County health department offers anti-smoking grants
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:51
    The Baltimore County Health Department is now offering 10 tobacco education and prevention grants, ranging in value from $1,000 to $5,000, to community and faith-based programs. Schools are not eligible to apply for the funding.
    Programs must be conducted in Baltimore County and must emphasize at least one of the following criteria:
•   prevention of the start of tobacco use among youth
•   promotion of smoking cessation among adults and youth
•   elimination of exposure to secondhand smoke
•   identification and elimination of tobacco-related disparities in society.
    Interested organizations must submit a narrative and budget of no more than three pages in length. Instructions for submitting applications can be found at
    Applications will be accepted until all funds are awarded, but organizations should apply by Sunday, Feb. 1. Mail applications to Baltimore County Department of Health/Bureau of Behavioral Health, 6401 York Rd., 3rd floor, Baltimore, MD 21212, Attention: Tobacco Grant.
    More information is available via e-mail at or by calling 410-887-3828.

Lacks group sponsors essay contest for students
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:50
    The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group is sponsoring an essay contest in anticipation of Black History Month.
    The contest is open to all middle and high school students, as well as home-schooled students, in Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
    Students may choose to write an expository essay or letter or create a five-minute video clip.
    Students can respond to one of two essay prompts.
    The first prompt asks students to answer the following question: “How has the use of Henrietta Lacks’ cells affected you or your family?”
    Alternately, students can respond to the prompt “If Mrs. Lacks were here today, I would write a letter to her telling her ....”
    All entries must be typed and written in English.     
    Middle school submissions should be 200 to 350 words. High school submissions should be 250 to 500 words.
    Essays should include the following information: name of student, name of school, grade level, name of teacher, email address of teacher and address of student.
    The deadline for essay submissions is Wednesday, Dec. 31, at midnight.
    Entries should be e-mailed to
    For more information, write to the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group at P.O. Box 21882, Turner Station, MD 21222, email or visit
5 generations gather in Lodge Forest
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:48

Myrna McLaughlin, age 94, of Lodge Forest holds the newest member of her family, great-great-great-grandson Dominic Funkhouser. Pictured are (from left) her great-great-grandson John Funkhouser, daughter Myrna Lee and granddaughter Nicole Miskimon.

Panic/anxiety support offered every third Tuesday
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:46
    The Panic and Anxiety Support Group meets on the third Tuesday every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eastern Family Resource Center, 9100 Franklin Square Drive, room 302.
    The group, a nonprofit organization, follows the Baltimore County inclement weather and holiday schedule. For more information, call 410-574-3139.
School board offers live-stream coverage of meetings
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:42
    The bi-monthly Baltimore County Board of Education meetings can be viewed in real time via the BCPS-TV link on the school system’s web page, BCPS-TV can be found on Comcast Cable channel 73 and Verizon FiOS channel 34 in Baltimore County.            
    Live-stream viewing of the meetings, which allows for greater transparency, can be accessed from stationary home and office platforms or through mobile devices.
    During the academic year, the board customarily meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. A first and third Tuesday schedule is employed to accommodate holidays and other events.  
    The first meeting is for general business and begins 7 p.m. The board discusses key issues in depth during the second meeting, which begins 6:30 p.m. 
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