The Bulletin Is Moving Online

We’re going electronic in 2016.

Beginning early next year, the Bolton Hill Bulletin will be delivered to all MRIA members as an e-newsletter, rather than as a PDF attached to an email. The e-newsletter will provide excerpt/summaries of each article in that month’s issue; readers can then click on stories of interest to read the full articles at our new site, Bulletin.BoltonHillMd.org.

This new system will allow us to publish more articles and in-depth coverage on our neighborhood. The e-newsletter and website will be in color and include photos, graphics and maps—and will link to additional information and resources. The online Bolton Hill Bulletin will also be archived online and searchable, so that you can find that story you read last summer. By moving online, we’ll be able to more effectively publicize all the good things about Bolton Hill, both within and outside our neighborhood. Unfortunately, we will not be able to continue to produce a printed version of the Bulletin. We realize that this may be a burden for some of our members who are not able to access the Internet and are trying to determine ways to assist in this transition. If you will not be able to access the new online version of the Bulletin, please contact Barbara White at 410-669-2856.

Neighborhood Safety Updates

November’s MRIA meeting, with the help of Councilman Eric Costello, generated a number of ideas about improving safety in our neighborhood.

  1. See something, say something. Report suspicious activity to 911. Police Captain Jones said that our neighborhood has a noticeably low number of 911 calls. When calling, give as specific a description as possible about the location, the activity and the people involved. Simply ask that an officer respond to this suspicious activity. You will not be required to speak personally with the officer if you call to report suspicious activity.
  2. Join our walking patrols Monday and Thursday evenings at 8 pm. These patrols can expand to more evenings if enough people volunteer.
  3. If you have a video camera on the outside of your home, register it with the Baltimore CitiWatch Partnership. Video footage from your camera can help prosecute crime.
  4. Sign up for the Bolton Hill Electronic Network to stay informed. Simply send an email to BHEN to subscribe.
  5. Get involved. Residents cannot rely on arrests alone to feel safer. Jill Kingery and Barbara Klik of the Safety Committee are organizing Block Captains. Sally Maulsby is undertaking a lighting survey of the neighborhood. An MRIA subcommittee on youth is focusing on long-term interventions to deter crime.

Contact MRIA if you would like to be a part of the solution!

The Urbanite Returns

urb100coverAfter nine years of wonderful, free reporting, the Urbanite ceased publication in 2012. But in the aftermath of last spring’s civil unrest, members of the staff reconvened to produce a special issue, that seeks to transcend the negative images broadcast on CNN and “help change the discussion from one mired in frustration and despair to one that is both realistic and full of possibility.” Please take a few minutes to read this important publication about the city we love.

Find it online at urbanitebaltimore.com, or pick up a free copy at local establishments that distribute city publications.

Consider Getting Water Line Insurance This Winter

Councilman Eric Costello encourages Bolton Hill residents to consider obtaining HomeServe insurance to cover your home’s external water service and sewer service lines this winter. Baltimore City homeowners are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their external water and sewer service lines from the home’s exterior wall to the property line. Since most homeowners’ policies do not cover these lines, you are responsible for repairs to any leak, break or clog you may suffer—which can cost thousands of dollars.

See Councilman Costello’s website for more info. To sign up, visit BaltimoreServiceRepairs.com or call 855-807-6631.

December Is the Time for Giving

At this giving time of year, we would like to highlight the following organizations serving Bolton Hill and adjacent neighborhoods. Please give if you are able and help if you can. 

The Samaritan Community

This independent non-profit in the heart of Bolton Hill offers fellowship and hope for those who are suffering, whether due to an immediate crisis or to long-term problems. They provide ongoing services including emergency assistance to help families experiencing financial crises, life-skills counseling, a food pantry and a “Shop” that distributes clothing and household items to those in need. With the holidays approaching, the need for services is greater than ever. A gift of $25 enables a family to enjoy a holiday meal; $204 provides bus passes for three newly employed clients; $500 ensures that two families will avoid a utility shut-off. They also appreciate donations of toiletries and household goods, including cleaning supplies, blankets, sheets and towels. For more information about volunteering or donating, please call (443) 438-9286 or email ereichart@samaritancommunity.org.

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center

St. Ambrose, founded in 1968, seeks to provide low- and moderate-income people with equal housing opportunities and supports strong and diverse neighborhoods. St. Ambrose currently serves 3,000 families and individuals each year through programs including homeownership counseling, foreclosure prevention, legal services, and rental services. For more information, call 410-366-8795.

Bolton Hiller Searches for the Origins of the Universe

Toby Marriage, a professor of physics and astronomy at JHU, along with the rest of his research team, has designed and built a telescope that looks into deep space at what is known as the cosmic microwave background, the oldest light in the universe. The telescope, built on the Homewood campus, is now is on its way to the Atacama desert in Chile to be installed 17,000 feet above sea level. Once it’s installed early next year, Marriage and other researchers expect to learn more about how the universe began.

BMoreFit Bit

By Jon Kaplan

Is it the holiday season? Or the overeating season? To avoid overeating, try one of these strategies: Use a smaller plate—you’ll eat smaller portions. Put vegetables and salad on your plate first, before going to the entrees and desserts. Or, eat a salad before your meal. You’ll end up eating fewer calories overall. Eat slowly and savor every bite, and wait ten minutes before you go back for seconds. After dinner, get active. You don’t have to go to the gym—take a walk with family members, or play catch with the kids.

Jon Kaplan is the founder of bmorefit.org and Fitness & Wellness Director at Meadow Mill Athletic Club.