"I think I did a good job," he said Sept. 14..

"I bit a lot off and I've had to chew a lot," he said with a laugh.

Hands-on projects, such as beautification projects and maintenance of public spaces, made the last three years rewarding, too, he added.

When prodded, McAuliffe listed a few accomplishments:


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• the first Fourth of July breakfast and flag raising that attracted 60 participants and representation for the first time in the annual Arbutus Fourth of July Parade,

• lively association meetings with good attendance, a friendly social time, food and entertainment,

• a candidates' forum that attracted all the local candidates for Congress, State Senate, House of Delegates and County Council and an audience of about 100 people;

• beautification projects such as care of the median between Carville and Oregon avenues, the open spaces by the Francis Avenue bridge and creation of the Waelchli Avenue wall garden.

It's those last projects that McAuliffe said are the most important.

"I want to focus on these," he said. "If I lose focus on these, I'll lose volunteers."

One of his most daunting challenges almost since the moment he took office was the presence of the adult video store on Southwestern Boulevard.

He said the community association worked with county code enforcement officials to have the exterior display cases and then the interior viewing booths removed.

When booths were reinstalled, the community association, working with the Huntsmoor Park Community Association, won a temporary injunction in April to have them removed.

McAuliffe noted that the hearing for a permanent injunction still hasn't been scheduled.

"It has marked my presidency," he said. "It has been the whole three years."

McAuliffe, 48, an electronics technician for the Maryland Transit Administration subway, said he was thankful for the support he received from his neighbors — and his family.

With his dining room now cleared of the paperwork the HIA president accumulates, he said he hopes to have more space, and time, to spend with them and to volunteer at his teen daughters' school, Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville.

In addition to hands-on projects at the Catholic high school on Academy Road, he's also looking forward to getting to those jobs in the neighborhood.