October Update

October 26, 2017

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School Visits

In the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to visit several district elementary schools including Owings Mills, Padonia, Summit Park, Milbrook, Bedford, Winand, Wellwood, and Cockeysville Middle. We have such a vibrant and diverse community! I’m happy to have met with so many administrators, teachers and support staff who work so hard, with not enough resources, to provide our students with the support they need to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

Eric Addison, a Neighborhood Hero

I was proud to suggest environmental activist, Eric Addison as a Neighborhood Hero for his service to the Colonial Village community. For more than a decade, Eric has quietly dedicated his long neighborhood walks to keeping our community clean. We’re all so fortunate to have community leaders who don’t just talk-the-talk but walk-the-walk. Thank you, Eric!!  

Blue Water Baltimore Tree Planting

For the last 2 weekends, I’ve partnered with Blue Water Baltimore to enhance our community by planting trees in multi-use areas around the district. Wonderful groups of volunteers planted more than 200  trees at Wellwood International Elementary School and Sudbrook Park. Thank you to all of the volunteers from all over the region who spent their weekends beautifying the 11th district!

ICYMI: A response to Harvey Weinstein, Albeit a Bit More Personal

Last week  in the Baltimore Sun, in response to scandal surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein,  I wrote a letter to my daughter and son asking them to be brave and speak out against those who might abuse their power and harass them or others.

A Legacy of Service

I was thrilled to visit the Senator Theater  for Emerge Maryland’s event honoring my former boss, Senator Barbara Mikulski. So many of us who serve our communities or who have gone into public service have been inspired by her tenacity, strength, and ability to create public policy that works for everyone. She leaves behind a trail of determined and empowered women. I was honored to have worked for her and I know her legacy will inspire our next generation of public servants.



BCPS School Calendar Proposal

The Baltimore County Board of Education is considering a 2018-2019 calendar proposal that would open schools on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I am concerned about the economic and logistical implications should this proposal pass. You can read my full statement to the Board of Education here. The Board is set to vote on the 2018-2019 school calendar on November 7th, so please feel free to submit your public comment directly to Board members.

Support Maryland Farms and Families

In the 2017 session, my bill, HB 586 Maryland Farms and Families Act, passed with unanimous support in the House and Senate. This legislation became law, but it is now up to the Governor to make funding it a priority. Approximately 760,300 Maryland residents are food insecure – nearly 1 in 8 households. This bill will increase the purchasing power of residents who use public food assistance programs like SNAP and WIC while increasing revenues for farmers. Click here to sign this community letter urging the Governor to support farmers and thousands of food insecure Marylanders. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors at your local farmer’s markets.

Padonia Road Bridge Replacement

In Summer of 2018, the Maryland Department of Transportation State High Administration (MDOT SHA) will begin the process of replacing the bridge on I-83 over Padonia Road. This is a necessary replacement as the bridge is approaching the end of its service life. The project is projected to take two years and in the process, there will also be a widening of Padonia Road under the bridge and widening of the ramp from Southbound I-83 to alleviate traffic congestion. All lanes northbound and southbound will remain open during peak travel hours, as will 3 out of the 4 ramps. However, the left-turn ramp from eastbound Padonia Road to Northbound 83 will be closed during the duration of construction. There will be a detour onto southbound Deereco Road to the Timonium Road/ I-83 interchange.

Transit Route Changes

Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transportation Administration (MDOT MTA) plans to make routine Winter 2018 service changes to take place on or about Sunday, February 4, 2018. Community members are encouraged to attend the public hearings for an opportunity to provide comment on changes to transit LocalLink 87 and 89, Express BusLink 106, and Metro SubwayLink . The only hearing in the 11th district will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Baltimore County Public Library, Owings Mills Branch. If you are unable to attend, you can email your comments to HearingComments@mta.maryland.gov. Be sure to include your name and address in order for your comments to become part of the public hearing record.

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2017 and ends December 15, 2017. Please visit Maryland Health Connection.gov to answer questions about your health insurance & any changes that may be afoot.

2018 General Assembly 

As we prepare for the 2018 General Assembly, please send us your ideas for legislation. I'm always interesting in knowing what you think we should be working on or whether you have any ideas for bills. Thank you!




Shelly Hettleman