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HAMPDEN

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

HCC Officers

President: Everett Noe

Vice President: Position Vacant

Secretary: Bridget Sampson

Treasurer: Adam Feuerstein

Board Members

John Bosley

Betty Callahan

Genny Dill

Adam Feuerstein

Kat Feuerstein

Jay Lazar

HCC CONTACT INFO

Everett Noe, President

HCC, PO Box 19957

Hampden, MD 21211

hccpresident@gmail.com

www.hampdenhappenings.org

APRIL HCC MEETING

The next HCC meeting is on

Monday, April 26th.

Plan to join us at 7 p.m. at the Roosevelt Park

Recreation Center on West 36th Street.

The agenda will include committee updates

and discussions of the most important issues

of the day for business owners and residents

of Hampden.

7:00-7:20 pm: Committee updates

7:20-7:35 pm: Board nominations

7:35-8:05 pm: Methadone clinic

8:05-8:15 pm: New business

8:15-8:40 pm: Vermiculture demonstration

Historic Hampden Happenings is distributed

to residents, organizations and businesses

throughout Greater Hampden.

Circulation: 2,000, Readers: 10,000+

©2010 All rights reserved.

The HCC is a 501 (c) (3)

nonprofit organization.

www.hampdenhappenings.org • Since 1972

Cover photo by Nathalie Cone

Everett Noe

Erin Nueslein

George L Peters Jr

Bridget Sampson

David Sugar

Photo by Nathalie Cone

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Vogue Revisited is decorated with

vintage hats from the original owner’s

collection. Her friends continue to

donate hats to display to this day.

president’s letter

Do you want to work with other individuals in

the community, meet new neighbors, and make

a difference in Hampden? You should consider

running for a board position on the Hampden

Community Council! Nominations for the

HCC’s Board of Directors will be held at the

general membership meeting on April 26 in

preparation for the May election of the 2010-

2011 Board of Directors. Board positions are

president, vice president, treasurer, secretary,

and up to six open board positions. Every board

position on the Hampden Community Council is

a one-year commitment. If you are interested in

running for a board or executive board position,

or would like to nominate someone, please come

to the April 26 meeting. Once nominations are

completed, the community will be notified via

an e-mail blast of the nominees. On election

night, each nominee will have an opportunity to

speak to the membership prior to the vote.

Also on the agenda for April, the management

for the new Methadone Clinic that opened

recently on Falls Road will talk about the clinic’s

operations. If you have concerns, or would like to

express your support for the clinic, we encourage

you to attend and take part in the discussion.

Denny Lynch has traveled to

Manhattan every year to photograph

the St. Patrick’s Day parade and to

celebrate his own Irish heritage.

Make a Difference: HCC Board Positions Up for Grabs

By Everett Noe

You are invited to come out to Roosevelt

Recreation Center at 7 pm on April 12th to

discuss a new large development project that

may impact Hampden. WV Development will

be requesting approval from the Baltimore City

Council to develop the old Anderson Automotive

site in neighboring Remington. The proposed

project, known as 25th Street Station, would be

developed on 11 acres of property, and include

residential and retail components including

Lowe’s and Wal-Mart. The developers have

agreed to come to Hampden to discuss the project

and its potential impact in our community. Due

to scheduling conflicts, this meeting is being held

on a separate date from our regular meetings.

While you have your calendar out, be sure to

set some time aside on April 13th for our next

Happiest Hampden Hour at Zissimos! If you’ve

never been to Zissimos, or haven’t been there in a

while, you definitely need to come and check out

the renovations, including the newly opened 2nd

floor. To thank the community for their support

with his application for a live entertainment

permit (the first zoning permit of its type issued

in Baltimore City), the owner of Zissimos (Geli)

will be bringing in a live local band to play for our

Happy Hour! Along with some really sweet Happy

Hour prices, we will definitely be ready to rock out,

have some fun and unwind after a long day’s work.

clean & green team

The Canadian geese are heading north; annuals

are emerging from the earth; the frozen windswept

streets have been replaced with sunny and modestly

warm days; dare I say spring has arrived. This is an

exciting time to say the least for the Clean & Green

committee. The month kicked off with a standing

room only turnout for C&G meeting. Billy Thomas

of The Free Farm shared their vision. Great ideas

were shared for several upcoming projects, but

the point was made that although brainstorming

sessions are good, it’s time to roll up our sleeves

and get people involved. So the following items

do not reflect everything that’s going on, but

highlight some immediate opportunities to make

Hampden cleaner and greener.

Baltimore Spring Clean-Up in Hampden

Baltimore’s Spring Clean-up Day is slated for the

weekend of April 17th. This is a great opportunity

to get out with your neighbors and work together

to get your block looking great. We are looking for

block captains to organize these efforts on each

of Hampden’s streets. If you want to make sure

your block has all the supplies and information it

needs to make this day a success, send an email

to Jay at sustainablehampden@gmail.com. For

over a decade, Marla O’Neill has organized our

involvement with the City-Wide Clean-Ups and

this year is no exception. Please take a moment

to thank her for the tireless effort to help make

Hampden a Clean and Green place to live.

Hampden Street Trees

The Clean & Green Team of the Hampden

Community Council wants to help you get a tree in

front of your home! Why plant a tree? Urban street

trees not only provide shade and help increase

property values; street trees clean our air and

help manage the storm water runoff that adversely

affects the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

David’s Restaurant & Deli

3626-A Falls Road in Hampden

Call 410-662-7779

GREAT BREAKFASTS 7 DAYS A WEEK!

GOURMET DINNERS • DELI SANDWICHES

& HOMEMADE SOUPS FOR LUNCH

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Delivery hours: Monday through Friday 11 am - 3 pm

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Email David’s online at davidsrestaurantanddeli@yahoo.com

Spring has Sprung

By Jay Lazar, Clean & Green Committee Chair

We are working with the Baltimore City Division

of Forestry and other organizations that provide

technical assistance and funding for community

greening projects. To request a street tree or learn

more about the process, just complete, sign, and

mail the Street Tree Request Form on the back

page to Hampden Street Trees, PO Box 19957,

Baltimore, MD 21211. Alternately, you can visit

www.hampdenhappenings.org/Clean_Green.htm

and follow the links to download a tree request

form. The downloaded form can be emailed to

sustainablehampden@gmail.com. We encourage

you to involve your neighbors in the process.

Areas with the highest number of tree requests

will receive priority. Note: If you are a renter, your

landlord must sign the tree request form.

Not all trees are suited to an urban environment

—if you request a tree, we will work to make sure

that the right species is planted in the right place.

Single Stream Recycling

and RecycleMORE Competition

Hampden, we’re in the home stretch of our three

month competition to recycle more than any

other neighborhood; finish strong by picking up

that stray soda can or bottle you find in your ally

or on your walk. Several neighbors have asked

why the recycling that they put in a plastic bag

has not been picked up. A response from DPW

on why not to put recycling in plastic bags: Single

Stream materials are sorted by sophisticated

machinery. When materials in plastic bags are

brought to the recycling facility, they must be

separated from the recycling materials by hand,

the bags must be ripped open and the materials

inside must be dumped back onto the sorting

machinery. This is labor and time intensive and

the bags themselves, if not removed, can jam the

recycling machinery. We do advise residents to

Photo by Nathalie Cone

take their plastic bags to their local grocer for

recycling. Thanks for contacting us and thanks

for recycling.

Vermiculture Demonstration

(Worm Composting)

The HCC is excited to announce a Vermiculture

Demonstration scheduled for the April 26th

HCC General Meeting. Jennie Beckman will

give a short demonstration on the ease of worm

composting while dispelling myths and easing

concerns as nematodes feast on organic scraps.

Get Trashed On…

…Tuesday, the last Tuesday of the month. The

GTOT events will from May through October

this year and will be at 7PM through August, and

move back to 6PM for September and October.

Mark your calendar with the following dates:

May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31, September

28, October 26. Past events include some bar and

menu specials from sponsoring establishments.

Look for upcoming notices of who will be

participating this year.

Many thanks go to Bambi Chapin, Curt and Lynn

Millington, and Mike Drinks for their help in

putting this month’s article together. As always,

please feel free to email me with your thoughts,

ideas, and concerns.

Meet. Mingle. Pray. Play.

In Nearby Mount Vernon Cultural District

www.EmmanuelDowntown.org

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

The Great Hall & The Undercroft

(1852)

Classes. Opera. Weddings. Art. Speakers. Book Group. Music. More.

Sundays: 8:30AM Eucharist (Chapel)

10:30AM Choral Morning Prayer (Eucharist, 1st Sundays)

6PM Evensong (with cantor)

Wednesdays: 6PM Eucharist (Chapel)

CATHEDRAL & READ STS. (JFX Exit 5/Maryland Ave)

410.685.1130

Free Sunday Morning Parking - Adjacent PMI Lot


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Fashionable Bargains

at Vogue Revisited

By Carrie Stickel

Photo by Nathalie Cone

Announcements from the

Hampden Family Center

By Elisa Ghinger

Bull Roast a Huge Success

The Winter Blues turned into Lucky Greens as

friends and families came out to support the

Family Center’s annual Bull Roast. Baskets,

50-50, and the wheel brought a lucky night for

many. The Center’s luck held too, as some good

fortune was donated right back to HFC. Jerry D’s

caterers put on a fine spread. Aran at Ridiculous

Entertainment was both DJ and MC, calling out

the Basket Winners while taking a break from

mixing it up for the dancers. All in all, the word

on the Avenue is that a fine time was had by all.

AFFORDABLE SENIOR HOUSING IN THE HEART OF HAMPDEN

If you or a loved one are looking for

affordable housing for seniors (62+),

St. Mary’s Roland View Towers

at 3838 Roland Avenue offers efficiency,

1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments.

Reasonable Prices: from $433 to $728 - utilities included!

Convenient to Giant, Superfresh, RiteAid and area shops.

GRAND-VIEW Restaurant on the roof.

Call 410-889-8255 for information.

Christine “Chris” Anderson never expected to

own a consignment shop, but when family friend

Dottie Cornell opened up Vogue Revisited in

1993 and hired college-aged Chris to work in

the shop, the future was set. Chris was working

toward a degree in business at Essex Community

College when she was hired at Vogue Revisited,

and, in 1995 when Dottie passed away, Chris

decided to buy the store.

An eager bargain-hunting shopper can spend

a lot of time in Vogue Revisited. (Sorry fellas,

the store doesn’t carry any men’s wear.) Chris

sells clothes (including coats, evening gowns,

swimwear, and more), accessories (shoes, hats,

scarves, belts, jewelry), makeup (must be new!),

and more. It’s easy to become a consigner—

simply bring in your wares Monday through

Friday, have Chris or one of her five employees

take a gander, leave behind the stuff that will

sell and take the rest with you to donate. The

consigner takes home 50% of the sell price.

After more than 15 years’ experience, Chris has

a good eye for selecting clothes that will sell.

“No spots, stains, or holes” is the first test of an

item, and then Chris looks at the style. She prices

the items to sell—the rule of thumb is to set the

price at about 1/3 of the original cost. There is no

bartering in Vogue Revisited: customers can see

the dates when the price will be reduced and Chris

sticks to that pricing structure. Vogue Revisited

will pull the items you’ve donated and not sold to

give back to you at your request; otherwise, your

items will be donated to local charities.

Vogue Revisited has many loyal customers and

plenty of regulars; the shop attracts all types

of people from the surrounding community.

Though the bulk of items in the shop are from

local consigners, Chris also receives shipments

from New York, Florida, and Alaska. Women

who used to live in Baltimore and have since

moved say that they can’t find a consignments

shop in their new neighborhood that they like so

well as Vogue Revisited.

One of the stand outs of Vogue Revisited is the

organization of the shop. Chris admits to being a

neat freak, and the trait is reflected in the store.

Clothes are organized by type (shirts, pants,

skirts, etc.) then by size and then by color and/or

length. There is also a designer nook in the front

of the store where those customers looking for

a particular label can shop. Shoes are organized

by size and displayed on shelves that allow for

easy perusal. Throughout the store, Chris and

her staff set up displays of purses and shoes,

and the shop windows are always changing. The

store is also decorated with vintage hats from

Dottie Cornell’s original collection. Chris says

that Dottie’s friends continue to give her hats

to display in the store, thus the imprint of its

founder is still visible at Vogue Revisited.

Each year Chris has some renovation project

going on in the store. As the shop’s popularity

continues to grow, room on the sales floor

continues to disappear. The spot at 4002 Roland

Avenue is perfect, so Chris won’t move out, but

she may eventually move up.

“I love being my own boss,” was Chris’s

enthusiastic answer to being asked her favorite

part of owning a business. She’s clearly made

good decisions and kept a loyal customer base

to be successful for 15 years. Stop by Monday

through Saturday and check out Vogue Revisited

for yourself. Inventory is displayed on a seasonal

basis, so watch for new spring and summer

items coming out this month.

Make Your Floral Easter Basket

We’ll have a special floral arranging event again

this year, just time for Easter. Create a beautiful

flower basket on Friday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at the

Center. Space is limited so be sure to call the

Center at 410-467-8710 to reserve your space.

We’re grateful to St. David’s for making this

event possible.

Find Great Deals at our Yard Sale!

Great deals are waiting for you on Saturday,

April 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family

Center’s Yard Sale. We’ll have a treasure-trove of

great yard sale finds. We’re right on the Avenue

at 1104 W. 36th Street. You can also join us in

selling your own things. Tables can be rented for

$10 each. Please call Pam Viel at 410-467-8710

for more information.

Senior Luncheon

On Friday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy

a hot meal, good friends and a fun, Spring-time

activity. Please call the Center at 410-467-8710

to register; space is limited.

Time to Start Thinking About Summer

The snow’s gone and it’s time to start thinking

about summer! Summer Enrichment Camp

provides 6 through 13-year-olds with a busy,

exciting and educational program that includes

recreational activities and field trips. Camp starts

June 21 and ends August 13. For more details, call

Ali Danois at the Center: 410-467-8710.

Adult Basic Education

New Adult Basic Education class are starting in

April, call the Center at 410-467-8710 for more

details.


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News from the Education Committee

By Various Authors Noted Within

News from Hampden Elementary-Middle

School #55 (Reported by Ebony Alston)

Dr. Andres Alonso, CEO of the Baltimore

City Public Schools, presented the Principal

with an Academic Performance Award for

2009 at a recent Baltimore School Board

meeting. This award recognizes consistent

improvement of MSA scores at the school for

the three previous years. Congratulations to

the dedicated staff and administrators who

earned this significant recognition!

Plans and preparations for the 120th Birthday

Bash at our school on May 28th shifted into

high gear in early March. A well-attended

kickoff meeting in the Parent-Teacher room at

the school resulted in formation of a schoolcommunity

team to get ready for this celebration.

Principal Dr. Judith Thomas, staff developer

Ebony Alston, and staff members Diane

Robinson and Patricia Moore will be the core

team members from the school. Cathy Rudasill-

Pryor, Sarah Lesperance, and Donna Cooper

are key community participants. Cathy Pryor

gave us a huge boost by creating a Facebook page

for the event as well as its own email address.

If you’re a Facebook user search for “Hampden

Elementary-Birthday,” and join the nearly 100

“friends” who have already linked to this page.

If you’re not a Facebook user, you can email the

team at he120bbc@aol.com to receive updates

about the event by email.

Specific plans are still sketchy but the team

has already decided to hold a one-day event on

Friday, May 28th at the school. An Open House

will fill the morning and we are inviting a variety

of local and state school and civic officials to this

portion, including Dr. Alonso and other BCPS

officials, the Baltimore City School Board, the

state superintendent, the Mayor, the Governor,

etc. BCPS’ Communications Department is

helping us get media coverage. In the afternoon,

there will be a street fair-carnival with food

vendors, rides, a “Moon Bounce” for the kids,

and many other activities. A portion of Chestnut

Avenue will be blocked off to supplement the

playground space. The day will conclude with an

alumni-oriented “sock hop” in the gym. Keep

up with our plans on Facebook or by email!

In other news, the school raised $1105 for Haiti

earthquake relief, donated through the American

Red Cross. Students raised nearly $700 through

coin collection and the staff contributed an

additional $355 in one hour when the Principal

appealed to them to help increase the total to at

least $1000! Congratulations to all!

News from ACCE 427 (Reported by Amanda Ellison)

ACCE students and staff raised over $750 for Haiti

earthquake relief. The students collected coins

throughout January and February while staff

donations came from “payments” to the fund in

exchange for the right to wear jeans to ACCE for a

day! The money will be given to the American Red

Cross to support their relief efforts.

ACCE continues preparing for the transition to a

transformation school where students can enter in

the 6th grade. Information for families who may

wish to enroll students in ACCE as sixth graders

will be available in paper and electronic form on

our website (http://accebaltimore.com) soon.

HSA preparation is at its height with bridge

projects due in less than a month and final HSA

testing less than two months away. Juniors are

busy registering for the SAT and excitement is

growing among our seniors who are off to college

in less than six months.

Try-outs are under way now for our spring

sports session and students are frantically

practicing softball, baseball, and track. Both

of ACCE’s basketball teams finished the past

season strongly, which built excitement about

the prospect of even better results next year.

Finally, the first annual ACCE yearbook is on sale!

Providing this special memory to our students is

rewarding for everyone at the school. We did not

include advertising in this first issue, but we’ll

be asking for contributions to advertise in next

year’s yearbook, and so please do contribute when

we come to call. ACCE Eagles, Fly High!

News from Learning Inc. (Reported by Judy Friedman)

Learning Inc. (LI) is working hard for better

student attendance. Good attendance is the

foundation for fulfilling LI’s mission to reengage

at-risk teenagers from Baltimore

City in getting an educational that builds the

skills needed to become caring, responsible

adults with realistic job opportunities. We

are encouraging good attendance by building

strong relationships between students, advisors

and our mental health team, rewarding good

attendance with meals, field trips, gift cards,

etc., calling absent students’ homes daily and

meeting with students and their parents /

guardians to address the root causes of poor

attendance. These efforts and other LI support

measures are paying off: 64% of our students

have already increased their reading scores by at

least 0.5 grade level so far this year, so they are

on track to increase reading levels by at least 1

full grade level by the end of the year. LI is proud

to report that five of our students have already

increased their reading scores by 5 grades or

more overall. Of local interest, one student

from Hampden won a $50 gift certificate to the

shopping mall of his choice! Watch Hampden

Happenings for more LI highlights next time.

Meanwhile, please consider volunteering a

little of your time at Learning Inc. Just covering

the phones a morning a week would help a lot.

Learning Inc. is located at 1234 W. 36th Street.

Drop by or call us at 410.662.8049 to learn more

about volunteering, or to get answers to any

other questions you may have.

News from Independence School Local 1

(Reported by Cranston Dize)

The annual City Schools lottery process is

complete and next fall’s 9th graders are clear

about where they will be attending high school.

Charter schools like Independence are open

enrollment schools that participate by law

in the lottery process. The lottery assigned

four Hampden middle school 8th graders to

Independence and six more were placed on the

wait list. Tenth and eleventh graders are eligible

to apply to a charter school for admission as

their personal circumstances change.

A few more announcements: with spring

coming soon the Wilderness/Art program led by

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Education Committee

(continued from page 7)

Michelle Debruin and Pete Carlson is about to

start. And thanks to capable guidance from Ms.

Patricia “Petey” O’Donnell, the junior-senior

internship program is achieving powerful

results. Finally, graduation day is set for

Saturday, May 29. Commencement will convene

at 1 p.m. at the Roosevelt Recreation Center.

High School Sailing at the

Baltimore County Sailing Center

Starting April 13th, high school students

have the opportunity to not only learn how

to sail but how to race boats at the Baltimore

County Sailing Center. This high school sailing

program has been taking place at the Baltimore

County Sailing Center since the mid-90’s. The

Baltimore County Sailing Center is located at

Rocky Point State Park near Essex. Any student

in grades 9-12 is eligible to sign up for this

high school sailing program. More information

can be obtained at http://www.bcsailing.org/

lessons.html.

News from the Roosevelt Park Rec Council

By Lisa Meyers

Our next Quarter Auction is on April 9, 2010.

Doors open at 6 pm and the auction starts at 7

pm. Bring seven friends and receive a special

gift. Also, look for some new vendors. And the

Walking Taco is back!

Our annual Spring Fling Festival & Flea Market

is set for May 15, 2010 from 9 am-3 pm with a

rain date of May 22, 2010. Spaces are $15.00 for

regular vendors and $100.00 for food vendors.

Look for upcoming info on a bus trip to Atlantic

City in June.

Please check out our website at www.

rooseveltparkreccouncil.org or look for us on

Facebook by searching for “Roosevelt Park

Recreation Council.”

Photo by Nathalie Cone

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From Baltimore to Manhattan (and Back!) on St. Patrick’s Day

By Denny Lynch

I live in Hampden but have been going to New

York on St. Patrick’s Day for a number of years

now to celebrate my Irishness. (There was a

time when my ancestors were forbidden to

do this on the other side of the Atlantic.) My

father’s parents were from County Kerry and

my maternal grandfather was from County

Monaghan. It was his mother from County

Fermanagh who in 1899 bought the house in

Hampden that three generations of my family

were raised in.

I’m a seasoned St. Patrick’s Day pilgrim. On

March 17th I will be up, organized and out

the door so early even my cat Sammy will be

impressed. I’ll take a very early Amtrak train

from Baltimore’s Penn Station to Manhattan’s

Penn Station. After a little less than 3 hours

I’ll be taking a short walk from Penn Station

down to the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi.

I love that church for so many reasons: its

architecture, its mission, and because it was

once the home of Father Mychal F. Judge. Father

Judge was the Chaplain of the Fire Department

of New York who lost his life on September 11th,

2001. I met him only once, at the St. Patrick’s

Day Parade in March 2001. He was standing on

44th Street with an army of firemen, and I was

fortunate enough to take his picture. It was not

until that fall that I realized I had photographed

a true American hero.

Next I’ll take a taxi to 44th and Fifth, the starting

point of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

There is such a positive energy throughout

Manhattan on St. Patrick’s Day, and as a

freelance photographer I do my best to record

it. The parade begins around 11 o’clock when the

Mayor and other dignitaries start making their

way up Fifth Avenue, and it will go on for another

4 or 5 hours. What I’ve discovered over the years

is that the people who are watching the parade

are sometimes just as interesting to photograph

as those who are marching by. I am fascinated

by the ways people use the color green to spice

up their attire.

Later, I will take the subway up to 86th Street

where the parade officially ends. There, I get

a real “perk” in the form of greeting members

of various Irish organizations. Many parade

participants fly in from Ireland just to march

up The Avenue. Whether I am shaking hands

with people from the Monaghan Society or the

Fermanagh Association I always discover that we

know each others’ friends and relatives in Eire.

The “six degrees of separation” phenomenon

is heavy at play here, and when these visitors

return home to Ireland they will mention the

conversation that we had on Fifth Avenue.

At the end of this marvelous day, I’ll take a cab

back to Penn Station in time to catch the 10:05

Amtrak headed south. As the train heads out

toward Baltimore I will think about the Parade

and all the images I captured with my camera.

And these Irish eyes will be smiling!

Lynch is a retired history teacher. A selection of his

photographs of Irish scenes can be viewed at Soup’s

On, 842 West 36th Street during business hours.

Showcasing Creativity

with Snow

This artist, standing with his snow sculpture, is Roger

Howard. He lives across the street from Good Doggie

Day Care. He was inspired by all of the wonderful dogs

that come to the Day Care!

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