January 2011 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council


January 2011 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council




hampden community council | since 1972 | www.hampdenhappenings.org | january 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, January 31st.

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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Baltimore will be getting its own local

currency this coming Spring, and it

will make its first appearance right

here in Hampden.

president’s letter

To Everyone Who Made 2010 a Great Year: Thank You

By Adam Feuerstein / Photo by Christian Lobach

Happy New Year! It seems like every year goes

a little faster. We had a great 2010 and we

are looking forward to an even better 2011. I

want to thank everyone who helped the HCC

this year including all members of the board,

our committee chairpersons, the advertisers

that make the newsletter possible, all of our

volunteers, all of our local politicians who

assisted us in our endeavors, and anyone else

who came out to show their support of the

HCC and the Hampden community. As an allvolunteer

board, we rely on all of these people

to make the HCC a great organization. We will

need all of your support again in 2011. January

is the time for membership renewal. We have

elected to keep the annual membership fees

the same low price. Individual memberships

are just $10/year, household memberships

are just $15/year and business memberships

are $25/year. Your membership dues are

needed to help make sure the HCC can

continue to all the good work we do for the

neighborhood. In 2010, your membership

helped support a number of endeavors that

will continue to carry over into 2011. Although

I cannot list everything we accomplished,

here are some highlights.

• 2010 Candidate’s Night Out – A successful

gathering of over 30 primary candidates

for the various state and federal positions

in the 2010 election. Look for the 2011

version when it will be time to vote for

Mayor and City Council Members of

Baltimore City. Keep your eye out for

information which will provide you a

chance to have your specific questions

answered by your local representatives.

Off-leash areas for dogs at Wyman

Park and a walking trail along Stony

Run are just some of the propositions

currently in the works.

• Clean and Green activities – We had our

biggest turnout ever at various Clean and

Green events. A special thank you to Bambi

Chapin and Jennie Beckman for their

work with the Get Trashed series. People

came out in record numbers in 2010 to

help make our neighborhood a lot cleaner.

Events like these brought together likeminded

individuals to help spur other

greening projects into 2011. We have been

collecting Street Tree requests from all

over the neighborhood and the Clean and

Green Committee will be busy in 2011

helping to coordinate those requests with

the city. We also will continue to work with

other organizations to explore area grants

to help keep our neighborhood beautiful.

We continued to fund the Pick Up After

Your Pet stations to help make sure our

neighborhood stays free of pet waste.

• Zoning and Land Use Committee –

Zoning issues will always be an important

function for the HCC, and the Zoning

and Land Use Committee continued to

be busy in 2010. They worked very hard

to help facilitate any zoning questions

in and around the neighborhood, they

attended many city zoning and liquor

board hearings and did their best to make

sure that the city considers our members

requests when making their decisions.

Sometimes that does not always go our way

and it is necessary to push the city a little

harder. We expect a decision to be made

in 2011 concerning our complaint against

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education committee

The HEC did not meet in December, as

last month’s newsletter noted. The next

meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on January

11, 2011 at St. Thomas Aquinas School, 3710

Roland Avenue. HEC once again cordially

invites anyone who shares our vision of

improving both the quality of Hampden’s

schools and the neighborhood quality of

life through greater school-community

collaboration to attend this meeting. All

five of our schools continue to turn out and

participate in these meetings. We hope

that more and more Hampden citizens

and representatives of local businesses

and community organizations will attend

and participate in forging links between

neighborhoods and the schools that we call

our “Home in Hampden.”

St. Thomas Aquinas School News, Reported

by Bonnie Russo, Development Director

St. Thomas Aquinas School will hold its

monthly Family Night at Mamma’s Cucina

Restaurant on Thursday, January 13, from

3-9 p.m. Anyone who dines during this time

will help our school, since Mamma’s Cucina

donates a portion of the cost of everyone’s

meals to St. Thomas. You can look for your

favorite dish and learn more about Mamma’s

Cucina’s fund-raising plans on their web

site at http://mammascucina.com.

The school will hold an Open House during

Catholic Schools Week from Monday,

January 30 through Friday, February 4

from 9-11 a.m. daily. Everyone is invited

to visit us during these hours throughout

this week-long Open House. Visitors may

tour our school, visit our classrooms, and

observe our teachers at work. We will have

special activities each day during the week.

The logo for the week was

designed by the National

Catholic Educational

Association (NCEA) for its

website, http://catholicschoolsweek.ncea.

org. According to the NCEA, the theme for

Catholic Schools Week 2011 expressed in

this logo “Celebrates the fact that Catholic

schools are an added value for the nation.

Catholic schools give a high level of service

(the A+ level) to local communities because

of the many service projects students

Attendance Challenge and Knitting for Snow Bunnies

By John Bosley and Will Critz

undertake. ‘Giving back to the community’

and ‘helping others’ are values instilled

in every Catholic school student. Catholic

schools give a high level of service to the

nation (the A+ level) by serving students

from all economic backgrounds….”

ACCE Happenings! Reported by Quinhon

Goodlowe, Principal, ACCE

December seemed like a Winter Wonderland

and things were warm and rosy and comfy

and cozy at ACCE! The air was filled with

sounds of activities to recognize our students’

academic success and the launch of our new

attendance initiative: “DDD – Don’t miss a

Day in December!” DDD is a student-driven

challenge in which students pledge to achieve

100% attendance for the month, and more

than sixty students accepted the challenge. We

had a phenomenal display of encouragement

for students to keep their attendance high

or work to improve it. Notable activities

included staging a Hot Chocolate Soiree;

making Gingerbread houses with Principal

Goodlowe; and holding an Academic Honor

Program to celebrate students named to our

honor roll and those with perfect attendance.

These pre-holiday events culminated with

the Winter Wonderland dance to celebrate

the season’s arrival and the beginning of our

winter vacation.

Our students have also shown their concern

for the needs of others in this wintry

season by collecting coats, hats, scarves,

and gloves. New and gently used items

were collected to be shared with those in

our school community and also with the

greater Hampden community. You can

see how we’re working hard to change the

community of Baltimore, one student at a

time. But that’s not the only thing changing

at ACCE. We are also on the move to improve

physically! Several students and staff

member are working hard on the B-more

Fit Challenge with our partner Meadow

Mill Athletic Club. Watch out for more eyepopping

changes in the New Year!

Hampden Elementary-Middle (#55) School

News Reported by Brittany Marano, Teacher

Hi! My name is Brittany Marano, and I’m a

second-grade teacher at Hampden School

#55. I’d like to tell Hampden Happenings

readers this month about a community

project that I helped organize on behalf of

School #55’s students. The project idea first

came to me when I walked into LovelYarns

at the end of August 2009. You all must

know LovelYarns on The Avenue (http://

www.lovelyarns.com). It is one of the many

local businesses that contribute to the

strong element of artistic and artisanal life

in our neighborhood. On that first visit I

met Sue Caldwell, the owner, and we talked

about me possibly starting a knitting group

at Hampden Elementary. I had just gotten a

position at the school and was eager to make

an impact. I wanted to share my passion

for knitting with students at school, but

it was difficult to focus on developing as a

teacher and still have time to plan an afterschool

program. So although the school

knitting club didn’t get started as I’d hoped,

I continued to stop in at LovelYarns to see

the new yarn and check out the classes they

offer. That’s how Sue and I figured Hampden

Elementary/Middle School would be a good

fit for the LovelyGives project that the store

undertakes each year. As the 2009-10

school year progressed, Sue and I continued

to talk and plan for the project. Sue offers

classes at the store and she encouraged the

class participants to pick a child and knit

either hats or mittens for K-5 kids, and hats

for students in the 6th-8th grades. These

project products were ready in time for the

kids to receive their goodies at the Holiday

Assembly that was held on December 22nd.

Hampden Elementary/Middle School #55

wants to thank all the LovelYarns knitters

who participated in this project. Our School

#55 “snow bunnies” will definitely enjoy

their hats and mittens in the cold winter

months to come!

Learning Inc. News Reported by Emily

Wilson, Workforce Development &

Outreach Staff

As with every other Hampden school,

early December before the holiday break

was packed with activities for staff and

students. This left us very little time to

gather story material about each of these

events. So, for this last issue of Hampden

Happenings in 2010, Learning Inc. would

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the Liquor Board’s decision regarding

one of our area local liquor stores. The

HCC is working very hard to make sure

the city understands the requests of our

membership. In a related note, 2010 saw

the HCC successfully formalize our policy

concerning the support for requests for

liquor licenses in our city.

• Education Committee – Our education

committee saw a revitalization with their

facilitation of the Hampden Education

collaborative meetings. We have had

several meetings with over 35 participants

from the Hampden Schools, Baltimore

City Government, and various merchants

and residents of Hampden. The purpose

was to bring together all of the people and

organizations who are tasked with the

education of our youth and help them share

ideas to collaboratively meet their goals in a

more efficient and effective manner. Look

for more meetings and ideas in 2011.

Community Donations – Throughout

the year we make donations to various

organizations in and around Hampden.

Whether it is Hampden Elementary,

Hampden Small Fry, Roosevelt Recreation

Activities, the Hampden Christmas

Parade or other worthy causes in the

neighborhood, the HCC always finds some

funds in our budget to help out our fellow

residents and organizations. We also have

a number of members who lend a helping

hand whenever they can.

We are really looking forward to a great 2011.

We cannot do it without you. Please make

sure that you join the HCC in 2011 so we can

continue to provide community leadership,

engage in educational, informational,

and charitable activities, and promote the

living standard and overall welfare of the

Hampden community. Remember that we

need to ensure that the community’s voice

is heard on legislative, development, and

other issues affecting our neighborhood.

The stronger our numbers the louder our

voice will be to our area politicians. We

need your membership and your vote to

make sure we are acting in the best interest

of the community. See the back page of this

newsletter for a membership form. Thank

you, happy New Year and see you on January

31st for the first meeting of 2011.

like to send greetings to all the readers of

Hampden Happenings by sharing a picture

of a Holiday Gingerbread House that some

of our students created in the after-school

cooking class that we wrote about recently.

From all of us to our friends, neighbors

and supporters in Hampden, we hope your

holidays have been full of joy and happiness,

and that the New Year brings health and

happiness to all of you!

Independence School Local 1 News

Reported by Christopher French, Co-

Director and Erik Sunday, Teacher

The Independence VEX Robotics team

continued to compete—and placed very

highly—in the Johns Hopkins VEX Robotics

Qualifying Competition that took place

in the Levering Hall Glass Pavilion on the

Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus on

Saturday, December 11th. More than 100

middle and high school students, mainly

from Baltimore City Public Schools took

part. At this event, student-made devices

scored points by placing doughnut-size

rings atop posts and by hanging from ladder

rungs. Students competed in teams of

three to five young people. Johns Hopkins

faculty members and students supervised

the contest, along with volunteers from

Northrop Grumman, the event’s financial

sponsor. The event was hosted by the Center

for Educational Outreach at Johns Hopkins’

Whiting School of Engineering. The center’s

mission is to encourage more middle

school and high school students to pursue

science, technology, engineering and math

education and careers. We should all be

proud of the Independence School team,

which took Eighth Place in the competition.

The Hampden school’s team will advance

to the next and semi-final round of this

tournament! Hearty congratulations on

this awesome accomplishment to Coach

David Waide and the students on the

Independence team; James Fox, Shawn

McCaffery, Victoria Kearns, Franz Virtudes,

Rebecca Berrios and Ayva Anderson!

On November 9th, 2010, six students from

Mrs. Vesna’s advisory, and one from Mrs.

Virtudes’, traveled to Shenandoah Nation

Park, VA, on the last wilderness expedition

of the year. Deshon, Cantrell, Purnell,

Chris, Logan, Devon and Malachi, along

with Curriculum Specialist Erik Sunday

and WAI Director Sena Rasun-Mahendra,

spent four days and three nights exploring

earth science concepts in the park. Our

group engaged in multiple scientific

investigations, including plot studies, tree

identification, stream velocity tests, landuse

studies, and sinkhole formation. We

also toured Skyland Caverns in nearby Front

Royal, VA, hiked to the top of Blackrock and

Stony Man Mountains, organized a mock

commando mission, slept outside under

tarps and even had bears wake us up on the

second night!

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community news

Introducing the BNote

By Jeff Dicken

UMBC Hampden History Project Reports Progress, Plans to Seek Further Support

By Professor Denise Meringolo, UMBC Public History Program Coordinator / Photo by Nick Hill

Baltimore will be getting its own local

currency this coming Spring, and it will

make its first appearance right here in

Hampden! Like many other cities and towns

across the country including Washington

D.C. and Ithaca, NY, we will be able to keep

more of our money’s purchasing power

within our own community and city. The

BNote will encourage residents to support

small, independent merchants whenever

possible and brings a social element back to

business. Plans for the 25th Street Station

Project, which will likely include a Wal-

Mart and Lowe’s, have raised concerns

about a decrease in sales for local shops.

A local currency is one way to help ensure

that residents shop at their community’s

businesses instead of large corporate chains,

and keep their money circulating within

the region to benefit their neighbors and,

ultimately, their families and themselves.

And the BNote isn’t limited to storefront

businesses. This is real paper currency

that can also be used to pay any of the

service providers and artisans in the BNote

network, or to pay for babysitting, for a gift

to your neighbor, for things at yard sales

—anything you would now use dollars for

within your local economy. There’s even

a 10% discount when you buy BNotes: $10

will purchase 11 BNotes (BN11), which can

be used equivalent to 11 dollars. Businesses

in the BNote network will be able to give

all customers BNotes as change, pay local

employees partially in BNotes, pay for

services such as printing or repairs, and

pay in BNotes for stock or raw materials

with any suppliers who accept the currency.

As BNotes recirculate in these ways, they

come in equivalent to a dollar and go out

the same way. If there is a need to exchange

BNotes for dollars, they will be converted at

the reverse rate: $10 for BN11.

“So, why Hampden?” people are wondering.

As it turns out, this area has historically

had many of the features that are key to the

success of a local currency. The Hampden

community is located in a natural enclave,

right in the heart of Baltimore. There has

always been a strong sense of community

here, and support for local merchants

is a focal point of the community. All of

these reasons make Hampden a good

springboard for launching the BNote. Use

of the currency will gradually spread to

other neighborhoods, as businesses across

the city begin to realize the benefits of using

local currency.

The organization coordinating the rollout

of the BNote, the Baltimore Green Currency

Association, was started in early 2010 by

a group of Baltimoreans concerned with

the lack of economic opportunity in the

city. Once the BNote is in circulation, they

hope to be able to offer no-interest microloans

to small businesses to promote their

expansion, and to entrepreneurs for the

establishment of new local businesses.

For example, a local coffee house may want

to expand its hours, but would need to hire

a new part-time employee to cover that

shift. A small loan, one which would not

be considered by a traditional bank, might

be all it needs to smooth out the transition

and hire that employee. The BGCA also

intends to partner with other non-profits

in the city, to help foster local food and

energy production and support poverty

reduction programs.

Baltimore artists have recently been

involved in the design of the currency

notes. BGCA’s design contest ended in

November and received entries from

inside and outside the city. The Association

will be holding a press event this month to

reveal the winning design and kick off the

next phase of their business recruitment

campaign. Already, many well-known

Hampden merchants have joined the

BNote network and will be accepting the

new currency. These merchants include

McCabe’s restaurant, breathe books,

Minas, Lovelyarns, Alpha Graphics, Soft

& Cozy Baby, acupuncture, massage, and

holistic therapy providers, and more

than a dozen others. The full directory is

available on the Association’s website,

baltimoregreencurrency.org. BGCA’s Executive

Director, Jeff Dicken, expects to have

between 50 and 70 businesses on board by

launch day in April, representing a wide

range of goods and services. Ultimately,

the goal is to strengthen and expand local

supply chains so that as many goods and

services as possible will be provided locally.

This would lead to a reduction in the need to

drive or ship items in from outside the city,

also reducing the need to burn fossil fuels.

In this way, it truly is a “green” currency.

When they are in circulation, BNotes

will be available in 1 dollar and 5 dollar

denominations, and the bills will feature

prominent Baltimore natives and key

city landmarks. Look for them in the

coming months, and use them to show

your support for Hampden, your local

businesses, and Baltimore!

This past fall, a group of graduate students

in the Public History Program (http://www.

umbc.edu/history/PHTrack.html) at the

University of Maryland Baltimore County

(UMBC) organized a project designed to

support the guiding principles identified in

Hampden’s Community Vision Statement.

These graduate students—Jennifer Clary,

Latina Gilyard, Owen Lourie, Laura

Marshallsay, Ryan McCormick, Sara

Pataneude, Allison Seyler, and Karen

Worthington—were particularly drawn to

the concept of Hampden as a small town in

a big city, set forth in the Vision Statement.

They made note of the community’s stated

commitment to preserving local history. They

were enthusiastic about the community’s

encouragement of creative expression. Those

core principles precisely echo the work ethic

of public historians who seek ways to use

scholarship about the past as a platform for

addressing contemporary needs.

Since last fall, these students have spent

a considerable amount of time getting

to know Hampden. They took a walking

tour led by Bill Harvey. They met David

Gadsby, one of the leading researchers

in the Hampden Public Archaeology

project. They read just about every word

ever written about the transformation of

Hampden from a series of seven mill towns

into the close-knit community it is today.

They talked to anyone who would listen.

Laura spent time in the Family Center,

a popular beauty parlor, and just about

everywhere in between. Allison spoke with

clergymen and church-goers. Owen visited

the Streetcar Museum. Jennifer capitalized

on professional connections she had

established, talking about Hampden’s

history with heritage trail creators at both

Parks and People and the Mayor’s office.

After much thought, they decided to

develop a series of six historical markers,

designed for display in businesses,

community meeting places, and elsewhere

around the neighborhood. Organized

around the overarching theme that

Hampden has always been essential

to life in Baltimore,” the signs provide

historical information that point to the

different facets of the neighborhood’s

uniqueness, preserve endangered aspects

of its history, and seek to connect the story

of Hampden’s oldest families with those of

its recent arrivals. The project team plans

to present “first draft” versions of these

markers at a community forum this winter

and to put them on display throughout the

neighborhood. These displays will offer

viewers the chance to provide written

community feedback about the signs in

comment books the students provide.

These notebooks will also encourage

neighborhood residents and other

viewers to add new historical information.

Reviewers will also find instructions for

donating more photographs to the project.

The Public History Program at UMBC would

like to take this project to the next level. We

are actively seeking community feedback to

finalize the content of the historic markers

and find them a permanent place for display.

If you have ideas or suggestions, you may

contact Professor Denise Meringolo by

email: ddm@umbc.edu. You can also reach

her at UMBC at 410-455-2058.

Addendum: The markers will be presented

at the January 31st Hampden Community

Council meeting.


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Announcements from the Hampden Family Center

By Lisa Ghinger

News from the Roosevelt Park Rec Council

By Judith Atkinson

The Family Center is very grateful to the

Hampden community for their generosity

and support over the holidays. A heartfelt

thank you to all the individuals and

businesses who donated children’s toys for

the Annual Christmas Party and to those

who participated in the Christmas Angel

program. Your overwhelming generosity

and thoughtfulness touched many children

and made for a very Merry Christmas. The

Family Center is very grateful to you for

helping us to make the holidays bright!

Our Christmas Party was a tremendous

success thanks to our many volunteers and

those who donated goods and services.

Special thanks to Calvert School, First Floor

Graphics, Geoff Harris, The Baltimore

Orioles, David Wells and The Wine Source,

UTZ Potato Chips, Roland Park Garden

Club, Jim Sandusky and the Boy’s Latin Ice

Hockey Team, St. David’s Church youth,

Stone Mill Bakery,Gilman Traveling Men

and our community of volunteers!

Winter Program Offerings

Adult Basic Education Class: Registration

will be held Tuesday, January 11th from

6:00 pm–8:30 pm. Class meets Tuesday and

Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm–9:00 pm.

Senior Luncheon: Friday, January 14th

11:00 am–1:00 pm. Celebrate the New

Year with friends and enjoy a hot lunch

and games. Please call Family Center to

reserve your place.

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 pm to

5:30 pm. 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 pm–5:30 pm.

The Center will be closed Monday,

January 17th and will reopen at 9:00 am

Tuesday, January 18th.

The holidays have been a busy time for the

Rec Council at the Roosevelt Park Rec Center.

In November, we had our first Christmas

Bazaar. Those who attended the Bazaar were

able to buy bread, candles, jewelry, crafts,

Tupperware, Pampered Chef, and many

other great gifts. Visitors were also able to

enjoy a good sandwich and homemade soup.

They could even buy soup to go! The bazaar

was a success and we look forward to next

year for our next shopping extravaganza.

Karate is back at the Recreation Center.

The class is for students 13 years of age and

older. We are excited to have this activity

back in the center for anyone who may be

interested. Call the Rec at (410) 396-6050

for further information.

Indoor Soccer season is underway. Teams

have been picked and practices have

started. The official kick-off for the season

is Saturday, January 8, 2011. All teams will

be playing that day – children ages 5 through

16. There will be a special ceremony held

that day. Please come by and cheer on our

players! A snack bar will be open during

the season – so stop by and enjoy a hot dog,

a soft pretzel, and other yummy treats.

The construction in the park is chugging

along and really beginning to take shape.

Watch future newsletters for the grand

opening celebration of the new amphitheatre

and the re-vamped playground.

Hampden Baseball is gearing up for the

Spring of 2011. Registration for baseball

begins in January 15, 2011. If your child

played last year, they will be getting a

registration form in the mail. If they are

new or didn’t play before, please consider

signing them up. 2011 will be the 57th year

of Hampden Baseball! You can contact the

Rec Center for more information about

baseball registration after the holidays.

We would like to thank the merchants of

Hampden who have supported us over

this last year with goods and monetary

donations that have helped us to support

the Recreation Center. We sincerely thank

you for your help.

We also want to thank all the community

members who have attended our fundraising

events – the Quarter Auctions,

the Flea Market, the Christmas Bazaar,

etc. Without you, all of our efforts would

not be successful. So, the members of the

Roosevelt Park Rec Council would like to

extend all thanks to all of you and wish you

a safe, happy, healthy new year. We look

forward to seeing you again when we have

our next fund-raising activity!

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10 historic hampden happenings • January 2011

historic hampden happenings • January 2011 11

Zoning & Land Use Report for December 2010

By George L Peters Jr, Z & LUC Chairman (HCCzoning@gmail.com) / Photo by Jack Lyons

3505 Buena Vista - William Miciche

Mr. Miciche is seeking support for a height

variance on a second story addition to an

existing out building. The building, which he

has already started construction on, is located

at the rear of the property, abutting Sweet

Air Street. We have asked that he provide

letters of support from neighbors that could

potentially be impacted by the construction.

The architect’s plans for the project can be

found online at www.hampdenhappenings.

org/Zoning_Info.htm under the heading

Current Zoning Projects. If you have any

concerns about the construction project

please email the zoning chairman.

3500 Chestnut Avenue -

Granite Development, LLC

Resident who live near the corner of 35th

Street and Chestnut Avenue will no doubt

know the prominent corner house as a

long time nuisance, a continuous cause of

trash, vagrancy, and drugs and detractor of

property value.

After being purchased by Granite

Development, LLC. 15480 Annapolis Rd,

STE 202, Bowie MD 20715 back in spring

of 2007 the property was intentionally left

to sit for years. Finally after the dogged

persistence of a number of neighbors and

literally hundreds of housing violations the

building is being renovated.

Thanks in part to Councilwoman Mary Pat

Clark, the owner of the property must finish

renovations and have occupancy permits

by the end of January 2011 or risk losing the

property to the City of Baltimore.

We have represented the community a

number of times at the Board of Municipal

Zoning Appeals regarding this property,

and we hope that we won’t have to again.

Our experiences with the owner of Granite

Development, LLC and his architectural firm

of choice Green & Tice, LLC, have been less

then encouraging. We hope that its owner

will follow the letter of the law and get this

renovation finished prior to the deadline. If

he does not Mary Pat Clark has made it clear

that she will aggressively pursue the matter

using Baltimore City’s legal department.

4001 Falls Road - Red Fish Liquors

After a number of delays caused by paperwork

mix-ups, the Circuit Court of Baltimore City

sending out the wrong paperwork, and the

Liquor Board’s attorney filing her notice

of appearance for the wrong case —it would

appear that the logistics have been worked out

for the hearing involving the liquor boards

granting of a license to Red Fish Liquors LLC.

Christina L. Schoppert, Esq. staff attorney at

the Community Law Center, is handling the

case. The hearing will be scheduled sometime

after the first of the year and will most likely

occur in the early spring. We will notify the

community of when and where the case is to

be tried as soon as we get that information.

Union Mill - 1500 Union Avenue -

Seawall Development

The Union Mill development is officially

under way. The construction fences are up,

the roll offs in place and the demolition

portion of the project has begun in earnest.

Construction crews are currently working to

remove debris and all of the non-historical

structures from site.

Later this month Seawall’s contractors plan

to start the enormous task of re-pointing the

86,000-square-foot mill building.

Seawall will convert the mill buildings into

apartments for school teachers, and nonprofit

office space. The project is modeled

on Miller’s Court, a similar redevelopment

project that Seawall completed in Remington,

which recently won an award for from the

EPA. Stay tuned to future issues of the Historic

Hampden Happening for updates and photos

of the projects progress.

Rewriting the Baltimore Zoning Code

The Baltimore City Planning department is

asking for public comment on the 1st draft

of the Baltimore Zoning Code, in preparation

for a second draft to come later this year.

The April 2010 Draft updates many sections

of the existing code with some new zoning

districts, design guidelines, more charts and

graphics. It does not include any mapping

of those districts other than the design subdistricts

for the Central Business District.

The document will be open for comment until

February 15, 2011. You can download a copy at



If you have questions about the zoning

process, need a variance for your project, or

need help with any other zoning or land use

issue please feel free to contact the Z&LUC

at HCCzoning@gmail.com Remember to put

zoning in the subject line. As always you may

find the latest Zoning & Land Use information

on line at hampdenhappenings.org


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historic hampden happenings • January 2011 13

clean & green team

Green Happenings to the East

By Jay Lazar / Photo by Ross Burton

Off -leash areas proposed at Wyman Park

Ray Iturralde of Wyman Park along with

several members of the Wyman Park Dog

Fanciers met on December 13th with Bill

Vondrasek of Baltimore City Recreation and

Parks and Mary Pat Clarke to discuss the

proposal for off-leash areas and hours in

Wyman Park. The proposed areas will not

be fenced in as the geography of the park is

ideal for containing dog play. The desire to

designate off-leash areas and hours stems

from the $1,000 fines levied for a brief period

during 2009 and concerns raised by Johns

Hopkins University. The proposal will look

to address the JHU concerns regarding pet

waste and recreational activity interference.

JHU currently holds a lease agreement for

the use of the park intramural field. In the

agreement it recognizes that the field is for

the use of students and the public. There

remains much work to do with the proposal

including getting community feedback. The

main points of the proposal follow: Proposed

at WP are some off-leash areas with effective

hours; no fenced-in areas will be required;

each area with have signs posted a map and

specifics to that off-leash area (like hours);

and Operating Rules set up by R&P would

be posted with a map. Ray is planning on

presenting the details of his proposal at the

January HCC general meeting.

For more information, search “Wyman Park

Dog Fanciers” on Facebook, where you will find

the text of current BCRP rules and guidelines

governing Dog Parks and the proposal.

Proposed Walking Trail along Stony Run

(Text taken from July Stony Run Trail Newsletter)

On March 6, 2010 representatives of

neighborhoods adjacent to Stony Run

(Keswick, Hampden, Remington, Tuscany-

Canterbury, Wyman Park, Guilford, and

Roland Park) met at the offices of the

Parks and People Foundation to explore

the feasibility of building a trail along the

stream that would extend from Cold Spring

Lane south to meet the Jones Falls Trail in

the vicinity of the Stieff Silver building.

The trail would follow and enhance the

footpath that already runs through much of

the greenway. Representatives from Johns

Hopkins University and Parks and People

also attended.

The group identified uses for a Stony Run

South Trail, such as walking and running

as well as connections to bike lanes on

University Parkway, the Jones Falls Trail,

and neighborhood streets. The needs

to protect vegetation, control erosion,

and restore the stream habitat were also

discussed and there was enthusiastic

support for recognition of the trail’s history

as a segment of the old “Ma & Pa” Railroad

right-of-way between Baltimore and York,

Pennsylvania. There was an agreement to

move forward and to hire a consultant who

would develop a Concept Plan for the trail.

A Steering Committee organized by A.

J. O’Brien, with assistance from Karen

DeCamp and George Shardlow of the Greater

Homewood Community Corporation and

including Anne Perkins, Sue Talbott, Matt

Greenwood, Bill Eberhart and Ralph Kurtz

have met almost weekly since then.

Since March, the Steering Committee has

done the following:

• Raised funds from the Abell Foundation,

Baltimore Community Foundation,

Johns Hopkins University, the Krieger

Foundation and numerous enthusiastic

residents who live near Stony Run;

• Retained Matt Fitzsimmons and Carol

Macht of Hord|Coplan|Macht to develop

the Concept Plan. Matt helped with the

development of the Roland Park Master

Plan so his thinking is reflected in the

plans for Stony Run north of Cold Spring

Lane; and:

• Met with officials of Baltimore’s

Department of Public Works and their

consulting engineers to review progress on

the sanitary sewer installation and stream

restoration projects to determine any

impact on the trail.

Follow-up meetings in September convened

to discuss the planned alignment and hear

concerns for the alignment as well as talk

about the concept of formal entrances/

pathways into the park that meet the trail.

One entrance from Hampden would be

located at the end of 36th Street where it

intersects with Beech Avenue. We intend

to have AJ or another representative of the

project present at the January HCC meeting.

If you have any input or would like to know

more about the project contact Jay Lazar at


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historic hampden happenings • January 2011 15

Young and hungry in Hampden: What’s next for Baltimore Free Farm?

By Heather Dewar

The following article appeared on the online

version of the Urbanite. Check out this link

for more information on Baltimore Free

Farm’s online fundraiser: www.kickstarter.


The Ash Street Garden, an urban farmingand-music

phenom that sprouted on a back

street in Hampden like mushrooms after a

rainstorm, began less than a year ago with a

group of twenty-somethings who were out

of work and hungry. Now they’re hungry for

a new challenge.

With help from friends, neighbors and

green groups, the dozen or so members of

the Baltimore Free Farm turned a trashstrewn

outdoor shooting gallery into a

terraced garden overflowing with produce

and flowers. This summer, the garden in

the 3500 block of Ash Street became a local

attraction—the site of work parties, food

giveaways, and “Strange Folks” concerts

featuring local musicians.

Next up: a rundown warehouse across

the street, where members of the ultrademocratic

urban farm collective hope

to build a community center focused on

sustainable city living. The Baltimore Free

Farmers want to practice worm composting,

grow mushrooms, and raise chickens in

the fenced backyard. Indoors, they want

to teach others about urban gardening,

alternative energy systems, and community

organizing—and throw a great party every

couple of months.

The building’s owner supports the group’s

green vision, Free Farm members say.

But the roof leaks, the plumbing is funky,

and the list of needed repairs is long. The

nonprofit’s members say they’ll need

about $10,000 in supplies to make the

6,000-square-foot space usable. They’re

hoping to raise the money via Kickstarter,

a website that collects online donations

for grassroots groups. The groups get the

money only if they meet their fundraising

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The Free Farm has about $7,000 to go,

but it’s already investing sweat equity

in painting, electrical work, and other

improvements. The Ash Street garden’s

success has inspired them to charge ahead,

said group member Billy Thompson.

“We’ve learned that we’ve got the skills to

accomplish what we set out to do,” Thompson

said. “Working collectively, we can do better

than what we could do on our own.”

A year ago, Thompson and the others were

a typical group of friends in their early

20s who met up at local music clubs. Most

had jobs—licensed contractor, restoration

plasterer, tailor, printmaker—until the

economy tanked.

“We were out of work,” said Allison Guitard,

“so we started thinking, what can we do to

feed ourselves?”

On Google Earth, they spotted the Ash

Street hillside where houses once had

stood. The site was was bordered by a

boarded-up building, covered with trash,

and overgrown with trees and vines.

Everyone except the neighborhood junkies

had avoided the place for years, said Anna

Ewing, who grew up nearby.

In January, the Free Farmers began clearing

the city-owned property, cutting down

trees, and throwing away spent bullets,

syringes, and even an old, unarmed hand

grenade, Thompson said. They dug up the

foundation stones of a long-gone building

and hauled them up the hill to build

terraces and paths.

They also dug up great quantities of old

hand-blown marbles. “As a distraction

from the cold” they pretended the marbles

were money, Thompson said, trading them

amongst themselves for cigarettes or coffee.

An Americorps team pitched in; so did the

Parks & People Foundation. February’s

blizzards inspired more volunteers. “We

had days when there were 30 people

working there,” Thompson said.

“It turned into this big thing,” said Free

Farm member Don Barton. “I don’t think

anybody realized how much of an impact we

were going to have.”

By spring, the group had an adopt-a-lot

agreement with the city and a maintenance

agreement to farm adjacent private land.

They farmed some plots themselves

and rented out others, providing water,

seeds and other supplies for monthly fees

ranging from nothing to about $10. The

garden produced surplus food, which they

gave away, Guitard said.

“There’s a reason why it’s called the Free

Farm,” said member Andrew Mattingly.

In early December, the Ash Street Garden

was still bright with marigolds, rainbow

chard, and other late crops. Murals,

benches, and bits of found art beautified

the space. A stone-bordered path invited

passersby to meander up the hill, where a

greenhouse is under construction.

“The plot really has become a community

sanctuary,” Thompson told a meeting of the

Hampden Community Council last week.

With the work on the warehouse, “We’re

effectively developing and renovating

a 30,000-square-foot area to improve

the neighborhood. We feel these areas

could become productive again and really

revitalize neighborhoods that have kind of

fallen out of the community.”

Hampden Community Council president

Adam Feuerstein pledged to help spread

the word. “I’ve seen a marked improvement

down on Ash Street,” he said. “It’s good to see

something positive going on down there.”

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

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

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