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  1. County partners with Ravens defensive lineman Brandon Williams to protect animals

    - TV and online ads promote pet adoption and spay/neuter services

    Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Brandon Williams is known as a tough, hard-hitting rival within the NFL, but bring him a kitten or a cute dog and he’s all cuddles and playtime.

    An animal lover through and through, Brandon was delighted to help Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) encourage people to open their hearts to homeless cats and dogs and to take advantage of low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter services offered by the County.

     

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today the launch of a new public service outreach campaign called, “Not Always a Tough Guy,” which features the six-foot-one, 335-pound Brandon nuzzling an armload of kittens and giving a playful pit bull a big smooch on the forehead. Brandon comments in the ad, “Even tough guys get their pets spayed and neutered.”

    “We are so pleased that Brandon stepped up to lend his support and star power to help us get the word out about our great success story with our Animal Services team and their services for pets,” Kamenetz said. The County recently revamped its Animal Services' programs and approach, including completing a new $6.6 million, 22,400 square-foot animal shelter in Baldwin. The new facility doubles the space and provides a modern facility for the animals and animal adopters. This has resulted in an historic drop in the number of animals being euthanized.

    “I am grateful to Brandon for helping us get the word out about the animal services we offer in Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Director of Health and Human Services Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “From a public health perspective, educating residents on the importance of spaying and neutering their cats and dogs is vital to reducing overpopulation and the spread of diseases.”

    “Brandon was absolutely great to work with, he was excited about the facility and loved interacting with the animals,” said Animal Services Director Melissa Jones, V.M.D. “We really appreciate his partnering with us as something of a celebrity ambassador for Animal Services.”

     
    Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:49:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-partners-with-ravens-defensive-lineman-brandon-williams-to-protect-animals
  2. County crews stops sanitary sewer overflow in Cockeysville

    Water contact advisory for Beaver Dam Run and tributary

    At approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, County utility workers discovered a break in a temporary sewer pipeline just north of Padonia Road.  Equipment and construction material were brought to the site and repairs began Tuesday to address the sanitary overflow, which was halted Wednesday morning at approximately 11 a.m. The volume of discharge as a result of the broken line has not yet been determined, but is expected to be significant.

    Several intermittent sanitary sewer overflows, resulting from the single pipe failure, occurred at two sites: the site of the break itself on Beaver Dam Road, just north of Padonia and near a tributary to Beaver Dam Run, and a site south of Ashland Road between York Road and Western Run. The overflow near Ashland Road occurred as a necessary part of the process to repair the line at Beaver Dam Road.

    The public is advised to avoid contact with the water. The Baltimore County Department of Health is monitoring water quality in Beaver Dam Run and the tributary and has issued a water contact advisory and will update the situation as needed on their website:

    http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/environmentalhealth/watersampling/alertadvisory.html

    Further details on the cause of the overflow and the total volume of discharge will be published as they become available.

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:43:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-crews-stops-sanitary-sewer-overflow-in-cockeysville
  3. Health Department to host Behavioral Health Town Hall Meeting and Health Fair

    Free public event offers information and resources

    The Baltimore County Department of Health will hold its 17th Annual Behavioral Health Town Hall Meeting and Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 19 at Oregon Ridge Park’s Lodge (13401 Beaver Dam Road) in Cockeysville, Maryland.

    The purpose of this event is to provide participants with information about tobacco cessation and peer recovery support while:

    • Learning about behavioral health resources in Baltimore County.
    • Receiving information and resources on wellness and health-related topics from panelists.
    • Participating in a question and answer open forum.
    • Hearing from keynote speaker Carlos DiClemente, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

    Behavioral Health disorders are common health conditions that impact many County residents. Baltimore County has a comprehensive network of mental health and substance abuse services including outpatient, residential, rehabilitation, case management, and crisis services, as well as specialized programs for both children and adults. Over 19,000 clients a year receive services in the Baltimore County behavioral health system.

    The event is free and open to the public. For additional information about this event, contact Venus Rankin-Waters, LCSW-C with the Department of Health at 410-887-3828 or
    vrankin-waters@baltimorecountymd.gov. To reserve a vendor table, contact Susan Parks with the Mental Health Association of Maryland at 410-235-1178 ext. 205 or sparks@mhamd.org.

    For information on behavioral health services in Baltimore County, call 410-887-3828 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/mentalhealth.

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:17:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/health-department-to-host-behavioral-health-town-hall-meeting-and-health-fair
  4. County to Make Major Improvements at Intersection of Towsontown Boulevard and Osler Drive

    - Upgrades to ease congestion near hospitals and Towson University

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the County is moving forward with improvements to the intersection of Towsontown Boulevard and Osler Drive just north of Towson University. Following discussions with the university and three nearby medical institutions, the County has initiated a project to improve traffic flow and enhance pedestrian and driving safety with an upgraded signal, additional sidewalks and a 16-foot road widening, which will permit a double left-turn lane on to Osler Drive.

    “We appreciate the collaboration of these thriving Towson institutions as we all work together to bring a new vibrancy to downtown Towson,” said Kamenetz. “This roadway improvement helps provide for the significant growth that continues in Towson.”

    The first phase of construction was completed today, including widening Towsontown Boulevard and installing sidewalks west of Osler Drive. In early 2017, the Department of Public Works will install a new sanitary sewer line in Towsontown Boulevard in the vicinity of Osler Drive. This construction is expected to take approximately three months to complete.

    At the end of the school year, the next phase of the roadway widening project will start in May and run through August, with the installation of retaining walls on the north side of Towsontown Boulevard east and west of Osler Drive, followed by the 16-foot roadway widening.

    The roadway improvements are a partnership between Baltimore County and Towson University, along with its neighboring medical institutions – Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Sheppard Pratt Health System and University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The County will contribute $1.7 million, which is 75% of the $2.3 million estimated cost, with the remaining cost to be shared between the university and the three hospitals. 

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:37:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-to-make-major-improvements-at-intersection-of-towsontown-boulevard-and-osler-drive
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