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WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

5807 Harford Road
BALTIMORE, MD 21214

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UPCOMING WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Tuesday, February 12th 2019, @ 7 PM (Quarterly Meeting)
@ Zeke’s Coffee – 4719 Harford Road

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The Walthersonian February 2019

President’s Letter
Hello Waltherson,

I hope you are all staying warm & doing some fun winter projects. I have
a few of my own going on right now. I am a collector (not a pack-rat as my
husband will tell you), & I had a blast going through old minutes & articles from
Waltherson neighborhood & association. Now, I don’t know how much is actual
fact, but I found it interesting & nostalgic to read. One article said that
Waltherson, as a neighborhood, has been around since the 1920’s when Walther
Boulevard opened. Waltherson Improvement Association By-laws date back to
1943; in fact, while I wasn’t around at that time, I do have the pint-sized original copy of it. Another article talked
about the founding of our COP (Citizens on Patrol) beginning in 1997. It’s
still quite active today. I moved here in 1998, met my first neighborhood
friends, directly across the street from me, Johanna & John Williams,
who encouraged me to come to the Waltherson meetings. We met at
the church at Harford & Batavia Roads & there my journey began. Joyce
Richardson was the President, the meetings were packed & all our
representatives flocked to show a presence & hear our concerns. Bob
Wiegel was in charge of our COP & Friday nights we went out driving to
help keep our area aware that there were citizens ON PATROL & we
care! Many moons later I was walking flyers door-to-door & met a
former Waltherson president during the ‘80’s, Katherine Brown. We
have been friends since. She shared some old pictures that I am sharing
with you today. These were the celebration of the opening of our
Waltherson sign on Walther Avenue, which use to be called Walther Boulevard. I have found Eric Holcomb’s book
‘The City As Suburb, A History of Northeast Baltimore Since 1660’ very interesting about our history. He states, “In
1899, there were only 279 dwelling units in Northeast Baltimore… By 1940, there were 14,000.” Today, there are
over 2,500 homes in Waltherson area alone.

So, I thought for introductions & ice breakers at our next quarterly meeting, share with your neighbors
how your story began in Waltherson. What is the origin of your street & what is your story here in Waltherson?
We are all so varied & diverse, but one thing rings true for all of us: this is our community & we love it here. Let’s
share that joy with each other.

See you at Zeke’s for a
“meet & greet” from 7 to 9 pm on
Tues, February 12th. Bring a dish if
you’d like to share it. We will go over
some business ideas & then have
plenty of time to tell YOUR STORY to
others as you chose.

Best wishes & stay warm,

Helene Quinn, your President
Waltherson Improvement Association

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Hamilton Business District Pedestrian Improvements

There was a meeting in late January about improvements coming to Harford Road in 2019. State money has been
allocated for a road diet and complete streets improvements on Harford Road. The proposed improvements
would be implemented on Harford Road between Echodale Ave and White Ave. Finalized plans will be developed
in March and April and construction will be done in May and June.

A second public workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 27 th; the location is still being finalized. This will
be an open house format where you can drop by any time between 4 and 7 PM to review and comment on
alternatives being presented. You can also comment on the plan at the link below as well as see the full
presentation from the January meeting. They will mail out flyers with the location for the February workshop
when it is available and it will also be posed on the website below.

https://transportation.baltimorecity.gov/hamiltonbusinessdistrictstreetscapeproject
[transportation.baltimorecity.gov]

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At the Pratt (Hamilton Branch)

Book Club
• Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward. Monday, 2/21 @ 6 PM

Movies
• The Lego Ninjago Movie – Wed. 2/13 @ 3:30 pm
• Sherlock Gnomes – Wed 1/16 @ 3:30 PM

Teens: Black History Month
• Jim Crow Laws – Wed. 2/6 @ 3:30 PM
o Learn about the Jim Crow laws and determine if the laws still have an effect on today’s
society.
• Black Future Month – 2/20 @ 3:30 PM
o Black Future Month looks to the coming prospects of excellence. Teens will discuss
African Americans on the rise of creating new history.

Adults
• Yoga for Beginners –Tues. 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 @ 11:30 AM
• Yoga for Beginners –Tues. 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 @ 10:30 AM
• Chair Yoga – Sat 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, @10:30 AM
• Mindful Meditation – Thurs. 2/7,2/14,2/21,2/28 @ 12 PM
• Sit And Keep Healthy – Wed. 2/6,2/13,2/20,2/27 @ 12 PM
• Paint Night at Hamilton – Thursday 2/7 @ 6 PM
o Local artist, Arthur Brown, leads you step-by-step as you create your very own
masterpiece.
o All paint supplies will be provided by the library. Call 410-396-6088 to register.

Programs for Children:
• Baby & Toddler Storytime – Wednesdays 2/6,2/13,2/20,2/27 @ 10 AM
• Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays 2/6,2/13,2/20,2/27 @ 11 AM
• Spool Knitting – Tuesdays 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 @ 3 PM
• Family Storytime – Saturdays 2/2, 2/16 @ 10:30 AM
• Virtual Reality Field Trip – Fridays 2/8, 2/22 @ 3 PM
o Join us and explore other places without leaving the library. Using Google Expeditions
we can visit the ocean, outer space, and even inside our lungs!
• Family 3D Printing Lab – Thursdays 2/14 @ 6 PM
o 3D printing for the whole family! Work together or independently and create
something unique. Designs will be printed after the program.
o Please call 410-396-6088 to register.

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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. Communities with regular NECOP
patrols, such as the North Harford neighborhood, also see significantly less crime than
communities with inactive patrols.

Participants meet at the Northeast Police station at 1900 Argonne Drive near Morgan State and
an officer will give you a direct number to keep them in contact with the Police. You would then
proceed to patrol the neighborhood in your car. Patrols normally go out each Thursday and
Friday from about 7:30 - 10:30. Anyone interested in the Citizens on Patrol program, please
contact us at mailbox@waltherson.org.
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Our sincere thanks to Waltherson’s sponsors:

Proud Member of:

WIA Volunteers
Officers:
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President 1 Vice 2 Vice Secretary Treasurer Parliamentarian Sergeant At-Large
President President at Arms Member
Helene Frank Raisa Jessica Amy Lauren Katie Rod
Quinn Williams Rouse Feldt Greensfelder Whittaker Bernstein Hamilton

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