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Jack's Journal: Vol. 9, Issue 34

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Baltimore City Council President releases policy report from Solutions Summit event



BALTIMORE, MD - Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young released a policy report from his inaugural Solutions Summit.


Held over the course of two days earlier this summer, Council President Young's Solutions Summit event featured more than 100 community leaders from across the city, who worked collectively to brainstorm policy suggestions to help move Baltimore forward.


The report details the key topics covered and offers unfiltered recommendations from the citizens who attended the Summit. 


A link to the report can be found here: 2018 Solutions Summit Report


City releases third update on the progress of the nonprofit managing the Children and Youth Fund

BALTIMORE, MD - The City of Baltimore released a third progress report on the establishment of the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund.


The Fund is being managed by Associated Black Charities.


The effort to establish a Baltimore Children and Youth Fund was launched in 2015 by Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young. It was approved by voters in November 2016 with over 80 percent support. The non-lapsing Fund is supported through an annual set aside of property tax revenue. The City selected Associated Black Charities to administer grants from the Fund one year with the option to extend for one additional year. 


The Fund achieved the long-awaited goal of recommending grantees for funding during this reporting period, with a significant proportion of the 84 proposals coming from small, grassroots organizations


Links to the report can be found below:


Maryland PSC to Hold Five Public Hearings for BGE Gas Rate Case

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold five public comment hearings in October on the request by the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) for a net increase of $62 million in its gas distribution rates. BGE delivers natural gas to 650,000 customers in central Maryland. 


The rate request would result in a nearly 7% increase on the average residential heating customer bill. For the average combined gas and electric service residential customer,

the increase would amount to $5.67 per month.


Members of the public who wish to comment on the request may attend any or all of the public hearings, scheduled as follows (government office buildings may require an ID to enter):


  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. (Howard County)

Howard County Court House, George Howard Building (Banneker Room)

3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City


  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. (Anne Arundel County)

Maryland Dept of Legislative Services Building, Joint Committee Hearing Room

90 State Circle in Annapolis


  • Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. (Baltimore City)

Maryland Public Service Commission, Frank O. Heintz Hearing Room (16th Floor)

William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street in Baltimore


  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. (Harford County)

Bel Air Town Hall Rotunda, 39 N. Hickory Avenue in Bel Air


  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. (Baltimore County)

The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt (Auditorium)

6501 N. Charles Street in Towson


Filings in the cases can be viewed or downloaded in the electronic docket for Case No. 9484 on the Commission’s website,


Written comments referencing Case No. 9484 may also be mailed (by Friday, November 2, 2018) to:


Terry J. Romine, Executive Secretary

Maryland Public Service Commission

William Donald Schaefer Tower

6 St. Paul Street

Baltimore, MD 21202


Reasonable accommodations will be made at Public Service Commission proceedings for qualified persons with disabilities, if requested five days in advance of the proceeding.  (Dial 410-767-8000 or 1-800-492-0474 or access the prior numbers through the Maryland Relay Service at 1-800-201-7165.)


Consent Decree Community Forums


Below is a list of community forums wherein the Baltimore Police Department will brief the community on our efforts to comply with the Consent Decree

All of the following Consent Decree update meetings will be held from 6:00-7:30pm:

  •       Thursday, October 17th Chase Brexton, 1111 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201




Out and About in Baltimore





City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young joins Coucilman Eric Costello, Mayor Catherine Pugh and city officials for the GroundBreaking of the Paca House. 

Paca House is a permanent housing program that provides support services to low income individuals that were homeless or facing homelessness.






Council President Young presents a resolution to Mr. Joseph Parham fro teaching spanish for over 10 years. Mr Parham is 91 years old.


Mr Parham is a part of the GEDCO Senior NEtwork. GEDCO’s Senior Network of North Baltimore serves older adults by providing social activities, exercise programs, health classes, information services, recreational activities, and referrals that allow members to remain active and independent. 









Coming up in Baltimore

FRESH at the Avenue
Every Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Avenue Market, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave
Proudly selling produce grown in 21217. Featuring produce from local farms. Quality prices!


Oktoberfest!  A benefit for the 29th Street Community Center!  
October 13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 East 30th Street, 21218
Please plan to attend the Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 13 for an evening of craft beer, German food, beer garden, and a silent auction…all benefiting the 29th Street Community Center.  The Center is celebrating its 5th year of operation and 5th Oktoberfest.   Funds raised will enable staff to better meet the needs of the children and youth who come to the center after school looking for a safe and positive place to be.The fun evening begins at 6:00pm and runs until 9:00pm at the Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 East 30th Street, 21218 


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake
Volunteers Needed!
Becoming a mentor is easy. Mentoring is about real relationships that help young people overcome obstacles and thrive. From education to extracurricular activities to community engagement, young people benefit from mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake Community One-to-One Mentoring Program connects young people with caring adult mentors. Matches are provided with professional supports, inclusive of a case manager, and monthly low to no cost activities. We ask that volunteers commit to mentoring a child for a minimum of one year and to plan two to three match activities per month. To apply contact Leticia Sharp at 410-243-4000 or visit to complete an online application . Visit Big Brothers Big Sisters on Facebook: BBBSGreaterChesapeake, Twitter: @bbbsgc and instagram: bbbsgc.

Online Homebuyer Education Course
24 hours a day/7days a week
Looking to buy a home? Don't just take your best shot, make it a slam dunk! eHome America can help make your homebuying experience a winning experience! Learn what you need to know about the homebuying process, on your own schedule, from any computer. The cost is low, but the information is invaluable. Visit us at for more information, or to register online. Information courtesy of Steven C. Kinney of the GO Northwest Housing Resource Center on 2300 Garrison Blvd., Suite 140. For more information e-mail or call 410-947-0084.

GO Northwest HRC Free Foreclosure and Prevention Counseling
Wednesdays, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM by appointment only
2300 Garrison BoulevardSuite 140
This workshop is for individuals who are behind on their mortgage and/or facing foreclosure. Free workshop and free parking! Appointment is required. Call 410-947-0084 x104 for more information.

Adult Education Classes in Baltimore City
Locations throughout Baltimore City
The Baltimore City Community College and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City will offer Basic Skills (Pre GED) Classes at the following locations: Eager Street Homes, 709 E. Eager Street; Gilmor Homes, 1515 Vincent Court; O'Donnell Heights, 1200 Gusryan Street; Pleasant View Homes, 201 N. Aisquith Street; Westport Homes, 2343 Norfolk Street; Brooklyn Homes, 4140 Tenth Street. You must be at least 17 years of age to enroll. For more information call 410-396-3212.