Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ODNA Summer News

Thanks to all who turned out for our picnic and meeting in the park.  It was a great time with lots of great food and friends!!!

John Vontran came by to talk about his plans for the Seagrams property.  He is looking to build a townhouse community consisting of 180 or so new homes.  The three story homes would similar to those being constructed in Canton on Oldham Street and would sell between $200K and $250K.  His proposal also includes a $100K community benefit.
A community meeting regarding this proposal is set for Thursday, July 17th at 7 pm  at the North Point Public Library.

Rebecca from DRC also came by to talk about National Night Out on August 5th.  ODNA will again be working with the Dun-Logan group, the New Light Lutheran Church and the DRC to host National Night Out in Veterans Park this year.  Our goal is to “take back” Veterans Park from those who hang out there, at least for the night.  We will be coordinating with Baltimore County Police on this effort as well.  There will be food and fun and games for all.  
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us in Veterans Park on Tuesday August 5th for National Night Out.  We’ll start about 6:30pm.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Meeting Notes - May 12,2014

ODNA Meeting Minutes May 14, 2014 – 7pm at the Dundalk Community Center

Wow! Great turnout at this month’s meeting, including a few new to the neighborhood. Welcome and Thanks for attending!

Officer Mussini had quite a report for us . . . . and it was really pretty good!

  • In the last two months, there were 397 calls for service, only 108 of those calls resulted in actual reports. In the coming months, the police will be focusing on the “Lower Dundalk” area which includes ODNA, St. Helena, Turner’s Station and Dun-Logan neighborhoods.
  • Reminder to call 911 (not the precinct number) to report suspicious activity, things that need to be checked out, or anything unusual. Baltimore County’s 911 system is equipped to handle and route non-emergency calls. This system also allows for tracking and follow up on non-emergency calls. Calls made to the precinct number can see a delayed response as they need to be entered into the 911 system. 

Things to look out for and call 911 about this summer:

  • Large groups of kids on bicycles, riding in the street, impeding /harassing drivers. 
  • Cell phone snatching – there have been numerous reports of people having their cell phones snatched right from their hands. Be aware of your surroundings when using your phone. 
  • Anything that makes you uncomfortable when at the Village Center, Veteran’s or Heritage Park. We want to make this area the “squeaky wheel” to really force the county to pay attention and focus on making this area better, cleaner, etc. 


The Baltimore County Police offer a FREE home security assessment to area residents. They will come to your home, inspect locks, windows, doors, landscaping, etc. with an eye toward security and safety, as well as provide recommendations for making your home more secure. It’s FREE. Call Officer Mussini at 410-887-7337 if you are interested.

Did you know Code Enforcement reporting can be done on-line? The new on-line system is easy to use, and provides great follow up. Reports can still be made anonymously. Here’s the link: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/permits/codeenforcement/codecomplaint.html

Jen Wassmann from the DRC was at our meeting to announce the Vibrant Neighborhoods Home Renovation Loan program. Home renovation loans up to $10,000 with 0% interest are available to homeowners in our area this summer. Re-payment of the loan is deferred as long as you own your home. Jen will be providing two information sessions about the loans – Tuesday 5/20 at 7pm or Saturday 5/24 at 10am in the DRC offices. Questions? Contact Jen at 410-282-0261 or jen@dundalkusa.org.

Paul Cole from Retrofit Baltimore also attended. 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 Paul Cole at 410-929-6257 or pcole@retrofitbaltimore.org. Or visit www.retrofitbaltimore.org/dundalk.

Don’t Trash Our Dundalk Update: The program is much smaller in scale this year. We focused on the “Leeway/Township" block and the “Portship/Fairway" triangular block. A code sweep was conducted and homeowners were provided with information on proper trash disposal and the opportunity to purchase discounted metal trash cans. Discounted trash cans will be available for anyone to purchase at DunFest this coming Saturday (5/17). The cost is $15!

Announcements: • DunFest takes place in Heritage Park this Saturday from 11am to 2pm. • The Dundalk Art show takes place in Veterans Park this Saturday from 11am to 4pm. • Primary elections are June 24th! If you want learn more about the six candidates running for the County Council seat being vacated by Johnny O, there will be a forum on May 21st at 7pm at the North Point – Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department. The forum is being sponsored by Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and the Millers Island-Edgemere Business Association.

Next Meeting: Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 9th. We will meet and picnic in Heritage Park starting at 6:30pm. ODNA will provide a main dish for the evening, but we need you to bring a side dish or dessert. Please RSVP for this meeting to Becky Terjung at bterjung1@juno.com

  • Also, bring your best ideas!! I would to see ODNA plan a project for the fall and this is your chance to tell us what that project should be. Some ideas thrown out at previous meetings have included: creating a tot lot in Veterans Park where the pavilion is now, making sure all the homes in our footprint have house numbers on both the front and back of the house, a skate park, replanting trees in Heritage Park, helping homeowners to put up outdoor lighting, etc.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Update - September 2013

ODNA Update September 19, 2013 First, sad news. Longtime ODNA member Ken Ewing passed away August 31st. Ken was an active member participating in numerous clean ups and events. He also worked hard to keep the “Citizens On Patrol” program active in the ODNA footprint. A card on behalf of the association was sent to his wife, Barbara. In addition, ODNA will make a $50 donation to the American Cancer Society in Ken’s memory. Second, ODNA will be participating in the Family Fall Festival on October 26th from 10am to 3pm in Veterans Park. We will be hosting a craft table for kids, featuring “Make Your Own Paper Plate Jack-o-Lanterns.” As always, we need VOLUNTEERS to help at the craft table. We are looking to have at least two people at the table from 10am to 3pm. If you can give an hour, email me at bterjung1@juno.com if you can help. Next, ODNA will be cleaning up the Ship Streets on Saturday, November 2nd! We will gather in Friendship Circle at 8am for coffee and donuts, and then spread out into the neighborhood picking up trash. While walking through, we also be taking note of conditions in our neighborhood (things like broken sidewalks, clogged storm drains, etc.) that we can address and hopefully get fixed! VOLUNTEERS are needed to make our clean up a success! Whether you have an hour or have all day, we can use your help! Email me at bterjung1@juno.com, so I know who’s coming. Finally, our next meeting will be November 13th at 7pm in the Dundalk Community Center. For this meeting we will have updates on: * Dundalk Ave Road Destruction Construction project * What’s going on at the Village Center * And more . . . . . . We also hope to have a representative from One Voice Recovery Center come to tell us more about the center, their approach to recovery and their plans for giving back to the community. Our 2014 meeting dates are: January 8th March 12th May 14th July 9th Sept 10th Nov 12th