Chesterfield Fights Back Meeting

August HOA Board Meeting Recap

If you were unable to attend the HOA meeting last Wednesday, you missed a lot! It was exciting and very informative! We had a lot of people show up and participate! Let’s make it our goal to double that September 14th, 2016! Tell all your neighbors, GO!

Here’s a recap of the boring parts AKA monthly business:

  • The Board approved minutes from last month
  • The treasurer’s report was read
  • Some architectural requests were approved

The rest of the meeting was much more interesting and informative.

  1. The county completed erosion work down near Sutherland Court. Wood chips were installed at the playground and an additional proposal to prevent future erosion is coming from JAMS
  2. Erosion at the Tower Bridge basketball court is also being looked into and we should have a proposal to fix that also.
  3. There is some erosion happening over near Dorshire Ct that puts sand on the sidewalk of Tower Bridge. A proposal for that is being obtained.
  4. There are many cars and trucks on Dorshire that are parked illegally. These need to be addressed.
  5. We are having issues at the pools with lifeguards and equipment. If the lifeguards are not doing their jobs, please note the date, time and description of lifeguard along with the description of their actions and send them to Lee at lcrutchley@procomgt.com. We will be looking into getting a board where the lifeguards can write their names so we know who is on guard that day.
  6. Questions were raised about the scholarship fund – why do we need it? This will be discussed in the future budget meeting.
  7. The area between Robin Air and Dorshire town houses floods. We are getting a proposal to address that.
  8. The By-Laws need to be updated. A committee has been created. If you are interested in joining, please contact Julie Cameron at jcam0819@yahoo.com or 410-440-5579.
  9. There was discussion about adding police officers to the neighborhood. Officer Simmons attended to tell us how a secondary police officer shift works and how it helps the community! The HOA Board asked questions about liability and we were reassured it was minimal if at all. The police are a huge asset to our community. He also discussed tag readers and cameras that other communities have and how effective of a tool it is when the police are investigating. Jessica is getting quotes along with ProCom to see about adding them to our community!
  10. We would like to add a “Dead End” or “No Outlet” sign to Chaucer Ct. Many people try to leave that way and have to turn around.
  11. There are many defunct cable and telephone boxes in the neighborhood. ProCom stated that its almost impossible to get done and you would have to spend your life calling and getting it done. Jessica Ewing said CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! She would call and see what needs to be done. Comcast has dome-shaped boxes; Verizon’s are beige and other ones belong to BGE or C&P Telephone.
  12. The Architectural Committee should have three people on it OR all architectural requests should be reviewed by the Board. If anyone is interested in being on this committee, please contact Lee at ProCom Lcrutchley@procomgt.com
  13. The president of Garden CondosI Association and Jessica Ewing got into a heated discussion about the condos and the homeowners association. Much of their conversation was a misunderstanding on both sides as to what was correct.
  14. Due to 3 or more missed meetings, 2 Board Member positions were vacated. We are looking for other people interested in being on the board. Contact Lee at ProCom to put your name in OR show up next month. It is a monthly, 3 year commitment.
  15. The Safety Committee was also created. If you are interested, contact Julie Cameron at jcam0819@yahoo.com or 410-440-5579.

 

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Neighborhood Watch Meeting

On August 4th, residents of Chesterfield hosted our first community led Neighborhood Watch meeting! The meeting opened with Jordan Moreno singing The National Anthem! Jordan is a Chesterfield 7th grader with an incredible amount of talent, and we were so lucky to have her there! Drew, Callie, and Emily were our flag holders that took respect for the flag very seriously! I am so proud of these young people getting involved in our community!

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Our community has the LARGEST turn out that Corporal Megan Ott has ever seen, and we were asked if our contact information could be given to other communities to see how we have been so successful! Chesterfield Residents, YOU did that by spreading the word and talking to your neighbors. Thank you!

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Corporal Megan Ott spent 2 hours educating us on what to look for, how to be successful, roles everyone can take part in, and answering questions from the residents.

There are 2 types of Neighborhood Watches:

“See Something Say Something Campaign”

This type of Neighborhood Watch is the majority of the community reporting any suspicious activity they see to the police. Suspicious activity would include, but is not limited to the following:

  •  a home being entered by someone during the day or night that seems out of place. call your neighbor and ask if someone is supposed to be there if you can and/or call the police.
  • screaming
  • accessories being removed from the home
  • vandalism of a home or common area
  • loitering
  • flashlights on in the house at night. Sometimes kids are playing flashlight tag, so please check with your neighbor if you can by phone.
  • heavy traffic at a home throughout the day and night that seems suspicious
  • someone soliciting that you see checking the door handle after knocking or walking around back. Back door sliders are common areas a home is broken into.
  • someone that seems out of place in the community walking or driving around. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Call the police!
  • kids throwing rocks at homes and damaging property
  • Trust you gut! If it seems out of place it probably is and you should report it.

Ways to Report Suspicious Activity: 

If it is an emergency ALWAYS call 911. DO NOT ENGAGE! When you call 911 especially if it is a neighbor you have to live across the street or next door to and they are not on a different street, please ask them not to send an officer to your house. They will find another means of contacting you to follow up such as meeting elsewhere if necessary or by phone.

You can also call the non- emergency number if it is a concern that does not require immediate attention. The non-emergency number is 410.222.8610. Please save it in your phone for future use.

Also, if you are a BLOCK WATCHER, after contacting 911 if it is an emergency, report it to your BLOCK CAPTAIN. Your BLOCK CAPTAIN will turn it into the ADMIN who will be your liaison between the community and the police department. We will cover BLOCK WATCHERS, BLOCK CAPTAINS, and the ADMIN further down in the “Neighborhood Watch  Patrol” section.

What kind of information will the police need from you?

  • what happened?
  • when did it happen?
  • where did it happen?
  • was anyone hurt?
  • description of the person and/or vehicle (clothing, height, gender, ethnicity, tag number, make/model/color/old or new/defining marks of the vehicle.

Please do not put yourself in harms way to find any of this information. Please get as much information as you can safely get without getting near or engaging with the individuals. We are EYES and EARS only, and we all have loved ones who need us to be okay.

“A Neighborhood Watch Patrol”

Chesterfield Residents, when we start something we never settle for halfway! We are a community who goes all the way, every time because we are powerful together!

What does patrolling mean?

Patrolling means that you will either walk or drive around your block area on a scheduled time and report activity. We DO NOT recommend walking alone at night especially for your safety unless you are in a group. The BLOCK CAPTAIN reports activity to the ADMIN and to 911 if it is an emergency. If it is an emergency, call 911 BEFORE contacting the ADMIN.

We will have an online system that BLOCK CAPTAINS have access to for the schedule and sign up times. The times will vary depending on what is going on in the community at certain times. You can also request a different time based on your schedule if those times do not work with your schedule. The schedule cannot be shared with the public because we don’t want people doing activities in areas or times that they do not see a neighbor on the schedule to patrol.

What is the role of the ADMIN, BLOCK CAPTAIN, and BLOCK WATCHER?

ADMIN:  will create the schedules in the online system, receive reports of any activity from the BLOCK CAPTAINS, the liaison between the community with the police department, etc.

The ADMIN will also send out a report as often as necessary updating the BLOCK CAPTAINS on who has been reported having suspicious activity, houses that have been reported, vehicles, and areas and times that receive suspected illegal activity.

BLOCK CAPTAINS: will patrol their block at a time that they put on the schedule either by walking or by driving. The BLOCK CAPTAIN will also be the point of contact for the BLOCK WATCHERS to report all activity they see and/or have reported to 911 or the non-emergency number. The BLOCK CAPTAIN will pass all the information along to the ADMIN so that information can be followed up with the police department and the other BLOCK CAPTAINS.

BLOCK WATCHERS: will commit to watching out for their neighbors in their immediate area, reporting suspicious activity to their BLOCK CAPTAINS. If it is an emergency situation, please call 911 and do not wait to update your BLOCK CAPTAIN first. Once you have called 911, please inform your BLOCK CAPTAIN so that they have the information to pass along to others.

What are the rules of participating in Chesterfield’s Neighborhood Watch?

  • DO NOT ENGAGE! This means chasing someone, stopping someone you suspect is doing something wrong, going onto others property, approaching an individual, chasing a car, etc.
  • Do not carry a weapon of any kind when patrolling or watching your block.
  • Reporting suspicious activity

What happens if I break the rules?

Chesterfields Neighborhood Watch BLOCK CAPTAINS who engage, carry a weapon, violate the privacy of the schedule, are suspected of illegal activity of their own, or do anything that could cause harm to themselves or others could be immediately removed from Neighborhood Watch by the ADMIN.

How do I join Neighborhood Watch?

Sign up today by clicking the link below. If you are interested in being a BLOCK CAPTAIN, please fill out and sign the conduct and liability waiver and return it to your ADMIN, Jessica, via email (Jessica@chesterfieldresidentsllc.com) or in person.

Block Captain Sign Up Form

Block Captain Conduct and Liability Waiver

If you are want to commit to being a BLOCK WATCHER, please click the link below to sign up to commit to watching out for your neighbors and reporting it to your TBD BLOCK CAPTAIN.

Block Watcher Sign Up Form

 

If you have already signed up at the community meeting or the neighborhood watch meeting, you do not need to sign up again. If you signed up to be a BLOCK CAPTAIN, please send in the conduct and liability waver below.

Block Captain Conduct and Liability Waiver

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHOA- Julie Cameron

Because we live in a community that has an HOA, at settlement, we received a huge packet that includes by-laws and other boring stuff that governs our neighborhood that, most likely, nobody has read. When I got on the Board this year, I read it. Just once. I thought I had it all figured out. Since the last Board meeting in May, I’ve read it more times than I can count. I’ve highlighted it. I’ve made notes. I’ve used it to state my case and stand my ground for things I believe in. And, I will continue to use it. I will tell you this. It is severely outdated. It was written in 1979. Were you alive in 1979? I was. I was 6. How much has changed since then? Our by-laws and declarations need to change also. Unfortunately, this requires 66.6% of the community to vote on the issues which is why nothing has changed.

Many of you have been to Board meetings and had a negative experience. You feel the Board should do more, solve more problems, etc. In many ways, I agree. However, most of the issues are crime-related or zoning-related. As a Board, we are not equipped or empowered to handle these issues. This is why the common answer is “Call 911/Health Department/Other County Agency.”

Let’s take a look at what the Board is actually empowered to take care of. WARNING: BORING ALERT (But, please, keep reading! Cliffs’ Notes are at the end.)

 

ARTICLE VII

POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. Powers. The Board of Directors shall have power to:

  • Adopt and publish rules and regulations governing the use of the common area and facilities, and the personal conduct of the members and their guests thereon, and to establish penalties for the infraction thereof;
  • Suspend the voting rights and right to use of the recreational facilities of a member during any period in which such member shall be in default in the payment of any assessment levied by the Association. Such rights may also be suspended after notice and hearing, for a period not to exceed 60 days for infraction of published rules and regulations;
  • Exercise for the Association, all powers, duties and authority vested in or delegated to this Association and not reserved to the membership by other provisions of these By-Laws, the Articles of Incorporation, or the Declaration;
  • Declare the office of a member of the Board of Directors to be vacant in the event such member shall be from three (3) regular meetings of the Board of Directors; and
  • Employ a manager, an independent contractor, or such other employees as they deem necessary, and to prescribe their duties.

Section 2. Duties. It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to:

  • Cause to be kept a complete record of all its acts and corporate affairs and to present a statement thereof to the members at the annual meeting of the members, or at any special meeting when such a statement is requested in writing by one-fourth (1/4) of the Class A members who are entitled to vote;
  • Supervise all officers, agents and employees of this Association, and to see that their duties are properly performed;
  • As more fully provided in the Declaration, to:
  • Fix the amount of the annual assessment against each Lot at least thirty (30) days in advance of each annual assessment period;
  • Send written notice of each assessment to every Owner subject thereto at least thirty (30) days in advance of each annual assessment period; and
  • Foreclose the lien against any property for which assessments are not paid within thirty (30) days after due date or to bring an action at law against the owner personally obligated to pay the same.
  • Issue, or to cause an appropriate office to issue, upon demand by any person, a certificate setting forth whether or not any assessment has been paid. A reasonable charge may be made by the Board for the issuance of these certificates. If a certificate states an assessment has been paid, such certificate shall be conclusive evidence of such payment;
  • Procure and maintain adequate liability and hazard insurance on property owned by the Association;
  • Cause all officers or employees having fiscal responsibilities to be bonded, as it may deem appropriate;
  • Cause the Common Area to be maintained.

 

So, in a nutshell, it’s the Board’s job to maintain the common areas, create rules and regulations regarding use of the common areas, suspend voting rights when people don’t pay their dues, hire a property manager, landscaper, other contractor, etc. , keep records of all of our business, handle the assessments, and have liability insurance in case anything happens. That is all we have the power to do.

If you want the CHOA Board of Directors to do more…come to meetings, vote on issues, be more involved! This community is only as great as its members – all of them

-Julie Cameron, CHOA Secretary

 

 

Really Real Real Estate

There’s at least one in almost every neighborhood. You’ve no doubt driven past one, probably had a disapproving thought come to mind, and maybe even verbalized it. One of Tom Hanks’ lesser known films (and a personal favorite), The ‘Burbs, centers around one. I’m talking about the nightmare house that is the eyesore of the block. I can’t help but be reminded of a scene from that movie whenever I pass by one of these monstrosities. The mysterious new neighbors have just moved in and all the current residents are wondering what to think. As he sips his morning coffee Hanks’ character, Ray Peterson, stares over at the creepy dwelling and remarks to his wife, Carol, “Hey, honey, I think we should move. We got an arms dealer across the street and a crazy person down it. All they do is fight.” “Now these new next-door neighbors…They’ve been here a month. Think they’re gonna do something about their yard?”  Now, I’m the direct descendent of your quintessential “nosy neighbor” so I’ve heard similar talk over the years. I also understand the inclination of others who prefer to mind their own business. Isn’t there a happy medium somewhere? Do those nosy neighbors just have too much time on their hands? Can taking care of your yard and house really make that much of a difference?

 

Let’s start by looking at it from a potential buyer’s perspective. I am a buyer specialist for the Hargreaves Home Sales Team of Keller Williams Integrity so I have direct knowledge of what buyers are thinking and saying. I’m your local real estate professional and neighborhood expert. One of the first things most buyers mention when we sit down to talk about what’s important to them in a home is they want to be located in a “good” neighborhood that’s “safe.” It’s not permitted for me to say that one area is better than another so that’s when buyers have to do some research on their own. They scour the internet to find out crime rates and school ratings. They look to see who’s saying what on social media (and almost everyone is saying something). They even drive around the neighborhood at different times of the day to get a feel for the community and it’s residents. Hey, it’s the biggest purchase most of us are going to make so I’d be surprised if they didn’t do some homework. I give them the hard data, all the numbers and stats, and advise them accordingly. They put all this information together to get a better feel for what’s going on in a given area, and it weighs heavily on their final decision of whether to submit an offer or not. It’s not just the house for sale they are concerned about, it’s every house in the neighborhood.

 

So what does this mean for homeowners? Well, let’s start with the premise that when you go to sell your home you’re trying to get maximum value out of it. How do we determine the value of a house? Really, like most things in our free market system, a home is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Now, we have safeguards in place to make sure buyers don’t overpay for a house, but home values go up when new buyers are willing to pay a little bit more than previous buyers, especially now with the all-time low interest rates. Therein lies the big question: Why would a buyer pay more for a similar home than another buyer recently did? Let’s put it in terms that most of us are familiar with – buying a car. Most likely the biggest purchase a first time buyer has made to date is their car. So how did they choose the car they eventually purchased? Sure, they had their wants and needs, but how did they decide on that exact car? What if it came down to two cars, both the same make, model, and age that look good from the online pictures. Car A is listed at $15,000 and car B at $12,000. Car B is the obvious choice right? We all love a great deal, but why are two similar cars priced so different? It turns out, upon further examination, that car A is in like new condition, the service records are immaculate, and it’s been washed, waxed, and recently inspected. Car B, on the other hand, has some dents and scratches, there’s trash and dirt littering the inside, it was in a pretty bad wreck in the past, and the tires are unevenly worn. In the end, like many things in life, you get what you pay for. If you’re going to have to spend thousands of dollars just to get car B up to the level are car A wouldn’t it make more sense just to buy car A and not have to worry? Even if car B runs great, the perceived value is decreased simply by the way the car is presented. The point is, for major purchases like a car or a house, most people are willing to pay more if they feel they are getting a better product. How we present our house and neighborhood to buyers helps to create a perception about the value buyers are getting.

 

So, in the end, while having nosy neighbors and HOA rules may be a bit of an inconvenience at times, they are also necessary to ensure individual homeowners do their part to keep the values of not only their own but all their neighbors’ homes up also. We know full well what we are getting into when we buy a home in a community with an HOA. Being active and involved in the community and working to make it a safe and desirable place to live not only helps to improve our quality of life, it improves the quality of our future by increasing the value of the homes in our neighborhood. When we have programs like a neighborhood watch, it shows potential buyers that we take an active role in the safety of this community. It also shows those who choose to act in a way which makes us all less safe that we are standing up and choosing not to accept it.  What I do with my house affects all my neighbors, so I have a civic duty to do my part in that unspoken agreement we enter into when we buy our home. Instead of standing at the window wondering when the new neighbors are going to do something about their lawn, go and ask if there’s anything you can do to help! Maybe they don’t have a lawn mower yet, or maybe they physically are unable to get out there at the moment. Showing that you care and are willing to help is a great way to start building an active and involved community that people want to invest and live in.

Steve Stecher

Buyer Specialist
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Do Good Fences Actually Make Good Neighbors?

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         I was talking to a gentleman the other day that lived in Chesterfield for years. He was telling me stories about what the neighborhood was like as a child. As kids here, there were few fences, and the kids would run through the open space playing together.

         Robert Frost poem, Mending Wall said best! I am not suggesting everyone take down their fences in a literally sense, but more of a figurative sense. What if we were to get to know our neighbors and their families, help out a neighbor on trash night, pitch in to get a home project done, and generally care about the people who live right next door or across the street? What is it as people that drive us to come home and go in our houses and wall people off?

         Building walls to keep people out has almost becomes a society norm. Maybe it’s because you don’t want to get in your neighbors business or maybe it something else entirely. What would it hurt to say to someone who you know mulches every year, hey, I noticed you haven’t had a chance to mulch yet, I have a truck and can go pick it up for you if you want. Just let me know? Or if you know your neighbor is going on vacation to let you know and you will watch out for their home. You could ask for a contact number in case something happens to their home when they are gone. Maybe you know someone who knows someone that can help your neighbor out with a broken AC unit or a roof replacement.

  My sincere hope for this community is that we can become our own little small town. A community that celebrates everything that makes us great and solves our problems together by working together. If everyone came together and we tore down our figurative fences, what would be accomplished? Let’s go beyond our fathers saying that good fences make good neighbors!

 

 

Mending Fences by Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come after them and made repair Where they have left not one stone on a stone, But they would have the rabbit out of hiding, To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean, No one has seen them made or heard them made, But at spring mending-time we find them there. I let my neighbor know beyond the hill; And on a day we meet to walk the line And set the wall between us once again. We keep the wall between us as we go. To each the boulders that have fallen to each. And some are loaves and some so nearly balls We have to use a spell to make them balance: ‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’ We wear our fingers rough with handling them. Oh, just another kind of outdoor game, One on a side. It comes to little more: There where it is we do not need the wall: He is all pine and I am apple orchard. My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’ Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder If I could put a notion in his head: ‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it Where there are cows? But here there are no cows. Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offense. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him, But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather He said it for himself. I see him there Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed. He moves in darkness as it seems to me, Not of woods only and the shade of trees. He will not go behind his father’s saying, And he likes having thought of it so well He says again, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’

 

Jessica Ewing

 

Chesterfield Fights Back Meeting

 

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On Saturday, July 9, 2016 Chesterfield Residents held a community-led meeting to bring our neighbors together and tackle our community issues in a positive way. We had several guests help educate us as well as answer our questions! The meeting was put together in a week and all of our guest speakers made themselves available on very short notice, some with only one day to plan! Thank you to all of you! Additionally, Lauer’s donated 6 cases of water, ice, and doughnuts at 9:15 that morning when we made them aware of our meeting! Lauer’s is a big part of our community and they are very excited to work with us! Lauer’s is exactly why shopping local is so important. We need our local businesses that care so much in our communities!

 

Delegate Nic Kipke and his son came out to join us! He shared some of the laws that have been changed in Maryland to go after some of the big drug dealers such as RICO. It is my understanding that RICO allows the proper people to listen in on phone conversations to get these big dealers off our streets! Our District Attorney, Wes Adams, is working tirelessly to get drugs off our streets! Delegate Nic Kipke can be reached via email at kipke@kipke.com or his cell phone 410.591.9535. Additionally, his facebook messages go directly to him!

 

Nancy Schrum from County Councilman Steve Schuh’s office spoke very passionately about the increasing use of heroin. There have been a lot deaths cause by heroin and heroin laced with fentanyl. There have been 450 overdoses and 68 deaths in our county! Ms. Schrum shared with our community the importance of staying involved with your kid’s lives and knowing the signs when your child starts changing. There is a program called “Not My Child” that is currently being done in the middle schools and high schools. Ms. Schrum is very interesting in meeting with the PTA at Jacobsville to offer the program to 5th graders going into middle school. Ms. Schrum offered many resources to the community such as Mobile Crisis Unit. We will have all her resources listed on our resource page.

 

Steven Stecher from Keller Williams Hargraves Home Sales Team educated us on what happens to our home values when crime and rodent populations increase. He shared with us that getting involved to fix a problem when it is out of control is not the time. The time is now when we can get ahead of it! Steven Stecher and his family live right here in Chesterfield, and he gave a call to action to get involved!

 

During our open forum our residents shared their concerns:

Gary- Gary shared his concern about traffic issues down his narrow street and across the community. He wanted to know what could be done like speed bumps and police patrol.

Resident- One resident also expressed concern about speed and parking issues. They wanted to know if we could have a survey to paint curbs yellow where parking was not permitted.

Fran- Fran shared her concern about a house with drug traffic on the 3500 block of Marble Arch.

Debbie- Debbie gave a call to action to everyone to come to CHOA board meetings which meeting monthly with the exception of July and December. Debbie also encouraged neighbors to help their neighbors out if a house needs the lawn mowed or a nail put in something.

 

The Anne Arundel County Police Department had Captain Shawn Urbas from Eastern District and Sergeant Keith Clark from Narcotics at our meeting. Captain Urbas shared with us how dedicated he and his officers are to our community and the entire area they cover. Eastern District consists of Pasadena, Severna Park, Arnold, Broadneck, over to Crain Hwy. and 97. There are 13 posts/officers, specialized units, and other detective units on a shift. When we call 911 or non- emergency, all calls are put into a queue and prioritized. Captain Urbas share with us that drug and crime maps mirror each other. He also covered the Good Samaritan Law. In order to address the concerns of residents with people speeding, he said that there is an officer that can come out and he will put them on it, when they can, as long as other emergencies do not arise. Currently, speed cameras are illegal in Anne Arundel County. If you want to report a non-emergency issue, you can email Captain Urbas at pd_easterndistrict@aacounty.org. You can also reach him at 410.222.6140. More police resources are available on the resource page.

 

Sergeant Keith Clark from Narcotics talked about some of the work they have been doing and encouraged everyone to report suspicious activity. He asked that we call everything in. For instance, if your car was entered, but you were not missing anything – this helps create a pattern in an area AND if charged, the crime of “tampering” can be added to the suspect’s charges. Please call in everything, it helps them!

Sergeant Clark also talked about vehicles that were abandoned or not properly tagged. If police tag a vehicle, you have 48 hours to move it. Additionally, there is a Crime Prevention Unit that will come out and survey your property to assist with additionally security measures. You can find more information on the county police page (www.aacounty.org/police). Sergeant Clark encouraged us to lock our homes and cars. He also encouraged us not to leave anything of value in our vehicles and to document all of the serial numbers on our property so that they can track it, if it is stolen. There is a PCRC meeting the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30. They start back in September and everyone is encouraged to come! August 2nd is National Night Out at Earleigh Heights.

Jessica Ewing advocated for more funding for our police department so that they could put more officers out on the streets to keep us safe. She suggests we contact Councilman Fink’s office and get a petition started!

Steve Hammond, the supervisor at Anne Arundel County Health Department, covers Pasadena, Arnold, and Laurel. He helped educate us on what his department does. They are in charge of enforcing proper maintenance codes, zoning, and food safety. He also gave us tips on mosquito control. Any kind of item like an uncovered fence post that collects water will attract mosquitoes. We will be adding the handouts to the website for you to take a look at.

Thomas Multon, field inspector for Pasadena, educated us on how to eliminate rodents. If we give them food and shelter, they will continue to thrive. If you see rats coming out to eat during the day, it indicates that there is a severe problem because they are nocturnal. They will come out and survey properties, but they will need access to your property. Rodents feed on dog waste, fruit trees, gardens, trash, and birdfeeders.

 

We will be listing all of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Handouts on our webpage.

 

Jennifer Wheeler from New life Addiction helped educate us on signs to look for in a family member for substance abuse. She told us if things start to come up missing, your kids start hanging out with a different group of kids and becomes isolated, or you start to notice their appearance deteriorating – get involved! New life addiction offers programs to addicts and family members with addicts.