OM eNews     February 3, 2021
Oakland Mills Community Association
  
News about the community we live in and information of importance and interest
Highlights In This Issue
Upcoming Events

CALL AHEAD or CHECK EMAILS and FACEBOOK to find out the status of meetings and events.
Feb. 6th, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
OMHS Food Pantry Drive outside The Other Barn
Feb. 8th - Howard County Vaccination Town Hall
Feb. 9th
6:00 p.m. Board Interview of Vacant Seat Candidates
7:00 p.m. OMCA Board Meeting (online)
Feb. 16th
OMCA Board Elections Candidate Packets Available
Feb. 23rd
6:00 p.m. Education Committee
7:00 p.m. OMCA Board Meeting (online)
Contact Us
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Call Us!
410-730-4610

Websites: 
 
Please contact us by email until the doors to the Other Barn open.  
 
Sandy Cederbaum 
Village Manager
 
 Brigitta Warren
Facility and Event
Coordinator 
 
Amy Carpenter 
Administrative Assistant 
 
Covenant Advisors:
 Karina Caico 
(Property Concern Issues)
propertyconcerns@oaklandmills.org

Sandy Cederbaum
(temporary Covenant Advisor)
(Exterior Alteration Applications)
(Letters of Covenant Compliance)  
 
Contact Board Members here.
Support our OM Merchants
Visit the OM Website for a complete list of merchants and businesses.
  
All Oakland Mills merchants are open and would love your support! 
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Lucky's China Inn 410-997-5454
Vennari's Pizza 410-884-8500
Pizzaman 410-992-9553
Sams Mart 410-992-0300
Little Caesars 410-730-2100
Dunkin' 443-472-6140
Laundry Force Laundromat
Celebrate Life's Events at 


We are excited to announce that The Other Barn has all new wood floors upstairs in our Loft and new carpet throughout the downstairs. Our fresh, updated space is available for hosting your next event. If you are interested and would like to tour the facility, please contact Brigitta Warren, Facility Coordinator, at events@oaklandmills.org for more information. 
Tours are by appointment only.
 
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 Oakland Mills Schools
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OMO Online

Visit OMO! One CLICK opens the door to become engaged in a community-based, multi-generational social learning environment.
Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer
 
CPL. Roberto Lopez

For emergencies call
911
 
For Non-Emergencies call
410-313-2200



Howard County Virtual Portal
For Covid-19 disaster and emergency assistance as well as resources for residents and businesses.

Feb. 8th, Vaccination
Town Hall
Virtual Event

Covid-19 County Updates
Little Free Library 
at The Other Barn
While we are away.....
The free little library is open to the public.  While our OM librarian is away please feel free to continue to leave a book and take a book so that OM can continue to enjoy reading and sharing. 

Please remember that only books that you would find at the HoCo Library should be left in our library and be appropriate in nature.   
Oakland Mills Nursery School
at the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center
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Contact OMNS to learn more about enrollment for the upcoming 2021-2022 nursery school year. 
Howard County Council Contact Info
Oakland Mills is located in Council District 2 and represented by Opel Jones. 
 
District 1 - Liz Walsh Website 
District 2 - Opel Jones Website 
District 3 - Christiana Mercer Rigby
District 4 - Deb Jung Website 
District 5 - David Yungmann Website 
See Click Fix
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. 
 
THIS IS NOT a site for 911 emergencies or police or fire issues.
Howard County Recycling
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) special collection dates:
Feb. 6th & March 6th
Alpha Ridge Landfill
2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville
Residents using the HHW program are required to show their drivers licenses as proof of residence in Howard County. For information about what types of items are accepted/not accepted, click HERE. Regular Saturday HHW collection will resume in April.

Regular Trash Collection will continue on President's Day. No sliding schedule.

Need a Place to Donate Your Books?
Check out HoCo Recycling's newest book recycling drop-off at the Alpha Ridge Residents' Convenience Center. All books will be redistributed to support local literacy efforts or recycled or resold depending on condition.
welcOMe
to your new hOMe!
New to the neighborhood? Welcome hOMto Oakland Mills!  We'd love to virtually welcome you to OM. Please email manager@oaklandmills.org and we'll send you all of the great info you need to feel right at hOMe!
Department of Public Works Notification System
Get email alerts for water outages, sanitary sewer overflows, and other general utility information. To sign up, click HERE.. For more information about County services
visit 
www.howardcountymd.gov/
Please remember to pick up after your pets!
Please clean up after your pets. More folks than ever are using our beautiful paths. Please don't leave anything behind.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Beds for Children in Need
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a charity that builds beds for kids who don't have their own. If your child or a child you know is sleeping on the floor, a sofa, an air mattress, or with other siblings or parents, you can request a bed by visiting www.shpbeds.org/request-bed or emailing md-howardco@shpbeds.org. SHP delivers the bunks/single beds along with new mattresses, pillows, sheets, and comforters.
Thank You from the OMHS Food Pantry
On Jan. 23rd, The Other Barn held a donation drive for the OMHS Food Pantry. The following was sent to the Oakland Mills cOMmunity:

I want to take a minute to just say THANK YOU for your amazing donation! We essentially cleared our shelves at our last food distribution, so your donation will give us a huge start on collecting for February. 
Again, THANK YOU!
Ashleigh Magrin
OMHS Food Pantry Coordinator

**The Other Barn will be holding another OMHS Food Pantry donation this Saturday, Feb. 6th. See the donation drive box below for more info.
OMCA Information Relating to Covid-19
Reach OMCA During Regular Business Hours:
We continue to work remotely. Please note that some staff have reduced hours so our response time may be a bit delayed. Staff contact info:
Architectural Covenant Processes:
For up to date information regarding the Covenant Process please read the Covenant Tab on the Oakland Mills website.
 
Review important information pertaining to Exterior Alteration Applications here.
OMCA Board Meetings 
and Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
The OM Board will continue to meet virtually until further notice.
 
Upcoming Board Meetings: 
Feb. 9th
6:00 p.m. Board interview of vacant seat candidates
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting
Feb. 23rd, 7:00 p.m.

Agendas for upcoming board meetings are posted four days prior on this page. Past board meeting minutes can also be found on this page. 
 
To contact the OM Board click here.

OMCA Education Committee
The next OMCA Education Committee meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, Feb. 23rd at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome, click HERE for meeting link. 

Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)
The RAC meets virtually the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The next RAC meeting is February 4th. Meeting information and a list of applications can be found here.
 
Property Concerns:
Please email Karina Caico, covenant advisor for property concerns, at propertyconcerns@oaklandmills.org if you have a concern about your property or another property in Oakland Mills.
2021-22 OMCA Board Elections
2021-22 OMCA Board Elections
This year Oakland Mills will hold an all mail-in ballot election. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and the concern for the safety of our residents, staff, and volunteers.  
All seven seats on the OMCA Board and one Columbia Board of Directors (Columbia Council Rep) seats are open and each serve a one year term.
 
Please review the OMCA Election Information on the Oakland Mills  website.  Those interested in running for a seat can download a candidate packet beginning February 16, 2021. If you have questions or would like additional election information please email
OMHS Food Pantry Donation Drive

Saturday, Feb. 6th
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
at The Other Barn
5851 Robert Oliver Place

Bins will be located outside the front entrance.* OMCA staff will take donations inside and then deliver them to the OMHS food pantry.

Donations will be used for the next OMHS Food Pantry
distribution on February 24th.
 
While we are happy to accept any and all non-perishable food donations, we are especially in need of:
  • raisins
  • jelly
  • peanut butter
  • soup (not chicken noodle)
  • canned veggies
  • lunch snacks
  • juice
  • cereal
  • rice
  • canned/dried fruit
  • diapers (size 5 & 6)
  • Wipes
If you're more comfortable shopping online, please feel free to utilize our linked Amazon wish list.
 
Financial donations are also accepted and are used to buy fresh produce and bread to distribute on the day of distribution each month, as well as high-need items prior to distribution.
 
*Please remember when dropping off donations to please wear your mask and maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
 
Columbia Association's 50/50 Survey Program
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Does your land abut CA Open Space? Then you could qualify to have CA pay for half of your home's boundary survey!

To ensure accurate installation of exterior alterations within your property boundaries, a survey of your property can be done. In order to assist with that effort and to prevent encroachments onto CA Open Space, the 50/50 Survey Program was created. CA now offers a discounted survey for community members who own property adjacent to CA Open Space.
 
Email RealEstateServices@ColumbiaAssoication.org for more information and to take advantage of this program!
Services & Volunteering
Columbia Community Care
Free food and goods for those in need. Volunteers and donations welcome.
Wednesdays:
Volunteers and donation drop off: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Line opens for guests: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays:
Volunteers and donation drop off: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Line opens for guests: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
Location:
Stevens Forest Neighborhood Center (6061 Stevens Forest Rd, next to Stevens Forest Elementary School). Other locations available.
For more info, click HERE.

OMHS Food Pantry
Feb. 24th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For pick up procedures and info on donating, click HERE.

Energy Assistance
Energy assistance through Community Action Council. If you or someone you know is in need, visit the CAC website for more info.

Howard County Multiservice Center Food Pantry
9900 Washington Blvd, Suite 1, Laurel
Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Third Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
More info: English, Spanish

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals once a week for seniors, as well as support and safety-net services. To learn more about services or to donate/volunteer, click HERE.

Howard County Virtual Portal
Covid-19 disaster and emergency assistance resources and info HERE.

The Village in Howard
The Village in Howard is a member-based community of Howard County residents 55 and older. Membership benefits enable members to actively age in place. 

Howard County Directory of Behavioral Services for Youth
Many youth are facing mental health challenges during this time. Click HERE for a thorough list of providers and services.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
6700 Freetown Road, Columbia
Call: 410-531-6677 or 410-531-6006 
24 Hour Hotline: 2-1-1 
Telephone counseling, free walk-in counseling, emergency shelter for the homeless, a 24-hour suicide hotline, Mobile Crisis Team, and a Runaway Teen Program that provides crisis intervention for runaway youth and their families. All services are free. Marylanders with mental health or substance use issues are encouraged to "Call 211 and Press One" to reach help.
Events Online & Around Town
Howard County Drug & Alcohol Family Online Forum
Feb. 18th, 7:00 p.m.
March 18th, 7:00 p.m.

Howard County Arts Council 
Exhibits (available online and in person)
Gallery I: HoCo Open (through Feb. 20th)
Gallery II: Traces (through Feb. 27th)
Columbia Association 
News & Events
CA Headquarters and CA Member Services Office:
Please call or email.  Most CA staff work remotely and the CA Member Service Center is accessible by phone.  
6310 Hillside Court
Columbia, MD 21046
CA main number: 410-715-3000
Member Service number: 410-730-1801
 
CA Covid-19 Safety Updates
Information on openings and closings HERE
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Youth and Teen Center @TheBarn
The Youth and Teen Center remains closed due to COVID-19. 
For more information, call 410-992-3726 or email CA.Teens@ColumbiaAssociation.org. 
New Stormwater Runoff Management Website
Stormwater runoff is a serious problem that is affected by all properties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including yours! Rainwater that falls on roofs, driveways, and other hard surfaces does not have the opportunity to absorb into the ground and thus becomes stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff picks up pollutants on the ground such as oil from our cars or fertilizers on our lawns, and washes them into storm drains and directly into our local waterways. This pollution flows through our local stream and creeks, into the Middle Patuxent River, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay, all while harming each ecosystem along its journey. 

With the help of Howard EcoWorks, River Hill High School junior Chloe Hoffmeister, who interned at Howard EcoWorks as part of the Intern/Mentor course at her school, has developed a website where you can learn how to improve the stormwater management on your property through small, medium, and large actions. Visit https://sites.google.com/view/hoco-runoff to find out what you can do to help!

Howard EcoWorks is a local nonprofit organization based in Columbia, MD whose mission is to empower an under-served workforce to respect and restore our natural systems for future generations. EcoWorks has installed more than 120 small best management practices (BMPs) throughout Howard County, including rain gardens, conservation landscapes, native tree plantings, rain barrels, and more.