"Highlandtown... The Heart of Baltimore"
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.
Board of Estimates Taxpayers' Night
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The goal of Taxpayers' Night is to equip City residents with the budget information they need to meaningfully engage in the budget process. This interactive event will help residents understand how the Fiscal 2019 budget invests their tax dollars to move Baltimore forward, and allow public commentary on the budget.
From 6:00-7:00PM, residents can mix and mingle with BBMR staff and agency leaders to learn about the FY19 Proposed Budget and ask questions about planned investments. There will be information booths set up highlighting budget plans for the Mayor's key initiatives, centered around her 5 Pillars:
- Public Safety
- Economic Development & Jobs
- Quality of LIfe
- Accountability & Transparency
At 7:00pm the BOE hearing will begin with the 2-minute speeches from residents who can sign up to speak upon arrival. After all attendees who have requested the opportunity to speak have had their chance to provide testimony, the hearing will conclude, no later than 8:00 pm.
Taxpayers’ Night will be held on the 1st floor of the War Memorial building. Very limited parking is available in the lot directly in front of City Hall; paid parking is available on-street and in the Lexington and Fayette Street garages. The venue is located on MTA bus routes 5, 20, 23, 40, and 91, and is near the Shot Tower/Market Place Metro station.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, Senator 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.
Last but not least, Strong Schools Maryland consists of hundreds of grassroots activists across Maryland speaking up and saying that the current education system is failing many of our students and crippling our economy. They know that the best way to ensure lasting change is to create the public will necessary to force our leaders to implement solutions we know work. Join the organization in building the public will to create a world-class education system for every student.
The objective for Strong Schools Maryland is to create a system in which the following three ideas are true:
(1) All Maryland students graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in post-secondary education without the need for remediation.
(2) All Maryland students graduate with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a career in which they find satisfaction and earn a living wage.
(3) All Maryland students graduate with the knowledge and skills to be an effective citizen
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.
**Featured Contracting Opportunities**
For a list of more contracting opportunities, click here
For additional City contracting opportunities, go to:
- Baltimore CitiBuy: https://www.baltimorecitibuy.org/bso/external/publicBids.sdo
- Design and Construction Projects: http://cityservices.baltimorecity.gov/DCP/ProjectList.aspx?agencyName=&projCat=&contact
- Baltimore Housing: http://www.baltimorehousing.org/contractors.aspx
- Baltimore City Public Schools: http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/Page/25290
- Baltimore Development Corporation: http://baltimoredevelopment.com/rfps/
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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!