September 16, 2023

Ready Report: Fiscal Discipline, Local Updates & More…

As we head into the fall season, I hope you are enjoying the rest of the warm weather. This week, we remembered the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, a day which changed our nation and the world forever. It is vital that we never forget the heinous attacks that took place on that day in 2001, and to always remember the heroes who lost their lives trying to save others.

Rosh Hashana Greetings:

This weekend I want to wish a joyous and happy New Year to all our Jewish friends and neighbors. L’Shana Tovah!

Fiscal Discipline and Maryland’s Budget Outlook

Recently, Gov. Wes Moore announced that Maryland’s budget outlook has storm clouds on the horizon. He warned county leaders to prepare for a “season of fiscal discipline” where tough budgets choices would need to be made about what programs and projects are funded.

The governor’s call for fiscal discipline — if he’s talking about addressing overspending — would be music to my ears. However, a lot of the damage is already in motion and needs adjustment. Democrats in Annapolis have passed an arsenal of spending mandates over the last several years, the largest by far is the Kirwan Commission Education Funding Blueprint, passed right as we were heading into the COVID-19 fallout (over my no vote and a veto from then-Governor Hogan, which the supermajority Democrats in Annapolis overrode).

To read more of my thoughts on this critical issue, click here.

Carroll County Recreation & Parks Seeks Advisory Board Members

Carroll County Department of Recreation & Parks has a vacancy on its Advisory Board and is currently accepting applications for a new member.

The Board meets seven (7) times per year on the 4th Wednesday of each month with most meetings held at 7 pm in the County Office Building in Westminster.  Board terms are for 4 years and members have an opportunity to serve a second term if reappointed.

The Advisory Board serves as a sounding board for Recreation & Parks staff, assists with the development of policies, reviews and prioritizes self-help and capital projects, and plays an active role in promoting recreation and parks efforts in Carroll County.

Interested residents may apply online at:

For additional information, please email [email protected] or call 410-386-2103.

16th Annual Seniors on the Go Expo

Carroll County Commissioners invite citizens to attend the 16th Annual Seniors on the Go – An Aging and Disabilities Expo, taking place on Wednesday, September 13th from 9am to 2pm in the Shipley Arena of the Carroll County Ag Center.

Free health screenings will feature assessments of balance, flexibility, endurance, functionality, blood pressure, bone density, and grip strength.  Information on advanced directives, stroke awareness, medication management, oral cancer, and health and chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes will also be available. The Sheriff’s Office will be on-site to collect unused and expired medications. The Image Center, a nonprofit organization, is partnering with local volunteer medical engineers to provide free walker, cane, and wheelchair repairs.

This free event offers handicap accessible shuttle buses throughout the day with car side pick-up and shuttle to the entrance of the expo.  There’s also lunch for sale from 11:00-1:00.

For more information on this event you can contact the Carroll County Bureau of Aging & Disabilities at 410-386-3800.

Haven Shoemaker Law & Order Update (Fundraiser) – September 23rd

Join State’s Attorney Haven Shoemaker and Sheriff Jim DeWees for an afternoon of delicious BBQ and great conversation with an update on law enforcement in Carroll County. 2:00-4:00 PM at Hampstead Panther Park on Saturday, September 23rd. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Kristen Zihmer for Carroll Board of Eduation Campaign Kickoff – September 28th

Join new candidate for Carroll County School Board Kristen Zihmer and other community leaders at her campaign kickoff fundraiser on Thursday, September 28th at Green Turtle Restaurant in Westminster. The time of this event is 6:00-8:00 PM. Details and ticket info – click here.

Join Senator Ready Fall Fundraiser @ Island Green

Please join me, Ruth, Brooklyn and Caleb for my annual Fall Family Fundraiser at Island Green just outside Westminster. It will be held this year on Wednesday evening, October 4thClick here for the ticket link for the event – and you can find more details here:

Save the Date – October 22nd – Dr. Greg Malveaux for Carroll Board of Education Kickoff

Meet candidate for Board of Education Dr. Greg Malveaux as he shares his vision running for Carroll County Board of Education. Enjoy music, food trucks, activities for the kids and more. Location: Freedom Park Pavilion 1, Sykesville, MD 21784. More details and ticket information coming soon!

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