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4 historic hampden happenings • July 2010historic hampden happenings • July 2010 5A New Vision forCycling in BaltimoreBy Carrie StickelTwenty 20 Cycling has a vision for cycling inBaltimore. Co-owners Kris Auer, NormanBrach, and Johnny May all come from variousbackgrounds in biking and want to sharetheir love of riding with you. A bike shop inHampden is a great fit—our community ismade up of pedestrians and bikers. Twenty 20opened up on May 1st at 725 W. 36th Street.Originally from New Hampshire, a cyclist since1987 and a professional cyclist since 1998,Kris founded an organization called CharmCity Cycling (C3). Currently C3 is partneringwith Athletes Serving Athletes to support fourcyclists who are competing on a national level.Kris worked in research and development fora chemical company before focusing full timeon cycling. He met Johnny while they were bothworking at another shop in Mt. Washington.Originally from Frederick, Johnny is a licensedmassage therapist with a focus in sportsmedicine in addition to being part-owner ofTwenty 20. Norman hails from Reisterstownand worked in medical equipment sales. Kriswas Norman’s racing coach. Together, thesethree men are advocating more cycling in thecity and offering their expertise in Twenty 20.Twenty 20 Cycling is the only shop in the citythat offers professional bike fitting; it is a prolevelshop with an every man attitude. Theycarry bikes from five companies: Specialized,Spooky, Niner, Look, and Blue. All of thecompanies, with the exception of the Frenchcompany Look, are American with someconstruction and design done here in the US.Spooky bikes are hand built in Massachusetts.Twenty 20 wants you to find the right fit. Theyhave a great selection of bikes in the store andcan order what you’re looking for if they don’tcarry it. Twenty 20 carries all of the cyclingaccessories you need and will also repair yourbike, offering full service. Stop by for theirfirst Friday repair clinics each month.The shop coordinates rides every Sunday at 9am.They also organize Charm City Cross, the largestone-day cyclocross event in the country last year.This year it switches to two days in Druid HillPark, September 18-19. Check out the shop sevendays a week and online at www.twenty20cycling.com or give them a call at 443.759.5620.Photo by Tom JonesD & J Auto Care, Inc.38 Years of Experience1100 West 41st StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21211Baltimore Magazine’s Best Auto Body 2000, 2002, 2003Baltimore City Paper’s Best Auto Repair,Four Years (1998-2001)GENERAL REPAIRS & MAINTENANCECollision Repairs & Suspension andFour-Wheel Alignment SpecialistsYou bend’em!We mend’em!Call 410-889-6536 (Fax 410-889-4564)Leslie MillerBranch Manager821 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211Phone: 410-366-3100 Fax: 410-366-3377lmiller@patapscobank.comwww.patapscobank.comGENIE SCHWIND, GRIREALTOR ®Roland Park4800 Roland AvenueBaltimore, MD 21211Office: (410) 889-9800Cell: (410) 615-5855Fax: (410) 889-9815Email: genie.schwind@longandfoster.com®Ricky LaRicciHome Services RoofingHot Asphalt & Rubber Roofs / All Types of Roof RepairsGutters & DownspoutsAlso: New DecksPainting & DrywallSiding & Replacement WindowsMHIC No. 98703Reliable ServiceFree EstimatesPhone: 410-404-0162


6 historic hampden happenings • July 2010historic hampden happenings • July 2010 7St. Thomas Aquinas School—A Hampden Landmark Since 1873By Bonnie Russo, Teacher and Development Director, St. Thomas Aquinas SchoolAs the only Catholic school in zip code 21211, St.Thomas Aquinas School has served the childrenand families of Hampden in the same location at3710 Roland Avenue since 1873. The school hadhumble beginnings with just two classrooms. Asa result of a special agreement with the county,STA was operated as a public school but it offeredreligious instruction to Catholic students.In 1907, the School Sisters of Notre Dame cameto the school to teach and are still teaching heretoday. In 1937, the current school building wasconstructed. Grades 1-8 and the gymnasium arelocated in the main school building at 3710 RolandAvenue. Pre-K, which was recently renovated andexpanded, and Kindergarten are located in roomsbeneath St. Thomas Aquinas Church which sitsadjacent to the school. The computer lab andlibrary are housed in the basement of the conventwhich is beside the school.Although STA is a Roman Catholic parochialschool under the authority of the Archdiocese ofBaltimore, it welcomes children of all faiths. Theclass size averages about 22 students. In additionto the core subjects of Religion, Math, LanguageArts, English, Spelling, Handwriting, Science,and Social Studies, all students take “specialclasses” once a week. These include Music, Art,Library, Physical Education, Spanish (Grades3-8 only), and Computer Science. The schooloffers before and after care and hopes to havean after school art and yoga program in the fall(grant pending). As a result of their rigorousacademic program, this year’s 8th grade studentswere accepted at area high schools includingCalvert Hall College High School, ArchbishopCurley High School, The Catholic High School ofBaltimore, Mount DeSales Academy, BaltimorePolytechnic Institute, Western High School, andthe Baltimore School for the Arts.St. Thomas Aquinas School may be housed ina small, historic building, but the strength ofthe school lies in its principal and staff. Sr.Marie Rose Gustatus, S.S.N.D., has been theprincipal of STA for 30 years and was chosenby the Archdiocese to stay as principal for thefall of 2010. Most of the grade-level teachershave 20-30+ years of teaching experience each,resulting in a stable, knowledgeable faculty.Principal Sister Marie Rose stated, “A dedicatedFifth Graders visitthe Mother SetonHouseteaching staff with long years of service is oneof STA’s greatest assets.” St. Thomas AquinasSchool also has a learning partnership with threearea colleges—College of Notre Dame, LoyolaUniversity of Maryland, and Towson University.In addition to a rigorous academic program,St. Thomas Aquinas School offers a variety ofextracurricular activities including studentcouncil, altar servers, school choir, safety patrol,and community service and outreach projects.Students performed in both a Christmas play and1950’s musical this year. There is also a soccerprogram for children in the elementary grades.In February, 2010, a parent satisfactionsurvey was conducted and the results wereoverwhelmingly positive. One parent wrote,“Children feel accepted, safe, secure, close toGod, and a part of something at St. ThomasAquinas School.” Another responded, “There isan emphasis on family values, good citizenship,personal responsibility, and spirituality.” Toread reviews of St. Thomas Aquinas school,check out the Web site, www.greatschools.org,where STA is given a 5-Star rating!Throughout its 137-year history, St. ThomasAquinas School has maintained its dedication tothe academic, spiritual, physical, and emotionalgrowth of its students. Its mission is to preparestudents to meet the challenges of the twentyfirstcentury by instilling in them Christianvalues, teaching them the academic standards ofthe Archdiocese, and promoting positive socialinteractions that respect all races, religions, andnationalities. Respect, kindness, and toleranceare part of the values code students recite eachday and try to live each day. The older childrenare “buddies” to the younger children, whichhelps to teach responsibility.In March of this year, the Archdiocese closedtwelve Catholic elementary schools. St. ThomasAquinas School was allowed to remain open.Guided by the leadership of Sr. Marie Rose,strengthened by the experience of a stable facultyand staff, and grounded by the hard work thatJace Geiger and Dante Turnerresulted in fiscal viability, the school survivedconsolidations and school closings. St. ThomasAquinas is STILL here and is “a school you canbelieve in”!Enrollment is currently open for childrenin Pre-K through 7th. For more informationabout the school, please call 410-889-4618or check out the school’s Web site at www.stthomasaquinasschool.us.THINKINGOF SELLING?Let this HAMPDEN RESIDENTagent assist you with your sale.Call today for yourfree market analysis.loving living in Hampden since 1999!Long and Foster Canton2400 Boston Street Suite 124Baltimore, Maryland 21224Joy Sushinsky410.675.1244 office443.622.7323 celljoy.sushinsky@longandfoster.comDimitri’s Tavern• Friendly tavernatmosphere!• Voted No. 1karaoke bar inBaltimore by theCity Paper• Package goods• Open seven daysDimitri’s Tavern3820 Falls RoadBaltimore 21211Call 410-889-9545“Where Good Friends Meet”Since 1973


8 historic hampden happenings • July 2010historic hampden happenings • July 2010 9education committeeBirthday Bash and Graduation Cap at Hampden SchoolBy John BosleyHampden Elementary-Middle School’s 120thBirthday Bash on May 28th celebrated “SixGenerations of Successful Public Education.”The festive day began with a welcome from Dr.Judith Thomas, Principal, to the large crowdin front of the school on Chestnut Avenue thatincluded the entire student body, alumni, parentsand neighbors, and a group of invited guests whosat near the podium. These distinguished guestsincluded Michelle Brown from Senator BarbaraMikulski’s office, Maryland State DelegatesBarbara Robinson and Shawn Tarrant, Dr.Michial Gill of the Maryland State Department ofEducation, Baltimore City Councilwoman MaryPat Clarke, City School Board of Commissionersmembers Jim Campbell, George Van Hook,and Dr. Maxine Wood. Walter and Lynn Henssrepresented the Midtown Kiwanis Club, alwaysa strong school support source. Representativesof the school’s past included two PrincipalsEmerita, Elaine T. Davis and Margarett Shipley,Assistant Principal Emerita Cecilia Mitchell,and former teachers Carolyn Hilton, DoloresTate, and Debbie Wilson. One guest brought theschool’s long history vividly to life. Ms. EileeneJustice, who unexpectedly joined the celebrationKayla and cousinsat the last minute, completed the sixth gradestudies at Hampden Elementary School in1932—well over half the school’s lifetime ago! Avivaciously beautiful nonagenarian Ms. Justice,who now lives in St. Mary’s Senior Housing onRoland Avenue, brought school history to life byher presence.Following Dr. Thomas’ welcome, the audiencesang “America the Beautiful” followed byMs. Vargas’ kindergartners singing “HappyBirthday.” Middle schoolers Jamia Ellis,Skylynn Holt, Alison Potter, Briana Bosley,Jacob Lasarko and Jeremy Otten then readdecade-by-decade vignettes that highlightedsignificant world events as well as schoolmilestones from 1890 through today. Thesesnapshots of history were interspersed withsongs, recitations, and presentations by writingcontest winners Dorian Spearman and HannahGary and oral history contest winner VictoriaLee. The ceremony ended with Jailyn Reedy’sbeautiful version of the song classic “Over theRainbow”, followed by Dr. Thomas’ closingremarks and Mrs. Brown’s kindergarten classgiving a spirited “Hampden Cheer.”Watts FamilyHoffman-Koehler FamilyThe school remained open all morning for publictours. In the afternoon the students and theirfamilies enjoyed a carnival on the playground withgames, face painting, hot dogs, cotton candy andother snacks. The school thanks David Morganfor providing a Continental breakfast for theinvited guests, and Genny Dill and the HampdenCommunity Council for a tiered birthday cakeas well as financial help in purchasing souvenirT-shirts for every student. Several othercommunity members rallied to support the“T-shirt” effort as well. Thank you to everyone whohelped to make this day a grand success!Television stations WJZ-TV (Channel 13) andWBAL-TV covered (Channel 11) the openingceremony. View WJZ’s story about the event intheir video archive at http://wjz.com/video bysearching for “Hampden School.”On June 8, family members, current and formerschool staff, friends and community membersgathered at Hampden United MethodistChurch to participate in the second annualClosing Exercise, where twenty-five eighthgraders received diplomas to signify successfultransition to high school next fall. This ceremonyfeatured presentation of awards for attendanceand scholastic performance, including thePrincipal’s Honor Roll and several PresidentialAwards for Educational Achievement. We wishall these young citizens continued success as theyshow that “Great Beginnings Never End.”To close this final story from HampdenElementary-Middle School for the 2009-2010term, the school announces that registration isopen until August 1 for Pre-K students. Thereare also a few openings left for Summer Schoolthis year. Get a jump start on this fall’s success byAustin Familyinvesting the summer with us! Please call or visitthe school at 410-396-6004 or 3608 ChestnutAvenue for more information about enrollmentrequirements for both of these opportunities.thank you to h&r block fortheir generous donation to thehampden community council!RICHARD LAMKINREALTOR ®4800 Roland AvenueSuite B-1Baltimore, MD 21210Office: 410-889-9800Fax: 410-889-9815Cell: 410-419-2615richardlamkin@infre.com®


10 historic hampden happenings • July 2010historic hampden happenings • July 2010 11hampden healthDiabetes is becoming increasingly common inthe United States. In fact, 9.3% of Marylandersreport having it. Although the initial diagnosis canbe devastating, there are many things you can doto prevent diabetes from interfering with a longand healthy life. The first step is understandingmore about it; knowledge is power!Diabetes is a metabolic problem concerningblood sugar. When your body is workingcorrectly, some of the food and drink youconsume is converted into simple sugars calledglucose. The pancreas (a small organ that sitsnear your stomach) releases insulin which takesthe glucose from your blood and delivers it todifferent parts of your body where it is usedfor energy. Glucose is like gasoline for yourbody—it keeps you going and the insulin islike a truck that delivers it. When a person hasdiabetes, they are no longer able to deliver theglucose properly either because they are notmaking enough insulin or because their bodyis not responding to the insulin. This results inelevated blood sugar. Elevated blood sugar candamage just about every part of your body fromcausing pain and numbness in the feet and handsUnderstanding DiabetesBy Sharon Praissman and Tammy Beckman(neuropathy), to kidney and heart failure, toblindness if left untreated.Type 1 diabetes (formally known as Juvenile) iswhen the body stops making insulin completely.This is almost always diagnosed in childhood.Some of the signs are rapid weight loss, fatigue(tiredness), and increased thirst, hunger, andurination. Someone with Type 1 diabetes willrequire insulin for the rest of their life but theycan live a long and healthy life if they take careof themselves.Type 2 diabetes (formally known as Adult Onsetor Non Insulin Dependent) occurs when the bodybecomes resistant to the insulin it is making.Both adults and children can have it. People whoare overweight, sedentary (inactive), have highblood pressure, heart disease, or birthed a babyweighing more than 9 lbs are at higher risk as wellas people of African American, Latino, NativeAmerican, Asian American or Pacific Islanderdecent. Having a blood relative with diabetes isalso a risk factor. Although some people have thesame signs as Type 1 Diabetes; many people haveno signs at all.How can you tell if you have diabetes? Since noteveryone with Type 2 Diabetes has signs, it isimportant to get checked. All adults should havea fasting blood glucose test at least every 3 yearsif they have any of the above risk factors or are 45years old or older.What do your test results mean? Normal fastingblood sugar is 60-100, impaired blood sugar is100-124, and Diabetes is greater than 125. The testshould be done fasting which means no food ordrink (other than water) for 8 hours beforehand. Ifyour results are abnormal, you should have the testrepeated before beginning treatment.There is so much you can do to control andprevent diabetes from becoming a problem. Infact, many people control it with a healthy dietand exercise alone. This will be discussed inAugust’s issue so stay tuned!Tammy Beckman, MS, CRNP is a Nurse Practitionerwho specializes in Adult Oncology. SharonPraissman, MS, CRNP is a Primary Care NursePractitioner who specializes in physical wellness inpeople with serious mental illness.Meet. Mingle. Pray. Play.In Nearby Mount Vernon Cultural Districtwww.EmmanuelDowntown.orgEmmanuel Episcopal ChurchThe Great Hall & The Undercroft(1852)Classes. Opera. Weddings. Art. Speakers. Book Group. Music. More.Sundays: 8:30AM Eucharist (Chapel)10:30AM Choral Morning Prayer (Eucharist, 1st Sundays)6PM Evensong (with cantor)Wednesdays: 6PM Eucharist (Chapel)CATHEDRAL & READ STS. (JFX Exit 5/Maryland Ave)410.685.1130Free Sunday Morning Parking - Adjacent PMI LotTHE SMITH GROUPSelling in Hampden for 26+ years!Over 10 homes listed in your community in 2009!Call today for a FREE Market Analysison the value of your home orfor information on our current listings!Alex Smith, Paul DiBari & Leslie ZinkDirect: 410-616-1741Alex: 410-446-1180Paul: 443-610-8633Office: 410-823-2323Visit us online atMySmithGroup.com!®


BE HEARDJOIN NOWIF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE OF HAMPDEN, please consider joining theHampden Community Council. The HCC is a voice for everyone inHampden–homeowners, businesses, teenagers, seniors, new-comersand old-timers. The more members we have the farther your voice canreach. Your membership fee supports our newsletter and improves ourcommunity through education, clean & green and zoning committees,to name a few. Help Hampden continue to thrive. BE HEARD, JOIN NOW!Hampden Community Council SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1976 Baltimore, MarylandHCC MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATIONName(s)Street Address ZipPhone Fax EmailBusiness Name (if registering for a business membership)In addition to my HCC membership, I would like to serve on/learn about the following committee(s): (OPTIONAL)ZoningReligious OutreachMembershipEducationHampden Home OfficeNewsletter DistributionClean & GreenFund RaisingPlease fill out this application and mail it, along with your check to:Hampden Community CouncilATTN: MEMBERSHIPPO Box 19957Baltimore, MD 21211Individual ($10)Family ($15) Business ($25) $ Additional DonationAdd a one year mailed subscription to my membership for an additional $25!Newsletter will be mailed to the address listed above, unless otherwise noted.Please make checks payable to Hampden Community Council.The HCC is a non-profit 501(c)3 Organization. All dues and additional donations are 100% tax deductible.street trees for hampdenThe Clean & Green Team of the Hampden Community Council wants to help you get a tree in frontof your home! We are working with organizations that provide technical assistance and funding forcommunity greening projects. We have planted many street trees in Hampden since 2005 and want toplant more!We still need to hear from as many residents as possible who would like to have a tree, so that we canorganize future plantings. Fill out the form below if you would like to be on the list for a tree, and askyour neighbors to sign up, too! Trees are not guaranteed to everyne who applies...your site must firstbe inspected by Miss Uility to ensure you have a safe and proper space for a tree.Note: If you are a renter, your landlord must sign the tree request form.street tree request formI, the undersigned, agree to help create a tree pit (if needed), plant, water, mulch, and maintain myneighborhood Street Tree. I understand that some locations may not be suitable for Street Trees dueto utilities, signs, handicap ramps, or width of sidewalk. The Forestry Division of the Baltimore CityDepartment of Recreation & Parks shall make final determinations of suitable Street Tree locationsand species. The Street Trees, once planted, will be the property of the City of Baltimore inaccordance with City Code 1879, Article 47.Do you have an exiting Tree Pit? Yes NoName ________________________________________________________Street Address _________________________________________________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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