Health officials to provide free flu shots in Middle River this weekend

Flu ShotBaltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services and “Sure Shot,” the Department of Health mascot, announced this week that Baltimore County would hold “Super Saturday” free flu vaccination clinics this weekend.

On Saturday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, the department will hold public flu vaccination clinics at the following locations in each of the seven council districts:

  • Drumcastle Government Center
    6401 York Road, First Floor
    Baltimore, Maryland 21212
  • Dundalk Middle School
    7400 Dunmanway
    Baltimore, Maryland 21222
  • Hereford Middle School
    712 Corbett Road
    Monkton, Maryland 21111
  • Lansdowne Middle School
    2400 Lansdowne Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21227
  • Randallstown Community Center
    3505 Resource Drive
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Middle River Middle School
    800 Middle River Road
    Middle River, Maryland 21220
  • Pikesville Middle School
    7701 Seven Mile Lane
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Free flu vaccinations will be available, while supplies last. Vaccines are given on a first come, first serve basis and no appointment is needed. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of their arm where the vaccination will be administered.

“Nobody wants to catch the flu and flu vaccines are a great defense against this common, but potentially dangerous illness,” saidCounty Executive Kamenetz. “By having clinics located across the county, we are making it as easy and convenient as possible for people to get their free, annual flu shot on Saturday.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine – even if they were vaccinated last year – since immunity from vaccination declines over time and strains my change from year to year. The vaccine is safe, effective and readily available this season.

“I am urging all individuals six months and older to stay in the game and get a flu shot this year,” stated Dr. Branch. “As I remind residents every fall, the best defensive move against the flu is knowing the flu FACTS – Frequently wash your hands, Always get an annual flu shot, Cover your coughs, Take time off when you are sick, and Seek medical treatment if symptoms get worse.”

For more information on Super Saturday flu vaccination clinics, call 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flushot.

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy to hold Clear Creeks Project open house

Clear Creeks Project Open HouseThe Gunpowder Valley Conservancy will hold a Clear Creeks Project open house this weekend.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maryland State Game & Fish Protective Association, located at 8735 Honeygo Boulevard in Perry Hall.

Attendees will be able to drop in to see the beautiful ways GVC have improved water quality for recreation and local wildlife on the grounds of the country’s oldest conservation club.

Stormwater runoff – the rain that flows over roofs, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces – is the leading source of pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees will learn how to reduce pollution, beautify their yards, and solve local flooding issues.

The event will feature examples of:

— rain barrels
— a Bayscape Garden
— a rain garden
— native tree plantings
— Bay-Wise Certified landscape
— microbioretention practices

Light refreshments will be provided. A mid-day Flag Retirement Ceremony will also be conducted by a local Scout troop.

For more information, view the event on Facebook here.

Councilman Marks announces start of work to improve major tributary in Carney

Baltimore CountyBaltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Monday the start of work to improve a major tributary in Carney that leads to the White Marsh Run.

Starting next summer, Baltimore County will restore approximately 2,300 linear feet of degraded stream from the stormwater pond south of Concord Court to where Upton Road crosses the stream. Contractors will use natural channel design techniques to stabilize the channel, using materials such as logs and boulders. The project is designed to improve water quality, reduce erosion, stabilize stream banks, increase the quality of natural habitat, and protect public infrastructure.

Baltimore County has allocated $307,000 for design and engineering, with another $1.08 million from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources funded for construction.

“Over the past four years, I have heard complaints about stream erosion in this part of the Carney area, and I am pleased that the county and state have allocated funding to improve this tributary that leads to the White Marsh Run,” said Councilman Marks.

“I would like to thank the Hogan administration for supporting this project, which will improve an area where I have lived and owned a home since 2004,” added Delegate Joe Cluster.

The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at 7 p.m. to discuss details of the project and answer any questions. The meeting will be held in the cafetorium of Carney Elementary School (3131 East Joppa Road).

For questions, contact Heather McGee or Joan Beam at 410-887-2904.

White Marsh Run

Eisai Inc. signs 40,000-square-foot lease at Greenleigh at Crossroads

Baltimore Crossroads 1BALTIMORE, MD – St. John Properties, Inc. has signed Eisai Inc., the United States pharmaceutical subsidiary of Tokyo-based Eisai Co, Ltd., to a 40,000 square foot full-building lease within 11675 Crossroads Circle.

The flex/R&D building was built on a speculative basis, and is located within Greenleigh at Crossroads, a 550-acre mixed-use community in the White Marsh area of Baltimore County. The company plans to relocate approximately 55 employees from its existing location in Baltimore City in 2019, after construction at the site is completed. Matt Lenihan of St. John Properties represented the landlord in this transaction.

Eisai Inc. is a fully integrated pharmaceutical business that operates in two global business groups: oncology and neurology (dementia-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases). Each group functions as an end-to-end global business with discovery, development, and marketing capabilities. The U.S. headquarters, commercial and clinical development organizations are located in New Jersey; discovery labs are in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania; and the global demand chain organization resides in Maryland and North Carolina. The Greenleigh at Crossroads facility will be used to manufacture and distribute Gliadel®, a product used to treat brain cancer.

“This new Baltimore location enables Eisai a seamless transition in its efforts to continue to produce Gliadel® for thousands of patients worldwide,” said Shaji Procida, President and Chief Operating Officer of Eisai Inc. “It also demonstrates our commitment to constantly improve our services in areas of unmet need and to remain nimble to adapt to our changing business environment, while executing on our human health care (hhc) mission of giving our first thought to patients and their families, and helping to increase the benefits health care provides.”

St. John Properties, together with Somerset Construction Company and Elm Street Development, are currently engaged in the construction of Greenleigh at Crossroads, utilizing a concept plan that consists of 1,000 single-family homes and townhomes, 500 multi-family units, three mid-rise Class “A” commercial office buildings containing approximately 300,000 square feet of space; 443,000 square feet of single-story office space; 827,000 square feet of flex/R&D space; 188,000 square feet of retail amenities; and a 120-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

Located along MD Route 43 (White Marsh Blvd.) near Interstate 95, Baltimore Crossroads is configured to support more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial office, flex/R&D, warehouse, industrial and retail space, in addition to the hotel and residential components. Approximately 2,500 employees currently live and work in the community, including multi-family residents at the Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads and more than 10,000 jobs are expected to be created upon the completion of Baltimore Crossroads.

“This represents a tremendous win for Greenleigh at Crossroads given the influx of high-paying jobs destined to support our retail tenants and restaurants, as well as opening the possibility for the purchase or rental of residential properties within the community,” explained Richard Williamson, Senior Vice President of Leasing and Marketing for St. John Properties. “Attracting strong economic generators to Baltimore County was an extremely high priority in the design and planning of the community. This usage highlights the many advantages of Greenleigh at Crossroads including its amenities, ability to handle corporate growth and access to transportation infrastructure. With available product on-hand, we are able to immediately respond to the diversified real estate requirements of end-users, including the expansion needs of current and future tenants.”

“Based on the unique skill set of our talented employees and our strong ties to the local community, remaining in Baltimore is a priority for Eisai,” said Trudy Burke, President, Oncology Demand Chain Unit, and Baltimore Site Head. “The new site will provide a right-sized physical environment for our employees, which will help streamline operations and foster a culture of growth and innovation.”

“Our economic strength is due, in large part, to keeping innovation companies such as Eisai here in our business community. We’ve created a successful business climate that is bringing approximately 55 new life sciences jobs to Baltimore County. Eisai’s commitment to staying in the region is based on Baltimore’s powerhouse combination of well-educated workers, world-renowned medical researchers and well-located business communities. There’s a strategic advantage when you have available space for companies as they grow. Baltimore Crossroads offers the business environment Eisai needs,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.