OM eNews                  February 13, 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 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 12th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Board Meeting
March 17th, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Jazz in the Mills
Contact Us
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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   
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)
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.
Support our OM Merchants
Visit the OM Website for a complete listing of merchants and businesses 

(443) 545-5844


Sams Mart


Celebrate Life's Events at 

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

Like me on Facebook  
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 Talbott Springs Neighborhood Center

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:
"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:

New Howard County Circuit Courthouse Community Outreach Meeting
February 21st, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Howard High School Cafeteria
8700 Old Annapolis Rd, Ellicott City
The new Circuit Courthouse will be built on the site of the County's Thomas B. Dorsey Building, located at 9250 Bendix Road in Columbia. More info HERE.

Protecting Your Consumer Rights:
A Consumer Protection Forum with
Senator Chris Van Hollen  and  Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh

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
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 REGULAR curbside collection on Monday, February 18th. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be OPEN. County offices will be closed on Presidents Day. 

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!
Please remember to pick up after your pets!
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
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
Congratulations to OMHS orchestra & music department director, Mr. Philip Hale!
The OMCA Board honored Mr. Hale at the February 12th Board meeting for his work on the annual WBAL Radio Concert for Kids, which has raised thousands of dollars for needy children over the past decade.

Oakland Mills Board of Directors   

Upcoming Board Meetings
February 12th, 7:00 p.m.
February 26th, 7:00 p.m.
March 12th, 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: February 26th, 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, February 21st 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!
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:
  • 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
  • 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 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)
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 
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 For more information, call 410-730-4610 or email or

Sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and 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:

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: .
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

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 
YTC@TheBarn Calendar of Events