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WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING When: December 4th, 2013 @ 7:45 PM Where: Harbel (5807 Harford Road)

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Next Meeting:

December 2013

Our next meeting will be held at Harbel at 7:45 PM on Wednesday, December 4th. We will be planning our meeting schedule for the 2014 and voting for the following traffic calming requests in the neighborhood: o 4800-5100 Holder Ave (Southern to Echodale) o 5300 Holder Ave (Echodale to Frankford) o 3400-3500 Hamilton Ave (Frankford to Walther)

President’s Letter
Hello & Happy Holidays to all, Congratulations to all the Board Members who were elected in November's meeting. Also, welcome to new members. Can you believe the holidays are upon us? I hope you ENJOY the season & are able to do some of your favorite things. If you know of someone all alone, please reach out to them. We never know when someone may need help. We would like to thank Delegate Sheryl Glenn for coming out to give us her presentation in November. Her informative discussion helped many of us to stay abreast of changes & upcoming concerns. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter for upcoming workshops, dances, etc. At November's meeting we voted to move our monthly meeting to QUARTERLY meetings, as well as change the meeting night to TUESDAYS, keeping the first week of the month. We have not set the actual months we will meet, so please bring your ideas to the December meeting. Some feel the first week in January is way too close to the holidays; others were fine with January. The executive board will still meet monthly, as there is much business that takes place behind the scenes. Any topic that would need IMMEDIATE attention will be posted on our websites &/or flyers or poster boards created to get the word out. We would like to do other things in between the general meetings: get-togethers, dinner outings, meet for coffee, go to the performance theater, whatever! But we need to hear from you. What would stimulate your interest? Please bring your ideas to the next meeting. We are also looking at the revitalization of the Belair Rd corridor. Many meetings & planning committees are looking to enhance this area. Please watch our website for updates. I doubt that I will head up the caroling this year at Angel's Cove. Each year I ask for folks to get involved & each year it's just 2-3 of us. So, I will pass on it this year unless someone wants to get involved. If so, please reach out to me & let me know. I will miss you in December but our 1st Vice President will host the December meeting. Stay warm during the holidays & let the spirit move you.... whatever that may be. Blessings, Helene 410-917-0628


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Upcoming Neighborhood Events:

December 2013

 4th – Waltherson Community Meeting @ Harbel 7:45 PM  6th – First Friday Art Crawl  7th – Foreclosure Prevention Workshop 9am-2pm Mount Pleasant Church  14th – Holidays on Harford January  1st – Happy New Year!  Mail in your 2014 dues if you haven’t already paid in advance.  3rd – First Friday Art Crawl  11 – Cheryl Glenn Pre-Legislative Session Meeting – Mount Pleasant Church  31st – TEDx Baltimore 9am-5pm @ Morgan State University o *Please check with businesses for details of their events

Upcoming Traffic/Roadwork Projects
Spring 2014  Walther Ave Bike Lane Extension from Moravia Rd to Glenmore Ave  We have requested new trees be planted in the empty slots in front of Ruck’s Funeral Home and the old Eko Food Mart; Forestry tells us this is on the list for Spring. Summer 2014  Reconfiguration of the intersection at Frankford Ave & Corse Ave. A High Resolution version is available on our Nextdoor site. Winter 2014  Harford Road Herring Run Bridge Reconstruction begins o Harford Road will be closed at Herring Run for two years during reconstruction  SC909 & SC911: Improvements to Sanitary Sewers of the Herring Run Sewershed o Rehabilitation work on sanitary gravity sewers ranging from 8-inches to 27inches in diameter and manhole replacements throughout neighborhood o Affected properties can be found on PDFs at this link:


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Waltherson’s Annual Elections
Congratulations and thanks to our board members serving in 2014 President: Helene Quinn 2nd VP: Frank Williams Member-at-large: Ronisha Moore Treasurer: Francis Beane 1st VP: Paul McCartney Secretary: Rob Walshe Parliamentarian: Lisa Hom Sergeant-at-arms: Sue Kessel

New businesses coming to Belair Road
 Belair Road o Planet Fitness has signed a lease and will open its first Baltimore City location at 5201 Belair Road in the old Goodwill building just south of Frankford Ave. o Birdland Sports Bar & Grill opened at 6317 Belair Road near Glenmore by the owners of Darker Than Blue selling comfort food; “hearty meals with hefty portions.” Harford Road o BB&T Bank is purchasing the old Wells Fargo / Wachovia building at Hamilton & Harford and expects to open by the end of the year.


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Biddison Cemetery Cleanup

December 2013

Again, We would like to thank everyone in the community and the members of Cedar Light Grove who helped clean up the Biddison Cemetery between October 27 th and November 1st.
Here are some more pictures of the end result:

In Memory of Betty Ruland
For many years I was honored to pick up two of our seniors for the meetings who are long-time members of our community: Alice Zack & Betty Ruland. They use to sit in the front row & participated at all the events. It is with great sorrow that we bid farewell to Betty who passed on November 13th. One of my fondest memories includes Betty singing with us at Angel's Cove for our annual Christmas caroling. You could hear her beautiful falsetto voice among the crowd. Then, off we'd go in the freezing cold or snow to see the lights on 34th Street in Hampden. She was lively, funny, forthright, & sweet, blessed with great nearby neighbors & family not far away. Alice is still with us but seldom able to come to the meetings. We will miss you, Betty; so sing for us from the Heavens above. -Helene Quinn, WIA President


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Block Captains

December 2013

We’ve mentioned this in past newsletters & will continue to develop this concept. Since we are a small group, we need your help. If we utilize block captains as resources, we build a stronger team in all segments of the area. People would go directly to the block captains for their concerns. These would be filtered out, utilizing the resources & contact we have. Each block captain would have a list of contacts & then report back to the entire group & to the executive board. If everyone pitches in, we can all do our part. Please, find something that is your passion. Maybe gardening is your thing, maybe vacant houses really annoys you, maybe you want to help a neighbor whose house needs some repairs. Whatever be the case, if we all do our part, we can help each other.

Styrofoam / Polystyrene Recycling
If you want to recycle Styrofoam but cannot make it to the sanitation yard, Waltherson member Louise Harmony has offered to drop it off. Please get in touch with Robert Walshe at a meeting or by e-mailing us at if you are interested. You can also leave a message for us on Facebook or tweet us @WalthersonAssoc. Note: CHECK THE BOTTOM OF THE CONTAINER FOR A NUMBER 6. Only number 6 items are accepted. No peanuts or packing material.

NECOP – Northeast Citizens on Patrol
In Northeast Baltimore we have a district wide Citizens on Patrol program called NECOP. The reasoning behind the COP program is that regular neighborhood patrols can make criminals feel uncomfortable and drive them out of our neighborhood. Participants meet at the Northeast Police station at 1900 Argonne Drive near Morgan State and get a walkie talkie to keep them in contact with the Police and then proceed to patrol their neighborhoods in their cars. Patrols normally go out each Thursday and Friday from about 7:30 - 10:30. For anyone interested in the Citizens on Patrol program, please contact Rob at

Hamilton-Lauraville (HL) Sprouts
There’s a new family group in town. HL Sprouts is a parent partnership designed to allow parents of kids aged 0-12 to meet up, arrange play dates, and get to know other parents in the area. They are a chapter of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance. Check them out, there are several kid-friendly meet ups going on each week in the area.


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WIA Volunteers
President Helene Quinn 1 Vice President Paul McCartney

2 Vice President Frank Williams


Secretary Rob Walshe

Treasurer Francis Beane

Parliamentarian Lisa Hom

Sergent at Arms Sue Kessel

At-Large Member Ronisha Moore

Standing Committees and Representatives:
Housing Robert Walshe, Sue Kessel, Helene Quinn, Frank Williams Block Party Paul McCartney Traffic Terrye Muratore Schools & Child Advocacy Rob Walshe, Paul McCartney Block Captains Paul McCartney

Harford Road CRP Rep. Main: Sue Kessel Alt: Rob Walshe

Garden Sign & Projects Ron Derr

Digital Outreach & Communications Robert Walshe

Police Liason / NECOP Chairman Rob Walshe


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