Roland Park Civic League 2020-2021 Board of Directors Slate

In advance of the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Civic League, the new slate of board nominees and is now available for community review.  Note that the annual meeting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, May 20th at 7PM (link details to follow).  There will be a vote on the slate, so residents are encouraged to participate in the meeting and vote!  Per the By-Laws, we need a minimum of 35 people for voting/approval purposes.

Position/Nominee:

President: Robert Connors

First Vice President: Tom Hoen*

Second Vice President: Ashley Handwerk

Secretary: Ann-Barron Carneal**

Treasurer: Jen Viglucci

Plat 1 Rep: Blair Storzer**

Plat 4 Rep: Bobby Marinelli*

Plat 5 City Rep: Andy Niazy**

Plat 6 Rep: Devon Dodson

At-Large Rep “B”: Rachel Dawson*

At-Large Rep “E”: Ken Rice*

Returning Board Members

Position/Name

Plat 2 Rep: Ed Goodlander

Plat 3 Rep: Dan McIntyre

Plat 5/County Rep: Dan Motz

At-Large “A” Rep: Mary Kay Battafarano

At-Large “C” Rep: Richard Bruno

At-Large “D” Rep: Martha Holleman

*New to RPCL Board

**Current RPCL Board member in a new role

NOTE: You can read the bios for each proposed new board member here: rpclboardnomineebios

 

50th Anniversary of Earth Day and Tree Planting!

April 22nd is 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Roland Park to celebrate by planting 50 trees

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, let’s plant 50 trees in Roland Park. The Baltimore City Department of Forestry has given the Landscape Committee the trees as part of a program to expand the City’s tree canopy.

The first 50 residents to sign up are eligible to receive a tree to plant on or near your property (one per household). In addition to planting the tree yourself, you must agree to provide your address to Kate Culotta for the Tree Baltimore registry, and water, maintain and care for the new tree (guidelines and planting instructions will be provided). If you are unable to plant the tree, the Landscape Committee will arrange to have it planted at a future date. Fees may apply.

The tree supply is limited:

  • Verge or streetscape trees include Red Maple, Black Gum and American Hornbeam
  • Personal property trees include Flowering Black Cherry (native), Eastern Redbud, Serviceberry, American Hornbeam, Southern Magnolia and Sweet Gum. Note that Sweet Gum is only suitable for areas away from the street, sidewalk and play areas because they drop hard, spiked fruits. These fruits, while unpleasant to walk on, are an important food source for native wildlife like birds, chipmunks and squirrels. It is best to plant Sweet Gums on slopes or at the forest edge.

Tree distribution will follow strict social distancing guidelines.

Please contact Kate Culotta at krculotta@msn.com or 410-804-4750 for more information, and to request help with tree selection or planting. Trees available for pick up starting Wednesday April 22, 2020.

 

 

Message about the Organic Debris Removal Service

In this letter Civic League President Bob Connors outlines changes to the Organic Debris Program for 2020:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/sfdev-bucket/rolandpark/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Organic-Debris-Program-2020-9.pdf

Civic League President’s Opening Remarks from February 5th Meeting

 

For those residents that were unable to attend the monthly Roland Park Civic League Board Meeting Wednesday evening (February 5, 2020), we are posting the opening remarks of the Civic League President,  which include our initial response to the racial incident last month in collaboration with our community partners.

Opening Remarks for February 5

Message about February 7th Community Event

The greater Roland Park community is invited to join a rally this Friday, February

7th organized by Roland Park Elementary/Middle School families to show support

for all children in our neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to participate, and wear

shirts or bring signs of inclusion if you would like to. The rally will begin at 7:30a.m.

People will gather in front of the library and on the block between Eddie’s and

Starbucks.

RPCL Update on Land Development Issues

Dear Neighbors- as 2019 draws to a close and the new year approaches, the Roland Park Civic League (RPCL) wishes to update our members and residents on several important local land use issues. 

1. On Friday, December 20, 2019 a ruling by the Baltimore City Circuit Court vacated Baltimore City Ordinance 2017-037, a planned urban development (PUD) for the Overlook at Roland Park. This decision remands the matter to Baltimore’s Mayor and City Council for further consideration. While some media headlines imply this means the project will not be built, that still remains to be decided.  Linked here are the related legal documents: a brief Order and lengthy Memorandum Opinion.

2. A local developer is currently in negotiations to acquire the commercial portion of the Village at Cross Keys and seeking our community’s support for their plans there.

3. This fall, Baltimore Country Club (BCC) members were invited by management to participate in focus groups revisiting future options for their Roland Park Campus. Results have not yet been shared publicly, but are anticipated in 2020. The RPCL collaborates on this matter with the Roland Park Community Foundation, who serve as the lead advocate for preserving this prominent open space, including the possibility of acquiring the land for public use. 

More details on each of the above will be shared at our next regular monthly Board Meeting scheduled Wednesday evening 7-9pm, January 8, 2020 in the basement community room of Roland Park Presbyterian, 4801 Roland Avenue at Upland Rd. In order for us to honor the confidentiality agreement between the potential Cross Keys developer and the current owners, our January meeting will be restricted to Roland Park residents and closed to the press. 

Please watch for ongoing communications concerning these matters and more on the RPCL website, social media , by subscribing to our e-letter and by contacting your plat representatives and officers who are committed to representing you. 

Bob Connors, President
Roland Park Civic League

Twelve Days of Holiday Meals for Heroes

 

The Roland Park Civic League is organizing a very special Twelve Days of Holiday Meals for Heroes. We’re looking for teams to work together to create a delicious dinner for our local First Responders at the Roland Park Fire Station, who spend time away from their families over the holidays so that we may remain safe.

Please join us in saying “Thank You” for their dedication and sacrifice. This is a wonderful opportunity to team up as family members, neighbors, friends or colleagues to create and deliver a delicious meal to our local heroes. Please sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/409044dafa629a13-12days for a day between Saturday, December 21st, and Wednesday, January 1st (the “Twelve Days of Christmas”) to prepare a nutritious entree, a side dish or two, and a dessert. When you select your preferred date, please provide your name (or group name) and a contact phone number.

The meal should feed at least eight and be delivered to the Fire Station at 2 Upland Road ready to eat by no later than 5:30 pm. There are no known food allergies among the First Responders.

Please address questions about the Twelve Days of Holiday Meals for Heroes to Kate Culotta at krculotta@msn.com.

Holiday Cheer at December RPCL Meeting

The December 4th Civic League meeting will feature holiday snacks, beer and wine! Join your fellow residents for some mingling before and after the meeting agenda. Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 7-9PM.

Also, please note that the January Civic League meeting will take place Wednesday, January 8th (due to holiday on Jan. 1). Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 7-9PM.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our commitment to the greater community continues with our 2nd annual Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the Langston Hughes Center in neighboring Park Heights. This Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd we join up with Eddie’s of Roland Park to collect everything the Langston Hughes Center will need for their annual Thanksgiving meal. They are going to try and do 2 dinners this year, so let’s show our wonderful RP generosity by supplying everything they need!

Members of RPCL will be collecting your donations at the Roland Avenue store on Saturday and at the Charles Street store on Sunday. We will be there from 1 to 3PM each day. Eddie’s will supply printed shopping lists with many sale items to make it easy to donate. Just make your purchase and hand to a RPCL member to place in our collection boxes as you exit the store. We will make a big trip out to Langston Hughes with all the stuffing, yams, turkeys, and hams just like we did last year.

If you cannot make it to one of these drive days, drop your donation off at our Civic League office, 2nd floor of 5115B Roland Avenue. Checks should be made out to RPCL, and we will use these funds to purchase the perishable items such as turkeys and hams and roasts closer to Thanksgiving week.