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March 2011
Madison Park


Presentation of FY2012 budget

Our Spring Town Hall Meeting will be held on Wednesday March 23 at 7:00pm at the Associated Jewish Federation on Mount Royal Avenue and Maryland Avenue. The meeting begins with a dessert reception. The proposed operating budget for the district will be presented for community input.  Copies of the budget may be obtained from the Midtown office, 1221 N. Calvert St. and will be posted on the Midtown website, midtowncommunity.org.




The Midtown Community Benefits District is committed to ensuring that our neighborhoods increase green spaces for the benefit of all.


Why greening is important:

Greening provides a myriad of benefits to a community. Among the many benefits are improved air quality, water quality, and temperature regulation. In an urban setting such as Midtown Baltimore, these benefits become even more important to combat increasing pollution and other health hazards.


What we have done:

Our volunteer greening program began this fall, and was very successful. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and Green Team we were able to plant 118 trees, and over 3000 bulbs and native plants.


dafodilWhat we would like to do:

In the spring are looking to plant 115 native trees through out the Midtown area. Among the 115 trees are 15 fruit trees that we will partner with City Schools to plant and care for. Aside from the trees, we have a number of native plants that we are looking to put into the ground this spring. Finally, we would like to expand our greening program to include vacant lot and public space renovation. We would like to take open spaces that have become dilapidated or underused, and give them new life through renovation. This renovation can take various faces, including community gardens or parks.


What you can do to help:

All of the greening that has been accomplished, as well as the greening that is too come, is built on the hard work of volunteers. At Midtown we aim to facilitate volunteers to make their communities stronger, healthier places to work and live. If you are interested in being a part of this green revolution please look at our volunteer opportunities. There is a wide range of possible avenues to help your community. If you feel that you have additional skills that are not listed, and would like to provide them for the volunteer program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator: volunteer@midtowncommunity.org


Programs Currently Seeking Volunteers


Tree Planting

            Help plant street trees in the Midtown District, and bring a touch of green to our streetscapes. As a volunteer you will learn valuable planting skills, and help Baltimore City reach its goal of doubling the tree canopy.


Bulb and small plant gardening

            Help bright up the face of Midtown, while at the same time increasing our oxygen. Learn to plant bulbs and native plants in various locations throughout the Midtown District.


Greening Education

            Use your knowledge of botany to help teach the community about our good friends, plants. Work with a variety of community members to answer the question of why we need plants.


Database development data entry

            Learn or improve excel skills while making an important contribution to the greening of Midtown. If you are more advanced, you can even develop a more sophisticated system of tracking information. Data management is very important to see what we have done and what we can do next.


Vacant lot renovation

            Help create community spaces from vacant lots. Change the landscape of your community in a positive way.


Urban Agriculture

            We urge community members with experience or interest in urban agriculture to volunteer their time. We need your help to establish and maintain urban gardens producing fresh natural produce in our own neighborhood green spaces.


Graphic design and marketing

            We need your help in making our volunteers' efforts visible in the community.


Tree surveyor

            Learn how to properly survey trees in an urban setting, while at the same time ensuring the sustainability of Midtown's Canopy.


Midtown Green is an initiative focused on making Midtown Baltimore a greener place to live, work, and play. We help community members organize and implement greening projects in their neighborhoods. We also carry out various greening projects, with the help of volunteers from the community. If you have an idea for a greening project, or would like to get involved in a greening project please contact us at volunteer@midtowncommunity.org


Welcome Midtown Community Benefits District's New Board of Directors for 2011!


Dr. A. Qismat Alim, Payne Memorial Church rep.

Steven Cassard, University of Baltimore, institutional rep.

Kevin Cleary, Mayor's rep.

Councilman William Cole, Baltimore City Council rep.

Perry Cooper, Mount Royal Improvement Association rep.

Jason Curtis, Chairman, Mount Vernon Belvedere Assoc president

James Erny, Charles North rep.

Keith Gilchriest, Charles North rep.

Sandra Harley , Charles North at-large rep.

Adrian Harpool, Secretary, Madison Park Improvement Assoc. president

Steve Johnson, Vice-Chairman, MVBA rep.

Rev. Cynthia Lynette Lundy, Madison Park Improvement Assoc. rep.

Timothy Millner, MICA institutional rep.

Nick Mosby, Reservoir Hill

Lat Naylor, Mount Royal Improvement Association rep.

Joseph Palumbo, Treasurer, Bolton Hill at-large rep.

Omari Patterson, Business rep.

Brent Pertusio, Madison Park Improvement Assoc. rep.

Diane Tseckares, Greek Orthodox Cathedral rep.
Jayson Williams, Mount Vernon at-large rep.

The Board of Directors of the Midtown Community Benefits District Management Authority normally meets on the first Wednesday evening of every month except August and December at 6:30pm at MICA - 1515 West Mount Royal Avenue. The Executive Committee meets at 6:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month at the Midtown office to prepare the agenda for the board meeting. Meetings are open to the public. (Certain meetings or portions of meetings may be closed in keeping with provisions of the Open Meeting Act.) Please call the Midtown Community Benefits District office at 410 528-1512 for information about the agenda and to confirm meeting time and location. 

Issue: 27

The Midtown Community

 Benefits District is supplying magnesium chloride ice-melt pellets:

  •  25lbs. buckets  $15.
  •  Refills $14.
  •   50 lb bags $20.

Mag-chlor pellets are safer for

pets and plants, and will not 

stain brick sidewalks or

damage marble or masonry.  


Call us at 410 528-1512 to place

your for delivery order or email service@midtowncommunity.org.




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First Unitarian Church

 presents An Evening of Chamber Music  

Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m.   Parish Hall 514 N. Charles St

Peabody Conservatory faculty members Michael Kannen, cellist, and Maria Lambros, violist, will be joined by guest violinist Airi Yoshioka and two Peabody students performing the Mozart Viola Quintet in B-flat, K. 174. The Peabody Percussion Trio will play music by Toru Takemitsu, including Thierry de Mey.    

The concert is free and open to the public. Free will donations will benefit the restoration of the church's historic Niemann Organ.

Click for details: FirstUnitarianApril

More info: 410-685-2330, office@firstunitarian.net. 


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