Fall is on the horizon. We wish all of our students and educators a productive and successful school year, and encourage everyone to take precautions to stay safe though the change of season.
National Night Out 2022
National Night Out 2022 has been instrumental in the District as it strives to become better. Our first stop was in Eager Park where Councilman Glover was honored by the Baltimore Police Eastern District Community Relations Council and Command Staff for his dedication and partnership. The event there included football, dance contests, and resource tables. From there, Councilman Glover went to Belair Edison, where we watched a dance team perform ritualistic dances. The children participated in a hula hoop contest, there was food, snowballs, and plenty of fun happening at the Brehm's Lane playground at Herring Run Park. Next, Councilman Glover found himself at the Upper Fells Point national night out. Neighbors has congregated on South Chapel Street. There was great food and dessert, wine and beer, and live music. Our final stop for the night was at McElderry Park where comedian, Mike Epps, graced the people of east Baltimore, and gave words of encouragement. McElderry Park, one of the biggest events District 13 has on a yearly basis, had their dance contest where prizes where given away, and who could forget the delicious food, snowballs, and popcorn. National Night Out is always a good time, because it brings the community out to have a great time.
Jazzy Summer Evenings!
Councilman Glover and the Broadway East Community Association held a jazz night at Broadway East Park. Neighbors came out and enjoyed food trucks and live music from the Rolex Band. The event started off with smooth jazz hits to begin the night, but after the sun set and intermission, it transformed into a dance party, with the band performing several popular dance tracks. People from across the 12th and 13th Districts met at our boundary park to enjoy a weather perfect evening for great jazz, dancing, and a party atmosphere. Our next Jazz party is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 4pm (After the Ravens beat the Jets in their season opener).
A Reason to Celebrate!
Councilman Glover participated in Banner Neighborhoods' 40th Anniversary Celebration. Banner threw a block party to celebrate 40 years of helping people in the local community. Banner Neighborhoods formed back the, when homeowners surrounding Patterson Park, joined together to find ways to help keep their neighborhoods clean and presentable. In that 40 years, Banner has expanded to help a great portion of East Baltimore, whether through home repairs, youth opportunities for career development, or their Banner Sports Programs for youth. Councilman Glover congratulates them on this milestone accomplishment. A special shout out to the DMU Trend Settaz Marching Band for their phenomenal performance at this event.
In August, District 13 and East Baltimore lost two icons: Mr. Rocky Brown Sr., former President of the Bocek Park Community Association, and Mrs. Pam Brown (no relation), community advocate for the McElderry Park Community Association. These two wonderful people dedicated decades worth of time and energy toward seeing cleaner and more active communities. We honored Mr. Rocky Brown by doing a community clean-up in his honor in the Bocek Park Community. Community members joined with our community clean up team to clean up blocks within the Bocek Park area, which had not received much attention since Rocky became ill. This clean-up was a lead up to the Homegoing Service for Mr. Brown held right in his community. As our elders are growing older, we have to encourage new people to take the mantle and keep the work going.
In addition, Councilman Glover's family was broken, as they lost their matriarch, his grandmother Bettie Glover. Councilman Glover credits his grandmother with being his inspiration for wanting to get into public service. It you were ever in a room with them together, or overheard their phone conversations, you would know that their bond was unbreakable. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of Rocky Brown, Pam Brown, and Bettie Glover, in their losses.
Thanks to the dedication and activism of members of the Milton-Montford Community, Eager Street is being transformed. Neighbors gathered at the gravel park at the corner of Eager St. and Montford St. to celebrate the unveiling of a Mural, celebrating the change that is occurring in this pocket of East Baltimore. This, along with the Jazz Night at Little Eager Park and the investment in other community spaces, are great reasons to celebrate. We would like to thank Andy Dahl for his artistry and for painting the mural. We would also like to thank the Pompeian Company for their generous donations, and HEBCAC for advising the community with this project.
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