April 2024 Newsletter

This month’s Oakenshawe Improvement Association (OIA) Newsletter includes:

  • Join us April 15 for OIA’s Quarterly Meeting ***Date Changed to the 15th***
  • Security Update
  • Volunteer to Weed, Seed, and Mow the Greenspace
  • New business alert: Chickfinity
  • The Children’s House of Baltimore
  • Save the Dates and more!

OIA Quarterly Meeting: April 15

The next OIA quarterly meeting is Monday, April 15 from 6:30-7:30pm,at St Moses Church. Join for updates from the President, Treasurer, and Committees including: Membership & Communications, Events, Greenspace & Trees, and Public Safety & University Engagement. 

OIA Quarterly Meeting

Date & Time: Monday, April 15 from 6:30-7:30pm

Location: St Moses Church (400 E 31st St, Baltimore, MD)

Join your neighbors to discuss how to strengthen our community. Please use the front doors (31st St entrance).

Security Update

The Guilford Association recently shared that a suspect is in custody for the series of burglaries in recent months, which is good news for the area. Given that this has only been one piece of a recent uptick in crime, OIA will continue to discuss organizing neighborhood patrols and welcomes any volunteers. See the full update from the Guilford Association below:

Update on Recent Burglaries

Dear Neighbors,

I am pleased to share good news with you this morning. Thanks to your vigilance, cooperation, and swift action, we believe we have successfully apprehended the suspect responsible for the recent spate of burglaries in Guilford.

Major Arnold Jenkins sent the following message to the Security Committee on Thursday evening:

“Sergeant Hassan Rasheed and Detective Robert Fuller are responsible for bringing this series of events to a conclusion. Sergeant Rasheed…took the suspect into custody with the assistance of our B patrol shift. I can give you some closure by letting you know that the person we apprehended was responsible for the majority of the burglaries in the community.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. I noticed that the community began to mobilize quickly, and we started receiving many phone calls from people willing to assist us. Our Detectives will continue to be in contact. I will also personally be at the Guilford community meeting on April 18th to answer your questions.”

Regarding the two incidences that occurred late Wednesday evening, Major Jenkins noted that “homeowners noticed the incidents post-arrest which gives the appearance of additional burglaries after the suspect was caught, however that is not the reality.”

Major Jenkins urges our community to stay proactive by keeping doors locked, improving security systems to include high quality doorbell cameras and motion sensing lighting, and reducing burglary opportunities by keeping high value items, including currency and portable electronics out of view from first-floor windows and doors.

He also suggests that we keep a list of serial numbers for valuables to assist in identifying stolen property, keep firearms locked in a gun cabinet, and ensure you have enabled device tracking through the Find My Phone application on Apple products and with AirTags and other tracking devices for keychains and other items of value.

Please join me in thanking our local law enforcement for their response to this issue. Their professionalism and dedication to keeping our community safe are commendable.

I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your commitment to the safety and security of Guilford. Your willingness to look out for one another and take decisive action demonstrates the strength of our community. The successful apprehension of the suspect is a testament to what we can achieve when we come together. By remaining vigilant and continuing to prioritize communication and cooperation, we can help to ensure the future safety of our neighborhood.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Security Meeting on April 18th at 6pm at the Second Presbyterian Church’s main sanctuary. Thank you once again for your outstanding cooperation and support.

Warm regards,

Emily Brennan, President, Guilford Association

Community Updates

The Grass is growing! Volunteer to Mow the Greenspace

Please consider signing up for a shift to mow the greenspace.  For those who have never done it, we have a battery powered mower that is super easy to use.  Instruction provided.  Please sign up here Link to mow schedule.   Instructions are on the schedule.  Coordinate with Louisa or Laurie ahead of time to get the garage key. Please close garage door when mowing and when done, double check that garage door is locked.   laurie.feinberg@gmail.com 410-952-2067 or louisa.creamer@gmail.com 443-257-6440 

Weed & Seed at the Green Space Pollinator Garden: Saturday, April 20 12-1pm
We could use a couple more volunteers to help weed and see the pollinator garden. Use your plant ID app to join us in selective weeding and plant some warm weather seeds crops, perhaps lay down a bit of Jeremy’s mulch. We don’t foresee it being a long gig, maybe an hour. Bring gloves, a shovel, a trowel, something with which to weed, a refreshing drink and say hi. The rain date is Sunday, April 21 at noon. 

Pollinator Garden Fun fact: Did you know that a former neighbor, Justin Park, landscape designer, led the community to plant the pollinator garden just 4 years ago on top of the concrete that is under most of the grass in the Green Space? It takes a bit of maintenance to continue his efforts/fight the weeds and keep color in the Green Space.

New Business Alert: Chickfinity
A new breakfast place is opening at 3433 Greenmount Avenue, right across from Southway. Chickfinity is, “Breakfast Uplifted | What makes us special? We only want to serve the best breakfast food possible. Emphasis and focus on high-quality ingredients, a unique atmosphere and a welcoming culture that blends traditional and contemporary elements. Everything is made to order. Our signature Dough and Batter is prepared daily, before sunrise. Our signature chicken is brined for 12-24 hours to get the perfect crisp and crunchy on the outside, savory tender and juicy on the inside.” Learn more here

Introducing the Children’s House of Baltimore
The Children’s House of Baltimore is newly licensed for childcare in Remington and has an outdoor garden, curated Montessori learning space, and evidence-based early childhood curriculum – now accepting preschool applications for the fall (children aged 2-5)! Their website is below – be sure to schedule a visit or reach out to learn more: www.childrenshouseofbaltimore.com. Feel free to email neighbor Bethan about her experience as a parent at bethanmcgarry@gmail.com, or from the program directly at info@childrenshouseofbaltimore.com. 

Oakenshawe Meal Exchange

Interested in joining a neighborhood meal exchange for adventurous planners? The idea is to stimulate community, while reducing the overall amount of thought process behind meal planning at home. The location for meeting and exchanging meals will mainly occur at the Oakenshawe Green Space unless otherwise communicated. If interested in learning more, reach out to Davon Pulliam at geraldrinkcidre@gmail.com.

Contractor Recommendations

Have you had a good experience with a contractor, landscaper or house cleaner? OIA often gets asked for suggestions for repairs, home improvements or help with the yard. Help your neighbors and your favorite contractors by adding their name and contact info in our Oakenshawe Household Services Directory Google Doc.

Councilmember Ramos Weekly Newsletter

Councilmember Ramos sends out a weekly District 14 newsletter (Oakenshawe falls within Council District 14) that includes updates on legislation in City Council, events, and more. This is a good resource to stay up to date on local news. Sign up for the weekly newsletter on the Councilmember’s website.

Oakenshawe Opines

If you have a local business review, poem, or story for the next newsletter you would like to see featured, submissions can be sent to John Hillegass at johnhillegass@gmail.com. Publication and editing decisions are at the discretion of the OIA Board.

Save the Dates

Below are some important dates that you should add to your calendar. 

  • Mon. April 15 at 6:30pm: OIA Quarterly Meeting
  • Sat. April 20 from 12-1pm: Weed & Seed at the Green Space Pollinator Garden
  • Sat. April 27: East University Parkway Task Force Community Cleanup**
  • Mon. July 15 at 6:30pm: OIA Quarterly Meeting
  • Sat. September 7: Annual Oakenshawe Block Party 
  • Mon. October 21 at 6:30pm: OIA Quarterly Meeting

** Will coincide with the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

OIA Block Captains

OIA’s Block Captains help communicate with neighbors, especially those who may not be on this newsletter. Thank you to the amazing volunteers listed below. Hopefully, most of you have already met your Block Captain. 

BarclayVanessa ProtoSouthway 200-300sJessica Kohnen
BirkwoodRachael EdginSouthway 400sShannon Frede
CalvertLaura UrbanEUP 200sEd & Karen Stokes*
CalvinDavon PulliamEUP Guilford HallNeed Volunteer
The CarrolltonKevin ClearyEUP 301-320Need Volunteer
Guilford Terrace (Even side)Ben WrightEUP 321+Bethan McGarry
Guilford Terrace (Odd side)Co-Captains: Marcy Feeney & Anne KernUniversity Place (Odds)Robin  Prescott
Homewood TerraceLeah GlasheenUniversity Place (Evens)Amelia Jamison
Oakenshawe PlaceJenny SorelVenableDavon Pulliam**

*Ed and Karen Stokes have agreed to help temporarily on the 200 block of EUP until we can find a permanent block captain.

**Davon Pulliam has agreed to help temporarily on Venable until we can find a permanent block captain.

If you know anyone who lives on a block without a captain, ask them if they are interested in volunteering or can think of a friendly neighbor who might be interested. Block Captains greet & welcome new neighbors, drop off flyers ahead of quarterly OIA meetings, seek volunteers for events, and gather contact information to keep OIA’s neighbor database up-to-date. If you are interested, please reach out to John at johnhillegass@gmail.com

On behalf of the OIA Board, we hope you have a wonderful April and we look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.

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