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  1. Will Bobby Flay create a Towson Burger?

    In the spirit of Bobby’s Burger Palace, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz invites Chef Bobby Flay to the newest BBP restaurant to create a signature Towson Burger using made-in-Baltimore County ingredients. Check out the video for the burger challenge and see Bobby’s Burger Palace, which just opened at the Towson Square entertainment center. 

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:36:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Will_Bobby_Flay_create_a_Towson_Burger
  2. Baltimore County Restaurant Week Begins July 31

    Participating Restaurants to Offer Specials July 31 through August 15

    The Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, and Sysco are pleased to announce the tenth Baltimore County Restaurant Week beginning on Friday, July 31. Fifty-eight Baltimore County restaurants have joined the summer promotion.

    The participating restaurants from across the County will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch, and dinner specials ranging from $15.15 to $35.15.

    “Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week – it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try at a big savings,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I encourage everyone to experience the many diverse cuisines in the County and support the local restaurant industry.”

    For a list of all participating restaurants and menus, go to www.baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com.
    Partners for the promotion include Downtown Diane and The Restaurant Association of Maryland.

    Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:00:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Baltimore_County_Restaurant_Week_Begins_July_31
  3. Catonsville Sanitary Sewer Overflow

    North of I-695 and the Route 40 Interchange

    A sanitary sewer overflow estimated at 20,000 gallons was reported by Baltimore County contractors to the Department of Public Works today at approximately 11:30 a.m., in a wooded area 1100 feet north of I-695 and the Route 40 Interchange.

    The overflow was apparently undetected for an unspecified time due to its location in an unoccupied area off Winters Lane. An eight-inch diameter sewer pipe was discharging into a nearby storm water retention pond which drains into a tributary of Dead Run.

    Utility crews were dispatched and immediately worked to locate and to remove the cause of the overflow – a blockage to the sanitary line. They pumped the pond to contain the flow and to prevent it from entering the stream. The blockage was removed and the flow was halted at 6:25 p.m.

    Health Department to Monitor Water Quality

    The Baltimore County Department of Health will monitor water quality at the sites and issue water contact advisories if necessary.

    Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:37:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Catonsville_Sanitary_Sewer_Overflow
  4. New Westside Shelter for Homeless Men Helps Address Roots of Homelessness

    Advances County’s 10-Year Plan to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness

    Men caught in the cycle of homelessness will be much better able to work toward self-sufficiency thanks to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s investment in a new $3.4 million shelter for homeless men on the campus of Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville.

    “The reality is, the homeless among us are not simply strangers down on their luck—they are somebody’s father, somebody’s sister, somebody’s child,” Kamenetz said. “The opening of this new site for the Westside Men’s Shelter represents a significant step forward in our 10-year Plan to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness.”

    Kamenetz and nearly a hundred homeless service providers, advocates and clients celebrated the grand opening of the modern 154-bed, 15,000 square-foot building, which replaces an outdated facility and incorporates functional amenities to better help residents receive the services they need and work toward independent living. The facility is operated and staffed by the nonprofit Community Assistance Network.

    About the New Westside Shelter

    The new shelter is designed to address barriers to independent living that homeless men may encounter. It includes:

    • a resource and conference room with computer stations to allow residents to search for employment and housing, as well as space to hold workshops and classes
    • a large fenced and gated garden area in the back of the shelter in which staff and residents will plant and grow their own fruit and vegetables
    • a social room with new furniture, bookcases, and a television
    • a commercial kitchen with new appliances and a spacious dining room
    • a sizeable laundry room
    • and, an exam room to be used by Health Care for the Homeless and the Department of Health and Human Services, so that residents can get important health services on-site.

    The shelter, designed by Rubeling and Associates and built by North Point Builders, incorporates many “green” features, qualifying it for LEED SILVER certification.

    County to Break Ground this Fall on a New Shelter for Women and Families

    In addition to this new shelter for men, the County plans to build a new $25 million, 80,000 square-foot Eastern Family Resource Center in Rosedale that will include:

    • an enhanced shelter for women and families serving up to 250 people
    • a transitional shelter program for women and families with a capacity of up to 38 people
    • and, a new shelter for men with a capacity of up to 50 people.

    The building, slated for completion in March of 2017, will house various Health Department functions that support shelter residents, and will also include expanded space for Health Care for the Homeless.

    Homelessness in Baltimore County

    In 2014, Baltimore County received more than 6,600 requests for shelter, representing more than 3,100 individual households. On any given night, more than 745 men, women and children are housed in homeless shelters or living on the streets and in encampments throughout Baltimore County.

    “A Home for All,” Baltimore County’s 10-year Plan to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness in our communities, was created with input from a diverse group of more than 60 local and regional stakeholders from both public and private sectors. It includes seven key strategies that have proven to be effective in reducing homelessness.

    The plan focuses on systemic changes, preventing homelessness where possible, and rapidly rehousing people in shelters and permanent and supportive housing. The plan uses relevant data and better leverages existing resources to move people toward independence.

    County to Create Community Sports Fields at Former Shelter Site

    The site of the former homeless shelter will be transformed into a $1.3 million recreational site featuring an artificial turf field, lights and open space for the Catonsville community on the grounds of Spring Grove Hospital Center. Construction on these sports fields is slated to begin next spring and be completed by the Fall of 2016.

    “This modern new facility is an important step forward in the County’s comprehensive plan to address homelessness by targeting its root causes,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk. “In the Catonsville community, we also eagerly await the new recreation fields that will be created on the site of the former shelter.”

    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:44:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/New_Westside_Shelter_for_Homeless_Men_Will_Help_Address_Roots_of_Homelessness_
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