OM eNEWS                                  March 15, 2017   

Oakland Mills Community Association

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Snow Reminders
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Lively Arts For Little Ones
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9 - 1 - 1
Street Light Outages
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Little Free Library
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Important News Items
Covenant Advisors' Corner
Oakland Mills Election Information
Jazz in the Mills 2017
Renew.Rehab. Replace Rethinking Columbia's Lawns and Gardens
Searching for Sprig
Master Gardener Presentation
Events Around Town
Columbia's 50th Opening Ceremony
CA News & Events
Homeowner Resource Guide
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Sandy Cederbaum
Village Manager

Susan Azoulay 
Facility Coordinator

Brigitta Warren 
Events/Administrative Coordinator

Covenant Advisors

Bob Bellamy
(property concern issues)

Carrie Wenholz
(Exterior Alteration Applications)

Tom Dudek 
(Letters of Compliance)

Click on this LINK to contact Oakland Mills Board Members. 
Snow Reminders

Homeowners are responsible to clear all sidewalks that abut your property.  This is a County law and indicates that sidewalks need to be clear within 48 hours after the snow stops falling.
Corner properties are responsible for the front sidewalks and side sidewalks that abut the property.

Thanks for being such good neighbors! 

Celebrate Life's Special Moments at The Other Barn
Visit our new website

Contact Susan Azoulay, Rental Facility Coordinator for details about renting this venue!

Lively Arts For Little
Ones  2016-2017

Fri. March 24, 10 am    Chris Cambell

Fri. April 21, 10 Silly Goose & Val

Join us for a lively introduction to the arts for little ones.  Each show is 45 minutes in length and geared for very young audiences.

Tickets are $5 for everyone ages 2 & up.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or online: 

Support our great local OM Schools! 
Oakland Mills
Howard County Police


Non-Emergency # 

If you See Something - Say Something. 

Local Oakland Mills Community Police Office  
phone for messages only, do not call this number in an emergency - 410-313-5805
OM Community Police Officer
Officer Luke Buchanan


Open the link below to report Street Light Outages. You must include the light pole number which is on a band affixed to the pole:

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more Scam Alerts

Tax Time Tips 
Check out all there is to know about Howard County  by clicking the icon below.  

Support Oakland Mills Merchants

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Click on the link below for a complete listing of all OM Merchants and Businesses. 
See Click

See Click Fix is an interactive web site for Howard County residents to report issues to the County.  Issues include, but are not limited to roadway issues, missing street signs or fallen street signs, street tree issues, potholes, cracked sidewalks etc. 
Basically if something on a county right-of-way or public road or sidewalk looks "out of whack" please use this site to report it.

THIS IS NOT a site for 911 emergencies or police or fire issues. 

Little Free Library
Stop by the 
Little Free Library

Located just outside the Other Barn next to the Courtyard.  It's open 24/7!

Our Oakland Mills Little Free Library is a very popular destination in the village center.
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The Other Barn
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OMCA Meetings and Important Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
To Contact the OM Board click HERE

Oakland Mills Feasibility Study of the Oakland Mills Village Center and Surrounding Area -  
For information follow this
The Oakland Mills Board meets the 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month at The Other Barn at 7:00 p.m.

The next OM Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn.

Please note that the April 11th OM Board meeting has been postponed and rescheduled for Tues. April 18th at 7:00 p.m.

OMCA Committee Meetings  - Everyone welcome!

March 28, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.:  Oakland Mills Education Committee will meet with Dr. Bess Altwerger, HCPSS Board of Education Vice-Chair and the BOE representative to the Oakland Mills cluster schools. 

The Neighborhood Enhancement Advisory Committee has been canceled for March 28 so that committee members can attend the Education Committee.  Next NEAC meeting will be held on Tues. April 18th at 6:00 p.m.

Farewell Road Street Calming - Organization Meeting 
The next meeting will be on March 20th at 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn.

For a list of committees and committee chairs click  HERE. 
View past OMCA board meeting minutes HERE. 

Resident Architecture Committee (RAC) 
The next RAC meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 at The Other Barn.  Sign in begins at 7:00 p.m. 
A list of application for the February 16 meeting will be listed HERE.
RAC meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. 
If you would like to file an online complaint about a property in Oakland Mills follow this LINK.  
Covenant Advisors' Corner
Residents are reminded to please comply with the Village Covenants. As spring approaches, we wish to ask you to particularly be aware of the following:


Trash cans and recycle bins and yard debris- Please put these out the night before or the morning of pick up and bring them back promptly. The covenants state: "If trash or other refuse is to be disposed of by being picked up and carried away on a regular and recurring basis, containers may be placed in the open, on any day that a pick-up is to be made, at such place on the Lot so as to provide access to persons making such pick-up. At all other times such containers shall be stored in such a manner so that they cannot be seen from adjacent and surrounding property".


Please be aware that Howard County no longer picks up leaves and other yard debris that is in plastic bags. Paper bags or reusable containers are required. The curb side collection is currently suspended for the winter and starts back up on the first recycle collection day in April. However, yard debris can be put out on the regular trash pick-up days until the yard debris recycling pickups resume.   For more information, go to:

Covenant Adviors' Contact Information is listed to the left side of page under Contact OMCA.
Oakland Mills Elections
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Oakland Mills Community Association holds an annual village election for the Board of Directors and Columbia Council Representative.

A Candidate Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn.  This is YOUR opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. 

The following are the nine candidates for the seven open OM Board of Directors Seats.  Candidates are listed below in the random order that they were selected in by the Election Monitor Committee Chairs:
Paul Verchinski, Phil Anderson, Paul Wisniewski,
Jonathan Edelson, Bill McCormack Jr., Judy Gottsagen, Kathryn (Kay) Wisniewski, Lynn-Steven Engelke,
Jill Edelson

One candidate is running for the one open Columbia Council Representative (CCR) Seat. There will be no vote required. This is a non-contested race and the OM Board of Directors shall appoint the candidate to the position of Columbia Council Representative for the term provided for in Article 9, section 9, of the Association's Articles of Incorporation.
Candidate for CCR:  Virginia (Ginny) Thomas

An election mailing including a return ballot and envelope will be mailed to each property in Oakland Mills in late March/early April.

Jazz in the Mills Proudly Announces the 2017 Season
UPCOMING SHOW: Sun. March 26th
Jazz in the Mills 2017 Announces the 2017 Season's Performers and Show Dates  
Show Dates and Performers:

March 26: Reginald Cyntje Group 
June 25th: Miles Griffith Quartet
Sept. 17th: Thad Wilson Orchestra
  featuring Alison Crockett
Dec. 3rd: Holiday Jazz Extravaganza welcome back by popular demand Shirleta Settles ($35)

Tickets for the March, June and Sept. shows are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  December ticket price is $35 in advance and $40 at the door and includes a buffet.  Purchase the entire series and save $10. Series tickets are $85 for all four shows and are available for sale at The Other Barn. 

Reginald Cyntje Group 
Sunday, March 26, 5 - 7:30 p.m.

"From the Virgin Islands, this passionate performer has deep seated knowledge of Caribbean music and culture that has settled into his jazz trombone playing." (NPR Music) 

Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Ms. Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association.  Tickets can be purchased at The Other Barn or
Series tickets (4 shows)  available at The Other Barn.
Snacks and beverages for sale.  No refunds or replacement of lost tickets.  For more information contact Lavenia Nesmith at 301-596-5128, or
Renew. Rehab. Replace
Rethinking Columbia's Lawns and Gardens
Renew. Rehab. Replace
Rethinking Columbia's Lawns and Gardens

What:  Workshop #3, final in a series for new & long time residents 
When:  Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 
Where: The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village  
Why:  As Columbia nears its 50th birthday, what are the ways we can honor and build on our city's past by keeping our communities attractive, livable, and responsive to changes in how families live today?  Both new and long-time residents will be inspired by this 3-hour workshop as we explore some 21st century landscaping ideas and take a fresh look at Columbia's 40-50 year old yards.

Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association Board of Directors, the Oakland Mills Neighborhood Enhancement Advisory Committee, and Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration.

Free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to 
Searching For Spring Egg Hunt ~ April 1, 2017
Searching For Spring at the
Columbia SportsPark

Saturday, April 1, 2017 
10:00 am - 11:30 am 
Crafts, Balloons, Egg Hunt and Turner "Dean of Magic"

For Children Ages 2 - 8 
Advance tickets required for this FREE event. 
Tickets are for Columbia Lien-paying residents only.

Tickets available at The Other Barn.
For information contact Brigitta Warren at
POSIES in a POT - A Master Gardener Presentation
Wed. April 5, 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn
Going Green

Posies in a Pot
Wed. April 5, 7:00 p.m. at
The Other Barn

When properly planted, a pot of blooming flowers can brighten your outdoor environment throughout the growing season.  Learn about the variety of containers, types of soil and nutrients, suitable plants, and colorful uses of container gardens.

Free program.  Registration is preferred.  Please contact Brigitta Warren at or call 410-730-4610 to register.

Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association.  
Events Around Town
CLICK on the links below to access detailed information.

Breathe Deep - Columbia 5K Walk to end Lung Cancer 
Sat. April 22, Downtown Columbia Lakefront Plaza
  Click HERE for details. 
Jazz in the Mills at The Other Barn - see above

Columbia Festival of The Arts:
Judy Collins' return performance in Columbia, Maryland, will be on April 1, 2017 at the James Rouse Theatre, presented by your Columbia Festival of the Arts.

In celebration of Wilde Lake's 50th birthday, Gail Holliday, well known for her posters of Columbia landmarks, will exhibit original posters from the 70's in the Lobby Gallery, titled "Portraying Columbia: Gail Holliday: The Early Years." Fern Eisner will have an exhibit in the Bill White Room Gallery, "Then and Now", which includes photographs of Wilde Lake scenes in the 70's and the same scenes as they look today. Ms. Holiday's exhibit will be on display March 30 - June 13; Ms. Eisner's photos will be on display March 30 - May 6.

Sunday's At Three
Chamber Music Series

The largest and fastest growing choral music program for older adults in the country!

Columbia's 50th Birthday Celebration
Opening Ceremony
Be a part of Columbia's 50th Birthday Opening Ceremony!

Sunday, March 19, 11 am - 4 pm
The Mall in Columbia
11 am - Opening Ceremony
11:30 am - Mall-wide entertainment

Visit Columbia's 50th for complete details.
Click HERE
Columbia Association News & Events

CA Headquarters and CA Member Services Office: 
6310 Hillside Court
Columbia, MD  21046
CA main number: 410-715-3000
Member Service number: 410-730-1801

For a complete listing of Columbia Association programs and events visit the CA webpage:

Enhancing Columbia as an inclusive and welcome community.  Be a part of the dialogue.  Sessions begin in the Spring with registration through March 28th. 
Homeowner Resource Guide Available on OM Website

The Oakland Mills Community Association is pleased to able to offer a Homeowner Resource Guide which is now available on our website at and at The Other Barn.

This information in the guide is current as of January, 2017, but the information provided within, may change without notice to OMCA.  OMCA does not promote or endorse any of the resources listed, this guide is only to be a service to the community.

If you have questions, please contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610 or