Baltimore's Row Club
Turner Development Group in conjunction
with Honeywell sponsors a scholarship program for qualifying
teens interested in the Baltimore Rowing Club’s
Juniors Program. For energetic, competitive, male and
female students between the ages of 12 and 18, crew
is the ultimate team sport.
Past season’s teams sponsored by Turner Development
Group and Honeywell, won the race for the Grand Prize Honeywell
Cup in the annual Boat Christening and High School Championships.
Westport teens that could use a fun and healthy pastime
and would enjoy rowing in Middle Branch Park should contact
the Baltimore Rowing Club and ask about available Juniors
Program scholarships. Baltimore Rowing Club, 3301 Waterview
Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230. 410.355.5640. www.baltimorerowing.org
the Baltimore Rowing Club: BRC is a non-profit organization
established in 1979 and located in Middle Branch Park
along the southern shore of the Middle Branch Harbor. BRC
promotes the sport of rowing at all levels, for all ages,
and strives to be a national leader in the sport. BRC
is committed to being a good community neighbor and leader
by providing safe and sustainable programs for its diverse
Other Winning Football Team
The Pop Warner team from Westport won their Super Bowl in Florida on Friday. The Westport Patriots, 24 Westport and Mt. Winans boys between the ages of 11 and 14, beat the Suncoast Bucs, 27-8, in at the Disney sports complex in Orlando, winning the Pop Warner Super Bowl, Midget division.
"The team has overcome many obstacles including the lack of a football field, training equipment, uniforms, and storage and meeting facilities," said a handout from the team. "Many Westport Patriots live in difficult environments and for most of these boys and girls, it was the first time that they traveled out of the area."
Baltimore City paid for the team to travel by bus to Orlando and Turner Development Group provided funds for uniforms, travel and other team expenses.
Mario’s Do Right Foundation
Mario’s Do Right Foundation was established in 2007 by Baltimore native R&B singer and songwriter Mario Barrett in an effort to educate and inspire young people adversely affected by drug abuse in the home. When Mario learned of the efforts of Turner Development in local Baltimore neighborhoods, he decided to implement his pilot program. His surprise school visits and community outreach has made quite an impression on many children’s lives throughout Baltimore City.
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an unprecedented neighborhood cleaning initiative, Turner
Development and the Living Classrooms Foundation’s
Project SERVE have come together to establish a “Clean
Team” in the Westport neighborhood.
The Clean Team,
funded by Turner Development and managed by the Living
Classrooms Foundation’s Project SERVE, began in late
September 2008. The Clean Teams role is to improve and
maintain streets, sidewalks, and alleys, helping supplement
the city’s baseline
services. They help by clearing trash, pulling weeds, and
cut back overgrown grass throughout the neighborhood. They
also help and assist neighbors clearing out alleys and
walkways. Their duties act as an example for neighbors
and for other neighborhoods to take a hands on approach
when it comes to cleaning your own neighborhood.
information about the Living Classrooms organization, log
Their hard work and positive
attitude is infectious. Say hello to the Clean Team sometime
- they are the ones in the dark t-shirts taking pride in
a job well done.
People- Thanks to a $60,000 donation from Turner
Development Westport Development and the Parks and People
Foundation, a new tree canopy is coming to the neighborhood
of Westport. Parks & People is working with the Westport
community – businesses and residents – to make Westport
cleaner and greener – improving playgrounds, cleaning
vacant lots, planting trees along the sidewalks, and
Tree pits have been readied for planting. New pits dug, old ones revitalized, and dead stumps removed. Planting of literally hundreds of the new flowering trees will soon begin. Neighbors who live near the new trees are encouraged to water and care for the new tress to insure their long term survival.
Parks & People Foundation assists communities in planting trees and creating parks and gardens; it awards grants to community groups for their greening projects; and it helps train and mobilize community organizations and residents to become park “friends” and help care for and maintain city parks.
Parks & People engages and empowers people to care for the marvelous natural resources available in Baltimore City in a way that leads to the revitalization of neighborhoods - environmentally, socially and economically. Since 1984, Parks & People Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Their staff, volunteers and partners in the community have developed innovative solutions to issues facing the city including the restoration of neighborhoods and their natural resources as well as the academic enrichment and motivation of their children.
For more information, contact the Parks & People Foundation
410.448.5663 or www.parksandpeople.org.
Trees for Tracks As part of CSX Trees
for Tracks Initiative – the
planting of one tree for every mile of its 21,000 miles
of track across the country – Westport is a direct beneficiary
of this. Red Maples, Sycamores, and Red Buds have been
planted in around Indiana Street Park and along the Cedley
and Maisel Streets by volunteers from CSX and Parks and
People Foundation. Once planted, Parks and People will
take on the task of watering the new trees regularly
to make sure they root and grow.
This event is brought to Westport by CSX, Westport Community Partnerships, Turner
Development Group, and Parks and People amongst others.
Recycling Now everyone in Westport
can recycle! What better Christmas gift can you give to a
neighborhood, then the gift to help clean it and to promote
recycling. With the help of Westport Neighborhood Association,
representatives purchased and handed out holiday baskets
full of goodies to every single door in Westport. These were
no ordinary baskets. They were actually big, yellow Baltimore
City recycling bins, and instructions how to use them.
Grants Thanks to Turner Development
$50,000 donation, Westport’s Matching Façade Improvement
Grant is up and running. In an exciting new partnership
with the Living Classrooms Foundations Project SERVE, Turner
Development is offering a matching grant to property owners
in Westport to help improve the fronts of their properties.
Applicants submit applications for new stairs, doors, windows, paint, porch,
etc.. Upon approval of the application, Project SERVE approved
contractors will complete the work. Project SERVE workers
will be primarily be recruited from the Westport and surrounding
neighborhoods. Project SERVE participants gain valuable
construction, job, and life skills in the process.
Turner Development Group is excited about the unique potential for making a difference– in
the neighborhood, in Middle Branch Harbor and in the City of Baltimore.
For more information about Project SERVE, please go to www.livingclassrooms.org/employ_project.html
Rappeling for Charity
For two years in a row, Turner Development Group was proud to play host for Gaudenzia’s Repelling for Charity. In an effort to help raise
$6 million dollars for a new inpatient rehabilitation
building in Baltimore, Gaudenzia lead a team from Over
the Edge (www.overtheedgeusa.com), and Turner Development
to organize a fund raiser to send participants Over
the Edge! Silo Point was the backdrop as people literally
rappelled down 300’ to help raise money for Gaudenzia.
Watch on WJZ
on Fox Baltimore
About Gaudenzia: Gaudenzia’s mission is to help people affected by chemical
dependency, mental illness and related conditions to achieve a better quality
of life – allowing them to live as productive and accountable individuals.
Gaudenzia offers comprehensive outpatient and residential programs that address
the specialized substance abuse treatment, prevention and education needs of
men, women, and children. www.Gaudenzia.org
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The purpose of the business associations is to promote
a greater sense of unity among the members of the business
community, enabling them to join forces to improve the
business climate. Together they can promote, encourage
and assist existing businesses, and help stimulate business
development to bring in new businesses, all to improve
the economic stability of the community
Thanks to the initiative and perseverance of Colleen
Vanskiver, owner of Colleen’s Corner on Wenburn and
Cedley Streets, there is now a business association organized and operating in
Westport. The purpose of the business association is
to promote a greater sense of unity among the members
of the Westport business community enabling them to join
forces to improve the business climate in Westport.
Together they can promote, encourage and assist existing businesses, and help stimulate business development to bring in new businesses, all to improve the economic stability of the community.
At a meeting of business owners held in June, Colleen Vanskiver was elected President, Patrick Turner Vice
President, Mark Alt Treasurer, and Carol Henry Secretary.
Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge (BNEC)
Launched by the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and the Baltimore Community Foundation, BNEC is a neighborhood challenge designed to motivate business households to reduce their energy usage. Turner Development has partnered up with communities and neighborhoods throughout Baltimore city and have pledged and have submitted an application to join.
With the help from AmeriCorps assistants, we have recruited 20 volunteer neighborhood energy captains who have been trained by BNEC to educate their neighbors about energy saving measures and help them access information and resources, including grant and assistance programs, market-rate energy services and more.
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Turner Development is working with the Living Classrooms
Foundation to open a Workforce Development Center.
The program helps participants address these issues
and become successful by developing a network of support
and resources, teaching marketable job skills such
as professionalism, communication, and problem-solving,
and providing opportunities for academic remediation
and continuing education. Living Classrooms’ staff have developed solid working relationships with local employers and have created a nationally acclaimed, employer-driven model for workforce development.
Living Classrooms, employers, and a framework of partnering agencies and individuals become part of each participant’s network of support to continue their employment, engage in lifelong learning, and experience personal growth.
The Workforce Development Center will provide a wide range of services including job readiness training, job skills training, life skills training, financial literacy, academic remediation, long term retention and follow-up support.
The Workforce Development Center will link participants with local resources to assist in eliminating barriers that could lead to separation from employment, (such as drivers education, literacy programs, continuing education, daycare, substance abuse counseling, residential assistance, credit counseling, transportation assistance and healthcare information), and will work with local employers to establish partnerships that cross several sectors.
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Teaming up with the National Aquarium and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Turner Development was honored to be apart of one of Baltimore City largest Wetland shore line reconstruction project ever.
Over the years, the Middle Branch area has lost most of its natural shoreline to industry and neglect. The creation of a living shoreline has revitalized natural wildlife habitats, improved water quality, and has brought awareness to the Chesapeake Bay.
Gwynns Falls Shoreline Restoration
Turner Development is leading the long-term effort to restore the banks of the Gwynns Falls Stream that runs throughout Baltimore. The effort to imporove the water quality flowing into the Chesapeake Bay is an enormous task that must start from its sources. Westport Community Partnerships is leading the long-term effort to restore the banks of the Gwynn Falls Stream, which forms the northern border of Westport. The effort will improve the water quality flowing into the Middle Branch and Chesapeake Bay and reveals an unobstructed view of the stream that has been blocked for decades.
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