August_2011 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council

August_2011 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council




hampden community council | since 1972 | | august 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, September 26th.

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

Recreation Center on West 36th Street. The

agenda will include committee updates and

discussions of the most important issues of

the day for business owners and residents

of Hampden.

7:00-7:05 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. • Since 1972

Cover and above photo by Nathalie Cone


ACCE received a grant for removing

the asphalt in the rear area of the

school grounds; the area was brought

back to life with a green space.

president’s letter

Candidate’s Night Out Forum and Upcoming HCC Election

By Adam Feuerstein

On August 22, 2011, the Hampden

Community Council , in sponsorship with

the Concerned Citizens of Woodberry

Association and the Remington Neighborhood

Alliance, is holding the 2011 Candidate’s Night

Out Forum. The event will take place at the

Roosevelt Recreation Center at 6:30 pm.

From 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm, the candidates

will be there for a casual open house. From

7 pm – 9 pm, we will hold a forum where

the candidates will be asked pre-screened

questions and will be provided with time

for an introduction to the community.

We have invited candidates for Mayor,

City Council President, and City Council

Representatives from the 7th, 12th and

14th districts. This is a great opportunity

to have our community’s voice heard by the

candidates. We need a great turnout to show

our local representatives our commitment

to our community. I hope to see you there.

If you would like to submit questions for the

Q+A, please email them to hccpresident@


The Medfield Community

Association is looking to form

a dog-dedicated area in the

Buena Vista park.

The HCC will be having an election of our

own at the July 25th meeting: we will be

voting on our new board. I want to welcome

any new board members to the board and

wanted to thank any of the departing board

members for their time on our board. The

HCC is a volunteer organization and we

appreciate all of our board members who

find time in their busy schedule to help

influence the direction of the HCC. We could

not do it without them.

As of the time of this writing, I am planning

on running for another term. Assuming that

I am successful, I look forward to serving in

this position for another year. I am excited to

continue to build upon the successes of the

past year. Please contact me at hccpresident@ if you have any questions.

On page 10 of this newsletter you will find

a listing of members eligible to vote. Please

take a look at this chart to see where you

stand. Thanks.

education committee

We’re again reporting Hampden education

news after a hectic month that left no time

to get a decent story. And of course, the

Hampden Education Collaborative among

our five schools, community organizations

and citizens is “down” for the summer—but

we’ll be back strong when school reopens!

Happily we’re able to lead with some major

good news. In fact this may be the biggest

education news of the 2010-11 school term.

Under the leadership of Dr. Judith Thomas,

Principal, Hampden Elementary-Middle

School was one of only fifteen elementarymiddle

schools in Baltimore City to achieve

school-wide Adequate Yearly Progress

(AYP) on the Maryland School Assessment

(MSA) in reading and mathematics.

School-wide AYP means that the school’s

MSA scores must meet federal standards for

every one of several special sub-groups—

notably those who qualify for free or

reduced lunches (an indicator of low family


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join your friends and neighbors for a little light street cleaning on

the last tuesday evening of each month followed by happy hour

specials sponsored by our local watering holes. meet us in front of

the royal farms on the corner of 36th & roland to join in the fun!

thank you to the dogwood for sponsoring our april clean-up.

Hampden Elementary-Middle Makes AYP School-Wide

By John Bosley, Education Reporter

income), students in racial and ethnic

categories, and special education students

as long as a group has enough members to

average its test scores. Students in grades 3

through 8 are tested, and enough students

must achieve “Proficient” test performance

in reading and math, and also meet

attendance standards, to demonstrate AYP.

We congratulate Dr. Thomas and her staff

for this achievement. When asked what

the community can do to help our school

continue to excel, Dr. Thomas noted that

attendance is one of the shaky areas and so

she urges families with kids at the school

to make an extra effort to boost their

attendance next year.

In other great news from Hampden School

#55, the 2011-12 term will start with a

eleven new Promethean ActivBoard

Interactive Whiteboard Systems, covering

about 90% of the school’s classrooms.


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(More information about these electronic

support systems for classroom activities

may be found on the company website at These huge

displays connect effortlessly with students’

or teachers’ desktop or laptop computers

and viewers can interact with text and images

on the large ActivBoard screen by using

special “pens” or other devices. Hand-held

devices called ActiVote can communicate

with the ActivBoard and enable students

to respond in real time to questions by

pressing a button on the ActiVote. As Dr.

Thomas says, this new technology holds

great promise for improving the quality

and scope of classroom instruction, while

playing an equally important role in giving

students hands-on experience with some

of the electronic technology that will

be common in the 21st century world of

work. Members of the community will get

a chance to see these systems in operation

at the Open House the school holds when

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school reopens this fall. Finally, Hampden

School #55’s Summer Learning Program

for elementary students that began July 5

will be open until July 29, so there are still a

few days to visit the school to see what these

kids are doing, and learning, during the

summer months.

Turning to the 2010-11 graduation or

school closing ceremonies, beginning with

Hampden Elementary/Middle School,

the eighth grade received certificates at a

ceremonial closing exercise at Hampden

United Methodist Church on June 7, 2011.

There were forty-three members of the class

of 2011. We wish them the best as they set off

on the next phase of their life journey.

At Hampden’s other outstanding

elementary-middle school, St. Thomas

Aquinas, a graduation ceremony for 22

eighth graders took place on Friday, June

3. High schools these students will be

attending this fall include St. Frances

Academy, Calvert Hall, The Catholic High

School of Baltimore, Mercy High School,

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Archbishop

Curley, Mount De Sales, Bluford High

School, Dunbar, Parkville, and Dulaney.

Eighty-five seniors graduated from ACCE

and Independence School graduated 35

students in separate ceremonies on June

4. ACCE’s graduation was held at Shriver

Hall on the Johns Hopkins Homewood

campus, while Independence celebrated

at the Creative Alliance Patterson Theater.

Learning Inc.’s program doesn’t hold a

graduation, but over 50 persons attended an

“End of Year” ceremony at the school, where

students received awards for academic

achievement and other accomplishments.

In more news from St. Thomas Aquinas

School, Assistant Principal and first grade

teacher Mary Cutter announced that the

Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation

granted STA $40,000 for technology. This

grant will put technology upgrades in every

classroom, enabling the School to purchase

computer equipment, SMART Boards,

digital document cameras, projectors, laser

printers, and software, and to fund ongoing

teacher training. Cutter said, “Technology

is critical to educating tomorrow’s

leaders, and we are energized to have

the opportunity to take our plans to the

next level.” St. Thomas also won top state

honors in the first annual Great American

Can Roundup School Challenge for its

aluminum can recycling achievements.

STA’s recycling rate was 8.3 pounds of cans

per each of its 179 students (1,486 pounds),

the highest per-pupil rate in the state. The

Can Manufacturing Institute presented

a $1,000 check to the school at its closing

ceremony on June 9. The school plans

to use the $1,000 awarded from CMI for

technology in the Pre-K and Kindergarten.

Students may be on vacation at the schools

in Hampden’s Education Park west of Falls

Road on 36th Street, but many faculty and

staff are very busy during these summer

months. There are interviews with staff

recruits, preparation of buildings and

equipment before school opens, and other

chores that more than fill the days. This year,

every school will need to adapt its courses

and practices to comply with a new set of

Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The

National Governors Association Center

for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the

Council of Chief State School Officers

(CCSSO) published these standards in

2010, and Maryland is one of the states

that signed up to apply the standards in

its schools. The CCSS were developed to

provide a clear and consistent nationwide

framework to prepare students for

college and the workforce. Advocates say

that these consistent standards will define

the knowledge and skills that students

should have so that they will able to enter

and succeed in academic college courses

and in workforce training programs when

they graduate from high school. More

information about the CCSS is available at

their website,

ACCE has a special summer initiative

underway—a beautification project that

began this summer at the school. The

project goal is to create an environmentally

friendly and highly attractive landscape

for the overall campus—front and back!

ACCE has partnered with Morgan State

University’s (MSU’s) Graduate School

of Architecture and Planning and one of

their recent graduates helped plan and

supervise a summer YouthWorks project

for 14 of ACCE’s students beginning in

June. The students’ work taught them

about growing native plants, managing

soil composition, planting and maintaining

trees, sustainability and storm water issues in

order to demonstrate the connection of the

school to its surroundings and to promote

understanding of a “site” as a civic amenity.

Additionally, BlueWater Baltimore (the

new coalition of the city’s local watershed

alliances) selected ACCE to receive a grant

for removing the asphalt in the rear area of

the school grounds and then replanting the

area with a rain garden and other planting

spaces and greening projects. ACCE

Principal Quinhon Goodlowe invited the

Hampden Community Council, merchants

and community to participate in this

“greening” of the

school site, including

participating in a

“de-paving” event

with BlueWater that

took place on July

24th. See the inset

photograph of just one of the replanted sites

that was taken in early July. Look for more news

about the “de-paving” and replanting progress

in next month’s Hampden Happenings.

Learning Inc. also has eighteen students

placed in summer jobs through YouthWorks

as well as through the efforts of the school’s

outreach staff. About half of these jobs are

in Hampden.

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community news

News from the Hampden Family Center

By Lisa Ghinger

The Family Center will be closed for

vacation beginning Monday, August 15th

and will reopen Tuesday, September, 6th at

9:00 am. Adult Basic Education Class will

continue meeting in addition to Al-Anon.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September

10th, Health Fair 10 am – 1 pm

In addition to the all the festivities of

HampdenFest the Family Center will host

a FREE Health Fair in partnership with

Union Memorial Hospital from 10 am – 1

pm. Stop by and have your blood pressure

taken, speak with a nurse or participate in

an activity. All ages welcome.

After School Enrichment Program Your

child can do better in school through

individual tutoring, school support and

homework help. 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.

When: Monday through Friday during the

school year / 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Ages: 1st through 6th grade

Registration: Tuesday, September 6th –

Friday, September 9th / 3 pm – 5 pm

Start Date: Monday, September 12th

Wyman Park Tutorial Project begins Tuesday,

September 6th and provides tutoring as well

as remedial reading, math and writing to

students in 1st through 12th grades.

When: Monday through Thursday during

the school year / 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Ages: Elementary, middle and high school


Adult Literacy Program: end of September

exact start date yet to be determined.

Brush up on the skills you need to earn

your General Equivalency Diploma. Adult

literacy classes are held at the Family Center

in partnership with Greater Homewood

Community Corporation.

When: Tuesday & Thursday / 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Benefit Assistance If you need a little help

with your gas or electric bill, stop by the Family

Center and speak with Josephine Battaglia

who can help you apply for energy assistance.

When: Wednesdays / 9 am – 1 pm

Seedco Earn Benefits Need assistance

in attaining such benefits as food stamps,

healthcare, housing and utilities support and

tax credits? To make an appointment, call or

stop by and speak with Brianne Phillips.

Senior Luncheon Friday, September 16th

from 11 am – 1 pm. Join us for a hot meal with

friends, a short program and a few rounds of

Bingo. Learn about important issues such as

prescription drug management, tax issues,

identity theft prevention and more. Senior

Lunches are free, but advanced registration

is required as seating is limited.

For more information about these

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Buena Vista Dog Park

Discovery Committee

D & J Auto Care, Inc.

The Medfield Community Association is

forming a “discovery committee” to conduct

a feasibility study for a dog-dedicated area

in the Buena Vista park, located at Buena

Vista Avenue and 40th Street in Hampden,

on the borders of Medfield and Woodberry.

On June 27, the HCC approved the

formation of the discovery committee. The

discovery committee will report directly

to the Hampden Zoning Committee with

input from the Medfield & Woodberry

communities. Once the support group is

identified and the process is begun, the

Rec and Parks Dept will hold meetings with

the stakeholders —community associations,

residents, etc—to discuss possible ideas.

For more information, please visit or email




Roosevelt Park Recreation Center

1221 West 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211


Saturday, August 20, 2011

9:00 am – 2:00 pm


$15.00 per space (8x8)

No food vendors please.

Snack bar will be available!

1100 West 41st Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21211


Four-Wheel Alignment Specialists


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Serving your community for 40 years


Call 410-889-6536 (Fax 410-889-4564)


If you or a loved one are looking for

affordable housing for seniors (62+),

St. Mary’s Roland View Towers

at 3838 Roland Avenue offers efficiency,

1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments.

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

Convenient to Giant, Superfresh, RiteAid and area shops.


Call 410-889-8255 for information.

Leslie Delcid

Branch Manager

821 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

Phone: 410-366-3100 Fax: 410-366-3377


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Voter Eligibility for Upcoming July 25th HCC Election

By Gary Figurelle

May Vote In-Person Only


Meyers, Cassandra Paid 2011 2

Montoya, Lili Paid 2011 2

Webster, Sarah Paid 2011 2

May Vote In-Person or by Absentee

Carroll, Tina Paid 2011 3

Feuerstein, Kathleen Paid 2011 3

Patterson, Deborah Paid 2011 4

Vayda, Thomas Paid 2011 4

Baird, Michael Paid 2011 5

Bosley, John Paid 2011 5

Callahan, Elizabeth Paid 2011 5

Dill, Genevieve Paid 2011 5

H&R Block Paid 2011 5

Nueslein, Ed Paid 2011 5

Witkowski, Michael P., Jr. Paid 2011 5

Atkinson, Judy Paid 2011 6

Bolton, Erin Paid 2011 6

Durkay, Jocelyn Paid 2011 6

Murdock, Stephanie Paid 2011 6

Noe, Everett Paid 2011 6

Peters, Mia Paid 2011 6

Kerry, Koch Paid 2011 6

Gelbard, Ken Paid 2011 7

Kerr, Thomas Paid 2011 7

Lazar, Jay Paid 2011 7

Sugar, David Paid 2011 7

Nueslein, Erin Paid 2011 8

Peters, George Paid 2011 8

Feuerstein, Adam Paid 2011 9

Figurelle, Gary Paid 2011 9

The Following MUST Pay Dues Prior to Voting

May Vote In-Person or by Absentee

Alchemy Restaurant NOT PAID 2

Campbell, James W. NOT PAID 2

Engle, Adam NOT PAID 2

Fields, Bill NOT PAID 2

Hampden Elementary NOT PAID 2

Shown to the left is a chart detailing who is eligible to vote

in the upcoming HCC election. There are three categories:

• Paid Members that have attended 2 meetings and may

vote in-person only

• Paid Members that have attended 3 or more meetings

and can vote by absentee

• Unpaid Members that have attended 2 or more meetings

and must pay dues prior to voting

If you have any questions concerning these figures,

please let Adam Feuerstein or Gary Figurelle know

ASAP. You can email me at

with your concerns.

The Hampden Community Council

is officially co-sponsoring this year’s


Hampdenfest will be on September 10,

2011. We need volunteers to help with

some pre-event organizing, as well as on

the day of the event (set up, clean up,

directing vendors, directing attendees, etc).

Please let us know if you can volunteer

your time for this fun neighborhood event

by emailing


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Hampden–homeowners, businesses, teenagers, seniors, new-comers

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reach. Your membership fee supports our newsletter and improves our

community through education, clean & green and zoning committees,

to name a few. Help Hampden continue to thrive. BE HEARD, JOIN NOW!

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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 ________________________________________________________

Street Address _________________________________________________

Phone _________________________ Email__________________________

Signature_______________________________ Date _____/______/_____

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

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