Hello everyone, click on the link below to download the PDF version of the Summer 2016 edition of the Waverly Improvement Association Newsletter!
The next General Meeting for the Waverly Improvement Association is Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Waverly Elementary/Middle School (Enter using the entrance on East 34th Street). Everyone is invited to this meeting including owners, renters, business leaders, partners, prospective residents, and kids under adult supervision.
WIA Summer 2016 Newsletter.
Everyone in Baltimore City is being urged to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants this summer due to the Zika Virus epidemic that’s being spread through mosquitoes, wearing short-sleeved shirts and shorts is not recommended at all. Baltimore City believes that the Zika Virus is in Maryland (so far, as of the end of April 2016, 12 Zika infections has been confirmed in Maryland http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/blog/bs-md-hogan-zika-20160429-story.html) and is urging people to take steps to ensure that mosquitoes do NOT breed in Baltimore City and the Zika Virus do NOT spread in Baltimore City. There is NO KNOWN VACCINE FOR THE ZIKA VIRUS according to the CDC.
CDC Information on Zika Virus Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html
Waverly Events Calendar.
Kun Sun Sweeley – Webmaster.
Hello fellow Waverly residents,
This is KunSun Sweeley, WIA’s Corresponding Secretary and General Board Member. I’m making this post to determine interest in assisting the Waverly Improvement Association’s Safety Committee.
If anyone in Waverly would like to help out the WIA Safety Committee and ensure the safety of our community, please email the head of the committee, Alicia Lucksted at WaverlySafety@gmail.com or call her at (410)-722-2024.
A community cleanup focused on Old York Road from 33rd Street to 39th Street and the Chestnut Hill Park on Saturday, April 30th 2016 from 9 AM until 12 PM. A coordinated Project Clean Stream effort between the Waverly Improvement Association, the Y of Central Maryland, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and Blue Water Baltimore. We will have two supply stations: the 600 block of Venable Avenue and the 600 block of Chestnut Hill Avenue.
We will have some tools like brooms and rakes, and gloves and bags will be provided, but if you have tools such as clippers, please bring these to help clear out areas of overgrowth. This will be the first cleanup of 2016. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you for all you do to help keep Waverly ‘clean and green.’
While supplies last, we will also be giving away recycle bins to those who do not currently have one. These can be picked up, first come first served, on Venable Avenue.
On March 1, 2016, a General Meeting was held of the Waverly Improvement Association at the Waverly Elementary/Middle School on East 34th Street where a new Board of Directors was elected.
The following were the new nominees who were elected in and their positions:
- Natalya Brusilovsky and T.C. Greene – Co-Presidents
- Mona Addison – Vice President
- Amber Gaines – Treasurer
- Kun Sun Sweeley – Correspondence Secretary and General Board Member
- Alicia Lucksted – General Board Member.
-Kun Sun Sweeley – Webmaster & Correspondence Secretary/General Board Member.
Patricia Taylor, current President of the Waverly Improvement Association has announced in the November 2015 WIA Newsletter that she will not be seeking re-election as the President of the Waverly Improvement Association however she will remain on the Board to assist the new President, in addition, Deborah Stine, Waverly Improvement Association’s Treasurer has resigned as Treasurer.
Following the shooting of a 9 year old girl on Oct 4, 2015 on Old York Rd, not far from where 3 year old McKenzie Elliott was killed in 2014, residents ofWaverly called a community
meeting. Thirty people attended and voiced many concerns outside of these two incidents.
In response, they issued this press release:
The community of Waverly wants to send a strong message: we want the violence to stop! We deserve better.
To those perpetrating this violence, you also deserve better.We know you are violent because of a pain so deep that you don’t even know you deserve better.We are here to tell you that you do. You don’t have to be about “that life,” because you are a part of this life, this community. If you need a job, a way to get there, food, help with paying bills, are ready
for recovery and healing ANYTHING our community can help you directly or find a way to connect you with resources that can help you build a life outside of this violence, one with a strong future. Your silence only allows the pain to grow into even more violence. Put down the gun, stop hiding, and talk to us; many of us have been where you are, and therefore want to reach out to you. We have deep knowledge and strong connections with the numerous organizations in this city that only exist to help you.
For that reason, we are also here to encourage those organizations to do just that, rally around us, the community of Waverly, in this effort to help people who feel such immense pain that they can only speak in violence. Organizations are welcome in our community, especially if they acknowledge and offer access to resources for the work that is already happening here.We need organizations to offer real support for our neighbors and our neighborhood, which means long term investment and inclusion of the vision we have for our community. There are nuances to addressing our community’s issues, and these issues are also being recorded as a part of a citywide spike in violence.
We know there are citywide programs that exist to address violence, and that our police force is currently equipped to only respond to violence. Our community members remember a time when they, and other organizations that actively worked with us, invested in prevention.We can’t continue to just arrest and incarcerate ourselves out of violence, addiction, poverty, and a lack of resources.While we are doing our best to recreate that safety net internally, despite the many changes that have occurred in our community, we acknowledge that we can’t do it alone.We know that we are facing a public health crisis, because this level of violent crime is just that, a public HEALTH crisis. Now is the time to address it as such. Our community won’t ignore these bullets that are also screams for help, nor will we cower and allow more to fall. Instead we stand here with pride in our identity as the most diverse community in Baltimore, and we say, this must stop. STOP KILLING. Do you hear us?
Over 75 neighbors attended the press conference on Friday, October 16, 2015. Many neighbors stayed to connect with each other
after and brainstorm ideas to move forward:
• Stay engaged! Talk with neighbors, turn on porch lights, and keep your eyes peeled.
• Volunteer with a nonprofit organization already in Waverly or suggest a new one.
• Join the Waverly Safety Team by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, October 24th, 2015 Waverly residents gathered to remove approximately 2,000 pounds of trash, filling an entire city dumpster.
Thank you to everyone who helped make it another successful community clean up. A special thanks to the Y of Central Maryland for providing a truck, recruiting volunteers, and working side by side with our residents.
Thank you to DPW, Waterfront Partnership, Parks and People, and Blue Water Baltimore for your ongoing support.
Neighbors, if you are in need of a recycling bin, please contact email@example.com or
(410)-591-3503 to get a FREE bin while supplies last, courtesy of Waterfront Partnership.
The WIA and the Planning program at Morgan State University lead by Dr. Tonya Nashay Sanders have teamed up to initiate a neighborhood plan for Waverly.
Morgan’s planning students have engaged in extensive data analysis; on the ground visual analysis; door-to-door business surveys; and resident interviews to understand current conditions.
Our next steps are to host community meetings to share our observations with residents and get community input on the top three goals you would like the neighborhood plan to address. Keep an eye out for details on the time and location of these meetings!