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HAMPDEN

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

HCC Officers

President: Adam Feuerstein

Vice President: Gary Figurelle

Secretary: Genny Dill

Treasurer: Erin Nueslein

Board Members

William Critz

Genny Dill

Adam Feuerstein

Kat Feuerstein

Jay Lazar

HCC CONTACT INFO

Adam Feuerstein, President

HCC, PO Box 19957

Hampden, Maryland 21211

hccpresident@gmail.com

www.hampdenhappenings.org

Everett Noe

Ed Nueslein

Erin Nueslein

George L Peters Jr

David Sugar

APRIL HCC MEETING

The next HCC meeting is on

Monday, April 25th.

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.

7:00-7:05 pm: Welcome

7:05-7:30 pm: Committee updates

7:30-7:45 pm: New business

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With several clean-up efforts on

the horizon, Hampden volunteer

coordinators would like to let you

know more about what’s coming up.

president’s letter

Sustaining our Local Economy

By Adam Feuerstein

These are exciting times to be in Hampden.

Over the next few months, you will see the

roll out of a couple of initiatives intended

to help strengthen the commitment to

local business and the sustainability of

our neighborhood. These programs are

not through the HCC but I applaud their

actions and their hopeful effect on the

neighborhood for years to come.

As part of our 10 year vision of Hampden

in the Hampden Strategic Vision and

Comprehensive Community Plan, we state,

“We have kept our historic and eclectic

character through the significant decisionmaking

role we created by participating

in and affecting local government. We

maintain our commitment to ensure that all

of us, as community members, have input

on those decisions. Hampden is a model of

balance and stability. We take pride in our

work and hold each other, our organizations

and our strategic partners accountable for

our neighborhood’s success.”

Both the upcoming roll out of the BNote

and the proposed Baltimore Co-op in the

Mill Valley Garden Center are two ideas

that will help meet the long term goals of

our neighborhood.

The BNote is preparing to launch in April.

The BNote is local currency that can only be

used at certain retailers and they selected

Hampden as their primary neighborhood to

launch the project. Once they are officially

launched, BNotes may be obtained at any

As the only all-natural salon in the

city, the first thing you might notice

when you walk into Sprout is the

absence of any chemical salon smells.

participating merchant who is running

a cambio, or money exchange. $10 may

be exchanged for 11 BNotes, which then

trade equal to dollars, so you get a builtin

10% discount. They will be available in

multiples of $10, up to $100 (BN110). In the

meantime, you can order them in advance

by going to http://baltimoregreencurrency.

org/reserve-your-bnotes-today.

Once you order them, you can pick them

up on April 16 at the EcoFest at Druid Hill

Park from 12- 5 or pick them up on April

17 at the Baltimore Free Farm on the 3500

block of Ash Street. For an abbreviated list

of merchants using the BNote go to http://

baltimoregreencurrency.org/merchantdirectory.

According to the website, a full

list will be available once the April 16 date

is a little closer.

Mill Valley General Store, 2800 Sisson St.,

will soon become the Baltimore Food Coop,

a member owned full-service grocery

store, run by a member elected board, and

professionally staffed. The co-op will focus

on locally sourced and sustainable foods.

Along with fresh produce, meat, eggs and

dairy products from as close to home as

Hamilton (Hamilton Crop Circle), the Coop

will stock canned goods, pasta, breads,

cereals, cleaning products, and so on.

The goal is for the store to be a one-stop

shopping destination.

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education committee

Defining a Mission and Goals for the

Hampden Education Collaborative by Will

Critz, HCC Board Member and HEC Leader

The Hampden Educational Collaborative met

on March 1 at the Hampden Family Center.

After a quick update on school and community

events of interest, those attending broke into

teams to draft a mission statement for HEC,

and to begin listing specific goals to guide

HEC’s actions in the coming months. John

Bosley gathered the individual teams’ drafts

at the end of the meeting and he and Petey

O’Donnell from ISL1 worked with Will Critz

to blend these into a preliminary Mission

Statement to be reviewed, debated, revised

and adopted at HEC’s next meeting. This

combined draft states:

“The mission of the Hampden Educational

Coalition is to promote sharing resources

and expertise among its member schools

(Hampden Elementary, St. Thomas

Aquinas, Independence High School,

ACCE and Learning Inc), and thus forge a

stronger relationship between the schools

and the greater community, and to apply

shared resources to the most serious and

widely shared problems so as to maximize

benefits to our schools and to Hampden as

a community.”

Neighborhood residents and business

people are invited to come to HEC’s next

meeting to take part in hammering out a

final Mission Statement and to add to the

list of possible goals. Dr. Judith Thomas

has invited HEC to meet at Hampden

Elementary-Middle School next month

(April). The meeting will take place on

April 26 (late due to tax season and Spring

Break) at 4:00 p.m. Broad community

participation is needed to set HEC on a

desirable and effective future course—so

come and join the dialogue at “School #55”

on April 26!

Springtime Outings Planned At

Independence School Local 1 by Chris

French, Co-Director

Spring is in the air—as well as in our step—at

Independence School Local 1. In two weeks

students from Chris Miller’s 9th grade

advisory will be heading to the Appalachian

Latest News from Hampden Area Schools

By Various Authors Credited Throughout Article

Trail to hike its 40-mile section across

Maryland. They plan to end the hike at

Harper’s Ferry with a tour of the town and

a lesson wrapping this trimester’s unit on

Civil War history.

Three other wilderness trips are planned

for the remainder of the school year,

including a senior bike trip on the C &

O canal for Chris Kosmides’ 12th grade

advisory —the culmination of the class’ US

History credit—and two “Introduction to

Backpacking” trips for Erica Hansen’s 9th

grade advisory, in which students will learn

camping fundamentals and simultaneously

earn PE credits.

Meanwhile, Danny Rosvold’s 12th grade

advisory is “Big Apple” bound in April!

These seniors will arrive early in Battery

Park for a ride on the Staten Island Ferry,

and then move north through the Financial

District and Chinatown.

Back in Charm City, Senior Prom is set for

May 20 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

And on June 4, former NFL player and Youth

Ambassador Program director Riddick

Parker will speak at Senior Commencement

exercises at the Creative Alliance, Patterson

Theater, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Love Thy Neighbor a la Learning Inc. by

Emily Wilson, Workforce Development & Outreach

Learning Inc. began the school year with a

2-week introductory program called WISE

to familiarize new students with our school

and build team spirit. Part of that program

involved two field trips to Meals on Wheels

of Central Maryland in Highlandtown,

which happily resulted in an ongoing

partnership with the organization and

the Hampden Family Center. Now, every

Monday two or three of our students deliver

hot and cold meals to senior residents at

the St. Mary’s Roland View towers at 3838

and 3939 Roland Avenue.

Spearheading other service learning

projects near and far, the LI math teacher is

coordinating a trip for his advisory group to

the local SPCA, and our English teacher is

helping her advisees knit or crochet teddy

bears for HIV-positive African children

as part of the Mother Bear Project (www.

motherbearproject.org). Other students

are getting in on the act, too: growing house

plants for decoration and air purification,

tilling the Learning Inc. garden and putting

on a car wash to benefit our school.

Incentive Mentoring Program at ACCE: A

New Tool for Student’s Success by Quinhon

Goodlowe, Principal

Dedicated to enabling Baltimore youth

to pursue careers of their choice, ACCE

recently partnered with the Incentive

Mentoring Program (IMP), based at the

Johns Hopkins University Homewood

campus, to provide additional support to

its students.

A volunteer organization that provides

family-style mentoring, IMP aims to

transform high school students who are

falling short of the minimum academic

requirements into socially aware leaders

committed to a higher personal goal.

The program provides a support group

of as many as ten university-based

mentors per student. In addition to this

innovative mentoring approach, the IMP

model provides an extensive network of

resources to mentors and mentees. By

stressing the value of family relationships,

adaptability, and learning from everyone,

IMP mentoring has been associated with a

97 percent graduation rate for participating

high school students.

Recent Milestones and Coming Events at

St. Thomas Aquinas School by Bonnie Russo,

Librarian & Elementary Computer Teacher

St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) School is

currently enrolling students in grades Pre-K

(4-year-olds) through 8 for the 2011-2012

school year. Tuition assistance is available.

Students from parishes without a school

will receive the St. Thomas Aquinas School

In-Parish rate. For more information about

registration, please call Principal Sister

Marie Rose at 410-889-4618.

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(continued from page 3)

Mrs. Cutter and her first grade class

sponsored a school-wide Kindness Day

on March 7. First graders made kindness

badges for the entire school and used

the PA system to encourage their fellow

students to be kind. They also displayed

kindness posters they had created in the

computer lab throughout the school. The

students collected $100 in coins, which

was donated to Courage Lion, the sponsor

of Bob’s Place, a hospice for children in

downtown Baltimore. They also collected

canned goods for the HWR Food Pantry.

Congratulations to our STA 8th graders

students who recently received high school

acceptance letters. Best wishes for their

continued success!

STA’s next Family Night at Mamma’s Cucina

Restaurant is Thursday, April 14, from 3-9

p.m. Join us for a good meal and meet our

STA families. The school will celebrate

Grandparents Day on Wednesday, April 20.

STA will be closed for Easter Vacation from

April 21-30.

Don’t Rain on Our Parade: A Wet but

Exciting Journey to Annapolis and Other

News by Dr. Judith Thomas, Principal,

Hampden Elementary-Middle School

We’re all proud of our parents (and

students ranging across grades 1 through

8) who braved record-breaking rain

on the night of Thursday, March 10, to

participate in the “Keep Your Promise”

rally in Annapolis. This rally was organized

by the Baltimore Education Coalition to

impress upon Governor O’Malley and

our legislators the importance of keeping

their promises to Baltimore City school

students, and cancelling his proposed

$15 million in education budget cuts

for Baltimore. Here’s what some of our

students had to say after participating: “I

was surprised by how many people turned

out that night. It felt like we were part of

history for going there and protesting,” 7th

grader Kristine Meekins later said. Fellow

7th grader Kassidy Fidler said, “When the

speaker asked who we were, I said, ‘We

the People!’ quoting from the Preamble to

the US Constitution. Governor O’Malley

and all the other politicians need to give

our schools proper funding. We are the

future of Baltimore!” You may wish to call

Governor O’Malley (410-974-3901) and

tell him you support keeping state funding

at the level called for in the Thornton Act.

In other news, Raymond DeBarge and

Shelby Sentz recently won a schoolwide

Spelling Bee. They then went on

to represent Hampden at the Citywide

Spelling Bee held at Towson University on

March 12. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

awarded both students lovely certificates

for their accomplishments.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is currently

showing prints and poetry that our

middle school students created as a result

of participating in our Art Integration

Program conducted by Ms. Jerrolyn

Hollinger, art teacher. We are so proud that

their creativity is on display in one of the

city’s major galleries!

President’s Message

(continued from page 2)

There is a $100 membership fee which is

a lifetime membership, with a nominal

annual renewal fee. The store will be open

to all. Members will receive a discount

at the register every time they shop as

well as member-only specials and sales.

Membership also entitles you to run for the

board of directors, serve on committees,

have a say in the merchandise BFC carries,

and other involvement. Or you can just relax

and enjoy! For more information on the Co-

Op, go to www.baltimorefoodcoop.com.

I wish both organizations the best, and

speaking as a Hampden resident, I am

planning on participating with both programs.

Are there other organizations that should

be highlighted here? If you think so,

let me hear about them. Email me at

hccpresident@gmail.com and tell us how

your organization is helping to strengthen

our neighborhood.

Updates from the Roosevelt Park Recreation Council

By Lisa Meyers

The Roosevelt Park Recreation Council will

have a Quarter Auction on April 1, 2011.

Doors will open at 6 pm and the auction will

start at 7 pm. Paddles are one for $3.00 and

two for $5.00.

The 2nd Annual Spring Fling Festival

& Flea Market will be on May 14, 2011

with a raindate of May 21, 2011. Spaces are

$15.00. For more information, please call

the Rec Center at 410-396-6050 or email us

at ourreccouncil@gmail.com.

We are now registering for our new

Basketball League! The season will begin

on April 25, 2011. Children ages 5-6

(clinic) are $20.00 and children 7-17 are

$30.00. For more information, call Todd

Clary at 410-396-6050.

We are now registering for the 2011 Camp

Baltimore. The camp will run from June

20th - August 5th from 9 am - 3 pm. We

will have group games, swimming lessons,

field trips, and arts & crafts. The ages for

the camp are 5-12 and the cost is $500.00.

Before and After Care is available for an

additional charge. Please contact Todd Clary

at 410-396-6050 for more information.

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt is April 23,

2011 at 11 am (ages 0-10). Free picture with

the Easter Bunny and lunch for the children.

Pick up your tickets at the Center from

March 28 - April 14.

The Roosevelt Recreation Center is looking

for indoor skates. If you have some you

don’t need, please drop them off. You may

also make a cash donation to the Recreation

Council so we may put it all together and buy

some skates. Hope you all can help!

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Announcements from the Hampden UMC and St. Mary’s Outreach Center

By Betty Callahan and Sandy Simmons

clean & green team

The Clean and Green Spring Clean-Up Schedule

By Various Authors Credited Throughout Article

Hampden Food Pantry at the Hampden UMC

This month the Boy Scouts did their yearly

drive for food for the pantry. We have a

troop in Towson and our Hampden scouts

collecting for us. They do a terrific job; we

are still sorting and storing food! Also, we

will get government food this month and will

give an extra bag in April.

We are in need of small canned hams to give

away in our Easter bags. We would like to

have them by April 18th. If you would like

to donate, we are at the pantry on Monday

mornings from 8:00 am till 10:30 am, or

on Wednesdays from 8:00 am till 11:45

am. During Lent there will be concerts in

the church at noon, so the pantry will close

at 11:45 am. Everyone is invited and the Navy

brass ensemble will be among the players, as

well as other talented musicians. Come join

us and stay for lunch. You may bring your

own lunch or purchase a lunch the day of for

six dollars. A good time will be had by all.

We could not function without our volunteers

and contributions given by many people.

Every little bit helps. We thank you so much.

Have great holiday and God bless you all.

The Hampden Food Pantry is located at

the Hampden United Methodist Church at

3449 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211. For

information, please call 410-235-0679 or

email hampdenumc@gmail.com.

Additional News from the Hampden UMC

There is a new thrift shop at the Hampden

UMC. It will be open on Wednesdays from

9:00 am till 12 noon. Come and get a bargain.

If you do not see what you want, ask one of

the ladies and they will help you. They will

also accept donations.

St. Mary’s Outreach Center

St. Mary’s Outreach Center is a free

resource and referral for seniors and for

students and faculty of the University

of Maryland and Baltimore Schools of

Pharmacy and Dentistry.

The Center will be sponsoring a Spring

Health Fair on Thursday, April 14th from

noon – 3 pm at St. Mary’s Outreach Center

(3900 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211).

The focus will be on Healthy Aging with

topics and screenings such as oral cancer

screening, medication safety and reviews,

diabetes, falls, and more. Free refreshments!

We hope you can make it to this fantastic

and FREE event! For information, please

call 410-366-3106.

Project Clean Stream by Jay Lazar

This year the HCC C&G Committee will be

volunteering to clean up the stream banks

of the Jones Falls along our neighborhood.

With the recent rain event and subsequent

flooding, there will be plenty of debris

and plastic bags to retrieve from the trees

along the stream. Saturday, April 2 at 9 am,

volunteers will meet at the corner of Union

Ave and Clipper Mill Rd where trash bags

and gloves will be distributed for the cleanup

effort. The event will be held rain or

shine, so please dress accordingly.

For those of you who wish to participate

but would rather work in the Stony Run

valley, there will be several groups working

the stream, with plenty to do for all. One

meeting point for the Stony Run clean-up

is the Remington Ave Bridge. Please let

me know by email sustainablehampden@

gmail.com if you participate since we will

be tracking community volunteer hours.

Mayor’s Spring Clean Up by Marla O’Neill,

Team Leader for 3300 block of Hickory Avenue

The Spring 2011 CityWide CleanUp

is scheduled for the weekend of April

16th/17th. This is the clean-up in which

neighbors come out together and clean

up the streets, alleys, and parks around

where they live. As team leaders, you can

schedule your site’s clean-up for your own

convenience at any time over the weekend.

The trash pick-up will be on Monday, April

18th. Please email me at mjfoneill@yahoo.

com to register.

What I need from team leaders is your contact

info (name, address, & phone), the estimated

number of volunteers, supplies needed (not

sure what’s available yet; see below), and the

location of your pile for pick-up.

I don’t know what, if any, supplies will be

available this year; you can certainly send

me “wish lists” and we’ll see what we can

get. In past years, rakes/shovels/brooms,

gloves, and bags were available. Just FYI,

the tools (rakes/shovels/brooms) have to

be picked up, signed for, and then returned

after the clean-up to 111 Kane Street in East

Baltimore, so unless you really need them,

they may be more trouble than they’re worth.

Get Trash(ed) On Tuesday by Bambi Chapin

and Liz Carney, 2011 “Get Trashed” Coordinators

Hello, Fellow Hampden Trash Pickeruppers!

The warmer weather means it’s time

to get ready to do a neighborhood cleaning

and, of course, a little drinking afterwards.

Just like last year, we will be Getting Trashed

on the last Tuesday of each month.

Our first night will be Tuesday, April 26th.

We will meet up at 7:00 pm in front of the

Royal Farms to get supplies and then head

out for an hour of cleaning. Then around

8:00 pm, we will head to Dogwood to recoup,

refresh, and congratulate ourselves for all

our hard work. Hope to see lots of you there!

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Naturally Gorgeous at Sprout

By Carrie Stickel

Discover a Wealth of Information at the Small Business Resource Center

By John Bosley

In 2006, Sprout opened its doors on the

Avenue and at the same time opened the

door for Hampdenites and Baltimoreans

to enjoy a natural, healthy, and friendly

salon experience. Rachael Epstein and

Alan Kolb opened Sprout together: Rachael

brought her expertise as a hair stylist and

Alan worked behind-the scenes.

Alan Kolb grew up as a military dependent;

he was born in Spain and lived on three

different continents by the time he was

15. In 1983 Baltimore became his chosen

hometown; he moved here to study at

UMBC and has lived in the city ever since.

For many years, Alan commuted to the

DC suburbs, where he worked in film and

video editing. The long commute and his

burgeoning desire to start his own business

according to his own values worked together

as impetus for Alan to open Sprout. Once

Alan and Rachael found a great spot in

Hampden for their vision, Sprout took root.

As the only all-natural salon in the city,

the first thing you might notice when you

walk into the salon is the absence of any

chemical salon smells. Alan believes in the

importance of using only natural products

on your skin. “Products that come in

contact with your skin go directly into your

blood stream. Because skincare products

are not regulated, consumers need to read

labels and educate themselves on what they

are purchasing.”

Environmental impact and sustainability

are strong factors in each design and

management decision behind Sprout.

In addition to the natural and organic

products the salon boasts, sustainability

practices are obvious throughout the salon.

The floors are made of bamboo, the wooden

scrim behind the front desk is made from

the original store front, and the electricity

used is offset with wind power credits. Alan

gives credit to his landlord, Joe Preller,

for helping with the refurbishing, noting

that Joe was equally invested in making the

space beautiful as well as functional.

In addition to supporting the global

environment, Alan is also committed to the

local community. Sprout carries products

made in Baltimore, including skincare by

Sevi and also features exhibits of artwork

by local artists.

The community within Sprout is also tightknit.

There is a staff of 14, including eight

stylists. In the four and a half years that

Sprout has been in business, only three

stylists have left. Though Rachael no longer

works with the salon, her vision and values

helped to shape Sprout into what it is today.

For more information, and for a preview

of the gorgeous work of the salon, check

out Sprout’s new ads in the Citypaper: the

models (real clients) were photographed by

Baltimore photographer Dean Alexander.

You can also see what’s new on Sprout’s

website, www.sproutsalon.com, where

changes to Sprout’s own product line will

soon be announced.

One recent afternoon, Hampden Happenings

visited the Small Business Resource Center

(SBRC) on the top floor of Johns Hopkins@

Eastern (formerly Eastern High School) on

East 33rd Street to interview Mr. Paul Taylor,

Center Director, and learn from him more

about the Center’s mission and services.

During the visit, sunlight chased shadows

across the tall windows and light flooded the

spacious and functionally furnished Center.

Director Taylor warmly greeted us amid

the work tables, professional-quality

library shelves and magazine racks, and the

computer work stations of the Center’s main

room, before leading us into the private

area the Center provides SBA’s SCORE (see

last month’s Hampden Happenings) to talk

about the SBRC.

The Center, Taylor said, was created to fill a

need that he had discovered while serving the

Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC)

as its Director of Business Development in

the early 1990s. There he observed that large

companies seeking BDC’s help with matters

such as expansion were easy to help because

they knew how the process worked. In

contrast, Taylor said that small businesses

often came to BDC for help with start-up or

growth without even knowing what questions

to ask—and conversely BDC was ill-prepared

to serve small enterprises.

Baltimore already had a small business

assistance facility downtown that had been

funded by a public-private consortium in

the early 1990s. When that Partnership

dissolved over ten years ago, Taylor—who

still worked for BDC—worked with Deputy

Mayor Laurie Schwartz of the Mayor O’Malley

administration with a plan for the presentday

SBRC. The Mayor and city government

approved the plan and, somewhat to his

surprise, lured Paul Taylor away from BDC

to serve as Center Director in 2001. BDC is

the SBRC’s city funding agency but the two

entities are independent of one another.

The SBRC’s mission focuses on meeting

the need that Director Taylor recognized

while still at BDC. Its mission is to help

people in Baltimore who operate or wish

to open a small business get the help they

need through SBRC itself—or by referring

the client to another suitable source of

assistance (SBA’s SCORE is one example of a

non-SBRC resource to help its clients.)

SBRC itself, though, offers a variety of valuable

services to present or future small businesses.

Director Taylor cited the extensive collections

of books on business, business periodicals,

specialized reports and other publications that

the Center makes freely available to clients.

The Center’s information resources now

included online free access to a number of

useful databases as well as general access to the

Web. It offers a variety of two-hour seminars

on a variety of topics from accounting methods

to the actual details of running a particular kind

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Upcoming Events at the Hampden Family Center

By Lisa Ghinger

Adult Basic Education Class Registration

Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00 pm.

Senior Luncheon

Friday, April 15th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

If you’re not busy filing your tax return, join

us for a hot lunch and fun activity. Space is

limited, so please call the center to reserve

your place.

Flower Arranging

A volunteer from St. David’s Church

will hold a flower arranging class for

approximately 20 on Friday, April 22nd at

3:00 pm. Each participant will leave with a

flower arrangement for the Easter holiday.

Space is limited; you must be registered to

participate.

Story Time

Thursday afternoons at 3:00 pm. Children

and their caregivers enjoy wonderful

children’s books while interacting with

each other!

Benefit Assistance

If you need help with your gas or electric

bill, call or stop by the Family Center

to make an appointment to speak with

Josephine Battaglia who can help you apply

for energy assistance. Josephine is on site

Wednesday 9 am - 11 am.

Seedco Earn Benefits

Need assistance in attaining such benefits

as food stamps, healthcare, utilities support

and tax credits? Call or stop by and speak

with Brianne Phillips.

Meals on Wheels

If you or someone you know cannot leave

their home because of illness or injury,

regardless of age or status, Meals on Wheels

can help. Volunteers from the Family

Center will drop by each weekday with two

nutritious meals and a smiling face at your

front door.

After School Enrichment Program

Children work with a volunteer from a

local college or university on their reading,

writing and math skills. In addition, your

child can enjoy arts and crafts, music,

dance and drama. Monday through Friday,

2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Ages 1st through 6th grade.

Wyman Park Tutorial Project

Remedial reading, math and writing support

for students in 1st through 12th grades.

Monday through Friday 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

MAYOR’S SPRING CLEANUP

Saturday, April 16, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm in Your Neighborhood

Join your neighbors and choose a location that

needs special cleanup. This year’s theme

emphasizes the connection between

neighborhood litter and the health of

Baltimore’s streams and harbor.

Containers for debris collection are available on a

first call basis. Trucks will not be available. Even

communities without a container can participate

by bagging debris and stacking it at a designated

location for collection on Monday, April 18.

Contact hccpresident@gmail.com if you are

interested in designating a location in Hampden.


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of business. Wherever possible, the person

giving the seminar is actively engaged in the

business herself—for example, the accounting

seminars are given by working accountants.

The center also provides free space for

meetings between its clients and others.

Perhaps most valuable of all, the SBRC will

provide hands-on help to clients who have

an idea for a new business but who need help

securing financial backing in order to launch

it. When this stage is reached, it’s time to

write a business plan—a step that many

would-be entrepreneurs see as involving the

creation of a complicated and mysterious

document. A common reason for this

attitude, Taylor believes, is that the wouldbe

business person doesn’t have a clear idea

of just why a business plan is necessary. “It’s

not an academic exercise,” he said. “Nor is

it done simply for the person to use to as a

personal guide. The business plan must be

tailored to tell a decision-maker, such as

the loan officer of your local bank, enough

about you, about what goods or services your

business will offer for sale, what you believe

your customer base is, what infrastructure—

space, equipment, and so on—you plan to

set up to conduct the business, and other

key information that will convince the loan

officer that you can make enough money to

pay back any loan his bank provides you to

start up (or expand) your business.”

Taylor says that SBRC will help develop a

business plan all the way from clarifying

and sharpening the original idea through

gathering the information needed—data

to calculate the customer base size and

geographic distribution, for example—to the

actual plan writing.

More information is available online

at SBRC’s website at http://www.

sbrcbaltimore.com. The Center address is

1101 East 33rd Street, Suite C307, Baltimore,

Maryland, 21218. The phone is 443-451-

7160. It is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4

p.m. and use of the center is free to all.

Union Mill Update

By Jon Constable, Seawall Properties

Work on the conversion of Union Mill to

apartments and office space has progressed

rapidly in the past month, with an American

Flag now flying from the clock tower. Union

Avenue was closed briefly in early March

to make necessary utility hook-ups. The

cement for floors has been poured and

framing for apartment walls is moving right

along (see photo above).

Improvements to the site itself are

underway, beginning with clearing and

earth-moving for onsite parking spaces

and for building terraces in the courtyard.

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