Bolton Hill Notes

Deadline looms for 2022 parking permits

The deadline to purchase a 2022-23 zone 3 parking permit for Bolton Hill residents is March 23. Do it by then and you can pick up the permit outdoors on March 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at F. Scott Fitzgerald Park, located at Bolton and Wilson Streets. All current permits expire March 31.

The Parking Authority website is clunky and exasperating, but it beats going downtown to 200 W. Lombard St. to pick up your sticker under restrictive safety conditions. The understaffed agency is open MWF 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any permit ordered online that is not mailed to an address or picked up from the Parking Authority will be at the community permit pick-up.

To pick up your permit at the Parking Authority office or the community permit pick-up, you’ll need to bring a driver’s license and the vehicle registration for each permitted car. While you are at Fitzgerald Park, you can also find out how to become a new BHCA member or renew your BHCA membership.

Scientist, cellist and neighbor Paul Feldman has died

Longtime Bolton Hill resident Paul Feldman, who for more than half a century led research on comets and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, has died. He was 82. The Baltimore Sun ran an extensive obituary on his life and work.

Plant swap coming at Rutter’s Mill Park March 26

Meet neighbors and welcome spring Saturday, March 26 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at this free plant swap. Bring clippings, seeds, gardening supplies, planters, or plants to swap with others. Or, simply come by! Rain date: Sunday, March 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m. On-street parking is available on Lafayette or Mosher streets or Mount Royal Avenue. There’s no parking in front of the park entrance, which is at 1408 Rutter Street.

Midtown Benefits town hall set for March 30

The Midtown Community Benefits District Annual Spring Town Hall Meeting will be held on virtually on Zoom on March 30th, 2022 at 6:30pm. Zoom Meeting Link: Hear about the past year’s accomplishments and learn what is planned for the year ahead. The district’s proposed FY2023 budget will be presented for community input. This meeting will also be live-streamed on Midtown’s Facebook Page at:

Ana Maria’s Garden gets a spring scrub

Neighbors banded together on a brisk Saturday, March 5 to participate in a spring-prep cleanup of Ana Maria’s Garden, located at Mosher and Mason Streets.

With the sun providing a sneak peek of spring warmth, the group trimmed away all of the winter-burned liriope, weeded tree wells and garden paths, pruned shrubs, and carried away litter. Discussions around gardening, gardening tools and plant recommendations were held as the group worked. The clean-up crew included Steve Howard, Chris Mirkovich, Shari Shapleigh, Colleen Stuart and Peter and Susan Van Buren. Another clean-up is planned tentatively for April 23 for mulching, gravel refresh and planting liriope in areas that are bare.

City recruiting lifeguards for 2022 summer season

With the pandemic perhaps under control, the city parks department is planning a full summer of swimming pool activities and is recruiting seasonal lifeguards. The newly renovated and expanded pool at Druid Hill Park is scheduled to open on Memorial Day. Lifeguard positions pay from $13.50 to $18 per hour. Free certification courses are available. Further information by calling 410 396-0677, 1938, 3838 or 3841. Or go to and click on “aquatics.”

State college scholarship application deadline is May 6

State college scholarships are available for eligible applicants with a May 6 application deadline for the coming fall school year. Senatorial scholarships are made available through the Maryland Higher Education Commission and distributed through state senate offices. Current high school seniors and both full-time and part-time degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students and private career students in the 40th District are encouraged to apply through the office of Sen. Anthonio Hayes. For more information, click here.

Election filing deadline extended to March 28

With seven candidates in the running for three 40th district House of Delegates seats, filing deadlines have been extended from last month until March 28. That district includes Bolton Hill. The delay was ordered by Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joseph M. Getty as the court considers Republican challenges to the new map of Maryland General Assembly districts. The outcome of the suit is unlikely to impact the 40th district boundaries significantly.

So far 40th District Sen. Antonio Hayes has no opposition in the Democratic primary, still scheduled for June 28. Christopher Anderson has filed as a Republican.

Incumbent candidates for the House of Delegates are Melissa Wells, Frank Conaway Jr. and Marlon Amprey. Democratic primary challengers to them are China Boak Terrell, who lives on Bolton Street, Kathy Shulman of Roland Park, Juan Snell of Reservoir Hill and Crystal Jackson Parker of West Baltimore. There is one Republican candidate so far, Zulieka A. Baysmore of Madison Park.

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