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WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

P.O. BOX 3622
BALTIMORE, MD 21214

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WALTHERSON MEETS QUARTERLY; THERE IS NO MEETING IN JUNE
NEXT WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION QUARTERLY MEETING
When: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
Where: Harbel (5807 Harford Road)

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Waltherson Improvement Association
P.O. Box 3622
Baltimore, MD 21214
June 2014




Recycling every Tuesday!
Trash every Thursday!
Bulk Trash (Call 311 to schedule)

Street Sweeping
3
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Wednesday – Even Sides
4
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Wednesday – Odd Sides


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President’s Letter

It finally FEELS like spring! We see folks planting flowers, painting, mowing, fixing & updating their
beautiful homes. It warms my heart. But doesn’t it just get your goat when you work so hard on your
home & the neighbor nearby lets theirs get run down? Or how about the house that is vacant & the
lawn isn’t being kept? An entire block can look great but that ONE house that doesn’t show the pride of
ownership can feel like the whole area is run down. Well, don’t let it! Take back your block & help keep
it nice!

So, to give us more information, we brought in Stan Janczak to our last quarterly meeting & he did a
great job. He works with housing enforcement & pointed out a whole host of items we needed to know.
He noted that our yards cannot be over 8” high & must be kept mowed. Trees cannot infringe on the
sidewalk & debris needs to be picked up (tree limbs, weeds, etc). Houses that are boarded up CAN be
boarded if they are empty. When a bank owns a house, we can call them & insist they maintain the area;
if not the City sends someone in to maintain it & they attach a bill to the home. When a house is vacant,
its status can be changed so that anyone moving in must apply for an “occupancy” status. We talked
about squatters in vacant homes. You cannot change a single family home into apartments without
getting approval, which is a huge process. We can fight to be sure our homes remain as family dwellings
& no more than 4 unrelated people can live in a household. We must have a permit to do renovations to
our homes (unless it is updating an existing item, say a deck) & it must be in clear sight. There is a noise
ordinance after 11:00 pm. Yes, we are having parties now that we have great weather, but be respectful
of our neighbors, especially after 11:00 pm. If it’s the same house repeatedly making the noise, you can
call the Police. The list goes on & Stan answered ALL our questions.

The most important thing is that you call 311 (or go on line & enter it) & get a tracking number. You do
not have to give your name. If it’s still a concern, reach out to us & we can call Stan & follow up on that
number. If a house gets repeated fines, it is escalated to criminal procedures! Even within the Walterson
Board, we have a group that handles vacant & nuisance homes. We follow this until it is resolved & we
feel the backing of our City. So, please speak up. Take the time & call it in. Don’t just complain & feel like
you don’t have options. WE make up this neighborhood. It’s been strong for many, many years. Let’s
keep it that way. Enjoy your homes, sit outside, relax & have fun.

Be well, Helene

Primary Election on June 24
th

Don’t forget to vote on June 24
th
in the primary election. There will be a candidate forum on
June 5
th
for the 45
th
district to learn more about the candidates running for office.
45
th
Legislative District
Date: June 5, 2014
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 6000 Radecke Avenue

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Upcoming Traffic/Roadwork Projects
Summer 2014
 Reconfiguration of Frankford intersections at Hamilton Ave & Corse Ave. Corse &
Frankford drawing is below; we’ve requested a drawing for Hamilton & Frankford.
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 27-
inches in diameter and manhole replacements throughout neighborhood
o Affected properties can be found on PDFs at this link:
http://www.cleanwaterbaltimore.org/Affected-Properties-for-Consen-Decree-
Projects.asp

New business:
 Belair Road
o Planet Fitness is now open at 5201 Belair Road
 Club Hours: Open & Staffed 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week!
 For more information go to:
http://www.planetfitness.com/ContactPF.aspx?clubid=10955 or call:
667.309.6100!
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Upcoming Neighborhood Events:
June
 3
rd
– Tuesday Market 4-8 PM at 4500 Harford Road
 5
th
- 45
th
District Candidate Forum; 6:30-8:30pm @ Mt Pleasant Church 6000 Radecke
 6
th
– First Friday Art Crawl
o Hamilton Gallery, 5502 Harford; 5-9pm http://hamiltonarts.org/
o Hamilton Bakery, 5414 Harford; 5-9 http://www.hamiltonbakery.com/events-and-
specials/ (free cupcakes!)
o The Gift Cellar, 4337b Harford; 6-9. http://thegiftcellarmaryland.com/
o Charmed Life Gallery, 4505 Harford; 6-9 http://charmedlifegallery.com/art-
gallery-exhibits/
o Additional details http://www.hamiltonlauravillemainstreet.blogspot.com/
 10
th
– Tuesday Market 4-8 PM at 4500 Harford Road
 18
th
- Tuesday Market 4-8 PM at 4500 Harford Road
 24
th
- Tuesday Market 4-8 PM at 4500 Harford Road
 24
th
– 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election
o Early Voting for the Primary Election - Thursday, June 12, 2014 through
Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 10 am until 8 pm.
July
 1
st
- Tuesday Market 4-8 PM at 4500 Harford Road
 8
th
- Tuesday Market 4-8 PM at 4500 Harford Road
 11
th
– Mixing it up: Second Friday Art Crawl
 15
th -
Tuesday Market 4-8 PM at 4500 Harford Road
 22th - Tuesday Market 4-8 PM at 4500 Harford Road
 26
th
– Hamilton Festival – Noon to 8 PM @ Harford & Hamilton
 29
th
Tuesday Market 4-8 PM at 4500 Harford Road

IN AND AROUND WALTHERSON
Tuesday Market
Come out to the Tues Farmer’s Market across from Safeway is EVERY Tues from 4-8pm. Many
folks walk up, get dinner, buy some fresh veggies or crafts, or just chat with your neighbors.
Traffic Calming Requests

There was discussion on our NextDoor page requesting traffic studies on Batavia Ave east of
Harford, Arabia Ave between Rueckert Ave & Southern Ave, & Ailsa Ave between Harford Rd &
Holder Ave. We plan to send a letter to DOT requesting traffic studies at the end of June along
with stop signs on Ailsa at Arabia & Ross. If you have questions, concerns, or would like to help,
please e-mail us at mailbox@waltherson.org or write us at: P.O. Box 3622, Baltimore MD 21214
75% of the residents on the affected blocks would still need to support any proposed traffic
calming measures (such as speed humps) before they would be implemented.
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Block Captains

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 mailbox@waltherson.org 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 Robert.walshe@gmail.com.

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.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/HLSprouts/
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WIA Volunteers

Officers:
President 1
st
Vice
President
2
nd
Vice
President
Secretary Treasurer Parliamentarian Sergent at
Arms
At-Large
Member
Helene
Quinn
Paul
McCartney
Frank
Williams
Rob
Walshe
Francis
Beane
Lisa Hom Sue Kessel Ronisha
Moore

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

Harford Road CRP
Rep.
Garden
Sign &
Projects
Digital Outreach
&
Communications
Police Liason /
NECOP
Chairman
Main: Sue Kessel
Alt: Rob Walshe
Ron Derr Robert Walshe Rob Walshe

Local Chapter of the
Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance

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