Welcoming Our Future. Celebrating Our Past.
Volume 1, Issue 18_____ ______ _______ __ __________ _ __ ________ Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Tuesday, November 30
2:00 PM – Highway and Franchises Subcommittee Hearing (Transit and Traffic-Obstructing or Impeding Traffic).
Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall.


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Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday

Dear Baltimoreans,

The Baltimore City Council would like to wish a healthy and happy holiday season to you and yours. During this season of giving and reflection we would like to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to the citizens of Baltimore for your daily acts of kindness tgivand good works toward your fellow Baltimoreans. Let us give thanks this holiday season and remember that together we can help make Baltimore a better city for us all.

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

Coalition Standing for Affordable City Housing

Members of the Asset-Building Community Development Network Baltimore (ABCD/Baltimore) told the City Council on Monday, November 15, that it is making significant progress in strengthening low-wealth communities throughout Baltimore and has further plans to improve the city.

Allison Pendell Jones and Mark Cameron from ABCD/Baltimore highlight the organization's progress and initiatives before the City Council.

The volunteer-driven organization, part of a statewide coalition of public and private groups, includes  many of the leading housing and community development organizations in the city who are interested in making Baltimore and its neighborhoods a better place to live and work.

ABCD/Baltimore’s Allison Pendell Jones spoke to the Council as part of “Showcase Baltimore,” a segment held before Council Meetings that allows community groups to update the city on their progress. Representing its network of over 40 affordable housing developers, Jones said ABCD/Baltimore recently submitted recommendations to the city for its 2011-2015 consolidated housing plan. ABCD will meet quarterly with housing staff to consider further improvements.

“Our goal is to advocate for nonprofits and make sure that they are represented well, their needs are met, and they are heard in the community,” Jones said. “We’ve been a big proponent for pushing for a neighborhood revitalization plan, and we think something that is lacking is an overall vision for the city. We understand this is where the priorities are, but a plan would help us as a nonprofit for our development.”

ABCD/Baltimore  still faces a number of challenges for its members and its network. It has only one part-time staff person statewide and the rest are volunteers.

“Affordable housing continues to be a challenge for the city, and ABCD/Baltimore has made a great push to advocate for the needs of the groups that play a vital role in this market,” City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young said. “I have made several successful legislative efforts to improve and expand affordable housing, and the work of groups like this is invaluable.”

Support Transparency and Accountability

The Baltimore City Council on Monday, November 8, 2010, granted President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's Transparency and Accountability Bill (TAB) final approval, and the legislation now awaits action from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to become law. The bill would allow proceedings from the Liquor Board, Board of Municipal Zoning Appeals and Board of Estimates, which represent three of the city’s most influential decision-making bodies, to be televised. tv

Most citizens are kept in the dark about decisions made by these powerful boards – which rule on everything from zoning changes to the awarding of multi-million dollar construction contracts – because they are not currently televised, and the meetings often take place during the day when people are at work.

“Tonight’s passage of my landmark Transparency and Accountability Bill (TAB) is a major step toward true government openness and accountability," President Young said. "I look forward to Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s immediate adoption of this resolution." 

Since being elected Council President, President Young has worked hard to ensure that the City Council is focused in a tangible way on government transparency. In April, the City Council passed new ethics legislation that helped make government more transparent by expanding and strengthening the ethics board and clarifying the qualifications for ethics board members. And last month, President Young introduced legislation to enhance the city’s rules governing lobbying.

"With today’s passage of TAB, Baltimore is truly moving in the right direction," the President said. "Together, we are creating a stronger city built on increased transparency.”

Please contact Mayor Rawlings-Blake at 410-396-3835 or email to urge her to fully fund the Council President's transparency legislation.


Vendor Development Series for Minority and Women Business Enterprises
Monday, November 29 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Small Business Resource Center, 1101 E. 33rd Street, Suite C-307
These seminars will expose minority-owned and women-owned businesses to the proper policies, procedures and processes, including the law for conducting business with the City of Baltimore. The seminars cost $25 per class or $100 for the entire series.
For more information or to register, call 410-396-3818.

Bed Bug Response Meeting
Wednesday, November 30 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Herring Run Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3801 Erdman Avenue
The Baltimore City Health Department will hold a series of free community meetings to provide information on how to combat bed bugs. Specifically, the Health Department will help residents, travelers, students and others learn to avoid, detect, identify and treat bed bugs. The event is free but seating is limited.
For more information visit

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 from 7:00 PM to 7:30 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 7 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. 10 or Dec. 8.
To RSVP or for more information, call at 410-625-9409.

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 Habitab 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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