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Site of former b bistro, soon to become CookHouse.

CookHouse to take over b bistro space

George and Jessica Dailey have closed on the building containing the former b bistro space and are in discussions with architects regarding renovations. They hope to open a new restaurant, CookHouse, “by winter,” said George Dailey.

Voter registration closes June 5; early voting begins June 14

The Democratic and Republican primaries for all Maryland elective offices will be held June 26, and early voting begins June 14 and continues through June 21. You can vote early at seven sites in Baltimore.
Since the City tends to vote Democratic, the winners of local office and state legislative races in June’s Democratic primary will likely win election in November. Bolton Hill is represented by two state legislative districts. Most of the neighborhood falls into district 40, but a small portion falls into District 44.
A review of the Senate races in each district appeared in the April edition of the Bulletin. A rundown of the 14 candidates for the three House of Delegates seats in District 40, and the one in District 44, is included in this issue.
Bolton Hill traditionally experiences high voter turnout in local and state elections. If you need to register, you’ll need to do so before the June 5, 9 p.m. deadline. You can register, request an absentee ballot, or update your registration of political affiliation online.

Louie Wilder retiring

Longtime neighborhood resident Louie Wilder is retiring as Executive Director of Bolton Hill Nursery after 16 years. In honor of her many years of service, the school’s board of directors has established the Louie Wilder Scholarship Fund.
The fund will help enable families from Bolton Hill and surrounding neighborhoods to access the excellent pre-K education offered at Bolton Hill Nursery. The fund has been seeded with a $5000 donation from past and present board members. Your donation to this fund will help Bolton Hill Nursery grow this fund and is a fitting culmination and tribute to Louie’s legacy. Donations may be sent to Bolton Hill Nursery, 204 W. Lanvale St., with Louie Wilder Scholarship in the memo line or you can donate online.

Mt. Vernon in the New York Times

Our neighbor to the south, Mt. Vernon, made the New York Times! Check out this inspiring account of residents working together to revitalize one of Baltimore’s most historic and treasured neighborhoods.

Help preserve Fairfield Woods in NE Baltimore City

Fairwood Forest is a 4-acre urban forest (or “forest patch”) in a majority minority Glenham-Belhar, a majority minority neighborhood bounded by Glenmore Ave., Hamilton Rd., Belair Rd., and Harford Road in northeast Baltimore City. The Glenham-Belhar Neighborhood Association (GBNA), in partnership with Baltimore Green Space, is trying to secure funds to help transfer ownership of the land from a private owner to a land trust to be administered by Baltimore Green Space. The owner of the land has agreed to transfer the land to the trust, but GBNA still needs to raise  $15,000 by the end of July to cover the initial land transfer costs, property taxes, and other expenses. Fairfield Woods is home to 23 species of trees and home to some 200 species of birds. GBNA also holds educational and community-building events in the forest.
Want to help out? Donate at the Fairfield Woods website before July 31. All donations will be restricted to cover expenses solely of the forest and are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Any funds raised beyond the $15,000 goal will go towards maintenance of the forest and a fund to hopefully purchase the two remaining small parcels of forested land and protect them in the same land trust.
For more information, including a link to a WYPR profile of the forest, go to the Fairfield Woods website.