July 25, 2008 Dear Citizens, Five months ago, I issued a challenge to my administration and the entire city to redouble our efforts to transform Baltimore for the better. I am committed to including every community and neighborhood as we work to attract new businesses and residents to the city. As one can tell by the many cranes in the city skyline, we are growing bigger every day. People are coming to Baltimore to live and to open new businesses. As this continues, city government will create partnerships to ensure that Baltimore can reap the most benefits from this expansion. By making our communities more attractive and creating jobs for our residents, we can improve the quality of life for everyone in the city. This week, the retail chain Target opened its first store in Baltimore City. Target does not open a new story just anywhere. The company only expands where it sees great promise for the present and future. It selected the historic Mondawmin Mall for its first Baltimore store because of the recent $70 million dollar renovation there by General Growth Properties and because of the growing strength of the surrounding communities. The City of Baltimore contributed to this project with $15 million in tax increment financing to assist with infrastructure improvements associated with the mall. We felt this was an investment that would produce tremendous results in terms of people, jobs and dollars. In a few short years, we have transformed Mondawmin Mall into an even greater place to shop and work. The improvements contribute to a better quality of life for citizens in the neighboring communities as well as other Baltimore residents who have yearned for new and exciting shopping opportunities in the city. A shorter commute to work and shopping further improves the quality of our environment by reducing our reliance on vehicles. In addition to providing infrastructure assistance, the city played and instrumental role in the hiring of employees for the new store. Working with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED), Target hired more than 250 employees — a vast majority of them are city residents! These employment gains supplement the more than 200 people Shoppers Food Warehouse has hired since opening in November, and the 100 new jobs that will be created when A.J. Wright opens next month. MOED engaged local workforce partners to assist with the outreach and recruitment for the new Target store. More than 600 people were referred from MOED’s One Stop Career Centers. MOED staff worked on site at Target to pre-screen applicants during the recruitment drive in May. A total of 224 people were hired — 114 of the hires were referred from MOED. City residents, who account for 180 of the new hires, will receive wages as high as $15 per hour. The Office of Employment Development is an asset for major companies and small businesses working in — or moving to — Baltimore. The Hilton hotel that is opening in August will hire over 900 people. So far, 85 percent of the job applicants reside in Baltimore City. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. In every instance, human progress requires hard work, tireless commitment, and great passion.” I am grateful for the dedicated and visionary individuals contributing to Baltimore’s progress. Their commitment will help us transform Baltimore into a more dynamic city for years to come. Sincerely, Sheila Dixon Mayor, Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Employment Development The One-Stop Career Center Job seekers and employers turn to the One-Stop Career Center Network for assistance in finding and listing job openings. An integral part of the "Employ Baltimore” strategy is the Career Center Network which brings together a variety of resources to provide comprehensive workforce development services that benefit the entire Baltimore metropolitan region. Baltimore City’s One-Stop partners include the Mayor's Office of Employment Development, the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Maryland Job Service, Veterans Services, Unemployment Insurance, and Trade Act Programs, the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and Baltimore City Community College. In addition, linkages with numerous other community-based organizations and government agencies expand the Network’s capacity to serve customers citywide. Northwest One-Stop Career Center 2401 Liberty Heights Avenue Mondawmin Mall – Suite 302 Baltimore, Maryland 21215 Phone (410) 523-1060 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm Eastside One-Stop Career Center 3001 East Madison Street Baltimore, Maryland 21205 Phone (410) 396-9030 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Thursday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm Baltimore Works One-Stop Career Center 1100 North Eutaw Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201 Phone (410) 767-2148 Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm For more information please call: (410) 396-3009 EBDI Presents: Negro League FanFest Unveiling the Past & Discovering Greatness The Negro League FanFest Saturday, July 26, 2008 Noon – 7:00 p.m. East Baltimore Development, Inc. 1731 East Chase Street Baltimore This event is free and open to the public. Attendees can enjoy food, interactive games, autograph signings, and photos with the players. Players Include: • Luther Atkinson (Satchel Paige Allstars) • • • • • Eddie Banks (Newark Eagles) Jimmy Bland (Indianapolis Clowns) Al Burrows (NY Black Yankees) Hubert “Bert” Simmons (Baltimore Elite Giants) James Tillman (Homestead Grays) 21st Annual City Farms Supper Who Says You Can’t Have Safe Veggies and Grow Them, Too? With the recent Salmonella outbreak, tomatoes and jalapeno peppers under a microscope, many Americans have become nervous about eating their vegetables. In Baltimore, urban gardeners have been gathering to grow their own safe and healthy food for over 30 years. Please join Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks for the 21st Annual City Farms Supper, a potluck dinner and awards ceremony to recognize the achievements of urban gardeners. This event will be held on Saturday, July 26th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Cylburn Arboretum. During the supper, participants will receive awards for the Best Locally Grown Produce, Baltimore’s Best Recipe, the Best City Farms, Best Community Gardens and Best Individual Gardeners. The City Farms program began in 1978 at Clifton Park. The program has since expanded to a total of eight gardens located at Carroll Park, DeWees Park, Druid Hill Park, Cimaglia Park at Fort Holabird, Leakin Park, Patterson Park and Roosevelt Park. These gardens provide a safe oasis where Baltimore’s diverse population can work and interact, while growing a variety of healthy vegetables. For more information about the 21st Annual City Farms Supper, please call Coleen McCarty, City Farms Coordinator at (410) 396- 7839. 25th Annual Firehouse Magazine Expo Parade Come See Firefighters from Around the Country Strut Their Stuff on the Streets of Baltimore! Sunday, July 27, 2008 9:00 a.m. At the conclusion of the 25th Annual Firehouse Magazine Expo, firefighters from Baltimore and across the country will take part in a parade in downtown Baltimore. Bring your friends and family to see “America’s Heroes” march along side of some of the most modern fire and rescue equipment available. The Parade will start in the Inner Harbor, proceed down Key Highway and on Battery Avenue. Following the parade, please join us for a flea market to be held in side the Baltimore Convention Center. About the Firehouse Magazine Expo: Taking place this weekend at the Convention Center and celebrating its 25th year in Baltimore, the Firehouse Magazine Expo will draw over 16,000 firefighters, paramedics and fire service professionals. The Exposition features classroom lectures, practical demonstrations and exhibitions on various fire service related topics. There will be experts from around the country to address today’s realities that are faced in fire and emergency medical services profession. This years Expo will hold over 80 classes to train and educate fire, rescue and EMS professionals from around the country in the latest skills needed for success in the field. Firehouse Expo has been leading the way in educating the fire and emergency medical services industry and will continue to uphold its commitment. Displayed on the floor of the Expo are hundreds of vendors featuring innovative firefighting equipment, apparatus, tools, vehicle accessories, rescue and extrication equipment along with hazmat gear and clothing. At the closing of the expo, there will be one of the largest flea markets in the country for fire and EMS professionals along with those having interest in the fire service. The 2008 Baltimore International Festival One World, One Beat, One Baltimore The Annual International Festival in Baltimore will take place this year on August 2 and 3 at the Poly/Western Complex at 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane. Everyone is invited to come out and support Baltimore’s diversity by enjoying various types of food and entertainment! Several highlights of the Festival include jazz saxophonist Najee, Reggae artist Maxi Priest, and Afro Funk Band Chopteeth. The Walter’s Art Museum will have on display a quilt that is a project of Baltimore’s Immigrant Children. In addition, the 4th Annual Mayor’s Cup Soccer Tournament will delight sports fans as numerous teams representing different nations vie for the Cup. Other highlights include Tai Chi, Yoga Instruction, Belly Dancing lessons, an International fashion show, Korean and African drums and dance performances, a Children’s Area with fun games and activities, and a wide variety of international and ethnic foods. The Festival is free for all and will be held from noon until 9:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The Festival committee is hard at work to make the event successful and enjoyable for all participants. Once again, everyone is invited to attend this unique Festival and get a taste of Baltimore’s diverse culture and ethnicity! Mayor Dixon’s Neighborhood Conversation The Mayor Wants to Hear from You! Come and join your community for a Neighborhood Conversation with Mayor Sheila Dixon and her Cabinet Members. Tuesday August 12 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Loyola College Andrew White Student Hall Second Floor 4501 N Charles Street, Share your thoughts and concerns about your neighborhood. For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods at (410) 396-4735. The AFRO Clean Green Block Competition “Don’t Hide the Pride and Make A Difference” This year, the Afro Clean Green Block Competition was re-launched as a partnership between the Baltimore AFRO Newspaper and the Mayor’s Initiative for a CleanerGreener Baltimore. With the theme, “Don’t Hide the Pride and Make A Difference,” neighborhoods are challenged to clean, green, unify and beautify their block. We applaud our partner communities for their sustained efforts and good-spirited competition including: West Station Community Gardens, Better Waverly, Park Lane, Dorchester, Boyd/Booth, Ashland, and Sharp Leadenhall. On Wednesday, August 13, Mayor Dixon and AFRO Newspaper Publisher Jake Oliver will announce the 4 finalists and select the AFRO Clean Green Block of Year. On Saturday, August 30, Mayor Dixon and Mr. Oliver will visit the winning blocks and join in their “Neighborhood Appreciation Day” celebrations. Don’t Make Excuses, Make a Difference! Mayor Dixon’s New Campaign to Make Baltimore Cleaner and Greener This week, Mayor Sheila Dixon joined city employees and community leaders to the launch of the City’s anti-litter campaign focused on changing negative litter behaviors of city residents. The campaign’s slogan, “Don’t make excuses, make a difference” will be displayed on city vehicles and trash receptacles. “I want people to take pride in where they live, and make their home, yard, alley and street litterfree,” said Mayor Dixon. “A cleaner and greener city is a healthier and safer city.” The new campaign will be featured prominently on the sides of over 130 Department of Public Works (DPW) vehicles, and 200 trash receptacles located in retail corridors and city gateways. In the coming months, messaging will be placed on hundreds of waste receptacles and other agency city vehicles. For more information about the Mayor’s Cleaner/Greener initiatives, visit cleanergreenerbaltimore.org Want Secure Bicycle Parking? Are you looking for a way to clean up your commute? Want to get healthy and save on gas? Thinking of bicycling to City Hall, Abel Wolman or the Benton Building but worry about parking your bike? The Parking Authority may have the solution. The city is looking for 20 bicycle commuters who are interested in a monthly contract for secure bicycle parking on the first floor of the Baltimore Street Garage at the corner of Baltimore Street and Guilford Ave. For $5-$10 a month, the Parking Authority will issue you an access card that opens a "bike room," inside which you can lock your bike to a rack. You can head off to work worry-free, knowing that only other contract holders can get anywhere near your bike. The bike room would be in full view of the garage operators and video monitoring system. If you are interested, please visit the Parking Authority online, or contact Tiffany James at Tiffany.James@baltimorecity.gov. Free Clifton Summer Cinema Series Fun, Free Family Entertainment! Area families looking for free entertainment this summer can enjoy a thought-provoking movie series at the Clifton Park Band Shell located off St. Lo Drive. The Series continues every Friday night until August 15. The event begins at 8 p.m. with a movie start time of 8:30 p.m. The movie series is sponsored by 25th Street Brokers, Civic Works, Coldstream Homestead Montebello Corporation and City of Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. Films include: July 25 - Cry Freedom (1987) August 1 – 1776 (1972) August 8 - Boys of Baraka (2005) August 15 - Akeela and the Bee (2006) Clifton Park is located in East Baltimore and is bordered by Erdman Avenue on the north, Sinclair Lane on the south, Harford Road on the west and Belair Road on the east. This is the second year for the summer movie series at the Clifton Band Shell since it was overhauled and renovated by staff at Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks as well as area volunteers led by Civic Works in spring 2007. For more information on the movie series, please call the offices of 25th Street Brokers at (410) 3662222. To learn more about Clifton Park revitalization or to request information on volunteer opportunities at Civic Works, please call (410) 366-8533. Activities for the Whole Family Special Events All Around Baltimore The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks offers activities for city residents and guests, including: educational hikes and walks, sports leagues, youth and senior activities, and fun for the family. Please visit Rec & Parks’ Events Calendar for dates and times. TV25: The True View of Baltimore You have received this email because you have requested email updates from the Dixon Report, or you have been identified as someone who may be interested. If you no longer wish to receive these updates, simply send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.