Bolton Hill Notes

BHCA membership meeting, election is May 5 on ZOOM

The community association’s annual all-member meeting and election of officers and directors for 2021-22 will take place on Zoom because of the ongoing pandemic on Tuesday, May 5 at 8 p.m.  Notices will go out with sign-in information to all paid-up members around May 1.

The board nominating committee chaired by Beth Torres put forward a slate at the April meeting but others may nominate someone, or themselves, at the member meeting.  These are the nominees:

Officers/Executive Committee:  President: Neal Friedlander; First VP: Andrew Dupuy; Second VP: Amy Sheridan; Treasurer: Chris Kingsley; Secretary: Bill Hamilton; Counsel: Lisa Robinson; Past president: David Nyweide.

Board class of 2023 (2 vacancies) Eean Logan; Marci Yankelov.

Class of 2024 (all seats) Robert Bunch; Kevin Cross; Barbara Francis [new]; Florencia Gutierrez [new]; Avendui Lacovara; Thecla Meyer; Stephen Ruckman; Bobbi Schilling; David Scott; Yulia Suslova.

BGE work continues in south end of the neighborhood

“Operation Pipeline,” BGE’s major overhaul of decrepit gas pipelines and individual residence connections, continues to block streets on weekdays south of Lafayette Avenue on Bolton, Park, John and Lanvale Streets as the utility company installs new pipes down the centers of the streets and lateral lines to connect houses.  This is the first phase of the operation, with the timeline for a second phase unknown.

The scope of the overall project as it affects Bolton Hill can be found here.  Residents are urged to respond in a timely manner when BGE reaches out to connect each property to avoid stalling the project and the inconvenience associated with it. Neighbors on John Street are communicating forcefully to BGE that they do not want the John Street park and fountain dug up or disrupted by the project.

Love Boltonstock and Festival on the Hill?  Then sign up!

Plans are underway to produce a pandemic-scale version of Boltonstock, the annual food and music party that kicks off summer in Bolton Hill.  BHCA board member Yulia Suslova has agreed to help organize the June event but needs help.  Contact her at souslovayulia@hotmail.com.

Likewise there is a hope that advances in immunizing against COVID may allow a version of the annual Festival on the Hill street fair in the fall, but volunteers are needed to take the lead and run it.  If interested, contact pres@boltonhillmd.org.

MICA Film Showcase set for April 23-24

MICA is partnering with the Parkway Theater to host a festival of MICA graduate student thesis films, the MICA Grad Show 2021 on April 23 -24.  It’s a virtual broadcast, free and open to the public.

The theme for the two-day event is In Place, Insight and In Time, featuring three documentaries, an episodic pilot show and three narratives.  

Pre-order for NIGHT #1 – Friday 4/23 – 7:00 to 9:30 PM

https://watch.eventive.org/parkway/play/605a06bf842cbd0037b31233

Pre-order for NIGHT #2 – Saturday 4/24 7:00 to 8:30 PM

https://watch.eventive.org/parkway/play/605a071c4e6bc8008bd50ca3

Citywide clean-up set for next Saturday; mayor’s walk in Druid Hill Park is May 8

Although because of the pandemic there are no organized neighborhood-level cleanups, the mayor’s office is encouraging residents to be part of Mayor Scott’s Spring Clean-up: Clean Where You Live on Saturday, April 24. Residents are urged to put on a mask and pick up a broom to clean up litter around their properties, alleyways and curbsides.

Participants who register their cleaning activities can receive free bags to support their efforts. DPW will provide up to five bags per individual and/or service request to support local cleaning activities. To register and receive bags, call 311, visit balt311.baltimorecity.gov, or sign up using the BALT311 mobile app.

The bags will be available at the DPW Sanitation Yards located at 111 Kane Street (open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and 2840 Sisson Street (open 9. – 5 p.m.).  Bags will be available for pick-up until April 23.  Filled bags should be put out for regular garbage pick-ups.

The mayor’s office is also planning a series of walks with the mayor, including one scheduled for Druid Hill Park Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m.

State’s Attorney says she still will prosecute “victim crimes”

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby spoke at the April BHCA meeting, assuring residents that despite her recent “no prosecute” announcements, her office will continue to charge and try those whose criminal acts have victims.

The answer came in a response to inquiries about low-level criminal activities such as stealing packages, theft  or other property crimes.  Those, she said, are “victim crimes” and fall outside her promise not to spend public resources prosecuting persons arrested for “behavior” such as prostitution, drug or drug paraphernalia possession, drunkenness, public urination or other non-violent, “victimless” acts.

Mosby announced that her office will work with police and social service organizations to steer “behaviorial issue” perpetrators of those activities into treatment or other support programs.

About The Bulletin: The Bolton Hill Bulletin is published 10 times a year and distributed to paid members of the Bolton Hill Community Association and made available for free on the BHCA website. We welcome the submission of ideas, articles, events, photos and feedback.. It is produced by Bill Hamilton, Kylie Perrotti and Marci Yankelov, all volunteers. Contributors this month included, among others, Paula Jackson, David Nyweide, Jim Prost, Lee Tawney and Maceo Lester.  Give us your critiques and love.

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