall.

Thursday, December 2
9:30 AM – Taxation, Finance, and Economic Development Committee Voting Session (Harbor Point Development District).
10:00 AM – Taxation, Finance, and Economic Development Committee Work Session (Fire and Police Retirement System-Benefit Structure: A preliminary draft of the Request for Proposal to hire a Public Safety Pension Consultant will be presented and discussed at this meeting).
All hearings in Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall.

Monday, December 6
5:00 PM – City Council Meeting
*Broadcast live on TV25.
Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall.


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Everyday Heroes: Leading by Example

Dear Baltimoreans,

D’onte Graham is not old enough to drive a car or cast a vote. He cannot grow a mustache and is too young to enlist in the military.

But when the 14-year-old freshman slips on his safety patrol belt over his neatly pressed school uniform, students know that the “General,” as he is known at Bluford Drew Jemison Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Academy West, means business.

D'onte Graham, 14, tells Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young last week how he got his nickname, "The General."

Cut class and the General will be hot on your trail. Bully a fellow classmate and the General will find out about it, said Bluford Dean of Students Mike Wise Sr., who gave D'onte both his start and his nickname.  

“This guy is like Captain America,” Wise said. “The General has produced leads for us and we were able to apprehend the perpetrators. We have been able to get insight about student-related infractions and most of his information has been accurate. When something goes wrong, we typically know who is behind it,” Dean Wise said.

D’onte, an only child who stands just shy of 5-foot-0, said that he’s just doing his job.
“I just like making sure no one is acting up.” It helps, D’onte added, that students “know I’m watching.” 

Wise said D’onte is “loyal, trustworthy, caring and committed.”

His main priority, said D’onte, is to lead by example. His peers respect the fact that he’s not afraid to protect the school’s rules by standing up to students who often tower over him and outweigh him by 25 pounds or more.

The General may not be quite ready for college, but that hasn’t stopped him from thinking out his career aspirations.

“I’m going to be in the Baltimore City Police Department,” D’onte said. “And I’m going to be the commissioner.”

Bernard C. “Jack” Young
President, Baltimore City Council


UPS Hiring Temporary Workers for Holiday Season
UPS expects to hire about 50,000 temporary workers for the holiday shipping season, about the same number the parcel carrier brought on last year, company officials said. Those workers typically sort packages at UPS's air and ground stations around the United States. To find an opportunity close to you that conveniently fits within your schedule, please click on the link below and enter your zip code or state. The default setting for the job search is set to"Package Handler" as that usually has the greatest number of positions hiring.
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Baltimore World AIDS Day
Wednesday, December 1
Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 10 East Mt. Vernon Place
Join us at the Walters Art Museum for a reception and exhibition of a mosaic mural created by members of the greater Baltimore community who are living with HIV or AIDS. Free parking is located at the Peabody garage (600 block of St. Paul Street at Centre Street).
For more information visit or

Monument Lighting
Thursday, December 2 at 5:30 PM
Mount Vernon Square, 600 block of North Charles Street
Kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Square.  Enjoy fireworks, music by the Morgan State University Choir and Gilman's Traveling Men, food from vendors and more. The official ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with pre-event festivities at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit

Highlandtown Holiday Train Garden
Saturday, December 4 through Saturday, January 1
Engine Company 41, 530 S. Conkling Street
Don't miss the train in a new Highlandtown tradition! This free exhibit showcases a model train garden built by volunteers and housed in the Conkling Street Firehouse in Baltimore City. It is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings in December.
For more information, visit

A Critter Holiday
Saturday, December 11 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Carrie Murray Nature Center, 1901 Ridgetop Road
Sometimes animals have a hard time finding enough to eat during the winter months. Join us in decorating a holiday tree that also helps feed our feathered and furred friends! Let's make their holiday special too. No pets please. Please pre-register. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 5 and under.
For more information, call 410-396-0808.

Renters in Foreclosure Workshops
Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00 PM
Public Justice Center, 1 North Charles Street, Suite 200
The Public Justice Center is holding this free workshop designed to help tenants whose landlords are in foreclosure. Attendees to these workshops will receive detailed information as to their rights as tenants throughout the course of a foreclosure, as well as one-on-one consultations with Public Justice Center attorneys and paralegals. Please RSVP by Nov. or Dec. 8.
To RSVP or for more information, call at 410-625-9409.

Carrie Murray Creations
Saturday, December 18 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Carrie Murray Nature Center, 1901 Ridgetop Road
Stop by and make your own craft from recycled materials. While you're here, check out all of our resident rescued animals. Please pre-register for only $1 per person!
To register or for more information, call 410-396-0808.

Youth Service Saturday
Saturday, December 18
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, 3741 Commerce Drive, Suite 309
This program for youth ages 5 to 15 is an opportunity to learn about Habitat for Humanity's exciting work and to participate in fun activities that support the mission. Participation is free with the recommended donation of a hand tool like a broom, Sharpie marker, tape measure, paint brush, painters' tape or Home Depot gift card.
To sign up or for more information, call 410-366-1250 x133, email, or visit

Washington Wizards/Washington Mystics Holiday Hoops Camp
Tuesday, December 28 through Thursday, December 30
St. Frances Academy, 501 E. Chase Street
Register for a spot in the only authentic NBA and WNBA camp in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Campers receive professional instruction, an official T-shirt and a one free ticket to the Wizards home game on Wednesday, December 29. Register before November 30 to get the early bird price of $170 (regular cost is $185). Boys and girls ages 8-17 are welcome.
For more information or to register, call 202-527-7503 or visit

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