Festival on the Hill set for Oct. 23

Bolton Hill’s historic tradition of the Festival on the Hill fall celebration will take place this year at Sumpter Park on Oct. 23 from 11 to 3 pm. Memorial Episcopal Church is taking the lead this year in organizing the food, drinks, music and children’s events that have sustained the neighborhood party for generations.

But volunteers are needed to ensure its success.  If you can pitch in, contract the Rev. Grey Maggiano,

BHCA forms energy sustainability group

Amy Sheridan, one of two vice presidents of BHCA, is leading a group to explore ways to encourage reliance on alternatives to carbon-based energy reliance in Bolton Hill residences and public spaces and plans one or more upcoming Zoom conferences to discuss possibilities.  To join the group or offer insights, contact her at

Ways for renters and rental property owners to meet up through the BHCA website

Are you looking for an apartment in Bolton Hill? Or do you have an apartment to rent? Now you can search for apartments posted by community members on the Bolton Hill website. Go to the Apartments and Realtors page under the Living+ main menu of the homepage and click Apartments for Rent to view listings, or Submit an Apartment Listing to submit a description of an apartment for rent.  You may include one to five photos.

Are you a Bolton Hill rental property owner who’d like to connect with others in the neighborhood to share tips on property management, complying with City codes, and attracting stable renters? A BHCA group called Bolton Hill Property Owners Who Rent Apartments is just for you. Contact for more information.

Report non-functioning streetlights

If you see in your block or nearby a street light outage, don’t assume someone else has reported it.  Streetlights are sometimes maintained by the city and other times by BGE. If you are uncertain, report it to both.  Often a light pole will have a tag with a number and info on how to report it.

The best way to report a light outage to the city is by dialing 311 or using the city’s 311 phone app.  When you receive a 311 report number, forward it to the office of City Council member Eric Costello:  If you know it is a BGE light, call 1-800-685-0123 or use BGE’s online reporting form.

City now accepting compost waste at drop-off centers

The City’s Department of Public Works has begun a pilot project for dropping off residential food scraps on any weekday at several centers including one close by in Remington at 2840 Sisson Street.  The centers also accept recycling, bulk trash and toxic waste.

Food scraps make up 25 percent of the residential waste stream in Baltimore according to a recent sort of residential trash conducted under the Less Waste, Better Baltimore planning process.  The drop-off program augments a more modest drop-off effort at the weekend downtown and Waverly farmers markets.  More details here.

Roxane Prettyman selected for 44th district delegate

Some residents of Bolton Hill have a new state delegate. The Baltimore Democratic Central Committee chose Roxanne Prettyman to be the sole city delegate from the 44th legislative district, which also includes a portion of Baltimore County.

Prettyman, who grew up in Sandtown-Winchester, is a paralegal at the Social Security Administration and served on the committee that selected her.  She replaces Del. Keith E. Haynes, who had represented southwest and West Baltimore in the 44th and 44A districts since 2003 until he retired in July.  Details on the process are here

Most of Bolton Hill is incorporated in a different district, 40.  Both are likely to be modified during the legislative redistricting process that is underway. Baltimore City lost population in the 2020 Census, which is the basis for redrawing districts. 

Bolton Hill Garden Club is selling pansies

Pre-order pansies now for local delivery Oct. 7-10 or pick them up on Friday, Oct. 8th, 1 to 5pm at Bolton Hill Nursery.  A half-flat of pansies (9 plants) sells for $20. A full-flat of pansies (18 plants) is $30. Go to the Bolton Hill Garden Club website and click on the “Pansy Preorder Form” to place your order.

This event is one of the Bolton Hill Garden Club’s annual fundraisers. Bolton Hill Garden Club is a non-profit organization that emphasizes preserving neighborhood parks and encouraging beautification and a sense of city living through plants, sustainable gardening, and educational and social activities.

Midtown Community Benefits District meeting set for Oct. 26

Midtown Community Benefits District’s 2021 fall town hall will be held virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 26th at 6:30pm. During the meeting, constituents will be updated on projects and goals and announcing nominees for the four at-large representatives to serve on our Board of Directors, (one to represent each of the four neighborhoods) for the coming calendar year.  Additional information will be published at as it becomes available.  The meeting Zoom Link:

About The Bulletin. . . .

The Bulletin is back after a summer recess with a new designer and, going forward, a monthly photo feature.  Laura McConnell has agreed to take on design duties, and Zhee Chatmon is our photographer.  We invite others to help write, edit or work the business side.  Send your suggestions and comments to  Contributions to this issue came from, among others, Tom Hasler, Lee Tawney, David Nyweide, Chris Kingsley, Paula Jackson and others.  I own the errors and omissions.

– Bill Hamilton