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 or visit 301 W. 29th to pick up a paper application (after the grand opening). More information can be found at

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."

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mary Pat Clarke, Democrat for City Council District 14

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.

Mary Pat Clarke, Democrat for City Council District 14

Remington is one of the most active and involved neighborhoods in Baltimore City. It is challenging and exciting to represent such a well-informed and caring constituency. The 14th City Council District represents Remington’s northeastern area, north of West 28th Street and east of Huntingdon Avenue. But both council districts have traditionally worked closely together as one.

I ask and hope that residents will support me for re-election in November’s General Election.

I pledge to work closely, as I have with Councilman Carl Stokes, with the new City Council representative to be elected to Remington’s 12th District. The community deserves such cooperation.

I am a Democrat, a teacher by profession, the mother of 4 and “Bubby” of 10, married to Joe Clarke. Our family has lived on Cloverhill Road (off of West 39th Street) since 1967. I serve as a fulltime City Council member and, if elected, will continue to do so. It’s a 24/7 task and honor.

Remington is unique in many positive ways. Thanks to an influx of newer and younger residents, the neighborhood’s population has increased, a sign of vitality and promise. At the same time, despite debates over specific issues, Remington does work as a whole to maintain housing affordability and quality of life for both recent and longtime residents.

It is crucial to maintain that balance to protect the very residents who have maintained the neighborhood through so many generations. May Remington continue to honor its diversity and serve as the model of inclusion it has already become to other Baltimore neighborhoods.

Thanks for your consideration. Mary Pat

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Alan Walden, Republican candidate for Mayor

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.

Alan Walden, Republican candidate for Mayor

My wife and I moved to Baltimore City almost three decades ago, fell in love with the city, and never looked back. For almost two decades, I was an unapologetic Baltimore booster as news anchor and commentator on WBAL Radio and became a member and/or leader of a number of civic projects related to Baltimore’s storied past and remarkable traditions. But with the passage of time, I also realized that Baltimore has some serious problems that require a different attitude and approach.

The public school system is scandalously poor despite the investment of seventeen thousand dollars per pupil per year. We must teach young people how to work, not just how to pass through the system underqualified to enter the workforce or continue on to higher education. The property tax rate, more than double that in any other Maryland jurisdiction, must be reduced; sharply and now. The relationship between the police department and the public at large must be strengthened without delay and the rate of violent crime reduced through greater cooperation between law enforcement and those they are sworn to serve and protect.

Most of all, it’s time to understand that the same people doing the same things in the same way will not produce a different outcome. What is required is leadership that helps create the environment, the structure, in which the individual makes things happen for the better. As I said at the outset: I love Baltimore. It’s our home, and I pledge to take better care of it.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ian Schlackman - Green Party candidate for City Council, District 12

Ian Schlackman - Green Party candidate for City Council, District 12

Remington, you have a very important choice. Do you want to elect a strong progressive like Mary Pat Clarke who has a long history of engaging with the community, organizing changes to local zoning issues, and helping other people because that’s their personality? If so I’m your choice on November 8th.

I believe it’s time to get someone in office who will follow through on the bills they pledged to support. I am a firm yes for a $15 an hour minimum wage. I am a firm no for large corporate giveaways such as Port Covington. We to need to focus on providing tax relief to local small businesses and homeowners in the community because trickle-down economics simply doesn’t work.

If you agree with this sentiment, I want your vote. And more than that, I want your involvement in my campaign. We are a grassroots movement that depends on your support.

So far in the general election, we’ve raised more money than all of our opponents combined. We’ve knocked thousands more doors than any other candidate. My staff and I have worked on other winning city council campaigns in Baltimore so we know exactly what it takes. As a Green Party campaign, we did the unthinkable and got the Sierra Club endorsement because they know we’re winning this race and they want to see solid progressive leadership in Baltimore City Council.

On November 8th, let’s come together as a community to vote for real change and strong leadership for Remington. Help me defeat Robert Stokes so I can help you for the next four years. is my website. Call or text my cell anytime: (410) 996-4848.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

David Harding, independent candidate for City Council, District 14

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.

David Harding, independent candidate for City Council, District 14

I am an independent candidate for City Council in the 14th District. I have worked for the Maryland Health Department for more than 30 years. I was president of Local 1535 of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, for more than 10 years. I worked at Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point for 8 years and was active in Steelworkers Union Local 2609.

When I first came to Baltimore in 1963, I was active in the Mobilization Against the War in Vietnam and worked with U-JOIN, a community organization at that time. I am a long-time socialist, having learned more than 40 years ago that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will defend working people. We have to do it ourselves.

I think there is more than enough money in Baltimore to address the problems working people face. But that money has been given away to big developers, corporations, and banks. The developers, like those building around the harbor, have gotten richer. Under Armour at Port Covington can expect special consideration for the next 30 years. Even giant Amazon gets special tax breaks.

I believe that to change this will require an organized and massive fight by working people. There is no other way to force the bosses to pay for the crisis they have created and to win what is necessary for everyone to have a decent standard of living. Elections will not make this happen. But we can use the elections to show we are fed up with both parties and to show there are people who agree that such a fight, with these goals, is needed.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dan Sparaco - unaffiliated 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.

Dan Sparaco - unaffiliated candidate for City Council, District 12

In mid-September, I was at the groundbreaking of a new Food Hub along Gay Street in the heart of the East Side. It is a project that matches the excitement and dynamism of the good things happening right here in Remington, and it will repurpose beautiful old industrial spaces to create jobs and new businesses and grow food. If I thought for one second that our Democratic nominee had anything to do with making projects like this happen, I would not be running. If there was a better alternative in November, friends and I would not have gathered 430 signatures get me on the ballot. So many of us are hungry for a choice and a change. Families committed to the city, but worried about schools. Small developers with a vision to rebuild neighborhoods, but stymied by bureaucracy. Creative professionals who want a vibrant, livable city, but who don’t want us to become another over-expensive D.C. And of course, all those who have lived here their entire lives hoping that the place they grew up can turn the corner to stability. All of these folks have been routinely let down by their government, and their leaders. I saw first-hand how City Hall works, and how it doesn’t, first as an attorney with the Law Department, and then working for the Mayor until last year, when I left because we were so clearly headed in the wrong direction. As a civil rights attorney who spent years helping working families keep their homes, who defended victims of police misconduct, and who took what he learned as a lawyer in the private sector to do battle on behalf of the city, I know we can do better. As a long-time Democrat, I petitioned to get on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate so together, we can prove it.

Youth Snow Program Returns - Work for Teens, Aid for Seniors

The Department of Transportation is launching its Youth Snow Program again this year to benefit senior citizens and the disabled with removing snow from their public right-of-ways in city communities. This initiative will link student workers between the ages of 14 to 21 with senior citizens who need assistance in clearing snow from their public sidewalks.

Residents enrolled in the program will be matched with a city student who will shovel their public right-of-ways after a snow storm when schools are either cancelled or closed. Residents will get their public sidewalks cleared and students will receive a stipend for their work.

Residents and students who are interested in this program must register between Monday, September 26, 2016 through October 31, 2016 in order to be considered. Applications can be obtained at or by calling 311. Student workers may also email Registration forms will NOT be accepted after the October 31st deadline.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dumpster This Saturday

Cleanup time! The city will provide a dumpster for residents to use for all sorts of household trash (including bulk items) this Saturday, September 24. The dumpster will arrive at W. 26th St. & Huntingdon Ave around 8:30am and stay till it is full. Residents only please, commercial haulers/dumpers will be turned away.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Meet the New Neighbors

April (left) and Louise Isa
By Erin M. Colligan 

The landscape of Remington has changed dramatically over the past year as Remington Row evolved from a giant hole in the ground to a full structure with the signature red brick warehouse style of the Seawall Development. This summer, Remington Row welcomed its first residents. Though construction continues on the office and retail space, the residents began moving in on July 1st. As of August, the building was 89% leased.

Much of Remington Row’s appeal is Remington itself. “The location of Remington is prime for people to travel uptown and downtown,” Seawall’s Shawn Brown said. The apartments are close to Hopkins campus and will even get a JHU shuttle stop. She said people appreciate Remington because they “like the diversity and see the potential and room to grow.”

The diversity is evident in the variety of tenants Remington Row attracts. Its residents include people moving to Baltimore for school and work, longtime Baltimore residents starting new businesses, empty nesters who were tired of shoveling snow and mowing grass, and young families who want their children to experience life in the city.

Sisters and longtime Baltimore residents April (left) and Louise Isa lived in Union Mill in Woodberry before moving to Remington Row. April, who goes by Milly, works for BubbleBall Maryland, a company that comes to special events with sumo-wrester-like bubble outfits for fun and action-packed soccer games. Louise works at an organic market . The Isas fell in love with Remington largely through their frequent visits to Sweet 27; both sisters keep gluten-free diets. They felt more connected to Remington than they did to Woodberry/Hampden. Even with Union Mill’s proximity to the Avenue, Milly and Louise found themselves relying on food delivery services.

Remington, by contrast, has many attractions that bring them out of the house, such as Sweet 27 and Parts & Labor as well as nearby Brown Rice and St. Mary’s Restaurant & Bar. As gamers, the Isa sisters also appreciate Remington’s two Pokestops and the conveniently located GameStop. Most importantly, they are closer to friends with families that already live in Remington; they’re grateful for the opportunity to see their friends’ children grow up.

Kaitlyn Huett and Anderson Miller

Newly engaged couple Kaitlyn Huett, 23, and Anderson Miller, 22, recently moved to Baltimore from Norfolk, Va. Anderson will be attending the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and Kaitlyn can work from home for her sales job. As Virginia Beach natives, they admitted “a concrete jungle is a bit of a change for us, but we love the life that Baltimore has.” They didn’t know much about the city before moving here and Remington was never on their radar but Kaitlyn happened to come across Remington Row in her apartment search. They visited and saw how the neighborhood was being revamped. “Being able to be a part of something up-and-coming was exciting for us.”

Kaitlyn and Anderson have come to appreciate all that Remington has to offer. It’s conveniently located and easy to get downtown or to Towson. There are great local spots within walking distance such as the Dizz, Charmington’s, Sweet 27, and Parts & Labor and the couple is getting a “small town” feeling by becoming regulars at these places.

Elizabeth Nash, 39, her husband Salvatore Pappalardo, 37, and their two daughters, 4 and 2, relocated to Remington Row after living in Towson for two years. They originally moved to Towson from Philadelphia for Salvatore’s job as a professor at Towson University. However, they realized, “We really are city people.” They wanted to raise their children in the city and have that urban experience. Before settling on Remington, they gathered opinions of friends and toured neighborhoods. Not only was Remington convenient to both of their jobs—Elizabeth still takes the train from Penn Station to Philadelphia regularly for work—and their children’s daycare, they also sensed it was a family-friendly place to live.

Although Elizabeth and Salvatore are downsizing as far as their living space—their 2 daughters will be sharing a room in a 2-bedroom apartment—they feel they are gaining in experience. Elizabeth explained that there’s much more time to spend with their children when they’re not maintaining a backyard. With so many amenities in walking distance, they will also get out more and appreciate the neighborhood. Finally, they admire the mix of Remington in terms of racial, language, and age diversity.

Matt Poyton, 29, is also new to Baltimore. He finished his PhD in physical chemistry in May at Penn State University. In his dissertation research, Poyton found that metals such as copper can attach to and damage cell membranes, a finding that has implications for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and autism. Now Poyton and is doing postdoctoral work at JHU Medicine in the lab of Taekjip Ha. He and his colleagues will be doing sophisticated experiments on molecules that can unwind DNA.

Poyton chose Remington mainly because of the affordability. He looked throughout the city and concluded “Remington had the most to offer for the money you have to spend.” He liked that Remington is a relatively quiet neighborhood but there are still things to do, such as at The Dizz, Sweet 27, and Charmington’s. He found the neighborhood accessible and appreciates the proximity to a Hopkins shuttle stop. Poyton also realized it was a good time to move here because there are a lot of new things coming in, such as R. House and the barber shop. After several years in rural Pennsylvania, Poyton is glad to be back in the city, where he has “tons of things to do, right out my front door.”

One common sentiment echoed by the Remington Row tenants is a love for the building itself. Kaitlyn and Anderson found the building to be “stunning,” even in their virtual tour while the building was still 2 x 4’s and dry wall. Milly and Louise describe the “great vibe” of the building. They are excited about the prospect of a brand new building with larger spaces, bike storage, garage parking, and an elevator. As Milly remarked “I like to think the building is kind of sexy.” The fact that Remington Row is a green building was a major selling point for the Nash family. Poyton liked that it was a new building and admired the warehouse style with reclaimed wood. He also cited the garage and gym as major selling points.

Both Seawall and the new residents expressed a desire to live in a walkable community. The developer hopes residents can leave their cars in the garage most of the time. The Isa sisters appreciated that they “don’t have to drive” and have everything they need in walking distance.

Seawall set a goal for Remington Row to be a “community-minded building.” The Isa sisters have gotten involved with the community garden on Fox street. Poyton is looking to volunteer with a mentoring program, and the Nash family plans to get involved in the Greater Remington Improvement Association. Thus, Remington Row will not only offer access to health care and retail, but also a new set of neighbors eager to get involved in the community.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Things that talk: Empty corner stores

Views expressed on this page are those of the artist and not necessarily those of the Remington Community Newsletter.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Corner Store Chaos

By Josh Greenfeld
In 2013, GRIA submitted a request to the Baltimore City Council to change the zoning of 12 corner-store properties to commercial as part of the ongoing city-wide rezoning process known as Transform Baltimore. This change in zoning would allow businesses to move into the vacant buildings. It would also allow the existing corner stores, which are able to operate only because they are grandfathered in, to change to other types of businesses.

But the city-wide rezoning process is still under debate, and the timing of final passage and implementation is unknown. So starting last Spring, GRIA and many neighbors began an effort to immediately rezone these 12 key corner properties in Remington by passing an independent ordinance through the City Council. In December of 2015, the rezoning ordinance was passed by the Baltimore City Council thanks to Councilmember Carl Stokes, supported by strong resident turnout at the hearings.

In March however, RNA Board Member Doug Armstrong (husband of RNA President Joan Floyd) and former RNA Board Member Romaine Johnson filed a “Petition for Judicial Review” in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City (Case No. 24c15006204). This legal action results in a judge evaluating complaints about the language of a law or the way it was passed. The judge sided with Armstrong and Johnson and voided the ordinance citing a lack of evidence in the factual record showing the ordinance will benefit the entire community rather than only the property owners.

On Aug. 9, GRIA was informed that Armstrong and Johnson took an unusual step, an appeal to their already-successful appeal, in an attempt to block the City Council from taking any action on the rezoning in the near future until after Transform Baltimore is passed. On Aug. 15, GRIA introduced a brand new rezoning bill for the same 12 properties, one that will address the alleged deficiencies the judge found in the previous version, sponsored jointly by Councilmembers Stokes and Mary Pat Clarke.

This new bill will go before the Planning Commission for approval on Sept. 15 before being heard by the Land Use & Transportation Committee of the City Council. GRIA expects the bill to pass and become law in mid-October, at which point the new businesses such as the planned barbershop on the corner of Howard and Lorraine, can open in the neighborhood.

Friday, August 12, 2016

R. House Food Service Jobs, Seawall Holds Job Fair, Posts Online Job Application

Fun, hardworking, and committed to having a great time. Sound like you or someone you know? Come out to our job fair this MONDAY 8/15 from 4:30-6 PM @ 301 W 29th St. to meet the chefs!

Currently hiring for servers, bartenders, bussers, and dishwashers. Application here:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Special Food Pantry at Margaret Brent This Friday at Noon

There will be a school food pantry distribution this Friday, July 15, at noon in Margaret Brent cafeteria. This distribution is open to the community. Spread the word and please bring bags if you have them.