Baltimore County Public Library 2017 Toy Drive kicks off

Baltimore County Public Library Toy DriveThe Baltimore County Public Library’s 2017 Toy Drive got under way on Friday.

The annual drive helps less fortunate children and families in the local community.  Library patrons can bring a new, unwrapped toy to any branch or special program between Friday, November 17, and Wednesday, December 6.

The gifts will be donated to various local charities benefiting the community.

“While BCPL strives to provide the gift of opportunity each and every day to the citizens of Baltimore County,” said Director Paula Miller, “it’s exciting to assist in providing children with something special and new for the holidays.”

See below for a list of beneficiaries for each of BCPL’s 19 branches.

Arbutus Branch Southwest Emergency Services (SWES)
Catonsville Branch Catonsville Emergency Assistance Network
Cockeysville Branch Prologue, Inc.
Essex Branch St. John’s Church in Essex
Hereford Branch Hereford Community Food Bank
Lansdowne Branch Southwest Emergency Service (SWES)
Loch Raven Branch Turn Around
North Point Branch Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County
Owings Mills Branch Community Crisis Center of Reisterstown
Parkville-Carney Branch House of Ruth
Perry Hall Branch Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County
Pikesville Branch The Judy Center
Randallstown Branch Night of Peace Family Shelter
Reisterstown Branch Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More
Rosedale Branch Eastern Family Resource Center
Sollers Point Branch Turner Station Conservation Team
Towson Branch Prologue, Inc.
White Marsh Branch Eastside Family Shelter
Woodlawn Branch Night of Peace Family Shelter


Free parking to be offered in Parkville, Essex, Overlea on Thanksgiving weekend

Free Holiday Parking 2017Baltimore County is making local shopping easier this holiday season with two hours of free meter parking. Parking will be free at 1,735 meters throughout Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend, November 23-26. For last-minute shoppers, there also will be free meter parking December 20-25, just before Christmas.

Meters will be decorated with red “Seasons Greetings” bags in Catonsville, Towson, Parkville, Essex, Overlea, Pikesville, Arbutus, Stoneleigh, and Dundalk.

“A little relief at the parking meter during the busiest days of the holiday season makes it easier to support locally owned shops and restaurants,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “These small businesses help support the neighborhood economy. We encourage everyone to shop local on Small Business Saturday, November 25, and throughout the holiday season.”

Kamenetz encouraged local shopping in a video recorded along the Frederick Road shopping district in Catonsville.

Police investigating robbery, 3 burglaries

Police GraphicPolice are investigating a local robbery and three local burglaries that were reported this week.

Sometime between 6 a.m. on Monday, November 13, and 4 p.m. Wednesday, on November 15, an individual cut the latch to a detached garage door in the 3000 block of Putty Hill Avenue in Parkville (21234) to gain entry. Nothing appeared to be missing or stolen.

Sometime between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, an individual broke the side door glass to gain entry into a residence on Hallbrook Court in Perry Hall (21236). Once inside, the suspect stole jewelry then fled the scene.

Sometime between 8:15 and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, an individual broke into the an apartment in the 2300 block of Tarleton Lane in Parkville (21234) through the front door. The suspect ransacked the apartment and stole a car key.

At 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, a courier for Express Care was seated in the company vehicle when he was approached by an individual in the 7700 block of Harford Road in Parkville (21234). The suspect, displaying a gun, demanded money and then fled the scene with the cash.

Wires down after vehicle strikes pole in Rosedale

Car Crash AccidentCrews were responding to the scene of an accident involving a utility pole in Rosedale on Thursday morning.

At about 10:15 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the 8300 block of Pulaski Highway (21237).

At the scene, crews found that a vehicle had struck a utility pole and that wires were in the roadway.

There has been no word on any injuries.

Motorists should use caution in the area.