Johns Hopkins Gazette: September 16, 1996

Stoney Run
Gets Facelift

United Way: Volunteers
poured into Stoney Run
for a day of caring
for the community.

Mike Field
Staff Writer

The United Way Day of Caring put volunteers to work all over Baltimore Sept. 12. They cleaned, scraped, painted, visited and escorted--and in the case of the university's Stoney Run cleanup effort planted--at 207 different sites throughout the metropolitan area. In all, 2,400 volunteers provided assistance to 140 agencies in the city and surrounding counties.

Volunteers at Hopkins were one of 96 corporate groups to participate in the event. One group escorted 4- and 5-year-olds from the YWCA Fallon Federal Day Care Center on an afternoon visit to the Maryland Science Center.

A second group, led by biology professor Michael Beer, removed trash and planted trees and wildflowers in a section of Stoney Run fronting the Space Telescope Science Institute building on the Homewood campus. Beer, seen here hauling tools for his cadre of volunteers, has led a decades-long effort to restore the stream to health.

"I'm very excited, we got a tremendous amount done," Beer said at the conclusion of the efforts by more than 30 volunteers. "This is a really great site that had been terribly neglected for many years." In addition to hauling old tires, abandoned lawn mowers and bags and bags of trash from the site, the group planted 30 trees and 50 wildflowers.

The cleanup efforts are to be capped by a free concert Sunday, Sept. 29, by the Peabody Brass Quintet. "Music Under the Arch" will feature the renowned musicians from 3 to 5 p.m. Entrance to the event is at the Hampden sign at 33rd St. and Remington Ave. Call (410) 467-8983 for additional information.

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