OM eNews                  September 24, 2018
Oakland Mills Community Association
News about the community we live in and information of importance and interest
Highlights In This Issue

Upcoming Events and Programs
at The Other Barn
September 25th
6:00 p.m. Education Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting
October 6th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OM Fall Festival
October 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Board Meeting
October 15th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Board of Education Candidates Forum
October 16th, 10:00 a.m.
Coffee with a Cop
October 26th, 10:00 a.m.
Lively Arts: Mr. Skip
Contact Us
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Office Hours  
Mon - Thurs 
9:00 am - 8:30 pm 
9:00 am - 4:30 pm 
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sandy Cederbaum 
Village Manager
  Brigitta Warren 
Facility and Event
Amy Carpenter 
Administrative Assistant 
Covenant Advisors:
Property Concern Issues
Carrie Wenholz
(Exterior Alteration Applications)
office hours: Tues - Thurs 11 - 4 
Tom Dudek
(Letters of Compliance)

Jonathan Edelson
OM Board Chair
Click on this  LINK  
to contact Oakland Mills Board Members.
Howard County Recycling
Visit What Should I Do With...? to fin d out how to dispose of  specific items .
OM Garden Flags and Magnets for Sale
Available for purchase at the Other Barn

Flags are $10 each
Flag holder is $5 each
Magnets are $2 each

Please bring a check or correct amount of money. (No credit card purchases please.)
Celebrate Life's Events at 

Contact Brigitta Warren, Facility Coordinator, for details about renting this venue!

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Updated Oakland Mills Homeowners Resource Guide
The Oakland Mills website now has an updated Homeowners Resource Guide. Click here to see!
Support Oakland Mills Schools!
Click on the school name to link to the school's website.
Nursery Co-Op located in Oakland Mills
Located in the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center
Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer
PFC Roberto Lopez

For emergencies call

If You See Something, Say Something

For Non-Emergencies call
Other Useful Contact Info:
General info: 410-313-3200 or

Anonymous tips: 410-313-STOP or

Drug activity tips: 410-290-DRUG or

Gang activity tips:


Howard County's 50+ EXPO
October 19th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wilde Lake High School 
5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia
$1.00 Admission 

Click link below for scam alerts:

New Federal Law Enhances Credit Freezes and Fraud Alert Protections
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.
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
Report Broken Cable Boxes

Verizon has set up a special email for Oakland Mills residents to report damaged cable boxes. More info.
Please report broken and abandoned cable boxes by emailing:
For further information please visit the Oakland Mills website

REPORT Broken/Abandoned VERIZON boxes:
Howard County Recycling:
EZ Pass Disposal
E-ZPass transponders have lithium batteries inside that require proper disposal. Instead of the trash, you should return your old transponder(s) to one of the E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers listed below, where drop boxes will be located (Service Center addresses HERE):

Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895)
Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95)
Bay Bridge (US 50/301)
John F Kennedy Hwy (I-95)
Hatem Bridge (US 40)
Nice Bridge (US 301)

In addition, you can drop off your old E-ZPass on Household Hazardous Waste Days (Saturdays, April-November) at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville).
Support Our OM Merchants!
Little Free Library at 
The Other Barn

Stop by our Little Free Library and browse through our selection of books. If you see one you like, please take it and enjoy!  The Little Free Library was established to foster the love of reading.
Please remember to pick up after your pets!
Internet Essentials 
program for low-income families
Comcast offers low-priced internet and computers for families in need. Click HERE for more information.
Medicare Public Education Seminars
Click here for the September to January class schedule. Classes available for both new enrollees and those who have Medicare but want to deepen their understanding. Also, available for anyone, a seminar on using Medicare's Plan Finder. 
Community Forum on the Opioid Health Crisis
Oct. 24th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Slayton House,   
10400 Cross Fox Lane, 
Help End the Opiod Epidemic and Save a Life! Wilde Lake Community Association Health and Wellness Committee will present a Panel of Experts to discuss how the opioid helath crisis is impacting our community.  More info and registration.
OMCA Board Meetings 
and Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors  
Upcoming Board Meetings:   
September 25, 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting
October 9, 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting
All Board meetings are at The Other Barn. Agendas for upcoming Board meetings are posted 6 days prior on this PAGE.  

View past Board meeting minutes HERE 
To contact the OM Board click HERE
   Board of Directors Facebook
   Discussion Page: 
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OM Education Committee
Meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn. 
Next meeting: September 25th, 6:00 p.m. 
BWI Roundtable 
Regional committee addressing airplane noise issues.
Please visit the  BWI Roundtable committee tab  on the Oakland Mills website for updated information. If you have questions or would like details, please contact Paul Verchinski, Roundtable Committee and OM Board Member at  
Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)
The RAC meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The next RAC meeting will be held on  Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m. at the Other Barn. Sign-in begins at 7:00 p.m. A list of applications for the meeting can be found here .

Oakland Mills Board Accepting Donation Requests from Non-Profit 501C (3) Organizations
Each year the Oakland Mills Community Association sets aside funds in the annual budget for donations to non-profit 501C (3) organizations including schools and qualifying groups. The board will review requests and consider donations that will be used to benefit the common good of the Oakland Mills Community.
PROCEDURE:  Please review the attached Oakland Mills Community Association Policy - OMCA DONATION POLICY 
October 15th:  Donation requests must be made in writing and submitted to the Oakland Mills Board of Directors no later than October 15th of each year.  See attached policy for submission details.
October 23, 2018:  The Oakland Mills Board will review all donation requests at the Oakland Mills Board of Directors meeting.  This is an open meeting.    
November 13, 2018:  The Oakland Mills Board will vote on the requests at the Oakland Mills Board of Directors meeting.  This is an open meeting.  
All donation will be made in a fair and equitable manner.   
If you have any questions please email Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager at  
Oakland Mills Fall Festival

Board of Education Candidates Forum
Board of Education Candidates Forum
Monday, October 15th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
at the Other Barn

Meet candidates for the BOE, hear their views on topics of importance to our co mmunity, audience Q & A will be part of the forum.
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association's Education Committee and facilitated by the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center of Howard County.
Questions?  Email
SFES Fundraiser with the Harlem Wizards
Wednesday, October 17th, 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Mills High School
J oin the SFES PTA on October 17th as our amazing Oakland Mills teachers compete against the professional Wizards for a game full of laughs, tricks, and stunts.   Tickets are available online and start at $10*.

*If available, tickets will be sold at the door: $12 for students and $15 for adults.
Coffee with a Cop
Lively Arts: Mr. Skip
Jazz in the Mills 2018
Jazz in the Mills presents: Miles Griffith Quartet
Sunday, December 2nd, 5:00-8:00 PM
The Other Barn
$35 Advance/$40 Door (includes Buffet/Desserts)
This native New Yorker favors a hard swinging, aggressive full bodied vocal style whether he is scatting, interpreting standards, or performing his own songs.
Purchase tickets at The Other Barn or . N o refunds, no replacement of lost tickets.
For more information, contact either Lavenia Nesmith at
(301) 596-5128,
or Sandy Cederbaum at (410) 730-4610,

Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Ms. Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association
OM's 50th Birthday

Stay up to date on what's happening this year as Oakland Mills celebrates its 50th Birthday! Visit or our special Oakland Mills 50th Birthday Facebook page.

Oakland Mills...What Columbia was meant to be!
Columbia Ice Rink
Need a cool place to beat the summer heat? The  Columbia Ice Rink (5876 Thunder Hill Road) is NOW OPEN!

Learn to Skate sessions:
Fall Session:  September 5-October 21 

Hockey Program: 
September 8-October 20 
Events Around Town
CLICK on the links below to access detailed information.

Jazz and The Mills will return on September 16th at The Other Barn.  See the box above for information on the next concert. For a listing of the 2018 Season  CLICK HERE .

Columbia Families in Nature (CFIN)
Registration is required for all events on the CFIN  website or via  Facebook.

Undesign the Redline Interactive Exhibit
Now through December 31st
Howard County Public Library Central Branch
Begin at Lakefront Plaza in downtown Columbia
Featuring Live Music and Festive Post-Race Activities. For more info and to register, click  HERE.

Used Book Fair
September 30th  9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia
Cash and Check Donations Only
Mini Maker Faire 
October 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth-a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. For more information, click HERE. 
Skill Share Fair, Repair Café, & Tool Swap

26th Annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure 
October 13th
Race village opens at 7:00 a.m., race begins at 9:00 a.m.
Columbia Gateway
Register or donate HERE. Save $5 with the code BEMORE18

Africa Culture Fest
October 14th, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Miller Branch, Howard County Public Library
9421 Fredrick Rd., Ellicott City
Enjoy a free afternoon of African music, dance performances and displays celebrating the countries and cultures highlighted in the movie Black Panther as well as others on the African continent. Call 410-715-3162 for more information.

Howard County Poetry and Literature Society Presents
Ordinary Wonder: Three Poets On Writing and RealityMichael Collier, Elizabeth Spires, and David Yezzi
October 26th, 7:30 p.m.
Monteabaro Recital Hall at the
Horowitz Center for the Performing Arts
Howard Community College

The Meeting House Gallery - Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

Sundays At Three -  Chamber Music Series

The largest and fastest growing choral music program for older adults in the country!
Oakland Mills Farmers' Market
Sundays,  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Village Center
Featuring the season's freshest locally grown produce, baked goods, fruits, flowers, transplants, organically grown produce and specialty items.

For market information and a list of vendors visit the Howard County Farmers Market
Exploring Columbia on Foot 
Columbia Association's (CA) series of outdoor walks explores the lakes, streams, woodlands and wildlife of Columbia. Each walk is about two miles long, with four to five stops along the way. Registration is not required.

The walks are led by award-winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who guides discussions on the nature, history and future of these wonderful outdoor settings, including the plans for them and challenges they may face in the near future. 
All walks begin at 10 a.m. The schedule includes:
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: .
Earlier start times for upcoming CA Board of Directors work sessions and meetings
Columbia Association's (CA) Board of Directors will hold several upcoming work sessions and meetings at 7pm - half an hour earlier than usual - due to the anticipated amount of time needed to cover agenda items.
The list of CA Board work sessions and meetings that will convene at 7pm are:
  • Thursday, September 27 - CA Board meeting
  • Thursday, October 11 - CA Board work session
  • Thursday, October 25 - CA Board meeting
  • Thursday, November 8 - CA Board work session and CA Board meeting
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, CA's Board of Directors will also hold a meeting on Thursday, November 8 after the preceding work session concludes. The anticipated start time for the meeting is 9:30pm. 
For more information on CA's Board of Directors, please visit

CA BikeAbout Seeking Volunteers!
Saturday, September 29th
CA is looking for a few Oakland Mills residents who can be stationed at a stop in Oakland Mills and provide historical information about the village. CA will provide information but seeks individuals to interact with riders and talk about historical information on Oakland Mills.  Follow this LINK to sign up.
Click HERE for more information about this year's BikeAbout.
Next Solor Information Session

Youth and Teen Center @TheBarn

Youth & Teen Center Open House
TONIGHT, September 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia
Come out and meet the Youth and Teen Center (YTC) staff and community partners. Enjoy making crafts, cooking demos and more. Register for the YTC's Drop-In Recreation and Enrichment Program, and sign up for YTC clubs, events and committees.  Light refreshments will be served.

16th annual Hear My Voice Teen Day & Columbia Teen Idol Competition
You could be Columbia's next Teen Idol! The competition is open to Howard County performers in grades six through 12. No music is necessary for the auditions. Note: Explicit lyrics are not permitted.

  • September 26th at 6:30 p.m. at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia
  • September 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Lord & Taylor at The Mall in Columbia
Register to audition by visiting Top performers will advance to the semifinals; the date and location will be announced later. The finale will be held on Sunday, October 14th at 3 p.m. at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront.
The Choice Jobs Program
The Choice Jobs Program prepares Maryland's youth for the
work world. The program utilizes a supported employment model
that delivers community-based vocational services that include a
job readiness curriculum, individualized service planning, and
supported job placement. For more information, click HERE.
For more information, call 410-992-3726 or email 
YTC@TheBarn Calendar of Events 
Have a wonderful day!