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September 29, 2012
I don't live near Patterson Park, but I certainly appreciate the area. That green oasis is one of the loveliest in the city. It's appalling anyone would want to build close to 100 parking spaces and a paved road in the middle of it ("Residents irate at proposal to pave over green," Sept. 19). Certainly, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake understands the value of community activism, so she never should have accused Councilman Jim Kraft of "poisoning the well" when he alerted Patterson Park neighbors about the proposal.
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Sherry Stick is a familiar face on the local running circuit, but the 35-year-old Eldersburg resident — the defending champion of the Preakness 5K — had a special reason to take part in a race in Southeast Baltimore on Saturday morning. Stick, a fitness instructor at a nursing care facility, says one of her heroines is a woman she works with who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, but never lets the illness get her down. "Her attitude lifts everyone around her," Stick said of her friend, 82-year-old Gert Simmons, moments after crossing the finish line as women's champion of the first Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7K family fun race in Canton.
September 26, 2012
Your article about expanding road and parking access in Patterson Park reflects a disturbing tendency to think within "the box" ("Residents irate over proposal to pave over green," Sept. 19).The city's plan to pave over a significant green space reminds me of the trees that were cut down to make way for the Grand Prix and never replaced. Having worked outdoors in Baltimore during the summer, I know how charm free Charm City can be when its paved surfaces turn into heat islands that radiate sweltering temperatures.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2014
Today it's best known for the pagoda, summertime jazz concerts and some of the city's best sledding. But an archaeological dig planned for Patterson Park's Hampstead Hill seeks to revive a largely forgotten 200-year-old story. While most know Fort McHenry's role in the Battle of Baltimore, thanks to Francis Scott Key and "The Star-Spangled Banner," few know or remember what transpired on the hill overlooking the harbor. Buried there could lie remnants of the trenches that helped Baltimore fend off advancing British land forces and end the War of 1812.
By Liz Atwood, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2011
On a concrete pad behind a Patterson Park row house, Emily Jaskot has created an urban oasis through creative use of flowers, herbs, vines and even trees planted in containers. She and her husband, Jared, moved to the house in 2007 and the next spring, the work began. "It was kind of desolate," says Jaskot, a recent law school graduate. "I just wanted to fill as much of the space as possible with green and flowers. " The couple built wooden containers and a trellis and planted a dogwood tree, rose bushes and lots of mint.
September 21, 2012
The news that Baltimore's leaders plan to put parking lots and a road in Patterson Park is a slap in the face to the residents of this city ("Residents irate at proposal to pave over green," Sept. 19). This speaks to a fundamental lack of respect from our local government. For all types of Baltimore citizens - young couples, artists, immigrants, families, and those in between - public spaces are a necessity. Are there secret plans to deface local libraries and schools? I would hope not. A sunny day at Patterson Park is often as vibrant and welcoming a spot as can be found in the state, and to gut that for parking spaces and more traffic is a sad misunderstanding of what cities are. Every attempt this city makes to pander to suburbanites, most of whom still won't move to the city, serves to sanitize the spirit of a city that once embodied the greatness of American urban space and could do so again.
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Thursday night is the ninth annual Wine Tasting at Sunset in Patterson Park. The evening event will include samplings of cuisine provided by merchants and restaurants like Bistro Rx, V-NO, Todd Conner's, Di Pasquale's and Chesapeake Wine Co. “We're thrilled to have some of the best delights from the neighborhood's finest restaurants and wine companies,” said Kathy Harget, executive director of Friends of Patterson Park, a non-profit group that...
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
A series of public meetings for Baltimore residents to voice their concerns about preliminary plans to add more parking and an access road to Patterson Park have been canceled, according to city officials. The decision comes two days after the first meeting had city officials deflecting heated questions from a crowd of hundreds who oppose the plan, and one day after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the creation of a working group that will study the matter and the park's future.
By Anthony Scalfani | October 20, 2011
The annual BARCStoberfest & Strut Your Mutt Walk will happen Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Patterson Park, at the corner of Eastern and Linwood streets. The event, which is sponsored by the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, is held to raise awareness and funds for the 12,000 animals BARCS takes in each year. There will be a silent auction, pet costume contests, crafts vendors and adoptable pets. The actual walk starts at noon; registration commences at 11 a.m. Go to
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2010
City homicide detectives were called to two separate shooting incidents Friday night, a spokesman said. One person was shot one block from Patterson Park at North Linwood and East Fairmount Avenue shortly after 9:30 p.m., said Jeremy Silbert, spokesman with the police department. He said the victim was an adult male, but his condition was not released Friday night. Police were called to a second shooting at 10:12 p.m. to the 3500 block of Horton Ave., near Garrett Park in Brooklyn for a double-shooting.
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2014
A recent spate of high-profile crimes in the area around Patterson Park has sparked new and warring commentary over the perennial issues of public safety and inequality in Baltimore. It started this week with a blog post titled " Baltimore City, You're Breaking My Heart " from Tracey Halvorsen, who lives in the area around Patterson Park. Her subheadline: "This is why people leave. " In the piece posted on Thursday, Halvorsen says there are many reasons to love her neighborhood, but that she's tired of hearing and worrying about crime and is unimpressed with the city's response.
February 7, 2014
For 150 years, people have skated in Patterson Park without government interference. Now, the government extends its arbitrariness into yet another aspect of life ("Cold snap stirs debate over safety, rules of skating," Feb. 4). How long will people put up with the government regulating every single part of their lives? Live free or die. Thomas F. McDonough, Towson, - To respond to this letter, send an email to . Please include your name and contact information.
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
A 12-year-old girl was robbed at gunpoint while walking to her Southeast Baltimore school last week, police confirmed after the school's principal sent parents a letter about the incident. The girl, a student at Patterson Park Public Charter School in the first block of N. Lakewood Ave., was walking to school in her uniform about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 28 when a man wearing a ski mask approached her with a gun drawn and demanded her cellphone. The incident took place at Rose Street and Fairmount Avenue, and the gunman fled eastbound on Fairmount Avenue, police said.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
For decades, Kay McConnell and her family joined those who lace up skates and take to Lake Roland in Robert E. Lee Park when winter freezes ice over the former reservoir. The McConnells' three children were on the ice as young as toddlers, one of them using an old sled as a walker of sorts. After measuring the ice to be at least 5 inches thick, with at least five days of sub-freezing temperatures, neighbors around the lake's north end would flock to the ice - so long as snowfall didn't make the surface too bumpy.
By Oxiris Barbot | January 22, 2014
It is certainly not news that obesity is a growing health problem in this country and in the city of Baltimore. What is alarming, however, is that obesity has a disproportionately higher rate and impact on low-income, non-white populations in America. The city of Baltimore is no exception with a 36 percent obesity rate, including a 45.3 percent rate among African-Americans. Our goal in Baltimore is to decrease the number of adults who are obese by 15 percent by 2015. We have the opportunity to provide our communities with the tools and support they need to improve their health and slow this trend for the next generation.
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
Baltimore police on Monday arrested a Patterson Park man in connection with a shooting in Ashburton Sunday morning. Dontay Jones, 29, of the 2500 block of Baltimore St., was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder and domestic assault, the department announced in a news release. Officers responded to the shooting call in the 3600 block of Liberty Heights Ave. at 6:40 a.m. Sunday, but when they arrived, the woman who was shot had already left for the hospital. She was in stable condition at the hospital on Sunday.
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2013
A man ran more than a mile back to his home after being shot in the foot in the Patterson Park neighborhood of Baltimore on Sunday evening, police said. The man was shot at about 5:40 p.m. in the 100 block of N. Decker Street. He was found shortly after in the 700 block of N. Duncan Street, and he told investigators he ran there after being shot, police said. The man's injuries are not considered life-threatening. More information about the incident was not immediately available.
By Rafael Alvarez
For The Baltimore Sun
| October 2, 2013
In a rowhouse kitchen near Patterson Park , a small pennant-shaped Cuban flag hangs from a cabinet above a pot of garlic and onions warming in wine, vinegar and water. Smudged and worn, the fringed banner used to hang from the rearview mirror in the Chevy pickup of Octavio Norman, a Havana-born nurse who worked at Mercy Medical Center , lived most of his life in Baltimore, and died here not long after his 59th birthday in January of 2012. Into the garlic and onions, his daughter, Elizabeth "Beth" Norman of South Collington Avenue, soon adds a simmering mix of green tomatoes, sweet red peppers, diced green bell peppers and herbs.
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