The Woodlawn Library branch is hosting another Entrepreneur Academy, starting May 3.

Are you interested in starting your own small business?
Join this 7-week, no-cost workshop that covers all
the steps involved in developing a business idea,
launching and growing a new business. Learn
about market research, business strategies,
business fifinances, marketing and writing a
business plan from business professionals.
Email to learn about
future business classes and other
small business opportunities.
Register now; space is limited.

Classes meet on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Woodlawn Branch - 1811 Woodlawn Drive
• May 3rd 6:00-7:30PM • May 24th 6:00-7:30PM
• May 10th 6:00-7:30PM • May 31st 6:00-7:30PM
• May 17th 6:00-7:30PM • June 7th 6:00-7:30PM
• June 14th 6:00-7:30PM

Learn more and register at

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Zeke White | Branch Manager
Woodlawn Branch
1811 Woodlawn Drive
Woodlawn MD 21207


COMMUNITY UPDATE: Speaker Adrienne Jones


Governor Hogan, Senate President Ferguson and I lifted the state's tax on gasoline and diesel in response to rising costs resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We are standing together to ease the financial burden on everyday Marylanders.


The gas tax will be suspended for 30 days and provide immediate relief to families. Increased revenue projections for this year and next year gives us the flexibility to provide immediate relief to families while keeping the pressure on Vladimir Putin and the Russian oligarchs who have enabled him.


Senate President Ferguson and I look forward to working with Governor Hogan in the coming days to relieve the pressure on Marylander's pockets while ensuring long-term fiscal health.




The Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission will begin accepting applications for the Board’s Councilmanic District 2 at-large seat for the remainder of the vacated term through December 2, 2022. Application are posted on the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Website, through Wednesday, March 25, 2022, until 4 p.m. 


The Commission has also announced that the application deadline for the Board’s four at-large seats for the 4-year term beginning December 2022 has been extended to March 25, 2022, until 4 p.m. Applications, resumes, and two letters of recommendation can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission, c/o Tracy Gover, 6901 North Charles Street, Building A, Towson, MD 21204.


The District 10 Legislative Scholarship is currently available to students living in District 10. Eligible high school, undergraduate, and graduate students can receive at least $200 to use to help further their education. Unofficial transcripts will NOT be accepted this year. Applications need to be returned by mail only. Applications must be postmarked by May 2nd, 2022. For questions about the scholarship or application process, email Students living outside of District 10 should contact their State Delegate about scholarship awards. Click HERE to download the application.


President Biden announced in partnership with USPS that American residents are now able to order four free at-home COVID testing kits per residential address. This measure by the Biden Administration will help give a much-needed boost in COVID testing and a huge step in tackling the surge of COVID-19 cases. Request a COVID-19 testing kit HERE.

African American Heritage Preservation Program


This week, I testified before the House Appropriations Committee in support of House Bill 1088 - the African American Heritage Preservation Program. This legislation would increase the program’s funding. The African American Heritage Preservation Program is one of only two grant programs in the nation that is solely dedicated to funding African American heritage sites.




Ghost Guns Legislation


The House passed House Bill 425 to help get untraceable “ghost guns” off the streets and out of the wrong hands. This legislation closes the loophole that allows unregulated and untraceable firearms. House Bill 425 bans untraceable guns and creates a plan for a system to register firearms that do not have serial numbers. 

See the committee hearing schedule for the week of March 13 HERE.


Follow @mdgahearings on Twitter to stay up to date on the MGA committee hearing schedule. 

Redevelopment Efforts:

  • Old IHOP Building coming down first, no date set yet, but the demolition paperwork process has begun, Asbestos portion has been completed

  • Chick Fil-A will occupy that location, they have an ambitious plan to have their building up/running by Thanksgiving 2022

  • There will be no WAWA on that site,  the community was demonstratively clear that they did not want another gas station there

  • OUTBACK will hopefully occupy the former Bennigan’s location, the will be out for a site visit in Early April, looking forward to all going well

  • Looking to see if we can get both of the buildings (IHOP/Bennigan’s) demolished simultaneously, may not be possible, but hope full

  • Baltimore County is open to the option of purchasing the SEARS property and working collaboratively with NAACP/Community members to envision what would be the best fit for that location and the community

Ongoing On-Site Efforts:

  • From December 2021 through February 2022, Code Enforcement has performed 11 proactive inspections on the Security Square Mall property.

  • During those inspections, five citations were issued for a total of $6,000 in fines.

  • Two of those citations resulted in Baltimore County mobilizing a third party contractor to go and abate those violations, which resulted in an additional $870 being placed as a lien.

  • Surveillance cameras – 4 out of the 5 property owners have completed certification.

  • Set the Captives free is the only outstanding

  • Sears just completed their certification

  • Sears and Set the Captives Free noted equipment orders were back ordered. 

  • DPWT is making regularly visits to the site for trach collection

  • Homeless Services are also regularly in the area to address homeless concerns

Kirk Mitchell

District 4 Community Engagement Coordinator

Office of Community Engagement

For Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr.

Baltimore County, MD, November 22, 2021 –

Baltimore County has activated its Freezing Weather Shelter Plan for the 2021-2022 winter season. In place through April 15, the plan allows for the activation of the cold weather shelter to house homeless individuals when the temperature forecast calls for freezing weather (below 32 degrees). The shelter is currently activated to receive residents during the evenings of November 22 through November 29 in anticipation of cold weather.

“Baltimore County stands ready to be the port in the storm when our constituents need help,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Health Officer and director of the Department of Social Services. “In the midst of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with sister agencies and community partners to protect individuals from the frigid temperatures.”

The O.W.E. Center, located at 6901 Security Boulevard/Security Mall South serves as the County’s freezing weather shelter during this cold weather season. For directions to this location, please call 443-474-3763. During the day, public facilities like shopping malls and places of worship provide respite from the cold weather. Residents are encouraged to adhere to all COVID-19 related requirements for masking and social distancing when utilizing the freezing weather shelter and other public facilities.

Residents are admitted to the shelter from 7 to 10 p.m. on evenings when the temperature forecast is below freezing. The facility may remain open during daytime hours when County offices close due to severe weather conditions. Individuals are encouraged to call the County’s resource and referral line at 410-887-TIME (8463) – option 1, to confirm shelter activation and bed availability.

Motor Vehicle Theft and Safety Prevention

The purpose of this alert is to provide some suggestions that can reduce your chance of becoming a victim of this type of crime.  There are many ways to keep you and your vehicle safe.  These are just a few suggestions:

  •  Never leave your keys in your vehicle.  If a thief steals your vehicle with the keys inside, they may have the keys to your home, as well as another vehicle.

  • Never leave valuables or any packages visible in your vehicle.

  • Park in busy, well lit areas of the parking lot.

  • 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 take a report.

  • If you have a garage, use it.  When parked in a garage, lock the garage as well as your vehicle, and take your keys inside.


  • Never leave your vehicle running while parked inside of a garage to warm up.  This could be dangerous due to the carbon monoxide that builds as the car idles in an enclosed space.


  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended. Vehicles are commonly stolen at ATMs, convenience stores, and gas stations etc. Many vehicles are also stolen on cold mornings when the owner leaves the vehicle running to warm it up.

  • Traffic Article 21-1101(A) states that it is unlawful to leave an unattended vehicle w/o stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and setting the brake.  Fine is $70 and a 1 point violation.

As always, call 9-1-1 if you see anyone attempting to break into a vehicle.  Do not intervene, contact 9-1-1 immediately.  Provide as much information about the suspect as possible to help the police.   Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Baltimore County Police Department Community Resources Team @ 410-887-5901 or the Woodlawn Community Outreach Team at

Baltimore County Trash and Recycling Guidelines

Collection Set-Out Guide


To ensure collection of your materials, make sure you follow trashsingle stream recycling and yard materials regulations. In all cases, please place the material at its designated curbside or alley collection point after 6 p.m. on the night before scheduled collection.


Trash containers:

  1. Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 40 pounds

  2. Must not have a maximum capacity of more than 34 gallons

  3. Must not have a lid fastened to the can with rope, wire, chains, etc.

  4. Containers should be sturdy, water-tight and rodent-resistant, with handles and a tight-fitting cover (as long as that cover is not fastened to the container). Cans with hinged lids or wheels are not recommended, due to difficulty in handling by collectors and the lids or wheels being prone to breakage.

Having problems with lost container lids? Try a Lid Leash! Using a piece of rope or small chain, attach the lid to a fence or post (see illustration). This helps to prevent lost lids due to wind, traffic, etc. Do not tie the lid to the container.

Single Stream Recycling


Plastic Bags of any type or color must not be used to set out recyclables for collection - these bags jam machinery at the single stream sorting facility. Even if plastic bags are marketed as "recycling bags," "recyclable," or "compostable," they are not acceptable containers for recycling in Baltimore County.

Recycling containers can include any of the following:

  • Recycling bins (usually colored blue or marked with a recycling symbol)

    • Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 40 pounds

    • Must not have a maximum capacity of more than 34 gallons

  • Trash containers used only for recycling (marked with a large "X" or the word "RECYCLE"; free "RECYCLE" stickers can be obtained by calling 410-887-2000)

    • Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 40 pounds

    • Must not have a maximum capacity of more than 34 gallons

  • Small cardboard boxes

    • Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 30 pounds

    • Boxes will be collected along with their contents

  • Paper bags, or bundles tied with non-plastic string

    • Must not have a maximum filled weight of more than 30 pounds

    • Should only be used for setting out paper or cardboard recyclables

If a container has a lid, the lid must not be fastened to the container with rope, wire, chains, etc. Containers with hinged lids or wheels are not recommended because they are difficult to handle by collectors and the lids or wheels are prone to breakage.