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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 Javas.Raghavan@baltimorecity.gov 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 msmaldone@nhsbaltimore.com
 
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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