Baltimore County offices and facilities closed for the Thanksgiving holiday

Baltimore CountyBaltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate.

All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Thursday and parking meters are free on the holiday. The courts are closed on Friday, but Baltimore County offices and facilities will operate with normal schedules for the remainder of the weekend.

There will be no trash, recycling, or yard materials collection on Thanksgiving Day and drop-off centers will be closed.

The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to see when they should set out trash, recycling, and yard materials. Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000.

Baltimore County trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Thursday, November 23. County offices and all three drop-off facilities will be open with regular operating hours on Wednesday, November 22, and Friday, November 24.

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


New northeast Baltimore County elementary school to hold ceremonial groundbreaking

groundbreakingA new school in northeastern Baltimore County is set to break ground.

Charlene Behnke, principal of the new northeast elementary school, will be joined by BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to break ground for a new, $49 million school in the Perry Hall/White Marsh area of Baltimore County.

The groundbreaking will be held on Monday, November 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the site of the new school, which will be located at 4816 Joppa Road, Perry Hall, MD, 21128.

“This is Perry Hall’s first new school in a quarter-century, and one of three additional schools that will reduce overcrowding in northeastern Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Fifth District Councilman David Marks. “It is a significant milestone for the families of Perry Hall and White Marsh.”

The new school, which is scheduled to open to students for the 2018 – 2019 school year, will have a state-rated capacity of 725 seats and is planned to meet the silver LEED environmentally-friendly building standards.


Councilman Marks to hold Public Safety Town Hall on Nov. 20

Town Hall MeetingBaltimore County Fifth District Councilman David Marks announced on Friday that he would be holding a Public Safety Town Hall later this month.

The meeting comes at a time when the Nottingham community is experiencing an uptick in crime.

Councilman Marks says that he hopes the Town Hall will help citizens replicate the success of the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol.

At the meeting, TACOP volunteers will share how neighborhoods can develop their own watch programs. Police will also be present to provide updates on recent events.

The meeting will be held on Monday, November 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Perry Hall library, located at 9685 Honeygo Boulevard, 21128.