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Overlea Community President’s Message (Fall 2023)

Dear Overlea Residents,

Greetings to all the vibrant members of our wonderful community! As the President of the Overlea Community Association, I am delighted to share with you exciting updates and cool events happening in our beloved neighborhood.

Community Garden Blooms: Our community has many amazing gardens in full swing, and it’s a sight to behold! Residents have been cultivating beautiful flowers, nutritious vegetables, and aromatic herbs. It’s not just about the green thumbs; it’s about fostering a sense of togetherness and creating a sustainable environment for everyone to enjoy. Our local Overlea Farmers Market continues to showcase the best summertime produce from our hyper local vendors, including Grateful Gardens located on East Elm Ave! Be sure to stop by! Our market runs until the end of October.

Overlea Artsfest: Congratulations to the ArtsFest board for another successful year! What an incredible experience this three-day event has become, and we are so lucky to have it in our neighborhood. If you missed out on ArtsFest, have no fear. The ArtsFest committee will continue the fun all year- round with a whole host of activities. Be sure to follow them on Facebook! Volunteer

Clean-up Events: We take immense pride in the cleanliness of our streets and parks. Join us for regular volunteer clean-up events, where we come together as a community to keep Overlea litter-free and pristine. It’s an excellent opportunity to bond with neighbors while making a positive impact on our environment. Watch for a cleanup event in September and follow our Facebook page.

Back to School: School starts August 28th for Baltimore City and Baltimore County public schools. Please join me in wishing all students a positive and productive school year! Many of our local schools, including Fullerton Elementary, Elmwood Elementary, Parkville Middle, and Glenmount Elementary-Middle are in need of supplies. I encourage you to reach out to your local PTA and help our students start off the year stocked-up and ready to learn.

Local Business: We have a thriving business community in Overlea, and we want to celebrate it! Frank’s Pizza and Pasta won Best in Baltimore! Congrats!!! New additions include a restaurant at 7400 Belair Rd. and Diablo Donuts in the Beltway Shopping Plaza. Be sure to support local entrepreneurs and strengthen our local economy.

Community NNO Picnic: Our third annual NNO on August 1st was a smashing success! Over 50 neighbors joined in on the beautiful weather and fantastic food. Many thanks to the committee chair, Doris Poling, for making it happen! And thank you to the Natural History Society of Maryland for hosting. What a terrific community partner. Remember, these are just a few of the exciting things happening in Overlea, and there’s so much more to explore and enjoy. I encourage each and every one of you to actively participate in these events and initiatives, as it is your involvement that truly makes Overlea a remarkable community. If you have any ideas, suggestions, or want to get involved, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we will continue to make Overlea a place we are all proud to call home. With warm regards, Melissa Davis, OCA president

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