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Speaker Adrienne A. Jones Community Update

November 24, 2022

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Today is one of my favorite holidays, centered as it is around the gathering of family and loved ones at tables of good food and warm fellowship. If there is one silver lining from the global pandemic we have all been through, it is the reminder of what a gift it is to be able to just be together. I’m bringing my famous Jewish apple cake to my son’s home today, where I look forward to much laughter around the table and amazement, as always, at the inexhaustible energy of my grandchildren. I know how lucky I am to have them. Whether you are traveling far or welcoming beloved family and friends to your home, I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

A Special Day Receiving Emancipator Award

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It is always a humbling experience to be given an award, but receiving the Inaugural Emancipator Award alongside Acklyn Lynch, UMBC Professor Emeritus and African Studies historian, was very special indeed.

We were honored at the Inaugural Maryland Emancipation Day Festival at Mt. Clare Mansion, where Dr. Lynch spoke about his childhood in Trinidad in the 1930s, his worldwide journeys in the 1960s to understand Black culture and history as a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and his studies at both Howard and Harvard Universities. Listening to his life journey reminded me of how far Maryland has come as a state, having just elected Wes Moore as our first Black Governor, Anthony Brown as our first Black Attorney General, and our first woman Comptroller Brooke Lierman. I look forward to the continued rise of African Americans, people of color, and women in our state. We’ve come a long way since slavery and the emancipation of our people, and yet, we still have so much further to go.

Visit to Northwest Hospital
There are great things happening at Northwest Hospital, and I had a chance to see them in action when Craig Carmichael, the President of Northwest Hospital at LifeBridge Heath, invited me to tour the Emergency Room of the hospital this month. The last time I visited was during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when hospital workers and staff were working heroic and exhausting hours due to the sheer volume of infected patients. On this visit, the ER was running smoothly and filled with patients seeking relief from several ailments, and the staff were quite busy assisting patients as quickly as possible. After a presentation by President Carmichael, I was able to visit with staff and get an update on their busy day-to-day activities.

Election Aftermath: Strong Mandate Going Forward

I am so proud of our Maryland General Assembly team and our hard work across the state to elect a strong team of lawmakers who will conduct the people’s business in Annapolis for the next four years. Our Maryland Democrats were out seven days a week knocking on doors all over the state, meeting constituents, listening to their hopes and concerns, and engaging in honest and open political debate. I am also proud of the legislation we have passed in the legislature to ensure that all Maryland voters have the access and ability to cast their ballot in the way that works best for them, whether it be by mail or in person at Early Voting or Election Day. We will convene in January with the largest Democratic majority in the House of Delegates in recent history and a strong mandate going forward.

I want to especially thank all of our election volunteers across the state who worked so hard at their local election locations through long days of voting and counting and certifying every vote. We quite literally could not have done it without them, and they are our election and democracy heroes.

Maryland Higher Education Update: UMBC
It is wonderful to check in on my alma mater and share the news that UMBC is the home of National Champions, once again. Join me in congratulating the UMBC Chemical Engineering Jeopardy National Champions. The UMBC student team of chemical engineering majors emerged triumphant after a fierce final battle at the national competition recently in Phoenix, Arizona with fellow finalists University of Southern California and University of Iowa. The ChemE Jeopardy Competition is hosted by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and features questions from the Chemical Engineering Undergrad Coursework. Great job Max Bobbin, Catherine Wraback, Neha Raikar (Faculty Advisor), Colin Jones and Pavan Umashankar. (Image courtesy of CBEE)

Baltimore County District 10 School Update: Franklin Middle School Students Team Up With Vets
There are exceptional learning experiences going on every day in Baltimore County schools, including our own Franklin Middle School. Students partnered with the VFW of Owings Mills last week in honor of Veterans Day. They read and discussed the poem “In Flanders Fields” and learned about the VFW “Buddy” Poppy Program. For 100 years, the poppy has been the official VFW “Flower of Remembrance.” Buddy Poppies are still assembled by disabled veterans in VA hospitals today, and the program funds veterans' rehabilitation and service programs, provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, and supports the VFW National Home for Children. Each student received a poppy to wear in honor of our veterans.

Get Covered With Open Enrollment Thru January 15!
Open Enrollment for Maryland Health Connection @MarylandConnect runs now through January 15, 2023. @MarylandConnect plans cover doctor visits, prescriptions, mental health services, and much more. Need help enrolling? No problem. Trained experts are available to help you enroll for the health plan best suited for you. Visit to get started.

Help Baltimore County Develop Food Access Map
It is vital to know where in the county we are all buying our groceries in order to identify food desert locations. The Baltimore County Department of Health is developing a Food Access Map and needs our help. Please take a moment to respond by scanning the QR Code or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the name of your grocery store and address. Please send your information in by December 2, 2022.

Apply for a BGE Energizing Small Business Grant Today
Maryland small businesses can apply now for a BGE Energizing Small Business Grant of $20,000. This grant program is part of BGE's $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. It is a multi-year commitment expected to run through at least 2023. BGE recently awarded $2,460,000 in grant funding to 123 small businesses, the fifth round of BGE’s Energizing Small Business Grants program. BGE will continue the Energizing Small Business Grants program through 2023 with the next round expected to open in February 2023. To apply: helloalice.com/partners/bge/

Save the Date: Selfies with Santa on Saturday, Dec 8

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