PPNA Meeting Minutes – April 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Basement Multi-Purpose Room

Minutes of past meetings may be found on the PPNA website.

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Board & Committee Chair Introductions

All Board members’ and Committee Chairs’ names and contact information may be found on the PPNA website.

The PPNA is actively seeking a VP to represent the North Sector. Interested? Know someone who might be? Email Pat Lundberg.

Thanks to ya’ll, some new or newly active committees are starting to take off! See below for details.

New neighbors/attendees and some old familiar faces say “Hi.” Welcome!

Neighborhood Updates & Events

Newsletter Committee

Apologies that the newsletter is not yet available. It will be, soon! This gives you more time to…

WHAT: Advertise your business
WHERE: The PPNA newsletter! Both online and in print.

Distribution assistance needed!
If you are skilled in the art of distribution logistics and can orchestrate newsletter delivery to ~3,000 homes and businesses in Patterson Park, your assistance is needed.

Contact Joanna Sullivan.

Community Safety Committee

WHAT: Patterson Park Safety Talk
WHEN: Wednesday, April 26th, 7 PM
WHERE: TBD… outdoors, weather permitting

Details and updates on the Facebook event page.

Questions? Matty Woodruff.

Beautification (FKA Sanitation) Committee

WHAT: The Mayor’s Cleanup
WHEN: Saturday, April 29th, 8 AM – 12 PM
WHERE: Library Square (Fayette x Lakewood)

Join Mayor Pugh at her first stop of the day (9 AM sharp)! Sure to be plenty fun and productive, the event will include a mix of cleanup and gardening focusing on the West Sector (Fairmount) and Library Square.

Questions? Erica Danko.

Housing Policy Committee

WHAT: Kick-off meeting
WHEN: Next Tuesday, April 25th, 6:30-8:30 PM
WHERE: Roman’s Place (2 S Decker)

Questions? Jeff Amoros.

Youth & Family Engagement Committee

WHAT: Table & activity at Día del Niño
WHEN: Saturday, April 29th, 11 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Patterson Park Pagoda

Want to volunteer? Christine Collins.

WHAT: Game ‘Night’ followed by Pocket Park Cleanup
WHEN: Every Wednesday, 4:00-5:30 PM
WHERE: Basement of the Patterson Park Branch Library (158 N Linwood)

Spread the word! All kids welcome.

Adult help needed, especially for setup (3:45-4:15) and game-playing, just drop by.

Questions? Anne-Marie Johnson.

WHAT: PPYFE Committee Meeting
WHEN: Monday, May 1st, 7-8 PM
WHERE: 136 N Ellwood

Check the Facebook event page for details and updates.

Questions? Christine.

WHAT: Parent/Guardian & Youth Surveys
WHEN: Now available online
WHERE: Parent/Guardian Survey (for parents or guardians of youth in our community); Youth Survey (for kids and youth age 18 and under–please assist young children)

These surveys are intended to help guide the Committee’s strategy and programming. We want to hear from you! Note: if you completed a survey in the past, we have your responses. Findings will be shared at a PPNA Community Meeting and other relevant venues once enough data has been collected to draw preliminary conclusions.

Questions/comments/trouble accessing? Lydia Animosa.

Greening Committee

The Greening Committee and/or Baltimore Tree Trust will be repairing damaged pits and replacing trees where missing. Let you sector VP or VP Patterson Place Zainab Nejati know of tree pits in your area that need to be maintained or re-planted.

Spruce-Up Grant

After submitting a letter of intent to apply for a Spruce-Up Grant offered through the SECDC, the Greening Committee has been invited to submit a complete proposal by May 5th. This grant provides up to $20,000 towards community-driven public space projects. The concept being developed by the Committee is to create more clearly defined “gateways” to the neighborhood using planters and signage. Volunteers needed.

Questions? Steve Preston.

Economic Development Committee

WHAT: Class B restaurant liquor license community meeting
WHEN: TODAY! Saturday, April 22nd, 1-2 PM
WHERE: 123 N Clinton (former El Punto G, near the RoFo)

Details and updates on the Facebook event page.

On another note, the Housing Policy and Econ Dev Committees and other community stakeholders are considering a request for the rezoning of the storage garages on south side of Esther St between Clinton and Highland from R8 to C1. Stay tuned…

Questions? Alex Schwartz.

Neighbor Announcements

Kim Brock, Strong City Baltimore

WHAT: 10th annual Neighborhood Institute organized by Strong City Baltimore
WHEN: Saturday, April 29th, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Design School

Workshops focus on volunteering, community organizing, fundraising, and more. More info and workshop schedule.

Registration is $20 and includes lunch. The PPNA will sponsor neighbors who would like to attend.

More info: Kim.
Interested in a PPNA sponsorship? Pat.

Shannon Darrow, Southeast CDC

WHAT: Complete Streets / Transit Placemaking workshops organized by the Southeast CDC and the Neighborhood Design Center

Workshop #1: Introduction to Complete Streets, hosted by Bikemore
WHEN: Tuesday, May 2nd 6:30-8:30 PM

Workshop #2: Community Visioning, with DOT and MTA
WHEN: Thursday, May 25th, 6:30-8:30 PM

Workshop #3: Community Visioning, with DOT and MTA
WHEN: Thursday, June 15th, 6:30-8:30 PM

WHERE: All workshops will be at the Patterson Park Branch Library (158 N Linwood)

This project will focus on the Fayette St corridor from Highland to Washington Avs. Neighbors are invited to attend one or both visioning workshops.

Questions? Shannon Darrow.

Cheryl Bryant, Friends of Library Square

WHAT: Friends of Library Square monthly meetings
WHEN: 3rd Tuesday of every month
WHERE: Basement of the Patterson Park Branch Library (158 N Linwood)

WHAT: Earth Day Paint & Plant
WHEN: TODAY! Saturday, April 22nd, 9 AM – 1 PM
WHERE: Kenwood Plaza at Library Square

Join Friends of Library Square in repainting the beautiful mandala marking the drain to Harris Creek and in planting summer flowers. Kids accompanied by an adult welcome. Materials provided, bring empty plastic containers if you can (for paint). Live DJ and celebratory BBQ to follow. Info and updates on the Facebook event page.

WHAT: Free family movies & popcorn!
WHEN: Every 3rd Saturday at 1 PM
WHERE: Patterson Park Branch Library

Questions? Cheryl.

Mark Parker, though away for spring break, sends the following announcements

WHAT: Park After Dark – date announced!
WHEN: September 16th
WHERE: Patterson Park (the park)

Park After Dark is a family-friendly overnight camping and social event held in Patterson Park. After a few years’ hiatus, PAD is making a comeback this fall. Mark your calendars now–it’s not to be missed!

WHAT: Highlandtown Wine Fest
WHEN: Sunday, April 30th, 1-6pm
WHERE: Claremont x Conkling

Info and updates on the Facebook event page.

Questions? Mark.

April Community All-Star

Michelle Prieto, Kevin Okun, and Travis Lauchman.

These three kind and generous neighbors took it upon themselves to help out a beloved staple in the neighborhood, Ms. Barb, who is at risk of losing her home after losing her husband to cancer last year. They are helping her navigate her financial options, set up a donation website, and recently organized a yard sale to help her raise money in an effort to keep her house or to rent and apartment and lighten her load if she can’t. Using social media, the April All-Stars garnered support from many other Patterson Park neighbors. Ms. Barb has been linked with Southeast CDC and Banner Neighborhoods for additional assistance.

Please donate to Ms. Barb at the YouCaring website they set up for her. Any amount is deeply appreciated. Thank you!

PPNA Board & Committee Retreat

On Sunday, March 19th the Board members met for a day-long retreat focused on taking stock of the our shared organization, identifying SWOT items (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) and ultimately reassessing the Association’s mission statement, vision statement, and guiding principles.

Mission statement (unchanged): The PPNA’s mission is to nurture diversity and empower residents to work together toward a healthy future for our neighborhood.

Vision statement (new): The PPNA seeks to cultivate our neighborhood’s unique character in order to promote equitable development, maintain diversity, improve environmental assets, and make Patterson Park a fun, sustainable, and fulfilling place to live, work, and grow.

Former goals: Build community spirit; promote revitalization and investment; increase awareness of our neighborhood; promote improved public safety and sanitation; and preserve and beautify our environment.

Updated goals, reframed as guiding principles:

  • Increase community spirit and involvement
  • Advocate on behalf of all community members
  • Provide a forum and vehicle for discussion and empowerment
  • Optimize the health and well-being of community residents
  • Foster diverse and well-maintained community and environmental assets
  • Build collaborative relationships with other organizations and institutions
  • Strengthen organizational effectiveness

These can now be found on the PPNA website.

In the afternoon, the Board was joined by committee Chairs and co-Chairs for a similar SWOT exercise focused on the goals of each committee and how those goals tie into the Association’s overarching guiding principles.

The retreat was fun and productive, and we hope a new tradition that will carry forward annually for years to come.

Questions or suggestions? Pat.

Sector Breakout Session

The second half of the meeting was dedicated to small group discussions organized by sector and facilitated by sector VPs or other sector leaders (where VPs were unable to attend the meeting). Each discussion focused on getting to know our more immediate neighbors, identification of the assets/opportunities and issues/pain points unique to each sector, effective things to continue doing, and ideas for improvement.

If you are interested in exploring ideas and/or building your own capacity to act on these issues, consider coming out to the Strong City Neighborhood Institute on April 29th.

If you missed the meeting, contact your sector VP for a summary of the discussion.

Silver Spatula

Potluck theme: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Cupcakes FTW, again! This time in red velvet with cream cheese frosting by Cheryl Bryant. Ms. Cheryl insists they are appropriate for all occasions, and no one can argue with that!

Thank you to everyone who brought snacks to share, and enjoy a league, pick-up, or O’s game this summer.


Show off your PP Pride!

This summer, treat yourself or a special neighbor to one of these new Patterson Park t-shirts. Perfect for donning around town and making your friends in other neighborhoods green with envy, or sporting at any of PP’s many community events. Featuring a cheerful new logo on soft, well-made fabric, at $20 a pop it is sure to be your new favorite tee. Proceeds support PPNA-sponsored neighborhood activities. Thank you for your support!

To order, contact resident swagmonger Pat.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to all who attended and participated! Questions or comments? Lydia. See you next month!

The next PPNA Community Meeting is Monday, May 8th, 7-8 PM in the basement of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.

Spring Cleaning in Patterson Park!

Join the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association & Friends of Library Square in sprucing up the North Sector & beautiful Library Square.

Saturday, March 25th, 8 AM – Noon

Dumpster to be located on the 200 block of N Kenwood (8 AM – noon).

Supplies and refreshments provided. Kids welcome!

3 ways to get involved:

1. Join the PPNA in sprucing up the North Sector
8 AM – Noon
Supplies and Dumpster located on the 200 Block of N Kenwood

2. Join Friends of Library Square in cleaning up Library Sq. Park
9 – 10 AM
Supplies and refreshments at Kenwood Plaza (center of the Park)

3. Reward your family afterward with games, sports and lunch
Noon – 2 PM
Walking from the Dumpster to the northeast corner of Patterson Park

Dump your junk & cleanup your block! Communicate and keep receive updates via the Facebook event page.

Email Beautification Committee chair Erica.

PPNA Members “Thank You!” Cocktail Party

It’s not too late! Join us for the PPNA Members Cocktail Party, Saturday September 17th from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, to enjoy cocktails, light fare, and conversation with a great view from the rooftop deck of the Patterson Park Public Charter School.

PPNA hosts many events each year including Bloom Your Block (Spring planting event), numerous neighbor- hood clean ups and plantings, Citizen on Patrol (COP) walks, etc. These events require your support. You can help ensure these events happen each year by becoming a member of PPNA, and by joining at a supporting membership level, you’ll score tickets to our Thank You Cocktail Party.

Join us now at one of these levels:

Pagoda Level – $100 per Household – Household PPNA membership, special thank you cocktail party, discount and early ticketing for the gala, I <3 Patterson Park bumper sticker, thank you published in the news- letter

Supporting Level – $50 per Household – Individual PPNA membership, special thank you cocktail party, thank you published in the newsletter


It’s Home Tour Time!

September 24 marks the date of the 2016 Patterson Park Home Tour. This year we’ll feature The West and North Sectors, but we will be sure to hightlight the river alley, Library Square, the Audubon Garden and Mural, and have a Stay for the Day sheet for people to explore our neighborhood after the tour. The tour runs from 11 am to 4:00 pm (last ticket sold at 3:00). Great opportunity to see how some of your neighbors make their home in the Park. Buy tickets to the tour here  (and join or renew your PPNA Membership! We have great membership incentives, including a Members Cocktail Party coming soon!).

Want to be part of the tour, or know someone who’s home you think would be a great addition to our tour? Contact us. We’ve got a great group of homes, but can always use more.

Link to our flyer below, feel free to share!









Patterson Park Q2 Newsletter is on the street (and online)!

Catch up on the spring/summer happenings in Patterson Park in the Q2 Newsletter. Featured in this issues are updates from the Safety and Greening Committees, news about the MTA BaltimoreLink, the PPNA Community All-Star Award Recipients, and more. You can download and read the issue here. Thanks to Alex Cascioffe and the PPNA Board for putting this great issue together. Back issues are available here.

Have content you’d like to share with the Patterson Park Neighborhood, or want to take advantage of our great advertising rates? Contact us and let us know.

Also – we still have some routes that need help with distribution for the hard copy of the newsletter. Have some time to do a block or two? Give us a shout.




PPNA Meeting Minutes Update 2016

Realized that a few months have gone by with posting the PPNA Meeting Minutes – posting links to minutes from our June and July meetings. Join us the second Monday of every month (except July and August) at St. Elizabeth’s Church on East Baltimore Street, between Belnord Avenue and Lakewood Avenue (enter on Lakewood side) at 7:00 PM. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM.

What? You can’t make the meetings but would like to become a member? Here’s the link to online memberships. We have some great Supporting Member incentives, details here.