OM eNews     January 20, 2020
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.
Jan. 21st 7:30 p.m.
RAC Virtual Meeting
Jan. 23rd, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
OMHS Food Pantry Donation Drive outside The Other Barn
Jan. 26th
6:00 p.m. Education Committee Meeting (online)
7:00 p.m. OMCA Board Meeting (online)
Feb. 9th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Board Meeting (online)
Contact Us
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Call Us!

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

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! 
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
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 for more information. 
Tours are by appointment only.
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 Oakland Mills Schools

Generation Write Now!
Creative Writing & Publishing Program
February 1-19, Mondays & Fridays
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Turning kids into authors and authors into legacies! Hosted by the Oakland Mills Leadership Team. More info and registration HERE.
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
For Non-Emergencies call

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

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
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.
to your new hOMe!
New to the neighborhood? Welcome hOMto Oakland Mills!  We'd love to virtually welcome you to OM. Please email 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
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 or emailing SHP delivers the bunks/single beds along with new mattresses, pillows, sheets, and comforters.
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: 
January 26th, 7:00 p.m.
February 9th, 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, January 26th 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 January 21st. Meeting information and a list of applications can be found here.
  Click HERE for link. 
Property Concerns:
Please email Karina Caico, covenant advisor for property concerns, at if you have a concern about your property or another property in Oakland Mills.
Open OM Board Seat
The Oakland Mills Board of Directors is seeking a qualified Oakland Mills resident who is eager to serve this community for the current board term which runs through April 30, 2021.   
Meeting in the evening on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month, the Village Board is deeply involved in many issues that are crucial to Oakland Mills, including maintaining architectural standards, education related issues, housing related issues, public and open space throughout Oakland Mills, and continued viability of the Village Center area, to name just a few.  We also support our village staff in looking for ways to welcome newcomers and engage all residents. 
Board members interact frequently with county and state representatives, as well as county department heads and other officials.

Based on the dedication of its residents, Oakland Mills has earned a reputation as one of the most active and involved of all the Columbia villages, but to do that we need a fully seated seven member Board. The current term ends on April 30, 2021.
If you feel you have something to contribute email a letter of interest to Village Manager Sandy Cederbaum at by January 27, 2021. If you have questions or would like to know more about serving on the board please contact a current board member or the Village Manager.  Board member and village manager contact information can be found on the Oakland Mills website on the contact us page.  

Since Village Board members also serve as members of the Architectural Committee, they must be in compliance with Village Architectural Covenants if they are property owners (contact Sandy Cederbaum at for details on how to start the architectural compliance process for board members).
CA Virtual Town Hall

You can join the CA Virtual Town Hall via Zoom or catch the livestream on YouTube. Registration is encouraged to help CA best field your questions. Plus, CA will send you reminders to help you remember to tune in.
OMHS Food Pantry Donation Drive
Saturday, Jan. 23rd
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 January 27th.

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
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 for more information and to take advantage of this program!
Snow Shovelers  - Add your name to a list of "available shovelers"!
It's wintertime again, and OMCA is putting together a list of people who are willing to shovel snow. If you're interested in being on the list, email Sandy Cederbaum at with your name, neighborhood, and email/phone
***This will only be a list of available snow shovelers. OMCA does not endorse nor take responsibility for the snow shoveling or any arrangements that are made between individuals and snow shovelers.
Services & Volunteering
Columbia Community Care
Free food and goods for those in need. Volunteers and donations welcome.
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.
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
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
January 27th, 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
Jan. 21st, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 18th, 7:00 p.m.
March 18th, 7:00 p.m.

Howard County Family Institute Free Online Workshops
Selecting High Quality Child Care
Jan. 26th
12:00 to 12:30 p.m., Register HERE.
7:00 to 7:30 p.m., Register HERE.
Click HERE to access the Family Institute's "Parents Pages" for more info on workshops and resources.

Howard County Arts Council 
Virtual Reception
Jan. 22nd, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Exhibits (available online and in person)
Gallery I: HoCo Open (through Feb. 20th)
Gallery II: Traces (through Feb. 27th)
CA Aquatics Now Hiring

More info HERE.
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

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