Working Together for a Stronger Community
Tuesday, March 25th at 7 pm in the NE Police Station (1900 Argonne Drive)
Guest Speakers: 1) Pastor Bernard Keels, Morgan State University Chapel and 2) Ms. Keri Distance, Civic Works—Community School Coordinator at Reach! Partnership School.
Hats off to:
Residents who paid annual dues in January/February: S. Westley, M. Walker, G. Hudson, and P. Williams. Thank You!
Special Thanks to:
Every person who delivers the HRIA Newsletter each month to the doorsteps of our residents. Your tireless dedication and commitment is greatly appreciated!
HRIA Decals/Stickers Available
Get a HRIA decal/sticker to show community support. Cost is $5 or if you pay the annual dues, you receive one at no cost. Call 443-824-1637 for more information.
To all who will be celebrating Your National Holiday in the month of March, let me wish You a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY".
As we prepare for the third meeting of 2014, be reminded that “MOTIVATION" is the word for this year. When one has many tasks to complete every day, it can be hard to come out to the monthly meeting, However, as Your President I am committed to make every effort to keep HRIA aware of the situations that concerns us.
We are currently attending hearings concerning the proposed Loading Dock for The Cold Spring Shopping Center. Meetings have also taken place regarding Morgan’s Master Plan (which includes the Northwood Shopping Center) and the Mechanical Street Sweeping Plans that will affect Baltimore City residents.It’s also time for us to participate in Morgan’s "Community Organic Vegetable Garden”.If any of you are interested, opportunities will be available for you to enhance your computer skills.Your Community Association continues to provide avenues to help each of us move into the 21st Century.It’s time to get on board! Hope to see you March 25th.
Quote for the month: "EVERYONE HAS A PART & PLACE IN HRIA"
Howard J. Gillis
Loading Dock Proposed for Cold Spring Shopping Center
In HRIA’s January meeting, representatives from the Schwaber Holdings Company, New Northwood officers and residents, Northwood Library representatives, HRIA officers and residents, 3rd District Councilman (Robert Curran) and 4th District representative for Councilman Bill Henry were in attendance to discuss the request to build a loading dock at the Cold Spring Shopping Center. Residents related their concerns regarding the loading dock and the proposed tenant (Family Dollar). The Zoning Hearing scheduled for February 11th was dismissed due to the need for the Schwaber Holdings Company to have the loading dock plan/design approved by the Planning Commission. The plan/design was approved by the Planning Commission on February 27th with the stipulation that the owners and surrounding community leaders develop a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the current and future plans for the shopping center. The next Zoning hearing on the loading dock is scheduled for April 8, 2014. Though HRIA has voiced its opposition to the loading dock, we are willing to meet with the owners to discuss the exterior aesthetics and have input regarding the types of stores residents would welcome. Your input and participation in HRIA meetings help us to address concerns affecting our community.
Citywide Mechanical Street Sweeping Program
An HRIA representative attended the Citywide Mechanical Street Sweeping Program meeting held on February 25th at The League. The following information was ascertained from the meeting: In an effort to keep our Bay clean, EPA will credit Baltimore City for miles done annually. Mechanical sweeping is necessary to remove pollutants and grime from city streets that manual sweeping leaves behind. Sweeping for NE & SWOdd Side of Street: 3rd Wednesday Even Side of Street: 4th WednesdayNo signs will be posted due to costNo towing and/or ticketing initially Post cards will be mailed to notify residentsCurrently, DPW manually and mechanically sweeps all City right-of-ways, which equals 70,000 miles and 7,000 tons of debris a year. The citywide mechanical street sweeping program will enable DPW to regularly clean every city neighborhood and minimize pollutants before they reach our urban streams, the Inner Harbor, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.
BGE Offers New Budget Billing Plan
BGE is offering customers enrollment into its Budget Billing program, which spreads payments out over a 12 month period and reduces seasonal increases in energy usage. Customers can also find tips on saving energy and money at BGE.com/WinterReady and BGESmartEnergy.com BGE is providing billing options to help customers with current and future energy bills, in response to a significant increase in customer usage. Starting January 29, customers may contact BGE to discuss their Budget Billing and other special payment options. Customers wanting to enroll in Budget Billing, call 800-685-0123. Customers with than $500 in overdue bills are encouraged to call BGE to discuss their payment options as well. Limited income customers are strongly encouraged to apply for energy assistance before they are in crisis. For more info, call BGE or contact the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) at 800-352-1446. Residents of Baltimore City should call 410-396-5555. Grants can help with past-due amounts and future payments. Learn more at bge.com/financialassistance.Customers can find info on preparing for extreme weather on bge.com and myBGE on Twitter and Facebook.
All Saints Activities—Community Residents Invited
All Saints Lutheran Church (4215 Loch Raven Blvd) offers many activities each day throughout each week:
Monday: Fitness Class 5:30 pm - $5 walk-in Line Dance Class – 6:30 pm, $2
Tuesday: Computer Classes – ask when next series opens
Wednesday: Bible Study – 6 pm/ NA Meeting – 6:30 pm
Thursday: New to Bible Study – 6 pm Fitness Class 5:30 pm – $5 walk-in
Friday: NA Meeting – 6:30 pm
Last Friday of Month: Family Game Night, 6-9 pm)
Saturday: Mary’s Closet open 10 to 1pm (free gently used clothing ministry- donations accepted)
1st Saturday - Flea Market – 9 am (begins in spring)
2nd Saturday - Men’s Breakfast and Fellowship- 9:30 am
Sunday: Adult Sunday School 10 am Children & Youth – God’s Learning Hour -11 am(includes breakfast, bible study, crafts & games)
Church Service – 11 am
For more information, call 410-889-8458. ~
Preventing Theft of Hand-Held Devices
Theft Prevention on Public Transportation:
Be aware of your surroundings.Keep cell phones or other electronic devices secure—specifically on station platforms and near train doors.
Don’t lend your device to strangers.Be discrete in making phone calls or listening to music to avoid attention of would-be thieves.Report suspicious persons or activity to MTA Police or other MTA employees.
Register your device if possible.Keep a record of the device, including make, model and serial number.Password-protect your cell phone/device if possible.
Tracking applications are readily available for both the iPhone and Android models and are often free or can be purchased for a low price.Apple offers a free “Find My iPhone” feature through their iCloud service. Access the link at:
There are multiple applications available for download on the Android Market which provide similar services.Contact your service provider for specific information on available applications.
Play It Safe:
Trusting your instincts and staying aware of your surroundings is key in protecting your property. Source: Maryland Transit Administration Pamphlet
Family Saturdays @ The Senator Theater
Family Saturdays at The Senator kicked off December 28th! Admission is $5 for EVERYONE. Tickets are now available at the box office and www.thesenatortheatre.com. See the below calendar of upcoming shows…and mark your calendars!All Shows Start at 10am and admission is only $5!
March 29 - BIG (1988)
April 12 – My Neighbor Totoro
April 19 - The Princess Bride (1982)
May 17 – The Wizard of Oz
Free Tax Preparation
January – April, 2014If your 2013 income was less than $52,000 you may be eligible to have the Baltimore CASH Campaign's IRS-certified tax volunteers file your taxes for free! For more information or to make an appointment, call 410-234-8008 or visit: bmorefreetaxes.org. ~
Baltimore Public Safety Summit
THE YORK ROAD PARTNERSHIP (YRP), THE NORTHEAST COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (NECO), AND THE HARBEL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE 3RD ANNUAL BALTIMORE PUBLIC SAFETY SUMMIT Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:00 am – 12:30 pmMorgan State University, Student Center TheatreParking is available in the parking garage facing Hughes Memorial Stadium.This event is free and open to the public. Light breakfast will be provided. Details of this event and agenda will be available soon. Mark your calendars!
HRIA Residents Invited to Renew Participation in MSU’s Community Garden
HRIA is again participating in Morgan’s “Adopt-A-Bed” initiative for the Spring 2014 season (March – Early May). The initiative is an effort to engage campus and community members to collectively participate in the Community Organic Vegetable Garden (COVG). If you are interested, call HRIA at 443-824-1637. ~