Thursday, December 11, 2014

With much sadness, I learned this week about the passing of longtime member and friend, Alice Fogle.  Over the years, Alice was a constant presence at all our meeting and events, most recently helping at the Fall Family Fun Festival this past October.  I know we will miss her support and willingness to help, but we will miss her warm smile and genuine heart much more.

Becky Terjung
President, ODNA

(see the Dundalk Eagle or Baltimore Sun for her obituary notice)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ODNA Meeting Minutes - November 12, 2014

Officer Mussini reported:
  • Some good news! Over the last two months there have been few calls for service in our area for things like theft, burglaries, vandalism, etc.  
  • There has been a “group” hanging out at the Dundalk Village Center causing problems.  The police have been working with Blue Ocean (the property owners), merchants and the DRC to address this problem.  In addition, Blue Ocean has hired security guards.
  • With the cold weather, car thefts in the area tend to rise as people begin letting their cars warm up.  Don’t leave your car running to warm it up, even if it’s locked!  It’s very easy for car thieves to break in, then drive off in your car.
  • Lighting! Lighting! Lighting!  It only costs a couple of dollars a year using a cfl light bulb to leave your porch light on all night.  Criminals don’t like lighted porches or backyards.  If you need a cfl bulb for your porch or back yard light, contact ODNA at olddundalk@gmail.com  and we will get one to you.


Glenn presented the “position paper” on the redevelopment of the Seagrams property from ODNA he has been working on.   Among the items addressed are the density of the housing units, the small amount of green space and storm water management.   Part of the project includes $100,000 for a community benefit.  We discussed proposing a “make over” for Veterans Park, with the idea to make the park more inviting for all users, and less inviting for those who just want to loiter and cause trouble.  Ideas included a new, more open, lighted gazebo; moving the benches to the perimeter of the park; thinning the trees and making the landscape more open to creating less places to hide and more visibility of the shops from Dundalk Ave. 

December 6th is the Holiday Hoopla at the Dundalk Village Center

December 19th, ODNA will be again participating in “Luminary Night” sponsored by the Dundalk Historical Society.  We will be placing luminaries on the Shipway side of Heritage park.  We need just a couple of volunteers to help with setting up and collecting the luminaries after the event.  Interested?  Email me at olddundalk@gmail.com

Also discussed:
  • We will be holding a Spring Dumpster Day in April to coordinate with Earth Week.  More details to come.
  • How can we better communicate and promote ODNA?  How can we attract more members?  Ideas included sending a mailing or just leaving flyers at each house.  Breaking the neighborhood up and finding “block captains” to spread the word, recruit new members, encourage participation.  Partnering with other groups in the area like the DRC, the Dun-Logan group to pool our resources. 
  • Other projects we’d like to tackle including getting some better lighting throughout the neighborhood, getting numbers on the back of houses.


What do you think - Send your ideas and comments to olddundalk@gmail.com.

Our next meeting is January 14, 2015 at 7pm in the Dundalk Community Center!  

Becky Terjung, President


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Next Meeting!! November 12th, 7pm, Dundalk Community Center

ODNA Meeting Reminder
Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm
Dundalk Community Center

On the agenda:
Update from Officer Mussini about what's been going on in the area
Recap of the Family Fall Festival and our first Fall Dumpster Day
Planning and Brainstorming for Spring:
 -- Dumpster Day
 -- Clean Up
 -- Membership
 -- other ideas???

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Community Clean Up and Dumpster Day!! Sat. November 1st - 8am to Noon

Saturday November 1st from 8am to Noon 
Join us in cleaning up along Dundalk Avenue and throughout the Old Dundalk Neighborhood. We'll also have DUMPSTERS available to Old Dundalk Neighborhood residents. The dumpsters will be on the Church of the Brethren parking lot at the corner of Yorkway and Shipway. If you can help with clean up we'll be meeting at the Dumpsters at 8am.

Please no recyclables, yard waste, hazardous chemicals, paint, tires or electronics. 
Questions?  Contact us at olddundalk@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Notes from the September 10, 2014 Meeting

ODNA Meeting Notes
September 10, 2014

Saturday, September 27th is the Dundalk Housing Fair and Neighborhood Tours From 9am to 2pm at Dundalk/Sollers Point High Schools.  In addition to information for new buyers / renters in Dundalk, there will be renovation experts on hand for current  area homeowners.  Visit UnexpectedDundalk.com for more information.

Saturday, October 25th is the Family Fall Festival ODNA will host a craft table making paper plate Jack-o-Lanterns.  This year we want to have lots of eyes and noses and mouths pre-cut for the kids.  If you’d like to help cut out shapes or help on the day of the event, please let olddundalk@gmail.com know.  The festival runs from 10am to 2pm in Veterans Park, plus a little time after for cleaning up. 
o   THANKS to those who’ve already said they would help!   
o   This is always a great event!  I encourage everyone to stop by and enjoy the festival!

Saturday, November 1st is our Fall Clean Up Day.  We are looking into the possibility of getting a couple of dumpsters and we’d like to organize a group to clean up along Dundalk Avenue and  perhaps throughout the neighborhood.  This event will run from 8am to Noon.  If you’d like to help with the dumpsters or along Dundalk Avenue, please let olddundalk@gmail.com know!
·         Don’t have the entire morning to volunteer, then join us by simply taking 10-15 minutes to pick up the trash in alley or along your street.  

Officer Mussini was not able to attend our September meeting, but he left a report for the month of July and August with me.  Over those two months, there were 467 calls for service.  There was nothing unusual on this report.  There were 23 calls about narcotics, 57 about suspicious subjects, and only 9 calls for burglaries.  If you have any questions or concerns, send them to olddundalk@gmail.com and I will pass them along.

ODNA is going to put together a “position paper” on the redevelopment of the Seagrams property.   Among the items we are going to address are the proposed density of the development and the community benefit.  Part of the project includes $100,000 for a community benefit.  We talked about replanting trees in Heritage Park, a Skate Park  . . . . . 
What would you like to see?  Send your ideas and comments to olddundalk@gmail.com

Amber Collins from Retrofit Baltimore was at our meeting to talk about grand funds available for home energy upgrades.  Retrofit Baltimore is a non-profit organization that will conduct an energy assessment of your home for a fee ($100).  After the assessment, they will provide you with a list of improvements to make your home more energy efficient.  In addition, depending upon your income, you can receive a discount of 70% to 100% off the cost of improvements.  Questions?  Contact Amber at 410-929-6172 or acollins@retrofitbaltimore.org   
·         I’m signed up for my assessment in October.  I will share my results at our next meeting.

The Baby Boomer / Senior Expo is coming up October 22nd and 23rd.  ODNA has a few complimentary tickets for October 23rd if anyone is interested.  First come, First served -send an email to olddundalk@gmail.com.   For more information about the expo, visit www.seniorexpoonline.com
Our next meeting is November 12, 2014 at 7pm in the Dundalk Community Center!  

Becky Terjung, President ODNA