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Overlea Community Tree Lighting

December 13th was a fantastic night in Overlea! The Community Tree Lighting event was a big success with more then 200 residents coming to see the beautiful tree lit and Santa arrive by sled on the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company truck. Many people, businesses and organizations came together to make this event shine! A BIG thanks to event organizer Heather Lassahn of Lassahn Funeral Homes. A big shout out to Sippel Casper G Electric who provided the electrical assistance and Parkville Home Depot which provided the more than 400 feet of light for the 30 foot tree in front of the Overlea Community Center.
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Singing Christmas Carols at the event was the St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Overlea Children’s Choir under the direction of Nick Zurowski, Choir Master. Heavenly melodies were heard in Overlea! And delicious hot chocolate and cookies were lovingly provided by Central Alarmers.

John DiSciorio, Managing Partner of Carrabba’s Italian Grill- Overlea had this to say about the event, “ There is nothing better then having a restaurant in a real neighborhood with families and a sense of community. I was happy to provide the cannolis at the Tree Lighting event- and I know the cannolis- all 500 of them- were really enjoyed!”

Mary and Will Geddes of Geddes School Supplies where equally happy to participate. “We were so pleased that our business is located in such a family friendly, community oriented neighborhood and honored to have participated in the Overlea Tree Lighting event this year, we loved being able to provide small gifts for all the children.”

Heather Lassahn is already planning for next year! Each of the generous sponsors are already on board. The Overlea Community Association is proud to produce such a fun, family friendly event and looks forward to next year. See you at the center on December 12th!







Christmas in Overlea


On December 19th, on the steps of Overlea Chapel United Methodist Church, residents gathered from the neighborhood and came together to sing Christmas carols from the beautiful front steps of the church. It was a cold, clear night and Overlea was transformed into a Christmas evening of delight as lovely melodies of Christmas washed over the community! The ladies of the church provided delicious hot chocolate and homemade cookies for everyone. This annual event is a treasured delight enjoyed by all! To learn more about the church, visit


Overlea Receives Historic Marker for Women’s Suffrage


On June 9, 2014 Senator Katherine Klausmeier unveiled the Maryland State historic plaque on Belair Road in Overlea to commemorate the Suffragists who walked from New York to Washington, DC. in the dead of winter in 1913. These brave women stayed in Overlea overnight and addressed the community at the old town hall, which is now the current home of the Natural History Society of Maryland. This plaque is the first of many commemorations to come that bring attention to the 100th anniversary in 2020 of women gaining the right to vote. Many thanks to Senator Klausmeier who established the commission and ensured Overlea was first to receive this most noteworthy distinction. The location of the marker is 6908 Belair Road.

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The Overlea Community Flower Pot Project is Underway!

The Overlea Community Association kicked off their 14 Flower Pot Project May 3rd. On hand for the festivities were Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan President and CEO Tom Wintz, Senator Katherine Klausmeier, Larry Simmons, Special Assistant to the County Executive, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins and Marcus Tadros, SHA Project Manager of the Rt. 1 Revitalization Project.  Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan  is providing a generous three-year grant to the Overlea community that will be used to professionally plant and maintain the 14 pebbled flower pots on Belair Road in Overlea. Councilwoman Bevins presented County Council Resolutions to both Rosedale Federal and to the community association. The President of the Overlea Community Association Dennis Robinson Sr., had this to say about the commitment Rosedale Federal is making to Overlea, “The Overlea community is very grateful to Rosedale Federal for their commitment to our community. Beautifying our Rt. 1 business district is a priority, and this initiative helps to promote our historic neighborhood.”

OCA Thanks Overlea Businesses for Their Holiday Lights!

The OCA would like to sincerely thank these businesses for their participation in the Holiday Lights Contest. They each received a certificate for their efforts to light up Overlea and show their Holiday Spirit! The OCA looks forward to an even bigger and better contest next year! Participants not pictured are Overlea Caterers and Creative Impulse Dance Studio on Belair Road.

Mary from Geddes (7110 Belair Rd.) and Kim King - OCA member

Mary from Geddes
(7110 Belair Rd.)
and Kim King – OCA member

Dorina Marshall and Chris Marshall of Unique Nails by Dorina (6715 Belair Rd.)

Dorina Marshall and Chris Marshall
from Unique Nails by Dorina
(6715 Belair Rd.)

Anita Brooks, Lisa Eubank and Kevin Muse of Pizza Hut (6663 Belair Rd.)

Anita Brooks, Lisa Eubank and Kevin Muse
from Pizza Hut
(6663 Belair Rd.)

Elby Proffit of QP Management and Building Services, LLC (6657 Belair Rd.)

Elby Proffit
from QP Management and Building Services, LLC
(6657 Belair Rd.)

 Brian Whitlock of Brian The Barber (7100 Belair Rd.)

Brian Whitlock
from Brian The Barber
(7100 Belair Rd.)

Marty Wagner of B&F Atlantic Station, Inc (6621 Belair Rd)

Marty Wagner
from B&F Atlantic Station, Inc
(6621 Belair Rd.)

Jason Wright of Service Course Cycle Studio (7306 Belair Rd)

Jason Wright
from Service Course Cycle Studio
(7306 Belair Rd.)


The Overlea Community Association Recognizes Local Businesses for their Holiday Lights Contest!

On Thursday, January 2nd, the Overlea Community Association (OCA) president, Dennis Robinson, along with vice-president Doris Poling and Baltimore County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins awarded prizes and certificates to two local businesses for their participation in the Overlea Holiday Lights Contest.

First place went to Heavenly Automotive at 6909 Belair Road. They received a cash prize from the OCA along with a gift card to Carrabas Italian Grill and a year of free advertising in the OCA Newsletter! Their creative display of hubcap and rim parts to decorate their storefront windows was fabulous. Along the sidewalk out front, they even created a holiday tree and wreath from pine branches.

Second prize went to Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan at 6708 Belair Road. Their hard work was evident as the lobby was turned into a winter wonderland with 2 lighted trees, wreaths, lights and even a holiday floor covering!

The OCA sincerely appreciates the efforts of all the businesses that joined the contest this year and we look forward to an even greater participation next year. Thanks to Kim King and Steve Stout for their outreach to local businesses to make the event such a success. We’d also like to thank these businesses for their participation:

B&F Atlantic Station, Inc. at 6621 Belair Rd.
Creative Impulse Dance at 6647 Belair Rd.
Designers’ Den, LLC at 6655 Belair Rd.
QP Management and Building Services at 6657 Belair Rd.
Pizza Hut at 6663 Belair Rd.
Unique Nails by Dorina at 6715 Belair Rd
Universal Catering & Events at The Overlea Events Center at 6809 Belair Rd
Brian the Barber at 7100 Belair Rd.
Geddes at 7110 Belair Rd.
Service Course Cycle Studio at 7306 Belair Rd.

Overlea Businesses are Decorating for the Holiday Season

The holiday spirit is wild in Overlea!  The Overlea Community Association is sponsoring a Holiday Lights contest for businesses on Belair Road this year. The Rt. 1 business district is awash with colorful light displays, as business owners are pulling out all the stops to compete for a generous prize package this year, which includes a year of free advertising in the community newsletter, a cash prize, and a gift certificate to Carrabba’s Italian Grill Overlea. Visit the community and businesses to see the displays, including the lighting of the historic streetcar turnaround. Judging will take place on January 1st and the business with the most spirited display will be awarded the TOP LIGHTS OVERLEA designation. To register your Overlea business for the competition send an e-mail to Many thanks to the Overlea Beautification Committee, and may the BEST business win!



It’s that time again–let’s get those decorations out and lights hung! The OCA is offering prizes for the “most spirited” decorations. Contestants must be dues paying members of the oca.

To join the contest, register your home address by email to Kim King at Lights and decorations must be in place by December 14th. Keep those lights turned on as the judges will be driving through the neighborhood between December 14th and 16th. The winners will be announced the following weekend.

Fossil Frenzy at Natural History Society of Maryland!

Fossil Frenzy!
Sunday October 20th, 2013
National Fossil Day Celebration at the Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Road. Baltimore Maryland 21206. Amazing fossil displays, family activities, silent auction of fossils. Free Admission!
The Natural History Society of Maryland has an extensive collection of plants, animals, fossils and minerals, dating back to the early 1800s. This is the central repository for past, present and future collections of specimens and artifacts important to Maryland’s natural history.
Observations over time are the only way to interpret what has happened before and predict how nature will change in the future. The Natural History Society is the steward of Maryland’s natural history.
The Natural History Society of Maryland is preserving our states’s natural treasures and training naturalists of all ages.  To see all of the programs go to

Second Mural Completed in Overlea!

It started with a vision to highlight the historic background of Overlea’s bus turn-around. Overlea was the end of the line for the #15 streetcar which was discontinued in 1963 when all of the streetcars in Baltimore were removed from service. With volunteers under the leadership, and artistic skill of Overlea resident and artist Kim King, the mural was successfully installed. This mural, located in the 6800 block of Belair Road is of an old time streetcar and is located next to the historic and renovated streetcar building. It is the second in a series of murals that are being painted in the community of Overlea. Community volunteers Steve Stout, Chris Maex and Billy Crenshaw provided many hours of painting assistance, State Senator Kathy Klausmeier provided the much needed and appreciated assistance with the state and MTA negotiations, and Tom Layden of Home Depot Parkville assisted with a donation of all the paint and necessary materials. Many thanks to all who made this beautiful mural a successful reality.

See progression photos below.