A Goodbye Letter from Executive Director, Michelle Wirzberger, Esq.

Dear Midtown property owners, residents, partners and friends:

I’m writing today to say goodbye…and thank you. So here goes:

Goodbye
As of Friday, December 8th, I will be leaving the Midtown Community Benefits District to start a new position with the Baltimore City Police Department. While I will miss Midtown, I am excited to continue my career of public service and to join a great team of folks who are committed to making Baltimore City a safe place to live, work and visit.

Peggy Smallwood will serve as the Interim Executive Director as the Board conducts a search for a replacement. She has worked with Midtown for the past 13 years and has served as the Deputy Director for the last 3 years. I am fully confident that you all will be in great hands with her. No one knows the inner workings of Midtown better than Peggy!

THANK YOU to the RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS
Over the last 3+ years that I have led Midtown, I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting many of you. We have worked closely to solve problems and to determine the most efficient, cost effective and sustainable ways of keeping the District Clean, Green and Safe. I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together.

THANK YOU to the MIDTOWN BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Thank you for believing in me and my leadership ability. With your support and encouragement, we have moved the organization forward and made it more efficient, more effective and more professional.

THANK YOU to the MIDTOWN STAFF
Last but certainly not least, I have to say thank you to the Midtown staff for their hard work, commitment to the organization and their willingness to try new and different ways of accomplishing our tasks.

A lot of residents rely very heavily upon Midtown. They expect us to keep their streets clear of debris and leaves. They expect us to help plant, maintain and water over 100 new trees a year. They expect us to service 160 corner trash cans 7 days a week. They expect us to provide 64 safety patrol hours a week. They expect us to remove bulk items as swiftly as possible.

NONE of that work would be accomplished without the hard working and the occasionally underappreciated staff of Midtown. From the folks who walk the streets cleaning the gutters, the littervac drivers, the trash truck drivers, the folks who maintain the parks, the administrative staff who make sure everything runs smoothly and our safety patrol officers who travel down every block of the District to keep us all safe-these individuals are the life blood of this organization and I am eternally grateful for their service and their assistance during my tenure.

I am sure this is not goodbye forever. I will not be far away from any of you as we all continue to work to make Baltimore the city we believe it can be.

Warmly,

Michelle Wirzberger, Esq.

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 FALL TOWN HALL MEETING AND AT-LARGE BOARD ELECTION

Join us for the 2017 Midtown Baltimore Fall Town Hall Meeting to get an update on the organization and to elect 4 new at-large Board Members!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4th
7:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Elections and Program

WHERE: Motor House
120 W. North Ave
Baltimore, MD  21201

Please note: Animals, other than service dogs, are not welcome.

Become A Board Member!

You are eligible to represent your community as an at-large member of the Board of Directors if you meet one of the following qualifications:

1) Reside in Bolton Hill, Mount Vernon/Belvedere, Charles North, or Madison Park;
2) Own property subject to the special surtax in one of those communities; or
3) You are authorized to serve as a representative of a property owner subject to the surtax.

If you are interested in serving as an at-large Board Member, forward a letter of interest and your resume to michellew@midtowncommunity.org or mail it to 1120 N Charles Street, Suite 220, Baltimore, MD 21201. All nominations must be received by the 5:00 p.m. on September 28th.

Vote For Board Members!

The 4 at-large members will be elected by all of the eligible voters in attendance at the meeting. To be eligible to vote you must:

1) Reside in Bolton Hill, Mount Vernon/Belvedere, Charles North, or Madison Park;
2) Own property subject to the special surtax in one of those communities; or
3) Prove that you are authorized to serve as a representative of a property owner subject to the surtax.

Now Hiring: FT Truck Driver/Litter-Vac Operator

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Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) is currently seeking a full-time Truck Driver/Litter-Vac Operator to join its Clean Team. The position will perform heavy manual work and operate equipment and vehicles in the collection, disposal of refuse and clean the streets and right-of-ways in the District.

Review the full job description below:

The position requires at least one year previous experience operating mechanical equipment in a safe manner. Any combination of experience, certification and training will be accepted in determining qualifications. In addition to the requirements:

  • The selected candidate must possess a Maryland driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
  • Must successfully pass drug screening and a background check.
  • Must be physically fit to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • The position requires employee to constantly use upper body to operate all components of the machine.
  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City or relocate to Baltimore City within the 90-day probationary period.

To Apply: Please send your resume to jobs@midtowncommunity.org to be considered.

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Save the Date: 2016 Fall Town Hall Meeting and At-Large Board Election

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Join us for the 2016 Midtown Baltimore Fall Town Hall Meeting to get an update on the organization and to elect 4 new at-large Board Members!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5th
7:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Elections and Program

WHERE: Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church
1316 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21217

Please note: Animals, other than service dogs, are not welcome.

Become A Board Member!

You are eligible to represent your community as an at-large member of the Board of Directors if you meet one of the following qualifications:

1) Reside in Bolton Hill, Mount Vernon/Belvedere, Charles North, or Madison Park;
2) Own property subject to the special surtax in one of those communities; or
3) You are authorized to serve as a representative of a property owner subject to the surtax.

If you are interested in serving as an at-large Board Member, forward a letter of interest and your resume to michellew@midtowncommunity.org or mail it to 1120 N Charles Street, Suite 220, Baltimore, MD 21201. All nominations must be received by the 5:00 p.m. on September 28th.

Vote For Board Members!

The 4 at-large members will be elected by all of the eligible voters in attendance at the meeting. To be eligible to vote you must:

1) Reside in Bolton Hill, Mount Vernon/Belvedere, Charles North, or Madison Park;
2) Own property subject to the special surtax in one of those communities; or
3) Prove that you are authorized to serve as a representative of a property owner subject to the surtax.

Now Hiring: FT Truck Driver/Litter-Vac Operator & PT Litter-Vac Operator

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The Midtown Community Benefits District (MCBD) is currently seeking a full-time Truck Driver/Litter-Vac Operator and a part-time Litter-Vac Operator to join its Clean Team. These positions will perform heavy manual work and operate equipment and vehicles in the collection, disposal of refuse and clean the streets and right-of-ways in the District.

Review the full job descriptions below:

To Apply: Please send your resume to jobs@midtowncommunity.org to be considered.

2015 MIDTOWN BALTIMORE FALL TOWN HALL MEETING

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Join us for the 2015 Midtown Baltimore Fall Town Hall Meeting to get a taste of Charles North and elect 4 new at-large Board Members!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28th
7:00 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Elections and Program

WHERE: The Charles Theater
1711 North Charles Street

Please note: Animals, other than service dogs, are not welcome.

Become A Board Member!

You are eligible to represent your community as an at-large member of the Board of Directors if you meet one of the following qualifications:

1) Reside in Bolton Hill, Mount Vernon/Belvedere, Charles North, or Madison Park;
2) Own property subject to the special surtax in one of those communities; or
3) You are authorized to serve as a representative of a property owner subject to the surtax.

If you are interested in serving as an at-large Board Member, forward a letter of interest and your resume to michellew@midtowncommunity.org or mail it to 1107 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. All nominations must be received by the 5:00 p.m. on October 21st.

Vote For Board Members!

The 4 at-large members will be elected by all of the eligible voters in attendance at the meeting. To be eligible to vote you must:

1) Reside in Bolton Hill, Mount Vernon/Belvedere, Charles North, or Madison Park;
2) Own property subject to the special surtax in one of those communities; or
3) Prove that you are authorized to serve as a representative of a property owner subject to the surtax.

Midtown Baltimore Safety Tips

Midtown Baltimore is home to Baltimore’s most famous monuments, historic buildings, churches, cultural and educational institutions, shops, businesses and nonprofits, restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are drawn to Midtown every year to live, work, and play.

In addition to all that Midtown has to offer, it has, like any urban environment, its own unique set of challenges such as panhandling and the occasional crime. The following tips will help you to navigate safely through some of the possible situations and/or scenarios you might encounter while in Midtown.

Walking and Shopping in Midtown

  • When possible, walk and shop with at least one other person.
  • Stay alert and “tuned-in” to your surroundings.
  • Don’t allow texting, loud earphone music, or phone conversations to distract you as you walk.
  • Convey the message that you’re calm, confident, and know where you’re going.
  • Stay on busy, well lit streets walking close to the curb, not right next to the buildings.
  • Avoid shortcuts through parking lots or alleys.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or situation and leave as soon as possible.
  • If a stranger is following you, switch directions or cross the street. When this fails, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a well-lit house — don’t be afraid to yell for help and/or call 911.
  • Don’t allow your handbag, backpack, or laptop bag to dangle by your side in a way that a thief can run by and grab it away; instead carry the handbag in front and close to your body.
  • Don’t buy more items than you can easily handle when shopping — struggling with bags can make you a target.
  • Don’t flash or count your cash on the street or in crowds. Don’t display inviting targets like pagers, smartphones, tablets, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry.

PANHANDLING
• Ignore panhandlers.
• Don’t give money to panhandlers.
• Walk away, if possible, and go somewhere safe.
• Don’t yell at or insult the panhandler.
• Don’t use physical force against the panhandler, except in self-defense.
• Walk into the closet business and inform the owner or manager.
• Seek out police officers patrolling the area.
• Aggressive panhandling is illegal. If a panhandler is too aggressive and you feel in danger, you should yell for help and/or call 911

  • Never leave your handbag or wallet unattended, even for a moment.
  • Politely decline offers by strangers to carry your bags or share found money with you.
  • If someone tries to grab your bag(s) let it/them go — nothing is as valuable as your safety and well-being! Observe the assailant as closely as possible to get a description for the police: age, race, height, weight, hair color and length, clothing, distinguishing characteristics.
  • Carry wallets in a front pants pocket or the inside of your coat.
  • Cary only as much cash and credit/debit cards as you need — keep cash to a minimum.

ATM USE

• Be conscious of those around you when using the ATM — if you see anyone or anything suspicious, cancel your transaction and go to another ATM.
• Try to use ATM machines located inside banks or stores rather than outdoor terminals. If you must use an ATM after hours, make sure it’s well-lighted.
• Never walk away from an ATM with cash still in hand. If you’re going to count your cash, do so at a secure spot.

Parking in Midtown

  • Avoid parking in isolated areas.
  • Always park in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t park next to shrubbery or dumpsters.
  • Avoid parking near exits and stairways in garages.
  • When parking during daylight hours, think about how the area will look if you return after nightfall.
  • Always be alert to people just sitting in their vehicles.
  • Call 911 if you see any suspicious persons lurking near vehicles.
  • If you observe someone in your vehicle, do not approach — leave as quickly as you can and call 911.
  • Close all windows and the sunroof.
  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave credit cards or other identifying information in your vehicle.
  • Lock personal valuables in the trunk of your vehicle, far before you reach your parking destination, or take them with you.
  • Never leave items attractive to thieves visible in your vehicle — GPS unit, coins, CD’s, MP3 players, computers, purses, backpacks, clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Remove your GPS unit and all other accessories such as mounting brackets, chargers, headsets or audio leads and wipe off any suction cup marks on the windshield using a micro-fiber cloth or a moist towel.
  • Replace cigarette lighter — no lighter signals the presence of electronic equipment.
  • Don’t hide a spare key in your vehicle.
  • Use a steering wheel or brake pedal lock, or install a kill switch, warning light and/or audible alarm.
  • Have your vehicle key in your hand before you reach the door.
  • Enter and exit your vehicle quickly.

Nightlife in Midtown

  • When possible, go out with at least one other person.
  • Don’t drink excessively — it will make you a far more attractive target for criminals.
  • Don’t flash large amounts of cash when paying the tab.
  • Don’t announce or talk loudly about the next venue you may be headed to — criminals could pick a point along your route to wait for you.
  • Consider calling for a taxi instead of flagging one down on the street.

Smartphone Use in Midtown

  • Smartphones have a street value. By displaying or using your smartphone on the street or in public areas, you increase the likelihood that it will be snatched from your hand — especially when you are preoccupied by conversation or texting.
  • Don’t engage in smartphone use when on the street.
  • When possible, make calls from the office or from your vehicle when safely stopped.
  • Calls received while on the street should be short and not so engaging as to become a distraction from what’s happening around you — or if someone is approaching you.