OM eNews                  February 27, 2019
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
March 4, 6:30 p.m. Information session for those interested in serving on the OMCA Board  
March 12th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Board Meeting
March 17th, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Jazz in the Mills
March 22nd, 10:00 a.m.
Lively Arts: Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars
March 26th
6:00 p.m. OMCA Education Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. OMCA Board Meeting 
Contact Us
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Call Us!
410-730-4610

Send a Fax 
410-730-4620

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Office Hours
 
*Please note that we will be closed some weeknights at 5 p.m.  Please call before stopping by. 

Mon - Thurs 
9:00 am - 8:00 pm   
Friday 
9:00 am - 4:30 pm 
Saturday 
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sandy Cederbaum 
Village Manager
 
  Brigitta Warren 
Facility and Event
Coordinator 
 
Amy Carpenter 
Administrative Assistant 
 
Covenant Advisors:
 
Karina Caico 
(Property Concern Issues)
office hours:  Mon, Wed, Thurs. 9 - 5
Carrie Wenholz
(Exterior Alteration Applications)
office hours: Tues - Thurs 11 - 4 
Tom Dudek
(Letters of Compliance)
office hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs  
9:30 - 12:30  

Jonathan Edelson
OM Board Chair
 
Click on this  LINK  
to contact Oakland Mills Board Members.
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Support our OM Merchants
 
Visit the OM Website for a complete listing of merchants and businesses 
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410-997-5454
 
410-884-8500
 
997-0932
 

(443) 545-5844

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Sams Mart
992-0300

730-2100

Celebrate Life's Events at 


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

410-730-4610
 
Like me on Facebook  
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Support Oakland Mills Schools!
Click on the school name to link to the school's website.
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Nursery Co-Op located in Oakland Mills
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Located in the Talbott Springs Neighborhood Center

Located in the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center


Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer
PFC Roberto Lopez
RLopez@howardcountymd.gov

For emergencies call
9-1-1

If You See Something, Say Something

For Non-Emergencies call
410-313-2200
 
 
Other Useful Contact Info:
 
General info: 410-313-3200 or hcpd@howardcountymd.gov

Anonymous tips: 410-313-STOP or hcpdcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov

Drug activity tips: 410-290-DRUG or hcpdcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov

Gang activity tips: gangtips@howardcountymd.gov
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"Take the Call" Phone Survey

This is not a scam - please take this call from Howard County about your TV experience with Comcast and Verizon.
Comcast and Verizon are seeking
renewals of their cable franchise  agreements with Howard County.  Share your cable TV experience and
future needs  related to cable communications, even if you are not a customer, through the County's phone survey (if you are called). The Caller ID will read "HOCOCABLESURVEY."

Help Howard County better represent your needs and interests to the cable providers.

 
Click link below for scam alerts:

Constituent Coffee Series with Councilman Opel Jones
Thursday, March 7th, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Roggenart Baker & Coffee Shop
6476 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia

Deer Management Sharpshooting Program, February/March 2019
This program is different from the managed hunts. More info and schedule HERE.
Howard County Council Contact Info
The Howard County Council has five new Council Members. The links  below take you directly to the council members' webpages filled with  useful information including email addresses, bios, and links to sign up  for district email newsletters.
 
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.
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/
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:
cadmin@howardcountymd.gov
For further information please visit the Oakland Mills website
Howard County Recycling

Hazardous Household Waste special drop-off days: click HERE.
Free Tax Preparation 
At the Multi-Service Center (Laurel)
and Non-Profit Collaborative (Columbia).
For people with incomes less than $55,000/year. Click HERE for more info and to schedule an appointment. 
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.
Oakland Mills Homeowners Resource Guide
The Oakland Mills website now has a Homeowners Resource Guide. Click here to see!
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Please remember to pick up after your pets!
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Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Beds for Children in Need
Sleep in Heavenly Peace assembles and delivers bunk beds to children who would otherwise sleep on couches, blankets or even floors. For more info on requesting a bed and/or donating, click  HERE, call 410-746-8797, or email chuck.scudder@shpbeds.org.
OM Garden Flags, Magnets, and Commemorative Glasses for Sale
 
Makes a neat holiday gift! 
Available for purchase at the Other Barn

Flags: $10 each
Flag holder: $5 each
Commemorative Glasses: $5 each
Magnets: $2 each

Please bring a check or correct amount of money. (No credit card purchases please.)
OMCA Board Meetings 
and Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors   

Upcoming Board Meetings
March 12th, 7:00 p.m.
March 26th, 7:00 p.m.

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 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn.  Next meeting: March 26th, 6:00 p.m. 
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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  verchinski@yahoo.com.
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Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)
The RAC meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The next RAC meeting will be held on  Thursday, March 7th 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 .

OM Covenants Corner
Greetings, Oakland Mills residents, and welcome to the Covenants Corner!
 
Here are this week's Covenants Corner tips:
  • Snow and Ice Removal: Keep in mind, it is your responsibility to remove the snow on the sidewalk adjacent to your property as well as the driveway and apron, per County Code section 18.402(h) of the Howard County Code (http://bit.ly/1A1y4eE): "the owner of the property abutting a sidewalk in a public right-of-way is responsible for removing snow from the sidewalk within 48 hours after the snow has fallen." 
  • Gardens and Landscaping: Are you getting ready to plant your garden and landscape your lawn for spring? Do you know if you need to a apply for your new bird bath (yes you do!) or for your vegetable garden (maybe)? Take a minute to review the Architectural Guidelines (section 17 for gardens, 24 for landscaping). Still have questions? Contact Carrie Wenholz at applications@oaklandmills.org
  • Selling your home: Are you looking to sell your house this spring or summer? Obtaining a Letter of Compliance from the village office should be one of your first steps. Letters of Compliance can be requested by a seller or the sellers' real estate agent. More information can be found here.
If you have a specific question about any of these or other topics, email us at propertyconcerns@oaklandmills.org. Your question may be highlighted in a future issue of the e-news!
OM & CA Board 2019 Elections
NOW is the time to consider running for an OMCA Board Seat or the Columbia Council Seat (CA Board)
 
Please review the election page on the Oakland Mills website and note the important election calendar dates below.  
Avaialable now! Election packets/nomination petitions available at The Other Barn
Mon. March 4, 6:30 p.m. - Information session for serving on the OM Board  
Fri. March 15, 4 p.m. - deadline to submit nomination petition for Board or Columbia Council Seat (deliver to Other Barn by this deadline)  
* Covenant compliance is required for all serving on the OM Board. OMCA's Covenant Compliance Policy for board members is included in the Election Packet.
 
Questions - Please email manager@oaklandmills.org 
Lively Arts: Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars
Jazz in the Mills: Coniece Washington
Sunday, March 17th, 5:00 p.m.
at The Other Barn
$20 Advance/$25 Door

Celebrating the release of her CD in tribute to Shirley Horn.

Snacks and beverages for sale. No refunds, no replacement of lost tickets, no exceptions. 

Tickets available at The Other Barn  and  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4026210. For more information, call 410-730-4610 or email manager@oaklandmills.org or
lavenia_nesmith@comcast.com.

Sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association.
For the Birds: Birdhouse Decorating
For the Birds ~ Birdhouse Decorating!  
Adult Night Out at the Other Barn! 
 
Thursday, April 11th
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
The Other Barn

Come out for an "adult" night out and celebrate spring at The Other Barn. Bring your friends and decorate a bird house. Bird house and all supplies will be provided. Light adult refreshments will be available!

Tickets are $15 and are available at The Other Barn. 

For more information, please email events@oaklandmills.org or visit oaklandmills.org

Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association
Columbia Ice Rink
Learn to Skate: Wednesday, February 20-Sunday, April 7
Hockey programs:  Saturday, February 23-Saturday, April 6
Registration for Learn to Skate & Hockey programs.
 
"Star Wars on Ice" at the Columbia Ice Rink
Saturday, March 23 - 4:00 p.m. and 6: 00 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 (free for children ages 3 and younger) and can be p
urchased HERE
Events Around Town
Jazz in Mills - see box above

CLICK on the links below to access detailed information:

Visionary Women, the Journey: Art About Women by Women
Opening Reception: March 8th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Columbia Arts Center, 6100 Foreland Garth

Soup'r Sundae Fundraiser for Grassroots
March 17th, 11:00 a.m. to -2:00 p.m.
Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia

The Fabulous 40! Call for Nominations
Deadline: March 31st
For people 50 years and older who live their lives with joy and purpose. Click HERE for more information. 




The Meeting House Gallery  (Oakland Mills Interfaith Center)
Current exhibit: The Nature of Four Artists
Meet the Artists February 24th, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. More info



Sundays At Three -  Chamber Music Series

The largest and fastest growing choral music program for older adults in the country!
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:  www.columbiaassociation.org .
 
CA Proposes to Become a Community Benefit Association.
Click here for March 5th meeting time/location and for more information. 
 
Columbia Solar Co-op Information Session
February 28th, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way 
For more info and to register, click HERE
 
Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Up to six $2500 education awards to graduating high school seniors who exhibit exceptional efforts in providing community service to benefit Columbia residents and those in Columbia area. For more info 
click HERE
   
CA Open House
March 23rd, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Various CA facilities
Admission is free and open to the public (some activities may require a fee to participate). More info.
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Youth and Teen Center @TheBarn

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  CA.Teens@ColumbiaAssociation.org 
 
YTC@TheBarn Calendar of Events