Thursday, July 13, 2017

Job Posting: GRIA is hiring a Community Organizer

Community Organizer
Greater Remington Improvement Association - Baltimore, MD 21211
$35,000 - $40,000 a year

Start date: by October 2nd, 2017, This position is grant-funded for one year, with the expectation of raising additional funds to continue.

GRIA is an independent, resident-based neighborhood association that provides an open forum for discussion of Remington community issues, facilitates resident-led initiatives, connects residents to local resources, conducts advocacy on neighborhood issues, organizes and provides neighborhood cleaning and greening initiatives, and directly supports our neighbors in need through housing services. Through these efforts, GRIA hopes to retain Remington’s diversity, vibrancy, and community connectedness.
The successful candidate for this position will be required to collaborate well with internal resources and employees, and external resources including board members, funders, partners, and community members. Daily interaction with stakeholders in the community is expected. The Community Organizer will spearhead many existing projects and programs and explore areas of growth outlined in the Remington Neighborhood Master Plan and GRIA Strategic Plan.
Responsibilities:
  • Further the community objectives set forth in the Remington Neighborhood Master Plan and GRIA Three Year Strategic Plan.
  • Conduct door-to-door outreach throughout Remington to connect with residents regarding GRIA community initiatives, events, job opportunities with neighborhood businesses, and opportunities for involvement.
  • Represent GRIA at City meetings to advocate for neighborhood priorities (City Council hearings, Planning Commission, Liquor Board, BMZA, etc.).
  • Serves as organization’s main point of contact for all community-based organization partners, including attending meetings when appropriate. 2-5 evening meetings per month may be required.
  • Write copy for press releases, newsletters, website content, e-mail blasts, and social networking websites.
  • Assist Board in day-to-day operations of the organization including but not limited to; fundraising for staff positions and activities, coordinate/fulfill tasks associated with awarded grants, general accounting, document and record maintenance, responding to communications from neighbors, and reporting to Board, funders, and government entities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board President.
Qualifications:
  • Experience in community-based not-for-profit work; passion for community work.
  • Professional presentation and speaking skills.
  • Grant administration experience.
  • Collaborative experience with multiple partners.
  • Basic computer proficiency.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a flexible, low-supervision environment.
  • Strong cross-cultural and interpersonal awareness.
  • Understanding of Baltimore’s history and City agencies is crucial; experience with Remington community preferred. Strong preference given to current residents of Remington.
Benefits:
Stipend provided for health insurance. Holidays and two weeks paid time off per year.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $35,000.00 to $40,000.00 /year

Contact jobs@griaonline.org for more information.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Big names performing at BIG's improv comedy festival July 31st to Aug 6th


Come see improv luminaries including Magnet Theater and the Upright Citizen's Brigade, right here in Baltiomre!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Things That Talk: The Oak Shrub


Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Short Reunion

Actor Paul Diem leads a crowd down Howard Street in The Therapist, one of 10 short plays recently staged in Remington.
By Ben Kleymeyer, season 10 fellow

Hi! I’m Ben, one of the Tour Guides from Single Carrot Theatre’s A Short Reunion.

You may have seen me in a bright orange shirt with a cartoon sign leading groups of people around in the last two weekends of April. Here’s what that was all about. From April 20th–30th, Single Carrot Theatre (SCT), based at 2600 N Howard Street, brought 10 new short plays to locations around the neighborhood. To create a wholly original theatrical experience, to showcase how much we love Remington, and show people how walkable it is, we took patrons into local business, homes, and community centers.

Locations included Charmington’s, Sweet 27, Brick & Board, Church of the Guardian Angel, Ryan Flanigan’s house, Old Market Barbers, Miller’s Court, Parts & Labor, Young Audiences of Maryland, B. Willow, and Allovue.

One of the plays, Ben Hoover’s Walking and Talking, took place all around the neighborhood. This piece was what you witnessed, as it consisted of “Tour Guides” leading the groups from location to location. They told stories—both real and fabricated—about SCT and Remington to keep the audience engaged throughout their journey and more than a mile of walking over the course of the performance.

We Guides embodied the charisma of Willy Wonka with stories, which evoked a childhood playfulness, culminating in a parade up Howard from Brick & Board to the theatre. This parade encouraged the audience to let their inner child loose, jump around, and sing along with their Tour Guide.

We had a great time exploring our neighborhood, sharing our favorite stories and places with our audience, and meeting people around Remington. It was a meaningful experience for us to bring our work right to the figurative—and sometimes literal—doorsteps of our neighbors.

Thank you, Remington, and all of our local partners for allowing us to bring this crazy show to town. We hope Single Carrot Theatre and Remington can continue working and playing together in the future.

Next up in our season is Promenade: Baltimore, a collaboration with Hungarian theatre company STEREO Akt. The show will bring audiences aboard a bus that traverses the city, passing through neighborhoods familiar and unknown. Audiences watch through the windows as actors on the street present poetic expressions of everyday life in Baltimore, complimented by a live-mixed soundscape of music, narration, and the stories of neighborhood residents. As the scenes outside weave together, mystery seeps into what seemed simple, the foreign becomes familiar, and every corner of the city teems with potential for the unexpected.

Promenade: Baltimore will run June 2–June 25, Thursdays & Fridays at 6:30pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00pm & 6:30pm. For more information, go to singlecarrot.com,
e-mail boxoffice@singlecarrot.com, or call 443-844-9253. Community and Rush Tickets are available.

Kleymeyer in Brick & Board as part of The Therapist.




Saturday, June 10, 2017

GRIA Elects New President, Molly McCullagh



In April, GRIA’s membership voted in a new slate of board members and officers. Miles Avenue resident Molly McCullagh was elected GRIA president. She has been the community association’s vice president for the past year.

Tell us a little about yourself.
This time of year, most mornings you might see me wandering to check on the flowers and veggies I’ve planted in garden plots and tree pits around the neighborhood. I’ve been a
Remington resident since 2012, when I moved to Baltimore after finishing my master’s degrees in urban planning and food policy. I was introduced to neighborhood politics when I got involved with the corner store commercial rezoning and was recruited to join GRIA one day when I was out picking up trash with kids from my block.

Over the past two years almost all of my free time has been spent renovating my house, room by room. I’m super thankful for my neighbors, who have lent me tools, taught me how to skim-coat plaster, and let me use their showers.

What's your favorite thing about Remington?
I’ve lived in many places, but never felt rooted the way I do in Remington. This neighborhood truly feels like a community—in all of the best, and sometimes most complicated, ways.

What are your top priorities for GRIA?
GRIA has an active board, so my role is to direct their energy towards the goals of the Neighborhood Master Plan and GRIA’s three-year strategic plan. I’m personally dedicated to GRIA’s goal of maintaining Remington as an economically and culturally diverse neighborhood. I’ll be working closely with the Housing Workgroup to address housing
affordability.

Why did you decide to run for GRIA president?
Is “I was volun-told” an acceptable answer?



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Street Sweepers Visit Remington Twice a Month. You Should Move Your Car.

This is a sweeper truck, and it wants to clean your streets.
By DPW

Street sweeping is an essential public works activity. It not only plays an important role in keeping Baltimore neighborhoods clean, but also assists in preventing trash from blocking storm drains and causing flooding during heavy rains. Regular sweeping prevents tons of trash, grime, and other pollutants and hazardous waste products from entering storm drains, the Inner Harbor and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. Sweeping the city streets also ensures safe modes of transportation. Parked cars prevent a clean sweep, so to assist the city in its efforts, citizens are asked to remove their vehicles from their streets so that street sweeping services can provide more effective sweeping. Remington is in the Northwest Quadrant, which is swept on the first (odd sides) and second (even sides) Wednesday of every month. Reminders are on the DPW calendar. The quadrant sweeping requires voluntary compliance with the Wednesday sweeping.



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Job Opening: Woodshop Assistant


Get to Know Your Neighbors: Andrew Townson and David Forster



By Craig Bettenhausen

This is the sixth in a series of interviews with Remingtonians. If you would like to be featured, please contact the editor.

Andrew Townson (left) and David Forster live in Remington Row along with Forster’s fiancée. Forster and Townson are the manager and chef/owner of PekoPeko Ramen, a new restaurant at 7 E 33rd St in Charles Village, across from Barnes & Noble, open for lunch and dinner.

What brought you to Remington?
Townson: We wanted the shop to embody the characteristics we like about Baltimore and wanted to feed off that community feel, and I think we saw a lot of those aspects already present in Remington. And that was attractive to us.

What makes your ramen different than Cup of Noodles?
Forster: I grew up in Tokyo and there, ramen is largely a food you eat out for. Cup Noodles isn’t nearly as good as real ramen. It's not even really comparable. It’s deep fried noodles and sodium; you add hot water and you get something that resembles a meal. Ramen is an entirely different thing when you make it from scratch.

Our style focuses on a chicken bone broth, which is lighter and softer than other restaurant ramen. We have also vegan and vegetarian options where the broth is based on tea and miso. We use fresh, locally sourced ingredients when possible and we make all of our dishes from scratch every single day. Fun fact: this style of ramen is consistently ranked the number one or two children’s food in Japan.

Townson: Ramen is a comfort food in Japan. We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere where you can eat out, spend some time with your friends. We wanted to translate that comfort food feeling into an experience.

What are your most and least favorite things about living here?
Townson: There’s an energy in Remington. Things are happening. I get my hair cut right here at Old Market Barbers. I just wish it would happen faster; what Remington is doing is really cool, and I want more of it.

Forster: It’s an exciting time to live in Remington. In NYC, which is already so established, it’s hard to see change happening. This city is smaller and it’s easier to see it. It will be interesting to see how Baltimore adapts to the challenges of a fast-growing city.



Saturday, May 6, 2017

History of the Round Falls



By Kathleen Ambrose

Whether you're biking, hiking or out for a Sunday drive, the Jones Falls Trail offers a variety of scenery and history, and the Round Falls provides an example of both. The original dam was a product of the grain boom of the 1780s. Even a small grist mill could turn a profit for investors, so Charles Jessop and Josias Pennington built a mill on the east bank of the Jones Falls, near the confluence of the Stony Run. They built a concave dam for the mill because of the snaking
waterways and steep, rocky walls. In 1789, the first version of the Round Falls was constructed (drawing below), but it would be reconstructed several times before it became the 10 foot drop it is today.
A drawing of the falls in the late 18th century

Henry White bought the mill in 1833. On June 16, 1837, the Jones Falls flooded more than 20 feet past its bank. Major mill dams along the stream, as well as the adjoining Falls Road Turnpike, were completely destroyed.

The dam and mill were rebuilt and in business by 1840, when Alfred Jacob Miller made the sketch below at right.

Jacob Miller's 1840 sketch.
The mill and dam fell victim to the seemingly endless floods throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1882, Mrs. Fannie Timanus, the mother of the future mayor E. Clay Timanus, inherited the mill and the two acres of land it was on. In 1905, Mayor Timanus co-owned the mill with his brother and witnessed the destruction his property incurred from a flood. They again rebuilt both structures (shown below).

A photo from roughly 1905.
The mill, which once ran day and night, was out of operation by 1915. The City once again took ownership for the purposes of flood control, and in 1933, the mill was razed. The Round Falls, luckily, escaped the same fate.

Today the Round Falls boast an observation deck and seating area, accessible from the Fallsway (underneath the JFX).




Thursday, May 4, 2017

Remington’s Starter Culture

Bufano in Wild Kombucha’s Timonium brewing room.
 By Craig Bettenhausen

Remington is a place where some have lived their entire lives; others are more recent. Then again, a few have never lived here but nonetheless feel an attachment.

Wild Kombucha was first brewed in Hampden, but co-owner Adam Bufano says, “We feel like Remington is where we started.” Charmington’s and Sweet 27 were among the few first places to stock their product, which they launched in February of 2015.

Co-owner Sergio Malarin describes kombucha as a fermented probiotic tea that can boost metabolism, improve digestion, and aid liver function. It’s fizzy, tart, and gaining traction in conventional grocery stores.

Malarin and Bufano are step-brothers, and their family brewed kombucha at home when they were kids. They started brewing it themselves around 2014 and were soon bartering it for discounts on their rent. Then they decided to go pro.

Though they all pitch in all around the business, Bufano focuses on product development, Malarin handles sales and marketing, and co-owner Sid Sharma is “the numbers guy.”

Recently they expanded into a larger space in Timonium. “We almost moved into a space on Cresmont,” says Bufano. “But the zoning wasn’t workable.”

Wild Kombucha's walk-in fridge.

The move out to the county allowed them to scale up from a max of around 100 12-pack cases per week to 250 cases plus 15 kegs per week. In the coming months, they’ll add an automated sanitizing, bottling, and labeling machine that will streamline production.

But they still feel connected to Remington and Hampden. The Charmery on W. 36th Street did a sorbet with the Mango Peach flavor and a float with the Apple Spice; R. Bar recently did a kombucha sangria. And Ground & Griddled (in R. House) has Wild Kombucha on tap anytime.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Gym With a Mission


By Whitney Treseder

MissionFit has been in Remington for a year and a half now, but you may not have heard of the nonprofit gym, located in the building at the corner of W. 28th Street and Sisson Street that also houses Baltimore Body Shop. The founders of MissionFit, Wendy Thomas Wolock and Geoffrey Blake, spent three months renovating their upstairs space before opening in mid-2015. The gym is small but airy, full of well-organized equipment. The three-part goal of MissionFit is to strengthen Baltimore youth, educate future coaches, and create an intentional, inclusive community.

Wendy Thomas Wolock was inspired to start MissionFit when her daughter asked her what she would do if she could do anything in the world. She found empowerment, health, and strength at the gym, and wanted to share that experience with the youth of Baltimore. Groups that work with MissionFit include Margaret Brent Middle School, Itineris, Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Baltimore Police BRIDGE, and SquashWise. Participants of middle and high school age learn discipline, respect, teamwork, self-improvement, self-improvement, and community.

Some groups come to MissionFit, but cofounder Geoffrey Blake quickly realized that MissionFit would have to go out to the people as well, so many of their youth programs are not held at the gym on Sisson. One that is is a thrice-weekly Open Gym time, where people aged 14–24 are welcome for free, from 4:30–6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Middle schoolers, aged 11–13, have an open gym time set aside from 3:30–4:30pm on Thursdays.

The other side of MissionFit supports its youth programs. Community classes, many only $10 per class and some donation-based, run most days of the week. They include Strike class (similar to kick-boxing), High-Intensity Interval Training, Strength & Conditioning, and others. The trainers also offer personal training individually and in small groups.

The final piece of the mission is something called Supportive Trainer Education Program, or STEP. This helps people aged 18–24 get their fitness certification and provides them with mentorship along the way, meeting the gym’s mission to send coaches out into the world. Becoming a fitness trainer can help a young person enter the world of work, providing income and the start of a résumé while they continue on any number of career paths.

Collaboration is a constant at Mission Fit, where they recently did training sessions with members of Living Classrooms’ Fresh Start program, who then used the carpentry skills they are learning at Fresh Start to build handstand blocks for the gym. Blake has sourced reclaimed wood from Sandtown Millworks to continue the partnership—“we try to tie as many parts of the community together as possible,” he says.

Soon MissionFit will be moving to a new, larger space within the same building, and they hope to continue to expand their offerings, including some outdoor classes at Druid Hill Park this summer. Remington residents of all ages can sign up for a class at missionfit.org and if you’re 24 or under, just drop in at 2720 Sisson St.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Free Summer Program for 3- and 4-year-olds in July at Guardian Angel

Early Birds Playgroup will host a free summer program this July located in Guardian Angel's parish house. Children ages 3 and 4 years old will be taught by certified teachers. A daily healthy snack will be provided.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9–11am.  For more information, contact hello@earlybirdsplaygroup.com. You can also connect with the group on Facebook.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Hiring: BLK//Sugar & Little Baby's Ice Cream

Apply online at

https://littlebabysicecream.janehires.com/Jobs/0tNaZSkAYk-s-7kUsx1Mcw

Awesomest Server of Pies and Ice Cream Ever

Job Overview and Requirements

Join The Dessert First Movement!
Coming this fall to Baltimore's newest food hall - R.House in Remington

BLK//Sugar and Little Baby's Ice Cream are looking for passionate, trustworthy, detail-oriented lovers of baked goods and frozen desserts for its R.House stall to scoop, slice, dice, and smile. Benefits include a fun flexible working environment, awesome co-workers, opportunities for growth, and free sweets - duh! Our employees are a special breed - singularly capable of delivering an unforgettable dessert experience.

Essential Requirements

  • Serve as the first point of contact for customer interaction
  • Explain products, flavors, specials; prepare desserts; scoop Ice Cream, make milkshakes, assemble Ice Cream sandwiches, and deliver products in an exceptional manner.
  • Be consistently enthusiastic to customers while remaining calm and patient under stressful situations.
  • Always put customer’s needs, safety, well-being and experience above all else.
  • Keep shop immaculate and well maintained and provide the highest level of quality in presentation and demeanor.
  • Communicate clearly about ingredients, flavors, and culinary terms and upsell products in a highly effective manner.
  • Complete opening, closing and shift work duties in a thorough, careful and timely manner



Remington-area employers: List your openings here, for free! If a Remington resident could walk to work, we’ll list your opening free of charge. No other restrictions! Remington is a diverse neighborhood, home to folks with all sort of different skill sets and experiences. So put us to work!
Contact CraigBettenhausen@gmail.com and put “job listing” in the subject line.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Interesting Developments

Not long after this story went to press, plant purveyer B. Willow opened on the corner of W. 27th Street and Cresmont Avenue. 

By Craig Bettenhausen

Remington has attracted the attention of Baltimore’s entrepreneurs. A host of business are open now or opening soon that weren’t there six months ago.

The biggest is, of course, R. House. Like much of the development activity in recent years, it is a project from Seawall Development. The former Anderson Auto Body building at Remington Ave. and W. 29th Street is now a food hall boasting nine chef-driven miniature restaurants, a full-service bar, and a pop up space that will host a progression of temporary food concepts.

Ground & Griddled serves coffee and egg sandwiches. Amano Taco serves Mexico-style tacos, sides, and drinks. BeBim serves Korean BBQ, kimchi, and dumplings. ARBA offers Mediterranean street food classics as well as creative riffs on those flavors and styles. BRD has fried chicken in various forms and sides to complement it. White Envelope stuffs their arepas, a type of cornbread, with meats, vegetables, and sauces inspired by the cuisine of Venezuela. Blk//Sugar’s baked breads and desserts share space with Little Baby's Ice Cream. Hilo brings sushi’s Hawaiian cousin, poke, to Remington. And Stall 11 turns local produce from Urban Pastoral into vegetarian main-dishes inspired by old-world street food.

Diners pick and choose from the different stalls and eat in any of several common seating areas, include two designed to be kid-friendly. R. House has parking on site and Seawall also rents a large section of the Police building parking lot across the street for patrons to use.

Blacksauce Kitchen is now open for carryout on Thursdays from 11am to 8pm at 29th and Miles Avenue. The BBQ and biscuit eatery’s business is still mostly in catering, farmer’s markets, and special events.

Remington Wine Company opened in late December on 29th where Sav-It Liquors & Lottery used to be. This family-run store specializes in wine but also has a selection of beer and liquor. It currently can do only a limited quantity of tastings, but hopes to get permission soon from the state to expand that offering.

Old Market Barbers is open on Lorraine Avenue at Howard Street. A basic men’s haircut is $18, kids and seniors for $15. The owner, Daniel Wells, is renovating a home here in Remington and hopes to move in later this year. He also owns Hampden’s Old Bank Barbers.

Twenty20 Cycling Co. plans to combine their two existing stores into one, larger bicycle shop opening onto the 29th St face of the “grey ghost” building at Remington Ave and 29th, behind Pizza Boli’s.

Howard Bank will join the retail tenants at Remington Row.

B. Willow interior plant and floral design is nearing completion of its retail and workshop location at Cresmont Avenue and W. 27th Street.

And finally, the planned daycare tenant at Guardian Angel has fallen through. The church is now looking for a new tenant, childcare or otherwise, for the 3,150 sq ft space. Contact guardianangelremington@gmail.com for info.