Monday, May 8, 2017

Things That Talk: Flexposts


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.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Margaret Brent Gains Laundry Facilities



By Celeste Perilla, Strong City Baltimore

Laundry may seem inconsequential in the effort to keep kids in school. But every day, students across Baltimore miss school because they lack clean clothes. Having nothing clean to wear to school could be the deciding factor in whether or not they want to face their classmates.

Whirlpool USA recently donated a washer and dryer to Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School, the public school that serves Remington, but the school building needed significant electrical and plumbing upgrades to get the appliances up and running.

Bill Cunningham, a GRIA board member, connected the school with a local business, R.E. Harrington Plumbing & Heating, which donated labor for the installation.

A collaboration between GRIA, the Village Parents, Charles Village Civic Association, and Strong City Baltimore raised more than $1,500, with $500 coming from GRIA and the rest coming from internet crowdfunding and an event at nearby Peabody Heights Brewery. The funds raised by the campaign will go toward maintenance, supplies, and uniform items for needy students.

Having a washer and dryer in the school will allow staff to wash uniforms for students who don’t have regular access to washers and dryers. Laundry programs such as this have shown great results in increasing attendance by students from lower-income families.

Margaret Brent is part of Strong City’s Community School program, along with Waverly Elementary/Middle, Guilford Elementary/Middle, and Barclay Elementary/Middle. One focus of the program is to remove non-academic barriers to learning for students and their families so kids are put in the best position to learn. A Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.

Strong City staffer Sharicca Boldon is the community school contact for Margaret Brent. She coordinates and recruits community volunteers and other resources for the school. If you’d like more information on how to get involved at Margaret Brent or are interested in donating your time or resources, you can contact her at sboldon@strongcitybaltimore.org



Workers install a washer and dryer at Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle. Access to laundry facilities has been linked to improved attendance. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Appreciation: Bryan Taylor



By Craig Bettenhausen, Editor

When I took over the Newsletter, I had a problem to solve. It was printed for years with a major financial subsidy from the Episcopal Housing Corporation, but that help wasn't continuing. Then, in conversation over dinner, my close friend Bryan Taylor said he could print it. Bryan was retired from the printing business and still had some equipment that could handle the job. We'd just need to pay for paper and ink.

That began a long saga where behind the scenes, Bryan and I, along with his husband Vaughn Vigil, worked to assemble the equipment we have now, which allows us to print and fold the Newsletter efficiently and completely in-house. In their foyer, to be specific. Nothing worked right at first and we've had to fix a lot of problems. But with his expertise and tenacity, we've been able to cut the production costs of the Newsletter in half, making it financially sustainable with only six reasonably priced ads.

Bryan's expert attention made the Newsletter better in other ways. His critique of the layout led to improvements I'm very happy with, his comments on the content sharpened my editing of subsequent articles, and he found more than a few typos before we printed them 1,500 times.

It was also a fun project to do with a friend.

Bryan died unexpectedly in an accident on Jan. 17 at the age of 57. Vaughn and I will keep printing the Newsletter in their home, but we'll miss him, and it will be harder. Though he never lived here, Bryan kept a close eye on Remington and was rooting for us. Our newsletter and our neighborhood have lost an ally.

I don't find comfort in ascribing cosmic significance to a person's death. I'm not looking for a silver lining. It sucks; I want my friend back and it isn't happening. But he knew how much his work meant to the Newsletter, and he knew that my wife and I loved and appreciated him for that and for all the other pieces of who he was. That is a comfort—and one of many lessons I'll carry forward from my time with Bryan.

In addition to his husband, he is survived by his mother, Judy; brother, Thomas; and his dogs Charlie #8 and Lola.



Friday, March 17, 2017

Guardian Angel Goes to Standing Rock



By Pastor Alice Basset-Jellema, Church of the Guardian Angel

We went to Standing Rock. Yup. Five middle-aged white church ladies crammed ourselves and our gear into a Toyota Sienna van and left Remington at 9:22pm on Dec 1. We arrived on Dec. 3 at about 9am local time and left again on the 4th, just after the permit denial was announced. We got back to Remington on the 6th at about 10 am. It was an intense pilgrimage.

Standing Rock is 25 miles south of Bismark, North Dakota. There is a camp of Native Americans there protecting the water of the Missouri river, their own sense of sovereignty, and a major Lakota burial ground. They are protecting the water from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which would bring “tar sands oil” from North Dakota to Illinois, where an existing pipeline would carry it to the Gulf of Mexico. A spill—more common than you’d like to think—would pollute the water for the entire region. The Trump administration is now moving ahead with the pipeline, but people remain there, maintaining their prayerful protection.

Our group had been studying “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” by Kelly Brown Douglas and discussing our denomination’s call to make reparation for the long enslavement of Americans of African descent. We wanted to learn more about how to be reparations—what Isaiah calls “repairers of the breach.” We also each felt a deep longing to stand with the people who asked for that support during their planned Dec. 4th day of prayer.

We were prepared for drama. We brought milk of magnesia to wash off tear gas. Some of us even went to be trained in the particular tactics used for confrontations with the DAPL security forces. But the overwhelming reality of the camp was the ongoing, lived spirit of prayer. More than 357 Native American groups were there, united by a shared set of values, which they enacted in rituals and realized throughout a camp of 3000 people. 

Alice inspects the group's tent.
We had hoped to be of some help in the work of the camp, but soon recalculated; “Please, God, help us not make extra work for others!” As we made our way through the day, we became a little more part of the camp; helpers on the slower scale of giving directions, carrying wood or supplies, sharing what we had brought, receiving help from others, and admiring the astounding, stunning, harsh, fierce, wild beauty of the Dakota sky and land. We tried to learn to live the prayer. It is harder than you think.



We left during a wild celebration of an admittedly fragile victory: The pipeline was stopped, for about a breath.

As we left, a traffic accident snarled the line of vehicles on the only route out. A person came past our van announcing, “Prayer circle up ahead in 5 min.” The circle defused the tension of the traffic jam and focused people’s minds on the needs of those in the accident. It was a meaningful ritual, learned in the camp, enacted without grandstanding. It was followed in our van with an energetic discussion of how to bring that lesson back with us.

As we practice this idea, already known but learned anew, we find that we can listen more openly, allow for more difference, return to prayer sooner, act more slowly, and laugh more.

Having burnt 175 gallons of gasoline to protest an oil pipeline, for our next pilgrimage we will be walking to DC for the People’s Climate Rally (April 29th). We will leave Remington—on foot—at 11am on Wednesday, April 26th. If you would like to come along for part or all of this pilgrimage, please start training your body now. Group walks with increasing mileage will be scheduled each week. Check Guardian Angel’s Facebook page for updates.



Friday, March 10, 2017

Baltimore Selected as Big Jump Project City


A map of existing and proposed bike facilities. 

By Liz Cornish, Executive Director, Bikemore

Baltimore is one of 10 cities selected for the PeopleforBikes Big Jump Project, which aims to double or triple bike ridership in specific neighborhoods over three years. Baltimore City’s application looks to “jump” Remington, Reservoir Hill, Old Goucher, and Harwood forward as places that are safe for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to get around by bicycle.

Baltimore will receive $200,000 a year in technical support from PeopleforBikes. The other cities selected were New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Memphis, Austin, Providence, New Orleans, Fort Collins, and Tuscon .

Baltimore’s project will receive additional match dollars from the West Baltimore Innovation Village, Seawall Development, Hekemian Development, Pennrose Properties, and Healthy Neighborhoods. In total, more than $1 million in in-kind and cash investments will be made in our neighborhoods to promote improvements for biking.

“Communities are not looking at bikes as a catalyst for change on their own, but rather as an important part of the momentum happening to change cities for the better,” says PeopleForBikes Director of Local Innovation Kyle Wagenschutz. “Bikes are an inexpensive way to improve communities.”

Baltimore's project will focus on a safe connection for people to walk and bike between Remington and Reservoir Hill on the 28th Street bridge, as well as implementing the bike infrastructure outlined in the 2015 Bike Master Plan. The latter includes safe bicycle accommodation on Sisson Street, Huntingdon Ave., Remington Ave., 27th Street, and 25th Street.

"For decades, road design has prioritized car commuting through the 7th district over residents' ability to access the assets and opportunities that exist both within and outside our district by foot, bicycle, or public transit," said Leon Pinkett, City Councilman for the 7th District, which includes Reservoir Hill and Druid Hill Park. He describes the project as “an opportunity to refocus our priorities on improving quality of life for people living in and around Reservoir Hill, making jobs to the east and our world-class Druid Hill Park to the north safely accessible to residents who choose to walk, bike, or take transit."

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and then-Councilman Carl Stokes joined then-incoming Councilman Pinkett in supporting the project.

Community input on the design of these improvements will be a focus of the grant. PeopleforBikes will bring national experts and extra funding for community organizing around safer streets to Remington and the surrounding neighborhoods.

More information can be found at www.peopleforbikes.com and www.bikemore.net.



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Free Movie Screening at R. House on March 9 - Generation Startup



This Thursday, March 9, R. House will host a free screening of the documentary Generation Startup.

The film takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.

To view a trailer, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsEIHldiwbU.

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.

**Update 4/4/2017: This proposal is currently suspended.**
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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.