OM eNews                  January 29, 2019
Oakland Mills Community Association
 
News about the community we live in and information of importance and interest

INCLEMENT WEATHER  - If the Other Barn (Oakland Mills Community Office) is closed due to inclement weather we will post information on the Oakland Mills Village Facebook and leave a message on the office phone.
Highlights In This Issue

Upcoming Events and Programs
at The Other Barn
February 9th, 10:00 a.m. to noon 
Conflict Resolution Workshop
February 12th, 7:00 p.m. 
OMCA Board Meeting
February 19th, 9:00 a.m.
Election packets available
February 22nd, 10:00 a.m. 
Lively Arts: Mr. Jon
February 26th
6:00 p.m. OMCA Education Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. OMCA Board Meeting     
March 4, 6:30 p.m. Information session for those interested in serving on the OMCA Board  
March 17th, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Jazz in the Mills
Contact Us
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Call Us!
410-730-4610

Send a Fax 
410-730-4620

Website 
 
Office Hours
The office will be closed Monday, February 18th for President's Day.
 
*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

HCPD Tours for Youth Groups
The Howard County Police Department hosts monthly tours of the police station, 911 center, and county emergency operations center for organized youth groups who register in advance. Learn about fingerprinting and forensics, and how law enforcement operates in Howard County. Dates fill up quickly. Find tour dates  HERE. Find the  registration form  HEREPlease include requested time (6, 7, or 8 p.m.) and any scout badge requirements.

Questions? Contact HCPD's Community Outreach Division at 410-313-2207 or HCPDoutreach@howardcountymd.gov

(From the OMCA Safety and Security Committee)
 

 
Click link below for scam alerts:

Protecting Your Consumer Rights
A Consumer Protection Forum with
 Senator Chris Van Hollen
and
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh
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 (HHW) special drop-off days: click HERE.
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.)
OM Covenants Corner
Greetings, Oakland Mills residents, and welcome to the Covenants Corner!
 
We all want to do our part to keep the village and our homes beautiful. To that end, the Oakland Mills Covenants Team will regularly highlight different items that relate to the Oakland Mills covenants - everything from violations to exterior alteration applications to Letters of Compliance. Here are this week's Covenants Corner tips:
  • Holiday Lights & Decorations: We love festive holiday lights and decorations, but did you know they must be removed within 30 days after the holiday or event? (See items 25.4 and 26.5.7 in the OM Architectural Guidelines.)
  • Exterior Alteration Applications: You should submit your application well in advance of when you would like to begin a project. The Residential Architectural Committee (RAC) will then meet to review the application (application deadlines and RAC meetings dates can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of this page on the Oakland Mills website). RAC meetings are open to the public and are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Exterior Alteration questions should be sent to Carrie Wenholz at applications@oaklandmills.org.
  • Letters of Compliance: Are you looking to sell a home in Columbia? 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!
OMCA Board Meetings 
and Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors   
 
Upcoming Board Meetings
February 12th, 7:00 p.m.
February 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: 
   Like us on Facebook
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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: February 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, February 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 & CA Board 2019 Elections
NOW is the time to consider running for an OMCA Board Seat or the Columbia Council Seat (CA Board)
 
Serving on the Village Board or Columbia Board provides an opportunity to be directly involved in village issues at a grassroots level of leadership.  Residents who own or lease property in Oakland Mills are eligible to *serve on the board.  Those elected serve a one year term for the board or Council seat for the term May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020.
 
Please review the election page on the Oakland Mills website and note the important election calendar dates below.  
Tues. Feb. 19 - 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 Covenant Compliance Policy for board members is included in the Election Packet.
 
Questions - Please email manager@oaklandmills.org 
Conflict Resolution Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Other Barn, 10 - noon, FREE! 
 
Please join us for a free workshop. Learn how to deal with the conflict that we all face. This is an informal and interactive workshop
Beverages and light refreshments will be served.
 
 
 
Spend two hours and learn a lifetime of strategies for dealing with all types of conflicts that we face in our everyday lives. 

Lively Arts: Mr. Jon
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.
Events Around Town
Jazz in Mills - see box above

Columbia Arts Center Salon Series: Gee's Bend Photographs with Linda Day Clark
Monday, February 4th, 7:00 p.m.
Columbia Arts Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia
Admission is free.  More info. 
 
Discover the Flavors of Haiti: Haitian Cooking Class
Friday, February 8th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle (River Hill Village Center), Clarksville
Cost: $60. Registration required. Contact Grace Chang at 410-715-3178 or  Grace. Chang@Columbia Association.org for more in formation or to register.

HoCoPoLitSo's Annual Irish Evening of Music and Poetry
Friday, February 8th 7:30 p.m.
Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center, HCC

New Town Entrepreneurship: Early Black-Owned Businesses in Columbia,1967-1977
Monday, February 11th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane,  Columbia
More info and registration here.
 
Murder Mystery: Midnight at the Masquerade
Thursday, February 14th, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd, Columbia   Tickets and more info

CLICK on the links below to access detailed information:




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!
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 .
 
Information Session for those interested in serving on the CA Board
Tues. Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. and Sat. Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. 
 
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
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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