A weekly collection of community news and useful information for residents of the South Baltimore Peninsula.
High-altitude repair work continues on St. Mary Star of the Sea church at the corner of Riverside Ave. and Gittings St. in preparation for the return of the iconic lighted star-cross damaged in an April storm. Father Josh Laws, pastor of the Catholic Community of South Baltimore, reports that once structural repairs are completed the star will return with a possible lighting event for the community.
A second nearby ballot drop box for the November election is now in place for peninsula residents. The box is on the sidewalk at the front steps of Digital Harbor High School, 1100 Covington St., not far from the corner with Cross St. The other peninsula drop box is at Orioles Park at Camden Yards next to the MARC train station.
With a ‘no treat’ Halloween night recommended this year by the city health department due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many porch lights will likely go dark to indicate households are not handing out treats. The board of the Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association suggested an alternative to this lights-out tradition in an Oct. 15 email: posting ‘no treats here’ signs. “For those who are not able to hand out candy,” the association asked that “neighbors please leave their porch lights on to keep everyone safe” and instead post a sign created by the association “to let trick or treaters know that candy isn’t happening at your house.” The signs (samples above) can be downloaded from the association’s website (www.federalhillsouth.org). Federal Hill South encompasses the neighborhoods bounded by Light St., Cross St., Covington St., and Fort Avenue.
Re-openings abound this week in Federal Hill’s central business district. Old Line Cocktail & Wine Bar began serving drinks again in Cross Street Market on Oct. 15. Magician Spencer Horsman returns to the stage of his Illusions Magic Bar (1025 S. Charles) for limited-seating shows Fridays and Saturdays starting Oct. 16 through Halloween. Ropewalk Tavern (1209 S. Charles) also reopens Oct. 16 for “eat, drink, & play” three days a week (Weds-Fri).