Hampden: Congratulations to communty council's Genny Dill and super-moms everywhere

For the next few months, traveling in and out of Baltimore along the I-83 corridor near Hampden is going to be tricky at best, because of heavy infrastructure construction taking place.

But then, that's one the perks of living here. You don't have to navigate around the mess, because you're already home.

Congratulations to Hampden mom Genny Dill, who at a special luncheon with MayorStephanie Rawlings-Blakereceived an award as one of Baltimore's Top Neighborhood Moms. Genny's tireless efforts with the Hampden Community Council, Hampden Village Merchants Association, Roosevelt Park Recreation Council, HampdenFest and Bmore Local have benefitted our neighborhood as a whole, and have not gone unnoticed.

Way to go, Genny Dill!

And speaking of moms, Mothers Day is Sunday, May 13. A great way to celebrate is to bring mom to Oh Mama! Poetry in Celebration of Mothers and Daughters, at Minás Gallery & Boutique, 815 W. 36th St.) It's free to the public and starts at 4 p.m. This event will feature Diane Scharper and her daughters, Mia Scharper and Julie Scharper (of The Baltimore Sun). Mother and daughters will read from their works and attendees are welcome to bring some of their own work to share.

And while we're on the topic of active community forces in Hampden, George Peters, resident and Four Square Mayor of just about everywhere in Hampden, has started the "Zero Litter" initiative to help get city residents involved with cleaning up all the trash in our neighborhood.

Readers of my column most likely know that litter and neighborhood trash is an ongoing source of frustration for me. So help clean up, not just Hampden, but Baltimore, by participating in the Zero Litter initiative. You can get more info at http://www.facebook.com/ZeroLitter or by following the Twitter account http://twitter.com/#!/ZeroLitter.

And finally, Hats Off To Hampden, a fundraiser at Gutierrez Studios at Clipper Mill on April 14 packed in more than 250 attendees and helped raise $80,000 for the Hampden Family Center, 1104-1108 W. 36th St. This was the most successful fundraiser in the organization's 16-year history.

Way to go, Hampden Family Center and way to go Hampden!

Let them mess up I-83 all they want, we're home!

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