WHAT’S HAPPENING IN PORT COVINGTON

Lacrosse Clinic Comes to Cherry Hill

May 26, 2017
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"] The Port Covington development team has partnered with the Cherry Hill Eagles Foundation to host a Lacrosse Clinic for boys and girls in South Baltimore. Beginning in early May, the clinic has been hosted every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the athletic fields at New Era Academy High School in Cherry Hill. With organizational support from South Baltimore community leaders including Raheem Brown, founder of the Cherry Hill Eagles Foundation, the lacrosse clinics have received an overwhelmingly positive response. Clinics have drawn as many as 40 children, including boys and girls ranging in ages from 7 to 15 years old. There is no cost to the participants. Volunteers include the former men’s lacrosse assistant coach and All-American from Georgetown University, former captain of Duke University’s men’s lacrosse team, and former co-captain of the Penn State University women’s lacrosse team. The volunteers focus on teaching fundamentals, utilizing passing drills, shooting drills, and ending with a fun game of “musical ground balls,” which challenges players to recognize a ground ball and pick it up quickly. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery admin_label="Gallery" gallery_ids="635,637,639,636" fullwidth="off" orientation="landscape" show_title_and_caption="off" show_pagination="off" background_layout="light" auto="off" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Port Covington and Six South Baltimore Communities Partner to Become the “SB7”

May 26, 2017
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"] On May 23, the South Baltimore Six (SB6) communities of Brooklyn, Cherry Hill, Curtis Bay, Lakeland, Mt. Winans, and Westport held a signing ceremony to formally create SB7 Coalition Inc. The Coalition is a new entity that will facilitate the delivery of community benefits associated with the redevelopment of Port Covington. The creation of the SB7 Coalition Inc. marks a significant step for the community benefits agreement (CBA) signed by the leaders of Sagamore Development Company (SDC) and the SB6 communities in 2016. The CBA set forth that Sagamore Development and the SB6 communities would work together to create a new entity to facilitate the delivery of community benefits to those communities. The SB7 Coalition has been designed to be a community-driven organization, positioning leaders from the six South Baltimore communities and Sagamore Development – the master developer behind Port Covington – as partners in the important work of ensuring communities in South Baltimore share in the economic, educational, cultural, environmental and social benefits associated with the redevelopment of Port Covington. A group of over 30 community leaders and members of the Sagamore Development team have worked tirelessly since the CBA was signed to complete the process of articulating a vision, structure, and near-term work plan for the new entity, consisting of combined leadership. The goal of the new SB7 Coalition will be to fund the immediate, ongoing, and generational community needs, as outlined in the CBA. “Since plans to redevelop Port Covington were first announced, Sagamore Development has shown they are fully committed to the South Baltimore communities,” said Michael Middleton, chairman of the Cherry Hill Community Coalition and new chairman of SB7. “We are thrilled to create the SB7 Coalition and welcome Port Covington to our group. As neighbors and friends, we look forward to working together for years to come to ensure Brooklyn, Cherry Hill, Curtis Bay, Lakeland, Mt. Winans and Westport share in Port Covington’s long-term prosperity and economic future.” [/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery admin_label="Gallery" gallery_ids="646,642,643,644" fullwidth="off" orientation="landscape" show_title_and_caption="off" show_pagination="off" background_layout="light" auto="off" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Kevin Plank’s Cupid Foundation Funds Summer Jobs for South Baltimore Youth

May 26, 2017
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"] Kevin Plank’s Cupid Foundation has donated funds to YouthWorks, Baltimore City’s summer jobs program which connects thousands of teens and young adults to meaningful summer work experiences throughout the City. This contribution will fund 40 summer positions specifically for students in the TransTech program at New Era Academy High School in Cherry Hill, providing students exposure to various careers in the maritime industry. Working with YouthWorks Baltimore, students will be assigned to various employers who have volunteered to train and employ the students over a five-week period. “We are pleased that this gift from the Cupid Foundation has enabled our students to obtain valuable experiences that will help prepare them for the workforce and build their careers,” said New Era Academy Interim Principal Kia J. Harper. “We understand that students deserve our support and need productive engagement between June and September, so New Era and our partners continue to work hard to find opportunities for our students during the summer.” Read more in the Baltimore Sun about the Cupid Foundation’s involvement with Youthworks here: bsun.md/2rv5c4S To learn more about YouthWorks, visit https://youthworks.oedworks.com/ To learn more about the TransTech program at New Era Academy High School, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z97zUCKEYk [/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery admin_label="Gallery" gallery_ids="612,649,650,651,652,653,654,655" fullwidth="off" orientation="landscape" show_title_and_caption="off" show_pagination="off" background_layout="light" auto="off" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

New Bike Paths Taking Shape in Port Covington!

April 26, 2017
Come bike on over! As part of our commitment to create multiple ways to move in and around Port Covington, the second phase of the bike path was finished earlier this month. The new path will provide more than 0.7 miles of new terrain for bikes to cruise around Port Covington safely and quickly. The first, north-south leg of the trails feature a pilot trail of glow stones that collect sunlight during the day and provide light at night. The second phase will ultimately stretch from West Covington Park along Cromwell Street to East McComas Street near Key Highway. In addition to the 0.7 miles added by Phase II along Cromwell Street in Port Covington, construction near downtown Baltimore on an additional 2.2 miles of on-street cycle track between Madison and Centre street is expected to complete in July.

Sagamore Spirit Distillery Opens for Business

April 26, 2017
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text"] We’re excited to announce that the Sagamore Spirit Distillery has opened for business in Port Covington! Joined by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Sagamore Spirit President, Brian Treacy and Co-Founder, Bill McDermond cut the ribbon officially opening the Distillery to the public. Before Prohibition, Maryland was home to 44 distilleries, with at least 13 in downtown Baltimore. Even after Prohibition, Maryland was one of the country’s leading rye whiskey producers. By 1939, it held one-third of the nation’s rye whiskey supply. When the US entered World War II, 100% of the distilleries turned to ethanol plants to support the war effort. After the war, very few of those ethanol plants converted back to rye whiskey distilleries and the rye whiskey industry in Maryland almost disappeared. The opening of this one-of-a-kind distillery highlights Sagamore Spirit’s goal to put Maryland back on the map as the premier distiller of Rye Whiskey. Located on East Cromwell Street in Port Covington and overlooking the water, the five-acre Sagamore Spirit Distillery campus consists of three buildings: a Distillery Building, Processing Building, and restaurant, slated to open in Fall 2017.Tours and tastings are available daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the Distillery and how to visit, Sagamorespirit.com. [/et_pb_text][et_pb_gallery admin_label="Gallery" gallery_ids="576,577,578,579" fullwidth="off" orientation="landscape" show_title_and_caption="off" show_pagination="off" background_layout="light" auto="off" hover_overlay_color="rgba(255,255,255,0.9)" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Cleaning Up the Middle Branch!

April 26, 2017
Trash is one of the leading causes of pollution in Baltimore City and one of the easiest to address. According to the State of Maryland’s Department of the Environment, the Middle Branch receives drainage from three distinct Maryland watersheds: Baltimore Harbor, Gwynns Falls, and Jones Falls, all within Baltimore City and Baltimore County. It is one of only two specific segments of the Patapsco River that is considered impaired for trash. With a one-of-a-kind waterfront development on the horizon, it is imperative that we join the effort to improve the condition of the water surrounding our city. Earlier this month, Plank Industries and Sagamore Development joined Blue Water Baltimore and members of the South Baltimore Six neighborhoods to help clean up the south bank of the Patapsco River’s Middle Branch. Over the course of a Saturday, the team removed 7,200 pounds of trash and garbage from the riverbank. This is just the first step in a long-term commitment to water preservation. There are more community clean-up events to come!