Patterson Park Neighborhood Association
Monthly General Meeting
Monday, July 13th, 2015
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Basement Multi-Purpose Room
2015 PPNA Board Introduction
Board introduces themselves, everyone has been here before! Crazy!
Citizens on Patrol!
COP walks are a bunch of fun! Feel free to bring your dog
Next C.O.P. Walk:
Wednesday, 7/22 at 7 pm
Park entrance at Linwood & Baltimore
Come patrol, meet your neighbors, chat with local law enforcement, pet some dogs.
Special Mid-Year Election: Secretary Edition
A Secretary Election will be happening next meeting.
If you want to run, be there. If you know someone who wants to run, tell them to be there. If you’re looking to make some lawn signs, talk to Mark Parker.
Be at next month’s meeting to vote on the next PPNA Secretary!
Quarterly Newsletter Coordinator
A newsletter coordinator- WE NEED ONE. This is not a super-involved job, other people create the content and print the newsletter, we just need someone coordinate those things. Shout-out to Mazie, our wonderful Coordinator who is moving away );
Interested in getting involved in the newsletter? Email Leigh at email@example.com
Community Park Weeding – Steve Preston
Come weed with us! Everyone is jealous of our entrance. Help us keep it that way.
Next Park Entrance Weeding:
Tuesday, 7/ 21 * DIFFERENT * Weeding has been moved back a week for weather and vacations *
6pm, Linwood & Baltimore
Feel free to bring children, drinks, food
Come weed with your neighbors and make new friends!
Pocket Park Clean Ups
We’ve been regularly cleaning up the pocket park at Potomac and Fayette. Please join us! Now that we’ve got it down, cleaning only takes 15 minutes and there are popsicles afterwards!
Next Park Clean Up:
Wednesday 7/22, 6:30
Corner of Potomac and Fayette
Come clean up the tiny park and eat delicious popsicles with community members!
Greening Update: Kim Wiggins / Terresa Carter
We’ve gotten a grant for rain barrels, if you already have signed up for a rain barrel talk to Kim about getting it installed. You can also email Kim if you want to be put on the rain barrel waitlist
Blue Water Baltimore is mulching tree pits- yay!
We’ve been doing awesome clean-ups so far in July, if YOU want an awesome clean up for YOUR block, come to a Greening Partnership mtg and we’ll help you put it together!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or come to a Greening Partnership Meeting- every 2nd Saturday at 11am.
PSA: 311 app is a great way to get the city to pay attention to things and help us out with that sort of stuff
Patterson Park Green City Guide
Baltimore Community Foundation and Chesapeake Bay Trust have funded a guide for trash, rats, dumping, etc. Kim and Sadie are on the steering committee, along with many other great people. The guide is almost ready! We’ll have it on the website and Facebook page once it’s published.
Follow us on Facebook to receive all sorts of exciting updates!
Patterson Park Home and Garden Tour
The tour is moving back to Fall- it will be Sat, Sep 26, from 11-4 or 12-5, still deciding
To avoid asking participants to walk marathons, we will be divided future tours into East and West starting this year. 2015 Tour will be all houses East of Linwood, 2016 will be West of Linwood.
To get involved with planning or to make your house part of the tour email Kim at Coordinator@PattersonParkNeighbors.org
Understanding the Juvenile Justice System and Youth Mental Health – Everett Smith
Everett is a therapist and faculty member at University of Maryland School of Social Work. He has worked with many young people in juvenile justice system.
Lots of people in the community think that juveniles just get a slap on the wrist when they’re picked up- not so! Here’s the deal:
Families he works with are often dealing with a lot of things at once.
They often consist of one adult managing multiple kids, are economically disadvantaged, black (not necessarily African American, sometimes Caribbean American, etc.)
What Happens When a Young Person is Arrested?
They are taken to Baltimore Juvenile Justice Center- 80% are sent on to the State’s Attorney’s Office, 20% they resolve it locally with the family, school, or whomever
Next business day- preliminary hearing, trying to figure out if it would be okay to release them back into the community until their court hearing.
Social science research says that the longer you keep youth in detention the more likely they are to re-offend.
Release back to the community- doesn’t always mean back home; sometimes juveniles are sent to a supervised DJS setting with a gps locator, or they sleep at home and go to a monitoring center during the day.
IF they are found guilty, they might ‘just’ be given probation which often confounds community members, especially those who have been impacted by their crimes. Probation means that the juvenile takes a bunch of assessments and is assigned supports & services based on the results.
4k complaints (potential cases) are registered in a year in Baltimore City. There are 56k youth in the City of Baltimore
(a small portion of the youth are committing more than their share of the crimes) For the past 3 yrs, juvenile delinquency has been going down in Baltimore City.
For more info & for ways to get involved in community interventions, email Everett!
JHU Trash/Rat Team Update
Graduate students from the Hopkins School of Public Health have conducted interviews and a focus group in our neighborhood to learn about the rat problem & figure out possible solutions.
Michael, Pat and Chris perform a heartfelt dramatic reading of selections from rat interviews conducted by the students, a portion of which can be found online on the Patterson Park Neighbors Facebook page. THANK YOU to all who participated in the research!
For more of their findings, email Sadie at VPWest@pattersonparkneighbors.org
Baltimore Retrofit – Paul Cole
Low & Moderate Income Homeowners can get FREE Energy Assessment from Baltimore Retrofit thanks a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration
Also available to renters, and you qualify based on the renters’ income! If you’re not low or moderate, you can still qualify for a subsidy so the whole assessment is only $100.
Please help get the word out! They’ll also be canvasing soon, so let your neighbors know that Baltimore Retrofit is not an energy scam 😛
Help save the earth and save yourself some money! Emailpcole@baltimoreretrofit.org
Baltimore Transit Survey – Delegate Brooke Lierman
Want your voice heard about transit in Baltimore? Express your opinions!!
Fill out this survey so Brooke can fight for what YOU want www.brookelierman.com/MTASurvey
PPNA/PPPCS Partnership Update – Leigh
We’re still working out a partnership with the Patterson Park Public Charter School! As part of this partnership, our August PPNA Meeting will be held at the school! We’ll be in the cafeteria, which is the Baltimore St entrance.