Thursday, December 11, 2014
(see the Dundalk Eagle or Baltimore Sun for her obituary notice)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
- 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 email@example.com and we will get one to you.
- 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.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Please no recyclables, yard waste, hazardous chemicals, paint, tires or electronics.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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 email@example.com know. The festival runs from 10am to 2pm in Veterans Park, plus a little time after for cleaning up.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org know!
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the expo, visit www.seniorexpoonline.com
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
- Do we want to schedule a fall cleanup/dumpster day?
- Fall project ideas. Do we want to organize a project putting house numbers on the rear of homes in the neighborhood?
- Family Fall Fun day is October 25th. Do we want to participate again this year?
- Updates on the Vontran, Gov Center, Dundalk Ave projects.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.