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HCC Officers

President: Kayla Garner

Vice President: Will Bauer

Secretary: Ann Tabor

Treasurer: Will Bauer

Board Members

Adam Feuerstein

Chrissy Goldberg

Eli Lopatin

Erin Nueslein

Jennifer Grimes


Kayla Garner, President

HCC, PO Box 19957

Hampden, Maryland 21211




Katharine Fernstrom

Reagan Hooton

Shacara Lewis

Stephanie Murdock

The next HCC meeting is on

Monday, April 27th.

Plan to join us at 7:00 pm 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

7:30-8:00 pm: New business

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www.hampdenhappenings.org • Since 1972

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president’s letter

Add Your Voice to the Hampden Community Council

By Kayla Garner

I have recently been sorting and sifting

through mountains of old HCC documents

in hopes of getting them organized and

archived. Although this task is a bit

overwhelming, I have found it incredibly

rewarding. It has been a wonderful

lesson on our organizational history,

and I am inspired by all of the hard work

and progress that has been made by my

predecessors. Since it was formed in

1971, the HCC has worked with and for

the community to accomplish goals both

large and small. The community has come

together so many times over the past 44

years to petition the city, appeal to our

lawmakers, fundraise for worthy causes,

and organize for change.

We meet once a month in front of the

Royal Farms at 36th & Roland Avenue

at 7 pm for one hour of picking up trash

to make Hampden a cleaner and greener

neighborhood. All ages are welcome to

join in. We provide bags, gloves and trash

grabbers. At 8 pm the group comes back

together to enjoy food and drink specials

sponsored by a local merchant.

Also, have you joined the HCC or renewed

your HCC membership for 2015?

Individual membership is $10, family

is $15. You can join/renew at the HCC

general meetings (next one is Monday,

March 30th, 7pm) or you can do it online

at the HCC website via Paypal!

For more information, contact us at


Our neighborhood grows in popularity and

density every day, and with that growth

comes new challenges. To ensure our growth

is thoughtful and healthy, it is essential that

our membership and the community-atlarge

rally together to keep communication

open, and momentum constructive.

Please let the HCC know what is going

on in your corner of Hampden, let us

know what you are concerned about.

Share your vision, and add your voice to

an organization that seeks to enrich our

community, not just grow it! Personally,

I agree wholeheartedly with Margaret

Mead, who said “Never doubt that a small

group of thoughtful, committed citizens

can change the world; indeed, it’s the only

thing that ever has.” If you haven’t already,

I really hope you will join our humble, but

committed, group.

Get Trashed on Tuesdays

By Reagan Hooton, Stephanie Murdock, Eli Lopitan, the Clean & Green Committee Chairs

Save the Dates

March 31, 2015:

Cafe Hon @ 8pm

April 28, 2015

May 26, 2015

June 30, 2015

July 28, 2015

August 25, 2015

September 29, 2015

October 27, 2015

education news

In just three short months, the Academy for

College and Career Exploration (ACCE) will

be honoring its eighth class of graduates.

And while it seems it was only yesterday

we welcomed 150 ninth grade students to a

brand new school, it has been a more than a

decade since ACCE first opened its doors in

September of 2004. So much has happened

over these years, including our move to the

Hampden community in 2006. We have

proudly awarded over 570 students their

high school diplomas and have now seen

many of our ACCE alumni graduate college

and go on to promising careers. We added

a middle school component and became a

“transformation school” in 2010 and today

ACCE has over 600 students in grades

six through twelve. We have an expanded

athletics department and applaud our

student athletes as they reach new heights

each year. All ACCE 11th graders participate

in an internship experience to learn how

the workplace works and explore career

options at businesses and non-profits

Jeff Millman


ASE Certified



Ph: 443-919-7770

Cell: 443-271-0825

Fax: 443-919-7771

2001 West 41st Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

“Old Fashioned Service” • “Modern Technology”

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ACCE’s Advisory Board Wants to Hear From You

By Karen Sitnick and Marion Pines, ACCE Operators

across the city. Our media center boasts a

fully equipped—and ever growing—library.

Each year our student “Green Team”

learns and earns working in their summer

ACCE Gardening project, planting and

harvesting vegetables and herbs to share

with their families, the community and

local restaurants. And looking forward,

we are incredibly fortunate to be in the

first phase of the 21st Century School

Construction/Renovation project which

will transform ACCE and our partner

school, Independence High School, into a

stellar, state of the art learning center.

We know, however, none of this could have been

possible without the support and dedication

of a small group of committed individuals

who comprise our ACCE Advisory Board.

Made up of leaders representing education,

business, philanthropy, government and

non-profit sectors, workforce development

and the local community, our board

members have contributed their time,

expertise, resources and above all, belief in

our students’ success, to help our school grow

and thrive. The board has five committees:

Student Achievement and Transition,

Library, Greening, Community Involvement

and Facility Renovation.We invite members

of the Hampden community to join us in our

efforts to promote the goals we have for our

young people: academic achievement, high

school graduation, informed career plans,

college preparedness and entry and a lifelong

love of learning that will keep them focused

on continuing to grow and acquire new skills

well beyond high school graduation.

Please let us know if you would like to

participate in our board’s activities. And

we want to hear from you so that we can

listen, learn and respond to your ideas

and suggestions that will help make ACCE

your community school. Please email us at



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ACCE to Reconstruct

By Chrissy Goldberg

The Academy for College and Career

Exploration is slated to begin renovations/

new construction in the coming months.

Plans are in the works to design the new

school building, which will house both

ACCE and Independence Local I. The

new building will include a 3000 sq. ft.

STOP Governor Hogan’s Cuts

By Chrissy Goldberg

The Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC),

a group of organizations in Baltimore City

working to ensure that all students receive

an excellent education, has been working

diligently to fight the proposed cuts to the

Baltimore City Schools budget proposed

by the Hogan administration. Over 350

citizens attended the BEC Legislative

Preview and pledged to call, tweet (see

chart to the right), collect postcards and

come to Annapolis to voice our concerns.

We are calling on you, residents of

Hampden, to join in the fight. Please see

the ACTION ALERT on page 5 from BEC

with directions on how you can make your

voice heard by calling the Governor and

sharing via social media!

community space. We are interested in

getting community input regarding the

use of that space. If you are interested in

learning more about the process and how

to get involved in planning, please keep

checking HCC’s Facebook page for updates

or contact Chrissy Goldberg, Education

Elected Officials on Twitter

Committee Chair, for more information.

Representatives from Baltimore City

Public Schools and Family League who are

overseeing the process plan to be present

at an upcoming HCC General meeting to

discuss this further.

District Name Twitter Handle

Governor Larry Hogan @LarryHogan

Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller

Speaker of the House Mike Busch @SpeakerBusch

40 Sen. Catherine Pugh @SenatorPugh

40 Del. Frank E. Conaway

40 Del. Antonio Hayes @CFAntonioHayes

40 Del. Barbara Robinson

41 Sen. Lisa Gladden @SenatorGladden

41 Del. Jill P. Carter @jillpcarter

41 Del. Nathaniel Oaks

41 Del. Samuel Rosenberg @delsandy

43 Se. Joan Carter Conway @conway_joanEHE

43 Del. Curt Anderson @CurtAnderson43

43 Del. Maggie McIntosh @DelMaggie43

43 Del. Mary Washington @DelMaryW

44 Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam @NathanPulliam

44A Del. Keith Haynes @DelegateHaynes

45 Sen. Nathaniel McFadden

45 Del. Talmadge Branch @WhipTBranch

45 Del. Cheryl D. Glenn

45 Del. Cory McCray @corymccray

46 Sen. Bill Ferguson @SenBillFerg

46 Del. Luke Clippinger @lukeclippinger

46 Del. Peter Hammen

46 Del. Brooke Lierman @BELBaltimore


Tell him: STOP the $35 million CUTS TO OUR SCHOOLS!

Do not balance the budget on the backs of our students!

Please take a few minutes to call Governor Hogan.

We need you to make your voice heard loud and clear with a simple message:

Hold harmless Baltimore’s school children;

Restore the full $35 million in cuts, regardless of the cause.

Step 1:

Review the script below and make your call: 1-410-974-3901

Hello. I’d like to leave a message for Governor Hogan. I’m very concerned about

the $35 million in cuts to Baltimore City Schools. The Governor should not

balance the budget at the expense of Baltimore’s children. He should restore the

cuts regardless of the cause. Thank you for your time.

Step 2:

Double your impact on social media: tweet or post to Facebook or Instagram!

The Baltimore Education Coalition is taking over Twitter! We need to make sure

they know that thousands of people all over Baltimore City are fighting back

against education cuts.

After calling the Governor, tweet about it! Tweet to you senator, delegate,

friends, community members and the media about why you care about schools.

Post to Facebook and Instagram! Tell them why full funding of the education

program is important to you!

Make sure to always include #Stop35mCut so we can track the tweets and go

viral! Other hashtags, handles and example tweets are below. The Teacher’s

Unions are using the hashtag #DontShortchangeMD

Sample Tweets:

I just called @Governor Hogan to say #stop35mcuts to Baltimore’s schools Hold

Baltimore’s school children harmless @BECforourkids

My kids school will lose 2 teachers including the art program. I called

@GovernorHogan to say #Stop35mCuts in ed funding @BECforourkids



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community news

News from the Hampden Library

By Devon Ellis, Branch Manager

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Celebrate National Library Week 2015

(April 12-18, 2015) with the theme

“Unlimited Possibilities at Your

Library®” from The American Library

Association. Love your Library!

April is also Fairy Tale Festival Month

here at the Library! Every year throughout

the whole month of April, each of the

Pratt Libraries presents fairytale-themed

programs. Here are two at the Hampden


Quite a Change!

Tuesday, April 21 at 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Sometimes change is for the better,

and sometimes change is for the worse,

especially for these Fairy Tale characters! A

changeable craft follows. For kids ages 5-12.

Fairy Tale Lands

Tuesday, April 28 at 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Travel to the “Enchanted Forest,” the “Giant’s

Kingdom,” and other imaginary places

through fairy tales. Describe and name your

own fairy tale land. For kids ages 5-12.

Discoveries...America: A Geographical

Virtual Road Trip USA

Saturdays, April 4 and 25, at 2:00pm to

3:00pm, for adults

We are touring the USA on a 2-year virtual

road trip Each “Discoveries...America”

DVD is a one-hour travelogue featuring

one of the 50 states. As we motor through

the culturally diverse USA, we view video

essays about the people, geography,

cultures, ecology, and scenery of each

state. We also touch on literary and art

highlights. The series is presented in order

of each state’s admission to the Union,

and so far we have visited the first 6 states.

View the entire 50-disc series at home or at the

program and receive a special commemorative

“bumper sticker” Geographical Virtual Road

Trip USA bookmark! / Maryland, April 4;

South Carolina, April 25.

Board Gaming is available here at the

Hampden Library every Tuesday afternoon

from 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm. The Hampden

Library’s resident gaming volunteer is on

hand to be a playing partner for a variety of

board games. You may also bring your own

board games to play.

Let’s Go Flying! Careers in Aviation

Saturday, April 11 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Meet female airplane pilot (retired), Donna

Suwall, and try out the TABLE TOP FLIGHT

SIMULATOR to “fly” a real airplane!

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Donna Suwall will talk about aviation

history, women in aviation, the aviation

industry in Maryland, how to get a

pilot’s license, and the wide variety of

other careers available in aviation. This

presentation promises to be fun and

thrilling for all ages!

Donna Suwall is a retired flight instructor

and a “Ninety-Nine,” [aka a “99.”], which is

the term used to designate members of the

International Organization of Women Pilots.

Adult Book Conversation Group May Meeting

Thursday, May 21 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Howards End by E. M. Forster. “This

classic novel was first published in 1910.

The story is set in Edwardian England,

and is a portrait of a lost era, a deceptively

golden time before the First World War. To

illuminate the changing times, the author

weaves together the lives of people from

three different classes: the educated

and wealthy; the nouveau riche; and a

struggling bank clerk. Disasters and

discoveries ensue.” —from the Pratt

Library catalog.

To reserve a copy of the book please

contact the Library.

Mother Goose Baby Steps

Wednesdays at 10:30am, birth to age 3, with

their caregivers

Babies enjoy our interactive nursery rhyme

lap program, with music, rhythm, songs,

fingerplays, a story, poetry, and movement.

Preschool Leaps

Thursdays at 6:30pm, for ages 3-5, with

their caregivers

Preschoolers enjoy stories, songs, rhymes,

fingerplays, a craft, dance, and fun.

The Library’s hours:

Sun & Mon: closed

Tues: 12 – 8

Wed: 10 – 5:30

Thurs: 12 – 8

Fri: 12 – 5

Sat: 10 – 5

3641 Falls Road

Baltimore, MD 21211

(410) 396-6043



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Reasonable Prices: from $451 to $759, including utilities

Convenient to Giant, RiteAid and area shops.


Call 410-889-8255 for information.


Office: 410-410-583-5700

of Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc

MON-FRI 8 am-6 pm • SAT 8 am-5 pm


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Hampden Family Center: Programs and Events

By Lisa Ghinger / 1104 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211 / 410-467-8710 / hampdenfamilycenter.org

SAVE THE DATE: Hampden Family Center

cordially invites you to Hampden Family

Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration:

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7pm – 11pm at

The Mansion House at The Maryland Zoo

in Baltimore. Enjoy delectable fare from

The Food Market, libations compliments

of The Wine Source and Live Music by The

John LT Band. Wear your party clothes and

celebrate this historical event! Proceeds

will benefit the ongoing programs and

services of the Family Center. For more

information call 410-467-8710 visit our

website www.hampdenfamilycenter.org

or check us out on Facebook!

The Hampden Family Center is excited

to announce the start of several NEW


Moms Group: Presented by Greenberries,

this free eight week course will support

new and seasoned Moms. Each week a

new topic will be covered. Topics include:

make your own baby food, baby wearing,

cloth diapering 101, breastfeeding 101,

exercise/fitness, gentle discipline,

budgeting, couponing, and nutrition.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays from

6:00 to 7:00pm beginning April 15, 2015.

Space is limited, please call Jessica at 410-

467-8710, extension 106 to register.

Check our website or call for the start date

of these other exciting new classes:

Internet 101: Are you interested in

learning more about how to use and

navigate the internet? This free 60 minute

class will be offered four times throughout

the month of April and May. A technology

professional will cover the basics of

internet use for adults and seniors. Space

is limited, please call Jessica at 410-467-

8710, extension 106 to register. Class start

date will be announced soon.

Job Readiness: This free six week class

will focus on supporting adults in areas

such as resume/cover letter building,

interviewing, basic computer skills, how to

search and apply for employment online,

networking, effective communication, goal

setting, and how to dress for an interview.

Space is limited, please call Jessica at 410-

467-8710, extension 106 to register. Class

start date will be announced soon.

Additional programs and services include:

After School Enrichment Program (1st –

5th grade): The Hampden Family Center’s

After School Enrichment Program

provides daily positive youth development

activities to children in grades 1-5. With

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a focus on strengthening and improving

skills through applied learning, our

children participate in enrichment

activities in the arts, music, science, and

athletics. The program is every Monday

thru Friday, 2:30-5:30pm.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children): If you

are have children 5 years and younger and/

or are pregnant or six months postpartum

please visit the center on Thursday, March

12th anytime between 9:00am and 3:00pm

to speak with a WIC worker who can assist

with the application process to receive

supplemental food benefits.

Blood Pressure Screening: Offered the

3rd Friday of each month from 11:00-

12:00pm. A cardiovascular educator is on

hand to measure your blood pressure and

discuss the results with you.

Fuel Fund of Maryland: A representative

is on site every Wednesday from 9:30am

-5:00pm to assist those in need of

additional resources for utility bills.

Please call Anita at 410-467-8710 to make

an appointment as there are required

documents to be furnished.

Seedco Earn Benefits: Need assistance

in attaining benefits such as food stamps?

Call Sandy to schedule an appointment or

stop by from 9:00am-5:30pm Monday,

Tuesday or Friday.

Benefits Assistance (MEAP): If you need

a little help with your gas or electric bill,

stop by the Family Center and speak with

Mr. Walter Jackson who can help you apply

for energy assistance. Mr. Jackson is at

the Family Center every Wednesday from


Fitness for 50+: Get in shape with an

exercise class for seniors! Lead by a

trained professional from MedStar Good

Samaritan Hospital, classes are every

Tuesday from 11:00-12:00pm.

Senior Luncheon: Join Hampden seniors

in fellowship and good fun at the next

senior luncheon on Friday, April 17th

from 11am-1pm. Call 410-467-8710 to

reserve your seat.

Adult Literacy Class: Brush up on the skills

you need to earn your General Equivalency

Diploma. In partnership with the Greater

Homewood Community Corporation, free

classes are held Tuesday and Thursday

evenings from 5:30-8:30pm. Spring

Registration: Tuesday, April 14th at 5:30.

Classes begin Tuesday, April 21st at 5:30.

Drop-in Classes for Middle School

Students: Join the Family Center for Access

Art and Tae Kwon Do every Thursday and

Friday. These two exciting drop-in classes

are for middle school students. Space is

limited. Please contact Jessica Ross at

jross@hampdenfamilycenter.org or 410-

467-8710, extension 106 to register.

Volunteers Needed: We are seeking a few

good volunteers to share their passion and

talents with the young people of Hampden.

Volunteers will work with the After School

Enrichment Program and the Study Buddy

tutoring program. Please contact Jacob

Buck at jbuck@hampdenfamilycenter.org

or 410-467-8710, extension 113 for more


Announcements and closings for the month:

Inclement Weather Policy: The Family

Center follows Baltimore City Public

School inclement weather policy relating

to closings, delays and early dismissals.

After School Enrichment Program

Closings: The After School Enrichment

Program will be closed from Monday,

April 6th through Friday, April 10th.

Get in Touch With Us

Do you want to get in touch with the HCC?

Here are some helpful email address that

you can use:

President’s Email


Zoning Committee


Fundraising Committee


Clean and Green






Newsletter Submissions and Advertising


Native Plant Sale

The Friends of Robert E. Lee Park announced

that on Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30

p.m., a native plant sale will be held at the

Lakeside Drive entrance to Robert E. Lee Park.

All proceeds from the sale will go toward

improvements at the park and the Guilford

Garden Club scholarship fund.

Professional gardeners will be on hand to

help participants learn about the importance

of landscaping with plants native to the

Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Native plants are

easier to maintain, and specific selections

influence the lives of butterflies, birds and

other wildlife.

A variety of deer resistant plants will also be

available for sale.

Participants are encouraged to bring photos

or sketches of their gardens to get planting

advice from professionals.

While at the sale, visitors are encouraged

to check out plans for the proposed Robert

E. Lee Park Nature and Environmental

Education Center which will provide yearround

education and meeting space near the

Ranger Station.

The rain date for the sale is Sunday, May 3.


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Hampden Attended Parking Garage

Accepting CSA Members

By Reagan Hooton / Photo by BFF

Report a Crime Online

By Jennifer Grimes

Phase I

An attended parking garage (non-self

parking) will be available Fridays from

5:30 pm until midnight and Saturdays from

noon until midnight for the month of April.

Drivers will follow the signs throughout

Hampden to the parking garage entrance

drop off zone located at the intersection of

Chestnut Avenue & 37th Street. Once at the

drop off zone, a parking garage attendant

will park your car safely in the garage.

Parking rates are projected to be between

$3-$5 for the duration of the stay. When

ready to leave, the attendant will retrieve

your car for you. All cars must be removed

from lot by closing time, no overnight

parking available.

Phase II

Starting May 2015, the attended parking

garage will expand hours of operation

to 7 days per week, adding Monday thru

Thursday service hours of 5:30 pm until


Phase III

Beginning Summer 2015, Hampden

Community Valet will establish the first

shared valet drop off zone sponsored by

surrounding merchants. The initial drop off

zone will be on the 3500 block of Chestnut

Avenue, in front of Paulie Gee’s (the old

Republican Club). Participating merchants

will offer validated valet parking for $5.

Non-validated valet parking will be $10.

Phase IV

In Fall 2015, Hampden Community Valet will

open its second shared drop off zone on the

900 Block of West 36th Street, in front of the

former Avenue Antiques/Ideal Theater.

The growing season is almost upon us, and

Baltimore Free Farm is accepting CSA

members for the 2015 season!

A CSA allows residents to have direct access

to high quality, fresh produce grown locally.

When you become a member of a CSA, you’re

purchasing a “share” of vegetables from the

farmer. Members will be able to pick up a

weekly bag of produce from May to October

at 3510 Ash St. The produce is grown at our

location in Hampden, and at our satellite

farm in Parkton.

Full shares which will include 6-8 types of

vegetables, and half shares will include 3-4

types. Email us to ask about pricing and work

trades at collective@baltimorefreefarm.org.


Did you know that certain crimes can be

reported by filling out a form online?

The Baltimore City Police Department

encourages citizens to report crimes online,

when they meet the following criteria:

1. The incident is not an emergency.

2. The incident occurred within Baltimore

City limits.

3. There are no known suspects.

4. The incident didn’t occur on a state freeway.

Crimes such as theft, vandalism, illegal

dumping are all incidents that qualify for

online filing. Please dial 911 for emergencies.

It’s a simple as visiting baltimorepolice.org,

clicking on the button that says “file a police

report online” and giving the appropriate

information. You will be given a temporary

police report number and then upon review

and approval you will get the permanent

police report number.

821 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211

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


Let Me Make Your

Real Estate Wishes

Come True

Genie Schwind

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

1131 W. 36th Street

Baltimore, MD 21211

410-889-9800 Office

410-615-5855 Cell



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