Bolton Hill Notes

Garden Club hosting speaker on habitat gardening for birds

On Thursday, Oct. 19, the Bolton Hill Garden Club will host an Audubon Society program on Habitat Gardening for Birds, at  Memorial Episcopal Church’s Farnham Hall. The program is free and open to all.

The speaker will be Erin Reed-Miller, senior coordinator of bird-friendly communities with the Audubon Society’s Mid-Atlantic Baltimore Program. She works with communities to increase bird-friendly habitat while meeting those communities’ varied goals. In 2016, she was named the Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year.

Ms. Reed-Miller earned her BS in Wildlife Conservation and an MS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware. There she researched the connection between native plant species and insect communities in the lab of Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. She has since served as an interpretive naturalist and environmental educator in Delaware, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The evening will begin at 7 pm with refreshments, followed by the program at 7:30 pm. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Joyce Oliner by Oct. 17 to reserve your place.

Bolton Hill is now part of Baltimore Police Department’s Western District and suffering car thefts

With the completion of police redistricting in July, Bolton Hill is now part of BPD’s western district led by Maj. Matt Corell, its commanding officer, and Capt. Mike Mercado as second in command. Bolton Hill was previously in the Central District, which stretched southward to include downtown.

Both Corell and Mercado attended BHCA’s September meeting and reported on a series of car thefts and attempted car thefts in the neighborhood involving Kias and Hyundais. Those cars have an ignition glitch that enables would-be thieves to enter and start them without possessing key fobs. According to Corell, between July 28 and Aug. 26 there were 16 attempted thefts in the neighborhood, five of which were successful. He said the car manufacturers have developed an ignition fix that eliminates easy thefts, which earlier were promoted on Tik Tok. The officer said they had made one arrest, a 12-year-old boy.

Sammy Hoi stepping down at MICA

As the new school year opened last month, Sammy Hoi, president of MICA since 2014 and a Bolton Hill resident, announced he will retire in January. He is 65. This year MICA has 1,694 undergraduates and 396 graduate students from 45 states and 53 foreign countries.

Don’t forget Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday

As we do every year, lovers of Fitzgerald writing and lovers of gin and tonic will come together at Fitzgerald Park (Bolton and Wilson streets) to note his date of birth, Sept. 24, 1896.  The party is on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Fitzgerald lived, wrote and drank nearby for several years.

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