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100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage March in Overlea

The 100th anniversary of the Suffrage March of 1913 is being honored with a Commemorative Women’s March in Overlea on Belair Road, February 23, 2013 starting at 9 a.m. The suffragettes, who marched in 1913, walked from New York City to Washington D.C. in the dead of winter and actually walked along Belair Road. Overlea was the last stop before the suffragettes entered Baltimore City.
This three block commemorative march honors those women who walked in 1913 and fought for our right to vote with a constitution amendment that was finally passed in 1920.
Marchers are asked to gather at the Overlea Fullerton Community center front lawn, 7209 Belair Road starting at 8:00 a.m. Marchers are also encouraged to wear yellow shoulder to hip sashes as the marchers did in 1913.
The March will end at the Maryland Natural History Society with a short program on the outside porch by invited speakers. This location was the original Town Hall and where the 1913 suffragettes spoke to the community.
To learn more about the planned March, the original March of 1913, and to view updates and parking information as the event draws closer, visit this website often and before the event date.
Read about the original March of 1913 here on the second homepage.
Those interested in participating are encouraged to invite their own circle of women to participate – mothers and book clubs, civic organizations, family members etc.
Residents and businesses can expect a temporary road closure on Belair Road from below Taylor Avenue to above East Northern Parkway/Maple Avenue at about 8:15 a.m. The march begins at 9 a.m. Belair Road will open when all of the marchers are off of Belair Road.
When Belair Road is closed, there will be no access to Belair Road from side streets in the closure area. Some side streets in Overlea may experience a temporary increase in traffic during the closure.
Overlea residents not marching are encouraged to come and line the march route, bringing American flags and yellow banners to cheer the marchers on! Currently there is no alternate bad weather date.

Many thanks to Lassahn Funeral Homes Inc, Geddes, and Carrabbas Italian Grill Overlea for generously providing support and  refreshments to make this event a success.

For Parking Information – go to our EVENTS page to get information on available parking areas.


After a very busy summer season filled with planting and painting along the Belair Road corridor, the Overlea Beautification Committee chose to devote its time to a much needed landscaping project at the Overlea Chapel United Methodist Church on Cedonia Avenue.
It took 5 days of hard work and 10 trips to the landfill to remove the overgrown shubbery, trees and weeds. Then new donated shrubs and colorful chysanthemums were planted. The curbs got a new paint job as well and the old sign got a partial face-lift.
This historic neighborhood church graces the Overlea region with it’s beautiful white steeple and serves as a landmark for it’s community. Overlea Methodist Church opens it’s doors to events and ideas to better serve the residents of Overlea. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend their weekly Sunday service at 9:30 a.m.
The Overlea Beautification Committee is an all-volunteer group. The plantings for this project were all donated by church and community members.

Overlea’s Mural Wall in Progress

The searing heat did not dash the efforts of dedicated painter Whitney Frazier as she continued working on the beautiful Overlea mural.

Power Washing the Mural Wall

Today was “Power Washing the Wall Day”.  A few brave volunteers challenged the 105 degree heat to clean the wall in preparation of the upcoming mural project. The Home Depot will be out this week to prime the wall, then it’s time to paint!

Thanks to Doris, Ernie, Cory and Mike. Thank you to Dan the Hubcap Man for supplying us with a water source and thanks to Kayes Pharmacy for all the cold drinks!

Overlea – From the Front Porch

Rudy and Eleanor Mannarino were good friends of my parents, and in fact were the reason my parents moved to Overlea. In 1954 my parents were visiting them after they had moved away from Bayonne Avenue in the city where they lived as neighbors. During this visit my parents saw the house on Manor Avenue that was for sale and well, the rest they say, is history.

My sister bought our parent’s home on Manor Avenue in the early 90’s and that landed her and her family in Overlea just one street away from me on W. Elm.  We were now only separated by a string of houses on one side of W. Elm and the back alley. In the middle of this separation was Rudy and Eleanor Mannarino’s house and yard.

On my sister’s moving day, her children, my children, and other assorted nieces and nephews helping, were quite excited with all the goings on, and the foot traffic generated between the two homes-and the Mannarino yard- was quite heavy, animated and continuous.

At the end of that day as I sat down to take a break on my front porch, I saw Rudy walking towards my house. As he climbed my front porch I wondered why he was coming over. He mounted the final step, he paused, caught his breath and steadied himself. Rudy, always quick and to the point, said this to me, “You all can walk through my yard, but stay on the sidewalk. I won’t have any grass left if this keeps up.”

All the kids and adults were quickly schooled on yard cut-through etiquette, and the grass was no longer walked on that day, or ever again, for that matter.

The next morning, Rudy painted reflective paint on every step edge in his unlit back yard.

Rudy passed away three years ago, and that silver paint has long since faded away. My sister and I still walk through his yard, where Eleanor can often be seen in her kitchen window or sitting on the porch. The kids that walk through there now are my grandchildren, and we still hear Rudy’s advice, “stay on the sidewalk.”

We hear you Rudy and we are still listening.

17 Pots Project

If you happen to drive by the parking lot for NextCar Rental at the corner of Northern Parkway and Belair Road, be sure to look at the light columns! The OCA beautification committee installed 17 potted plants, one under every light. With permission and a generous donation from the property owner,
Mr. Al Saunders, the project moved forward. Additional funding from a community grant made the vision a reality.
If you or someone you know is interested in assisting with future projects, please email Kim at We can certainly use some help this summer with keeping the pots watered.
We’d also like to thank Maryland Flower and Foliage Company in White Marsh for their discount on these beautiful plants!

Overlea Excited About Our Planters!

Overlea is fortunate to have multiple large-scale stone flower planters that run along Belair Road from Fleetwood Avenue all the way down near Willow Avenue. Some of these planters have been adopted and maintained by local businesses, while others have remained empty for many seasons. This weekend, five of the planters were adopted by three very generous local residents eager to beautify this very visible portion of Belair Road. They took it upon themselves to purchase 5 hibiscus trees, 10 geraniums, 10 sweet potato vines, numerous marigolds and 2 bags of mulch to enliven these planters. These folks also engaged the local business owners in this strip by asking them to maintain and help to water these planters. All three establishments agreed.
A big thank you to Joanne (another Overlea resident) at Maryland Flower and Foliage Company in White Marsh, for her expert advice and discount pricing!
If you happen to walk past these planters please assist the effort by removing any debris which may have collected. Picking up trash, even if it’s not in your own yard, is never a wasted endeavor.

Here Come the Benders!

Paul and Jean, residents of Overlea for 39 years, are doing their part to keep Overlea neat and tidy.  Everyday during their walk they take along a bag just in case they spot some bits of trash along the way.  This daily habit has been going on now for several years. This spunky couple also incorporates their walks into the delivery of  the community newsletter-they each have their own routes!  Jean, who grew up in Overlea just one street away from the house now owned by her son Mark, wife and three sons, has this to say about her contribution to the neighborhood, “I do it because it is our neighborhood. I really don’t like litter. However, the deeper reason is that God has given us a beautiful world and has provided us with everything we need to live well and I believe we have a responsibility to care for it.” Paul and Jean are just one shining example of Overlea citizens doing their part to keeping Overlea the great little hometown it is.