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Volume 2, Issue 9________________________________________________Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Wednesday, March 9
11:30 AM Executive Appointments Committee Hearing (Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission Members: Randee Askin, 10th District; Shana M. Challmes, 5th District; Luz Damron, 11th District; Amanda Fitzgerald, 8th District; Louise Keelty, 14th District; Christine McSherry, 6th District; Donna Rummel, 1st District;Carmen Shorter, 12th District; DeBora Smith, 13th District).
All hearings in Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall
5:00 PM
Committee of the Whole Hearing (Mayor's Redistricting Plan).
Polytechnic Institute High School, 1400 West Cold Spring Lane

Thursday, March 10
10:00 AM Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee Hearing (Sale of Property-119 Poplar Grove Street).

10:15 AM Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee Hearing (Revenue Obligations-Water Projects: Maximum Aggregate Principal Amount.)
10:30 AM Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee Hearing (Revenue Obligations-Wastewater Projects: Maximum Aggregate of Principal Amount).
All hearings in Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall

Monday, March 14
5:00 PM City Council Meeting
6:00 PM Committee of the Whole Work Session (Mayor's Redistricting Plan).
*To begin 15 minutes after City Council Meeting
All hearings in Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall


Tuesday, March 15
4:00 PM Budget and Appropriations Committee Hearing (Informational Hearing-Revenue Enhancement Measures).
*Rescheduled from Feb. 15, 2011

Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall

Wednesday, March 16
5:00 PM Committee of the Whole Hearing (Mayor's Redistricting Plan).
Baltimore City Community College, Fine Arts Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue


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Protecting Neighborhoods from Illegal Dumping

Dear Baltimoreans,

Communities throughout Baltimore are working hard to ensure that their neighborhoods are clean and vibrant, but illegally dumped trash is a significant problem that continues to stand in their way. On Monday, March 7, 2011, I introduced legislation (Council Bill 11-0671) to tighten certain penalties associated with illegal dumping.

Illegally dumped trash plagues neighborhoods across Baltimore.

My bill would increase the fines associated with illegally dumping materials that weigh less than 25 pounds and measure less than 10 cubic feet from $150 to $500. The bill would also increase the fines associated with illegally dumping materials that weigh more than 25 pounds or measure more than 10 cubic feet from $250 to $1,000. The legislation would also allow the City to pursue restitution from individuals who use a leased or rented vehicle to illegally dump materials.

For too long residents have had to battle individuals who carelessly dump garbage throughout city neighborhoods. Our residents deserve to be protected from these scofflaws. My legislation will allow for tougher penalties that will hit these law-breakers where it hurts the most: in their wallets.

Mr. David T. Hill, Executive Director and Administrator of the Charles Village Community Benefits District, said his organization welcomes the additional tools to help curb illegal dumping.

“We have felt for a long time that the penalties associated with illegal dumping needed to be increased in order to serve as a true deterrent,” Mr. Hill said. “Giving somebody a cheap fine, particularly if the person is a businessman, is not going to do anything. They just chalk the fine up to the cost of doing business and continue illegally dumping.”

Gail Lehman, who serves on the board of Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn, said that some streets in her neighborhood resemble a local landfill.

“We can’t make progress as a community if on virtually every corner there’s an old mattress or dresser,” Mrs. Lehman said.

This bill is another tool that enforcement agencies can use to make sure people who violate city law, risk public safety and tarnish Baltimore's image will be rightly punished.

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


Council President Working for Safer Streets

Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young traveled to Annapolis on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, to testify in support of two state bills that aim to strengthen the penalties associated with carrying illegal, loaded guns in Maryland. 

The two bills, HB252 and HB241, were introduced to the Maryland General Assembly on the city’s behalf on January 31, 2011.

Council President Young testifies before the Maryland Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee, urging lawmakers to strengthen sentences for illegal gun crimes.

Council President Young testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee, urging lawmakers to strengthen sentences for illegal gun crimes. On February 10, 2011, he testified before the Senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee to discuss the Senate's companion bills, SB239 and SB240.

The first bill, HB252, would establish an 18-month minimum sentence for individuals arrested with an illegal, loaded gun. The second bill, HB241, would create tougher sentencing guidelines for felons in possession of a gun by establishing a sentencing range of five years to 15 years. These tougher sentencing guidelines would provide judges with additional options for dealing with repeat gun offenders.

The Baltimore City Council has worked with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to ensure that the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has the resources it needs to function effectively. The Council has passed a number of pieces of legislation designed to support the efforts of the BPD to crack down on crime.

"The message these bills sends is clear: if you are a bad guy, you will be held accountable," Council President Young said. "That is an important message for both the offenders and the victims to hear. Those who are grieving, those whose bodies are struggling to heal from gunshot wounds need to know that we care about them. They need to know that we are doing the job that they elected us to do."

In December 2010, President Young introduced City Council Resolution 10-0237R supporting Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s efforts to seek tougher penalties for those individuals arrested in the possession of an illegal firearm. The resolution was cosponsored by 11 Council members and was adopted by the full City Council on February 28, 2011.

The Council President encourages all citizens to contact their state representatives to urge them to support this legislation. Click here to find your representatives.


outandabout

Here is a snapshot of the many meetings, events, discussions and visits Council President Young engages in on a daily basis as he works to strengthen Baltimore's communities.

Council President Young talks to youth basketball players at the Cloverdale Basketball Association's "Jack Young Day" event on Sunday, March 6, 2011.
Council President Young reads Green Eggs and Ham to a group of students at Garrett Heights Middle School in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2, 2011.

Council Redistricting Initiative Upcoming Hearings

Baltimore City is currently in the process of dividing the city into districts of approximately equal population for the election of members to serve on the City Council. The Mayor and City Council are responsible for redrawing City Council districts. Baltimore redistricts every 10 years after the decennial census is completed.

On Monday, January 31, 2011, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced her redistricting plan to the City Council.

Click HERE for an overview of the Mayor's plan.
Click HERE to view a PDF file of the Mayor's proposed plan in a map layout.
Click HERE to view a PDF file of updated population statistics.

The City Council will hold a series of public hearings to discuss the Mayor's plan on the following dates:

PUBLIC HEARING–Committee of the Whole: Wednesday, March 9, 5:00 p.m.
Polytechnic Institute High School, 1400 West Cold Spring Lane

WORK SESSION–Committee of the Whole: Monday March 14, 6:00 p.m.
*To begin 15 minutes after 5 p.m. City Council meeting ends

Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th Floor, City Hall

PUBLIC HEARING–Committee of the Whole: Wednesday, March 16, 5:00 p.m.
Baltimore City Community College Fine Arts Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue


Click here to see the full schedule of the Council Redistricting Committee.

Check the City Council's 2011 redistricting website at baltimorecitycouncil.com/redistricting.html for updates.


Youth Violence Prevention Week is March 21-27

This weeklong initiative will involve events and activities to spotlight the issue of youth violence, to identify strategies to combat this epidemic and to promote the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer.

Please help spread the word about two of the contests that are taking place in honor of YVP Week:

"Stand Up. Speak Out." Poster Contest
Entries are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Youth Violence Prevention Week Poster Contest. The contest is open to all Baltimore City youth ages 6 -8. Entries in the Poster Contest should show how you can Stand Up and Speak Out against one of these issues: Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, Teen Dating Violence, and Gun Violence. The deadline for entries is March 15, 2011. For additional information visit http://www.baltimorehealth.org/info/yvpweek-poster-contest-2011.pdf.

The Baltimorphosis Contest
Recognizing those making a difference help us recognize those who Stand Up and Speak Out against violence. This contest is looking for people who are making a difference in Baltimore City. Do you know an adult who is working towards teaching kids nonviolent ways to resolve their problems, or who is engaging youth in positive activities to steer them away from possible violence? Do you know a youth who is trying to make a difference in his or her community (neighborhood or school)? Nominations are now being accepted! The deadline for entries is March 14, 2011. For additional information, visit http://www.baltimorehealth.org/info/baltimorphosis-contest-2011.pdf

For all YVP Week-related information, visit www.Facebook/BmoreYVP.

Information provided by the Baltimore City Health Department.


 

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ColorCalendar

Transcending Integration: African American Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
March 5 through April 16
Baltimore Clayworks, 5705 Smith Avenue
Baltimore Clayworks presents a major exhibition of contemporary African American ceramic artwork. The exhibition is the culminating event for Baltimore Clayworks' 30th anniversary and celebrates the institution's history as an artists' organization with a strong presence in the city's cultural fabric. Admission is free.
For more information, call 410-578-1919.

Open Society Institute-Baltimore Community Fellowships
Applications accepted through March 21 at 5:00 PM
The Baltimore Community Fellowships program seeks dynamic activists and social entrepreneurs interested in implementing projects that address problems in undeserved communities in Baltimore City. The fellowship spans a term of 18 months beginning Fall 2011. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend information sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays in February.
For more information, call 410-234-1091.

Greater Baltimore Children & Nature Conference Network Meeting
Thursday, March 10 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Parks and People Foundation, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 010
Come to a meeting to discuss outcomes of the Greater Baltimore Children & Nature Conference. Hear about strategic planning and share upcoming events including family outings, youth outings/projects (ages 14-17), nature classes and an upcoming screening of the new documentary Mother Nature’s Child.
For more information, call 410-448-5663 x127 or email mary.hardcastle@parks@people.org.

St. Patrick's Day Green Skate
Friday, March 18 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Frederick Douglass Isaac-Myers Maritime Park and Museum, 1417 Thames Street
The Mimi DiPietro Ice Rink is only going to be open through March! Get your ice skating in now and enjoy Irish music, green ice, shamrock refreshments and more. Admission is $4 and skate rentals are $2.
For more information, call 410-396-9392.

Lecture Series: A Hot Time in the Old Town:The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904
Friday, March 11 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
City Hall, Board of Estimates Room, 100 North Holliday Street
“To all appearances, Baltimore’s business section is doomed.” These words from the Baltimore Sun summed up the level of devastation of the Great Baltimore Fire of February 7-8, 1904. The blaze claimed most of the downtown business district, with almost 140 acres burned, 1,526 buildings destroyed, over 2,500 companies out of business, and more than 35,000 Baltimoreans out of work. City Hall was one of the few buildings to escape destruction. Acclaimed Baltimore historian Wayne Schamburg was born and raised in Waverly and will present this lecture. He holds degrees in history and liberal arts from Towson, Morgan, and Johns Hopkins Universities, and he taught social studies in the city school system for 39 years before retiring in 2007. He is known for his walking tours of Greenmount Cemetery.
Bring your favorite brown bag lunch. Photo ID is required for entry.
For more information, call 443-984-2369.

Blue Collar: Portraying the Lives of America's Working People Through Art
Saturday, March 12, at 12:00 PM
Steelworkers Hall, 540 Dundalk Avenue
Come enjoy this workshop and discussion presented by Baltimore Clayworks. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 410-578-1919 x13.

Lecture Series: From Brothel to the Block: Politics and Prostitution in Baltimore During the Progressive Era
Friday, March 18 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
City Hall, Board of Estimates Room, 100 North Holliday Street
From Brothel to the Block: Politics and Prostitution in Baltimore During the Progressive Era
In 1913, an undercover Vice Commission appointed to investigate prostitution in Baltimore found that more than 1,000 women worked in open brothels throughout the city. What drove these females into prostitution? Presenter Jayme Hill received her Master’s degree in history from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2008. Her thesis, received honorable mention for the 2008 Joseph L. Arnold Prize for Outstanding Writing on Baltimore City History. She currently teaches in Harford County. Bring your favorite brown bag lunch. Photo ID is required for entry.
For more information, call 443-984-2369.

3rd Annual EcoBall
Friday, March 18 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Frederick Douglass Isaac-Myers Maritime Park and Museum, 1417 Thames Street
Get away for a night of musical entertainment, fabulous food and great company at Baltimore Green Works’ 3rd Annual Ecoball. Enjoy creative local fare produced by some up-and-coming chefs before you hit the dance floor!  Baltimore International College students to compete in the Ecoball’s “Top Chef” competition. Reservations for the EcoBall are $75 per person and $40 with valid student ID  
For more information, visit baltimoregreenworks.com/events.

Spring Into Art
Saturday, March 19
Patterson Park Public Charter School, 27 North Lakewood Avenue
Patterson Park Public Charter School hosts its 6th annual Spring Into Art fundraiser event. Spring Into Art features a silent auction showcasing fine art from more than 20 Baltimore-area artists. 40% of the proceeds from art sales will be donated to PPPCS. In addition, 91 cents of every dollar raised goes to student education and programs. The event will feature a VIP reception and after party.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/100883.

Foreclosure Intervention Workshop
Saturday, March 19 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Oliver Economic Development Corporation, 1400 E. Federal Street
It's important to understand your options as early as possible! This workshop will give you insight into basic steps you can take to save your home from foreclosure. Come speak with HUD-certified counselors, learn to create and stick to a budget, know your consumer rights and get out of financial trouble. 
To register for this free workshop, call at 443-388-9809.

Fell's Point's Harbor Ball
Saturday, March 19 from 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Thames Street Wharf
The Fell’s Point Residents Association and Bozzuto Development present this event with proceeds going to repair/replace the windows in 1732 Thames Street, an historically significant building on one of Fell’s Point’s main thoroughfares. The 4th annual Harbor Ball, with the theme of Party Like a Sailor, promises lots of fun with live entertainment from the band That’s What She Said, DJ Don Koenig, beer, wine, a premium cash bar, great food from Pierpoint, dancing and a huge silent auction. Dress is black tie/festive. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at harborball.org or at One Eyed Mike’s, Long and Foster’s Fell’s Point office, BB&T Harbor East/Fell’s Point location and the Fell’s Point Visitors Center.
For more information, call 410-960-7038 or visit harborball.org.

Weathering the Storm in Tough Economic Times Seminar
Wednesday, March 23 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library Main Branch, 400 Cathedral Street
Many people in Maryland continue to suffer during these difficult economic times and many are not aware of the services that are available to them. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings will be hosting a series of informative and interactive resource sessions to inform constituents about the various Maryland agencies’ programs and services available to them.  Come and find out about how to access health care services, foreclosure prevention, financial literacy, free tax preparation, senior services, transportation programs, social services and housing programs. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Representatives from various federal, state, and local agencies will be present for one-on-one interaction to address constituents’ needs. An RSVP is encouraged but not required. 
For more information, call 410-685-9199.

The Many Faces of Breast Cancer
Saturday, March 26 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
New Psalmist Baptist Church, 6020 Marian Drive
Join the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and keynote speakers Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her mother, Dr. Nina Rawlings, a 20 year breast cancer survivor, for this educational symposium. Attendees will learn about the impact breast cancer has within their community, hear from experts in the field and local survivors, and connect with valuable community resources. Advanced registration is required by March 21, 2011.
For more information or to register, call 410-938-8990 or visit www.komenmd.org.

Scrabble Fundraiser for Literacy
Saturday, March 26 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Calvert School Atrium, 4300 North Charles Street
Join Greater Homewood Community Corporation for two rounds of Scrabble, live music, a silent auction, food and drink, and informal pick-up games, all supporting the Adult Literacy & ESOL Program. Tickets are $50 per person, or $40 for students or seniors.
For more information, visit www.greaterhomewood.org/scrabble.

Templeton Press Scholarship Contests
Applications due March 31
In an effort to generate a thoughtful discussion among young people about our country's freedoms, Templeton Press is sponsoring two scholarship contests, each of which carries a first prize of $5,000. Entrants need only write an essay or compose a video response to excerpts from the book New Threats to Freedom, which can be found at the contest website. There are two chances to win: a short form contest (essays should be less than 500 words, videos less than 5 minutes long) and a
long form contest (essays should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words). Sample topics include "The Loss of the Freedom to Fail" and "Campus Censorship in Academia." Any student who intends to be enrolled in an American college or university by the start of the fall 2011 semester is eligible to enter,
and submissions will be judged solely on the quality of the arguments.
For more information or to enter, visit http://pull.xmr3.com/p/890-FE25/47379291/html002-newthreatstofreedom.com.html.

Money Power Day
Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Poly-Western High School, 1400 West Cold Spring Lane
Money Power Day is a FREE annual event providing Baltimore area residents and workers with quality financial services including free tax preparation, free credit reports and credit counseling, customized financial planning, housing counseling, screening for public benefits, and financial programs for youth.
For more information, visit www.baltimorecashcampaign.org.

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists
On display through October 26
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 East Pratt Street
Thirty-eight three-dimensional works of art by eight black women artists will be featured in the special exhibition, Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists. Material Girls features an impressive lineup of artists at varying points in their careers.
For more information, visit www.africanamericanculture.org.

Smart Homebuying Night, Western City Neighborhoods
Wednesday, April 6 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, 5700 Park Heights Avenue
Learn all you need to know about buying a home in Baltimore City. Meet staff from Live Baltimore, mortgage lenders, real estate agents, renovation experts and more at the exhibitor fair. You can also take the Pre-Purchase Counseling Certificate Class to begin the process of earning your Homeownership Counseling Certificate, which is required to qualify for financial homebuying incentives. Seats are limited in the Pre-Purchase Counseling Certificate Class. There is a $5.00 participation fee to attend this event and the first 100 people to register are guaranteed one seat in the Pre-Purchase Counseling Certificate Class.
For more information or to register, call 410-637-3750 or visit www.livebaltimore.com.

11th Annual 5k Victims Fund Run/Walk or 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, April 16
Patterson Park, 2601 East Baltimore Street
Register online at www.charmcityrun.com.
For more information, visit Victim Services in 410 Mitchell Courthouse, call 410-396-1897 or email fundrun@stattorney.org.

Office of the City Council President
100 N. Holliday St., Suite 400
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-396-4804 (p) 410-539-0647 (f)
CouncilPresident@baltimorecity.gov
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