June 2024 Newsletter

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

  • Oakenshawe Terrace Party: September 7th
  • Community Updates
  • Save the Dates and more!

Oakenshawe Terrace Party: the Neighborhood’s Block Party

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer and Labor Day – or for some of us – the Oakenshawe Terrace Party, marks the end. The Terrace Party working committee, led by Karen Stokes, has started planning for this year’s annual Oakenshawe gathering which will be held Saturday, September 7th

The neighborhood pulls off this fun party every year because a lot of people make small (and big) contributions of their time. How can you help?

  1. Save the date on your calendar.
  2. Tell your neighbors.
  3. Consider volunteering by filling out the volunteer form.

If you are interested in joining the working committee to help plan this year’s party, contact Karen Stokes at karen.stokes2@gmail.com.


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. Coordinate with Louisa or Laurie for instructions: laurie.feinberg@gmail.com 410-952-2067 or louisa.creamer@gmail.com 443-257-6440.

Northern District – Baltimore City Planning Newsletter

Sign up to receive updates from the Northern District Planner with the Baltimore City Department of Planning. Select communities you are a part of to receive planning updates about specific areas. 

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.

Neighborly Reminder about Dog Waste

Please dispose of dog waste without making a mess for others. The green trash bins distributed by the City of Baltimore are not the place for loose dog waste bags. Loose bags of dog waste collect at the bottom of the trash bin, creating a horrible mess for homeowners. In the summer, such a mess attracts flies and other pests. Please place dog waste bags inside of garbage bags. Thanks to everyone for helping make Oakenshwawe enjoyable for all.

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. 

  • Sun. June 30: 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

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. 

BlockCaptainBlockCaptain
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 June and we look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.

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