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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Upcoming events and meetings are listed at the top of this email. Here are some other updates not listed above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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: 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.
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.
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.
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.