4historic hampden happenings • July 2012historic hampden happenings • July 2012 5education newsWhat’s Happening in the Back of ACCE?By Ms. Quinhon Goodlowe, Principal, ACCE / Photos by Jean Mellott and Marty Gabel(continued from previous page)Last summer, the Academy for College andCareer Exploration (ACCE) responded tothe leadership of Blue Water Baltimoreby removing asphalt from an area thatcovered three quarters of an acre behindthe school. Blue Water Baltimore is alocal non-profit dedicated to cleaningup Baltimore’s streams that flow into theHarbor (bluewaterbaltimore.org).Along with a 5-inch layer of asphalt, severalmore inches of gravel and compacted sandwere also removed. The ground was thentilled and compost was added to improvethe soil and prepare it for planting. Theground was seeded with an annual ryegrass to stabilize it. Although a strip ofpaving remains for the neighbors to use forparking, most of that formerly paved area isnow lawn. A mural now decorates the wallsadjoining the lawn that slope below theschool building.A number of storm drain inlets formerlyrequired to capture runoff from the asphaltwere closed, so that rain falling on the areawill soak into the ground instead of runninginto the Jones Falls through the unfilteredstorm sewer system. This diverts over amillion gallons of rain water over the courseof a year from draining into the Chesapeaketo useful purposes. It now soaks into theground to water trees and other plants, theneither adds to the aquifer or trickles, daysand weeks later, into the Jones Falls. By thenit has been cleaned by the soil through whichit has filtered.Over the subsequent nine months, a raingarden was added to the back. This area isdeeper than the rest of the lawn, and it isplanted with native trees, shrubs, grassesand perennials which can tolerate standingwater for a period of time. This area receiveswater from a roof downspout on the schoolbuilding, and this will add to the wateravailable to soak into the ground. However,at this time, the ground underneath is stillso compacted that the rain water takes along time to soak in. The plants that wereplanted (and there are more still to come!)are sending down roots which will breakup the compacted soil and eventually therain garden will drain much faster, as it isdesigned to do. In the meantime, the birdsare enjoying the water, and devouring theinsects that are attracted by the plants.To prevent mosquitoes, staff members atthe school are adding devices to preventmosquito egg development. Other areas arealso still draining slowly; this will improveas the grass sends down roots to break upthe hard-packed soil underneath. Theimportant thing to remember is that thisland is recovering from decades of beingburied under asphalt, so naturally thisrestoration is an on-going process.(continued on next page)New grass was planted in the spring, a newmix of turf grasses requiring less water andless frequent mowing. More trees, someblooming and some that will become shadetrees, continue to be planted in variousgroups around the back. Students areworking on the area, with the guidance offaculty members, so it has become a learninglaboratory for the school. This summerthere will be a production vegetable gardenas well: a project for students to learn abouturban agriculture and to contribute produceto the local food pantry.Please come by and visit with the studentsand faculty who will continue to workthrough the summer to make this area a realbenefit to the neighborhood!St. Mary’s Roland View TowersAFFORDABLE SENIOR HOUSING IN THE HEART OF HAMPDEN3838 and 3939 Roland Avenue offers efficiency,1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments.Reasonable Prices: from $443 to $744, including utilitiesConvenient to Giant, RiteAid and area shops.RESTAURANT ON THE ROOF OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.Call 410-889-8255 for information.www.smrvt.com
6historic hampden happenings • July 2012historic hampden happenings • July 2012 7community newsNews From the Hampden LibraryBy Devon Ellis(continued from previous page)The Pratt Library’s 9-week Summer ReadingExtravaganza for all ages runs from 2 Junethrough 4 August 2012. Sign up anytime!Adults 18 and up may enter to win a Nook!You choose the books, and all books count,including print, audio, ebooks, even movieswith subtitles!The Hampden Library is getting into fullswing with our summer reading programfor all ages. Even babies can participate,by being enrolled in the “Read-to-Me”club! School age children and teens canparticipate and, after reading 8 books or 8hours of reading, will earn a cool T-shirt.Adults age 18 and up can enter to win a Nook!The following shows are scheduled at theHampden Library :Summer shows for kids ages 6 - 12Tues, 10 July, 2pmCamp Out, Civil War Style: Join the UnionArmy for an afternoon and see what life waslike 150 years ago.Wed, 11 July, 2pmScience in the Summer: Put on your safetygoggles and explore the exciting world ofchemistry through hands-on experiments.Class size is limited. This session is forrising 2nd and 3rd graders only. Please callthe Hampden Library at 410.396.6043 toregister. (This session will be repeated onThurs, 12 July, 2pm.)Thurs, 12 July, 2pmScience in the Summer: Put on your safetygoggles and explore the exciting world ofchemistry through hands-on experiments.Class size is limited. This session is for rising2nd and 3rd graders only. Please call theHampden Library at 410.396.6043 to register.Tues, 17 July, 2pmScience in the Summer: Put on your safetygoggles and explore the exciting world ofchemistry through hands-on experiments.Class size is limited. This session is forrising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders only. Pleasecall the Hampden Library at 410.396.6043to register. (This session will be repeated onWed, 18 July, 2pm.)Wed, 18 July, 2pmScience in the Summer: Put on your safetygoggles and explore the exciting world ofchemistry through hands-on experiments.Class size is limited. This session is forrising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders only. Pleasecall the Hampden Library at 410.396.6043to register.Thurs, 19 July, 1pmZooZoo and the Wonderful Adventure: FollowZooZoo and a group of animal friends as hetries to stop the pollution that is harming hisocean home.(continued on next page)Tues, 24 July, 2pmSweet Dreams: Stories to send you off todreamland.Thurs, 26 July, 2pmPirate Storytime: Pirates will sail into ourlibrary with songs, games, and stories totake young buccaneers on a swashbucklingadventure.Tues, 31 July, 2pmNighty Nightmare: Stories and crafts aboutstopping scary monsters, bad dreams, andnight noises.Summer events for teensTues, 10 July, 6pmT-shirt design: personalize a T-shirt to takehome that reflects your unique style. Allcraft materials are provided.Tues, 24 July, 2pmJewelry making: design and wear your veryown bling. All craft materials are provided.For adult readers:Tues, 10 July, 6:30pmBook discussion: Emma, the classic romancenovel by Jane Austen;Tues, 7 Aug, 6:30pmBook discussion: In the Garden of Beasts:Love, Terror, and an American Familyin Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larson. Thisremarkable true account takes place in 1933Berlin during Hitler’s rise to power, andchronicles the story of William E. Dodd,America’s first ambassador to Hitler’sGermany in a year that proved to be a turningpoint in history.Each Wednesday morning at 10:30am, theHampden Library offers “Mother GooseBaby Steps,” a lap program for babies andtheir caregivers, featuring finger plays, funssongs, rhythm, music, and nursery rhymes.Each Thursday evening at 6:30pm, theHampden Library presents “PreschoolLeaps,” a story time for 3, 4, and 5 year-oldsand their caregivers, featuring story books,music, songs, and rhymes.Hampden Library’s hours:Tues : 12 – 8Wed : 10 – 5:30Thurs : 12 – 8Fri : 12 – 5Sat : 10 – 5Sun & Mon : closedHampden Library3641 Falls RoadBaltimore, MD 21211(410) 396-6043D & J Auto Care, Inc.1100 West 41st StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21211GENERAL REPAIRS & MAINTENANCEFour-Wheel Alignment SpecialistsCOLLISION REPAIRS & SUSPENSIONYou bend’em!We mend’em!Serving your community for 40 yearsALL WORK GUARANTEEDCall 410-889-6536 (Fax 410-889-4564)MAY 29JUNE 26JULY 31AUG. 28SEPT. 25holy frijolesclean-up 7pmhappy hour 8pmmccabe’sclean-up 7pmhappy hour 8pm13.5% wine barclean-up 7pmhappy hour 8pmrocket to venusclean-up 7pmhappy hour 8pmgolden west cafeclean-up 6pmhappy hour 7pmSAVE THE DATES!join your friends and neighbors for a little light street cleaning onthe last tuesday evening of each month followed by happy hourspecials sponsored by our local watering holes. meet us in front ofthe royal farms on the corner of 36th & roland to join in the fun!thank you to the dogwood for sponsoring our april clean-up.821 W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211Phone: 410-366-3100 Fax: 410-366-3377www.patapscobank.comTHINKINGOF 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
8historic hampden happenings • July 2012historic hampden happenings • July 2012 9News and Upcoming Events for Seniors at St. Mary’s Outreach CenterBy Sandy Simmons, Executive Director / Photo by Whitney CecilSt. Mary’s Outreach Center providesInformation and One-on-One Assistanceand Referral Services to help older adultsstay in their community by assisting withthe following:• MEAP (Maryland Energy Assistance)• Homeowners/Renters Tax Credits• Water Bill Discount for those 65 and older• Medicare A, B, C, D, Supplemental andMedicare Advantage• QMB (Qualified Medicare Beneficiary)Medicaid• SLMB (Special Low-Income MedicareBeneficiary) return of Medicare Part Bpremium• Fuel Fund of Maryland• SNAP (Formerly Food Stamps) for those55 and older• Paperwork and other resourcesCall 410-366-3106 if you have any questions.HAITI PresentationDate: July 16thTime: 11 amWhere: St. Mary’s Outreach CenterPresentation of Haiti since the earthquakeand how this third world country isrecovering. Presented by Ken Simmonsand Greg Little. Ken and Greg have bothbeen there several times to assist thisdevastated country. Lunch will be providedand the event is free. RSVP: 410-366-3106SNAP (Food Stamps for those 55 and older)Date: August 14thTime: 11 amWhere: St. Mary’s Outreach CenterYou will need to bring – Proof of Income,rent/mortgage payment, BGE bill,prescription and medical bills, picture ID,Social Security card and most recent bankstatement.Oldest 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 CallHampden United Methodist ChurchWe begin a new Sermon Series: Good Grief: Facing Death WithHope. Adam Hamilton and Rev. Robin Johnson will be leading youthrough four weeks answering questions. We invite everyone toworship with us. We welcome and love all.June 17: Death and the AfterlifeJune 24: Christianity and SuicideJuly 1: Comforting Those Who MournJuly 8: The Art of Dying WellAdam Hamilton introduces this series on our Facebook and weinvite you to watch and share with others: http://goo.gl/VgSlfGENIE SCHWIND, GRIREALTOR ®Roland Park4800 Roland AvenueBaltimore, MD 21211Office: (410) 889-9800Cell: (410) 615-5855Fax: (410) 889-9815Email: email@example.comFree Report Reveals 7 CostlyMistakes to Avoid When Selling aHome in Hampden(Mistakes that will cost you Tens of Thousands)Call 1-800-457-8319 ID# 2002for recoded info (talk to no agent)Keller Williams Realty Baltimore, R. Valacka, 443 524 4639street tree for hampdenThe 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.Note: If you are a renter, your landlordmust 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 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 _________________________________________Phone ____________________ Email ______________________Signature _________________________ Date ____ / ____ / ____Mail to: Street Trees for Hampden, PO Box 19957, Baltimore, MD 21211or email to SustainableHampden@gmail.com®
10historic hampden happenings • July 2012Federal Agent Shoots Suspected Robber in HampdenBy Adam Bednar with North Baltimore PatchA suspected robber was shot after trying toescape from federal agents late Thursdaymorning.Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms and Explosives and Baltimore Citypolice attempted to apprehend a group ofsix individuals in the 3300 block of ClipperMill Road believed to be responsible for aseries of armed robberies in the area.“We had information that led us to believethat they were going to commit an armedrobbery today,” said Marino Vidoli,acting special agent in charge of the ATF’sBaltimore office.Agents and police converged on the areabehind The Mill—a now defunct restaurant—to apprehend the six individuals. Fourof them then jumped into a red car, andthe driver attempted to run over the lawenforcement officials.One of the agents fired a single shot andhit the driver of the vehicle in the rightshoulder blade, Vidoli said. After beingshot, the driver continued and rammed twopolice vehicles that officers were using toseal in the robbers.Following the crash, police arrested theoccupants of the red car.“We recovered five firearms and oneballistic vest. Obviously a clear indicationof what these individuals were going to dotoday,” Vidoli said.The driver was taken to an area hospital tobe treated for what were described as nonlifethreatening injuries.“These were very violent individuals, whointended to do some serious harm today,and the agents and officers from BaltimorePolice Department and ATF should becommended,” Vidoli said.Federal prosecutors are expected to filecharges later today or tomorrow as theculmination of a three-week investigationof the suspected robbers.Charlie Smith, who has lived in his house onAsh Street—near the scene of the shooting—for 50 years, said he wasn’t concernedabout the incident.“What are you going to do about it? If ithappens, it happens,” Smith said.clean & green teamThe Mayor’s Clean Community CompetitionBy Jay Lazar / Photo by Nathan RupertThe Mayor’s Clean Community Competitionis two months in and it’s time to reflect onour accomplishments as well as think aboutwhat lies ahead. The minimum metrics ofgross tonnage recycled is being comparedin all of the 72 involved communities, butwhat sets Hampden apart?What are we doing to strive for a top eightfinish to compete for either the $5,000 or$1,000 prize money for top four and secondfour places respectively? We have theBaltimore Free Farm working with TowsonUniversity to create a storm water retentionterrace at the base of west 36th Avenue; theSkatepark of Baltimore is maintaining partsof Roosevelt Park along with ACCE Schoolduring the day; the WHAM Parent Co-Ophas been enhancing Hampden Elementary;and the HCC Clean & Green Committeehas been growing their Get Trashed OnTuesday events. What we need is to knowwhere you’d like a part of the communityrestored. Do you know of an alley or spacein disrepair that could use some attention?Do you know of a neighborhood group thathas been cleaning the community andhas not received recognition? Send usproject locations and/or volunteer hoursand let’s be counted. Please submit youprojects, both wished for and those thathave occurred to firstname.lastname@example.org. As well, keep an eye out for anE-Cycling event later this summer and startpiling up those old floppies, CD’s, monitorsand PC hardware that are collecting dust inyour closet.The Get Trashed On Tuesday group wouldlike to announce that the 2012 t-shirts havearrived. A new look with the summers tourdates are printed on a light blue cottontee and are available to Clean & Greenvolunteers for $10 and everyone else for$15. You will see these around so don’t getleft out. Contact email@example.com to place an order. Shirts willbe available at the remaining GTOT andHampden HI-FI events.Last I’d like to announce that the Clean& Green Committee has a Twitter feed.Follow @HCC_CleanNGreen to receive thelatest C&G event information.