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Call Us for Bag Removal from Trees!
bag snatch

 

With the leaves gone from Midtown's trees, those pesky plastic bags show up in the branches.  The Midtown Crews use a special "bag-snatcher" tool to grab most of this aerial litter.  Please report location on bags in trees within our boundaries by calling 410 528-1512 or emailing us at service@midtowncommunity.org.

 

 

Fall Leaf Clean Up Underway
The Midtown clean team is now operating in its leaf clean-up mode. Certain streets in Bolton Hill and Mount Vernon will be posted with no-parking hours to allow fast and efficient vacuuming and sweeping of leaves.  No-parking restrictions will be lifted as soon as a block is completed.

We expect to complete this task by December 17. If you see areas which still need leaf removal after that date, please notify us for prompt attention.  Thank you!
 
 

Winter Solstice Celebration at First Unitarian Church

 

Free and open to the public

  

Saturday, December 21, 7 pm

12 W. Franklin St, Baltimore 01 

Reception will follow 

 

This 10th annual ritual includes songs, poetry, drama, symbolic extinguishing of the old year's fire and lighting of the new, turning the Wheel of the Year, finding peace in the soothing dark, welcoming the newborn babes, giving thanks for seasonal blessings, tasting seasonal sweets, and rejoicing in the return of the light.  Children and infants are warmly welcome.  The ritual was created by Patricia Montley, author of In Nature's Honor: Myths and Rituals Celebrating the Earth (Skinner House Books), who's several op-ed pieces on seasonal holidays have appeared in the Baltimore Sun.

Parking: On the street, or in the garage ($) on Franklin Street opposite the church

Additional Info: Pat Montley, 410-252-6074 or solstice@firstunitarian.net

 

 

AROUND MIDTOWN
Published by the Midtown Community Benefits District 
December 2013

 

Midtown Executive Director Peter Merles to Retire in June

 

 Board Launches Search for Replacement

 

 

Peter Merles has informed the board of directors and the staff of the Midtown Community Benefits District that he will retire at the end of June.  Mr. Merles has been director of the agency since August of 2005. He indicated that he is looking forward to time to relax with his family which now includes 3 grandchildren.

 

During his tenure Midtown has raised its level of service from cleaning most streets and sidewalks once a day to five days a week, and weekend service on Charles Street and North Avenue.  He created the "Green Team" to maintain 16 acres of parks and green spaces and support the work of dozens of volunteers who keep the parks looking great.  Safety services have expanded from a single para-professional patrol vehicle traveling through the district to patrols several nights or afternoons per week by off-duty city police officers on Midtown's fleet of Segway vehicles. Cameras monitored 24/7 by Baltimore's CityWatch were installed on Charles Street. 

 

The board of directors has appointed a search committee chaired by Michael Molla to consider the job description for Midtown's executive and to launch a search for Mr. Merles' successor

 

"I hope to assist the board with this transition to assure the continued success of the district," said Mr. Merles. "When I came on board there were many challenges in taking up my responsibility. I hope to make the entry of whoever takes the leadership a bit easier than it was back then.  I will continue to love the Midtown neighborhoods, and expect to spend a good deal of my leisure time here."

 

TOYS FOR TOTS DROP OFF LOCATION

MEMORIAL APARTMENTS IS A DESIGNATED COLLECTION LOCATION

McMechan St. at Eutaw Place

 

FROM NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 3RD

ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS FOR THE MARINES

TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM. 

THIS IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SO SPREAD THE WORD. 

 

PLEASE DROP OFF YOUR DONATION AT THE FRONT DESK 



 
THE MIDTOWN COMMUNITY BENEFITS DISTRICT IS A CITIZEN-RUN NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCACY AND IMPROVEMENT GROUP AUTHORIZED BY LAW IN 1996 TO PROVIDE SECURITY AND SANITATION SERVICES ALONG WITH PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR FOUR COMMUNITIES: BOLTON HILL, CHARLES NORTH, MADISON PARK AND MOUNT VERNON/BELVEDERE. ITS EFFORTS ARE FUNDED BY A TAXPAYER-APPROVED PROPERTY TAX SURCHARGE. MIDTOWN WAS CREATED BY VOTER REFERENDUM IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS STRONGER, BETTER PLACES TO LIVE AND WORK

 

Peter Merles, Executive Director
Midtown Community Benefits District 
410 528-1512
410 468-0129 Fax