PPNA Meeting Minutes – June 2017

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Patterson Park Neighborhood Association

Community Meeting Minutes

Monday, June 12, 2017

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Basement Multipurpose Room

Contents

Upcoming Events & Meetings

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Saturday, June 24th

WHAT: Friends of Library Square monthly cleanup
WHEN: 9-10 AM
WHERE: Kenwood Plaza at Library Square
QUESTIONS? Cheryl

WHAT: School’s Out! Party in the Park
WHEN: 1-3 PM
WHERE: Patterson Park pagoda
DETAILS: Kids of all ages welcome with adult supervision. Come enjoy lunch, games, crafts, and summer!
QUESTIONS? Christine

WHAT: Movie in the Square
WHEN: 8 PM
WHERE: Kenwood Plaza at Library Square
DETAILS: A special outdoor showing of the acclaimed film “Hidden Figures.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair; popcorn provided! Kids welcome with adult supervision.
QUESTIONS? Cheryl

Sunday, June 25th

WHAT: Neighborhood Crab Feast
WHEN: 12:30-3 PM
WHERE: Breath of God Lutheran
DETAILS: Fundraiser for Back-to-School Nite; BYOB; $25/adult, $5/child, $50/family maximum.
QUESTIONS? Mark

Tuesday, June 27th

WHAT: Housing Committee meeting
WHEN: 7-8 PM
WHERE: Roman’s Place
DETAILS: Currently focused on identifying and monitoring vacant buildings.
QUESTIONS? Jeff

Wednesday, June 28th

WHAT: Safety Talk
WHEN: 7-8 PM (every 4th Wednesday)
WHERE: Southwest corner of Baltimore x Linwood
DETAILS: In the event of inclement weather, an announcement will be made on the Facebook event page by 6 PM with a nearby indoor location indicated.
QUESTIONS? Matty

Thursday, June 29th

WHAT: Special meeting w/ DOT Director
WHEN: 6 PM
WHERE: Southwest corner of Baltimore x Linwood
DETAILS: Discussion of the most pressing traffic concerns in our area, namely Baltimore x Linwood, Lombard x Linwood, and commercial truck traffic.
QUESTIONS? Pat

Sunday, July 2nd

WHAT: Youth & Family Engagement Committee brunch meeting
WHEN: 11 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE: 3 N Glover
QUESTIONS? Christine

Saturday, July 15th

WHAT: Jazz in the Square
WHEN: 6 PM
WHERE: Kenwood Plaza at Library Square
DETAILS: Groove to the smooth sound of Baltimore’s own Spice Band.
QUESTIONS? Cheryl

Sunday, July 9th

WHAT: Cleaning Across the Lines 13th & 1st Districts Community Cleanup
WHEN: 9 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Kenwood Plaza at Library Square
DETAILS: Join neighbors from Atlas Restaurant Group, Councilman Cohen’s and Councilwoman Sneed’s offices, PPNA, McElderry Park Community Association, Southeast CDC, PPPCS, 2017 Elite Miss Maryland (you read that right) and other community partners for a massive cleanup (4 dumpsters!) followed by food & fellowship.
REGISTER: Please signup here to help us plan for adequate supplies and food.
QUESTIONS? Julio

Saturday, July 29th

WHAT: East Sector Cleanup/Dumpster Day
WHEN: 8 AM – 1 PM
WHERE: Dumpster at Fairmount x East
QUESTIONS? Erica

Saturday, September 16th

WHAT: Park After Dark
WHEN: Saturday to Sunday
WHERE: Patterson Park (the park)
DETAILS: Family-friendly overnight camping in the park!
QUESTIONS? Mark

Saturday, September 30th

WHAT: Patterson Park Home & Garden Tour
WHEN: 1-4 PM
WHERE: Patterson Place
DETAILS: Open your Patterson Place home and/or garden and show everyone how beautiful your neighborhood (and sector) is. Volunteers are needed to both open their homes and also to help with logistics and day-of.
QUESTIONS? Kim

Housekeeping

Community meetings will continue through the summer. Every 2nd Monday; same time, same place (unless announced otherwise).

We are testing a new way of sharing information by providing reminders for important events and meetings via email. You can unsubscribe to these without also unsubscribing to the minutes and community meeting reminders. We don’t anticipate sending more than 1 or 2 additional emails per month. Should you have any questions or concerns about this, contact Lydia.

Introductions

Let’s get started. Pat reviews ground rules and  also highlights from the May meeting (past minutes can be found here). Reminder to please check-in when you arrive so that your attendance is counted in the event that a matter is put to the Membership for a vote.

Board & Committee Chairs

Board member and Committee Chair contact info can be found on the PPNA website. Please get in touch with your sector VP for issues pertaining to your immediate area and with Committee Chairs regarding specific issues.

If you’re not sure whom to contact, email info@pattersonparkneighbors.org and your message will be directed to the person(s) best positioned to assist.

ISO: North Sector VP

The PPNA is looking for a representative for the North Sector. If you live in this area and are looking to get more involved in advocating for your neighbors and the direction of the PPNA generally, please contact Pat. (Really, we need you!)

New attendees introduce themselves

Delighted to make your acquaintance!

Committee Updates

Upcoming events and meetings are listed at the top of this email. Here are some other updates not listed above.

Education

The Committee is currently working on a traffic plan for the area around PPPCS and a spruce-up event to be held in September. In July, a new Committee initiative, “Friends of Paca Elementary,” will launch–stay tuned for details. More info? Lynne.

Economic Development

The Committee is currently building a database of commercial properties and business operating in Patterson Park. With support from Southeast CDC, its primary objectives are to maintain current commercial properties and business in the neighborhood and encourage growth. Intrigued? Alex.

Greening

The Committee expects to learn the outcome of the up to $20K Spruce-Up grant they submitted by next week. If you just can’t wait until the July PPNA meeting, contact Steve for the scoop.

Newsletter

Did you get a newsletter in your mailbox? We hope so, but if not, you can download it here. Have a story of local interest you’d like to pitch, or an ad you’d like to place? Joanna.

Youth & Family Engagement

The Committee will continue Game Afternoon at Library Square every Wednesday from 4-5:15 PM through the summer, followed by a quick Fayette St Pocket Park cleanup. All kids welcome! Adult volunteers needed from 3:45 to help supervise. Special thanks to our neighbors who donated cornhole sets and other games! More info about Game Afternoon? Anne-Marie.

Friends of Library Square

The PPNA is excited to welcome FOLS as an official committee. For years, FOLS has been doing incredible work centered on Library Square, bringing together a range of committed local organizations, and, most importantly, committed neighbors. You can get involved by attending their monthly meetings every 3rd Tuesday at 6 PM in the basement of the Patterson Park Branch Library, or any of their many other events (see above). Questions? Cheryl.

June Community All-Star

If in the next few days you catch the June Community All-Star, Steve Gondol, walking his dog in the park, be sure to thank him for all that he’s done for our neighborhood and city through his work with PPNA, Friends of Patterson Park, and Live Baltimore… for he and his family are soon moving to Ohio.

With deep gratitude, the PPNA wishes Steve a grand next adventure. We hope you won’t forget us, and will come back to visit.

You can read an interview with Steve in the latest newsletter.

Guest Speakers

Priya Bhayana, Community Conferencing Center

Priya is a Patterson Park neighbor and joins us today to shed some light on the work of the Community Conferencing Center.

During community conferencing, each party has the opportunity to talk openly about what happened and how it affected them before coming to an agreement on how to proceed. The CCC facilitates this process and brings resources to support both parties in moving forward.

In the past year, the CCC has handled 100 cases city-wide. 96% of the time, the parties involved reach an agreement.

The CCC can facilitate:

  • Neighborhood conflicts (working on one now in PP)
  • Workplace conflicts
  • Community dialogue circles
  • Restorative practices in schools
  • Other issues, tailored as needed

To learn more, contact Priya.

Our 46th District Delegation

Senator Bill Ferguson and Delegates Brooke Lierman, Robbyn Lewis, and Luke Clippinger introduced themselves and summarized their priorities and actions in Annapolis this past session, followed by a brief community Q&A.

Bill

Bill is an educator, PP neighbor, and serves on the Budget and Taxation Committee.

His top issues and actions of this past session include saving Marylanders $$ by being one of only nine states with a AAA bond rating, funding city schools, shoring up Planned Parenthood of Maryland (in the event that the federal government cuts funding), and the addressing the opioid epidemic.

Brooke

Brooke is a civil rights attorney, Fells Point neighbor, and serves on the Appropriations Committee.

Her top issues and actions of this past session include getting the “Baltimore Package” (Next Generation Scholars, Pratt Library, BRNI, and more) refunded, prohibiting City schools from suspending or expelling kids between kindergarten and 2nd grade, creating a board to oversee the MTA that would increase citizen input (vetoed), and securing student bus passes at no cost to City schools.

Robbyn

Robbyn is a public health professional, PP neighbor, and our newest Delegate.

She didn’t expect to have the opportunity to sponsor a bill in her first session, but she did. The “Workgroup on Health in all Policies” bill, which passed, mandates that all policy decisions must include an evaluation of health impact.

Luke

Luke is Assistant State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County and resides in Riverside, which is on the other side of the 46th. He serves on the Economic Matters Committee.

His priorities and actions this past session include continued progress toward renewable energy for all Marylanders including making community solar accessible though BGE, establishing adult high schools resulting in a State diploma as an alternative to the GED, and earned sick leave for part-time workers (mostly), which was vetoed. Governor Hogan has created a task force to continue working on the sick leave bill, so stay tuned.

Q&A (paraphrased!!)

Q: Will there be a special session before the next regularly scheduled session (in January)?
Bill: There might be one to work on a couple urgent issues regarding victims of domestic violence and rape, and also (seperately) medical marijuana. But it’s not certain.

Q: Is there a way the State legislature can increase/improve summer school options? There were cuts this year.
Bill: Not really, but it’s an important issue. The delegation supports year-round school.

Q: Were any bills that would impact the environment introduced?
Brooke: Luke talked about his work on solar energy. I introduced a styrofoam ban this past session, which was not successful. However, there will be a study on the matter this summer.

Neighbor Announcements

Michelle Lee of the State’s Attorney’s Office shared information about an upcoming event (June 17), “Community Day in Court: Immigrants and the Criminal Justice Process.”

Cheryl Grays, Baltimore City code enforcement representative for Southeast came to encourage everyone to used 311 to report code violations, including vacant homes, problem landlords, and trash.

Mark Parker announced that registration for Breath of God Summer Camp is now open. It’s a half day program running from July 3rd through 28th for youth age 6-11. $10/week. See the top of this email for other events Mark has in store including the Neighborhood Crab Feast and Park After Dark.

Silver Spatula

Once again, the Silver Spatula goes to the one and only Ms. Cheryl Bryant! Thank you to everyone who brought a dish to share for the PPNA mini-potluck.

Meeting Adjourned

And that concludes the June Community Meeting of the PPNA! Thanks for coming out and/or reading. Don’t hesitate to get in touch, and enjoy these lovely early days of summer in Patterson Park.

 

PPNA Meeting Minutes – May 2017

Monthly Community Meeting Minutes

Monday, May 8, 2017
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Basement Multipurpose Room

Meetings of past minutes may be found here.

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Board & Committee Chair Introductions

Officer and Chair names and contact information available here.

Current needs:

  • Board representative for the North Sector
  • Additional folks to help move the web/online communications committee forward
  • Someone to take the lead on forming a transportation committee

Interested? Pat Lundberg.

New Neighbor/Attendee Introductions

Many new faces in the room! Welcome and thanks for coming out.

 Committee Updates

Transportation Committee (???)

Friday, May 19 was Bike To Work Day, and for the first time EVER (in it’s 20 years in Baltimore) there was a pit stop east of Patterson Park! Thanks to Robbyn Lewis and DOT for coordinating, and to the volunteers who made it happen. We met over 20 bike commuters at the corner of Baltimore x Linwood between 7 and 9 AM!

This isn’t an active committee yet, but there’s plenty of great work to be done! If interested in being involved, email Pat.

Newsletter Committee

The PPNA Spring 2017 Newsletter is now available online and is currently being distributed to all PP homes and businesses. If you are able to assist with distribution (can you take on a block or two?), please email Alyssa Schoenleber.

Housing Committee

The next meeting is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Tuesday, May 30 at 7 PM, location TBD (watch the community calendar and Facebook page). Please try to bring a friend or neighbor, and for background take a peek at this recent investigative, multimedia piece published in The Baltimore Sun, “Dismissed: Tenants lose, landlords win in Baltimore’s rent court.” Questions? Jeff Amoros.

Economic Development Committee

The next meeting will be on Thursday, June 15th, 7 PM at the Southeast CDC headquarters (3323 Eastern Ave). Currently, the Committee is building an inventory of businesses in the neighborhood and building relationships with them. Next, vacant properties will be assessed with a goal of preventing conversion of commercial to residential development.  Questions? Alex Schwartz.

Community Safety Committee

THIS WEEK: Community Safety Talk Wednesday, May 24th (every 4th Wednesday of the month), southwest corner of Baltimore x Linwood (indoor location to be announced no less than 1 hour before, if necessary). Questions? Matty Woodruff.

Youth & Family Engagement Committee

On Saturday, May 13th, the Committee held a successful “Mother’s Day Plant-a-Pot Craftivity” during which approximately 30 neighborhood youth came out to Library Square to decorate and plant a potted flower as a Mother’s Day gift. Thank you to Home Depot of Dundalk for the generous donation of pots and soil!

Game Afternoon is every Wednesday from 4:00-5:30 PM (setup at 3:45) at the Patterson Park Branch Library (out front during renovations). Youth of all ages welcome! Adult volunteers needed. Interested? Anne-Marie Johnson.

The next Committee meeting will be Sunday, June 4th, 5-6 PM at 11 N Decker Ave. Questions? Christine Collins.

Beautification Committee

On Saturday, May 13th the PPNA with the Waterfront Partnership organized over 100 volunteers from Volunteering Untapped who helped spruce up tree pits on and around the neighborhood’s 100 blocks and Fayette St corridor, from Lakewood east. Due to the dreary weather, they were not able to freshen the paint at Green Alley, but did clean it up. Thanks to everyone who came out to help! Questions? Erica Danko.

Education Committee

Baltimore City Schools is looking at rezoning for the first time in 20 years. There is no school zoned for our neighborhood, and kids in PP are split between Commodore, Paca, and Highlandtown #215. One of the Committee’s goals for this rezoning process is to secure a single school that will cover all of PP neighborhood. There is an online survey you can take (you don’t need to be a parent) to weigh-in on this process.

The Committee has been working with PPPCS on its transportation policy, which impacts neighbors, particularly on unit N Belnord. You can receive a copy of this plan (currently in draft) by emailing Lynne Livingston.

Greening Committee

The monthly Baltimore x Linwood entrance to the Park cleanup was held on Tuesday, May 16th from 6-8 PM. The next corner cleanup is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th (typically every 2nd Tuesday) at 6 PM. Supplies provided. Questions? Steve Preston.

On Saturday, May 20th, the Greening Committee hosted Bloom Your Block, this year competition-style with guest judges from both PP and Union Square neighborhoods. After touring each block and house entry, the winners were announced and a celebrated in conjunction with Library Square Day at Library Square. Thanks to all who helped make these two events a success, and congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • Best block: Unit S Decker
  • Best house: Werner Stiegler (Pratt)
  • Most creative: A tie! TK Goode (100 block N Ellwood) and Caitlin Haskell (unit S Potomac)

Social Committee

On Thursday, May 18th, the Committee held a neighborhood happy hour at Monument City Brewing Company. Coincidentally, Butchers Hill Association had the same idea, leading to an opportunity to socialize with our neighbors to the west. Thanks to all who helped out with making the event a success, and look out for the next one! Questions? Stephanie Weaver.

Neighbor Announcements

Mark Parker

Mark leads volunteer field-trips at least once a month. This month, on Saturday, May 13th from 9 AM – 1 PM he brought a group a visit to the non-profit organization The 6th Branch (Executive Director Fells Prospect neighbor Scott Goldman), which brings together military veterans for continued service to their community, with a focus on East Baltimore and the Oliver community.

New neighbor visits! Now that the weather is good and the sun out late, it is a great time to visit new neighbors. Mark will set you up with info packets, a walk sheet, and fresh baked goods–or you can DIY. You can go out with Mark most Saturdays to learn the ropes or pick up materials, or you can print materials (and bake cookies) yourself.

Park After Dark 2017 date announced! Mark your calendars for Saturday evening, September 16th – Sunday morning. PAD is a family-friendly tradition coming back this year after a hiatus. PAD brings together community members of all ages to camp overnight in Patterson Park and enjoy a range of activities including movies, a scavenger hunt, and food.

Summer camp (half-day) opportunity: All 4 weeks of July at Breath of God Lutheran, $10/week/kid. Includes breakfast and lunch. Counselors are teens from SE Baltimore overseen by an experienced teacher and in partnership with Audubon, Friends of Patterson Park, and other local organizations.

NEW HIGH-QUALITY, AFFORDABLE PRESCHOOL: Construction will be complete this summer and the school will open as soon as 20 students are registered. The school will serve 3 and 4 year-olds, with space for 40 kids. Next information session THIS FRIDAY, May 26th at 6 PM, Breath of God Lutheran (141 S Clinton St), dinner provided. People with 1 and 2 year-olds are encouraged to attend, as well.

For more information on any of the above opportunities, email Mark.

May Community All-Star

Dedrick Siddall and neighbors along Baltimore St & between unit blocks Belnord & Kenwood!

Dedrick and neighbors organized a productive and fun alley cleanup on Saturday, May 6th. Dedrick shared an inspirational observation with us during his acceptance speech: while big greening/cleaning events are wonderful and necessary, individual neighbors have the power and opportunity to organize small block/alley-wide cleanups anytime and with minimal effort on any one person’s shoulders (as many know). To begin, Dedrick and neighbors distributed a simple flyer with the date, time, and purpose to all neighbors sharing the alleys. With so many hands, the cleanup itself took only an hour and made an enormous difference, while the rest of the time was spent enjoying Dedrick’s homebrew & BBQ. Next they will be planting flower boxes within the alley, toward which the PPNA is contributing a donation.

Guest Speakers

Guest Speaker #1: Robbyn Lewis, Maryland State Delegate (District 46)

Robbyn, our newest State Delegate, has been an active Patterson Park neighbor for nearly 15 years and served 4 years on the PPNA Board of Directors as sector VP, during which time she facilitated the renaming of the neighborhood from Baltimore-Linwood to Patterson Park, helped create the Association’s first website, and instituted other structures the PPNA relies on today. She was appointed in January with the support of the rest of Team 46–Delegate Luke Clippinger, Delegate Brooke Lierman, and Senator Bill Ferguson–and is up for election this fall along with our other representatives. Having recently finished her first session, she comes to us today to touch on issues that affect us and the 89 bills she sponsored or co-sponsored during her “first 100 days.”

Robbyn’s job as one of our representatives in Annapolis is to ensure that policies, regulations, and laws proposed or implemented at the State level will contribute positively to health, well-being, fairness, and opportunity at the City level.

Robbyn fielded a few questions from the membership but did not have time in this venue to go in depth. She wants very much to hear from you, and you can reach out to her directly or sign up for her mailing list via her website.

Guest Speaker #2: Dr. Chad Kramer, Principal, Patterson Park Public Charter School

Chad reminds us that the PPPCS conversation began organically through a committee of the PPNA, opening in 2005. PPPCS is a public, community school serving 688 kids grades pre-k through 8th from throughout Baltimore. He provided an overview of PPPCS services, statistics, and community events. Of note, the School is approaching capacity and so is looking to replicate at another location in the neighborhood. Currently, students in Patterson Park neighborhood are not given preference to PPPCS over students elsewhere in the City. This is something many neighbors and families would like to see in the future, and the replication provides an opportunity to voice those views.

You can reach Chad via email or phone at 410-558-1230 ext. 302.

Guest Speaker #3: Mairin Srygley, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids Site Manager at Highlandtown #215

It is well known that music education helps students excel academically, but it also strengthens social skills such as impulse control and cooperation. A quick show of hands indicates that almost everyone present at this meeting received some music education as children (FWIW…).

Neighbor, vocalist, and OrchKids Site Manager Mairin shared her time to inform the community about the great things happening here through OrchKids (in addition to the program at #215, OrchKids is also present at PPPCS) and extend an invitation to get involved.

OrchKids has served youth in Baltimore City schools for 9 years. In addition to providing music education, OrchKids brings students on educational field trips and provides other after-school programming for enrolled students, including snacks, tutoring, and recreation. Older students are trained to help younger students, and gain experience working as interns for OrchKids, and enjoy other opportunities for leadership development.

On May 10th, OrchKids held a performance and celebration in honor of the end of the school year and Mexico’s Mother’s Day with the help of many area neighbors.

OrchKids is always looking for volunteers to assist with after-school programming. For more information contact Mairin.

Silver Spatula

Potluck theme: Bloom Your Plate (With Fruits & Veggies)

Dedrick Siddall with his barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches and home-brewed beer remaining from the alley cleanup! Went great with the healthy and delicious sides others brought. Thanks everyone who brought a dish to share!

Meeting Adjourned

Patterson Park t-shirts were for sale at the door for $20 each (all proceeds support PPNA programming). To order one, email Pat.

Welcome Your Neighbors window signs were also for sale at the door for $5 each (all proceeds go to Esperanza Center). To order one, email Lydia Animosa.

Thanks for reading and thanks to all who attended.

See you next month!

 Next PPNA Meeting:
Monday, June 12, 2017
7 PM, basement of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
Corner of Lakewood & Baltimore (enter on Lakewood)
Questions or comments?
secretary@pattersonparkneighbors.org

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.

PPNA Meeting Minutes February 2016

Where’d the time go? Catching up here with the minutes for our February 8th PPNA Meeting – first meeting of the new PPNA Board. Read all about it…did we get schooled once again by the Living Classroom group in the Silver Spatula snack contest? Find out below (hint, yes, they got us again). March meeting minutes will be coming soon! Continue reading PPNA Meeting Minutes February 2016

PPNA Board 2016 Elected – Minutes of January 11 PPNA Meeting

On January 11, Patterson Park Neighborhood Association members elected their 2016 Board. We’re looking forward to a good year working with the (some new, some old) team:

  • President – Pat Lundberg
  • VP East – Yana Cascioffe
  • VP West – Ale Schwartz
  • VP North – Fatima Wilkerson
  • VP South – Dan Danko
  • VP Patterson Place – Tiffany Ernest
  • Secretary – Chelsea Goldsmith
  • Treasurer – Dedrick Siddall

Weren’t able to join us? Keep reading for the meeting minutes. And be there next time, Monday, February 8, 2016, 7 pm, Basement of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, Corner of Lakewood and Baltimore (enter on Lakewood)

Continue reading PPNA Board 2016 Elected – Minutes of January 11 PPNA Meeting