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Successful Bolton Hill Safety Walk
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis Joins Midtown Baltimore, MRIA and other community groups for Bolton Hill Safety Walk on April 14, 2016 - Stacey Johnson/Midtown Baltimore
On Thursday, April 14th, approximately 40 Bolton Hill residents joined MRIA leadership, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, Council President Bernard "Jack" Young, Councilman Eric Costello, MICA Director of Public Safety, Marlon Byrd, Central District Major Eric Russel, and Michelle Wirzberger, Esq., Executive Director of the Midtown Community Benefits District on a lengthy tour of community hot spots.
 
During the almost 2 mile route, which was organized MRIA's safety committee co-chairs Jill Kingery and Barbie Klik, residents were able to ask questions about crime-fighting strategies being utilized in the area, overall city crime statistics and the strength of various public safety partnerships.
 
After it was pointed out that Midtown and MICA officers recently worked together to recover over $140 worth of merchandise stolen from the local Save-A-Lot, Director Byrd said "MICA continues to be a strong supporter and partner of collaborative efforts that are aimed at reducing crime and addressing concerns before they become too big to manage."
 
While stopping briefly to discuss concerns about open-air drug dealing and a recent fatal shooting, Commissioner Davis acknowledged that the department is continuously striving to do better, and pledged "there are people outside of Baltimore that want us to fail. We're not going to let that happen."
 
Overall, the walk really highlighted the strong partnership between the community, Midtown, MICA, and our city government partners. The strong turnout of residents shows how engaged our residents are and how seriously they take their role in this public safety partnership.

See a few images from the walk below and more on our Facebook page.






Midtown Baltimore Safety Patrols Help Intervene in Multiple Crimes in Progress

During several recent patrols, our officers have been able to intervene in crimes in progress, resulting in arrests or recovery of stolen goods.

March 4th: Midtown Officers responded to a call from a business owner on Charles Street who was having an issue with an intoxicated patron. Once our officers arrived, they were able to diffuse the situation and get the individual safely on their way!

March 8th: Our  officers spotted a teen vandalizing a car located on Bolton St and were able to intervene before more damage was done. The teen was promptly arrested by Central District officers.

March 31stMidtown officers Lieutenant Robert Morris and Officer Keven Clements successfully recovered over $400 of perfume that had been stolen from one of the businesses within the District.

April 12thMidtown officers (off duty BPD officers) Lt. Rob Morris and P/O Gary Bennett worked together with MICA officer, off duty BPD P/O Lloyd Johnson, to apprehended a shoplifter who stole approximately $140 in steaks from the Save A Lot grocery store. They caught him hiding in the 1700 block of Mason St.
Mount Vernon Dog Park Opening Soon

In addition, Mount Vernon's new dog park, Howard's Park Dog Park, will be opening soon! For more information about the park and when it'll be open, please visit their Facebook page.
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Repurpose Your Old Trash Cans

Don't you hate seeing empty milk bottles and cardboard flying around on recycling day? If so, don't throw away your old trash cans when you receive your new one from the city's municipal trash can program. Use them for recycling instead!
 
Your old trash cans can be transformed into sturdy recycling bins with lids by simply placing the below sticker on them. Repurposing your old cans for recycling is another way to help Midtown in our mission of keeping the district clean, green and safe!
 
To request a sticker from Midtown, email us at service@midtowncommunity.org and we will mail it out to you ASAP! 

Upcoming Events
  • April 23rd: Mount Vernon Tree Planting Event [MORE INFO]
  • April 30th: Bolton Hill Garden Club Spring Plant Sale [MORE INFO]
  • May 7th: Mount Vernon Garage Sale to benefit Howard's Park Dog Park [MORE INFO]
  • May 7th: Kappa Alpha Psi Charity Rib & Gumbo Cook-off [MORE INFO]
  • June 25th: BoltonStock 2016 [MORE INFO]
  • July 23rd - 24th: Baltimore Pride [MORE INFO]

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

 

Michelle Wirzberger, Esq. , Executive Director
Midtown Community Benefits District 
410 528-1512
410 468-0129 Fax