'CITY COUNCILMAN'S TORRENCE CORNER

April 12th Updates

 

 
Dear Marvin,

Happy Monday! Here are some updates and resources to be aware of this week.
 
Cahill Fitness & Wellness Center is an example of investments our residents deserve. I am thankful for the leadership who led the way on this multigenerational investment. Looking forward to ensuring we can do more!
 
I kicked off the 7th District business tour with Crust by Mack on Friday for some amazing food from a local black owned business. I encourage you to check out their website above and support them by coming out for some delicious goods. 

Please reach out to my office at [email protected] if you or someone you know is interested in highlighting a 7th District business. I would love to come visit!
 
You can access details of BCRP's full reopening plan online here
 
Tuesday, April 13th from 2-5pm
(1700 Pennsylvania Ave)

Join No Boundaries Youth Organizers for the Attendance Bus Tour to learn more about schools reopening, enrolling/re-enrolling in school, tech support, healthy foods, and more!
 
Anyone 16+ can pre-register for an appointment now. Once an appointment becomes available, you will be contacted. Go online here to pre-register.
 
Join BCRP on Wednesday, April 14th at 6:30pm for the Druid Lake Vision Plan Meeting as we discuss how this plan will guide future growth and development at Druid Hill Park. You may register here
 
The Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Street Design Effort is underway. I encourage you to share your thoughts by going online and completing this form
 
On Monday, March 15, 2021, Mayor Scott released the Violence Prevention Framework (created by BCHD) and the Violence Prevention Draft Plan (created by The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement). The document can be accessed here.

MONSE is hosting a Virtual Feedback Session for District 7 residents on Thursday, April 21st at 7pm (New Date!). Click here to register and learn more. 
 
Community Cleanups on Saturday, April 24th!
Join us for our monthly Penn North cleanup with the Arch Social Club on Saturday, April 24th at 10am!

Email Javas from my office at [email protected] to let us know you're coming.
The New Song Community Learning Center is hosting a Sandtown-Winchester community cleanup from 12 - 2pm on Saturday, April 24th. You may register by scanning the QR code on the flyer or click the link here, and remember to meet up at 1530 Presstman Street. 
 
 
 
Remember to check out the Underground Railroad Market on Saturday afternoon. The market will be open every Saturday from 12-5pm at 2000 Triangle Park Pennsylvania Ave from March 27 - Dec 19.

For vendor inquiries please call 443-513-6723. Otherwise, come out and get fresh produce, arts & crafts, and more! 
 
Please join us for the second part of our Listening Tour series featuring The Department of Housing & Community Development on Thursday, April 29th at 6:00pm. We will hear from DHCD representatives regarding services and programs available to residents. You may register for this event here.
 
Penn North and Reservoir Hill Residents,
Are you sick of late buses that get stuck in traffic? Been stranded at your stop way too often? Then lend a hand to help improve public transit in your neighborhood and Baltimore City.

As a first step in the project, University of Maryland researchers are seeking residents to fill out a short survey with some general questions about their background and transit use. From the survey responses, we’ll select 10 people to participate in two virtual focus group sessions (held on Zoom). These sessions will last 60-90 minutes and all focus group participants will be given a $50 gift card for their participation. Even if not selected for a focus group, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle for a $75 Amazon gift card.

If you have any questions about the project you may go online here or email Jessica Vitak at [email protected]
 
Mayor Brandon M. Scott has announced that Baltimore City, in collaboration with The Recycling Partnership and the Baltimore Civic Fund, will distribute free wheeled, lidded recycling carts to every eligible City household this spring, implementing a key recommendation in the City’s Less Waste, Better Baltimore master plan. This initiative ensures that all City neighborhoods can participate in the City’s recycling program. This collaboration is being funded by a $9 million public-private partnership, including a $3 million grant from The Recycling Partnership.
 
#Mybmore's energy assistance program can lower your monthly heating/electric bill and help pay past-due balances. Learn more at bmorechildren.com/energy or contact us today: 410-396-5555 or [email protected]
 
Considering applying for rent assistance, but don't know where to start? Already applied and have questions? Call 410-396-5555 or email [email protected] for more information!
 
Here is this week's COVID-19 testing schedule. All of these locations are 100% free, and do not require a doctor's referral or even an appointment! More information and testing sites can be found here
 
As always please feel free to reach out to my office should you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmly,

James Torrence
Baltimore City Councilman, District 7
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April 6th Updates

 
Dear Marvin,

I hope all is well. Here are some updates and resources to be aware of this week.
 
To support Maryland’s small businesses facing continued financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the state established through bipartisan legislation the new Maryland Small Business COVID-19 RELIEF Grant Program in 2021 with $10 million in state RELIEF Act funding. 

The application deadline is tonight at midnight, April 6th so please alert your neighbors and communities ASAP! For more information and to access the application you may go online here
 
You can take part in the virtual ribbon cutting and tour at the new Cahill Recreation Center on April 9th at 11am. The event will be streamed live on Baltimore City Rec & Parks Facebook page. You can go online here for event updates. 
 
READY initiative is hosting an off to college fundraiser to collect monetary donations and off to college essentials for Baltimore City public school graduates who are heading to college in the fall. 

Please consider joining on April 10th from 6-8pm for trivia night! You can find more details by visiting the registration page
 
Anyone 16+ can pre-register for an appointment now. Once an appointment becomes available, you will be contacted. Go online here to pre-register.
 
Qualifying seniors may call 443 462-5864 or 443 462-5865 to schedule an appointment OR on site scheduling is available at Mondawmin Mall (2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21215). 
 
Join BCRP on Wednesday, April 14th at 6:30pm for the Druid Lake Vision Plan Meeting as we discuss how this plan will guide future growth and development at Druid Hill Park. You may register here
 
The Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Street Design Effort is underway. I encourage you to share your thoughts by going online and completing this form
 
On Monday, March 15, 2021, Mayor Scott released the Violence Prevention Framework (created by BCHD) and the Violence Prevention Draft Plan (created by The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement). The document can be accessed here.

MONSE is hosting a Virtual Feedback Session for District 7 residents on Thursday, April 15th at 7pm. Click here to register and learn more. 
 
 
Remember to check out the Underground Railroad Market on Saturday afternoon. The market will be open every Saturday from 12-5pm at 2000 Triangle Park Pennsylvania Ave from March 27 - Dec 19.

For vendor inquiries please call 443-513-6723. Otherwise, come out and get fresh produce, arts & crafts, and more! 
 
Please join us for the second part of our Listening Tour series featuring The Department of Housing & Community Development on Thursday, April 29th at 6:00pm. We will hear from DHCD representatives regarding services and programs available to residents. You may register for this event here.
 
Penn North and Reservoir Hill Residents,
Are you sick of late buses that get stuck in traffic? Been stranded at your stop way too often? Then lend a hand to help improve public transit in your neighborhood and Baltimore City.

As a first step in the project, University of Maryland researchers are seeking residents to fill out a short survey with some general questions about their background and transit use. From the survey responses, we’ll select 10 people to participate in two virtual focus group sessions (held on Zoom). These sessions will last 60-90 minutes and all focus group participants will be given a $50 gift card for their participation. Even if not selected for a focus group, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle for a $75 Amazon gift card.

If you have any questions about the project you may go online here or email Jessica Vitak at [email protected]
 
Mayor Brandon M. Scott has announced that Baltimore City, in collaboration with The Recycling Partnership and the Baltimore Civic Fund, will distribute free wheeled, lidded recycling carts to every eligible City household this spring, implementing a key recommendation in the City’s Less Waste, Better Baltimore master plan. This initiative ensures that all City neighborhoods can participate in the City’s recycling program. This collaboration is being funded by a $9 million public-private partnership, including a $3 million grant from The Recycling Partnership.
 
#Mybmore's energy assistance program can lower your monthly heating/electric bill and help pay past-due balances. Learn more at bmorechildren.com/energy or contact us today: 410-396-5555 or [email protected]
 
Considering applying for rent assistance, but don't know where to start? Already applied and have questions? Call 410-396-5555 or email [email protected] for more information!
 
Here is this week's COVID-19 testing schedule. All of these locations are 100% free, and do not require a doctor's referral or even an appointment! More information and testing sites can be found here
 
As always please feel free to reach out to my office should you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmly,

James Torrence
Baltimore City Councilman, District 7
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March 23rd Updates



 
Dear Marvin,

I hope all is well. Here are some updates and resources to be aware of this week.
 
Thank you to the Gwynn Falls Parkway communities and those who traveled to support the clean up on Saturday. Collectively, we amassed over 90 volunteers to clean from Druid Hill Park to Leakin Park. Huge thank you to our organizing partners: Victor Ukpolo, Iota Phi Theta Gamma Omicron Omega, Bmore Beautiful, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and my staff. It was great to see Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Senator Antonio Hayes joining the effort as well!
 
Help us spread the word and get our West Baltimore seniors vaccinated. If you live in 21215, 21216, or 21217 and are 65 years of age or older please fill out this form! This information will be provided to the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) to schedule a vaccination appointment. 
 
Qualifying seniors may call 443 462-5864 or 443 462-5865 to schedule an appointment OR on site scheduling is available at Mondawmin Mall (2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21215). 
 
 
Saturday, March 27th marks the opening of the Underground Railroad Market. The market will be open every Saturday 12-5pm at 2000 Triangle Park Pennsylvania Ave. For vendor inquiries please call 443-513-6723. Otherwise, come out and get fresh produce, arts & crafts, and more! 
 
Join us Saturday at 10am for our cleanup with Senator Antonio Hayes, Delegate Marlon Amprey, and the Arch Social Club. RSVP by emailing my office at [email protected] to let us know you're coming. We hope to see you there!
 
Baltimore City residents between the ages of 14-21 years old and looking for a summer job can apply NOW at YouthWorks.oedworks.com.

The application deadline is now Wednesday, March 31st. 
 
We're looking for students and parents to participate in this trivia night. All proceeds from this event will benefit Baltimore City High School graduates. You may learn more and register for this event here
 
Mayor Brandon M. Scott has announced that Baltimore City, in collaboration with The Recycling Partnership and the Baltimore Civic Fund, will distribute free wheeled, lidded recycling carts to every eligible City household this spring, implementing a key recommendation in the City’s Less Waste, Better Baltimore master plan. This initiative ensures that all City neighborhoods can participate in the City’s recycling program. This collaboration is being funded by a $9 million public-private partnership, including a $3 million grant from The Recycling Partnership.
 
#Mybmore's energy assistance program can lower your monthly heating/electric bill and help pay past-due balances. Learn more at bmorechildren.com/energy or contact us today: 410-396-5555 or [email protected]
 
Considering applying for rent assistance, but don't know where to start? Already applied and have questions? Call 410-396-5555 or email [email protected] for more information!
 
Here is this week's COVID-19 testing schedule. All of these locations are 100% free, and do not require a doctor's referral or even an appointment! More information and testing sites can be found here
 
As always please feel free to reach out to my office should you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmly,

James Torrence
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Feb. 22 Updates

Dear Marvin,

I hope all is well. Here are some updates and resources to be aware of this week.
 
We had a great meeting with representatives from DPW last Thursday for the first series of our Listening Tour. You may view DPW's presentation here, which details the department's structure, District 7 projects & initiatives, and information on service requests.

Our next session will be with The Department of Housing & Community Development on Thursday, March 18 at 6pm. Details for this event will be sent out soon!
 
Join us for our monthly Penn North Community Clean Up this Saturday, February 27 at 10am at the Arch Social Club!
 
From restaurant & tavern assistance to qualifying for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), please go online here for more information about COVID-19 resources for businesses. 
 
Updated COVID Restrictions
To find out more regarding updated COVID restrictions you may go online here.
 
City Service Update
Mayor Brandon M. Scott, in partnership with DPW, The Bmore Civic Fund, and the Recycling Partnership announced that Baltimore City households will receive a free recycling cart this spring.
 
Here is this week's COVID-19 testing schedule. All of these locations are 100% free, and do not require a doctor's referral or even an appointment! More information and testing sites can be found here
 
As always please feel free to reach out to my office should you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmly,

James Torrence
Baltimore City Councilman, District 7

Save the Date: Thursday, February 18th at 6:00pm ,Listening Tour with DPW

 

I'm excited to announce the first part of our Listening Tour series featuring DPW on Thursday, February 18th at 6:00pm. This will be a great opportunity to hear from DPW representatives regarding various projects and initiatives in District 7. 
We will hear from the following speakers: 
  • Acting Director, Matthew Garbark
  • Water and Waste Water Bureau Head, Yosef Kebede
  • Solid Waste Bureau Head, John Chalmers
  • Water Billing Chief, Anita Taylor
  • Equity and Environmental Justice Chief, Linda Batts
  • Office of Communications and Strategic Alliance Chief, Yolanda Winkler
You may register for this event at jamestorrence.com/listeningtour
 
 
Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions and I hope to see you on Feb. 18th!

Warmly,

James Torrence
Baltimore City Councilman, District 7
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Updates (Correction: Committee Hearing on Wednesday, January 27th at 5pm)

   
 
 
Dear Doc,

I hope all is well with you and your family. I want to share with you some upcoming events and existing resources to be aware of this week. 
 
Committee Hearing (Wednesday, January 27th at 5pm)

The Health, Environment, and Technology Committee Hearing will be held this Wednesday, January 27th at 5pm as we discuss the vaccination plan for Baltimore. This is a public hearing and you may access it here via WebEx. The passcode is Public.
 
Upcoming Public Strategy Meeting: Join the conversation Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30 P.M. to discuss future plans for Parkview Recreation Center (2235 N. Fulton Avenue).

ZOOM Link
Passcode: Parkview
 
 
The Baltimore Children’s Cabinet is hosting a Town Hall on Youth Homelessness Wednesday, January 27th from 6-7 P.M. You can learn more here.
 
Baltimore City and its partners are providing free grab-n-go meals for youth and families at 100 sites across the city. For more information regarding locations and schedules please visit https://www.bmorechildren.com/freemeals
 
On Saturday, January 30th at 10am, my office is partnering with the Arch Social Community Network along with Senator Antonio Hayes and Delegate Marlon Amprey for a Community Clean Up at the Arch Social Club. Please be sure to wear a mask and maintain social distance. You may register for the cleanup online here or email Javas at [email protected] if you have any questions. We hope you can join us in this effort! 
 
BCCC Vaccination Site

Mayor Scott and Health Commissioner Letita Dzirasa announced plans for a new, centrally located, transit friendly vaccination site at Baltimore City Community College. The site officially opened today, January 25th. The City continues to update plans on scaling up vaccination in Baltimore City. You may read the entire press release here.  
 
For more information regarding update on DPW services including recycling and bulk trash you may go online here
 
Mayor Scott announced the City's Plan to help revamp the DPW Meter Shop. You may read the entire press release here to learn more about these initiatives to improve the efficiency and modernity of Baltimore City's Meter Shop. 
 
As always please do not hesitate to contact me or reach out to my office should you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmly,

James Torrence
Baltimore City Councilman, District 7
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Happy MLK Day & Weekly Updates

 
Dear Doc,

A day to honor. A day to reflect. A day to celebrate. Today brings an important reminder of the fight for a just, equitable, and prosperous society. I remain focused on addressing systemic racism, alleviating poverty, and providing more meaningful economic opportunities for all our residents. The driving force behind my career in public service has always been about empowering others, and ensuring everyone's voice is heard. Dr. King's legacy lives on, and the work to realize his ideals of justice and a poor people’s campaign must be achieved. Let’s recognize the humanity in our most vulnerable neighbors and ask ourselves daily: ‘What are you doing for others?’
 
A special thank you to the Y in Central Maryland for honoring my service at their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast. As a former 'Y Kid' it was humbling to accept their Social Responsibility award. Orlett and I know well, too much is given much is expected. Our public service is paying forward the sacrifices of everyone who paved the way for us. 

Thank you to my extended Y family: Kacy Conley, Bob Brosmer, Butch Noles, Shantay McKinily, Toya Blue Shelby, John Hoey, Heidi Paremske, Michelle Becote-Jackson, Christine Ader Soto, and so many others for their support.
 
Updates
Remember, recycling will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19th!
 
If you are behind on your energy bills, remember to take advantage of flexible payment options and energy assistance funds from BGE. You may go online here or call 1.800.685.0123 to speak with a BGE customer care representative. To learn more about Baltimore City's energy assistance program please visit: https://www.bmorechildren.com/energy
 
BPD District Community Meetings
Western District: Tuesday, January 19th at 7pm
ZOOM Link
Passcode: 899406

Southwest District: Wednesday, January 20th at 7pm 
ZOOM Link
Passcode: 634451

Southern District: Thursday, January 14th at 7pm
ZOOM Link
Passcode: 475637
 
Our vaccine listening session with the University Maryland Medical Center is this Wednesday, January 20th, 6-7 P.M.

Here is the ZOOM link and Passcode: 043639.
 
 
Join the Parent and Community Advisory Board on Thursday, January 21st at 6:30pm as we welcome Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Santelises to discuss school reopening and answer questions from #BaltimoreCity families. 

Have any questions you'd like to ask anonymously? You can send them here.
 
Utility Bills Discussion 

On Monday, January 25th at noon, the Pro Bono Resource Center will be holding their inaugural Impact Speaker Series on the topic of utility bills. The clinic will discuss ways in which its staff along with partners at the Office of People's Counsel and the Maryland Consumers Rights Collection can assist. Details and registration can be found here.
 
On Saturday, January 30th at 10am, my office is partnering with the Arch Social Community Network along with Senator Antonio Hayes and Delegate Marlon Amprey for a Community Clean Up at the Arch Social Club. Please be sure to wear a mask and maintain social distance. We hope you can join us in this effort!
 
 
As always please do not hesitate to contact me or reach out to my office should you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmly,

Baltimore City Councilman, District 7
James Torrence
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Councilman Torrence's 7th District Resident Survey

Hello 7th District residents of Baltimore City,
 
Your city councilman, James Torrence, is currently conducting a short survey to get feedback from 7th district residents about their priorities for legislation and development. In particular, the survey asks residents what they would like Councilman Torrence to address in the district within his first 6 months in office.
 
You can access the survey AT THIS LINK. Feel free to share with your neighbors!
 
Have a great weekend,
 
Maria Smaldone (she/her) Neighborhood Resource Coordinator
Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore
25 E. 20th Street, Suite 170 | Baltimore, MD 21218 410.327.1200 ext. 111 [email protected]
 
Visit our website! www.nhsbaltimore.org  
 
      
   

UPDATES & RESOURCES

 
Dear Doc,

I hope all is well with you. I wanted to make you aware of the following updates and resources. Please feel free to share this information with your neighbors and friends!
 
Mayor Brandon Scott signed an executive order to delay the implementation of Ordinance 20-337: Comprehensive Bag Reduction until July 9, 2021. Our office is working with City agencies to prioritize communities experiencing food apartheid and targeting vulnerable populations. In the coming weeks, our office will distribute reusable bags. 
 
 
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country as well as here in Maryland we must all do our part in helping curb the spread of the virus. Please note the available COVID-19 testing sites above and click here for continued updates regarding testing in Baltimore City. 
 
Please join us this Wednesday, January 13 from 6-7 P.M. as we hear from the University of Maryland Medical Center regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. You may access the event here: https://umms.zoom.us/j/94815587165. Passcode: 203869
 
BPD District Community Meetings
Central District: Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm
ZOOM Link
Passcode: 121185

Northern District: Wednesday, January 13th at 7pm 
ZOOM Link
Passcode: 121185

Northwest District: Thursday, January 14th at 7pm
ZOOM Link
Passcode: 169718
 
Energy Assistance Program
Do you need help paying your gas or electric bill? Please apply for help through the #mybmore Energy Assistance program. Visit www.bmorechildren.com/energy for application and more information. 
 
Join us on January 21, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. for the Baltimore City Department of Public Works Sanitary Sewer Modified Consent Decree annual public information session (virtual). At this meeting we will update the community on our 2020 accomplishments, upcoming program activities, and projects for 2021. Please register and join us virtually. bit.ly/3hs7JUM

#DPWModfiedCosentDecree #DpwBaltimorecity #yourvoicematters #dpwinthecommunity
 
Christmas Tree Mulching and Collection

Residents can recycle their Christmas trees by turning them into mulch. DPW will offer free tree mulching services to Baltimore City residents from Saturday, January 2nd through Saturday, February, 6th. For more information click here
 
As always please do not hesitate to contact me or reach out to my office should you have any questions or concerns. 

Warmly,

Baltimore City Councilman, District 7
James Torrence
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