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Campus Hills Community Association A covenants community April 2014 Newsletter In this issue: President’s

Campus Hills Community Association A covenants community April 2014 Newsletter In this issue: President’s letter 1 Yard Materials 2 Activities 3 Pay Your Dues 4 Upcoming Events 5 Citizens on Patrol 6 Spring Tips 7 Contact Info. 8 Covenants 9 “Take notice. Take action. Take pride. ” ****************************** Are You Reading This? Just checking, because sometimes I wonder, are the people who live in Campus Hills actual residents or just occupants? In my past year as President of the community association, I have come across both types. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience to meet and get to know those who give freely of their warmth, talent and kindness in addition to their time and efforts. It has been just as enjoyable to meet those who have not yet taken the opportunity to show that they are caring individuals with a great capacity to share and contribute. Almost five years ago, I chose to live among you. I, for one, know that my home is something to be proud of and the neighborhood in which to raise my family is important to me. I recognize now that the residents of Campus Hills drew me in just as much as the quiet surroundings, nestled homes and sidewalks connecting us all. Mine is only one among 369 families that claim our community as home. I use the word “our” as in every one of us has a stake in what happens here. Don’t let things happen. Instead, make things happen. Start by reading our newsletter. It includes important information that directly affects us. It also contains contact information to people who will be responsive to your concerns. Reach out to us. As a member of a community we all have the responsibility to be neighborly, like it or not! This slogan, introduced last year, is a good reminder of how to accomplish a neighborly spirit: “take notice, take action, take pride”.

Page 2 Another way to be a contributing member is to pay your dues.

Page 2 Another way to be a contributing member is to pay your dues. They are gratefully used to support programs within the community like printing newsletters, neighborhood events and Citizens on Patrol. We also accept tax-deductible donations. What better use of your hard-earned dollars than to spend them where you live? Besides these, the absolute best way to contribute to your community is to volunteer your time. I’m asking you, as your President, as a resident, and as your neighbor to get involved. There’s plenty to do and it’s all fun. It doesn’t matter if you join the board, help trim your neighbor’s bushes, or pick up trash on the sidewalk when no one is there to see it. It all matters. Actions such as these help our board of directors to keep our neighborhood values healthy. Our goals are simple ones; to help each other and keep life running smoothly. The Campus Hills community association is a voluntary civic group. We exist to protect our property values and provide a sense of community and camaraderie among residents. Unless you are breaking the law, acting in a risky manner or in violation of our covenants, we are a non-intrusive organization. We are charged with the fiscal responsibility of our community’s assets, responsiveness to needs, requests, complaints and proactively monitoring the safety of all Campus Hills residents. However, none of this works without the compassion, participation and engagement of our residents. …ENGAGE… To find out how you can engage in our community, contact me at 443 -377 -1956 or [email protected] org. Thank you. Tamee L. Bollinger President, Campus Hills Community Association Yard Materials Collection: Grass. Leaves, and Small Brush Debris is collected every other Thursday beginning April 3 rd through December 11 th. It may be placed in paper or plastic lawn bags. Do not rake or blow leaves (or any yard materials) into the public street. This is a County Code Section 18 -3 -109 violation which can result in fines. Remember that all trash may be placed at the curb on the prior evening after 6 pm and not before. Please visit www. baltimorecountymd. gov for a full collection schedule and a list of materials that are and are not collected.

Page 3 Family Bowling Event Chairperson Michele Mangiafico reinstituted an old tradition and planned

Page 3 Family Bowling Event Chairperson Michele Mangiafico reinstituted an old tradition and planned a bowling event at Towson Lanes for Campus Hills residents. Here’s Wesley Wood, A. K. A Director of C. O. P, showing off his talent. Who would have guessed that such technique and style lay dormant for so many years! Be sure to join us next year. Wesley will be a challenge to beat. Have A Heart Charity Drive a Success Many thanks to those who donated food, clothing and hygiene products to the Franciscan Center for our first Have A Heart Charity Drive. Janice Flynn of Campus Hills is pictured below with Donte, the Volunteer Coordinator at the Franciscan Center of Baltimore. The Spring Walk Around the Hills worked its magic on the Mangiafico brothers! Look for the fall Walk in upcoming newsletters. www. facebook. com/campushills www. nextdoor. com/campushills

Page 4 The Campus Hills Community Association Annual Dues Collection It is time to

Page 4 The Campus Hills Community Association Annual Dues Collection It is time to collect Campus Hills Community Association dues for the year. (Our fiscal year runs from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. ) New this year – pay your Campus Hills dues using To do so, contact our treasurer William Hill at 443 -6229963 or will. e. hill. [email protected] com. The CHCA volunteer teams and Board members are continually hard at work keeping the Campus Hills community connected, protected, and attractive, maintaining our property values, and building a sense of community among our neighbors. Listed below are some specific examples of what your annual dues contribute to: • Newsletter printing and distribution to keep the community informed • Citizens On Patrol expenses to keep us safe • Website costs to keep us visible to potential home buyers and keep property values up • Signage and garden expenses to keep us attractive • The yard sale, social events, and other activities to help neighbors keep in touch This year’s dues are the same as last year’s - $50. 00. Please note that paying before June 1 reduces the fee to $40. 00. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our neighborhood. Please complete and return the form below with your dues as soon as possible. Remember that behind every vibrant and desirable neighborhood stands a strong and active community association. --------------------------------------------2014 -2015 Dues ($50. 00) Name: ________________ Address: _______________ Phone: ________________ Email: ________________ Please make checks payable to Campus Hills Community Association or CHCA Mail to P. O. Box 20155 Towson, MD 21284

Page 5 UPCOMING EVENTS! Easter Party at the Providence Volunteer Fire Department Saturday, April

Page 5 UPCOMING EVENTS! Easter Party at the Providence Volunteer Fire Department Saturday, April 12, 2014. For details, contact 410 -828 -9029 or [email protected] 29. com. Community Yard Sale Saturday, June 14, 2014, 8: 00 am – 12: 00 noon Rain Date: Sunday, June 15 th This is a great excuse to clean out and declutter! Second Annual Digital Photo Contest Starts 8: 00 am on Saturday, July 12 th. Photos are due by 8: 00 pm on Sunday, July 13 th. To sign up or ask questions, contact [email protected] com. All ages are welcome to participate. A prize will be awarded to the winning person or team! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tis the season…. . Remember, the condition in which you keep your home reflects on the property values of us all! • • • A few hints for keeping up appearances: Mow weekly. Trim edges for a finished look to your lawn. Trim bushes at least 6 inches back from the sidewalk or curb. Repair broken fixtures. Trees overhanging sidewalks must be pruned with an 8 foot clearance so that people may walk under them without having to duck. Paint shudders and window casings. Roof tiles must match in color. (This is a specific requirement of our covenants. ) Park all vehicles in driveways or on the street, not on lawns. Vegetable gardens should be planted in the back or side yard where they cannot be easily seen by prospective home buyers. THANK YOU!

Page 6 Citizens on Patrol Information and Tips Campus Hills Citizens on Patrol is

Page 6 Citizens on Patrol Information and Tips Campus Hills Citizens on Patrol is in need of more daytime volunteers for marked vehicle patrols on weekdays. The majority of burglaries in Towson occur during the day when residents are away at work or school. Campus Hills COP currently has several dedicated weekday patrollers who patrol twice a month but the real goal is to have enough day patrols to cover every Monday through Friday. In addition, COP volunteers for Thursday and Friday nights would be welcome. If interested in volunteering for COP , would like to go on a ride-along to see what patrolling is like, or have any questions about COP contact Campus Hills COP Director, Wesley Wood at phone: 410 -823 -2578 or email: [email protected] org. Campus Hills Crime Incident Summary Since January 2014, there have been two house burglaries resulting in one theft. Also, there were two thefts from unlocked cars. At least one of the burglaries occurred during daytime. The thefts from cars occurred at night. Crime Prevention Tips § Keep parked vehicles locked with all stored items out of sight. § Doors and windows should be kept locked in homes, garages and outbuildings. § Avoid allowing unfamiliar people into your home unless their identities can be verified. § Outdoor entrance lights should be kept on at night but off during the day. § Arrange for a trusted neighbor to collect any mail, newspapers or packages if you will be gone for more than one day. § If your house will be unoccupied for an extended period, the Baltimore County Police will inspect your property daily if you fill out a “vacant house slip” at the Towson Police Station. § The Baltimore County Police can perform a free residential security survey of your property and provide you with a written report of recommendations. To schedule this call Officer Bryan Dietsch at 410887 -8733 or Precinct 6 outreach officers at 410 -887 -5933. § Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity. Never worry if the situation proves unfounded.

Page 7 Terra’s Tips for Spring Gardening Flowers! Sunshine! Yes, everyone, Spring is just

Page 7 Terra’s Tips for Spring Gardening Flowers! Sunshine! Yes, everyone, Spring is just around the corner (I promise) and with it are designs for color in our flower beds! Though planting new flowers in the ground is incredibly tempting at the moment exercise a bit of caution and hold off until April 15 th to ensure healthy growth, especially if perennials are involved. If you would like to research proper planting times and appropriate flowers or trees for our climate Towson in is Zone 7. When considering new plants, aim to purchase more perennials than annuals as they will return year after year. One can quickly change the look of a garden or landscaping by starting with a single color theme of perennials that can be easily transformed with the addition of a burst of annuals in oranges one year and purple the next. Finally, don’t forget that like people plants are also “what they eat”. Remember to feed your soil as instructed on the package on a regular basis in order to increase the number of flowers! Happy Planting! Did you know…. . The first inhabitants of Towson (1600 s) were hunters called the Susquehannough people. Towson was first settled in 1752 by brothers William and Thomas Towson who farmed Sater’s Hill. There was a minor civil war battle in Towson. It occurred at Ady’s Hotel, the current site of the Recher Theatre. From the Recipe Box: Jalapeno Popper Dip Ingredients: 2 - 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, room temp. 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese ½ cup grated Parmesan 1 – 4 oz can diced green chilies 1 – 4 oz can diced jalapenos or 4 fresh seeded jalapenos diced finely 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese ¼ cup butter, melted Directions: 1. Mix the first 6 ingredients together and spread the dip into a greased pie pan or a 2 quart baking dish. 2. In a bowl, mix Panco breadcrumbs, remaining ½ cup Parmesan cheese and melted butter until incorporated. 3. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the dip and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until top is browned and dip is bubbly. 4. Serve with chips, crackers, or baguette slices. On February 4, 2014, Jen and Rob Latteri welcomed their new baby boy, Nathan John, home to Southwick Drive. Nathan weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and has a “big” brother, 17 month-old Carter William. Nathan was also welcomed home by their golden retriever, Pippa. CONGRATULATIONS!

Campus Hills Community Association Board Members President: Tamee Bollinger Vice President: Vacant Treasurer: Will

Campus Hills Community Association Board Members President: Tamee Bollinger Vice President: Vacant Treasurer: Will Hill Secretary: Vacant Citizens on Patrol (C. O. P. ): Wesley Wood Covenants: Greg Finnerty Newsletter: Vacant Membership: Benny Louie Hospitality: Michele Mangiafico Fundraising: Vacant Address: P. O. Box 20155 Towson, MD 21284 Phone: 443 -377 -1956 Email: [email protected] org [email protected] org [email protected] org Website: www. campushills. org Newsletter Submissions Do you wish to recognize an achievement or special occasion? Please email your shout outs, trivia, recipes, ads, pictures, etc. to [email protected] org to see it in print. FLY YOUR FLAGS Remember to fly your flags on the following dates: § § § Mother’s Day: May 11 Armed Forces Day: May 17 Memorial Day: May 26 Flag Day: June 14 Father’s Day: June 15 Independence Day: July 4 Labor Day: September 1 Patriot Day: September 11 Constitution Day: September 17 POW/MIA Recognition Day: September 19 Columbus Day: October 13 Veterans Day: November 11 § § § Thanksgiving Day: November 27 Pearl Harbor Day: December 7 Christmas Day: December 25 For those who have Maryland state flags, remember that any half-staff days apply to both U. S. and state flags. The list of days for the state and/or U. S. flag to be flown at half-staff can be found at the website www. halfstaff. org. This site also provides a link to be notified of when these days are declared.

Highlights in this Campus Hills Newsletter: • Letter from the President • Pay your

Highlights in this Campus Hills Newsletter: • Letter from the President • Pay your Dues • Tips to maintain property values • Upcoming Events • Important Information from C. O. P. It’s time to pay your dues. Instructions inside. IMPORTANT! Campus Hills Community Association, Inc. P. O. Box 20155 Towson, Maryland 21284 -0155