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WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

5807 Harford Road


BALTIMORE, MD 21214

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UPCOMING WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION MEETINGS


Tuesday, May 14th 2019, @ 7 PM (Quarterly Meeting)

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The Walthersonian March 2019

President’s Letter

Hello Waltherson,

Congratulations to our board member Katie Bernstein & her family on their first child, a little boy. They
are having a blast. Much love & happiness to you all.

Normally I write a little something fun or personal for my president’s section of the newsletter but there
is a lot of information to share, & since many of you missed the last general meeting, here are the
updates below.

Whenever the weather gets tough, we typically will move our meeting back by one week & post it on
social media. February’s general meeting was moved 1 week back but hardly anyone came (mostly
board members & a few visitors for presentations). There was a lot discussed & decisions made.

Here are the highlights from then & most recent updates for you to know:

MEETING COMING UP ON:


• Tiny houses: presented by Glenham-Belhar & Sam Polakoff (contractor for the apartment building
at Southern & Harford Rd). Please come out on WED March 6th to City Neighbors High School (in
the cafeteria) at 7 pm. Discussions & questions on the group of tiny homes possibly going in on
Hamilton Ave at Arabia (just near Harford Rd). Please send your questions to us either on email
(mailbox@waltherson.org), or on Facebook (Waltherson Improvement Association). QUESTIONS
DUE TO US BY SUNDAY March 3rd. I will send them in to the group to be addressed on Wed. If you
have concerns about this, please show up.

DISCUSSED AT THE LAST GENERAL MEETING:


• 2 Bills presented by Councilman Dorsey: 1 to completely repeal the Urban Renewal Plan (URP),
which he withdrew for now & the other to remove the “second-hand stores” exclusion from the
URP. This would allow ALL second-hand stores to come into our neighborhood. The surrounding
neighborhoods all agreed that we would like to DEFINE what we feel is acceptable as a second-hand
store (ie: antiques are ok but what may not be ok?). Councilman Dorsey was not open to a clearer
definition. All neighborhoods voted against this, including Waltherson; in fact we voted against
BOTH Bills. When City Planning heard the case, they approved it, regardless of 4 neighborhoods
opinions. It passed & will go to the next level of city process.
• Second-hand tennis shoe store: This is what generated Councilman Dorsey’s Bills. This is a high-end
second-hand tennis shoe store that wants to come to the Hamilton area on Harford Rd. The URP did
not allow it, so now the Bill to remove the exclusion is in process, and this will probably come to our
neighborhoods.

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OTHER NEWS:
• We bid farewell to Mia Bloom at Councilman Dorsey’s office & wish her well. She is still very active
in Hamilton Hills, as president, so we will see her around town.
• Healthy Neighborhoods: Julie Lin has reminded us of the benefits of Healthy Neighborhoods. Loans,
grants, etc are all on their website & available for discussion. For us, let’s say we would like planters
at major road sections to beautify our area. These are things we can write grant requests for in
hopes to give our neighborhood a lift. Bring your thoughts to the next meeting.
• Block Captains: Jessica is heading off this in Waltherson, so please reach out to us if you are
interested in getting involved. We hear most folks say that they look out for everyone on their
block. But what if we had a way to SHARE that information with each other or other Block Captains?
This is a great tool that is currently working for some areas & we are looking to learn from them.
Let’s get this ball rollin’.
• 311 Calls & concerns: We have several people that have concerns in their areas. Please call it in or
use the 311 app & get the report number. Start taking notes of patterns. Then, pop us an email &
let us know what’s going on. If it’s not reported, we cannot help you.
• Dumpster: We are looking into getting a dumpster for a short period of time. We will let you know
more as we find out when & where.
• Officer Joseph Banks, Sr has been a long-time Community Liaison to our neighborhoods & our hearts
go out to him & his family for the loss of their son, Officer Joseph Banks, Jr. Funeral arrangements
are: Mon., March 4th from 3-8pm at Wylie Funeral Home at 701 N. Mount St, 21217. Funeral
services are Tues., March 5th at 10:30 am at Huber Memorial Church, 5700 Loch Raven Blvd., 21239.
Our prayers go out to his family.

We are always looking for your ideas & thoughts. Please invite your neighbors to the next general
meeting, which we hope will be a meet & greet at a local business where we can be outdoors & share
some time in the fresh air. Soon the Tues Farmer’s Market will be open & we will all be out & about.
Let’s enjoy the community together.

Blessings,

Helene Quinn
President of Waltherson

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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 was held on Wednesday, February 27th showing renderings of the proposed options for
Harford Road. You can see pictures of the three options on the next page and can comment on the plan at the link
below as well as see the full presentation from the January and February meetings. Please note that comments
can only be made until March 14, 2019.

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

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Proposed Options for Harford Road between Echodale and White Ave

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At the Pratt (Hamilton Branch)

Book Club
• NEA Big Read – Citizen by Claudia Rankine – Monday 3/4 @ 6PM
• Becoming by Michelle Obama. Monday, 3/18 @ 6 PM

Movies
• Smallfoot – Wed. 3/13 @ 3:30 pm
• Teen Titans Go! To the Movies – Wed 3/27 @ 3:30 PM

Adults
• Yoga for Beginners –Tues. 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9 @ 11:30 AM
• Yoga for Beginners –Fri. 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 @ 10:30 AM
• Chair Yoga – Sat 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 @10:30 AM
• Mindful Meditation – Thurs. 3/7, 3/14, 3/18, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 @ 12 PM
• Mindful Meditation – Mon. 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8 @ 10 AM
• Sit And Keep Healthy – Wed. 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 @ 12 PM
• Paint Night at Hamilton – Thursday 3/7 @ 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.
• So you want to start a nonprofit? – Thursday 3/14 @ 1 PM
o Presented by Anna Tatro, Grants Librarian, Enoch Pratt Free Library.
o Do you dream of starting and running your very own nonprofit? Come learn about all the
resources the library has to help you. No matter what level of experience you have, you're sure
to find this workshop to be a valuable source of useful checklists, worksheets, online resources,
and advice that you can put to immediate use.
• How to Sprout Your Own Food Workshop – Thursday 3/21 @ 6 PM
o In this workshop, you will learn about the history and benefits of sprouting nuts and seeds,
including a live demonstration of the process.
o Anna Bakhshi has a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health. She is passionate about
nutrition education and empowering people to take ownership of their health through daily food
choices and self-care practice.
• Bird-Friendly Garden Design presented by Audubon – Monday 3/25 @ 5:30 PM
o Welcome, gardeners! Building on what we know about native plants for birds, we'll dive into
bird-friendly garden design and maintenance. You'll learn the best methods to plan for a
beautiful landscape and sustain your native garden while supporting beneficial wildlife. This
workshop is intended for more advanced gardeners. We recommend our Intro to Bird-Friendly
Gardening workshop as a prerequisite. Please register in advance: baltimore@audubon.org or
410-558-2473.

Programs for Children:


• Baby & Toddler Storytime – Wednesdays 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 @ 10 AM
• Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 @ 11 AM
• Breathe – Fridays 3/8, 3/22, 4/12, 4/26 @ 3:30 PM
• Family Storytime – Saturdays 3/16, 4/6, 4/20 @ 10:30 AM

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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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WIA Volunteers
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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