October 2012 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council


October 2012 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council




hampden community council | since 1972 | www.hampdenhappenings.org | october 2012


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education news

The Independence School Local 1

By Kelly J. Caswell, Director / Photo by TrailVoice of Flickr

HCC Officers

President: Adam Feuerstein

Vice President: Elizabeth Carney

Secretary: Genny Dill

Treasurer: Erin Nueslein

Board Members

Ed Nueslein

George L Peters Jr

Jay Lazar

Kerry Vayda

Stephanie Murdock

Robert Arena

Christopher Binnie

Tina Carroll

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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?


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

Historic Hampden Happenings is distributed

to residents, organizations and businesses

throughout Greater Hampden.

Circulation: 2,200, Readers: 10,000+

©2010 All rights reserved.

The HCC is a 501 (c) (3)

nonprofit organization.

www.hampdenhappenings.org • Since 1972

Cover photo by Jonathon Colman

Above photo by Glenn Marsch

president’s letter

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

combat crime.


Emergencies: 911

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

see http://dnr.maryland.gov/education/


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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community news

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

with friends!

RSVP: 410-366-3106

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

appointment: 410-366-3106.

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

participating communities.

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

tracyc0000@hotmail.com, or Lydia Wilson

at 443.519.3714 or lgwilson4@verizon.net.

St. Mary’s Roland View Towers


3838 and 3939 Roland Avenue offers efficiency,

1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments.

Reasonable Prices: from $443 to $744, including utilities

Convenient to Giant, RiteAid and area shops.


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

Family Center.

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

PRICE: $30

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 -

5:30 pm.

Benefit Assistance

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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Seedco Earn Benefits

Need assistance in attaining such benefits

as: food stamps, healthcare, utilities

support and tax credits? Call to make an

appointment with Rebecca.

Senior Luncheon

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

your spot.

Hampden Family Center

1104 West 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211


D & J Auto Care, Inc.

1100 West 41st Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21211


Four-Wheel Alignment Specialists


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Serving your community for 40 years


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

at Adam@WaterfrontPartnership.org.

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:

hcredit@dat.state.md.us. 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.

clarke@baltimorecity.gov 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.

clarke@baltimorecity.gov / 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,

property value.

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

Name _______________________________________________

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

the license.



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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

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If you see this person please call 911 immediately!

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