Tuesday, November 7, 2023

HoCoLocal Connections

 Howard County has a television channel. Do you watch it?

Recently County Executive Calvin Ball highlighted the work of Howard County Government Television on social media, reminding the public of this resource.

GTV is accessible on Comcast Channel 99 and Verizon Channel 44. For a detailed program schedule and further information, please refer to our official page at: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/public-information/gtv-program-schedule.

I have a confession to make: I don’t watch it. It has been my understanding that it’s mostly there to broadcast County Council meetings. While I have watched some of those over the years, it’s not a regular commitment for me. They also have a running Bulletin Board for local information. That’s about it, right? 

Is there something I am missing?  

If you are an avid fan of the Howard County channel, please fill me in. I am just straight up revealing my ignorance here. 

I can tell you that I’m a devotee of The Ball Bulletin, the e-newsletter that comes from the County Executive’s Office.

Ball has continued the tradition - - that he began as a member of the County Council - - of a comprehensive newsletter for constituents, chock full of local information. If you aren’t getting it, you should be. There is honestly someone for everyone in this thing. You can subscribe by going to this page on the hocogov website, scrolling to the bottom of the page, and filling out the necessary information.

In the newsletter this week, from the Office of Human Rights and Equity:
Hate Has No Place: Reporting Hate Crimes and Hate Bias Incidents

I invite all to join our Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE) and our Howard County Human Rights Commission this Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00 p.m. for a public forum on hate crimes and hate bias incidents (HBIs). Featuring a panel of subject matter experts, including U.S. Department of Justice Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Phillips, Deputy for the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center Deputy Major E. Greg Phillips, Howard County State’s Attorney Richard Gibson, Howard County Public School Systems Coordinator of School Culture and Climate Alyson Mitchel, HCPD Community Services Bureau Captain Phil Mullinix and OHRE Administrator Yolanda F. Sonnier, participants will learn how to report hate crimes and HBIs and how these reports are investigated by law enforcement.

To be a part of this important event, click HERE to register. Please NOTE, this event will now be held at The Meeting House, located at 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia

The focus of the event is reporting hate crimes and hate bias incidents. I wonder if they’ll touch on finding  helpful ways to cope with them. Even better - - how to foster a community that prevents them.  

Hey, I wonder if this will be filmed for broadcast on HCGTV?

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