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From the Desk of US Congressman John Sarbanes. National Night Out gave me the opportunity to visit several communities.

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Dear Friend,

During the August district work period, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel across Maryland to meet with citizens and community leaders, and to visit local organizations and businesses. Hearing from people like you about important issues in Maryland and across the country helps me do a better job as your representative in Washington.

Below are some quick highlights.

National Night Out gave me the opportunity to visit several communities.

I stopped by the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association’s (CNA) National Night Out event to greet constituents in Baltimore and discuss my support for first responders.
 In the photo above, I’m with Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis, City Councilman Isaac Yitzy Schleifer and Nate Willner of CNA.

Halethorpe’s National Night Out
 was hosted by the Halethorpe Civic League and the Halethorpe Improvement Association. During the event (pictured above), I provided certificates to several community leaders who have made a tremendous impact on Halethorpe. They included:

  • Paul Tharp – Business Community Leadership Award
  • Pete Kriscumas – Government Community Leadership Award
  • Michael McAuliffe – Community Leadership Award
  • Officer James J. Sanders – Law and First Responders Community Leadership Award

I enjoyed celebrating Hillandale Citizens Association’s National Night Out in Silver Spring (pictured above), where I met with constituents and discussed many important local and national policy issues.

East County Regional Center’s National Night Out
 in Silver Spring (pictured above) gave me the opportunity to have some great conversations about local and national policy issues with folks from the community, board members from the East County Citizens Association and members of the Burtonsville Fire Dept., among many other representatives from local community groups and organizations.
I swung by the Olney Chamber of Commerce’s National Night Out (pictured above) at the Fair Hills shopping center in Olney and joined a number of local government officials. I really enjoyed speaking with Olney residents and meeting members of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department to discuss my work in Washington on behalf of Maryland’s Third Congressional District.

Our district also boasts many strong community and business associations that bring residents together through their good works. 

I had the opportunity to meet with several board members from the Howard County Citizens Association. We discussed a variety of topics, including health care and escalating drug costs, aging, affordable housing and airplane noise.

I stopped by the annual Glen Burnie Carnival, hosted by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association (GBIA), to meet with Glen Burnie residents and hear from my constituents about a wide array of issues before Congress. In the above photo, I am pictured with GBIA President, Barbara Moeller.

I participated in the Howard County Chamber of Commerce‘s legislative meet and greet with more than 100 small business leaders. During the event (pictured above), I spoke with many local business leaders about policies that can help spur economic growth in Howard County and across Maryland.

I met with Raj Kudchadkar (pictured above left), CEO of the Central Maryland Chamber in Anne Arundel County, to discuss the Chamber’s new mission, talk about how local businesses are doing in the region, and highlight some ways in which the federal government can assist with some of the key projects planned in the Odenton area. During the meeting, I also met with Michele Waits (pictured above right), a former Chamber Board member and Director of Marketing at A.J. Properties.

My tour drove home once again how many key regional assets are serving residents of our district.

I visited Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (pictured above) — a post-acute-care facility that serves children with special medical and rehabilitative needs — to see firsthand the many programs and services that the hospital provides to children in Baltimore. A majority of Mt. Washington’s patients come from financially disadvantaged families. Our tour was hosted by Dr. Richard Katz, the hospital’s chief medical officer, Jill Feinberg, the hospital’s vice president of development and external affairs, and Clark Lare, who serves as a board member on the hospital’s foundation. During the visit, we discussed several areas of health care policy that impact residents in Maryland’s Third Congressional District.

Marylanders are rightly proud of the Dundalk and Seagirt Marine Terminals of the Port of Baltimore. In the above photo, I am standing in front of the Ports America Chesapeake’s high-efficiency cranes at the Seagirt Marine Terminal where I learned about how these cranes help make the Port of Baltimore a critical economic driver in the region.

I had an incredible time at the Food and Drug Administration & United States Air Force Student/Mentor Salute to Science Symposium, where I met with student interns from Maryland and from around the country to discuss their groundbreaking research at FDA and Air Force research facilities throughout the year.

I met with folks from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and had the opportunity to tour its office in Baltimore. We discussed efforts to provide affordable and high-quality immigration services and citizenship assistance to refugees in Baltimore and across Maryland.
I met with Towson University President Kim E. to discuss the institution’s academic programming and its plans to expand workforce development in critical STEM disciplines such as cyber-security, forensic chemistry and environmental science — and to discuss how Congress can help. By providing students with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in the twenty-first century workforce, and by better connecting students with STEM-focused careers, we can help strengthen our economy and create good-paying jobs.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and I joined city homeowners who were among the 31 residents to receive rooftop solar panel installations on their homes as part of a new public-private partnership in our city. During the event, Mayor Pugh and I highlighted how this innovative program helps underserved Baltimoreans lower their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprints. We also discussed how this program provides hands-on job training for Baltimore residents seeking employment in the solar industry — one of the fastest-growing industries in America.

As always, if you or a family member need help navigating federal agencies or if you need assistance with otherconstituent services, please contact my office in Towson at (410) 832-8890 or contact me via email.

If you’d like to share your thoughts about issues before Congress, please contact my D.C. office at (202) 225-4016 or contact me via email.


John P. Sarbanes
Maryland’s Third Congressional District

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