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Bi-Monthly Newsletter | March 2017
2017 MRIA/MICA Safety Summit Recap

Bolton Hill-area residents, business owners, students and friends came together on February 1st for MRIA and MICA's very first Safety Summit. The event brought together neighborhood and city leaders for a candid discussion on safety concerns and the action currently being taken to address them.

Midtown Community Benefits District's Executive Director Michelle Wirzberger, Esq.  spoke on the panel that also included Councilman Eric Costello, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, Major Kevin Jones, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City Chief of Patrol Osborne Robinson and more. Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh also made an appearance.

See photos from the event below and check out more on our Facebook page:

Mount Vernon Tree Pruning Event
Mount Vernon Belvedere Association (MVBA) held the first of two tree pruning events for the season on February 11th. Midtown Baltimore was pleased to join and assist a great group of volunteers with the upkeep of the neighborhood's trees.

The next tree planting event for Mount Vernon is scheduled for March 11th. 

See a few pictures of the event below then head over to our Facebook page for more:

Carjacking Prevention Tips
A carjacking can be an incredibly frightening  situation to go through. While there is no way to 100% prevent crime, the following tips  may help reduce your risk of becoming a carjacking victim:
  • Keep all doors locked and windows up when driving.
  • Keep your valuables out of view.
  • Service your vehicle regularly to ensure it is working properly.
  • Do not drive alone in remote or unfamiliar areas.
  • Travel on main roads as much as possible.
  • Drive on well-lit streets at night.
  • When stopped in traffic, leave enough space between vehicles to allow you to move forward.
  • Do not park next to high-profile vehicles, such as vans, that could conceal a suspect.
  • When walking to your car have keys in hand, and enter your vehicle quickly.
  • If you feel you are being followed by another vehicle, do not drive home.
  • Do not pull over if a suspicious driver motions you to do so.
  • If you are involved in a minor accident or think your car was hit intentionally, motion the other driver to follow you to the nearest police station or open business to exchange information.
  • If you are in an accident, take your keys and purse or wallet with you when you get out of the car.
For more tips, click here. A big thank you to Allied Universal and the Downtown Partnership for the tips!
2017 Spring Town Hall Meeting
Mark your calendars! Midtown Community Benefits District's  2017 Spring Town Hall Meeting will take place this month! The event is scheduled for March 22 at Berea Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • 7:00 p.m. - Dessert Reception
  • 7:30 p.m. - Presentation of the FY2018 budget for community input 
Please note: Animals, other than service dogs, are not welcome.
Upcoming Events
  • March 11th - MVBA Tree Pruning Event
  • March 18th - Bolton Hill Tree Pruning Event
  • March 22nd - Midtown Baltimore Spring Town Hall Meeting
  • March 31st - April 8th - Light City [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