Get Your Tickets to the Lardarius Webb Softball Game 2014 and Benefit the 29th Street Community Center


Ravens 29SCC fundraising flyer

A note from the 29th Street Community Center: 

We are raising money for the 29th Street Community Center by selling tickets to the Lardarius Webb Softball Game 2014  on Saturday, June 1st at 3:30pm. It’s going to be a great time!

Please consider buying tickets, telling your friends and networks, or supporting another family from the community center to go in your place!

Tickets are $8 for kids 17 yrs and under, and $10 for adults!

Snow Day Genius: Baltimore Restaurant Delivers the Customer to the Food

Photo via Pete's Grille Facebook page
Photo via Pete’s Grille Facebook page

I knew Pete’s Grille was amazing when I heard that Michael Phelps ate there many mornings during his training for the Olympics. But yesterday, my favorite Waverly breakfast spot made me love it more than ever… by offering to pick up hungry neighbors and drive them to the restaurant. You know, like delivery — but in reverse!

How Johns Hopkins’ Plans to Take Over North-Central Baltimore Are Going


money hand

We’ve reported before on Johns Hopkins’ $10 million plan to infiltrate — I mean, improve! — the area around its Homewood campus. Well, $2 million has already been spent so far in the program’s first year; here’s where it went:

SHA Acquire Two Wicked New Plows to Fend Off the Next Snowpocalypse



via Community Architect
via Community Architect

At the time of Baltimore’s 2010 Snowpocalypse, I was living on Venable Avenue in Waverly. The street was literally never plowed. My neighbors and I eventually had to clear the block with shovels. Actually, it was a pretty good bonding experience.

But the State Highway Administration doesn’t want to be caught with insufficient resources the next time we experience an actual blizzard. To that end, the SHA has added two nasty double-wing snow plows — for a total of three such $200,000 unstoppable snow-killers — to its fleet of 2,400 plows, salt-spreaders, and magnesium chloride trucks.

I Always Suspected There Was Something Shady About the Waverly Post Office…



What with the national mail system bleeding money (and consequently raising the price of a first-class stamp again), I imagine the higher-ups at the USPS aren’t happy hearing that two of their Baltimore post offices are “cash cows” — but not in a good way.

After Four Murders, Should Waverly’s Yau Bros. Carry Out Be Closed Overnight?



Yau Bros. Carry Out, on Greenmount Avenue in Waverly, has been the site of four murders since 2009. It’s a disturbing presence in what is otherwise a worthwhile business district populate by the likes of Darker Than Blue, Pete’s Grille, Trinidad Gourmet, and Normal’s Books & Records.

And now, as reported at North Baltimore Patch, Waverly residents are circulating a petition to deny Yau Bros. a license to remain open between midnight and 5 a.m.

More Than a Market: Waverly Maps Out a New Plan for Its Future

Casey Jenkins, Owner of Darker Than Blue Cafe. Photo by Steve Ruark.
Casey Jenkins, Owner of Darker Than Blue Cafe. Photo by Steve Ruark.

Courtesy Bmore Media – Waverly is best known as a place to buy fresh raspberries and yellow corn Saturday mornings.

But Main Street Hats Owner Clyde Davis-El reminds us that it’s also a neighborhood where customers come as far away as upstate New York and Atlanta to buy fedoras and Panamas. Davis-El is just one of the neighborhood’s business owners who are counting on leaders to revitalize the neighborhood so it is known as a place to shop and dine, and not just the 32nd St. Farmers Market.

Johns Hopkins Announces Plans to Take Over North-Central Baltimore


If you’re an optimist, you might see it this way:  the Johns Hopkins-spearheaded Homewood Community Partners Initiative (HCPI) will leverage the university’s power to transform the neighborhoods surrounding the school (officially designated as Abell, Barclay, Charles North, Charles Village, Greenmount West, Harwood, Oakenshawe, Old Goucher, Remington, Wyman Park, and parts of Waverly) with safer streets, more restaurants, better schools, and fewer boarded up houses. And if you’re a pessimist, this is Hopkins’ bold plan to extend its domain over increasingly large swaths of Baltimore.

The Buzz: Oak Hill Honey


Oak Hill Honey an apiary in Baltimore

Go local, right? Tell that to a bee. Those tiny creatures will travel up to five miles to collect just the right pollen to bring back to the hive. They’ll even bypass plants and flowers closer to home in order to find pollen that offers the exact nutrients they’re looking for. Sure, five miles might not seem like much, but it’s the equivalent of a human traveling 3,885 miles for a few sandwich fixings. We’re pretty sure we did that math correctly. Anyway…

The point is, regardless of how labor intensive the honey-making or how far flung the pollen-collecting, if our buzzing little friends make their home in Baltimore, we’re calling that honey local. Extremely local. One small and newish apiary operating within the city limits is Oak Hill Honey. The hives live right in the middle of Baltimore City, at two separate locations. The honey is harvested and packaged by beekeeper Dane Nester, an artist also engaged in the urban farming and local food movements here in the city. Though Oak Hill Honey is still a fairly small operation, you can pick up some of its sweetness at local farm stands and markets.

Oak Hill Honey is available at the Waverly Farmer’s Market, Hidden Harvest Farm, and at Milk & Honey. For more information, visit www.oakhillhoney.com.

Putting the Pieces Back Together at Waverly’s Marion House


The four sculptures in the extensively landscaped courtyard behind the Giant Supermarket in Waverly each presents a different one-word message to those who stop and look. Peace. Trust. Honesty. Integrity.

These words reflect the core values of Marian House, a 30-year-old nonprofit that has helped more than 1,000 women put their lives back together.