Monday, May 16, 2011 5/16/2011 09:51:00 AM

A Call for Artists

There are several exciting art-related projects coming up in our neighborhood. If you are interested in taking part in any of these projects, please contact me by email and I will add you to a list to keep you informed. The best email to use is
  1. Street murals - #1 Sunflower with compass - This mural is to be painted on Sunday, June 5th during the next Indie 900' Downhill Derby. The mural will be painted in the intersection of Hamilton Avenue & Harford Road. The derby will run from 9-3. The mural painting will start no later than 8am (hopefully sooner).
  2. Street murals - #2 Market fruits & veggies - will be painted during the Lauraville Business Association's Block Party on Sunday, June 26th. This mural will be painted inside the crosswalk from Safeway's parking entrance across Harford Road to Montebello Terrace.
  3. Open Studio Tour - On Wednesday evening, many local artists met with representatives of BOPA to discuss new plans for the Open Studio Tour on October 22 & 23 from 10am-6pm each day. New this year: Open Studio Tour Community Spotlight - Hamilton-Lauraville!! An opening gallery reception will be planned on Harford Road in the Main Street area. If you would like more information on the Open Studio Tour, check this website for detail: or If you want to be involved in making this project really successful, please email me with a subject line of "Open Studio."
As information becomes more available, it will be posted on the HLMS website, blog & Facebook.

Thursday, May 5, 2011 5/05/2011 11:31:00 AM

GHEMS garden and community event

Northeast Baltimore Community Event
A Celebration of Building the New Community Garden
Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School

Volunteer Opportunity:
Building a Community Garden
Monday- Friday; May 9-13, 2:30-4:30 PM
Garrett Heights Elementary School
2800 Ailsa Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214.

Thanks to grants from PNC, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, and Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc., the Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville, Inc. and the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work have partnered with Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School to build a community garden.

Together we can help the students of Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School build a more beautiful school, a greener Baltimore and a stronger neighborhood. Bring your friends, family and gardening tools to the school between 2:30PM and 4:30PM any or every day, Monday-Friday; May 9-13. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate.

Blue Water Baltimore has helped us pick crops that will be sustainable and provide beautiful sights and smells. Please lend a hand and help complete the garden!!!

Celebrate the Community and the New Garden at Garrett Heights!

This event on Saturday, May 14 from 10:30 pm – 1:00 pm is free and open to the public and will honor the hard work of the students of Garrett Heights and the neighborhoods that surround it. It will also be fun for the whole family. Come enjoy our garden. It has made the students very proud and they look forward to sharing it.

Saturday, May 14, 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School
2800 Ailsa Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214.

The event begins at 10:30am with a yoga demonstration by Lifeline Power Yoga. The students of Garrett Heights will then read poems about their experiences building a community garden. Activities for all ages will include gardening, flower pot painting, and more.  There will be complimentary food and beverages provided by local businesses.

There is a direct relationship between the quality of neighborhoods and the quality of schools. Improving either one has a profound impact upon the other. This garden offers a public space to be enjoyed by the whole neighborhood. It has been led by a student committee and seeks to be built by volunteer residents, parents, and students. It teaches the students fundamental lessons about biology, community and the environment. It also helps to give the neighborhood pride in its school.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 5/03/2011 07:29:00 PM

MTA Proposed Service Adjustments Hearings

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will host three public hearings regarding proposed bus service adjustments.  The hearings will take place May 18th and May 19th.  Interested citizens may attend the hearings or submit written comments via postal mail or email.  Written comments may be submitted until 5 pm, Monday, June 20th.  

The MTA gives notice of three public hearings concerning proposed service adjustments to the following Local Bus routes: Nos. 3, 15, 19, 27, 29, 35, 44, 47, 52, 57, 58, 61, 77, 97, and 99 that may become effective on or about June 26, 2011 as follows:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
State Center Office Complex, Auditorium
300 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD  21201
Access via MTA Bus Nos. 19, 21 and 91; Metro Subway; and Light Rail
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The Center for Urban Families
2201 North Monroe Street
Baltimore, MD  21217
Access via MTA Bus Nos. 1, 5, 7, and 21  
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, May 19, 2011
Days Inn
5701 Baltimore National Pike
Baltimore, MD  21228
Access via MTA Bus Nos. 77 and 150
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The full text of the proposed service adjustments is available for public review in the lobby of the William Donald Schaefer Tower at 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD  21202.

Proposed changes to Waltherson's Bus Routes:

Route 15 (Belair Rd)
Security Square Mall - Walbrook Junction - Overlea
  • All eastbound local service to terminate at Overlea
  • Express service to Perry Hall will continue as scheduled
  • Expand Route 58 service to operate to White Marsh
  • Improve Peak Service to operate every 12 minutes
Route 19 (Harford Rd)
Carney - State Center

  • To alleviate overcrowding, provide additional trips for AM peak service inbound and just prior to PM peak outbound.
Route 44 (Echodale Ave)
Security Square Mall - Social Security - Rosedale Industrial Park
  • Adjust service frequency to 20 minutes
  • Every other trip will continue to short turn around at Rogers Ave Metro Subway Station
Details for all routes can be found at this link:

Sunday, May 1, 2011 5/01/2011 08:37:00 AM

Waltherson May Newsletter

The Waltherson Improvement Association meeting will be at Harbel (5807 Harford Rd) at 7:45 PM on Wednesday May 4th.  We will have a representative from Homes for America out to do a presentation on a proposal they have for low income housing at St. Anthony's (located on Frankford Ave just east of Belair Rd) as well as a representative from the Department of Transportation to discuss their Safe Routes to Schools program. 

For more details, you can see our newsletter at the following link:

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