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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Independence School Local 1
By Kelly J. Caswell, Director / Photo by TrailVoice of Flickr
President: Adam Feuerstein
Vice President: Elizabeth Carney
Secretary: Genny Dill
Treasurer: Erin Nueslein
George L Peters Jr
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s
2012 Fall Cleanup will take place
Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9
am to 1 pm.
Did you know that there’s a movement
underway to make the Harbor
safe for swimming and fishing by
the year 2020?
HCC CONTACT INFO
Adam Feuerstein, President
HCC, PO Box 19957
Hampden, Maryland 21211
The next HCC meeting is
October 29, 2012.
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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Hampden Man Wanted (See Inner Back Page for Flyer)
By Adam Feuerstein
As some of you may already know, there has
been reports of some violent crime in our
neighborhood. We have included a picture
of the man wanted in connection of two
incidents in our neighborhood. I wanted to
remind people that they need to stay alert
and always be on the lookout for strange and
suspicious activity in our neighborhood.
As a result of this troubling news, I wanted
to remind our community of some of the
resources Baltimore City provides to help
Non-emergency response: 311 or 443-263-
2220 option 2 if outside the City
Metro Crime Stoppers (MCS) gives Baltimore
residents the ability to anonymously report
crime tips to the police. Knowing that
anonymity eliminates intimidation, citizens
can call 410-276-8888 to report crime and
potentially earn a monetary reward. MCS is
a volunteer organization actively supporting
law enforcement agencies in solving crime
in our community.
Do you know someone with illegal
handguns? Call 410-685-GUNS.
When we talk about violence, we can’t ignore
weapons. Nine out of ten murders involve a
weapon; eight of ten involve a firearm. Most
robberies involved the use of a weapon, most
frequently a handgun.
One in seven teens has reported carrying
a weapon–like a bat, club, gun, or knife–at
some time to protect themselves. Weapons
make violence more deadly and less
personal. A gun in the home increases the
likelihood of homicide three times and the
likelihood of suicide five times.
Internal Investigations: 410-396-2300 or
Toll Free 1-855-396-2500 option 2 for Out
of State Callers
Civilian Review Board: 410-396-3141
I encourage you to go to http://www.
baltimorepolice.org for more information.
The website provides great tips for
preventing crime, an area to recognize
known criminals, more information about
crime in our area and more opportunities
to learn about working with the Baltimore
Police Department to help thwart criminal
activity in our neighborhood. Always be
cognizant of your surroundings and be safe
out there Hampden.
Seventeen 11th grade students from
Independence School Local 1 (ISL1)
traveled to Rock Creek Park Nature Center
in Washington, DC on September 12, 2012
to conduct a water quality assessment of
Rock Creek (for which this National Park is
named) as part of their Tuesday Field Study
coursework. This trip and others like it are
a normal part of ISL1 Tuesday Field Study
Day where students engage in research
and activities, often in collaboration with
community and academic institutions such
as the Alice Ferguson Foundation.
Class Advisor Eric Sunday, Science Teacher
Jocelyn Virtudes and Special Educator
Cynthia Strauch provided ISL1 staff support,
and National Park Service Ranger Maggie
Pendersen and Keith Roumforth, a science
educator for the Bridging the Watershed
program joined the group at the park Nature
Center to welcome them and help the ISL1
staff members guide the students’ work on
the field study.
Ranger Pendersen welcomed the students
and held a brief orientation to enable them
to locate Rock Creek on a map and visualize
Rock Creek’s watershed. The creek flows
generally south for more than 30 miles
from its source in springs near Laytonsville
(Montgomery County) in Maryland. It
wanders through the heart of the District
of Columbia and empties into the Potomac
River on the eastern edge of the historic
Georgetown district. Students then waded
into the creek near the Nature Center
for field instruction on the day’s science
activities by Ms. Virtudes, assisted by Mr.
Prior to the field study, students learned
to identify watershed characteristics that
can affect the health of streams, and also
practiced identifying different types of
benthic creatures that live on in our streams
(“benthic” means “on the bed of a body
of water”). These water-dwellers, which
include the larvae of various flies (May
fly, caddis fly, etc.) as well as crayfish,
snails or leeches, are reliable water quality
indicators. They are sometimes called
“water canaries,” taking this name from
canaries that coal miners used to carry and
watch for signs of sickness when lethal
but odorless coal gas was filling the mine.
Similarly some types of these benthic
macroinvertebrates (“macro” means “visible
without a magnifier” and “invertebrate”
means “missing a backbone”) will be scarce
or absent from the bed of a polluted, toxic
stream that still looks clean. Just as canaries
are very sensitive to poisonous gases in
mines, even low levels of water pollution
will kill some highly sensitive benthic
macroinvertebrate species. Various species
are more or less sensitive in this way. For a
Maryland macroinvertebrate sensitivity key
The ISL1 students already knew that the
water quality of a stream can be determined
by collecting benthic macroinvertebrates
from the stream bed with nets, classifying
them and identifying them using a
macroinvertebrate key like the one at the
link above. Matching and counting the
members of the species they collected with
the key enabled students to gauge the quality
of Rock Creek’s water with some accuracy.
Technology played a crucial role in the field
identification process. The Independence
students used a special electronic pen to write
their data on a special type of paper as they
seined the creek’s water for invertebrates.
After the field study, the students analyzed
the field data and prepared a reported on the
field study findings.
By learning to use macroinvertebrates as
an indicator of water quality, ISL1 students
have taken their first steps towards
becoming scientifically trained stewards of
the land. ISL1’s students will be conducting
further investigations associated with water
quality around the Chesapeake Bay, and
their teachers believe that this will be a
strong incentive for these young adults to
become active members in environmental
protection advocacy groups.
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St. Mary’s Outreach Center: Upcoming Events
By Sandy Simmons, Executive Director
Mayor’s Fall Cleanup is October 27
By Baltimore Public Works / Photo by Dave Kliman
Tunes at the Tower
By Matthew Fitzsimmons
All of the following events will take place at
St. Mary’s Outreach Center, 3900 Roland
Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211. Call 410-
366-3106 for more information.
St. Mary’s serves seniors in the 21211 zip code.
Fall Harvest Luncheon
Friday, October 12th at Noon
There will be an informational talk on
Medicare D with a question and answer
period to follow.
Entrance Fee: Canned goods for the
Hampden Food Pantry.
Come, share and enjoy a special luncheon
Homestead Tax Credit
St. Mary’s Outreach Center can help you
apply for a Homestead Tax Credit if you
don’t have it listed on your Property Tax
Bill for this year. This needs to be done
before the end of year to be applied to
your 2013 property tax bill. Call to make an
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment
·Do you need to enroll in a Medicare
Prescription Drug Plan or change your
current drug plan?
·Are you eligible to receive extra help to pay
for your prescription drug coverage?
·Do you know what your prescriptions will cost
beginning January 1, 2013, or if you current
plan will be the cheapest plan in 2013?
A Medicare D counselor will be available
for one-on-one counseling during the
upcoming open enrollment period during
October, November and December. Call
Action In Maturity at 410-889-7915 to
schedule an appointment. No walk-ins.
St. Mary’s Outreach Center and Action In
Maturity have specific dates set aside for
you to check your Medicare D Plan and see
if you have the right plan for you for 2013.
Please bring ID, Medicare Card, Insurance
Cards, Proof of Income and List of Current
Questions? Call SMOC at 410-366-3106.
Sandra G. Simmons, Executive Director
St. Mary’s Outreach Center
3900 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211
Clean Community Competition Winners
To Be Announced! Public Works Director
Alfred H. Foxx announced September 19th
that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s 2012
Fall Cleanup will take place Saturday, October
27, 2012 from 9 am - 1 pm. The Mayor
will announce the winners of this year’s
inaugural Clean Community Competition!
Seventy one communities are competing
to win $24,000 in prizes. Four first place
communities will win $5,000. Second place
communities will win $1,000 (for a total of
eight winners, two from each City quadrant).
Baltimore residents are encouraged to
pick a location that needs a special cleanup
and call 311 to register. Participating
communities are asked to bag and stack
debris at a designated collection location so
that it can be picked up on Monday, October
29. The debris pickup location should be
provided when participants register at 311.
Limited supplies will be made available to
Communities are encouraged to line up
volunteers and register now!
For more information or to sign up, call 311.
Follow us now on Twitter: @BaltimoreDPW
and like us on Facebook at Baltimore City
Department of Public Works.
Saturday, October 27th / Noon to 3pm
Don’t miss out on another installment
of Tunes at the Tower at the foot of the
Roland Water Tower near the intersection
of University Parkway and Roland Avenue.
Come and listen to music by Andy Bopp and
others and enjoy the beer garden sponsored
by the Wine Source and food by Verandah.
Stroll the around the tower shop locally at
the neighborhood market. Children of all
ages will enjoy pumpkin painting and a
scavenger hunt. Proceeds from this event
will go to support the restoration of the
Roland Water Tower.
The event is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of
the Roland Water Tower, Hoes Heights
Improvement Association and the
Roland Park Community Foundation.
Space is available for vendors: contact
Tracey Holley-Sharp at 443.449.9840 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lydia Wilson
at 443.519.3714 or email@example.com.
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3838 and 3939 Roland Avenue offers efficiency,
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Reasonable Prices: from $443 to $744, including utilities
Convenient to Giant, RiteAid and area shops.
RESTAURANT ON THE ROOF OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Call 410-889-8255 for information.
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Hampden Family Center: Upcoming Programs and Events
By Lisa Ghinger, Executive Director / Photo by Nathalie Cone
(continued from previous page)
The Family Center in partnership with
Medstar Union Memorial Hospital will
be offering free flu shots on Thursday,
October 11th from 9:00 - 3:00.
Back by popular demand – A Taste of
Hampden will be held October 25th.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the
programs and services of the Hampden
A Taste of Hampden: A Taste showcases
many of Hampden’s wonderful restaurants
and businesses. Enjoy samplings of the
local fare while relaxing with friend and
enjoying a glass of wine/beer.
DATE: Thursday, October 25th
TIME: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
PLACE: Hampden Family Center – 1104
West 36th Street
Programs and services for the month:
Free Flu Shots
Thursday, October 11th from 9:00 - 3:00.
Please call 410-467-8710 to register.
WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
If you are have children 5 years and younger
and/or are pregnant or 6 months
postpartum please visit the center on
Thursday, October 11th anytime between
9:00 and 4:30 to speak with a WIC worker
who can assist with the application process
to receive supplemental food benefits.
Blood Pressure Screening
Offered the 1st and 3rd Friday of each
month from 11:00 - 12:00. A cardiovascular
educator is on hand to measure your blood
pressure and discuss the results with you.
After School Enrichment Program
Your child will 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.
Wyman Park Tutorial Project
Remedial reading, math and writing
support for students in 1st through 12th
grades. Monday through Thursday, 4:30 -
If you need help with your gas or electric bill
or water bill call 410-467-8710 to schedule
an appointment to meet with Walter
Jackson on Wednesdays, 9 - 1.
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Need assistance in attaining such benefits
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support and tax credits? Call to make an
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Friday, October 15th 11:30-1:00. Join us
for a hot meal with friends and participate
in a fun filled activity. Senior Lunches are
free, but advance registration is required
as seating is limited. Please call to reserve
Hampden Family Center
1104 West 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
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Junior and Senior Miss Yuletide Contest
Junior: 8 to 12 years of age Senior:13 to 19 years of age
If you are interested in competing for the honor of
riding in this year’s 40th Annual Mayor’s Christmas
Parade to be held on December 2nd, please send a
picture and brief autobiography to:
Tom Kerr, Parade Chairman
4207 Edgehill Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
All entries must be received by October 15, 2012.
(If you would like the picture returned, please enclose a
self-addressed stamped envelope)
Call 410-889-6536 (Fax 410-889-4564)
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Get Involved in the Healthy Harbor Movement
By Adam Lindquist / Photo by 901 Arts
Use It or Lose It: The Homestead Tax Credit
By Mary Pat Clarke
Rotunda Project Session
By Gary Sever
Everybody knows that Baltimore Harbor
is polluted, but did you know that there’s
a movement underway to make it safe for
swimming and fishing by the year 2020? The
Healthy Harbor movement was started by the
Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, and is
supported by Baltimore City as well as area
businesses and nonprofit organizations.
To see an example of what the Healthy
Harbor movement has accomplished so
far, you need only take a stroll down to the
Inner Harbor to see the two thousand square
feet of floating wetlands that have been
installed next to the World Trade Center.
These islands float on plastic bottles that
were recovered from the Harbor and use
natural processes to remove pollutants from
the water while providing native habitat for
birds, fish, crabs, and other marine life.
Waterfront Partnership, in collaboration
with Blue Water Baltimore, is also working
with neighborhoods upstream of the
Harbor to help them become Clean Water
Communities. Neighborhoods are spreading
the word and making a difference by cleaning
up vacant lots, installing rain barrels, and
painting storm drains. Storm drain art
engages neighborhood youth and helps
neighborhoods keep their streets clean by
reminding people that anything going down
a storm drain ends up in the Harbor and
the Chesapeake Bay. Neighborhood storm
drain murals often depict fish and crabs
and include catch phrases like “trash in the
street pollutes what we eat,” others remind
residents of long buried urban streams that
still flow beneath City streets with phrases
like “Harris Creek is under our feet.”
To learn more about how to get yourself,
your community or your business involved
in the Healthy Harbor movement visit
HealthyHarborBaltimore.org, follow Healthy
Harbor on Facebook or contact Adam Lindquist
Storm drain painting in Baltimore’s Better Waverly
neighborhood, created by Sarah Tooley and youth
from 901 Arts. Photo credit: 901 Arts
Homeowners must apply on or before
December 31, 2012 for the Homestead Tax
Credit or “lose it” for at least next year.
As of August 1, 2012, 65% of eligible
Baltimore City homeowners had not yet
applied. Only one application is required,
but the 5-year deadline is soon.
To request your application by email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to say
your home is in Baltimore City.
Subject line: Request for Homestead
Application Text (sample): Please email my
Homestead application to me at Marypat.
email@example.com for 3911
Cloverhill Road, Baltimore, Maryland
21218 in Baltimore City .
To request your application by phone: 410-
767-2165 (Do this right away. Could take 10
days to arrive. Completed application must
be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2012 at the latest.)
Call or email us if you have questions or
problems: 410-396-4814 or Marypat.
firstname.lastname@example.org / Subject line:
Need Homestead Help
What if I already applied? Visit www.dat.
state.md.us. Click on Real Property page.
Go to the page for your specific property.
Check “Homestead Application Status” at
bottom of your page.
In Baltimore, the Homestead Program
caps annual assessment increases at 4%,
preventing excessive property tax increases
from year-to-year. Only owner-occupants
are eligible, regardless of age, income,
Just please apply now! Thanks. Mary Pat
The Medfield community will be hosting
an informational session on the Rotunda
redevelopment project, open to members
of all communities. We invite you and
your members to join us–the meeting will
include background information on the
project, any recent updates, the proposed
timeline, and a question/answer session.
The meeting will be held on Monday
October 1, 2012 at the Christian Love
Baptist Church (corner of Falls Road and
42nd St) from 7:00–8:30pm.
Please spread the word to your members,
as well as to any other neighboring
communities that we may not have contact
info for. If you have any questions you can
email me, or MedfieldMD@gmail.com.
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The HCC Clean and Green Team 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 everyone who applies...
your site must first be inspected by Miss Utility
to ensure you have a safe and proper space
for a tree.
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 and 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 existing Tree Pit? Yes No
Street Address _________________________________________
821 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 410-366-3100 Fax: 410-366-3377
Note: If you are a renter, your landlord
must sign the tree request form.
Phone ____________________ Email ______________________
Signature _________________________ Date ____ / ____ / ____
Mail to: Street Trees for Hampden, PO Box 19957, Baltimore, MD 21211
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HCC Opposses Red Fish Restriction Removal
By George L Peters Jr. / Chairman, Zoning & Land Use Committee / Photo by Justin Kern
The following is a copy of the letter sent to the
Baltimore City Liquor License board by the HCC.
The Hampden Community Council after
a unanimous vote by both its Board of
Directors and its general membership,
formally protest the request of Susan
Rhee & Boksun Lee, Redfish Wine, LLC
T/a Redfish Liquors, 4001 Falls Road, to
remove restrictions on their – Class “A”
Beer, Wine & Liquor license.
The restrictions that they agreed to as a
condition of the license being transferred,
“No Keno, no mini bottles or anything
less than a pint, no loose beers other than
22oz. that cost in excess of $4 and a sign
maintained on 40th and Falls Road” are
restrictions that insure a certain quality
of life for Hampden’s residents and are
expected to be maintained for the life
of the license, while Redfish Liquors
does business within the neighborhood
boundaries of Hampden.
The Hampden Community has from the
very beginning stated in very clear terms
that we did not want or need another liquor
store in our neighborhood. While the liquor
board allows the license to remain at 4001
Falls Road, despite the intense objections of
the surrounding neighbors - the Hampden
Community Council, its neighbors, elected
officials, and business leaders, must insist
that the agreed upon restriction stay in
place and that Redfish Liquors also follow
all other rules and guidelines governing the
sale of alcohol under Maryland state law
and Baltimore city code.
In the best interest of the neighbors in the
vicinity of the 4001 Falls Road location and
the neighborhood of Hampden as a whole,
we strongly recommend that the board
deny the request remove restrictions from
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tone, strong stocky body type, possible light colored stubble facial hair,
wearing a gray t-shirt with a dark colored design in the center, blue baggy
jeans, a dark colored bandana over his head and brownish tan leather
boots with a black bottom.
The above listed individual is WANTED for an Attempted Rape that
occurred on September 7th, 2012 at 1930 hours, in the 3900 Block of Elm
Avenue (Northern District, Hampden Area).
If you see this person please call 911 immediately!
Detective Christopher Rivera
Contact Number: 410-396-2076, x2082
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