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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Guest Speaker at HCA Meeting on 16 April 2018

Please join us at our April Community Meeting. We will be joined by Baltimore City's 25th State Attorney Marilyn Mosby. If you have questions, make sure that they are informed and concise since her time with us will be limited. Thank you.


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Education   

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

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.  

Also, for students enrolled at an accredited, post-secondary institution in the State of Maryland (preference given to City residents and/or attending institutions in the greater Baltimore area) and pursuing associate/undergraduate/graduate degrees in a tourism-related program, including but not limited to: 

  • Hospitality Management; 

  • Food service and the Culinary Arts; 

  • Sales and Marketing; 

  • Non-Profit or Museum Studies; and/or 

  • Other Marketing/Event/Nonprofit/Business majors as long as the applicant can demonstrate his/her intent to utilize these skills in the hospitality, meetings or tourism industry.  

Eligible students can receive up to $5,000 in individual awards for tuition & fee expenses.  Applications will be considered on a merit-basis inclusive of academic record, letters of recommendation, written essay and tourism industry experience.  Priority consideration given to Baltimore City residents. For best consideration, applications must be postmarked by May 18, 2018.  
Download the Eligibility Criteria and Complete Application Form HERE (please note only typed applications will be accepted) 

https://baltimore.org/foundation/scholarship-program 

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

https://www.strongschoolsmaryland.org/ 


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Baltimore GROW Center 

https://www.facebook.com/events/344130439434564/ 

Visit a GROW Center if you want to transform that vacant lot, spruce up your community garden or make your block greener! Baltimore GROW Centers (Green Resources & Outreach for Watersheds) are your neighborhood greening resource hubs, linking city residents, communities, and faith-based groups to plants, materials and technical expertise for greening projects. GROW Centers will pop-up in Baltimore City with free/low cost green products and free workshops on topics including greening, vacant lot revitalization and stormwater management.  

GROW Centers are brought to you by Baltimore Department of Public Works & the USDA/Forest Service. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/baltimore-grow-center-16752678575 


**Featured Contracting Opportunities**

Centrix Installation and Maintenance Services
(Baltimore City Comptrollers Office) 

Solicitation Due Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 

For more informationclick here 

Underground Utility Services
(Baltimore City Department of Public Works) 

Solicitation Due Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 
For more informationclick here 


Testing and Repairs of Backflow Preventer Devices
(Baltimore City Department of Public Works) 

Solicitation Due Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 
 
For more informationclick here 

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.


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From the office of Senator Bill Ferguson 

Members of Team 46 (Senator Bill Ferguson and Delegates Luke Clippinger, Brooke Lierman, and Robbyn Lewis) offer a framework and concrete ideas for moving forward to combat the crime plaguing our streets and to create safe and healthy neighborhoods. This is not the beginning of the conversation, and it’s certainly not the end: these are our thoughts after talking with many individuals engaged every day in this work - and we look forward to hearing your thoughts as well. We propose these ideas for the purpose of starting a discussion that government, civic, and business leaders must have now so that we can address violence and crime head-on...  

To comprehensively address this crisis, each of these recommendations requires leaders in the Baltimore region to consistently meet, plan, and implement an identified game plan. We need ongoing programming, innovation, and experimentation to create opportunity, reduce violence, and restore the level of trust in relationships between our communities and law enforcement. This collaborative and data-driven work should include participation of electeds, emergency responders, police (leadership and patrol officers), teachers, counselors, juvenile justice workers, judges, community leaders, and state/federal partners.  

Finally, our approach must recognize that we only resolve this crisis sustainably when we create real opportunities for Baltimoreans: jobs, training, education, reliable transit, addiction counseling/ treatment, and affordable housing. We cannot ignore the deeper, structural problems that lead to crime — lack of economic opportunity, lack of education, addiction, structural racism, youth unemployment, segregated housing — each of which contributes to the broader landscape that causes crime spikes. Unfortunately, though, when crime reaches levels we are experiencing today, tackling these larger challenges becomes nearly impossible. We must triage the emergency, establish a path to a violence-free future, and work every day and every session toward reaching that vision of a safer, more equitable Baltimore. 

Read our policy paper, Baltimore PROSPERS by clicking here.  


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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