Thursday, February 9, 2017

JHU Proposes Renaming San Martin Drive after Alumnus and Donor

Johns Hopkins University is asking the City Council to rename San Martin Drive, which runs along the western border of the Homewood Campus, "Hackerman Way" in honor of Willard Hackerman, a graduate of JHU and a donor to the school.

Hackerman
Hackerman was the long-time President and CEO of Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. He passed in 2014 and one of his last financial gifts was to support the $15 million San Martin Drive Improvement Project, which is nearing completion.

Renaming the road would require a City Council ordinance, which Mary Pat Clarke has indicated to JHU that she will introduce if the surrounding communities are on board with the change. The campus is entirely in Clarke's council district.

JHU representatives reached out to the Tuscany-Canterbury, Wyman Park, and Wyman Park South community associations. Shannon Dawkins Wrenn, President of the Hampden Community Council, found out and passed word to GRIA and to this Newsletter. JHU says it is the sole property owner on both sides of the street for its entire length.

JHU researched the current name and found that "San Martin Drive was named in the 1950s in honor of an Argentine General, José Francisco de San Martín y Matorras (1778-1850), in then-Baltimore-Mayor D’Alessandro’s interest in creating affinity with South American countries who were major customers of the Port of Baltimore."

A biography of Hackerman, provided by JHU, is copied below.

People interested in voicing an opinion about the proposed name change can contact GRIA at info@griaonline.org or Mary Pat Clarke directly at MaryPat.Clarke@baltimorecity.gov. If you contact Clarke directly, please specify that you are a Remington resident.

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The Life and Legacy of Mr. Willard Hackerman

“If you give back to a worthy cause, God will give back to you ten times over.”

A true son of Baltimore, Mr. Willard Hackerman was born in 1918 and spent his early years living on East Baltimore Street close to Patterson Park. He then lived in the Garrison and Liberty Heights neighborhoods. When Mr. Hackerman was 14 years old and in his second year at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly), his parents moved to Hanover, Pennsylvania, for work in a clothing factory. He wanted to complete high school at Poly, so he lived first with a relative and then in two different boarding houses for his junior and senior years. Mr. Hackerman entered Johns Hopkins University at the age of 16 and graduated in 1938 at the age of 19 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. After a brief stint as a surveyor, the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company hired him immediately as a as a field engineer – he was the company’s third employee. Mr. Hackerman’s subsequent achievements resulted in his promotion to president of the company in 1955, a position he would hold for the next 59 years.

Throughout his professional career and especially in his role as president of Whiting-Turner, Mr. Hackerman worked to strengthen and unify the Baltimore metropolitan region. The efforts of Mr. Hackerman and his company quite literally changed the face of Baltimore, and helped to shift its reputation from a manufacturing city on the Patapsco River to an East Coast destination city with a burgeoning tourism trade. In fact, during the intense revitalization efforts of the downtown area, clients would seek out Whiting-Turner as construction manager and builder, citing the company’s quality and energy (and also its leader). The company’s many successful projects include several well-known and striking city landmarks such as the National Aquarium, M&T Bank Stadium, the Joseph P. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Mercy Medical Center, and the John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore Law School. Mr. Hackerman’s business acumen allowed Whiting-Turner to expand its horizons, becoming the fourth-largest domestic general builder in the United States with 35 regional offices across the country. Mr. Hackerman was always a champion of inclusion in all endeavors. Continuing in that legacy, Whiting-Turner is a major partner in the Hopkins-led BLocal initiative that is increasing spending dramatically with Baltimore-area MBE/WBE companies.

Mr. Hackerman’s extraordinary commitment to the community matched his success as a businessman. Mr. Hackerman was known as a creative, civically minded problem-solver who was particularly concerned about the plight of homeless women and children. He established three transitional housing developments for women and their children and homeless families. His many civic roles included service on the state’s first Commission on Economic Development and on the Maryland Higher Education Commission. He was a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council and served on the boards of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Maryland Science Center, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), BGE, and the Maryland Health and Higher Education Facilities Authority. Mr. Hackerman is credited with saving the BSO when it was experiencing labor unrest and funded an endowed chair in the orchestra.

Mr. Hackerman’s philanthropy, personally and through Whiting-Turner, benefitted the arts and educational, healthcare, and cultural institutions in Baltimore and the surrounding region. He was deeply interested in helping to prepare the next generation of leaders and created scholarship programs at several local universities for Poly graduates. Mr. Hackerman and his wife, Lillian, established Hackerman-Patz houses at six Baltimore hospitals to accommodate orthopedic or cancer patients requiring long-term stays. They funded the Hackerman House for Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum. Mr. Hackerman received honorary degrees from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Loyola University Maryland; and Johns Hopkins University.

Through the years, Johns Hopkins was the recipient of Mr. Hackerman’s generosity, insights, and expertise. Mr. Hackerman and his wife Lillian gave of their time and talents to the university in ways too numerous to mention. He was as a university trustee for many years and advised many university leaders, including Ron Daniels, the current president. Perhaps his signature accomplishment at Johns Hopkins was acting as the driving force behind the re-establishment in 1979 of a formal engineering school at the university as the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering. It was the university’s first named school, and his efforts guided the creation of a strong and vibrant engineering school within the city.

Just as Mr. Hackerman’s influence is evident across Baltimore, so do his good works span the campuses of Johns Hopkins. On the East Baltimore medical campus, he was particularly proud of the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mr. and Mrs. Hackerman also established the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professorship in Radiation Oncology. At the Homewood campus, Whiting-Turner constructed numerous buildings, including the Steven Muller Building of the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, located on San Martin Drive, and the Computational Science and Engineering Building that was named in Mr. Hackerman’s honor in 2010.

One of Mr. Hackerman’s final philanthropic acts was to approve the funding to “reinvent” San Martin Drive, an important north-south thoroughfare on the west side of the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. He saw the urgent need to make the roadway safer for pedestrians, runners, cyclists, and drivers, and wholeheartedly supported the university’s plans. Work on the project – made possible through Mr. Hackerman’s generosity – commenced last year and will be completed by April 2017.












Thursday, January 19, 2017

Is Margaret Brent Any Good? Go to Their Open House and See For Yourself


Margaret Brent is the public elementary school for Remington. They'll be hosting an open house on February 8. So if you're wondering if a Baltimore City Public School is good enough for your children, this event could be the start of finding that answer.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Remington Wine Company is Open


A full selection of wine starting at $9 is complemented by local and craft beers as well as spirits.

by Craig Bettenhausen

Debbie Jones and Mitchell Pressman quietly opened the doors to The Remington Wine Company this week. Located in the W. 29th Street location that formerly housed Sav-It liquors, the store sells wine, beer, liquor, and some small foodstuffs. Pressman says they're still waiting for some more items to come in and are still getting everything set up, but there are potent potables on the shelves and a working register.

The building looks very different than it did a few months ago. Clean plate glass windows replace the armored mesh facade, the interior is wide open and done up in a semi-rustic style with exposed beams and brick. A painted sign for the store adorns the western face of the building facing the parking lot, and a handicap ramp leads up to the main entrance on 29th st.

Jones and Pressman came to Remington from a larger store and wine bar in Canton. They sold that operation in January and began looking for a smaller, more manageable location. Their new space here in Remington is owned by Seawall Development, as is the parking lot next door, where they will have four spaces set aside.


Despite speculation to the contrary, RWC has Natty Boh. A six pack of tall-boy cans is seven dollars. 
"When I heard Mitchell Pressman talking about what wine goes with what food, I was reminded of Ira and Barry, the ice cream guys in the movie 'City Slickers,' " says Remington resident Richard Gilmore. "Good to have a wine guru in the neighborhood."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Grants Available for Storefront Improvements in Remington

By Peter Morill

Over the past few years, GRIA has worked tirelessly to have many of the neighborhood’s historic corner stores rezoned to once again permit commercial activities. Anyone who lives in Remington has seen corner stores with worn out signs, flaking paint, and boarded up windows. Now that many of these properties have been successfully rezoned, GRIA is taking the next step by offering a matching grant to help property owners improve their commercial storefronts. GRIA was awarded $50,000 of Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative funds from the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development for the creation of the Remington Commercial Façade Improvement Program.
Grants worth up to $20,000 are available to owners and tenants of commercial properties for the purpose of making physical improvements to the exterior of their stores. The grants can be used for a wide range of projects including new signage, window repair and replacement, lighting, painting, and more. The grant program can only be used for exterior improvements on street-facing facades of a property and cannot be used for interior or other projects that are not visible from the street. Applicants will need to provide matching funds. For grants under $10,000, applicants will need to provide 25% of the total project cost and for grants more than $10,000, applicants will need to provide 50% of the total project cost.
More information on the grant program, along with project applications, will be available on the GRIA website shortly. In the meantime, please e-mail facadegrant@griaonline.org
for more information.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Wyman Park Playground at 30th & Miles Funded and Moving Forward in 2017

By Rose Weeks, playground committee leader
Remington is getting a revitalized new playground and green space at 30th Street and Miles Avenue. This is the largest playground in our neighborhood and one of the most heavily-used on city Recreation & Parks property.
A group of neighbors, in collaboration with GRIA, decided to strengthen this neighborhood asset. Based on a survey of more than 60 neighbors and approximately 100 students, consultations with other users, and feedback at two community forums with approximately 40 total people in attendance, we developed several objectives for the renovation:
Provide safe play space for kids 25.
Strengthen a neighborhood meeting place for a range of residents including older children and teenagers, dog walkers, and other park users, for example, by adding seating.
Provide recreational opportunities for teenagers and adults.
Enhance green space immediately surrounding the park to reinforce the recreational opportunities.
This summer, we learned that our funding requests were accepted. The playground is slated for renovation starting as early as fall 2017.


The drawing above shows the design of the new playground and surrounding green space. Key elements include:
New benches, some under a large tree and some by the 30th street entrance.
New trees and plantings by the church.
Nature play area with logs and boulders.
Ground mural.
Picnic tables under a large tree by 30th street.
Dome climber suitable for toddlers and older kids.
Spin cup & play mounds.
Ping pong table. 
New fencing between the playground and 31st street.
Most current play structures stay on—the beloved red playground set is getting a face-lift! Sarah Hope, the project manager with the city, said she would address the graffiti using the following approach.
“My plan is to use a chemical remover and then pressure wash. Afterward, all the poles will get painted with a clear coat of anti-graffiti paint that should restore the faded color. I can’t guarantee it will be perfect, but it should help significantly. I typically don’t use anything harsh to remove graffiti because it’s bad for the rubber, and the kids!”
Thank you to our supporters!
We are grateful to our funders, including Abell Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, Kaboom! (special thanks to GRIA board member Blaine Carvalho), and the HCPI Spruce-Up Competition, a gift made possible by JHU and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development.
These contributions are joined with gifts from local businesses including R.W. Fewster Painting on Fox Street, Allen N. Walpert & Son on Hampden Avenue, Anderson Automotive Group on 25th street, and Seawall Development, who led our fundraising drive with local businesses. We thank you all so much!
To individuals or businesses that haven’t given so far, we can still include you in our marketing and signage with the supporters mentioned above! Contact treasurer@griaonline.org to contribute to the effort.
Maintaining our beautiful new space
We are working with users such as the GreenMount School to establish an enhanced year-round maintenance plan, especially during the long days of summer when outdoor spaces are so important to our children (and our canine friends, too!). If you have suggestions for how we can keep the playground litter-free, or if you have any other ideas for the playground project, please write to Rose Weeks rweeks@jhu.edu.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Business Showcase: Movement Lab



By Erin Murphy Colligan 

On the second floor of the old Anderson Auto Body building that is now R-House is an upbeat and modern dance and exercise studio called Movement Lab. Its founder, Lola Manekin, is thrilled to provide Remington and surrounding neighborhoods a space to treat the body, mind, and soul. Movement Lab offers a variety of classes from hip-hop dance to mediation and its signature aerial yoga. Manekin also donates space to local community groups, enabling them to carry out their important work to benefit the residents of Baltimore.

Manekin’s goal with Movement Lab was to be an alternative to the traditional exercise studio that overspecializes and caters to a specific crowd. She craved diversity in terms of classes and clients, and couldn’t think of a better community to realize that vision than Remington. Movement Lab’s mantra is “Every BODY welcome.” Manekin sees a variety of shapes, sizes, and races in Remington and wants to help them all develop a better relationship with their bodies. At Movement Lab, students will find an open, nonjudgmental atmosphere to empower themselves physically and mentally. 

Manekin’s motivating question in forming Movement Lab was “how to make people come alive.” She wants to move people physically and emotionally. She would love to help people live healthier lives, not by teaching per se but by helping people teach themselves. She believes people have lost the power to make their own decisions in a world where they’re bombarded with messages on what to eat and how to exercise rather than being in tune with their own body’s needs. Manekin observes that people get into fitness ruts, doing same thing every day if anything at all, but that our bodies are not linear. Movement Lab strives to have many options depending on the customer’s mood and physical needs for the day. She even rates classes B1–B3 based on physical effort and M1–M3 based on mental effort. Manekin stresses that students can amend the class routine to better suit their ability and needs for the day. Most important, at Movement Lab “fitness is a consequence, not the goal.”

Movement Lab aims to be a community more than simply a place for fitness and wellness classes. Manekin earned her fitness bona fides teaching NIA, a holistic approach to health and fitness, and experienced a supportive village developing among NIA teachers in Baltimore. The instructors became friends and supported each other’s professional endeavors, including Movement Lab itself. Mankein wants to recreate that sense of community at Movement Lab. Rather than just working out and leaving, students can hang out after class and have a kombucha or coffee at the café on the premises. Parents and children can take classes simultaneously as Movement Lab has many options for kids. The studio also offers corporate team-building activities so colleagues can bond by moving together. Additionally, Movement lab partners with nonprofits such as the Baltimore Dance Crew Project and the Holistic Life Foundation, which promotes mindfulness techniques and has worked with the Baltimore City police department to teach trauma de-escalation. 

Movement Lab is also part of a larger vision for Remington shared by Lola and her husband, Seawall Development co-founder Thibault Manekin. Lola describes their motivation as “wanting to be a part of something that’s bigger than ourselves.” They endeavor to offer personalized and community-integrated services rather than the typical strip malls with chain stores. The Manekins “want to know people’s names.” They also want to help Remington become a walkable community where residents feel they have everything they need close by. Manekin was impressed with how, during the road closures for the Baltimore Marathon, most of her students still showed up to class because they live close to the studio. In that sense, Movement Lab is adding an important dimension to the ever expanding Remington landscape. 

Remington residents can drop in to most Movement Lab classes for $15. They also have several community class options with reduced prices. If someone wants to test out several classes, they can purchase a $20 introductory student weekly pass. Unlimited membership packages are available for $125 per month for those that want to attend regularly. Manekin and her staff are open to hearing from the community about what they need and how they can make their classes more accessible.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Remington Gets Robbed

A recent run of burglaries has Remington residents on edge.

The burglars are getting in mostly using one of two methods.

1) Unlocked rear or kitchen windows: Windows are an easy target if they are unlocked. In many of the burglaries, the thief got in through an unlocked rear window.

Especially newer styles of vinyl and aluminum windows can appear to be latched without really being secure. This is often the result of the top pane having slipped down by an inch or two unnoticed. If that happens, the latch on the lower pane will rotate or flip into the locked position without actually engaging. Make sure both window panes are fully closed and that the locking mechanism fully engages. Window bars mounted to the exterior or to the interior window frame are effective at preventing this type of forced entry.

2) Kicking in doors: A strong enough kick can break some doors or doorframes. In several of the burglaries, the perpetrator simply kicked the door in.

This type of break in is hard to protect against. But a properly selected and installed door will be more resistant and a less-attractive target. Make sure you have an exterior-grade door made from solid wood or steel. Secure your doorframe directly to the brick, using long masonry screws to attach the deadbolt strike plate. Home centers also carry a variety of attractive steel security doors, which are similar to screen door but with a metal lattice or grid. A kick attack is mostly ineffective against this type of door.

Light strongly deters would-be-burglars. If you have lights on your front and back porch, turn them on every night. Use a timer or photocell to automate them. Exterior lights can be cheaply added to any house; your local hardware store can help find the right solution for your home.

The police have retracted the report they made at the November GRIA meeting that they had made an arrest connected to the burglaries. A suspect was caught in a stolen car with goods inside supposedly stolen from Remington homes. But the police now say the car was not from Remington and they are not sure about the stolen items.

**Check out this free 35 minute webinar on burglary suppression and target hardening from the National Crime Prevention Council.



Friday, November 18, 2016

Improv Shows and Classes Come to Remington

BIG cast members, who are counterintuitively normal-sized, perform an entirely improvised scene in their new space.
You can now catch great comedy close to home, as the Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) has joined the Single Carrot Theatre in its space at 2600 N. Howard St. 

BIG, a nonprofit improvisational theater group, settled into Remington in October just in time to kick off its 13th season. The group—who formerly performed at the Mercury Theater on N. Charles Street—aims to grow the appreciation of improvisational theater through performance, education, and outreach.

They will occupy a small black-box theater, a term that refers to a plain venue with black walls and minimal furniture, across the hall from Single Carrot’s main stage.

BIG says its focus on building a bigger entertainment community in Baltimore will make for an exciting collaboration with Single Carrot—and Remington.

“BIG is thrilled to become a company in residence at Single Carrot Theatre,” BIG Artistic Director Mike Harris says. “With both companies growing into our second decades, we look forward to making Remington a theatrical hub for Charm City.”

This season’s BIG shows currently run Thursday through Sunday evenings, with most tickets $5. Performances feature a variety of improv styles and formats from BIG’s eight mainstage troupes and dozens of special projects. They also highlight local independent groups and host special nights to showcase Baltimore-area college improvisers.

Fridays at 7 pm, you can see BIG’s newest show, a special Happy Hour spot with the group’s longest-running troupe, Plan B. They play games in the style of the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” focused on surprising scenarios and bold characters—and often ask the audience to join the fun onstage.

The shows are only one part of BIG’s operation. The bulk of the group’s income comes from a range of classes, workshops, and corporate training for beginner and advanced students. Students learn improvisational comedy for its own merits but also as a way to build confidence, public speaking skills, quick thinking, and teamwork.

Tickets for BIG’s Happy Hour show and all Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances are now $5. For BIG’s full schedule and tickets, visit bigimprov.org.

Watch for your November print edition Newsletter for a free ticket to a BIG show!







Monday, November 7, 2016

Vote Tomorrow! - Polling Place Info and an Editorial


12th District, your polling place is St Phillips & James Church Hall, 2801 N Charles St.
14th District, your polling place is The Greenmount School, 501 W 30th St.
Is it normal that neither polling place is actually in its district?


An editorial by Craig Bettenhausen 

Find your polling place here, and get out to vote tomorrow!

Tomorrow is a big day. You could help elect an outsider promising to audit city hall to the city comptroller office. You could surprise the nation by putting a Green Party candidate into a Democratic stronghold. You could support established public servants who have been working hard for citizens for their whole careers. You could land a few blows for the conservative movement so poorly represented in Baltimore. You could vote a straight John-Waters-for-everything write-in ticket.

Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm. If you are in Remington and the 12th District, your polling place is St Phillips & James Church Hall, 2801 N Charles St. If you are in Remington and the 14th District, your polling place is The Greenmount School, 501 W 30th St. If this is your first time voting in this location, you may need an ID or a bill, paycheck, or other proof of address. Otherwise, you do not need ID to vote.

Find your polling place here, and get out to vote tomorrow!

I kid, but I'm also serious. At the national level, no matter who wins the White House, the popular vote totals will matter because that will tell the rest of the elected officials in DC to what extent the nation is behind the next President. And areas with strong voter turnout get better public services. More on that later.

At the local level, most of Remington is in the 12th District and the 12th District is competitive in the City Council. Green Party candidate Ian Schlackman and unaffiliated Democrat Dan Sparaco have a real shot at an upset over Robert Stokes, whose campaign has been anemic, at least in this area. Independent Frank Richardson has been energetically cross-crossing the district as well. But the draw of the Presidential and Senate races may bring enough straight-ticket Democratic voters to the polls to bring him across the finish line.

State Sen. Catherine Pugh is favored to win the Mayor's office, but the write-in campaign of former mayor Sheila Dixon throws in a monkey wrench. Will she split the Democratic voters, giving a rare win to the Green Party's charismatic Joshua Harris? Or will she split the anti-Pugh vote with Harris, giving Pugh a wide margin of victory? Or will her effort fizzle entirely?

You can, and I think should, vote in favor of Question J, which would create an affordable housing trust fund. This ballot measure would be a real step forward in controlling the rising rents in Baltimore, Remington included, that has so many feeling like they're losing their neighborhood.

Find your polling place here, and get out to vote tomorrow!

Several other ballot questions really could go either way. Many of the other personnel elections that Remingtonians will weigh in on are not really competitive. But just like at the national level, the margin of victory can strengthen the hand of a clear winner or get the sharks circling around a politician who just squeaks by.

The Remington Community Newsletter does not have an editorial board, so other than the above endorsement for Question J, we're not endorsing this year. But no matter who you support, please do get out and vote, because areas with high voter turnout get more attention from WHOEVER wins.

This is especially true for city-level elected offices. Even the most ethical politicians need to get elected and reelected, and they will spend more time on areas where more votes are winnable. Imagine you were a city council person, and there was a neighborhood that needed schools and roads and zoning support like any other, but year after year they didn't show up and vote. Would you prioritize fighting for them or spend your limited energy on another community where the people you help are actually going to decide if you get to keep your job?

So find your polling place, and go vote tomorrow. Your vote really does make a difference.

If you need help, come to the Parish House at Guardian Angel (2629 Huntingdon ave) during the workday. Or text/call me at 443 650-8733.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Wine Store to Open in Former Sav-it Site



This drawing shows a proposed new façade and entrance for Remington Wine Co., coming to 329 W. 29th St.

By Whitney Treseder

You may have noticed that Sav-It Liquors, at 329 W. 29th St, has been shuttered for a few months and wondered what was coming next for that space. Well, wonder no longer! The building was bought by the ubiquitous Seawall Development Co. and has been leased to the former owners of Chesapeake Wine Company in Canton, Debbie Jones and Mitchell Pressman. The couple hope to open Remington Wine Company in the second week of November.

As its name implies, Remington Wine will be focused on wine, though they will also sell beer (mostly Baltimore brews) and liquor as well as bread, cheese, and flowers. Bottles of wine will start at about $9. Jones and Pressman want to be “a really good merchant—liquor and lottery are not who we are.” Though their old store had a bar at the center, this venture will not sell by the glass. They will, however, hold free tastings most Saturdays. Expected hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 8pm. They are not currently hiring.

The Chesapeake Wine Company opened in 1998 in the Can Company building on Boston Street. At the time, they were the only wine bar in Baltimore. Jones and Pressman enjoyed being part of the changing community in Canton but they were at work far more than they were at home. So this year, they decided to downsize. The Canton store sold in January, and they spent a few months exploring new possibilities before hearing about Remington from their friends at Blacksauce Kitchen. Jones and Pressman are excited to become part of the Remington community and hope to support fundraisers for local endeavors such as the Community School.

The biggest changes to the 1,300 sq ft building will be the entrance, which will move to the end of the building, at the corner of 29th Street and the parking lot, and the façade, which will have an entirely new look. The parking lot, which abuts Fox Street, was sold with the building and will have four spaces set aside for the Wine Company. Seawall executive Thibault Manekin said the plans for the rest of the parking lot—about 20 spaces—are not yet decided. Already, the shrubbery at the corners of the lot have been removed at the request of Remington Village Green, the community garden next door, to stop their use as drug stashes.

Remington Wine Company expects a hearing in front of the liquor license board for the transfer of the liquor license by the end of October. Jones and Pressman are happy to answer questions and concerns from the community. They can be contacted at remingtonwine@gmail.com.

In October, work began converting the former Sav-it liquors into a high-end wine shop.



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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

R. House Hiring Update


Remington residents and others at the R. House job fair

Curious about what's going on at R. House? Since the August 15 job fair, the R. House team has been busy preparing for the upcoming grand opening! They plan to open with a staff of 30 people, including bartenders, dishwashers, and bussers. Interviews for R. House positions started in mid-October will continue until positions are filled. Many Remington residents were interviewed! Each of the 10 food stalls are hiring their own cooks and cashiers. Stay tuned for flyers posted around the neighborhood inviting residents to the R. House grand opening.

Interested in working for R. House? Fill out an online application at bit.ly/applyRhouse or visit 301 W. 29th to pick up a paper application (after the grand opening). More information can be found at http://www.griaonline.org/.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Frank Richardson, independent candidate for City Council District 12


Candidates of all parties want your vote on Nov. 8th. The Remington Community Newsletter invited all of the candidates for City Council district 14 and 12 and for Mayor to submit a short statement on the question, "Why should Remington residents vote for you?"

Thier answers will be posted individually as they are ready, and will be collected here.

Frank Richardson, independent candidate for City Council District 12


My name is Frank Richardson, and I am a native Baltimorean and longtime resident of Charles Village.  My community involvement, education, professional experience, and love for Remington and the entire city of Baltimore qualify me to serve as your 12th district City Councilman on the Baltimore City Council.

My deep concern and love for the people of the Remington and the rest of the 12th District, my background as community activists working with organizations such as B.U.I.L.D., CVCBD, the Justice & Peace Committee, and the NAACP has prepared me to represent the 12th District as a catalyst for change! By working with diverse groups, organizations, neighborhood associations, and businesses, I have learned to solve complex problems and understand both sides of an issue.

I will work with citizens, community leaders, neighbors, and businesses to revitalize blighted neighborhoods throughout the city and work to expand the Vacants to Value and Live Near Your Work programs and bring back the Dollar House program.  I will continue to support United Workers’s “Housing for All” initiative (Question J) to secure a $40 million Community Land Trust which will increase homeownership and affordable housing in Remington and throughout the city.  I will also partner with Governor Hogan to develop new businesses in the neighborhood, create more green space, and demolish dilapidated properties.  I appreciate the diverse and multicultural community and microcosm of society we're so blessed to have here in Remington. Moreover, I will work to build consensus and mediate disputes between community associations and other stakeholders and bring people together for the common good of the entire community. I leave you with my favorite biblical quote, "Let the leader among you be a servant to all."