BWCO April 2021 Zoom Meeting Minutes

Better Waverly Community Organization (BWCO) met online April 13, 2001 for its current second Tuesday of the month 6pm Zoom meeting. BWCO will continue for the time being to meet online. The next meeting will be 6pm Tuesday May 11, 2021.

Attending the April meeting from the board were chair Sonja Merchant Jones, treasurer Sharon Neely, secretary Joe Stewart, parliamentarian Will Cannady and member Debra Evans, Better Waverly residents Janna Ohrstrom, Renee D’Souza and Miriam Avins, The Harvest manager Helene Murtha, Oakenshawe resident Haydee Rodriguez, Harwood resident Angela Merchant, Northern District Community Council president Chris Forrest, Northern District Police Major Donald Diehl, Captain Jeffrey Shorter and Sgt. Monica Veney, Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods 14th District liaison Lia Lynch, 14th District Baltimore City Council member Odette Ramos, and from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office were Gina Clay, Janet Bledsoe and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. 

After introductions, there were presentations from Northern District Police, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, City Councilwoman Odette Ramos and Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. For the latest annual report and descriptions of all the activities and special programs in the state’s attorney’s office, visit <>.

Councilwoman Ramos noted many of the things going on around the 14th District and encouraged residents to sign up for her weekly email newsletter by contacting <

In motions, the board approved authorizing Better Waverly Mutual Aid to apply for an Abell Foundation grant to help insure Better Waverly residents are not subject to tax sales and authorizing The Harvest (community coop garden on Homestead Street) to apply for a Baltimore Community Foundation grant to make needed improvements.