Eastern Tech Senior Named Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete

MPSSAA announced 18 winners of the Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year and one of those winners attends school in Essex.

Gregory Hrica, a senior at Eastern Technical High School, was named one of the winners.

The selection committee met on Friday, May 3 to choose one male and one female from each of the MPSSAA’s nine districts who will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

This 17th annual program has recognized those who have excelled on the playing field and in the classroom. Over $217,000 in scholarships have been awarded to student-athletes since its inception in 2008.

Applicants must be seniors with a minimum 3.25 unweighted overall GPA and have participated in interscholastic athletic activities sponsored by MPSSAA during their high school careers.

Santa Schedules for Eastside Volunteer Fire Companies

Bowleys Quarters, Essex, Kingsville, Middle River, North Point Edgemere, Rosedale & Wise Avenue volunteer fire companies announced their Santa schedules for their local neighborhoods. Some of these events have already started.

Bowleys Quarters VFRM Santa Schedule 
Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Rescue and Marine released their Santa tour schedule for 2023. The tours run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 10

Essex Volunteer Fire Company Santa Schedule
The officers and members of the Essex Volunteer Fire Company announced they will once again be escorting Santa Claus around the Essex area from Dec. 12 to Dec. 24.

Kingsville VFC Santa Detail Schedule
The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company announced their Santa Detail Schedule for 2023. It will run the week of Dec. 16 to Dec. 20. The nightly tours leaves the station at 6 p.m.

Middle River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Announces 2022 Santa Detail
The Middle River Volunteer Fire and Rescue released its schedule for its 2022 Santa Detail. All details start at 6 p.m. except on Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

North Point Edgemere Volunteer FD Santa Schedule Santa Tour Schedule
The North Point Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department will make a tour with Santa around the Edgemere/Sparrows Point area. The tour will take place Dec. 4-5 & Dec. 7, 8, 9. Beginning at 5:30 p.m.

North Point Edgemere Volunteer FD Santa Schedule Santa Tour Schedule

Rosedale VFC Announces Santa Detail
The Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company released their Santa Detail schedule for the communities of Rosedale, Rossville, Overlea, Eastwood, Hazelwood and Elmwood from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14

Rosedale VFC Announces Santa Detail

Wise Avenue VFC Santa Rides Schedule
The Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company announced their Santa rides for the Dundalk community.

A List of 2023 Holiday Events in Eastern Baltimore County

Here is a list of holiday events in Eastern Baltimore County for 2023. This page will be updated with new events as soon as we are notified. If there are any events not on the list, please email us at eastcountytimes@gmail.com.

Friday, Nov. 24
The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden
The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company announced their train garden will open on Friday, Nov. 24 and will run through the holiday season.

Saturday, Nov. 25

The Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden
The Dundalk train garden opens this Saturday, Nov. 25 and will run until Monday, Jan. 1.

Middle River Lighted Boat Parade 
The annual Middle River Parade of Lighted Boats takes place Saturday, Nov. 25 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Maryland Aviation Museum to Host Train Garden
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum’s 9th annual Plane and Train Garden will run from Nov. 25 to Jan. 7. Times have been announced.

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Bethlehem Steel Star Lighting 
Tradepoint Atlantic continues a holiday tradition of the lighting of the Bethlehem Steel Star on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 30

Kingsville Tree Lighting 
Beltway Lending is hosting its first annual Kingsville Tree Lighting event in the bank’s parking lot of at 7400 Bradshaw Road in Kingsville on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m

Friday, Dec. 1
Perry Hall Community Tree Lighting 
The Perry Hall Improvement Assocation will hold its annual tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Essex VFC to Hold Tree Lighting
The Essex Volunteer Fire Company will hold a tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Back River United Methodist Church, 544 Back River Neck Road.

Edgemere Community Tree Lighting 
Edgemere Sparrows Point Rec. Council will host the annual Edgemere Community Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2
THE AVENUE Announces Holiday Parade Lineup
The AVENUE at White Marsh will hold its 25th Annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2nd starting at 10 a.m. Full lineup has been announced.

DRC to Hold Holiday Hoopla

The Dundalk Renaissance Corp. will hold their Holiday Hoopla on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 2 at Historic Dundalk Town Center. Events start 1:30. Dundalk Christmas Parade is scheduled for 4 p.m.

OLMC Christmas Tree Lighting 
Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Essex will hold a tree lighting after 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Dec.2.

Essex Community Tree Lighting at the Museum

The Essex Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, Inc. will host the Essex Community Tree Lighting on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

Bear Creek Boat Parade Returns to Dundalk
Bear Creek Lighted Boat Parade is back again for its 3rd year and is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

Oliver Beach Community Christmas Tree Lighting 
Robert Oliver Park presents Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Sunday Dec. 3
Watersedge Community Tree Lighting
Join the Watersedge Community in Dundalk on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. for the annual community tree lighting.

Kingsville Community Tree Lighting
The Greater Kingsville Civic Association and St. John’s Epicopal Church will hold the annual Kingsville Community Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Dundalk Christmas Tree Lighting Returns

The 5th annual Dundalk Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.

Overlea Community Tree Lighting
The Overlea Community Association will hold the 10th Annual Overlea Community Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

Two BCPS Students Place in Library’s Short Horror Story

Baltimore County Public Schools’ students earned second and third places in the Under 21 category of the Baltimore County Public Library’s Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest.

The BCPS student winners are:

• Ella Dengler, a Grade 8 student at Hereford Middle School, who won second place for “Estranged,” about a young woman seeking refuge from a storm at an abandoned, possibly haunted rest stop.

• Maaz Ijaz, a Grade 8 student at Parkville Middle for “Whispers of the Netherrealm: The Haunting of Ravenshade Mansion,” which recounts a young man’s exploration of a haunted mansion.

Baltimore County Public Library challenged writers of all ages to write original horror stories with a “Petrifying Poe” theme.

First, second, and third place winners in the Over 21 and Under 21 categories were selected by a panel of judges including local civic leaders, librarians, and published authors. Criteria for judging included originality, fear factor, quality of writing, and incorporation of the theme.

Dengler and Ijaz will read their stories at a private reception on Friday, October 6, at the library’s Reisterstown Branch. The young winners also receive a prize package including a certificate and gift card.

The Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest started in 2016, inspired by the 1816 ghost story challenge that led to the creation of Frankenstein’s monster and the first modern vampire story.

The contest is held in conjunction with A Toast Among Ghosts, the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library’s annual Poe-themed outdoor festival. The winning stories will be published on the Foundation’s website later this month.

16-Year-Old Missing From Essex

Baltimore County Police reported that Dannesy Quarte Flores, 16 years old (4’9, 125 lbs) is missing.

She was last seen in the Essex area on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. with a 1-inch scar over her right eye.

She does not speak English. Anyone with information is requested to call 911 or 410-307-2020

Community Invited BCPS Budget Meetings

Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Myriam Rogers (Yarbrough) will host five “Community Conversations” regarding the development of the BCPS Fiscal Year 2025 Operating Budget.

Community members are invited to share their ideas on budget priorities and the investments the system should make to provide high-quality public education to every student.

The forums will be held on the following dates and locations:

Thursday, October 12, from 6-7 p.m. Sparrows Point High School—cafeteria, 7400 North Point Rd, Sparrows Point 21219

Tuesday, October 17, from 6-7 p.m. Pikesville High School—cafeteria, 7621 Labyrinth Rd, Pikesville 21208 This meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Wednesday, October 25, from 6-7 p.m. Loch Raven High School—cafeteria, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson 21286

Thursday, November 9, from 6-7 p.m. Parkville High School—cafeteria, 2600 Putty Hill Ave., Baltimore 21234

Tuesday, November 14, from 6-7 p.m. Western School of Technology and Environmental Science —cafeteria, 100 W. Kenwood Ave., Catonsville 21228

Work on the operating budget for the next fiscal year typically begins in the summer, with a preliminary budget estimate completed by early fall.

After considering all requests from BCPS offices and reviewing recommendations from schools, executive leadership, and stakeholder groups, the superintendent submits a proposed budget to the Board of Education in January.

The Board holds public hearings to gather comments and feedback from the community, and then works to finalize their budget proposal, which is submitted to the Baltimore County Executive and the County Council.

The Council also holds a public hearing and approves a budget for the county, which includes BCPS.

The Board approves a final budget for BCPS in May. In addition to the Community Conversations in October and November, the community will be able to learn more about the budget process on a soon-to-be launched “Budget 101” website.

Additional opportunities for involvement will include the Board of Education public hearings.

Spanish interpretation will be provided at each meeting. Interpreting services for other languages are also available upon request at no cost to participants.

Please contact 443- 809-1250 as early as possible to request. In addition to the budget forums, Team BCPS staff, parents, students, and community members are encouraged to complete the FY 25 Budget Priorities Stakeholder Survey.

Faith and Blue Events in Eastern Baltimore County

The Baltimore County Police Department will participate in several events and activities as part of the fourth annual National Faith and Blue Weekend scheduled for October 6-9. Nationwide, Faith and Blue Weekend has been embraced by law enforcement and religious community members as each planned event provides an opportunity to celebrate each of our communities in Baltimore County. The events involve people of all ages, religions, and congregations.

The following is a list of events that are scheduled throughout eastern Baltimore County. Keep checking this list for updates. These events are also posted on the Faith and Blue website under the Events tab.

Precinct 8 Parkville

Hosted by: Perry Hall Christian School

Date: Friday, October 6

Time: 11:30-1 p.m.

Location: 3919 Schroeder Avenue, 21128

Activity: Officers will have lunch with the students

Hosted by: St John’s Lutheran Church

Date: Friday, October 6

Time: 6-6:30 p.m.

Location: 8808 Harford Road, 21234

Activity: Pet Blessing

Hosted by: Perry Hall Baptist Church

Date: Sunday, October 8

Time: 10:30-12 p.m.

Location: 3919 Schroeder Avenue, 21128

Activity: Sunday Service

Hosted by: St. Joseph Church Fullerton

Date: Sunday, October 8

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Location: 8420 Belair Road, 21236

Activity: Mass with Law Enforcement

Date: Tuesday, October 10

Time: 9-12 p.m.

Location: 8416 Belair Road, 21236

Activity: Officer with meet with students

PRECINCT 9 White Marsh

Hosted by: Pilgrim Presbyterian Bible Church

Date: Friday, October 7

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: 8220 Perry Hall Blvd, 21236

Activity: Small group of church members will come to the precinct to enjoy fellowship and lunch.

Hosted by: Perry Hall Family Worship Center

Date: Sunday, October 9

10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: 5125 E. Joppa Road., 21128

Activity: Sunday Service, officers will be on stage for a Q&A for Officers and a Meet & Greet after.

Hosted by: Life Source International Church

Date: Sunday, October 8

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: 7000 Rossville Blvd 21237

Activity: Outdoor cookout with officers and parishioners. Arrive by 1030 to attend the service.



Hosted by: Shining Star Baptist

Date: Thursday, October 5

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Location: 99 Stemmers Run Rd., 21221

Activity: Food Donation Event

Hosted by: Boulevard Christian Church

Date: Friday, October 6

Time: 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: 920 Essex Ave., 21221

Activity: Churches for Streets of Hope and Boulevard Christian Church will be having a Clothing Drive Kick off.

Hosted by: Church of the Harbor

Date: Saturday, October 7

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: 911 Mace Ave., 21221

Activity: Church of the Harbor hosting breakfast for officers

Hosted by: Christian Fellowship Church

Date: Monday, October 10

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: 12909 Eastern Ave., 21220

Hosted by: Christian Fellowship Church

Activity: Coffee, donuts and dialogue with a cop



Date: Saturday, October 7

Hosted by: Our Lady of Fatima

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: 428 Westham Way, 21224

Activity: Coffee with Officers following a Prayer service

Hosted by: Our Lady of Hope/St Lukes

Date: Monday, October 9

Time: 07:50 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Location: 1727 Lynch Rd., 21222

Activity: Greet students as they enter school and then a recess with students and law enforcement

National Night Out to be Held Throughout County

The Baltimore County Police Department will participate in the 40th year of National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1. This annual community-building event promotes police-community partnerships and allows neighbors and law enforcement members to come together.

Some of the scheduled events include block parties, carnival games, school supply drives, educational seminars, and more! At the heart of each event is the spirit of togetherness and a goal to ensure every community in Baltimore County remains safe and happy for residents, businesses and visitors alike.

On Tuesday, August 1, turn your porch light on to show your commitment to your community and public safety.

The following is a list of some of the events scheduled in each precinct. More events may be added, and some may change closer to the date, so bookmark this page and check back to plan your participation.


Name of Group: Oella Community Association
Activity: Community gathering
Location: Westchester Community Center (2414 Westchester Avenue)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Medwick Garth Community Association
Activity: Community gathering
Location: South Medwick Garth/Overbrook Road
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Kensington Community Association
Activity: Community gathering
Location: College Rd/Dorchester Rd
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Academy Heights Community Association/Paradise Community Association
Activity: Community gathering
Location: Christian Temple Church (5820 Edmondson Ave 21228)
Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Halethorpe Civic League
Activity: Community gathering
Location: Halethorpe Civic Center (1900 Northeast Ave 21227)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Lansdowne Improvement Association
Activity: Community Gathering
Location: Hillcrest Park (3800 Hollins Ferry Rd 21227)
Times: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Concerned Citizens of Catonsville
Activity: Neighborhood Walk and Gathering
Location: Banneker Community Center (27 Main Ave., 21228)
Times: (Walk) 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Gathering) 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.


Name of Group: Graystone
Activity: “Unity event”, meet newly elected board
Location: 1905 Gwynn Oak Avenue, 21207
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Woodmoor
Activity: community get together
Location: PAL Center (7111 Croydon Rd. 21207)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Stevenswood Improvement Association
Activity: Neighborhood Watch
Location: Community (Carlson Lane, Kenjac Rd, Edcrest Rd, Steveswood Rd)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Hilltop Community Association
Activity: National Night Out
Location: Brookmont Drive between Lukewood Dr. /Lawnwood Circle
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Fairbrook
Activity: Community gathering
Location: Entrance of Winding Brook & Fairbrook Rd.
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Powhatan, Gwynn Oak, Gwynndale, Robin Hill
Activity: Community Cookout
Location: Powhatan Elementary School lot
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Twelve Trees
Activity: Community pool and block party
Location: 26 Papago Ct. at the pool
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Franklintown
Activity: Food, drinks, music, prize wheel
Location: Windsor Mill Rd. and N. Forest Park, 21207
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Edmondson Heights
Activity: Games and snacks at the park
Location: Edmondson Heights Park (Granville and Harwall roads)
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Orchard Glen
Activity: Community gathering with games and raffle
Location: Milford Garden Dr. and Milford Garden Ct. 21244
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Name of Group: New Towne Community Association
Activity: Officer’s meet with community. Topics covered are home security, personal security, security surveys, domestic Violence, Child Seat Installation, Fire Department, DJ children’s activities. McGruff will be attending. Bicycle registration.
Location: Central Park (corner of New Town Blvd and Fitch Hill Road)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Chartley HOA, Country Club Estates Community Association
Activity: Officer’s meet with community. Topics covered are home security, personal security, security surveys, domestic Violence, Mobile Command Post, Child Seat Installation, Fire Department, BG&E demonstration, DJ. McGruff will be attending. Bicycle registration/safety inspection.
Location: Chartley Shopping Center (100 Chartley Drive 21136)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Name of Group: Queen Anne Village Homeowners Association
Activity: BBQ Cookout
Location: Countess Drive and Wimbledon Lane @ the pool
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Creekside @ Quarry Lake HOA
Activity: Ice Cream Social / Community Gathering
Location: dead end of Granite Ridge Court
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Colonial Village HOA
Activity: Community Meet and Greet
Location: Mayflower Court
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Pahls Crossing HOA
Activity: Community Gathering
Location: Pahls Farm Way and Red Jonathan Court
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Parke at Mt. Washington
Activity: Community Gathering
Location: Blackberry Road and Evanston Road
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Williamsburg Community Association
Activity: Car Caravan (Twice around the neighborhood)
Location: Starting at Bedford Elementary School (7407 Dorman Dr. 21218)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Villa Nova Homeowners Association
Activity: Community gathering
Location: Prince George Road and Buckingham Road
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Residences @ Pomona Park
Activity: Community gathering
Location: 1 Pomona North 21208 – Clubhouse/Community pool
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Valleybrook Homeowners Association
Activity: Community Picnic w/ Live Music
Location: Ending at Winand Elementary School – 8301 Scotts Level Road, 21208
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Pikesville Township Association
Activity: Community Gathering – food trucks, live music and activities
Location: Yeshivas Toras Simcha School – 110 Sudbrook Lane, 21208
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Name of Group: Campus Hills
Officer Assigned: Community Outreach Team
Location: Seaword Road (Between Sawyer Court/Shelley Road)
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Glendale/Glenmont
Activity: Block Party
Location: Loch Raven United Methodist Church (6622 Loch Raven Blvd)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Name of Group: Briarcliff Apartments
Activity: Community meet and greet, Safety handouts, bicycle course
Location: 599 Cranbrook Rd (Tennis Courts)
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Name of Group: Harford Park Community Association
Activity: Block Party/cookout, Fire Department
Location: Harford Park Community Association building (2522 Linwood Avenue)
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Perring Park Citizens On Patrol
Activity: Block party with Kona Ice Truck
Location: 8902 Harford Rd (behind Harford Hills Elementary School)
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Overlea Community Association
Activity: Community Potluck dinner
Location: Natural History Society of MD (6908 Belair Rd)
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.


Name of Group: Elmwood Belmar Community Association
Activity: Food, ice cream, games.
Location: Elmwood Elementary School (531 Dale Avenue)
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Cowenton
Activity: Cookout/picnic, White Marsh Vol. Fire Dept., Child ID, face painting, Delegates Szeliga, Senator Jennings attending, MSP, Transit & Amtrack police
Location: White Marsh Vol. Fire Dept. (10331 Philadelphia Road 21162)
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Linover Improvement Association
Activity: Cook Out and Block Party
Location: 4304 Fullerton Ave. (Pavilion)
Time: 6:00-8:0 p.m.
Name of Group: Brandywine Townhomes
Activity: School supplies, honorary awards, face paintings, snacks& games
Location: McKay Circle, Rosedale MD. Near the community benches
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Garden Village
Activity: Games, face painting, talent shows
Location: 6011 St. Regis Rd.
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Hazelwood Park East
Activity: Community Cookout
Location: Freedom Church – 5310 Hazelwood Ave 21206
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Holland Hills
Activity: Community Cookout
Location: Dead end of Radecke Ave – Park
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Name of Group: Sussex Community Association
Activity: Community block party, Kids Activities
Location: 300 Block Margaret Ave. Essex, MD 21221
Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Hawthorne Community Association
Activity: Block Party, Music, Vendors, Face Painting, Kona Ice
Location: Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center (2109 Eastern Blvd. 21221)
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Precinct 11 PCRC/Aero Acres Civic
Activity: Community food truck, Kids Activities
Location: Salvation Army Field (1400 Fuselage Ave, 21220)
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Bird River Road Neighborhood Association
Activity: Community Gathering, Food Truck
Location: Our Lady Queen of Peace Church (10003 Bird River Rd. 21220)
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Hendersen Webb
Activity: Community Activities, Nature Displays, Kids activities
Location: Hartland Rd. 21221
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Name of Group: Turners Station Conservation
Activity: Community gathering, cookout
Location: Sollers Point Community Center (323 Sollers Point Road)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Old Dundalk / Dunlogan
Activity: Snacks/games/books
Location: Heritage Park (2717 Playfield St)
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Name of Group: Boston Courts
Activity: Food/snacks
Location: Villager Circle/ Redrose Way
Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Old Inverness
Activity: Food/snacks
Location: Wise Ave Volunteer Firehouse
Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Name of Group: EHS Community Affairs and Dundalk Farms
Activity: Food/snacks/music
Location: 2023 Merritt Ave
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: St. Helena
Activity: Hamburgers, hot dogs, and pony rides
Location: 6509 Colgate Ave. (St. Helena Community Center)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Name of Group: Watersedge
Activity: Community celebration
Location: Watersedge Park
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Olszewski Announces Key Appointments to County

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced the following major personnel appointments:

· Horacio Tablada, former secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), has been named Director of the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS), effective July 31. Mr. Tablada will succeed current Director David Lykens who will be retiring from Baltimore County government.

· Marcus L. Wang, Esq. has been named Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD), effective July 31.

Mr. Tablada will be the first Hispanic-American leader of a Baltimore County department.

Mr. Wang will be the first Asian-American leader of a Baltimore County department.

“Mr. Tablada’s experience in environmental leadership along with his demonstrated commitment to public health and ecological stewardship make him the right person to lead the department at this critical time,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

“I look forward to our work together as we continue to tackle the effects of climate change and further strengthen environmental resiliency, keeping Baltimore County healthy and thriving for our future generations.”

Horacio Tablada most recently served as MDE Secretary under Governor Hogan and brings over three decades of experience as an environmental leader in Maryland, including spearheading the environmental redevelopment efforts at the former steel mill site in Sparrows Point.

A Nicaraguan native, Tablada has served in numerous environmental regulatory management positions in Maryland, including serving as director of the Department of the Environment’s Land Management Administration, overseeing brownfield redevelopment of former industrial sites, recycling and waste diversion, lead paint poisoning prevention, and more.

Mr. Tablada holds a bachelor’s degree in biological agricultural engineering from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, and earned a Master of Divinity from Capital Seminary and Graduate School.

“I want to thank County Executive Olszewski for his confidence in me to lead the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability,” said Tablada.

“I look forward to serving the people of Baltimore County and working with this talented team to promote science-based policies and implementing sustainable solutions.”

Mr. Lykens will be retiring from Baltimore County after over 35 years of service. He first joined Baltimore County government in 1987 — the year the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability was established — and worked his way through the ranks, starting as a pollution control analyst and culminating in his appointment as director in December 2018.

Under his leadership, the department has made considerable progress in promoting environmental sustainability, including launching Operation ReTree, an innovative equity-based tree planting initiative to expand tree canopies in older high-density, lower-income neighborhoods and joint efforts with the state of Maryland to address a decades-long problem to reduce the nuisance midge population along Back River.

“Dave has been an invaluable member of our team to help build a better Baltimore County,” Olszewski said.

“On behalf of the people of Baltimore County, I extend my gratitude for his decades of dedicated service and I wish him and his entire family the best in his well-deserved retirement from County service.”

“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Baltimore County for more than 30 years and I am incredibly proud of all our efforts to promote cleaner, more sustainable communities,” said Director Lykens.

“I thank County Executive Olszewski for this opportunity and have the fullest confidence that our hardworking team will continue to effectively serve our residents for years to come.”

Marcus Wang joins Baltimore County Government after most recently serving as CEO and Co-Founder of the Baltimore County-based ZytoGen Global Genetics Institute. He brings extensive international business and legal experience in building startups to profitability and in expanding public companies globally.

He has powered companies to success in diverse sectors ranging from biotech and genomics to retail and e-commerce, in both the U.S., where he practiced corporate law for DLA Piper in Manhattan, as well as China, where he spearheaded the development, execution, and launch of Under Armour’s China market entry.

Mr. Wang has also served as the Chair of the Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board since 2020, where he has advised the Olszewski administration on strategies for attraction and retention of businesses, best practices for public-private partnerships, and long-term economic development strategies. He also serves as a Commissioner on the Maryland Health Care Commission.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Wang earned an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Dr. Jennifer Lynch, who has served as Acting Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, will return to her position as Baltimore County’s Senior Policy Advisor for Education and Workforce.

“Mr. Wang’s knowledge of the breadth of economic opportunities and assets that Baltimore County has to offer, coupled with our shared priority of attracting new businesses, developing strategic partnerships, and creating and retaining high-quality jobs for our residents, make him a natural fit for this position,” said Olszewski.

“I am confident that with his leadership and advocacy, we will continue building a better Baltimore County for our most important asset: our people.”

“I am honored to be called to public service and to join this great team,” said Marcus Wang. “I want to thank the County Executive for his leadership and his trust, and I pledge to always be a strong advocate for the residents, workers, and businesses of our great County.”

The nominations of Mr. Tablada and Mr. Wang will be subject to confirmation by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the County Council.

County Releases Dashboard for Food Facility Inspections

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced the county has released a new data dashboard displaying information regarding recent Baltimore County Department of Health food facility inspections.

This new dashboard expands the Olszewski administration’s unprecedented efforts to provide more information to the public and increase government transparency.
“Every resident deserves the ability to access critical information about their communities and this is new tool is yet another way we are making information available,” Olszewski said. “Thanks to our BCSTAT data team, as well as the Baltimore County Department of Health, for creating this new tool that expands our administration’s work to provide more accessible and open government.”
 “Our Environmental Health Services unit provides licensing, oversight and monitoring to more that 3,500 food service facilities across Baltimore County,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore County Health Officer and Director of Health and Human Services. “Working in conjunction with these facilities helps to ensure the safety and well-being of their customers and their employees.”
The Food Establishment Closure Dashboard displays establishments that have experienced closure due to a critical violation discovered during an inspection that could not be corrected immediately.
Public data such as the establishment name, date of closure(s), reason for closure(s), and reopen date(s) will be available by selecting an establishment from the map or list.
Restaurants that have experienced recent closures are differentiated by color.
The list of critical violations that would result in closure includes:
• Food items obtained from an unapproved source or using an unapproved process
• Spoilage and/or contamination of food
• Pest infestation
• Employee(s) working while ill
• Not properly washing hands
• Not cooling products properly or not approved to cool products
• Cold foods held at improper temperatures and/or insufficient refrigeration
• Hot foods held at improper temperatures and/or insufficient hot holding equipment
• Food(s) not cooked to proper temperature(s)
• Food(s) not reheated to proper temperature(s) or not approved to reheat products
• Unapproved water supply or positive bacteriological result
• Insufficient hot and cold running water
• Sewage backup or overflow
Data will be displayed for one year on a rolling basis. Restaurants with no health-related closure events during this time will not be shown.
The Food Establishment Closure dashboard is expected to be updated daily.
This latest dashboard joins Baltimore County’s growing set of resources that provide unprecedented transparency for residents and reflect Olszewski’s commitment to a more open and accountable government. Prior efforts include:
• Launching BCSTAT, Baltimore County’s first data-driven performance management program that aims to improve performance, ensure data quality, enhance transparency and increase accountability across government.
• Releasing the Baltimore County Open Budget platform to empower residents to explore the County’s budget in an online, easily understood format.
• Expanding Open Budget to include the Open Checkbook tool, which allows users to view County expenditures down to the individual check level.
• Creating a dashboard displaying detailed information about fatal and nonfatal opioid overdose incidents occurring in Baltimore County.
• Providing a number of downloadable raw data sets related to numerous government functions and services.
The Food Establishment Closure Dashboard is available.