By Judith McFadden, former editor of the Bolton Hill Bulletin
Rev. Grey Maggiano, the new rector of Memorial Episcopal Church, and his family, Monica, Isabella, a baby boy due soon, and two small dogs, are enthusiastic about their choice to move into Bolton Hill.
They wanted a walkable and friendly city neighborhood, and feel that’s just what they have found here. Monica said she’s met more people in the first three weeks in the neighborhood than in three years in Miami.
Grey was officially installed as Rector on May 5, in a festive service that included representatives from the area schools and organizations, along with Maggiano’s family and friends.
Grey enjoys his daily commute strolling the few blocks from his home to Memorial Episcopal, and Monica, vice-president of the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick, appreciates the short drive to her office downtown.
Isabella loves baseball and is already cheering for the Orioles, although she tells us, “I like the Orioles, but I am still a Marlins fan.” Like her parents, she is bilingual; all speak fluent Spanish. She attends school at the Bolton Hill Nursery, and is becoming a chef in her free time. Most of all, she enjoys her ability to simply step outside into a park filled with other children most weekday afternoons and weekends, an instant source of new friends.
The family has spent their first months exploring the neighborhood, learning its history and sampling its eateries and coffee shops. They have researched the “genealogy” of their house, and enjoyed learning more about its previous residents. They have joined MRIA and have participated in several neighborhood events.
Grey and Monica chose to relocate to this area because they want to be a part of Baltimore’s future. They want to add their energy to expand the social justice efforts that have already started at both Memorial Episcopal Church and MRIA, working with groups like the No Boundaries Coalition and BUILD.
Welcome to the Maggiano family.