May 2011 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council

May 2011 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council




hampden community council | since 1972 | | may 2011


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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


Adam Feuerstein, President

HCC, PO Box 19957

Hampden, Maryland 21211

Everett Noe

Ed Nueslein

Erin Nueslein

George L Peters Jr

David Sugar


The next HCC meeting is on

Monday, May 23rd.

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

7:45-8:00 pm: Board nominations (if bylaws pass)

Historic Hampden Happenings is distributed

to residents, organizations and businesses

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The HCC is a 501 (c) (3)

nonprofit organization. • Since 1972

Cover photo by Stacy Lynn Baum

Upper right photo by Colin Campbell

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Laura Kalman of Metta Integrative

Wellness Center and Jen Ehrhardt of

Zensations by Jen tell their stories.

president’s letter

Amended HCC Bylaws

By Adam Feuerstein

Immediately following the April general

meeting, I called a Special Meeting of the

HCC Board with the specific purpose of

approving the amended bylaws for the HCC.

We have been working on this project for

quite some time and I am very excited that

this process will be complete assuming the

Board votes to approve the amendments to

the bylaws.

The main purpose of these amendments

is to help strengthen our organization by

providing more clear guidelines concerning

voting rights and membership status. We

utilized The Community Law Center to

assist us in these amendments; they have

been a tremendous help throughout the

process. I appreciate all their hard work to

ensure that the HCC meets its goals with

these new bylaws while staying compliant

with any legal issues concerning the

change in the bylaws and ensuring that

we operate as intended going forward. I

want to specifically thank Robin Jacobs

at Community Law Center who has been

instrumental in the completion of these

bylaws. Some of the changes will affect

the timing of our usual course of business.

Highlights of these changes include:

• Changing the date of the Annual Meeting,

where directors and officers are voted

on, from May to July. I want to thank the

current board for approving this change as

it will add two additional months to their

Denny Lynch was asked by two local

writers to be the photographer for

a book highlighting 23 houses of

worship in Baltimore.

current term. May is a difficult month

for many of our members as we do not

hold the May meeting on our normally

scheduled last Monday of the month since

that is Memorial Day. We will be accepting

nominations at the May meeting.

• Requiring a paid member to have attended

two meetings in the previous 12 months

to vote for motions from the floor and

three meetings to vote for directors and

officers. The current bylaws only required

to have your dues paid in order to vote

on motions from the floor. We wanted to

make sure that members who attend the

meetings more regularly have a say in the

HCC’s actions. The current bylaws require

membership at 5 meetings in the past year

to vote for officers and directors. We felt

that was too restrictive and we wanted to

expand the number of people who would

have a say in who was leading the HCC.

• Adding absentee ballots for officer and

director voting. We understand that the

summer meetings can be difficult to

attend and we want to make sure that all

interested members who are eligible to

vote have an alternative should they not be

able to attend the July meeting.

• Added a 4 year term limit to the director

positions (President, Vice President,

Treasurer, and Secretary). It is good for an

organization to have fresh faces in these

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positions. The people in these positions

can still run for other officer or director

positions, they just can’t have the same

position 4 years running.

This has been a long process and we have

put a lot of effort into these amendments. I

want to thank all parties who assisted in this

process. We feel that these amendments

will make the HCC a stronger organization

for years to come. We currently have the

proposed bylaws posted on our website



pdf. As soon as the bylaws are formally

approved will we post the final amended

bylaws to the website.

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Healing Powers at Metta Integrative Wellness Center and Zensations by Jen

By Carrie Stickel / Photos by Whitney Cecil

Zensations by Jen

Jen Ehrhardt first became interested at

herbs when she was 19; she was trying to

find the right herbs to concoct her own

remedies and realized that good herbs were

difficult to come by. Jen’s search for herbs

led her to a master herbalist in New York

who challenged Jen to fill the void that was

plaguing her. Jen’s herb pursuits led her to

Rosemary Gladstar at the Sage Mountain

Herbal Center in Vermont. Some of the

products people come for are teas, balms,

salves, spritzers, and vinegars.

Jen grew up in Baldwin, Maryland and first

came to Hampden in the late 90s to work in

the Family Center. She’s been a fixture in the

neighborhood ever since, having worked in

many of the local shops. Jen married former

HCC president Allen Hicks and the two still

make their home in Hampden.

Jen does not claim to be an expert on

herbs and is always learning from her

own experiences as well as from her

clients’ experiences. As of April 1, 2011,

Zensations by Jen has a home on the second

floor of Falkenhan’s Hardware store. Jen

hopes to be able to connect more of her

customers in this new space and start an

ongoing discussion about herbs within this

community. Stop by her new spot Mondays,

Tuesdays, and Fridays between 10 and 6 or

Saturdays between 10 and 5 and visit her

website In

addition to her herb business, Jen is also

one of the licensed massage therapists at

Metta (you’ll find some of her products for

sale at Metta as well).

Metta Integrative Wellness Center

The first thing you will notice when

walking into 720 W. 36th Street is the

light that floods the building. This once

dilapidated row house has been lovingly

and thoughtfully transformed into Metta

Integrative Wellness Center—a place where

people come to seek healing.

Laura Kalman, a massage therapist,

founded Metta in 2009. Laura graduated

from the Baltimore School of Massage

in 2005. She coupled her schooling with

experiences learned in India and Thailand

and began her own practice in 2007. At that

time Laura was one of several practitioners

who occupied 720 W. 36th Street. Laura

saw the need and opportunity to unite

these independent yet complementary

healing practices and decided to name the

effort Metta, after a Buddhist scripture

that means loving kindness. Today, Metta

Integrative Wellness Center boasts a

staff of 11: 5 massage therapists, 3 psycho

therapists, 2 acupuncturists, and 1 yogic

arts therapist.

In many ways, Laura’s integrative wellness

center idea paid homage to Mariken

Kessler’s original vision. Mariken, an

acupuncturist, had plans to open a wellness

center in 2005. Sadly, Mariken succumbed

to cancer before she could turn her idea

into reality. Her legacy lives on at Metta,

however, in the form of her story, penned

by her son Sam, and hung on the wall to

remind all who enter of her legacy.

At Metta, Laura wanted to create a place

where people could come and receive a

variety of healing services by therapists they

feel comfortable with. The practitioners

at Metta are warm and accepting to any

who seek their expertise. In addition to

welcoming clients into their practice, the

therapists at Metta are reaching out to the

Baltimore community by participating

in the Heal Baltimore Project, a holistic

wellness service focused on underserved

populations. Practitioners throughout

Baltimore sign up to take clients on a

sliding fee scale. The Metta crew is also

taking yoga into a women and children’s

center in West Baltimore.

Something else you will notice at Metta are

the gorgeous paintings that alight the walls.

They are the work of Matt Muirhead—his

studio, Head Space Gallery, is located in the

basement of the building. Matt and Laura

collaborated to make the Metta t-shirts

that are for sale in the front room of the


Laura landed in Hampden serendipitously

after having grown up in Minneapolis and

Pikesville. She notes that the neighborhood

has a great community of holistic wellness

resources and light workers. Metta is open

by appointment only but occasionally host

open house events where all are welcome.

To schedule an appointment or learn

about upcoming events, visit Metta’s

website: Take

advantage of a current special: see any one

practitioner and receive 10% off additional

therapy services for the first month.


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Last year I had the honor of being asked by

two local writers to be the photographer

for a book highlighting 23 houses of

worship in Baltimore. Sally Johnston and

Lois Zanow had already completed the

text when they approached me with the

project and they knew exactly what images

they wanted to accompany their writing.

The authors had narrowed their scope to

22 historic churches and one synagogue,

mostly of the nineteenth-century. I was

asked to photograph not only the exterior

of these wonderful structures but also their

interiors. Of course, I wanted to do a good

job. After all, I would be photographing

the work of such legendary architects as

Benjamin LaTrobe, Robert Cary Long and

Stanford White.

You could say I was

having my own

religious experience.

From the start this assignment opened

my eyes to the great treasures right here

in our city. Like most Baltimoreans I

had driven or walked past many of these

buildings but had never examined them

very closely. Suddenly, this project gave me

the opportunity to not only visit them, but

to record their beauty with my camera.

Whether I was photographing the facade

of St. Mary’s Chapel, the interior of the

Lloyd Street Synagogue, or the tower of

Lovely Lane Methodist Church I wandered

about in a constant state of wonderment.

And often I found myself kneeling on the

streets of Baltimore in order to capture an

entire structure in the lens of my Canon

Rebel. You could say I was having my own

religious experience.

Also during this time I was exposed to

a variety of architectural styles, which

included Greek revival, neoclassical,

Romanesque and baroque. However, I

was not prepared for the extraordinary

things I discovered within so many of the

churches. For example, in Brown Memorial

Presbyterian Church I encountered not one,

but twelve Tiffany stained glass windows.

They are ravishing, absolutely ravishing!

Well, the book Monuments to Heaven

Baltimore’s Historic Houses of Worship

is now in print (with over 100 color

photographs) and will be celebrated at an

event on May 21st at the Pratt Library in

Hampden. Finally Baltimore has a proper

guidebook for these wonderful buildings.

Why didn’t anyone think of this before?




To Heaven

By Denny Lynch

Photos by Denny Lynch

Clockwise from top: Lloyd Street Synagogue,

St. Mary’s Chapel, First Unitarian Church of

Baltimore, and Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

News from the Hampden Library

By Devon Ellis / Photo by Whitney Cecil

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The Hampden Library will present three

programs for children ages six to twelve

in May:

Tuesday, May 3 @ 4:00pm: Story time and

card crafts for Mother’s Day.

Friday, May 6 @ 4:00pm: Stories and

poems to celebrate “No Homework Day!”

Thursday, May 12 @ 4:00pm: What makes

a limerick? Read some 5 line Edward Lear

Poems with us on his birth anniversary, 12

May 1812. Then write a group limerick for

fun and share limericks you know or have

written yourself!

The Hampden Library will present a

program for adults on Saturday, 21 May @

2:00pm, with a slide presentation on the

book entitled “Monuments to Heaven:

Baltimore’s Historic Houses of Worship.”

The authors, Lois Zanow and Sally Johnston

and photographer Denny Lynch, will give

an armchair tour of Baltimore’s historic

churches based on their local bestselling

2010 book. All of the churches

discussed were built before 1900, still

have active congregations and are located

in Baltimore’s downtown neighborhoods.

Outstanding architects of the day designed

the buildings and the best artisans were

engaged for the windows, statuary, wood

carvings, mosaics and art work. Meet the

authors and photographer, and copies of

their book will be available for purchase.

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education committee

Latest News from St. Thomas Aquinas School

By John Bosley, Will Critz, and Bonnie Russo

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HCC Awarded Grant for Elm Park Mural

By Adam Feuerstein

Spring break stopped the flow of news from

the Baltimore City-affiliated schools in

Hampden this month, so our only update

is from St. Thomas, whose spring break

was the week after press time. We hope

everyone will come back from Spring Break

ready for the flurry of year-end activity.

Look for news about graduations and other

end-of-school events next month.

The Hampden Education Collaborative

meets this month on April 26 at Hampden

Elementary-Middle School, at 4:00 p.m.

Please come out and learn more about how

our schools are building bridges to the

larger Hampden community! Everyone

who lives or works in Hampden is welcome!

News from St. Thomas Aquinas School

By Bonnie Russo

Our students have participated in some

unusual activities recently! Fourth-grade

students “Skyped” (held an Internet

video conversation) with members of the

Verizon Pioneers to thank them for their

donation of 10 Netbooks, Wi-Fi, and flip

video cameras to the school. During the

Skype session students spoke about and

showed off their skills with the technology.

STA students also went on a field trip to

Goucher College to see a play about the

Underground Railroad. Everyone praised

this dramatic presentation!

St. Thomas Aquinas School thanks

everyone who attended our Spaghetti

Dinner, especially our business sponsors

who helped make this event such a big

success. It was the best one we’ve ever

had! Our next fundraising event will be our

monthly Family Night at Mamma’s Cucina

Restaurant on Thursday, May 12, from 3-9

p.m. Our biggest fundraising event of the

year is our Race for Education, to be held

on Friday, May 13. Our goal is to raise at

least $30,000! Students in all grades raise

funds by getting pledges from family and

friends to walk for one hour around our

Hampden neighborhood. After the “race,”

students enjoy fun food, a moon bounce,

“rock” climbing, dancing, and other great

activities. There will be special guests and

even a dunking booth!

Our school also received a donation to our

library from Loyola University’s Education

Society in memory of Gavin Jacobs. Gavin

would have been in the 2nd grade but he

succumbed to brain cancer at the beginning

of this school year. Gavin was a member of

the after-school Reading Club that students

from Loyola University conduct at STA.

Members of our 2nd Grade make their First

Holy Communion on Saturday, May 6, at

11:00 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

Our Closing Assembly for our Pre-K will be

held Friday, May 27, at 9:30 a.m. in church.

Kindergarten graduation takes place on

Wednesday, June 1, at 9:30 a.m. in the

school hall. Our 8th graders will graduate

on Friday, June 3, at 5:00 p.m.

Finally, registration for all grades for

the 2011-12 school year is still open. For

information, contact Principal Sr. Marie

Rose at 410-889-4618.

This just in. It has been brought to the

HCC’s attention that we have been awarded

a grant for up to $9,500 to create a mural

in Elm Park. The grant was from the PNC

Neighborhod Grant Program though the

Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts


The HCC has partnered with local muralist

Charles Lawrance who has developed a

concept drawing that depicts mill workers

working at the looms of the mills, a

Baltimore clipper ship, and the names of

all the Hampden cotton duck mills. The

mural will highlight Hampden’s unique

role as a nautical industrial center in the

19th Century, when 80% of the world’s

cotton duck, the fabric for most sails,

was produced by an able workforce of

4,000 Hampdenites. Fabric mills and

other factories were a major part of life

in Hampden +100 years ago, and though

many of these buildings live on today as

restaurants, apartments, artist studios, and

commercial spaces, the stories of many of

the mill workers are lost to history.

We will continue to keep you apprised of

the process, but we are really excited to put

this plan into place and utilize the awarded

grant funds. Thanks to Curt Millington for

spearheading this process. I know he had a

lot of help from other neighbors so thanks

to everyone who helped Curt and the HCC

win this grant award. Great job!

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Hampden a Priority to the Department of Transportation

By Adam Feuerstein

On April 21, Mary Pat Clarke was

planning her annual 14th District van

tour with Baltimore City Department of

Transportation officials to discuss and

point out priority items for DOT to address.

Mary Pat asked the HCC to provide their top

three priorities for the DOT.

The DOT is responsible for restoration

of deteriorated alleys, sidewalks and

roadways, traffic signals, speed humps,

speed and red light cameras, and other

traffic control and calming tools, street

lighting, parking control and the Charm

City Circulator.

The HCC responded by sending an email

to our members and posting on Facebook

a request for the top three priorities for

Hampden. We reviewed each response and as

a Board determined the top three priorities.

We hope to still compile a list of all requests

that we will forward to Mary Pat Clarke and

the DOT. Thank you for your responses!

The top three priorities as agreed upon by

the Board after reviewing the community’s

input were:

1. 41st and Falls.: Reconfigure the

intersection, add new turn lanes, repave

the road in all directions, paint new lines

and crosswalks, review the time for traffic

light and crossing lights as needed. For

more detail we asked the DOT to see the

traffic reports from the Grand Rotunda,

Union Mill and other recently submitted

development plans in the area.

2. Union Avenue between the Woodberry

Light rail stop and Buena Vista Avenue:

Repave the road, add new and improve

the sidewalks to compliment the

improvements being made by the Union

Mill Project on the north side of Union

Ave. New pedestrian and street lighting

with a particular emphasis on the section

going under I-83 to the Light Rail stop

which is a danger at night. Add a new bus

stop shelter on the northeast corner of the

intersection of Union and Buena Vista.

3. 36th Street (The Avenue) between

Falls Rd & Chestnut Avenue: Pedestrian

safety upgrades to all of the intersections

along the Avenue. We would like to look

into an all stop crossing pattern where

for a given amount of time all auto traffic

stops and pedestrians can cross in any

direction. Restripe all crosswalks and/

or the use of a raised or cobblestoned

crosswalk and add pedestrian right of way

signage as needed. Review the current

timing of the lights and the need to use

a 4-way stop on Elm and 36th due to the

increasing traffic at that intersection.



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street trees for hampden

The Clean & Green Team of the Hampden Community Council wants to help you get a tree in front

of your home! We are working with organizations that provide technical assistance and funding for

community greening projects. We have planted many street trees in Hampden since 2005 and want to

plant more!

We still need to hear from as many residents as possible who would like to have a tree, so that we can

organize future plantings. Fill out the form below if you would like to be on the list for a tree, and ask

your neighbors to sign up, too! Trees are not guaranteed to everyne who applies...your site must first

be inspected by Miss Uility to ensure you have a safe and proper space for a tree.

Note: If you are a renter, your landlord must sign the tree request form.

street tree request form

I, the undersigned, agree to help create a tree pit (if needed), plant, water, mulch, and maintain my

neighborhood Street Tree. I understand that some locations may not be suitable for Street Trees due

to utilities, signs, handicap ramps, or width of sidewalk. The Forestry Division of the Baltimore City

Department of Recreation & Parks shall make final determinations of suitable Street Tree locations

and species. The Street Trees, once planted, will be the property of the City of Baltimore in

accordance with City Code 1879, Article 47.

Do you have an exiting Tree Pit? Yes No

Name ________________________________________________________

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Phone _________________________ Email__________________________

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Mail to: Street Trees for Hampden, PO Box 19957, Baltimore, MD 21211

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