A public meeting of the Canton Community Association (CCA) took place Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the United Evangelical Church at 3200 Dillon St. Several guest speakers attended the meeting.
Thief at large
Officer Rosa Ramirez of the Southeast Precinct’s Neighborhood Services Unit gave an update on crimes in the area and distributed a flier describing a suspect who has committed a number of larcenies in the Southeast District.
The flier described the suspect as a black female, about five-foot-seven and 120 pounds, middle-aged, with short hair, and last seen wearing a black jacket and glasses.
The suspect approaches individuals and gains access to their homes by pretending to be a former acquaintance or through another ruse. Once the suspect gains access to the home, she steals, Ramirez said. This suspect was described in a Feb. 22, 2012, Baltimore Guide article.
Ramirez says the woman is still out there and cautions seniors to be on the lookout. (Ramirez added in a later phone interview that the woman wears disguises, including wigs, so her appearance may change.)
Friendship Academy reaches out
Frank Little, the new principal of Friendship Academy of Science and Technology, also spoke at the meeting, and said that he is aware of difficulties that community has had with Friendship Academy students in the past and said that the school wants to have a positive relationship with the community in the future. He left his contact information with CCA president Darryl Jurkiewicz.
Rennie Watson, a teacher at Friendship Academy, spoke about the school’s plan for a learning garden. The school received a $30,000 grant for the garden from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Blue Water Baltimore and encouraged community members who are interested in gardening to become involved.
Jurkiewicz spoke briefly about obtaining Bookmobile services for Canton while the Canton Library is being renovated for two years. He said that the Friends of the Canton Library, at the urging of Canton residents, are seeking Bookmobile services for the neighborhood.
Health needs assessment
A representative from Hopkins Bayview community relations gave a brief presentation on the Community Health Needs Assessment for ZIP codes 21224, 21222, and 21052. The purpose of the assessment is to gather data on the most important health concerns of people who live in Bayview’s service area: Baltimore City and the Dundalk peninsula.
City Councilman James Kraft spoke on a variety of issues, including enhanced code enforcement in the Southeast to encourage residents to take care of their properties. He said that the next neighborhoods to be the focus of enhanced code enforcement would be (in cooperation with Baltimore County) Graceland Park and St. Helena.
Kraft also gave a brief update on the Southeast Complete Streets project and took numerous questions and comments from attendees who felt the City did not provide adequate notice of specifically when reverse-angle parking would be installed or which streets would become one-way.
In addition, Kraft discussed the possibility of metered parking, specifically smart metered parking, coming to Boston St., but he said there is no money in the budget for project at this time.
The next public meeting of the Canton Community Association is Nov. 27, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
by Danielle Sweeney