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HAMPDEN

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

HCC Officers

President: Adam Feuerstein

Vice President: Gary Figurelle

Secretary: Genny Dill

Treasurer: Erin Nueslein

Board Members

Ed Nueslein

George L Peters Jr

Jay Lazar

HCC CONTACT INFO

Adam Feuerstein, President

HCC, PO Box 19957

Hampden, Maryland 21211

hccpresident@gmail.com

www.hampdenhappenings.org

JANUARY MEETING

Ken Gelbard

Kerry Vayda

Stephanie Murdock

The next HCC meeting is on

January 30, 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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president’s letter

Reminiscing on a Great Year for the HCC

By Adam Feuerstein

Happy New Year! It seems like every year

goes a little faster. We had a great 2011 and

we are looking forward to an even better

2012. 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 all-volunteer board, we rely on all

of these people to make the HCC a great

organization. We will need all of your

support again in 2012. 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 2011, your membership helped support a

number of endeavors that will continue to

carry over into 2012. Although I cannot list

everything we accomplished, here are some

highlights that your membership helped us

accomplish:

• 2011 Candidate’s Night Out – A successful

gathering of candidates for Mayor and City

Council Members of Baltimore City.

• Through grants from PNC Bank and

Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts

and Park and People foundation, we have

transformed the Elm Avenue Park. The

landscaping work was spearheaded by

Steve Baker. He got a lot of help from

volunteers throughout the community and

we will continue to call on volunteers in

2012 to help keep the park looking great.

Curt Millington did a phenomenal job

working with the muralist and the city

to help create the beautiful mural that

adorns the park. There are more grant

opportunities in 2012 and we would like to

take advantage of them.

• We signed a community benefit agreement

with Seawall Development in 2011 that will

provide Hampden and our neighboring

communities up to $5,000 per year for 15

years. The HCC and other organizations

will be meeting each year to determine

the use of the funds. They will go towards

the betterment of our community. This

agreement will bring many great things for

years to come. Thanks to George Peters for

spearheading this agreement.

• Clean and Green activities – We had our

biggest turnout ever at various clean and

green events. A special thank you to Bambi

Chapin and Liz Carney for their work with

the Get Trashed series. People came out

in record numbers in 2011 to help make

our neighborhood a lot cleaner. Events

like these brought together like minded

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 2012 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 make sure our neighborhood

stays free of pet waste.

• Zoning issues will always be an important

function for the HCC, and the Zoning and

Land Use Committee continued to be

busy in 2011. 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.

• Throughout the year we make donations

to various organizations in and around

Hampden. Whether it is Hampden

Elementary, 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

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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 2012.

We cannot do it without you. Please make

sure that you join the HCC in 2012 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 last page of this newsletter for a

membership form. Thank you, Happy New

Year and see you on January 30 for the first

meeting of 2012.

St. Thomas Aquinas School Looks Forward to 2012

By Bonnie Russo

St. Thomas Aquinas School wishes everyone

a very Happy New Year! We hope 2012 is a

great year for everyone. As we return to

school after our Christmas vacation, we look

forward to our January activities.

On Thursday, January 12, we will have

our monthly Family Night at Mamma’s

Cucina Restaurant at 1020 W. 41st Street

in Hampden from 3-9 p.m. Faculty, staff,

students, families, parishioners, alumni,

School Sisters of Notre Dame, and friends

gather together to share a good meal and

conversation. We usually fill the restaurant

the entire evening, and everyone enjoys

the camaraderie. Our school receives a

percentage of the evening’s business, and

we thank Mamma’s for their great support

and good food! We will also host a Kids &

Family Night at the Chick-fil-A Restaurant

in Hunt Valley (6 Hyland Ave. Hunt Valley,

MD 21030) on Tuesday, January 31. Both of

these events are open to the public.

In addition to our fundraisers, St. Thomas

Aquinas School is planning for Catholic

Schools Week which takes place from

January 29 through February 5. The theme

for Catholic Schools Week this year is

“Catholic Schools: Faith, Academics,

Service.” Our school will have an Open

House from Monday, January 30 through

Friday, February 3, from 9-11 a.m. each

day. Visitors may tour the school, visit

classrooms, and get information about our

academic program. A special Mass will also

be held.

St. Thomas Aquinas School

3710 Roland Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland 21211

(410) 889-4618

www.stthomasaquinasschool.us

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New Staff and Programs Welcomed at Hampden Schools

By Various Contributors / Edited by John Bosley

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From Thanksgiving up until holiday break

on December 23, there’s lots of news

from our public schools! A new Assistant

Principal began serving at Hampden

Elementary-Middle school in mid-

December; Baltimore’s prize regional

professional theater CenterStage began

working to offer students at two of our

schools some exciting theatrical learning

opportunities; and our Academy for

College and Career Exploration (ACCE)

high school introduced an important

educational innovation called “Data Driven

Instruction,” or DDI.

Mr. Frank Little is our new Assistant

Principal at Hampden Elementary-Middle

School. Mr. Little is a graduate of Norfolk

State University and Loyola University of

Maryland (M. Admin.). He had fourteen

years’ administrative experience in four

Baltimore city schools before coming to

Hampden. He’s a city resident, married

and with a daughter who graduated from

Western and a son at Dunbar High. In our

interview Mr. Little asked that we urge

parents of Hampden Elementary-Middle

students to do their part to relieve serious

traffic congestion on Chestnut Avenue,

especially while dropping off students in

the morning. Many residents on Chestnut

leave for work about that time, so it’s

important that parent vehicles don’t linger

and block them from getting their cars on

the road. He asks that parents do a quick

“stop-drop-and-go” instead of leaving

their cars in the street while chatting or

walking their children to the classroom.

School staff is at the door to guide the

students to their rooms, so they’ll be safe

once they’re going up the steps, Little says.

In other news from “School #55,” the

school’s Red Cross Turkey Drive for food

for needy families was a great success,

gathering enough food for baskets to be

given to 16 families. Special thanks go to

Phillip and Katelynn Dubois, who donated

six turkeys! The school held its Holiday

Program on December 22, just before the

break. That day was also the deadline for 8th

Grade High School Choice Applications.

CenterStage, Baltimore’s professional

regional theater, (centerstage.org) is launching

programs at Hampden Elementary-Middle

School and at Independence School, one of

Hampden’s high schools. CenterStage actors

presented a play for 3rd-8th graders at the

elementary-middle school on December

9, to kick off a new Theater Playwright

Program there. Coaches from CenterStage

will follow up by holding five sessions at

Hampden Elementary-Middle to teach 5th-

8th graders how to write a play. That play will

be presented in the 2012 Young Playwrights

Festival. Festival winners will then work

with CenterStage to produce and stage a

public performance of their play.

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Also in Hampden, CenterStage Director

Liesl Tommy, one of the actors from the

modern David Mamet play “American

Buffalo,” visited Independence School for

a conversation with students about the play.

Following that visit the students attended

a matinee performance of “American

Buffalo,” followed by a lively questionanswer

with the cast members.

In late November Independence School

students also held the first of three annual

exhibitions of their work progress under

an individualized learning plan that guides

the conduct of the students’ projects. These

projects reflect the student’s interests,

strengths and needs, reflecting the school’s

emphasis on demonstrated achievement

rather than following a sequence of

courses. The plan is updated after each

exhibition to form the basis for revisions

of the learning plan to reflect new insights

and opportunities. There will be two more

rounds of exhibitions, and members of the

community are invited to attend. For dates,

call the school at (410) 467-1090.

Next door to IS, a whole new technique

for improving learning has been woven

into the fabric of ACCE’s culture. This

new approach uses something called “Data

driven Instruction (DDI). Simply put, DDI

is an attempt to take advantage of the fact

that modern computer technology makes it

possible to gather and store huge amounts

of data of several different types, all of which

may be analyzing and used to decide how to

make positive changes and improve student

performance. Educational decisions can

now be based on multiple types of data,

including: input data, such as school

expenditures or student demographics;

process data, such as data on financial

operations; outcome data, such as dropout

rates or student test scores; and satisfaction

data, such as opinions from teachers,

students, parents, or the community. DDI

is aware that simply having the data does

not make it usable. The raw data must

be organized, analyzed, summarized and

combined with knowledge of the situation

that can help explain the data to produce

information. Information then becomes

actionable knowledge when the school staff

put it all together, apply their professional

judgment to prioritize it, and come up with

actions that they think will solve problems

that interfere with effective learning and

teaching. (This summary of DDI is taken

from a short, easy to understand paper

titled “Making Sense of Data-Driven

Decision Making in Education,” published

online by The RAND Corporation at www.

rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/2006/

RAND_OP170.pdf.)

According to Principal Quinhon N.

Goodlowe, ACCE is taking DDI to the

level of actionable knowledge by providing

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relevant data to faculty, staff, and students

on a weekly basis and teaching faculty how

to use the data effectively to planning and

take effective action. “DDI is not just about

having quality data,” explains Goodlowe;

“it’s about using quality data to increase

student achievement.”

Each week, Principal Goodlowe develops

customized data reports that she shares

with staff and students. One of the reports

lists each student’s grades by class and

category, using ACCE’s standardized

grading system to level the playing field

across different subjects. Each faculty

member provides weekly student scores in

the following categories: assessments, class

work, homework, participation, and tests/

projects. Each score is weighted to reflect

how much the school values it for showing

academic progress. Principal Goodlowe lets

each student to see these scores. At times,

there are more than 20 students waiting

in line to see their numbers. She finds

that the fact that she is willing to share the

information with them and ask each one of

them, “What can we do to help you become

more successful” has a tremendous

positive impact on the students’ motivation

to succeed. “At first I thought that she

was just saying it to say it,” said Maya, an

ACCE Senior. “But then I realized that she

actually cares about my grades. It made me

want to do better.”

The data has also has high value for

uncovering challenges that may otherwise

get overlooked. In a meeting with her team

to review the data, Principal Goodlowe

discovered that homework was a significant

problem. “The number of students who

were receiving low scores for homework

was alarming,” she said. Armed with these

data, she met with a number of faculty

members and students. Based on the

“knowledge of the situation” gathered

at those meetings, she is developing an

in-school Homework Study Hall to help

students retain information and thus get

better grades.

Student data on an individual level also allows

Principal Goodlowe to make more targeted

probes of faculty actions. For example,

she found that in some classes, students

were frustrated that faculty collected their

homework but never went over homework

in class. “We used to just check to make

sure that homework was aligned with the

core standards and the curriculum,” said

Principal Goodlowe. “But our data helped

us discover that we needed train teachers

on how to effectively utilize homework to

increase retention, content mastery, and

student achievement.” ACCE was able to

provide faculty training workshops during

the first quarter and anticipate seeing

significant improvements in homework

grades during the second quarter. Gerrard

Allen, ACCE’s Academic Provost, said “We

have been able to demonstrate best practices

on the use of homework to all of our teachers.

Without the data, we could have missed an

opportunity to help our faculty members

grow and our students succeed.”

Learning Inc. News

By Mike Mason

Hello! I’m the new Director of the Extended

Day Program at Learning Inc., and—I live right

here in Hampden. December has been an

exciting month at Learning Inc. The students

are approaching the end of their second

quarter and they’re working hard to complete

the projects they have been working on. For

example, the recent earthquake inspired one

of our students to make a seismograph! This

device is standing by at Learning Inc., just

waiting for another Baltimore quake—and

a chance to record scientific history! Our

students are also combining their knowledge

of science with their culinary skills. They are

making rock candy as a practical way to study

crystallization, and we hope to have some sweet

snacks over the holidays from that project.

I’ve been teaching the students how to write

resumes and have been recruiting members

of the community to conduct mock job

interviews with ours students as the new year

begins. We’re grateful to the members of the

Hampden community for their support and

we wish a Happy New Year to ALL!

Hampden Library News

By Devon Ellis / Photo by Whitney Cecil

The Hampden Library will host its first

monthly Book Club discussion on Tuesday,

Feb. 7 from 6:30-7:30 pm at 3641 Falls Road.

The above date and selected book are

in honor of the bicentennial of Charles

Dickens. The title is “The Last Dickens”

by Matthew Pearl, c2009 (386 pages), an

historical mystery novel that takes place in

Boston in 1870. The story revolves around

the news of Charles Dickens’ untimely death

that reaches the office of his struggling

American publisher, Fields & Osgood, who

sends Daniel Sand to take possession of the

unfinished manuscript. When Sand is killed,

Osgood and Rebecca Sand journey to England

determined to recover the manuscript and

stop a murderous mastermind.

Come and share your thoughts, insights,

and comments about the book with friends,

neighbors, and Dickens fans at the book

club. To borrow a hardback or CD copy

of “The Last Dickens,” call the Hampden

Library at 410.396.6043.

Dimitri’s Tavern

• Friendly tavern

atmosphere!

• Voted No. 1

karaoke bar in

Baltimore by the

City Paper

• Package goods

Christmas Tree Pickup and Mulching

DPW will provide Christmas tree mulching Monday

through Saturday during the entire month of January

2012, beginning January 3rd.

Mulching services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

at the Reedbird Avenue Citizen Drop-off Center,

701 Reedbird Avenue. Residents may bring their own

bags or containers if they wish to collect mulch for

their own use. Community groups are also encouraged

to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for

neighborhood gardens while supplies last.

Leslie Delcid

Branch Manager

821 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

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

ldelcid@patapscobank.com

www.patapscobank.com

D & J Auto Care, Inc.

1100 West 41st Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Serving your community for 40 years

ALL WORK GUARANTEED

GENERAL REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE

Four-Wheel Alignment Specialists

COLLISION REPAIRS & SUSPENSION

Dimitri’s Tavern

3820 Falls Road

Baltimore 21211

Call 410-889-9545

“Where Good Friends Meet”

Since 1973

• Open seven days

For residents who cannot bring their trees for mulching,

the Bureau of Solid Waste will offer curbside tree

collection from Tuesday, January 3, 2012 through

Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Residents should set out

trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day at

the same location where their trash is collected. All tinsel

and ornaments must be removed from trees before they

are set out for curbside collection or mulching.

You bend

’em!

We mend

’em!

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


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Upcoming Events at the Hampden Family Center

By Lisa Ghinger, Executive Director / Photo by Nathalie Cone

News from St. Mary’s Outreach Center

By Sandy Simmons, Executive Director

Happy New Year! 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. Special thanks to

St. David’s Church for their support of the

Christmas Angel Program, Calvert School

for conducting a toy drive on our behalf and

to Union Memorial Hospital nursing staff

for donating toys for the Christmas party and

to the hospital for conducting a food drive.

We could not have done it without you! Your

generosity and thoughtfulness touched

many children and made for a very Merry

Christmas. The outpouring of generosity

was overwhelming and 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, Geoff Harris,

The Baltimore Orioles, David Wells and

The Wine Source, UTZ Potato Chips, Jim

Sandusky and the Boy’s Latin Ice Hockey

Team, Dennis Byrnes, St. David’s Church

outreach and youth, the a cappella group,

ECCO, of the Johns Hopkins Choral Society

and Stone Mill Bakery. And to those who

worked behind the scenes that day; Ally,

Brianne, Jess, John, Marty, Phyllis, Pam

Sharon and Tim – thank you!

The Family Center is pleased to announce

the arrival of a new program:

Middle School Art Club For anyone in

grades 6-8. No experience necessary. Hang

out with your friends and create some cool

art. The club meets Tuesday and Friday

from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. FREE.

Date: First day begins January 3rd

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Blood Pressure Screening

Date: January 6th & January 20

Time: 11:00-12:00

Blood Drive What’s your type Donate

blood, help your fellow neighbor and

receive a gift certificate for a pint of ice

cream from Baskin & Robins.

Date: Wednesday, January 11th

Time: 3 – 7 pm

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.

When: Monday – Friday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wyman Park Tutorial Project Remedial

reading, math and writing support for

students in 1st through 12th grades.

When: Monday – Thursday during the school

year from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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 Johnson.

When: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Benefits Need assistance in attaining such

benefits as: food stamps, healthcare, utilities

support and tax credits Call to schedule an

appointment with Brianne Phillips.

When: Monday – Friday

Time: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (by appointment)

Senior Luncheon Join us for a hot meal

with friends and participate in a funfilled

activity. Senior Lunches are free, but

advance registration is required as seating

is limited. Please call to reserve your spot.

When: Friday, January 20th

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hampden Family Center

1104 West 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

(410) 467-8710

St. Mary’s Outreach Center just held its 2nd

Annual Fundraiser last Tuesday, December

6th, at the historic Clover Hill Mansion.

The mansion was beautifully decorated for

Christmas and was so warm and welcoming.

We have Symphony Manor to thank for

the sensational food served that evening.

Everyone raved about the selection, quality

and taste of the food prepared by Chef Greg.

Also, a big thank you to The Wine Source

who supplied all the drinks for the event. We

truly appreciate all of their hard work that

went into that evening on our behalf!

Many thanks to not only Symphony Manor

and The Wine Source, but also to merchants

in the greater Hampden community who

helped make our St. Mary’s Outreach

Center’s Fundraiser a success. The list of

contributing area merchants is as follows:

Antique Exchange | Avenue Antiques |

Baltimore School of Dance | Black and Decker

| Candy Point Collection | Charlotte Elliott

Chris Naylor | Cross Roads Restaurant at The

Radisson | Hotel Cross Keys | Eddies of Roland

Park | Falkenhan’s Hardware | Fran Brown |

Grandview Penthouse Restaurant | Heartwares:

“Art with a Heart” | In Watermelon Sugar |

Lovely Yarns | Lynch Photography | Meadow

Mill Athletic Club | Roland Park Bakery and

Deli | Sanitate Cleaners | St. David’s Nearly

New Shop | The Dizz | Village Flower Mart |

Wild Yam Pottery | Woodberry Kitchen

JANUARY PROGRAMS

Five Wishes: An Advanced Directive/

Living Will On January 9th at 1 pm, we

will have the Commission on Older Adult

Ministries here to explain and help you fill

in The Five Wishes. It is a form that you can

take to your doctor or hospital that includes

your medical wishes and talks about your

personal, emotional and spiritual needs.

Everyone should have one. Refreshments

will be served. Call to sign up.

Maryland Energy Assistance If you need

help with your gas and electric bill, please

call St. Mary’s Outreach Center to make an

appointment.

Water Bill Discount 30% If you are 65

years old or older, call St. Mary’s for an

appointment to apply for 30% discount on

your water bill.

Homeowner’s/Renter’s Tax Credits

Beginning February 15, 2012, you can call

St. Mary’s to make an appointment to apply

for these tax credits based on a comparison

of your tax bill to your income if you are a

homeowner, and on a comparison of your

rent to your income if you are a renter.

To set up an appointment, call 410-366-3106.

St. Mary’s Outreach Center

3900 Roland Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21211

(410) 366-3106


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Students’ Poems from Mr. Caston’s Grade 11 Spanish Class at ACCE

Photo by Nathalie Cone

Papa can I make some cookies

A big batch for Santa

Pretty pretty please with sprinkles on top

Add some warm milk

Next to the cookies

Old Saint Nick would like that

Even though you have a lot of places to be

Leave me some presents under the tree.

By Shania Kerina

Posadas (parade ) are for his holidays

Always see you when you’re sleeping

Presents fill the room with joy

Always know when you are good or bad

North pole is where he calls his home

On el 25 de diciembre you shall hear

Ho ho ho

Everyone go to bed tonight or he may not come

Look and watch him fly away

By Eric Burrell

street tree for hampden

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.

Note: If you are a renter, your landlord

must sign the tree request form.

Papa Noel! Papa Noel!

Where are you I cannot sleep, because

There are no presents underneath my tree.

My eyes

Bagging and I was sent to sleep because

The adults are downstairs drinking egg nog,

Waiting for Navidad to start! Curling

Under the covers, because it

Was the only thing I could do

The rapping, tapping, booming,

And banging was music to their

Ears, but like a headache

In my mind. I suddenly

Tip-toe through the hallway down

The stairs, each step the

Wooden floor would hit my bare

Feet, and a cold draft would

Hit my hair. The smell of

The cookies and egg nog

In the air made me almost pass

Out when I was walking downstairs. I peeked

In the room and no one saw but

Not a ribbon or bow was found on

The floor. So for a learning lesson

You must be patient and remember

Papa Noel does not give

Presents to little children

Who look underneath the tree.

By Jasmine Lane

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 _________________________________________

Phone ____________________ Email ______________________

Signature _________________________ Date ____ / ____ / ____

GET REWARDED FOR REFERRING YOUR NEIGHBORS!

The HCC will be giving a gift certificate from a local business to the HCC member who

refers the most new members between now and February 28, 2012. The new membership

application, which can be found on the back of this newsletter, will include a section for

“referred by”. Help spread the word and get rewarded for it. The more members we have,

the louder our voice.

Also, we will be selecting one old or new member at random who pays their dues between

now and February 28, 2012 for another gift certificate to a local business.

Any payments made from the point forward will count towards 2012. That is like getting an

extra month of membership for free. We need your support and input. The HCC is your

organization and without strong members we will lose our voice. If you like safe and clean

streets, local park improvements, support for your recreation center and a direct voice to

your council people, then you should join now. $10 for an individual membership, $15 for a

household and $25 for membership. Help us help Hampden.

Thanks for supporting your neighborhood!

Please send your check to:

HCC, P.O. Box 19957, Baltimore, MD 21211

or bring it to the meeting.

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

or email to SustainableHampden@gmail.com

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