Join us at Arena Players on the 26th of February

A Reservoir Hill Evening at the Theatre

Color Blind: The Katrina Monologues
at Arena Players, 801 McCulloh Street
26 February 2017, 4:00 pm.
Tickets - $25
(includes the show and a reception for our guests)

Reservoir Hill Improvement Council is selling 50 tickets to Color Blind. 
Your ticket purchase supports our work.
Support a great cause and enjoy a night at the theatre with your neighbors!

To purchase a ticket, contact:
Joyce Richardson, 443 325 2316,  joyri1@hotmail.com

Planning Commission Adopts INSPIRE Recommendations for John Eager Howard Elementary School

The INSPIRE recommendations for John Eager Howard School were approved at the 12 January 2017 meeting of the Planning Commission.  The recommendations cover Reservoir Hill and Penn North.  It is the first plan for strategic investment of City resources that bridges these two communities.  More than 250 people took part in shaping the recommendations through small meetings, communities, and surveys.  We thank everyone for making this possible.

Here is a link to the final plan: http://planning.baltimorecity.gov/sites/default/files/John%20Eager%20Howard%20INSPIRE%20Plan_FINAL.pdf

We look forward to working with everyone on the implementation of the plan.     

Happy New Year Everyone!

Reservoir Hill Improvement Council wishes everyone
a beautiful winter

and a

Thank you each and all for everything you do for
our community and our city!

Enjoy the season!

We hope to see you at
the first Reservoir Hill Community Meeting of 2017 on 24 January
for a display of a lot of the great work underway
in and around the community.

Click here for info on the community meeting

Click here to help RHIC with an end-of-year donation

Help RHIC with an end-of-year donation!

Friends & Neighbors,

As you consider making donations to worthy causes this holiday season, we ask that you consider such a donation to Reservoir Hill Improvement Council (RHIC). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation before year's end.  A $25/50/75+ donation will help to further the mission of RHIC in the service of our community.

It's your support that will enable us to continue to:

  • Support the redevelopment of John Eager Howard Elementary School & the merger with Westside Elementary School.
  • Present our model of community engagement around neighborhood school design to other neighborhood's 21st Century Schools & help them achieve their school vision. For more information, go to: 21st Century Buildings.
  • Steer implementation of strategic investments in Reservoir Hill & Penn North through the city's INSPIRE program
  • Reduce vacants through our partnership with Healthy Neighborhoods & Druid Heights CDC. For more information, go to: The Callow Avenue Comeback.
  • Partner with Jubilee Arts and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & Tourism for a significant public murals initiative that employs young people. For more information on last year’s murals project in Upton, go to: Art @ Work
  • Work with cooperative leadership bodies such as the Reservoir Hill Community Partners to enhance our collective advocacy for equitable development in Reservoir Hill. For more information, go to: Reservoir Hill Report- Fall 2016 edition, a collaboration of the Reservoir Hill Community Partners
  • Advocate for fully funding the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan - $27.3 million dollars in city, state, and federal funds are being devoted to transforming West North Avenue.  For more information, go to: Re-imaging West North Avenue

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation on the RHIC homepage in the upper left corner.  Let's continue to improve our neighborhood together!

 

Thank you one and all!

Join us in January for the first Reservoir Hill Community Meeting of 2017

Join us for the first

Reservoir Hill Community Meeting of 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 6:30 pm

Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place

2016 was awash in significant developments
improving life in and around Reservoir Hill.

The January Community Meeting will be a combination of display stations and full group discussions of those initiatives and what is coming up in 2017

  • Murals Initiative: RHIC is partnering with Jubilee Arts and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & Tourism for a significant public murals initiative that employs young people.
  • Concepts for the redevelopment of 2001 Park Avenue - Morgan State University professors and students have put a lot of thought into concepts for the future of the historic building housing RHIC.
  • Plan for strategic investment of Baltimore City resources in Reservoir Hill and Penn North - INSPIRE recommendations will have passed the Planning Commission by this community meeting - For background information, go to: JEH Community Investment Strategy/INSPIRE.
  • Funding the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan - $27.3 million dollars in city, state, and federal funds are being devoted to transforming West North Avenue.  For background information, go to: Re-imaging West North Avenue.
  • Community Recreation in Reservoir Hill and Penn North - With INSPIRE recommendations adopted work can begin on this new initiative.
  • Callow Avenue Revitalization - Our Healthy Neighborhoods and Druid Heights CDC partners will be continuing to redevelop vacant, foreclosed buildings in 2017.  For background information, go to: The Callow Avenue Comeback.
  • Update on Construction of John Eager Howard School - 21st Century Schools personnel will discuss construction progress.  For background information on the initiative in Reservoir Hill go to: 21st Century Buildings.
  • The next stage of school redevelopment - What have we learned from the John Eager Howard School Initiative?  A summary of the lessons learned funded by Healthy Neighborhoods will be discussed.  What is coming for West North Avenue communities and how you can advocate to keep the momentum going.
  • Redeveloping the vacant lots on Druid Park Lake Drive - Speak with the developers about concepts for redevelopment on Druid Park Lake Drive
  • Residents Against the Tunnel – Local activists join us to update how residents are responding to the planned construction of the BP Tunnel.

It's an exciting time! 
See you at the January 2017 community meeting!

 Reservoir Hill is a Healthy Neighborhoods community

 

No December Reservoir Hill Community Meeting - Join us for an exciting January Community Meeting

NO DECEMBER

RESERVOIR HILL COMMUNITY MEETING

~ JOIN US IN JANUARY ~

 

Due to the holidays
we are canceling our scheduled

27 December Community Meeting

Enjoy the holidays!

 

Then join us for the

first Reservoir Hill Community Meeting of 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 6:30 pm

Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place

 

2016 was awash in significant developments
improving life in and around Reservoir Hill.

The January Community Meeting will be a combination of display stations and full group discussions of those initiatives and what is coming up in 2017

  • Murals Initiative: RHIC is partnering with Jubilee Arts and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & Tourism for a significant public murals initiative that employs young people.
  • Concepts for the redevelopment of 2001 Park Avenue - Morgan State University professors and students have put a lot of thought into concepts for the future of the historic building housing RHIC.
  • Plan for strategic investment of Baltimore City resources in Reservoir Hill and Penn North - INSPIRE recommendations will have passed the Planning Commission by this community meeting - For background information, go to: JEH Community Investment Strategy/INSPIRE.
  • Funding the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan - $27.3 million dollars in city, state, and federal funds are being devoted to transforming West North Avenue.  For background information, go to: Re-imaging West North Avenue.
  • Community Recreation in Reservoir Hill and Penn North - With INSPIRE recommendations adopted work can begin on this new initiative.
  • Callow Avenue Revitalization - Our Healthy Neighborhoods and Druid Heights CDC partners will be continuing to redevelop vacant, foreclosed buildings in 2017.  For background information, go to: The Callow Avenue Comeback.
  • Update on Construction of John Eager Howard School - 21st Century Schools personnel will discuss construction progress.  For background information on the initiative in Reservoir Hill go to: 21st Century Buildings.
  • The next stage of school redevelopment - What have we learned from the John Eager Howard School Initiative?  A summary of the lessons learned funded by Healthy Neighborhoods will be discussed.  What is coming for West North Avenue communities and how you can advocate to keep the momentum going.
  • Redeveloping the vacant lots on Druid Park Lake Drive - Speak with the developers about concepts for redevelopment on Druid Park Lake Drive
  • Residents Against the Tunnel – Local activists join us to update how residents are responding to the planned construction of the BP Tunnel.

It's an exciting time! 
See you at the January 2017 community meeting!

 Reservoir Hill is a Healthy Neighborhoods community

 

 

Monday's Annual Meeting Brought a Packed House to Beth Am!

More than 120 Reservoir Hill residents, partners from Central West Baltimore organizations and city agencies, and political leaders including State Delegates Barbara Robinson and Antonio Hayes, City Council President Jack Young, City Councilman Nick Mosby, and Councilman-Elect Leon Pinkett, came to celebrate another year of exciting work in Reservoir Hill at RHIC's Annual Meeting, held on Monday, November 14 at Beth Am Synagogue.  Attendees reconnected with old friends, learned about various efforts of RHIC and its partners, enjoyed food catered by Liam Flynn's Ale House, and heard poetry by contest winners from the the Baltimore Poetry Society's competition at the Whitelock Harvest Festival in October.

City Councilman Nick Mosby, who always reminds Reservoir Hill that he is not only their Councilman, but also a neighbor, received a standing ovation after his final neighborhood speech as our Councilman.

Neighborhood residents Eric and Rebekah Rose Cherryhill opened the night with a wonderful performance.

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Long time board member Trudy Robinson, and State Delegate Barbara Robinson (no relation) were excited to see each other!

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Ms. Juanita can't help but look at the camera.

Anthony Pressley of Druid Heights CDC is also the President of the Baltimore Poets Society.  He read a poem of his own, and introduced the winners of October's competition, including Reservoir Hill resident Wykeem Franklin.

Area youth from Jubilee Arts displayed their mosaic pots and address placards, as well as t-shirts they designed, which they sell to support their programming.

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Former RHIC Organizer Frank Patinella is now a Senior Advocate with the ACLU of Maryland's Education Reform Project, as well as co-chair of the Baltimore Education Coalition.  Frank spoke of the importance of education and Reservoir Hill's new school, the power of Reservoir Hill residents, and thanked political leaders for their continued efforts in supporting Baltimore City youth.

Chateau Apartment resident Wykeem Franklin read a powerful poem to a captivated crowd.

RHIC board members - (left to right) Don Akchin, Michael Felner, Alan Pressman, Jonathan Bettle, Joyce Richardson, Trudy Robinson, Joel White, Wendall Holmes, Randi Woods, Ruthie Wilder, Chrystal Harris, Reverend Dr. Karen Brown, and Pamela Patterson

Don Akchin received this year's Lenora Hewitt Award, which recognized his commitment to building connections across cultures in Reservoir Hill, through his work as a board member at RHIC, board chair of In For Of, and as a Beth Am congregant.

Come to the RHIC 2016 Annual Meeting - 14 November

Monday, 14 November 2016
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place (enter by Chauncey)

Vegetarian meal provided by Liam Flynn's Alehouse
Check out our Facebook Event

It's Been an Exciting Year

  • Redevelopment of Reservoir Hill's neighborhood school started
  • The first homes sold in the Callow Ave. Redevelopment Project with our Healthy Neighborhoods and Druid Heights CDC partners, and new neighbors joined the community
  • The first funding of the West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan was awarded
  • Planning Department recommendations are ready for street and other improvements in Reservoir Hill and Penn North
  • A new Community Recreation Initiative linking Reservoir Hill and Penn North is underway

and much more

 

Join us to celebrate the progress
and plan for the next year

7th District City Councilman Nick Mosby will Address the Gathering
Hear his thoughts on his time serving the 7th District and priorities for our part of the city

Hear the top 3 poets from 2016 Harvest Festival Poetry Slam read
new poems on the theme Unity in the Community.
Plus we will be joined by Tony Pressley from the Baltimore Poets’ Society

What do our communities need in these challenging times?
How should we build more unity in and between communities?
Be part of the conversation at the Annual Meeting

 

We are excited to have Reservoir Hill residents Rebekah Rose and Eric Cherryhill performing at the Annual Meeting this year!

Check them out here: file:///Users/macuser/Downloads/Middle%20Class%20Apartment%20.pdf

 

Reservoir Hill's Troop 10281 will be selling Girl Scout cookies at the meeting. We are 686 boxes away from our goal to visit the Statue of Liberty. Please consider buying cookies or donating cookies to support our girls.

 

Reservoir HIll is a Healthy Neighborhoods Neighborhood
and a

Baltimore Community Foundation Target Neighborhood

Deck the Walls - And Support Jubilee Arts!

Deck The Walls! 
Saturday, November 12 11am-2pm

Just nine more days until Deck The Walls and we've got art for you! Follow us on facebook or our website for daily updates on the art for sale. 

Featured art work artists (from left to right): Jessie Unterhalter& Katie Truhn, Susan Dorsey, Akia Jones and Roland Park Art Student

Everything you need to know about Deck The Walls:

THE MENU:

Omelet station, breakfast potatoes, french toast, mixed vegetables, sausage, fruit and yogurt parfaits! YUM!

THE ART:

While you are enjoying brunch browse art by local artists and Jubilee Arts youth. All of the money raised during the event goes to providing scholarships for youth to take art classes at Jubilee Arts! 

Advance Ticket sales: 1 for $20 or 2 for $35
At the door Ticket sales: $25
Mosaic + Munch Tickets: $40

THE GIVE AWAYS:

Will be giving out door prizes and selling raffle tickets for your chance to win gifts cards to: Brio Tuscan Grille, Landmark Cinemas, Pratt Street Ale House, Cheesecake Factory, Lebanese Taverna, Medieval Times, Artist Craftsman Supply, Maryland Science Center, B&O Railroad Museum, The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and The American Visionary Art Museum!

Neighbors Working Together to Rejuvenate Madison Avenue Park

Help Us Rejuvenate the Madison Ave Park

Reservoir Hill Improvement Council (RHIC) has been awarded a grant to restore and expand the flower garden portion of the Madison Avenue Park at 2325 Madison Avenue. As the first phase in revitalizing the entire park, the Parks and People greening grant will fund creating and paving new pathways, creating and planting new gardens, and reviving and maintaining the existing garden and pathway. Work will be performed by volunteers over two half-days of work this fall and next spring. Each work day will be followed by a community lunch/gathering to thank the volunteer workers, and celebrate the work completed with the entire community. No expertise needed, only enthusiasm! Please email Christine at crvaleriann@yahoo.com if you have questions or would like to volunteer. Thank you!

Saturday, November 5 from 12pm to 2-3pm?
Preparation for 11/12 Work Day
RAIN DATE: Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 12pm to 2-3pm?

This will be an abbreviated workday, just a couple of hours, to spec out the pathways and gardens again in preparation for the 11/12 work day--the design was denoted by the landscaper in June, but the weeds have eradicated his markings. We will need to weed wack, do some weeding, and mark the outlines of the design again.

 

Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 8am-1pm
Paving Work Day & Celebration Lunch in Madison Ave Park (2325 Madison Ave)
RAIN DATE: Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 8am-1pm 

Help rejuvenate the Madison Avenue Park by creating and paving existing and new pathways in the flower garden. Drinks and will be provided and available throughout the day for volunteers. A pizza party will follow at 1pm to thank the volunteers and celebrate the work completed with the community. Bring your own gloves/tools if you can (shovels, hoes, rakes, etc.), plus extras to lend, if possible. A limited number of gloves/tools will be available to borrow, if needed. Please email Christine at crvaleriann@yahoo.com for info or to volunteer. 

April 2017 (TBD)
Planting Work Day & Celebration Lunch in Madison Ave Park (2325 Madison Ave)

Spring has sprung! Help plant donated shrubs and perennials in the Madison Ave Park flower garden. Drinks and snacks will be provided and available throughout the day for volunteers. A pizza party will follow at 1pm to thank the volunteers and celebrate the work completed with the community. Bring your own gloves/tools if you can (shovels, hoes, rakes, etc.), plus extras to lend, if possible. A limited number of gloves/tools will be available to borrow, if needed. Please email Christine at crvaleriann@yahoo.com for info or to volunteer.