OM eNews                  May 8, 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
May 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Coffee with a Cop in OM (at the OM Interfaith Center)
May 14th, 7:00 p.m.
Board Meeting
May 28th
6:00 p.m. Education Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting
June 9th, 5:00 p.m.
Jazz in the Mills: Kristine Key
June 13th, 7:00 p.m.
Bugs that Bite
Contact Us

The Oakland Mills office will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 24 and be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

The office WILL be open on Saturday, May 25 from 9 - noon.
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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   
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:
Karina Caico 
(Property Concern Issues)
office hours:  Mon, Wed, Thurs. 9 - 5
Carrie Wenholz
(Exterior Alteration Applications)
(Letters of Covenant Compliance) 
office hours: Tues - Thurs 11 - 4 
Farmers Market Opens Sunday at the Oakland Mills Village Center
The Howard County Farmers Market will open this Sunday, May 12th in Oakland Mills and be open each Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.  The market is located in the far corner of the village center near the Interfaith Center and the bus shelter.
Support our OM Merchants
Visit the OM Website for a complete listing of merchants and businesses 

(443) 545-5844

Pizzaman is open for carry-out and delivery and will open full service soon once repairs due to fire are complete.

Sams Mart


LA Mart is now accepting the EBT card.
Celebrate Life's Events at 

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

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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 
Home Repair Loan Program
Low-interest loans available for qualifying homeowners with financial need. More information HERE.
Click link below for scam alerts:
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.
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
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
Howard County Recycling
There will be no curbside curbside collections on Memorial Day. Alpha Ridge Landfill will also be closed. Holiday Schedule

Howard County compost and rain barrel demonstration days in May

Did you know Howard County waste recycling must throw out plastic-bagged items and other items that would degrade recycled products for the marketplace? Visit to learn what items are allowed and how to prepare those items for collection.

Hazardous Household Waste  special drop-off days: click HERE .
Roving Radish 
Meal Kits
Order ahead of time and pick up at The Other Barn on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (pick-up starts May 7th). Other pick-up locations available. Click HERE for more info.
Please remember to pick up after your pets!
Fido is very cute but Fido's poop is very nasty.
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.
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
OM Garden Flags, Magnets, and Commemorative Glasses for Sale
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   

Congratulations to the newly elected 2019-20 Oakland Mills Board!
Rebecca Bryant
Jonathan Edelson
Lynn Engelke
Bill McCormack Jr.
Larry Pretlow II
Paul Verchinski
Bageshwar Verma
Virginia "Ginny" Thomas (Columbia Council Rep)

Upcoming Board Meetings 
May 14, 7:00 p.m.
The board will elect its officers and committee chairs at this meeting.
May 28, 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. In lieu of the April meeting the community will honor the Education Committee members as the  Next meeting: Tuesday, May 28th, 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)
Covenants Corner
Greetings, Oakland Mills residents, and welcome to the Covenants Corner!
Here are this week's Covenants Corner tips:

Are you having Covenant Confusion? We wanted to clear-up some common misconceptions about the covenant process this week.
Covenant Violations: 
  • Myth: OMCA goes out looking for violations!
  • Truth: Our system is complaint driven, meaning we DO NOT go out searching for violations. In addition, when reporting a suspected covenant violation, you must include the exact property address and the specific violation concern(s).
  • Myth: If I submit a complaint my personal information will be shared.
  • Truth: Violations can be (and most are) filed anonymously. And unless a complainant specifically asks us to share their information we cannot and will not share that information.
Exterior Alteration Applications:
  • Myth: Having to apply is going to cause major time delays for my project.
  • Truth: Application approvals are complete within 60 days. If an application is tabled due to lack of information or absence of the owner at the review meeting it may take longer. So please contact Covenant Advisor Carrie Wenholz to ensure she has everything needed in advance of the meeting AND come to the meeting. You are your own best advocate!
  • Myth: The Resident Architecture Committee doesn't like to approve changes.
  • Truth: The committee REALLY wants to recommend approval of every application! They will work with the owners to ensure that the alterations are in keeping with the overall architectural style of the home and in compliance with architectural guidelines and covenants.
Letters of Compliance:
  • Myth: Houses MUST be compliant and without violations to be sold.
  • Truth: We highly suggest that everyone obtain a Letter of Compliance when selling their home but we CANNOT require or FORCE them to. Therefore, houses CAN be sold in a non-compliant state. It is important for sellers and buyers to speak with their realtor and/or lawyer about state and federal laws pertaining to property compliance.
  • Myth: I am buying a house in Oakland Mills so I should be able to request a Letter of Compliance.
  • Truth: Only the owner or their real-estate agent is able to submit a request for letter of compliance inspection. Once a letter of compliance (or non-compliance) is issued the owner is legally required to disclose it to potential buyers.
If you have a specific question about any of these or other topics, email us at . Your question may be highlighted in a future issue of the e-news!    
Coffee with a Cop in OM
Coffee with a Cop in Oakland Mills
Thursday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

Come and chat with our local HCPD while enjoying coffee/tea and pastries!
No RSVP required - please join us!

Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association's Safety and Security Committee, the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, and the Howard County Police Department
Jazz in the Mills Presents Kristine Key
Jazz in the Mills presents
Kristin Key  
Saturday, June 9th
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
The Other Barn
"With her warm personality and beautiful voice, Kristine Key delights audiences wherever she goes."    
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door. Advance tickets available at The Other Barn or online at  ($1.99 fee applies to online purchases). Tickets non-refundable and cannot be replaced. Beverages and sacks will be available for purchase. 
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association and  
Lavenia Nesmith.  
Bugs that Bite
Workshop in Oakland Mills on June 13th! See flier below for more details.
Welcome Summer Concert
Columbia Association Pools Info
CA's outdoor pools officially open for the season on Saturday, May 25 at noon!
Important Information for all CA assessed property residents:
Residents of CA-assessed property must have a Columbia Card to receive access to CA sports and fitness facilities/pools if you do not have CA club memberships and want to participate in free activities.  CA cards can be obtained at no cost at CA's Customer Member Service Center, located at 6310 Hillside Court.  Address verification in the form of a driver's license or imprinted personal check and dependent children's birth certificates are required.  For more information call 410-730-1801.
Macgill's Commons Pool is an Autism Sensory Pool - for more information please contact the Howard County Autism society at 410-290-3466 or 
Register now for CA swim lessons!

Columbia Neighborhood Swim League First Splash
May 28th through 31st
Come and check out the Swim League's program. Registration for the league is now open and required by June 3rd to participate in practices and meets.

Second Sunday Swim - 3 free days
CA residents have the opportunity to visit CA's 23 outdoor pools for free on the second Sunday of each month: JUNE 9, JULY 14, and AUG 11.
Residents of CA-assessed property must have a CA card to participate in free swim Sundays.
Wibit Wednesdays
Wednesdays, noon to 4:00 p.m., June 26th through August 6th
Hawthorn Pool, 6175 Sunny Spring
$3 for CA members, $7 for Columbia Cardholders and $10 for non-members.  Race your friends and try not to fall in as you climb, bounce and crawl on a floating obstacle course! For more info, call the Aquatics office at 410-312-6332.
World's Largest Swim Lesson
June 20th, check-in begins at 5:30 p.m., lesson begins at 6:00 p.m.
Hopewell Pool 
Free and open to the public. Swim lesson suitable for all ages. For more information, call 410-312-6332 or email
For more information on CA pools and related events, email 
Events Around Town
Jazz in Mills - see box above

CLICK on the links below to access detailed information:

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Film and Discussion
May 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia
Free.  With researcher Allan F. O'Connell. More info.

Terrarium Night at Longreach
May 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia
Cost: $30. Must be 21 years or older. More info and tickets.

Oakland Mills Community Fair
May 18th, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Middle School
Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services in partnership with the Oakland Mills Local Leadership Team. More info.

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!

The Singing Sergeants (official chorus of the U.S. Air Force Band)
Musical Salute
May 19th, 4:00 p.m.
St. Louis Church, Clarksville
Free admission. More info.
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: .

June 8th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Columbia SportsPark, 5453 Harpers Farm Rd
Free and open to the public. Activities include games, inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting, mini-golf, batting cages, Zumba® for kids, demos and more! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Registration is appreciated but not required.

Explore Columbia on Foot
10:00 a.m. on select Thursdays
Free guided outdoor walks. For dates, locations, and more information, click HERE.

Don't throw away Columbia's history: donate it! 
Has spring cleaning had you digging through piles of paperwork, deciding what to get rid of and what to keep? Don't throw away Columbia's history - donate it to Columbia Archives! More info HERE.

Youth and Teen Center @TheBarn
Community Chess Day 
June 14th,  3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
at The Barn
Anyone can play! Beginners, masters, young, old and any level in-between.  Boards provided or BYOB (bring your own board). Light refreshments provided by Mission BBQ.  For more information, contact Safire Windley at 410-992-3726 or email 
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