Come join us on Sunday April 22th for the 15th annual Highlandtown Wine Festival, our yearly celebration of all things both Highlandtown and Wine! Click the Wine Festival poster directly below for more information.


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Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (House Bill 1) Guidance: 
Frequently Asked Questions

 small.business@maryland.gov 

 

On February 11, 2018, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act went into effect. 

Since being established only a month ago, the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance has received more than 1,300 emails from employers and employees with specific questions about complying with the law. The most common of these questions have been compiled into a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, available at www.dllr.maryland.gov/paidleave

The document is being provided to assist employers with compliance as well as facilitating a discussion with employees regarding their rights under the law. Responses are preliminary and subject to change. Please note that the department cannot provide legal advice regarding specific employer leave policies or employee exemptions under the law. These FAQs are for informational purposes and are intended to provide general guidance to employers and employees about the requirements of the law. 

The department encourages stakeholder input on these FAQs. Final guidance documents will be released based on feedback our office receives as well as changes to the law during the General Assembly session.

In addition to the FAQs, the department has provided a draft sample employee notice poster for your place of business, available at www.dllr.maryland.gov/paidleave.

Finally, the department continues to develop sample policies that will be available on the department’s website in the near future.

Governor Larry Hogan issued Executive Order 01.01.2018.04 creating the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance to assist small businesses in complying with House Bill 1 (HB1). Questions can be sent to this office at small.business@maryland.gov


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ALERT!  Submit your 2018-2019 FAFSA TODAY!!   

Did you know that the deadline to submit your 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration of the 2018-2019 Educational Assistance Grant is March 1, 2018?    

Why wait?  Submit your 2018-2019 FAFSA today by visiting www.fafsa.gov.  

If you have not done so already, we encourage you to create an account through the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS) in order to view your eligibility status and receive confirmation that your FAFSA has been received by our office.  To create an MDCAPS account, you may visit https://mdcaps.mhec.state.md.us/.       

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding the Educational Assistance Grant Program specifically you may visit our website at www.mhec.maryland.gov or contact our office atosfamail.mhec@maryland.gov

 

AlsoSenator Bill Ferguson’s 2018-2019 Scholarship Open - If you are a senior in high school or attending an in-state college or university and you reside in the 46th District, you are eligible to apply to Senator Bill Ferguson's Senatorial Scholarship. You can access the application on our website and follow the instructions to apply by April 13th. Please do not hesitate to call our office with any questions at  410-841-3600.  

 

In addition to school related matters, the Kirwan Commission's excellent preliminary report has provided a guidepost and vision for major policy and funding reform to genuinely improve the long-term prospects of our State's economic future. Want to help change the world? Check out Strong Schools Maryland today to see how you can be a part of making this vision for a world class education a reality in our State. You can access the full report here and the PDF version here.  


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Youthworks Application Open - Baltimore City residents between the ages of 14 and 21 can begin the 2017 YouthWorks summer jobs registration process by applying online at http://youthworks.oedworks.com. YouthWorks matches thousands of city youth with paid summer jobs at for-profit businesses, nonprofits and government employers throughout the region. YouthWorks summer jobs will operate two, five-week sessions, the first beginning June 26 and the second beginning July 10. The online application is the first step of the YouthWorks summer jobs registration and will remain available for Baltimore City residents through Friday, March 10, 2018. 

https://publicworks.baltimorecity.gov/events/apply-youthworks-summer-jobs 


**Featured Contracting Opportunities**


Consulting for City's Ten Year Financial Plan
(Baltimore City Department of Finance)

Pre-Proposal Conference: Friday, January 26, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. 
Solicitation Due Date: Friday, February 22, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. 

For more information,  https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MDBALT/2017/12/22/file_attachments/934357/Featured%2BContracting%2BOpps%2BDecember%2B22.pdf 

 

For a list of more contracting opportunities, click here

For additional City contracting opportunities, go to:


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AN UNOFFICIAL STRATEGY TO DEAL WITH ILLEGAL DUMPING

Baltimore has a major problem with dumping in our streets and alleys. The city asks residents to make use of the 311 system, but does not seem to be willing to invest in enforcement. Many believe that the cost of enforcement would be offset by the reduced costs associated with clean up. The cost of cleanup is not the only expense. Filth and trash are unsightly and attract rats which carry disease. Property values, and the related tax revenue to the city, are reduced.

Here is a list of possible strategies:

  • Use 311 whenever there is dumping – please be vigilant, this will not be resolved quickly

    • There is a free 311 phone app that automatically records 311 report numbers which allow you to track every 311 report you have ever made

      • It can be found at Google Play and the Apple Store

      • You can easily attach pictures to your report

      • It uses your phones GPS to record the location, although it often is not accurate enough to pin point the exact address – you can adjust the location or record the address in the body of the comment area

    • City employees may call you with questions or to follow up, so we know that the reports are seen

  • Contact your city council representatives and provide them with the 311 report numbers

    • East of Conkling Street contact Brandon Scott’s office at 410-396-4808 or at Brandon.Scott@baltimorecity.gov

    • West of Conkling Street contact Zeke Cohen’s Director of Civic Engagement, Joshua Thomson at 410-396-4821 or at Joshua.Thomson@baltimorecity.gov

    • copy the Highlandtown Community Asso. at highlandtown21224@gmail.com

    • Please include:

      • Your 311 report numbers

      • Any relevant pictures, including pictures that may show the dumping in progress and license plate numbers

      • Pictures of any incriminating evidence, such as mail with an address, found in the debris

  • Always ask your city councilman for stepped up enforcement, not just clean up

The Highlandtown Community Association has a portable motion activated camera with night vision (aka a wildlife/deer camera) that can be used to capture pictures at chronic dump sites. This camera requires a location where it is unlikely to be noticed or tampered with. If you have a chronic dump site you may request use of the camera at highlandtown21224@gmail.com . Please include your phone number and be prepared to help locate a good spot to place the camera.


Highlandtown's very own Agnes Arnold has been awarded the annual "Citizen of the Year" award by the Exchange Club of Highlandtown/Canton for outstanding dedication to the citizens and the community. Here she accepts her award along with Pastor Mark Parker (left), the incoming President of the Exchange Club. Residents of Highlandtown thank Agnes & Mark for their continued efforts to improve our neighborhood!


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