House numbers

Alley house numbers can save a life

Your house probably has house numbers on the front, but do you have house numbers facing the alley?  In an emergency, seconds count.  First responders need to find your house fast, and having house numbers on the rear of your house facing the alley will help police, fire, and ambulance find your house fast.  You don’t want the fireman to have to count houses trying to find the rear of your house if there is a fire!

Simply go to the local hardware store, like Falkenhan’s or Sirkis Hardware, and buy some house numbers to put on the rear of your property, rear gate, or on your garage.  Or if you want to get crafty, you can always make it into a DIY project, as seen at the Cottage Market Blog.

Whether you buy numbers at the store, paint them yourself, or let your creativity go wild, having house numbers facing the alley may one day help save your life or property.

Got trash? Baltimore’s Solid Waste Drop-off centers have extended hours!

Three Solid Waste Drop-Off Centers Begin
Extended Summer Hours

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore City Department of Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., announced today that extended summer hours at three of the City’s Citizen Drop-Off Centers will begin on Tuesday, May 26. Baltimore residents can bring residential waste, bulk trash, recycling and eCycling to the Bureau of Solid Waste Centers located around the city, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. These hours will remain in effect through Saturday, September 5, 2015.

Extended summer hours will be in effect at:

Western Sanitation Yard at 701 Reedbird Avenue
Eastern Sanitation Yard at 6101 Bowleys Lane
Northwest Sanitation Yard at 2840 Sisson Street

Other drop-off locations retain their regular hours:

The Quarantine Road Landfill at 6100 Quarantine Road is open for citizen drop-off Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Northwest Transfer Station, 5030 Reisterstown Road is also open for citizen drop-off Monday – Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

7 ways to weather proof your home and prevent frozen pipes

Temps are supposed to drop on Friday and that can mean broken or frozen pipes in your home.  Be prepared for the worst with these 7 tips.

  • Leave a thin stream of water run from your basement faucet to help prevent frozen pipes.
  • Turn off hose connections inside the house.  Disconnect hoses from their faucets, as frozen water in hoses can expand and break pipes and fittings.
  • Be sure you know the location of the water shutoff valve in your home. Check it periodically to ensure it works properly.
  • Keep a three day supply of water on hand, which is one gallon per person per day.
  • Insulate pipes in unheated spaces.
  • If you get a frozen pipe, gently warm it with hot air from a blow dryer at the point where it enters your house.
  • Periodically monitor your sump pump. A frozen drain pipe could result in a flooded basement.

City DPW crews are working non-stop to restore water as quickly as possible.  They have 20x the normal amount of calls and are working 12 hour shifts to help everyone get water back.  There is already a broken water main on 41st St that the City has been working on since Wednesday evening, so watch out for slippery conditions and detours.

Stay safe and warm!  Keep your pets inside.  A furry coat doesn’t mean they don’t get cold.  Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, and make sure they are okay.  Nextdoor is another way to keep up to date on what’s happening in Woodberry.  Contact us for an invite.  Also, the 22 bus is being diverted because of the water main break, so click here to see the detour.

Concerned Citizens of Woodberry is now Woodberry Community Association

The Board of Directors of The Concerned Citizens of Woodberry (CCoW) is pleased to announce approval by the State of Maryland to use “The Woodberry Community Association”, as our association name.

“This is a positive development for the community association and one that will enable both current and potential residents to quickly search for and find our social media sites.” says Jim Bomgardner, President of CCoW.  Tracey Brown, CCOW Treasurer adds, “The legal name remains The Concerned Citizens of Woodberry, but  Woodberry Community Association was available and we elected to register that for our use.”  Going forward CCoW will be doing business as The Woodberry Community Association.

The Board is in the process of updating all social media sites.  Please check us out on Facebook

Police report

The Northern District is seeing an increase in garage and shed burglaries. The thieves are kicking in entry doors, breaking out glass and cutting off locks. The items being stolen from the sheds and garages are mostly bikes closely followed by outdoor power equipment (lawn mowers, chain saws, etc.) The burglaries have occurred both during the day and over night.

Please consider the following recommendations to help reduce the risk of your shed or garage from being broken into:

  • Always lock your shed or garage.
  • Cut back trees and shrubs around the doors and windows of your garage.
  • Use a deadbolt that uses a key on both sides on your garage entry door if it has a window. Now if a burglar breaks the window, they can’t just reach through and unlock the door from the inside.
  • Make sure that your garage door and frame are strong enough to prevent it from easily being kicked in.
  • Install locks on your gates to prevent easy access to your yard.
  • Keep porch lights on at night or install flood lights that are motion activated.
  • Record the serial numbers of your bicycles and power equipment and engrave them with your driver’s license number. Example (MD) A-123-456-178-000. This can help us return your property to you before you even know that it has been stolen.
  • Report suspicious activity to 911.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Major Kimberly Burrus

Armed robberies in Woodberry

Woodberry experienced Monday evening and again on Tuesday evening armed robbery events in the TV Hill section. Both incidents involve a white sedan with multiple assailants. Monday evening, a female resident was threatened with a knife, knocked to the ground and roughed up before being robbed. Local residents came to her rescue. On Tuesday evening, a home was entered and robbed. Again, through quick action of residents, the police arrived, made arrests and confiscated a number of weapons from the car. Police report a wide range of incidents occurring in multiple locations and neighborhoods.

Additionally, the group of kids that we have seen in previous years canvasing the streets and alleys for open cars, open windows/doors and bikes/motorcycles have been observed in recent weeks.

Please be observant and report anything suspicious to the Police.

Baltimore Heritage Walking Tour of Woodberry a success!

We just finished the first ever Baltimore Heritage walking tour of Woodberry! Tracey Brown and Sheri Higgins led the tour, created by Baltimore Heritage, through homes and mills, with stops on Clipper Rd, Druid Park Drive, Hooper Mill, and the Overlook homes in Clipper Mill. Props to all of the homeowners and studios who opened their doors!


Remington Neighborhood update

Over the past two years we have forwarded information regarding planned development for the Remington neighborhood.   The 28th Street Development (Walmart and other commerical/retail/residential) continues AND Seawall continues to invest in the revitalization of Baltimore City.

Check out the two links provided.

New restaurant coming to Meadow Mill

In late October we announced that a restaurant was in the planning for the Meadow Mill building in the former loading dock area, on the Light Rail side.  Now we have an update.

Targeted for late summer 2014 is La Cuchara by executive chief Ben Lefenfeld, formerly of Petit Louis Bistro.   Mr. Lefenfeld, in partnership with his wife Amy Lefenfeld and brother, Jacob Lefenfeld take inspiration from the food and decor of the Basque region of southern France and northern Spain.  The centerpiece of the space will be an open kitchen with a large wood fired grill.  This Thursday, Feb. 6 their petition for a Class B liquor license will be reviewed by the Baltimore City Liquor Board.