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WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION P.O. BOX 3622 BALTIMORE, MD 21214 www.waltherson.org mailbox@waltherson.

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WALTHERSON IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING When: June 6th, 2012 @ 7:45 PM Where: Harbel 5807 Harford Rd

Get Involved Join WIA today! With membership your vote is counted and your voice heard in the community. Receive your monthly WIA newsletter to stay on top of what is happening in your neighborhood. Please complete the form below and send with your payment to: Waltherson Improvement Association P.O. Box 3622 Baltimore, MD 21214

June 2012

Bottles Cans and Paper Every Tuesday! Trash every Thursday! Bulk Trash (Call 311 to schedule)

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Next Meeting:

June 2011

Our next meeting will be at 7:45 PM on June 6th at Harbel. The meeting will be an open forum to discuss your issues and concerns. Please note there will be no meeting in July.

President’s Letter
Hello, We are all standing together to improve our community for future generations to prosper from our example. Keep up the great work and thank you for the sign on Walther looking so good. Thanks Ronnie Lesperance

IN AND AROUND WALTHERSON Note about Styrofoam 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. Please be patient, we will reply to e-mail towards the end of the month. You can also leave a message for us on Facebook or tweet us @WalthersonAssoc.

Lauraville CRP:
For those interested here are some links for the Harford Road CRP in Lauraville. This is for the community review panel that reviews and votes new businesses along Harford Rd from Herring Run park to Echodale Ave as mandated by the Lauraville Urban Renewal Plan. Wikispace: http://harfordroadcrp.wikispaces.com/

Permits or Projects Pending Review are found here at http://pendingreview.wikispaces.com Blog: www.harfordroadcrp.blogspot.com

Tribute to a local Waltherson Hero
On February 25, 2012, 48 year old U.S. Army Major Robert J. Marchanti, II of the Maryland National Guard was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan. He joined the Army in 1984 and the Maryland National Guard in 1986. Major Marchanti was a resident of Waltherson and a long time physical education teacher in the Baltimore County public schools. He leaves his wife Peggy; their four children; and a grandchild.

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Public Works Reminds Citizens:

June 2011

Recycling Should Not Be Placed in Plastic Bags
The Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Office of Recycling, reminds residents that items set out for recycling collection should not be placed in plastic bags. When single stream recycling was initiated in 2008, recyclables could not be accepted in plastic bags. Plastic bags get wound up in collection and processing equipment, requiring maintenance that costs money and time, and creates inefficiencies for processing all the recyclables. When they wrap around the sorting equipment at the Materials Recovery Facility, the equipment must be shut down to cut the bags and remove them. Recyclables can be placed in cardboard boxes, paper bags or any container such as a laundry basket, bin or trash can as long as the containers are marked “Recycling.” Plastic bags can be recycled at many grocery stores and supermarkets. The Bureau of Solid Waste will initially collect recycling in plastic bags but will leave a flyer and/or a sticker informing residents to please discontinue using them. For additional recycling information, citizens can go online at www.baltimorecity.gov or call the Office of Recycling at 410-396-4511. To report a missed collection or to find out what your recycling day is, call 311.

Baltimore Citizens 2012 Survey
mplemented for the first time ever in 2009, the Baltimore Citizen Survey aims to identify trends in behavior and attitudes regarding quality of life indicators and City services. Survey results will be used to inform and enhance program planning and policy development across all City agencies, to create more focused, responsive, and efficient government services. The survey will be implemented yearly; these year over year trends will be especially useful in tracking performance. Take the online survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6C3NV5J

Biking in Baltimore Survey
The Transportation Dept. is updating the 2006 Bicycle Master Plan. Bikemore is offering this quick online survey for your input in the new plan. B'more Bikes | 2012 B’more Bike Plan Survey Is Now Open www.bmorebikes.com

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Alert: Local Burglaries in surrounding neighborhoods

June 2011

Recently WBAL TV reported that the communities of Hamilton Hills, North Harford Road, and Westfield have sustained about eight burglaries in the last few weeks. Police indicate the burglars start with a knock on the door, and when there's no answer, they go to the rear of the home and try to get in that way through an unlocked door or window. Potential burglars may watch your home, and when they see you leave, knock on your front door to see if you are home. If the door is not answered, they will break in the home. Try to vary your movements as much as possible to not establish a discernible pattern. If the door is answered, they may ask for a person who does not live at the house or ask if you requested a food delivery that you did not order. If this occurs, call 911 and report it. Also, if you see unknown persons suspiciously knocking on neighbors’ doors, report that via 911. Here is some more information on how you can reduce the risk of being a burglary victim:
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They are entering homes through a basement door, kitchen window, or side door They are placing items in suitcases found in the house and are exiting via the front door They are typically leaving the area via a car or a U-haul of box truck parked in front of the house being burglarized

The police are asking you to call 911 if you observe any of the following:
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People walking with suitcases People entering the rear and side of houses that appear to be unusual If you see suspicious people getting into cars or box trucks or suspicious cars or box trucks is in your neighborhood, try to get a full or partial tag number and call 911 If you see a U-haul or a box truck in your area and persons are loading items into it call 911, and again try to get a full or partial tag number and call 911

Please be as specific as you possibly can when describing property stolen from you

The police are recovering what they believe to be stolen property, particularly jewelry, but they have often been unable to match it to that which has been reported stolen, thereby charging the person in possession of it with a crime and returning it to rightful owner. Please try to be as specific as you possibly can be concerning descriptions of property that is stolen especially jewelry.

The police are finding that burglars are posing as lawn care personnel. They then wait until the victim goes to work and burglarize the house
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They are suggesting that you attempt to use lawn care providers that you know If you agree to let someone you do not know cut your lawn, make sure you ask and receive photo identification and that you record their full name, address, and date of birth

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The police believe that burglars are posing as home repair contractors
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They are asking, if you see work vans in your area, you call 911. The police are finding many large items such as big screen TV’s are being taken in recent burglaries, and they believe that burglars are using vans and box trucks to transport these items out of the area.

Here are some tips concerning Burglary Prevention: 1. Doors secured with single cylinder deadbolts. Mail and newspapers are not accumulating on the porch or in front of home. 2. Windows locked. In 70% of the burglaries committed in Northeast Baltimore entrance is gained via a rear or side window. 3. Keep Blinds and Shades closed. Do not leave your wallet, car keys, or other valuables in plain view 4. Trees and shrubs are trimmed short enough so that all windows and doors are visible from the street and people cannot hide behind them. 5. Examine your basement windows and doors. They are normally a neglected portion of a house and thus its weakest point. If they are old and can be easily forced, consider replacing the door and the windows with stronger frames or glass block. 6. When leaving the house for vacation, lights are connected to timers that go on and off during evening hours. Newspapers and mail are being held and are not accumulating on the lawn, porch, and steps. 7. Front and rear porch lights are left on throughout the night so that the front and back of the house is constantly lit and visible. Consider utilizing motion activated spotlights on the side and the rear of your home. 8. If you are out of your home, leave radios on at the front and back doors of your house that are tuned to a talk radio station, and if you are away for an extended period of time, place the radios on timers. 9. If you see suspicious persons walking down the street with unboxed TV’s or computers, leaving a neighbor’s home, or entering the rear window of your neighbor’s home. Call 911. 10. It has been learned the burglars often survey or case their targets by posing as either carpenters or home repair persons. They also have been known to call their targets by phone to determine when they are not home, and they will hang up immediately if you answer the phone.

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11. Burglars will often pose as contractors and steal items while in your house, or leave an entry to the house open, so that they can later easily gain entry. If you are having contractors work on your home, ensure you use contractors licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC). You can ensure the license is valid by going online to: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/cgibin/ElectronicLicensing/OP_search/OP_search.cgi?calling_app=HIC ::HIC_qselect. It is also wise to ask for and contact references and to check their rating with the Better Business by typing this link into your browser: http://greatermd.bbb/Find-Business-Reviews/. 12. If you are going away for a period of time, call the Northeast District at 410-396-2444 and ask the police pay special attention to the home while you are away. 13. Engrave your valuables with your Maryland Driver’s License Number known as your Soundex Number. 14. The interview of a burglar charged with numerous burglaries in Northeast Baltimore revealed silent alarms did not deter him. However, if he activated an audible alarm when he entered his target, he fled immediately. If you install an alarm, consider ensuring it has an audible alarm component. 15. If you purchase electronic items such as: televisions, desk top computers, lap tops, and DVR’s please do not place the boxes in front of or in the rear of your home for collection. It is an open invitation for burglars to break into your house to steal the new items. It is recommended you tear or cut the boxes into pieces and place them in closed recycling bins.

Music in the Park A concert by the Baltimore City Jazz Band Burdick Park at Glenmore and Walther Avenues Friday, June 22, 2012 Event start at 6:30 PM, Band Play at 7:00 PM Bring your chairs and the whole family and enjoy the concert. Free food and drinks are provided.

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Baltimore International Academy: New Charter School moving to area
In school year 2012-2013 the Baltimore International Academy is moving to its new location at 4410 Frankford Avenue, next to the St. Anthony of Padua Church. This location was previously the site of the former St. Anthony’s School and recently, the former Mother Mary Lange School. The Baltimore International Academy is a k-8 school that offers Baltimore residents an opportunity to have their children become bilingual through a public language immersion program. Students who are in kindergarten and grade 1 are able to choose to immerse themselves in Russian, French, or Mandarin Chinese as their language of instruction. Students in grades 2 to 8 learn French through the Rosetta Stone Program, which is an interactive, multi-media language-learning set of programs that replicate the environment in which learners naturally acquire new language.

Berry Festival 2012
Saturday, June 23rd Herring Run Park 3800 Belair Rd. (Belair Rd. & Chesterfield) Baltimore, MD 21213 3pm Are you ready to listen to some great live music, taste a variety of local cusine, purchase items from vendors, partake in the infamous "Native Berry Dessert Competition" and more? Then you don't want to miss out this years Berry Festival in the Park! For more information, contact Debra Lenik, Volunteer Coordinator, at Blue Water Baltimore, at 410-254-1577 x 100

INVITATION TO HARBEL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION’S 42ND ANNUAL MEETING
Monday, June 4, 2012 7pm Location: Overlea Event Center 6809 Belair Road Baltimore, MD 21206 Come join us to meet and greet neighbors, friends and local political leaders. Hear HARBEL’s progress report, learn about what we have done for you and what we can do to make our neighborhoods better. Guest Speaker: The Honorable Brandon Scott Councilman, Baltimore City 2nd District Sponsored By: HARBEL Community Organization, Inc. 5807 Harford Road Baltimore, MD 21214 410 444 2100 Reed Hutner, President, Board of Directors Naomi Benyowitz, Executive Director

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Proud Member of:

WIA Volunteers
Officers:
President Ron Lesperance 1 Vice President Helene Quinn
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2 Vice President Frank Williams

Secretary Everly Brown

Treasurer Francis Beane

Parliamentarian Vacant

Sergent at Arms Tavon Braxton

At-Large Member Paul McCartney

Standing Committees and Representatives:
CRP Rep. Garden Sign & Projects Ron Derr Membership NECOP Chairman Robert Walshe

Main: Sue Kessel Alt: Rob Walshe

Pat Parks

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