Days are getting shorter, and temperatures are falling. Be sure to check your smoke detectors, schedule your dentist appointments, and make sure your house is ready for the winter.
Councilman Antonio Glover and Councilman Robert Stokes joined with Major Guy Thacker and the Eastern District to celebrate the delivery of 20 brand new mountain bikes which will be shared between the Eastern, Southeastern, and Central Districts. These bikes came about from an idea the Major and Councilmen spoke about, to a well timed donation from the Atlas Group. The use of bicycles instead of cars can make police officers more easily approachable, especially in low-crime areas. In addition, bikes can be issued to police officers to enhance the mobility and range of foot patrols. Bikes are also effective crime fighting tools when used in densely populated urban communities.
Meet me on the Stoop
For the Butcher's Hill Association meeting this month, they decided to do another stoop sitting, to end the summer. The rain held off just in time for the stoop gathering. These gatherings allow neighbors to come together for a night of fun and laughter while getting to know each other. Councilman Glover had the privilege of running into one of his former teachers from Hampstead Hill, which brought back memories and much laughter. We encourage communities to do events like this, to get back to a sense of community and neighborhood.
Councilman Glover participated The 6th Branch's annual 9/11 national day of service, held in the 1600 Block of N. Montford Ave in the Broadway East Community. T6B is a veteran-led 501(c)(3) community development non-profit that directs the characteristics of military service -- mission, duty, and love of country -- to execute aggressive community service initiatives in Baltimore City. T6B focus is work with communities to transform vacant land into neighborhood greenspace and support out local schools. Yearly, T6B teams up with partners such as CareFirst and Comcast to volunteer to manage the green spaces in the 1600 and 1700 blocks of N. Montford St. This year, they are planting various fruit trees, to be accessible to the community.
On September 22, 2022, Councilman Glover's Council Bill 22-0104R was heard before the Education, Workforce, and Youth Committee. This hearing was an informational hearing to discuss the possibility of the city removing degree requirements for certain positions in order to fill vacancies within the city government, and make more people, in Baltimore, employable. In the hearing, questions were raised about how often the job classifications were updated, and why does it take so long for the city to hire people. Ultimately, the Department of Resources conceded that they have to reconsider job classifications, that they must raise salaries, and that they must make the hiring process more transparent and interactive for applicants. Central DHR also acknowledged that they must improve their communication with agency human resources.
Councilman Glover was supposed to have two Jazz Nights in the 13th this month, but due to rain, the September 11, Jazz Night in Little Eager Park was cancelled. The rescheduled dates are TBD. Nevertheless, the event on Sept 23 (in conjunction with Councilman Stokes and Councilwoman McCray of the bordering 12th and 2nd districts, respectively) took place in Herring Run Park as Scheduled. Brandon Woody and DJ Noisy serenaded the nice sized crowd that gathered in the 4000 block of Shannon Drive. Food vendors and food trucks provided delicious options for the neighbors out at the park. It was great having residents from Districts 13, 12, and 2 come together on a cool night to enjoy the sounds of smooth Jazz. We look forward to having more events to bring out communities together.
A Coke and A Smile
Councilman Glover teamed up with Coca-Cola, Banner Neighborhoods, and Samaritan's Feet to provide shoes and socks to the students at Tench Tilgman Elementary/Middle School. This was a truly heartwarming experience to see the smiles and laughter as students tried on their shoes. Councilman Glover was the supreme hype-man when it came to making sure that the children felt good in their new shoes. This was a joint effort to make sure the students are ready for the school year. Collectively we can change the trajectory of our communities.
Councilman Glover will be hosting his first Fall Festival in Broadway East Park (on October 22, from 12pm to 4pm. For more information, follow the Councilman on his social media, continue to check www.antonioglover.com, or call the office at 410-396-4829.
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