February 2013 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council

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February 2013 (pdf) - Hampden Community Council

2historic hampden happenings • February 2013historic hampden happenings • February 2013 3HAMPDENCOMMUNITY COUNCILBOARD OF DIRECTORSHCC OfficersPresident: Adam FeuersteinVice President: Elizabeth CarneySecretary: Genny DillTreasurer: Barbara HarringtonBoard MembersEd NuesleinGeorge L Peters JrJay LazarJennie BeckmanHCC CONTACT INFOAdam Feuerstein, PresidentHCC, PO Box 19957Hampden, Maryland 21211hccpresident@gmail.comwww.hampdenhappenings.orgFEBRUARY MEETINGStephanie MurdockRobert ArenaChristopher BinnieTina CarrollThe next HCC meeting is onFebruary 25, 2013.Plan to join us at 7 p.m. at the RooseveltPark Recreation Center on West 36th Street.The agenda will include committee updatesand discussions of the most importantissues of the day for business owners andresidents of Hampden.7:00-7:05 pm: Welcome7:05-7:30 pm: Committee updates7:30-7:45 pm: New businessHistoric Hampden Happenings is distributedto residents, organizations and businessesthroughout Greater Hampden.Circulation: 2,200, Readers: 10,000+©2010 All rights reserved.The HCC is a 501 (c) (3)nonprofit organization.www.hampdenhappenings.org • Since 1972Cover photo by Joy Sushinskypresident’s letterHCC Tech Updates and Useful City Emergency NumbersBy Adam Feuerstein / Photo by Erica LHThe HCC continues to use technologyto make it easier to get information outto our members. We have been pushingthe use of our Facebook page and Twitterfeed to help share this information. Inaddition, we are currently working on arevised website. Please make sure youare following us electronically. We areunder Hampden Community Counciland the link is www.facebook.com/hampdencommunitycouncil. In addition,you can now follow us on Twitter. We just setthat up and we can be found @hccbaltimore.Now, we have made it easier for you to pay formembership. We have officially signed up forPaypal. The website will soon have a Paypalbutton so that you can pay for membershipright from the site. In addition, we haveopened a Square account. This means thatyou can pay for your membership at the nextmeeting with your credit card. Just bringyour card to the meeting and our treasurerwill swipe it on her phone and just like thatyour annual membership fee will be paid.Isn’t technology great!As I write this, the cold air of January isupon us. There is even snow in the forecast.I wanted to take this opportunity to makesure you know that Baltimore City hasupdated their snow-focused page on theirwebsite. The new website is http://snow.baltimorecity.gov/ and it is chock full ofhelpful information. For those withoutinternet, here are the important phonenumbers they have supplied for snowemergencies.For snow updates, call:The Baltimore City Emergency Line:(410) 396-SNOW or (410) 396-7669Police and Fire Emergencies: 911Police and Fire Non-Emergencies and allother City Services: 311All Medical Transportation: (410) 396-7007BGE: (877) 778-2222Verizon: (800) 275-2355MTA: (410) 539-5000Poison Control: (800) 222-1222Shelter Line: (800) 817-4358Water Emergencies: (410) 396-5352Weather Forecast: (410) 936-1212TTY/Voice: (410) 545-3112Finally, I will not be in Baltimore for theFebruary 25th community meeting. LizCareny, our Vice President will be runningthe February meeting. I hope you all comeout to show her support while she runs herfirst HCC meeting. Stay warm Hampden andhave a great winter.education newsTop; Students pulling the rope while oysterdredging. Bottom: Students examining thedifferent aquatic animals gathered from thefish net.Students Construct Gingerbread HousesBy Mallory Marra / Photos by Mallory MarraStudents began the 2012 holiday week byconsidering the prompt, “What’s the pointof giving gifts?” We discussed our favoriteaspects of the holidays and how these comingweeks can be a time to celebrate ourselvesand each other. They made these houseswith this lesson about gift-giving in mind;students made their gingerbread housesfor someone in their family, a friend, orsomeone important in their life. One studentdecided to turn her house into a memorialdedicated to the students and teachers whodied in the Connecticut Massacre.Once they finished decorating these housesstudents worked together as a class to decidehow they could place each of their individualhouses into “neighborhoods.” In theseneighborhood teams they created a namefor their neighborhood. We walked aroundthese neighborhoods and each student votedon the neighborhood they found caughttheir eye the most. In turn, we consideredChesapeake Bay Foundation Hosts Field Trip for StudentsBy Ayele Desalegne, 11th grade studentOn December 4th, the IndependenceSchool’s environmental science teacher,Mrs. Jocelyn Virtudes, accompanied by theIS math teacher Mrs. Kezia Black, traveledwith the students in Mrs. Virtudes’s 11thgrade environmental science class to theBaltimore Harbor. There they linked upwith staff members of the Chesapeake BayFoundation, who guided the class as theyventured onto the water of the harbor toput environmental science into action.Since the mission of the Chesapeake BayFoundation is to protect the Bay frompollution, the day’s activities focused onconcepts and methods for determiningpollution levels in the Harbor, which has adirect connection to the Bay.After boarding a small boat namedthe Snowgoose, which is owned by theFoundation, the class discussed biodiversityand environmental questions with the twoguides, Mr. John and Ms. Jocelyn, who knowthe bay well. The class had time to performthe effect that Hampden’s own 34th Streethas on the rest of the neighborhood.We discussed what challenges weencountered, and how we felt about our endproduct. One student noted, “I was happywith my house and learned that sometimesless decorating is a good thing.” Anotherstudent wrote, “One thing I learned todayis that nobody is original, they copy people.And I love the way my house turned out.”Yet another student mentioned, “I realizedI have more patience than I thought. I’mproud because I didn’t quit.”Students worked hard on their individualhouses and helped each other out withchallenges along the way. The “neighborhoodcompetition” emphasized collective, ratherthan individual triumphs.several experiments, such as dredgingoysters from the bottom, catching fish,and examining the water quality, as well asconducting a demonstration of how salinityaffects density and temperature of water.As the boat entered open water, Mr. Johnallowed several of the students to take turnspiloting the boat which, to the surprise ofmany, didn’t end in the boat capsizing! Asthey walked ashore from the Snowgooseat the end of the cruise, the students hadgained a greater understanding of how theiractions affect the Bay, and several studentsconquered their fear of boats.All in all, the students took a lot of new foodfor thinking from the activities, and arelooking forward to more trips like this onein Mrs. Virtudes’s class.


8historic hampden happenings • February 2013historic hampden happenings • February 2013 9Hampden Family Center: Upcoming Programs and EventsBy Lisa Ghinger, Executive Directorclean & green newsHCC Clean & Green UpdateBy Jennie Beckman and Jed Jenny, HCC Clean & Green co-chairsIt’s Valentine’s season and we wish everyonea Happy Valentine’s Day, especially thosethat made the Christmas holidays a successfor the Family Center. Thanks to thefollowing for their generous donationsof goods, services, and time making theChristmas party a roaring success: AvenueAntiques, Baltimore Community Foundation,Baltimore Orioles, Boy’s Latin Ice Hockeyteam, Dennis Byrnes, Calvert School, ECCOJohns Hopkins Choral Society, FalkenhansHardware, First Floor Graphics GeoffHarris, Cardiac Evaluation Unit nurses atUnion Memorial Hospital, Ravens Roost#110, St. David’s Youth Group, T. Rowe Price,The Food Market, The Wine Source, UTZQuality Foods and Zissimos Bar.This month we will also see the start ofCounseling Session that are being offered bythe University of Maryland School of SocialWork Interns at the Hampden Family Center.They will provide 30 minute, one on onecounseling sessions through the spring.Girls’ Group meets Fridays and will carrythrough the spring. The group is for youngladies in middle and high school. Stop by andcheck out what’s going on. Call Erin or Alyssefor more information at 410-467-8710.The Hampden Family Center invites allsenior citizens to attend our FREE SeniorLunch. Luncheons are held once a monthfrom 11-1 at the center (1104 W. 36th St.).Mark your calendars for February 15th.Enjoy a delicious lunch and Bingo. Call thecenter 410-467-8710 to reserve your space.Space is limited.Heating bills piling up? The Family Centercan help. Every Wednesday from 9-1 WalterJackson is on site to help you apply forenergy assistance. Call the Center to makean appointment.Blood Pressure Screening held the 1st and3rd Friday of the month from 11-12.The kids in the after school are having ablast! The program is held Monday – Friday2:30-5:30 for 1st through 8th graders. Stopby and check it out…you won’t want to leave.SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 13th.Join us a Gutierrez Studios for the third.Hat’s Off to Hampden Family Center. It’s allabout hats, again…they’re optional but whynot wear one of your own, Enjoy delectabledelights, fun drinks and live it up and danceto live entertainment. There will also be asilent auction. Proceeds will benefit ongoingprograms and services of the center.Hampden Family Center1104 West 36th StreetBaltimore, MD 21211410-467-8710Hey folks! We may be in the dark days ofwinter, but the Clean & Green committee isstill coming together to make decisions andbeautify Hampden. Back in December wehad a great day planting tulips in Elm Park.Eleven volunteers came together to clearout the beds, get the bulbs safely in the theground and mulched over. Many thanks toJoy Sushinsky, who approached us with theidea and donated the bulbs.Steve Baker continues to work closelywith the Parks & Recreation rep on thenext phase of the project: selecting andinstalling new playground equipment!Our premier event series, Get Trashedon Tuesdays (GTOT) will be starting backup in a couple months. The last Tuesdayof each month from April to September,Hampdenites gather to pick up trashfor one hour, followed by drink and/orappetizer specials & camaraderie at a localwatering hole. Even if you only come outfor the volunteer portion (which welcomesfolks of all ages), it’s a great way to meetother Hampden residents while makingour neighborhood shine.This year our amazing GTOT co-chairBambi Chapin will be stepping down. Afterseveral years of leadership, she wants togive you a chance to take the lead! Email usat sustainablehampden@gmail.com if youare interested in stepping up to take herplace. Liz Carney will stay on as co-chairand brings with her a wealth of experienceto teach you the ropes.Want to learn more about what we’re allabout or join us in our next adventure?Save the following dates:Saturday, Feb. 9th: 11 am - 4 pmClean & Green is joining the BaltimoreFree Farm to learn more about theiroperation and help prepare their gardenfor the upcoming growing season. RSVP foraddress and details.Tuesday, February 19th: 7 pmCommittee meeting at The Wine Source.To be added to our email list so you receivedetails moving forward, just shoot us anemail at sustainablehampden@gmail.com.Jennie Beckman & Jed JennyHCC Clean & Green co-chairsOldest Plumbing Companyin Hampden… over 30 yearsNPR: Neighborhood Price Reductions• Up Front Pricing, no SURPRISES• Night, Weekend, and Holiday Savings• Discounts on Equipment and Parts• Experts at working on Older HomesPLUMBING • HEATING • AIR CONDITIONING • DRAIN CLEANING410-243-0058 3678 Falls RoadCut and Save for an Addtional 10% off Your Next Service Call


10historic hampden happenings • February 2013historic hampden happenings • February 2013 11Food StampsIf you are age 55 or older come to St. Mary’s tosee if you qualify for Food Stamps.Tuesday, February 19, 11 amItems to Bring:• Picture ID• Social Security Card• Proof of income• Rent verification• Proof of utility• Most recent bankstatement• Prescription bills• Medical billsFor questions or more information, please call:St. Mary’s Outreach Center / 3900 Roland Avenue / 410-366-3106We will have the new forms for Homeowners/Renters TaxCredits after February 14. Call St. Mary’s at 410-366-3106 formore information or to make an appointment.St Mary’s Outreach Center Invites You to a...Senior LuncheonFriday, Feb. 8, 11 amSt. Mary’s Outreach Center3900 Roland AvenueBaltimore, MD 21211A SHIP Counselor from the Office of Agingand CARE Services will be here to talkabout Social Security, Medicare, and theAffordable Care Act. There will also be aQ&A session.Please bring canned goods or a taxdeductible donation for the HampdenFood Pantry.Call 410-366-3106 to reserve your space.See you at St. Mary’s on February 8, 2013!Sell Your House Fast –Cash Close in 10 Days or less.street tree for hampdenstreet tree request formFeatured on Forbes, CNN, Fox News.www.FastSell.net1-800-457-8319 # 7355 (SELL)House Buyer NetworkLET’S GORAVENS!Photo by Nick HallThe HCC Clean and Green Team wants to help you get a tree infront of your home! We are working with organizations that providetechnical assistance and funding for community greening projects.We have planted many street trees in Hampden since 2005 andwant to plant more!We still need to hear from as many residents as possible whowould 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! Treesare not guaranteed to everyone who applies...your site must first be inspected by Miss Utilityto ensure you have a safe and proper spacefor a tree.I, the undersigned, agree to help create a tree pit (if needed), plant,water, mulch, and maintain my neighborhood Street Tree. I understandthat some locations may not be suitable for Street Trees due to utilities,signs, handicap ramps, or width of sidewalk. The Forestry Division of theBaltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks shall make finaldeterminations of suitable Street Tree locations and species. The StreetTrees, once planted, will be the property of the City of Baltimore inaccordance with City Code 1879, Article 47.Do you have an existing Tree Pit? Yes NoName _______________________________________________Street Address _________________________________________821 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211Phone: 410-366-3100 Fax: 410-366-3377www.patapscobank.comJohn SoosNote: If you are a renter, your landlordmust sign the tree request form.Phone ____________________ Email ______________________Signature _________________________ Date ____ / ____ / ____Mail to: Street Trees for Hampden, PO Box 19957, Baltimore, MD 21211or email to SustainableHampden@gmail.com

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