I am deeply honored and overjoyed to have been re-elected to serve another 4 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing the 43rd District and Baltimore City. Thank you to all who encouraged and supported me on this path over the years. It is a bitter sweet victory in that many of my colleagues and the head of our party will not return by their own choice or by that of their constituents. There is as much meaning in loss as gain if we are willing to listen and to be honest with ourselves. Today we are called—no, challenged– to do even more to earn the trust that many put in us when they cast their ballot, not to take their loyalty for granted, and to respect who they are today, not some ghost of battles and alliances won long ago and faded due to neglect. There are new, persistent and urgent challenges we must and can face together. This day and every day, I pledge to do just that.
I would like to congratulate our new Governor-Elect for Maryland, Larry Hogan, and I look forward to working with him to ensure the needs and rights of Marylanders and residents of Baltimore City are met. I encourage all of you to learn about and reach out to your new and re-elected officials to let them know your thoughts on the future of Maryland.
Our work making Baltimore City a better place to live continues. Following are opportunities for you to engage with and improve our community.
Community Opportunities and Developments
Parks & People Foundation Neighborhood Greening Grant and Clean Water Mini-Grant Workshops
The Parks and People Foundation announces its Spring 2015 round of the Neighborhood Greening Grant and Clean Water Mini-Grant. The grants are offered to any community-based group working to create a greener, healthier, and more attractive Baltimore City and to help improve water quality for the entire region. Neighborhood Greening Grants award up to $1,000, and Clean Water Mini-Grants award up to $250 to each selected grantee.
To be eligible for the grants, representatives of interested community groups must attend one of three pre-application workshops to obtain information on the application process and eligible projects:
- Monday, November 24, 2014; 6 – 8 p.m.
Baltimore Community ToolBank, 1224 Wicomico Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
- Thursday, December 4, 2014; 6 – 8 p.m.
Lillian Jones Apartments, 1303 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202
- Tuesday, December 9, 2014; 6 – 8 p.m.
Parks & People Foundation, Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 010, Baltimore, MD 21211
Applicants are not required have an official non-profit organization designation to apply. Examples of greening projects eligible for a grant include, but are not limited to: vacant lot clean–up and restoration projects, community gardens, rain gardens, tree plantings, alley gating, neighborhood clean-ups, schoolyard greening, water quality improvement, and environmental education activities.
For more information on future workshops and the application process, please visit the Parks and People Foundation Grants for Greening webpage .
BGE Utility Assistance at the Energy Assistance Expo
Energy Assistance Grants are available for on-service BGE Customers to help pay for heating and energy bills. In order to apply, eligible households must have a monthly gross income of $1,702 for a household of one to $4,662 for a household of six.
What you need to apply:
- Government issued photo Identification
- Proof of residence (lease, rent book, mortgage statement)
- Copies of Social Security Cards for all household members including children
- Proof of all household’s total gross income for the last 30 days (from all sources of income)
- The name of your home energy supplier and account number
- Copy of most recent utility bill
The Energy Assistance Expo is Saturday, November 15th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Coppin State University, 2500 West North Avenue, Talon Center – Atrium (2nd floor).
For more information, please visit the Maryland Department of Human Resources Office of Home Energy Programs Energy Assistance webpage or contact the Baltimore City Central OHEP Office, 2700 N. Charles Street, Suite 202, 410-396-5555
Bagged Leaf Collection
On Mondays through January 5, 2015, the Baltimore City Bureau of Solid Waste crews will collect up to 20 bags of leaves from each address. Call 311 no later than 10 pm on the Sunday preceding the anticipated Monday collection. On regular trash collection days, solid waste crews will collect up to 5 bags of leaves weekly from each address.
Community Events and Meetings
Baltimore City DOT Sisson Street Bridge Replacement Meeting
On Thursday, November 20th from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Oak Street AME Church, 123 West 24th Street, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the Sisson Street Bridge Replacement Project. The community is invited to come out for discussion and input regarding this project. For more information, please contact Kohl Fallin, BCDOT Liaison Kohl.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Comment on the Application of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company for Adjustments in its Electric and Gas Base Rates
Evening hearings for the purpose of receiving public comment on the Application of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company for Adjustments in its Electric and Gas Base Rates have been scheduled by the Maryland Public Service Commission. Written public comments may also be filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission by November 19th, 2014.
The next local hearing will be held on November 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wohlman Assembly Hall, War Memorial Building,101 N. Gay Street.
For more information, please visit www.bge.com.
Baltimore City Delegation Public Conference on Baltimore City Schools
The Baltimore City Delegation Education Sub Committee of the Maryland General Assembly is holding a public conference to discuss the current state of Baltimore City Public Schools. Delegates Curt Anderson and Cheryl Glenn are moderating and the following topics will be discussed:
- Funding for Baltimore City Schools
- Changing the Board of School Commissioners to appointed and elected members
- Legislative priorities for the upcoming 2015 Maryland General Assembly Session
Confirmed guests are Dr. Gregory Thornton, Superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools; Ms. Shanaysha Sauls, Chairman of the Board of School Commissioners; and Marietta English, President of the Baltimore Teacher’s Union.
The conference will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the University of Baltimore Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202.
For more information, please contact Delegate Cheryl Glenn at Cheryl.email@example.com.
Tuesday, November 11 was Veteran’s Day, and I would like to recognize the tremendous sacrifices that our veterans have made to make our country safe. There are over 21 million veterans, one million active duty service members, and 800,000 reservist who have served or are serving our country. Please take the time to acknowledge our veterans and service men and women who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to secure the freedoms of American citizens.
Keeping in Touch
I will continue to do my best to provide detailed updates and alerts via email and at local community associations or other meetings, and you can follow my daily activities and breaking news by liking my Facebook fan page facebook.com/delmarywashington43 or via twitter.com/DelMaryW. As always, I encourage you to contact me with the issues that matter to you at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the district office at (410) 235-2707. I look forward to hearing from you.
Delegate Mary Washington