Happy Thanksgiving from The Roland Park Civic League!

Zelkovas in brilliant Fall Color on Roland Avenue (Photo Credit: Anne Stuzin)

The board of your Roland Park Civic League would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. I want to personally thank this wonderful community for its outpouring of generosity to our recent food drive. Literally every inch of my car was packed to the brim with bags and boxes of food along with coolers filled with turkeys and hams. We had so many donations, we needed a second car, and luckily our office manager, Shari Hash, came to the rescue. It is this connectedness of community that we must continue to strive to meet every day.

So, thus begins this wonderful season of thanks and giving. Let’s all commit to looking up from our phones and saying hello to our neighbors. Check in on them and make sure they are OK and have what they need. Take an extra second to smile and say hello to someone on the sidewalk. I guarantee this will make your holidays, and someone else’s, even brighter!

— Robert Connors, President, Roland Park Civic League

Save the date for the 2019 Spring Celebration!

Save the date for the 2019 Spring Celebration!

April 26, 2019

Location: The Woman’s Club of Roland Park, 4500 Roland Avenue

Join your neighbors for the Roland Park Community Foundation’s annual fundraiser!

Featuring “celebrity” neighborhood bartenders, light fare provided by local restaurants and the ever-popular Wine Auction.

Tickets available online in early 2019.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact foundationoffice@rolandpark.org.

Read more about the Roland Park Community Foundation here: https://rolandpark.org/organizationscommittees/roland-park-community-foundation/

1st Annual RPCL Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Roland Park Civic League will be accepting food and monetary donations this Sunday, November 11, 2018 to help out our neighbors in Park Heights. In collaboration with our Councilwoman, Sharon Green-Middleton, we reached out to the Langston Hughes Community Resource Center about helping with their annual Thanksgiving meal which they provide on the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving. This center provides 6300 meals to people every week, and this is an opportunity for us to support the fine work they do in the community. And what better time than the start of the holiday giving season?

Please be as generous as you can. If you have an extra can of green beans at home, or can buy an extra can of beans or package of stuffing this weekend, drop them at our RPCL table set up in front of Tuxedo Pharmacy, 5115 Roland Avenue, between 11AM and 1PM. They really need everything so any typical Thanksgiving item will be much appreciated. We will also accept cash, check, or credit card donations that will be used to purchase turkeys and hams. Those who want to participate afterwards, donations will continue to be accepted at the RPCL Office, 5115B Roland Avenue during regular hours (10 am-2pm) Monday, November 12th-Friday, November 18th. And we will get everything delivered next weekend.

Please stop by and say hello to your RPCL board members as you drop off your contributions.

Many thanks, and a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Agenda for Wed. November 7, 2018-RPCL Board Meeting

Members and Residents-please consider joining us this Wednesday evening November 7, 2018 from 7-9pm for the regular monthly meeting of the Roland Park Civic League Board in the basement assembly room of Roland Park Presbyterian, accessible via Upland Avenue at Roland. Agenda_November 7, 2018

Agenda for Wed. October 3, 2018-RPCL Board Meeting

Members and Residents-please consider joining us this Wednesday evening October 3, 2018 from 7-9pm for the regular monthly meeting of the Roland Park Civic League Board in the first floor fellowship room of Roland Park Presbyterian, accessible via Upland Avenue at Roland.  Agenda_October_3_2018.

Agenda for Wed. Sept. 5, 2018-RPCL Board Meeting

Members and Residents-please consider joining us this Wednesday evening from 7-9pm when the regular monthly meetings of the Roland Park Civic League Board return to Roland Park Presbyterian‘s basement meeting space, accessible via Upland Avenue at Roland with new ramps and an interior elevator. For details, see Agenda-September 5, 2018.

Tuesday, September 4th-Back to School Coffee

The Roland Park Civic League is hosting a Back-To-School Coffee for the community the morning of Tuesday, September 4th!  Look for tables in front of Tuxedo Pharmacy,  5115 Roland Avenue and stop by for some coffee and breakfast treats starting at 7:30 a.m.  All are welcome!

DOT Changes Underway on Eddie’s Block

Baltimore’s Department of Transportation (DOT) began work Wednesday, August 8th that will continue through August 15th on the Eddie’s Block of Roland Avenue, between Colorado Avenue and Deepdene Road. Attached is the Roadway Plan Sheet obtained this week by RPCL President, Bob Connors who continues to be involved and will provide updates posted here as developments continue. Please contact your Plat Rep. with questions or concerns.

Roadway Plan Sheet-Eddie’s Block

DoT Press Release July 19, 2018

More background

Roland Avenue Update-DOT Announcement

To the Roland Park Community:

I’m very pleased to announce DOT Director Michelle Pourciau has decided to delay a decision about Roland Avenue modifications until DOT can conduct further studies. It’s good news that DOT decided not to pursue its preferred Option #1 or proceed with lane reductions without a careful impact analysis.

Director Pourciau listened to the many comments from the community that were made at the June 14th public meeting and subsequently submitted by e-mail during the input period.  She was also very impressed by the results of our recent RPCL poll and the compelling presentation of data as shown at the July 11th Civic League meeting.

Going forward, Director Pourciau will form a study group comprised of herself, Jon Laria, the Chairman of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Commission, myself, and a consultant to be hired with expertise in road design. Director Pourciau will work with this group to develop a revised  proposal and involve the community in the process.

In the meantime, before the end of summer, DOT will restore curbside parking in the 5100 block of Roland Avenue in front of Eddie’s (and looks to do the same in front of the library ), in front of St. David’s Church, and on the southbound side of the 4500 block near The Woman’s Club.

We appreciate Director Pourciau’s willingness to listen and to work with us to resolve the question of the future configuration of Roland Avenue, and commend her for this decision. We also benefitted from the efforts of Councilwoman Sharon Middleton and Council President Jack Young, who advocated on the community’s behalf.

Most importantly, I want to thank you, the residents of Roland Park, for being engaged in this issue. Whether through your attendance and thoughtful questions at our various meetings, or your participation in the recent survey, your comments and concerns have made a difference!

I will continue to update you all as new developments emerge.


Robert Connors, President
Roland Park Civic League

DOT Press Release July 19, 2018

Roland Park Posters for sale!

The Roland Park Poster of 1991, also known as The Roland Park Centennial Poster was a big hit back in “the day.” The Roland Park Community Foundation has reprinted this piece by local artist, humorist and author Barbara Dale. Barbara Dale offered to update the original art to give the current Roland Parkers something they could identify with. (Honestly, when was the last time you heard someone waxing poetic over a Morgan Millard’s egg salad on cheese toast?) The posters are for sale at Eddie’s of Roland Park, The Carriage House of Schneider’s (Hardware), and Tuxedo Pharmacy . The 2018 poster will sell for $20 and the 1991, is a limited release will be hand-numbered and autographed by Barbara Dale will sell for $30. The posters will be framed and donated to the Roland Park Library for a permanent display. The Roland Park Community Foundation will also donate a framed copy of the new poster to each of the five schools of Roland Park. (Bryn Mawr, Gilman, Friends, RPCS, and RPEMS).

For more information, check out our Facebook page at https:\\www.facebook.com\RPPosters

RPCF have arranged a deal that allows for the Fleckenstein Gallery and Archival Framing, 3316 Keswick Rd. (410) 366.3669 in Hampden to frame your poster at discounted rates. Pricing begins at $25.

There will be a signing and wine tasting in front of Eddie’s of Roland Park, 5113 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210, on
– Thursday, July 26, 2018, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and
– Saturday, July 28, 2018, from Noon to 2:00 PM.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Roland Park Branch, will hold a reception for Barbara Dale on Thursday, August 2, 2018, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The branch manager is Julie Johnson, (410) 396-6099

For more information please contact Jim Considine at jimconsidine@gmail.com or call (410) 220-8802.