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Thank you for joining us on Sunday April 22th for the 15th annual Highlandtown Wine Festival. We had a great time a look forward to next year.


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Guest Speaker at HCA Meeting on 16 April 2018

We want to thank Baltimore City's 25th State Attorney Marilyn Mosby for attending our community meeting and answering our questions. Though we have a long road ahead in fixing issues surrounding criminal justice, we are thankful that you attended our meeting and shared your vision.


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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

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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Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined the Mayor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business, Kaiser Permanente and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to launch the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program in Baltimore.  ICCC is a national program designed to help CEOs of small businesses in economically distressed areas learn to build their capacity for growth in revenue, profitability, and employment. ICCC is the only program to educate inner city small businesses about forms of capital and to provide matchmaking services with capital providers. ICCC is now accepting applications for its first Baltimore cohort.  
 
To view photos of the event, click here. 
 
For more information about the program, click here 
 
If you are interested in being nominated for this program, click here 


**Featured Contracting Opportunities**

Refuse Compactor
(Baltimore City Department of General Services) 
Solicitation Due Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 
 For more information, click here 

 Toro Groundsmaster 5900 & 7200 Lawn Mowers
(Baltimore City Department of General Services) 

Solicitation Due Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 
For more information, click here

Closed Top Trailers with Ejection Device
(Baltimore City Department of General Services) 

Solicitation Due Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 
 
 

For more information, click 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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