Executive Director’s Message
Baltimore County News
Master Plan 2030
Baltimore Co. Police Info
UMBC/OCA Mocha Updates
Welcome to February – Don’t forget your special someone on February 14th
February may be the Month of Love, but the 90 day Legislative Session isn’t always hearts and flowers. “There are several bills which have been submitted to the Maryland General Assembly, which, if passed, can have significant negative impact on our local businesses. These include:
- House Bill 8 and Senate Bill 275. A hearing has been scheduled in the Senate for Thursday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. on what the Maryland Chamber terms “dangerous legislation.” Employer mandate for Family & Medical Leave Insurance Program. Since this is an employer/employee shared responsibility, they are amazed that a huge concern has not been expressed for the employees who also must pay into the program. This bill is expected to pass in the House, but the Senate will be more cautious.
- House Bill 0299and Senate Bill 0224. This Attorney General bill would broaden the definition of “employer.” It would allow employees to sue for back wages from companies beyond the immediate employer. Per the MD Chamber, employees of a franchisee could sue the franchisor, an employee of the painting company that paints your house can sue the homeowner that hires the contractor, etc.
- House Bill 0365.This bill prohibits the Interagency Commission on School Construction from considering a new or replacement fossil fuel-based energy system as a construction or capital improvement cost. The MD Chamber is surprised that MACo, the Maryland Association of Counties, hasn’t jumped on this, as it threatens any new school construction or renovation where gas was intended to be used. While most are in favor of moving away from fossil fuel, the timeline is considered unreasonable.
- House Bill 0171and Senate Bill 0135. Could be very costly to any business that uses gas. Some feel this should be a tax credit for investing in clean energy, not a tax for using fossil fuel.”
- SB403, Corporations and Associations – Annual Reports – Fees for Electronic Filings, a bill that will eliminate the filing fee for businesses that submit their annual report electronically. GABA Supports!
GABA continues to stay connected through State wide associations as well as the Baltimore County Leadership Forum to share important information with our members. GABA will officially oppose the negative legislation on behalf of our membership. Please consider your voice and express your opposition too. Collectively, we can make a difference! As always, Thank You for your support!
New Members List
- Alements Beer, Wine & Spirits
- Charm City Roofing
- Double W LLC/Walke Works
- East Drive Kitchen
- Friend Like Me Travel
- Betty Mullins-Winegar – Avon
- Valley Landscaping, Patio & Stone
- Veterans Initiative 22
- Waverly Works
Thank you to all who came out to participate in selecting nominees for open seats on our Board of Directors. Our newest Directors are Binal Patel, Joe Regier, Steve Moran, Maude Swearington, and Jeff Choyce. Thank you for your dedication to GABA and its membership.
GABA Membership Renewal Drive
It’s time to renew your membership – or if someone has forwarded this newsletter to you – time to consider joining the business and professional association that has your interests in mind. The benefits include networking with other local businesses; advertising opportunities through the street banner program, website, newsletter and gateway signs; advocacy at the local and state level; and the knowledge that your support is making the Arbutus area a stronger and better place to live, work and shop. Visit the GABA webpage at www.arbutus.org to see the levels of memberships available, starting at a very affordable $150 per year.
Premium and Corporate Memberships allow multiple members of your business to participate in GABA events, and include advertising in the Arbutus Arts Festival Program booklet –the Arts Festival will return this spring.
Start planning now for your upcoming advertising and business’ special promotions.
For more information on how GABA works for you, contact Patsy or Bettina through email@example.com or call the office at 410-204-8128.
GABA Directory & Community Guide
A new opportunity to be included in our Directory & Community Guide is coming soon. FATA will be solicitating advertisements for our 2022 book to debut in April. Start prepping your ad!
Corporate & Premium Plus Memberships
1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250 –
All Things Air & Ice, LLC
1307-A Francis Avenue
Halethorpe, Maryland 21227
Charm City Roofing
4701 Leeds Avenue
Arbutus, Maryland 21227
Finders Keepers Thrift & Consignment Shop
5404 East Drive
Arbutus, MD 21227
Fish Head Cantina
4802 Benson Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21227
Kim Waldt – Chesapeake Bank
5424 Carville Ave
Halethorpe, MD 21227
RE/MAX New Beginnings
1424 Sulphur Spring Road
Baltimore, MD 21227
SERVPRO of Catonsville
4030 Benson Avenue Baltimore, MD 21227
Security Auto & Truck, Inc.
4020 Old Washington Blvd.
Halethorpe, MD 21227
Shore United Bank
1101 Maiden Choice Ln.
Baltimore, MD 21229
Sorrento of Arbutus
5401 East Dr.
Halethorpe, MD 21227
2 West Rolling Crossroads
Catonsville, MD 21228
Tues., Mar. 8, 7PM
See notice on this page
MEGA Networking Event
Wednesday, March 16th 5-7
See attached Flyer
GABA Open House
Details to follow- Stay tuned
Membership Drive wrap up
Renew now to be included in
2022 Directory & Community Guide
Makers and Flea Market
Sat., April 2, 8AM – 2 PM
Arbutus Town Hall
See Flyer for Details
Sat., April 30
GABA Office (meet and organize)
Help to get Arbutus in tip-top shape for Spring and Summer! Container and tree planting, clean up, stream clean up. Sponsorships are available and student service hours will be recognized. Watch for more information in next month’s Bulletin.
Wilkens Police & Community Relations Organization
Tuesday, March 8. 2022 – 7:00 PM
Arbutus Town Hall – 1349 Stevens Avenue (near the Ice Cream Cottage)
February meeting has been suspended due to emergency COVID related protocols.
The March meeting will include the election of officers including a vacant position for Secretary and Member-At-Large.
Community Resources phone number at P1: 410-744-1584
Non-Emergency Police phone number: 410-887-2222
EMERGENCY – 911
Baltimore County News
Baltimore County Announces
Community Policing Partnership Program
The Community Policing Partnership (CPP) is a new joint-initiative that will build pathways for public safety-focused careers in Baltimore County and ensure the next generation of law enforcement reflects the diversity of communities and are trained in 21st-century policing skills and values.
The CPP initiative is a partnership between the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD), the Baltimore County Police Academy, the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), and the Office of the County Executive.
“Baltimore County is committed to ensuring the next generation of law enforcement reflects the rich diversity of our communities and is provided with innovative and inclusive training to help prepare them to address the needs of our neighborhoods,” County Executive Olszewski said. “The Community Policing Partnership will coordinate efforts across County government to strategically develop pathways for modern public safety careers, continue strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and ensure Baltimore County builds a stronger future together.”
Baltimore County Council District 1 Updates
Do you want to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in Baltimore County’s First Council District? You’ve come to the right place. From water and sewer line replacements to zoning hearings and more are available for review here.
Need to reach the Council Office?
754 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
400 Washington Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
Master Plan 2030 development is underway. Through the summer and fall of 2021, the Department of Planning conducted a series of Community Engagement Meetings that were held in different communities throughout the County. The input that was gathered will guide the vision for the local community and the County in the next 10 years.
At the heart of this process is the idea that local government should invest more – and more thoughtfully, — in its people and infrastructure. Using what we heard in the summer and fall, we’ve developed draft goals for six Master Plan topics. We’re holding public meetings in February 2022 and are, again, asking for your input on these goals and your assistance in suggesting actions to achieve these goals.
tion, energy, and infrastructure, work together to provide sustainable, green places for living, working, and recreation with a high quality of life.
Harmony with Nature
Monday, February 7th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Ensure that the contributions of natural resources to human well-being are explicitly recognized and valued and that maintaining their health is a primary objective.
All meetings will held virtually and will begin at 6:00 pm. You can also find links to the meetings on the Master Plan 2030 website. Make sure you also add the Master Plan 2030 meetings to your calendar!
The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration is excited to present the draft Statewide Transit Plan (STP) for your review and comment!
MDOT MTA staff have worked closely with local and regional governments to collaboratively analyze data and engage the public. The draft Statewide Transit Plan offers a collective vision and 7 foundational goals for Maryland’s transit systems over the next 50 years that will promote regional and intercity connectivity to jobs, housing, essential services, and other leisure and business opportunities throughout the state. Within the plan are actionable and measurable strategies that work to achieve its bold vision in 5-year and 25-year timeframes.
The STP Project Team wants your feedback. The draft Plan is available for comment through the project webpage. Here you can also review project materials including the schedule, summary of survey responses, and other related plans and resources.
The draft of the Statewide Transit Plan is available for public comment through February 18th, 2022! There are many ways to comment on the draft plan:
- Provide comments directly on the draft Plan
- Provide comments via our online comment form
- E-mail the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org to:
- Submit a comment or question about the plan; or
- Request a briefing for your organization or community
- Call 410-220-5497 to submit a comment or question by voice message
- Sign up for e-mails to know when major updates are available and when the final plan is published
- Print and mail a comment form to:
- MDOT MTA Office of Customer and Community Relations
6 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Wilkens Police Beat
Our local Precinct periodically provides helpful information that we pass along. If you have a community related concern, please contact: Officer Tom Warehime, Baltimore County Police Department, Community Outreach Team, 410-887-5165 or email@example.com.
The purpose of this alert is to inform you about motor vehicle thefts. The Balitmore County Police Department wanted to make you aware of this problem, and to provide you with some suggestions that can reduce your chances of being a victim of this type of crime. Law enforcement agencies across the nation recommend the following auto theft prevention points:
- Whether you leave your car for a minute or for several hours, roll up the windows, lock your car, and take the key;
- Carry your registration with you. Don’t leave any personal identification documents, keys, or credit cards anywhere in your vehicle;
- Park in busy, well-lit areas;
- Keep packages or valuables in the trunk. If you leave anything in the car, make certain they are covered and out of sight;
- Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a card and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to make a report;
- Consider electronic tracking devices that help police find stolen vehicles;
- Many cars are stolen for parts such as air bags, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Xenon headlights, and catalytic converters. Car thieves tend to stay away from a vehicle that has a vehicle information number (VIN) etched into the doors, windows, trunk, etc. This makes it diificult for a car thief to market stolen parts;
- Install a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column and brakes. These devices deter some criminals;
- Use steering wheel locks and collars that prevent the steering column from being stripped;
- A significant number of cars are stolen during the early morning hours when vehicle owners are asleep. The Maryland Vehicle Theft Preventon Council administers the “Watch Your Car Program”, that by consent of a car owner allows the vehicle to be stopped by police between the hours of 1 am and 5am. You can get more information about this program on the web at https://www.mdautotheft.org/wyc/
- Organize a community partnership to raise awareness, install anti-theft devices, start an etching program, and encourage participation in the “Watch Your Car Program.”
As always, call 9-1-1 if you see anyone attempting to break into a vehicle. Do not intervene, but call 9-1-1 immediately. Note any information such as suspect or vehicle descriptions that may be helpful to police. You can also contact our Crime Information Hotline at 410-583-2309 to get the latest information about crime trends in your community.
Forming the Fantasy Exhibition
Continuing through February 2022
The Gallery at OCA Mocha
Art gives artists the chance to construct and reshape their realitites. Forming the Fantasy is all about the exploration of other realitities through art.
Love You Madly: The Life and Music of Duke Ellington
February 18, 2022; 7:30-9pm
Earl and Danielle Linehan Concert Hall
The Department of Music presents Love You Madly: The Life and Music of Duke Ellington, a multimedia presentation featuring special guest Earl H. Brooks with the UMBC Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Matt Belzer. Come join us for a celebration of Duke Ellington with selections spanning his decades-long career, including his masterwork Black, Brown, and Beige.
Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning
Continues through May 20, 2022
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning, a multi-year project by Canadian photojournalist Louie Palu, which provides a look at the evolving militarization in the North American Arctic driven by climate change.
Need a Place for Your Next Meeting?
The OCA Mocha community meeting room seats 18 and is equipped with hybrid technology, white boards, and a monitor for your presentations. Learn more and submit your reservation request here.
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