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Dumpster Days

These are the dates for our dumpsters for 2021.  

  1. Saturday, March 27th – Montpelier & Ellerslie

2.  Saturday, May 22nd – 700 block 30th

3.  Saturday,  July 17th – Gorsuch & Independence

4. Saturday. September 25th – Frisby & Gorsuch

BWCO February Meeting

Better Waverly Community Organization (BWCO) is for the foreseeable future holding its monthly board of directors meetings virtually via Zoom which Better Waverly residents are welcome to attend. The meetings run from 6pm to 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Invitations and links to join are posted in advance on the BWCO website, BWCO Facebook page and Better Waverly Next Door site. The next meeting will take place Tuesday March 9, 2021.

Attending the February 9th meeting were BWCO officers and directors – Sonja Merchant Jones, Will Cannady, Sharon Neely, Debra Evans, Joe Stewart – and also special guests – Captain Jeffrey Shorter, Northern Police District, Gina Clay, Community and Juvenile Services Liaison, Baltimore City States Attorneys’ Office, Odette Ramos, 14th District City Councilperson, Regina Boyce, 43rd District State Delegate.

Gina Clay reported on the Junior States Attorney Program, Sentencing Review Unit, Community Court Watch and You’re Not Alone Together We’re Stronger. In you are interested in learning more about any of these programs, contact Gina Clay directly at 443-263-8120 <>.

Regina Boyce gave an update on state legislative activity. She sends out email blasts to constituents and can be reached at 410-841-3476 <>.

Odette Ramos gave an update on city council activity and the District 14 COVID 19 Work Group. She noted that BCDOT would provide a public update about the ongoing Greenmount Avenue Streetscape Project at 5pm Thursday March 3. She can be contacted at 443-801-8137 <>.

Jeffrey Shorter gave a crime and safety report and noted that each police district now holds a monthly meeting to facilitate an increase in community engagement opportunities for neighborhood association presidents, elected officials and district residents. Northern’s virtual meeting is at 7pm on the second Wednesday of the month. The Captain can be contacted at <>.

Sharon Neely gave a treasurer’s report and a report on Better Waverly Mutual Aid (BWMA) currently providing weekly food boxes to 200 Better Waverly households. To reach BWMA contact <> 410-635-0688. 

Debra Evans reported that 901 Arts continues after school online programming, free meals, free books and homework help. Check the front window for details at 901 Montpelier Street or call 410-366-2252.

Residents are urged when reporting abandoned cars, illegal dumping, dirty alleyways, etc. via 311 to save the service request number and to alert our councilwoman about the problem including the service request number and a description of the complaint.


Better Waverly is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: BWCO Board Meeting

Time: Feb 9, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Better Waverly Mutual Aid

How would YOU spend $15,000 to improve our neighborhood? Tell us your ideas and wildest dreams! Better Waverly Mutual Aid is applying to get a grant for up to $15,000 for the neighborhood. The money can be spent on five categories: employment, health, public safety, education, community revitalization.

Call/Text: (410) 635-0688 and leave a message if no-one answers.


Online: Fill out an anonymous form at

Virtually: Attend a virtual sharing session online Wednesday January 27th 6:30-7:30pm at

BWCO Meeting Notes

The Wednesday January 13, 2021 BWCO Zoom meeting did occur but with technical problems that prevented some people from joining and that resulted in an unplanned early ending when Zoom time ran out. We apologize to anyone who tried but failed to join us. The link we circulated to join the meeting failed to connect folks which we only learned shortly after the meeting was to start. We apologize to anyone who made it on but then got cut off abruptly when Zoom decided our free time was up. We are working on solutions and will provide notice of future meetings sometime soon.

In attendance at our January meeting were Will Cannady, Sonja Merchant Jones, Joe Stewart, Sharon Neely, Waverly Main Street Executive Director Matt Smith, 14th District Councilwoman Odette Ramos and Vehicles for Change Director of Communications Simone Baptiste. 

Matt Smith briefed us on current Waverly Main Street (WMS) activities. He has agreed to put his presentation on the WMS website and we agreed to circulate a link to that once it is available.

Odette Ramos briefed us on her time in office since being  sworn in this past December. She was commended for her regular email blasts that are keeping her constituents very well informed. 

The Zoom clock ran out before Simone Baptiste was able to brief us unfortunately but she will be invited back to share what Waverly Vehicles for Change is doing.

BWCO Zoom Meeting Minutes

Better Waverly Community Organization (BWCO) held a neighborhood meeting online during the snow storm Wednesday December 16, 2020, which was longtime board member Debra Evans 65th birthday, virtually recognized and celebrated. Attending were officers/directors Michelle & William Cannady, Sonja Merchant Jones, Joe Stewart, Sharon Neely & Debra Evans, joined by community member Jon Smeton, Greenmount Partners Matt Herman, Marva Williams from Baltimore City Department of Transportation, Matt Henry & Nicole Williams from Baltimore Police Department Northern District Neighborhood Collaboration Unit and newly sworn in Baltimore City 14th District Councilperson Odette Ramos.

Greenmount Partners owns a number of Waverly Main Street properties. Matt Herman provided a brief update on their status after being congratulated and thanked for the new Gaia mural he commissioned on his building at Old York and Greenmount. That space is being renovated for retail and co-working tenants. Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) is coming to a new home on the east side of Greenmount close to Goodwill. A bookshop-cafe is coming to E. 32nd St. near Pete’s. Above 33rd Street on the west side of Greenmount is coming a Food Hall. Matt seeks tenants and owners who live locally who will provide goods and services for customers from nearby and surrounding neighborhoods. Matt Herman can be contacted at 443-681-9111 or <>.

BCDOT liaison Marva Williams noted that a request for traffic calming measures on E. 30th between Greenmount and Loch Raven was under review. She can be reached at <> or 443-615-3363.

BPDNCU officers Matt Henry & Nicole Williams addressed crime and safety and urged anyone with concerns to contact the Neighborhood Collaboration Unit supervisor, Sgt. Monica Veney: or 410-396-2455.

14th District Councilwoman Odette Ramos urged residents to contact her to receive her weekly online newsletter and town hall invitations: <>

A motion passed authorizing Better Waverly Mutual Aid to apply for a Johns Hopkins Neighborhood grant. 

A proposal by Better Waverly resident Jon Smeton for having a legislative committee will be discussed by the board with Jon sometime very soon. 

The board agreed to continue Zoom meetings in 2021. The next one will be 6pm Wednesday January 13, 2021. Notices will be posted on Better Waverly Next Door, BWCO webpage and BWCO Facebook page with links for joining. 


Will Cannady, BWCO Parliamentarian, invites you to the upcoming rescheduled 

Better Waverly Community Organization Zoom Meeting: 

6:00 pm, Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Please note BWCO had to reschedule its originally planned 12/09/2020 zoom meeting as it would have conflicted with a special online event Odette Ramos just set up to host Mary Pat Clarke as the 14th District Baltimore City Councilperson changes. That event will offer an opportunity to hear from the outgoing councilwoman and to thank her for her many years of service. For details, please contact

Join BWCO Zoom Meeting, 6pm Wednesday December 16, 2020

Meeting ID: 694 415 1596

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BWCO Nov. 2020 Zoom Meeting Notes

On Wednesday November 11, Better Waverly Community Organization (BWCO) hosted the first of two ZOOM meetings. The second one is scheduled for 6pm Wednesday December 9, 2020. Information about how to join that meeting will be circulated closer to then, including on the website, Facebook Page and on Better Waverly Next Door.

Present at the 11/11/2020 ZOOM meeting were BWCO officers/directors: Michelle Cannady (co-chair), Will Cannady (parliamentarian), Sharon Neely (treasurer), Joe Stewart (secretary) & Debra Evans, Better Waverly residents: Nova Robinson, Carly Wais, Jon Smeton, Julie Buisson, Nora Bundy & Najee Haynes-Follins, and guests: Retiring 14th District Baltimore City Councilperson Mary Pat Clarke, 43rd District MD State Delegate Regina Boyce, Strong City Baltimore Neighborhood Programs Mike Cross-Barnet & Johns Hopkins Community Affairs Director Jennifer Mielke.

Mary Pat Clarke thanked BWCO for the many years she has been honored to serve the neighborhood and noted that as Citizen Clarke in the future she remains available to help us whenever she is needed. Delegate Boyce urged everyone to get a flu shot.

Jennifer Mielke and Mike Cross-Barnet introduced themselves and noted that Johns Hopkins and Strong City Baltimore wanted to continue to work with and support our community.

Praise was given to Better Waverly Mutual Aid (BWMA) which continues to provide food boxes to over 130 households in the neighborhood every week. In addition, with help from a small grant from Johns Hopkins, community partnerships and donations, Better Waverly Mutual Aid has given out resources like masks, sanitizer, menstrual and incontinence supplies, and toilet paper. If you know someone who wants help and/or wants to get involved, they can email, or call (410) 635-0688.  A BWMA volunteer member noted that help was needed for a family that lost their home in a house fire on the 800 block of Montpelier Street recently. 

Better Waverly resident Julie Buisson asked that BWCO consider serving as fiscal sponsor for a grant request to benefit three greening projects (Orchard Project, Homestead Harvest & Reese Street Green Lot). She was asked to submit a written request with details for the BWCO board to consider.

Better Waverly resident Jon Smeton asked that BWCO consider forming a Legislative Committee to seek out and represent the opinions of our neighbors in the Better Waverly area to our elected representatives at the city, state, and national level. He submitted a written proposal which the BWCO will be considering.

BWCO board member Debra Evans noted that 901 Arts is up and running outside at 901 Montpelier Street.


Better Waverly Community Organization (BWCO) Officers and Directors are providing the platform (below) for Better Waverly residents to meet virtually while regular in person board meeting are suspended during the pandemic. The BWCO Parliamentarian has set up this meeting to which you are welcome. Will Cannady is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: Will Cannady’s Zoom Meeting 

Time: Nov 11, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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Meeting ID: 694 415 1596 

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