Hampden

Mercy High graduate returns as president of Catholic school

Mercy High graduate returns as president of Catholic school

Mary Beth Lennon keeps a construction hard hat handy on the small conference table in her office at Mercy High School.  Read more ...

City salt building roof partially collapses on Falls Road

City salt building roof partially collapses on Falls Road

The roof of a building on Falls Road that the Baltimore City Department of Transportation uses as a salt barn for salting roads partially collapsed on Tuesday.  Read more ...

Hampden Walking Tour [Pictures]

Hampden Walking Tour [Pictures]

A walking tour of historic Hampden on Thursday, August 7, 2014.  Read more ...

Parking plan for Rotunda area divides Hampden community

Parking plan for Rotunda area divides Hampden community

Sitting in the back row of a crowded, contentious meeting Thursday, neighbors Misty Kercz and Sarah Diehl had opposite opinions of a city councilwoman's plans for residential permit parking around the Rotunda mall.  Read more ...

Two of Hampden's best known buildings sold to investors

Two of Hampden's best known buildings sold to investors

Investors have purchased two local landmarks on The Avenue in Hampden — the old Ideal Theatre and the old G.C. Murphy five-and-dime store.  Read more ...

Remington Row project wins city design panel approval

Remington Row project wins city design panel approval

The Baltimore City Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel on Thursday gave master plan approval, with comments, to Seawall Development Corp.'s $51 million mixed-use project, Remington Row.  Read more ...

HonFest to celebrate 20th year June 14-15

HonFest to celebrate 20th year June 14-15

"I'm a marketing person by trade," said Denise Whiting. "That's what I do."  Read more ...

Crittenton development project wins approval for fewer setbacks

Crittenton development project wins approval for fewer setbacks

The $7 million Crittenton town house project has won city approval for revised zoning variances.  Read more ...

Keswick employee to be honored for 45 years on the job

Keswick employee to be honored for 45 years on the job

Willeen Smith's employment at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Hampden begs a rhetorical question, posed by Marketing Director Michelle Larcey when she sat in on an interview last week.  Read more ...

Burglar breaks into Northern District police station; caught wearing police jacket [Crime Log]

The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455.  Read more ...

What if Hampden had a nice barbeque joint? [Column]

Here's a fun, "What If" type of game I like to play. I call it "Hampden Needs What?" And then I try to imagine what our neighborhood could use that it's lacking.  Read more ...

Cafe Cito opening Friday in Hampden

Cafe Cito opening Friday in Hampden

A new cafe will open Friday in the Chestnut Avenue space in Hampden that was formerly home to Roland Park Cafe and Deli.  Read more ...

Crittenton mansion exterior renovations approved by city's preservation board

Crittenton mansion exterior renovations approved by city's preservation board

The Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation on Tuesday approved a developer's exterior renovation plans for the conversion of an historic former home for unwed mothers into apartments.  Read more ...

Zoning board member to depart as longest-serving in city's history

Zoning board member to depart as longest-serving in city's history

Courtney McKeldin, daughter-in-law of the late Republican governor and Baltimore mayor Theodore McKeldin and a well-known local public servant in her own right, will step down today as the longest-serving member of the city's zoning board.  Read more ...

Hampden florist promotes Valentine's Day without roses

Hampden florist promotes Valentine's Day without roses

Hampden florist Libby Francis-Baxter is seeing red over roses.  Read more ...

Another day in parking-poor Hampden, with drivers acting like jerks [Hampden]

A few days after the snow storm and deep freeze, I had just come back from a warehouse run for my store, and I was trying to find parking, a typically non-problematic situation exacerbated by the no-parking cones and signs for the water pipe construction project that began along Union Avenue and Falls Road back in the waning days of August.  Read more ...

Loyola professors trying to buy up Video Americain DVDs

Loyola professors trying to buy up Video Americain DVDs

As Video Americain tries to sell its vast stock of 60,000 DVDs, humanities professors at Loyola University Maryland, led by film studies director and associate English professor Nicholas Miller, are pooling their departmental funds and raising money from students and alumni to purchase hundreds of cream-of-the-crop films to use as teaching tools.  Read more ...

2014 gets off to a good start for children and adults alike [Hampden Column]

As far as years go, 2014 has come barreling out of the gate, with a whole host of happenings already lined up in Hampden.  Read more ...

Roland Park Place retirement community offers prospective residents a 'taste'

In an effort to recruit new residents, Roland Park Place, a senior retirement community, is trying something unique.  Read more ...

Suspect threatens to shoot his mother [North Baltimore Crime Log]

The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455.  Read more ...

Zagat sets sights on Hampden for new retail survey

Zagat sets sights on Hampden for new retail survey

Zagat is doing a retail survey of Baltimore businesses — and will be paying a visit to Hampden next week aboard a trolley.  Read more ...

North Baltimore Pictures of the Year [Photos]

North Baltimore Pictures of the Year [Photos]

Some of the top memorable moments captured by Baltimore Messenger photographers in 2013.  Read more ...

The Avenue in Hampden overrun by 'elves'

The Avenue in Hampden overrun by 'elves'

The holidays are a time when people believe in Santa, his reindeer, and, of course, his little helpers, elves dressed in green and red.  Read more ...

Seawall presents Remington Row plans to city's urban design panel

Seawall presents Remington Row plans to city's urban design panel

A Baltimore City panel had a generally favorable first impression of Seawall Development Corp.'s plans for Remington Row, a $45 million mixed-use development of apartments, retail and office space that would stretch across the 2700 through 2900 blocks of Remington Avenue.  Read more ...

Planning Commission votes to move Walmart shopping center forward

Planning Commission votes to move Walmart shopping center forward

The Baltimore City Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the planned, Walmart-anchored 25th Street Station shopping center, rejecting pleas by critics to send the project back to the City Council for reconsideration. One commissioner recused himself because of a potential conflict of interest.  Read more ...

City hopes to finish emergency water main work by Thanksgiving

Baltimore City is making progress on three different water and sewer repair projects in Hampden, and hopes to finish one that affects merchants on The Avenue in the next two to three weeks, Public Works officials say.  Read more ...

Baltimore City panel approves 25th Street Station shopping center

Baltimore City panel approves 25th Street Station shopping center

The third time was the charm Thursday, as the Baltimore City Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel gave its blessing to the planned 25th Street Station shopping center with a Walmart in Remington.  Read more ...

In Hampden, The Corner adds a cafe, or is it a bar?

In Hampden, The Corner adds a cafe, or is it a bar?

Magic happens when you're not looking. Over on Elm Avenue in Hampden just a few weeks ago, The Other Corner Charcuterie Bar sprang full grown, Athena-like, from the head of its parent restaurant, the Corner BYOB.  Read more ...

Family center spruces up for annual Taste of Hampden fundraiser

Family center spruces up for annual Taste of Hampden fundraiser

The Hampden Family Center is already benefiting from A Taste of Hampden, the annual fundraiser that takes place Thursday, Oct. 24.  Read more ...

No need to raze church on shopping center site, residents say

No need to raze church on shopping center site, residents say

A 122-year-old stone church in the Remington area could face demolition to make way for a Walmart loading dock as part of the planned 25th Street Station shopping center.  Read more ...

Hampden shop offers a helping hand during shutdown

Hampden shop offers a helping hand during shutdown

Several of Sue Caldwell's regular customers at the Lovelyarns store in Hampden told her they are out of work until the government shutdown ends.  Read more ...

Construction projects give new meaning to the word 'groundbreaking' [Hampden]

Let's take a minute to discuss groundbreaking, because there seems to be an awful lot of it going on around Hampden.  Read more ...

City to expand Circulator bus line to north Baltimore

City to expand Circulator bus line to north Baltimore

Baltimore City plans to expand the Purple Route of the free Charm City Circulator bus line to University Parkway in north Baltimore, starting in fall 2014.  Read more ...

Seniors celebrate 25 years of Notre Dame University's Renaissance Institute

Seniors celebrate 25 years of Notre Dame University's Renaissance Institute

At 91, Isaac Rehert, a former farmer and journalist, and now a longtime retiree, is enjoying something of a renaissance.  Read more ...

Baltimore City's new planner aims to optimize Hampden parking

Baltimore City's new planner aims to optimize Hampden parking

Jennifer Leonard was hired in May to the newly created position of parking planning manager in the Baltimore City Parking Authority.  Read more ...

Rotunda redevelopment begins in Hampden

Rotunda redevelopment begins in Hampden

"Well, this is day one," said Ray Nowowieski, general superintendent for Bozzuto Construction Co., wearing his hard hat and surveying the phase 1 work already under way as redevelopment of the Rotunda mall began.  Read more ...

Karaoke, toilet races and a midway? It must be time for Hampdenfest 2013 [Hampden]

So this is it — the big pre-Hampdenfest column to provide you with all the information I could dig up on Hampden's award-winning neighborhood festival that attracts visitors from all over the world (well, last year there was a Japanese TV crew filming a documentary on a world-famous model they were following though the festival). It also won a 2012 City Paper award for best festival.  Read more ...

Intruder robs and hits sleeping victim before fleeing [North Baltimore Crime Log]

The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455.  Read more ...

Closing of Waverly Library for major renovations 'bittersweet'

Closing of Waverly Library for major renovations 'bittersweet'

Jacques Thompson, 12, was born a year after his mother, Anne Marie Lalmansingh, became manager of the Waverly Library branch. The Roland Park Elementary/Middle School seventh grader loves to read and is a regular at the Waverly branch. He also likes to visit other branches around the city with his mother from time to time, to see what they're like.  Read more ...

Baltimore libraries are now as close as your e-reader

Baltimore libraries are now as close as your e-reader

Taking a class on how to download and upload e-books opened up a new world for senior citizen Betsy Cunningham.  Read more ...

Senator Theatre renovations close to finished

Senator Theatre renovations close to finished

The last time Buzz Cusack gave the Baltimore Messenger a tour of the Senator Theatre was in December 2012, six months after it closed for renovations. The single-screen theater's auditorium was stripped bare.  Read more ...

Woman robbed while paying for food (North Baltimore Crime Log)

The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455.  Read more ...

Nana Projects takes 'final bow' in Roland Park

Nana Projects takes 'final bow' in Roland Park

Nana Projects, the parade arts studio off West Cold Spring Lane in Evergreen that stages stiltwalking events, puppet shows and an annual parade school that draws people from around the world, is closing its doors at the end of the summer, founder Molly Ross announced Monday.   Read more ...

Hampden's only ice cream parlor planned to open this month

Hampden's only ice cream parlor planned to open this month

We all scream for ice cream, which leaves David and Laura Alima sitting pretty as they prepare to open their new ice cream parlor, The Charmery, in Hampden later this month.  Read more ...

New store Bazaar opens in Hampden

New store Bazaar opens in Hampden

Surveying shelves filled with shrunken skulls, prosthetic legs, stuffed raccoons, vials marked "Biohazard," and a jar of gallstones, was the mounted head of an African wildebeest.  Read more ...

Artifact Coffee will host Martha Stewart 'American Made' event

Artifact Coffee will host Martha Stewart 'American Made' event

On Monday night, Artifact Coffee in Hampden will host a promotional event for Martha Stewart's "American Made" program.  Read more ...

Pastor of Hampden church celebrates 20 years in ministry

Pastor of Hampden church celebrates 20 years in ministry

"Hello, my name is Robin Johnson, and I'm the pastor here."  Read more ...

Village Flower Mart closes [Pictures]

Village Flower Mart closes [Pictures]

Village Flower Mart in Hampden closes its door after 45 years on Saturday, June 29. Click here to read about the shop's last day.  Read more ...

Police investigating arson attack against Muslims [North Baltimore Crime Log]

The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455.  Read more ...

Union Craft Brewing in Woodberry hosting summer movie series this month

One thing people love to do in the summertime is watch movies outdoors. And it kind of makes sense, right? I mean, who wants to be cooped up in a dark, quiet movie theater watching a movie, when you can be sitting outside in the heat, trying to hear a movie over police helicopters, people's pets and your neighbor's kids?  Read more ...

Crime up in Hampden, down in Northern District

Crime up in Hampden, down in Northern District

Hampden's rising crime rate sticks out like a sore thumb in the Northern District.  Read more ...

New restaurant may be coming to Dogwood space in Hampden

New restaurant may be coming to Dogwood space in Hampden

A collective "Oh!" greeted restaurateur Chris Spann's announcement to the Hampden Village Merchants Association on Wednesday that he plans to take over the former Dogwood restaurant space on The Avenue.  Read more ...

Maryland Historical Trust removes restriction on development of Crittenton property

Maryland Historical Trust removes restriction on development of Crittenton property

Opponents of a planned town house development on the grounds of the historic Crittenton House in Hampden drove two hours to Calvert County on June 6, hoping to convince the Maryland Historical Trust to keep in place an easement that prohibits new construction on the 2.5-acre site.  Read more ...

Head butt breaks girlfriend's nose [Northern Baltimore crime log]

The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455.  Read more ...

Shopping center developer accuses site owner of conspiring against him

Shopping center developer accuses site owner of conspiring against him

The jilted developer of a planned shopping center in Remington claims in newly filed court documents that the property owner "contrived a plan" to terminate the sale of the 11-acre site and sell it to another developer instead.  Read more ...

Parking issues delay opening of N.Y.-style pizzeria in Hampden

Parking issues delay opening of N.Y.-style pizzeria in Hampden

Parking issues are holding up plans for a New York-style pizzeria with live music in Hampden.  Read more ...

Batts apologizes for late police response in Roland Park

Batts apologizes for late police response in Roland Park

Tom Hoen's babysitter surprised two burglars as they stuffed small electronics, jewelry and cash into his son's backpack Tuesday morning. She said one told her, "The contractors are upstairs."  Read more ...

Food Market to host first birthday party

Food Market to host first birthday party

It’s only been a year? A hit from the start, the Food Market opened on the eve of last year's Honfest. Co-owners Chad Gauss and Elan Kotz, the Food Market's executive chef and general manager, respectively, are celebrating their great first year with a birthday party at the Hampden restaurant on June 5.  Read more ...

New buyer for development site in Remington

New buyer for development site in Remington

Seawall Development Corp., a force in Remington as a builder of affordable teacher housing and a rehabber of abandoned row houses, has signed a contract to purchase an 11-acre site where an ill-fated shopping center with a Wal-Mart store was planned.  Read more ...

Residents oppose town house development on historic site in Hampden

Residents oppose town house development on historic site in Hampden

A developer's plan to turn a historic house into townhouses and apartments is sparking consternation among residents, who say their streets are already overly dense and congested.  Read more ...

A 'Passport' to the world of Druid Hill Park

A 'Passport' to the world of Druid Hill Park

A Roland Park resident has created a "passport" to Druid Hill Park.  Read more ...

Victim tells robber he has no cell phone -- then it rings [North Baltimore Crime Log]

The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455.  Read more ...

New barber shop opening as merchants in Hampden play musical chairs

New barber shop opening as merchants in Hampden play musical chairs

A shave and a haircut of yesteryear cost the proverbial two bits, 25 cents. A shave alone at The Old Bank Barbers, a soon-to-open barber shop on The Avenue in Hampden, will cost $25.  Read more ...

Action in Maturity to mark 40th anniversary

Action in Maturity to mark 40th anniversary

Esther Bonnet, 100, is always thinking about new plans for Action in Maturity — as she has since she co-founded the transportation service for seniors more than 40 years ago.  Read more ...

Man sleeping under bridge robbed of scooter [North Baltimore Crime Log]

Man sleeping under bridge robbed of scooter [North Baltimore Crime Log]

The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455.  Read more ...

Burglar steals electronics -- and vodka for good measure [Crime log]

The following is compiled from police reports. It is the Baltimore Messenger's policy to include descriptions only when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Baltimore City Police Department's Northern District at 410-396-2455.  Read more ...

Hats Off to Hampden annual fundraiser coming April 13

Hats Off to Hampden annual fundraiser coming April 13

Organziers are hoping you bring your best hat — and your money — to the third annual Hats Off to Hampden on April 13, a $125-per-person gala fundraiser to benefit the Hampden Family Center. A "top hat" table for 10 costs $1,250.  Read more ...

Rotunda redeveloper taking fresh look at MOM's Organic Market

Rotunda redeveloper taking fresh look at MOM's Organic Market

A chain of organic markets that Scott Nash started in his mother's basement in Beltsville in 1987 has grown to 10 stores in Maryland and Virginia.  Read more ...

55th annual Smith College book sale coming to Maryland State Fairgrounds

55th annual Smith College book sale coming to Maryland State Fairgrounds

Four volunteers, all graduates of Smith College in Northampton, Mass., spent a glorious Sunday cooped up inside a small warehouse in Timonium.  Read more ...

Greater Homewood sponsors 6th annual Neighborhood Institute

Greater Homewood sponsors 6th annual Neighborhood Institute

Samantha Armacost, 27, grew up a country girl in Hereford.  Read more ...

Keswick workers barred from work by building closure forced to use vacation days, personal days

Keswick workers barred from work by building closure forced to use vacation days, personal days

They weren't allowed to be at work, but now they're paying for being absent.  Read more ...

Water heater replaced at Hopkins' Keswick campus

Water heater replaced at Hopkins' Keswick campus

Officials on Tuesday continued investigating the second round of illnesses in less than a week at a North Baltimore office building but did not quickly find a link between the two bouts.  Read more ...

More illnesses reported at Hopkins at Keswick

More illnesses reported at Hopkins at Keswick

At least 12 people with symptoms of illness were reported at Johns Hopkins at Keswick in North Baltimore on Monday, almost a week after nearly two dozen people fell ill from a contaminated water source at the hospital and university system's administrative complex.  Read more ...

Spike Gjerde to open butcher-shop restaurant in Remington

Spike Gjerde to open butcher-shop restaurant in Remington

Amy and Spike Gjerde, the team behind Woodberry Kitchen, have signed a lease to open a butcher shop-restaurant space at 2600 North Howard Street, the Remington project being developed by Seawall Development.  Read more ...

Local yogis headed to asana yoga's national championship in New York

Local yogis headed to asana yoga's national championship in New York

On Saturday, Eddie Hall of Cockeysville will stand on a stage in New York City wearing skintight shorts.  Read more ...

Oyster happy hours are popping up around town

Oyster happy hours are popping up around town

Oyster happy hours have been popping up lately. Corner BYOB in Hampden had a Saturday afternoon oyster party a few weeks ago. They called it a Shuck-n-Chat. Love that.  Read more ...

'Red Men' selling longtime lodge in Hampden

'Red Men' selling longtime lodge in Hampden

In 1893, a group of Baltimore patriots joined the Improved Order of Red Men and began meeting in Hampden Hall on what is now The Avenue. Adopting the democratic ideals, customs and costumes of American Indians, as well as the Red Men motto, "Freedom, Friendship and Charity," they were chartered as Tecumseh Tribe No. 108 of the national fraternal organization.  Read more ...

Food truck rally in Hampden on Saturday

Food truck rally in Hampden on Saturday

The Gathering is coming back. The evening food truck rally, which was running on a weekly schedule back in the fall, is kicking off the 2013 season on Saturday at the Castle in Hampden, on 34th Street and Keswick Avenue.  Read more ...

Hampden residents scramble to mitigate expected Rotunda parking problems

Hampden residents scramble to mitigate expected Rotunda parking problems

Rotunda neighbor Genny Dill envisions a redeveloped mall adding night life and excitement to the area.  Read more ...

Two Hampden men arrested for burglaries from cars in Rodgers Forge

Two Hampden men arrested for burglaries from cars in Rodgers Forge

A pair of North Baltimore residents were arrested this weekend in Rodgers Forge and found in possession of items stolen from several cars, Baltimore County Police said Thursday.  Read more ...

Doing his civic duty, columnist catches a whiff of something unpleasant [Hampden]

Our neighborhood is beginning its annual, seasonal, new year morphing, with a handful of businesses closing and a slate of new businesses opening. The keyword in 2013 appears to be pizza, with three new pizza joints either already open (Birroteca) or scheduled to open (Arthouse and Paulie Gee's Hampden).  Read more ...

Hampden, Locust Point among hottest Baltimore neighborhoods for 2013

Hampden, Locust Point among hottest Baltimore neighborhoods for 2013

Among Baltimore's neighborhoods, the hip community of Hampden is forecast to see the most home value appreciation this year, according to data-driven real estate search website Zillow.  Read more ...

Clear your sidewalks of snow, then make a date to see the Atomic Dating game [Hampden]

The snowy season is upon us, so this is just a friendly reminder of the importance of shoveling and de-icing not only your steps and walk, but the sidewalk in front of your house or business.  Read more ...

Paulie Gee's, popular Brooklyn, N.Y. pizza shop, to open Hampden location

Paulie Gee's, popular Brooklyn, N.Y. pizza shop, to open Hampden location

This just in. Serious Eats and other New York food websites are reporting that the popular Brooklyn, N.Y. pizza shop Paulie Gee's will open a Baltimore location next spring in the old Hampden Republican Club building.  Read more ...

Hampden merchants debate necessity of Santa on The Avenue

Hampden merchants debate necessity of Santa on The Avenue

The Hampden Village Merchants Association has a new Santa clause.  Read more ...

Birroteca knows when to take itself seriously

Birroteca knows when to take itself seriously

The bar quarters at Hampden's Birroteca are close, so it's easy to make new friends.  Read more ...

Hampden Family Center plays Santa to children who need help at holidays

Hampden Family Center plays Santa to children who need help at holidays

Blayr Callaway, 19, who is raising her 8-year-old niece as well as her 2-year-old daughter, was in a familiar setting, at the Hampden Family Center's annual Holiday Party.  Read more ...

Hampden: Clear winners for annual Window Decorating Contest

Things sure are looking pretty darn holidayish around these parts, and I love it.  Read more ...

Lone Ranger soldiers on in Hampden parade, but without longtime horse

Lone Ranger soldiers on in Hampden parade, but without longtime horse

When The Lone Ranger returned to the Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade in Hampden for his fourth year, Silver, his original, white horse, "best friend and partner," wasn't with him.  Read more ...


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