Perry Hall: PHIA sets slate for officers, board members

At almost 65 years old, the Perry Hall Improvement Association (PHIA), is one of the oldest and largest civic groups in NortheastBaltimore County.

Pursuant to the bylaws of the PHIA, the Nominations Committee has offered the following slate of officers and executive board members for the 2011-2012 term: Dennis Robinson Jr., president; Elmer Klein, vice president; William Libercci, treasurer; Tom Benisch, secretary; Jack Amrhein, at-large member; Diane Brazil, at-large member; Tim Brooks, at-large member; Audrey Burn, at-large member; Chris Defeo, at-large member; Bob Mowry, at-large member; and Ann Palrang, at-large member.

Additional nominations were accepted from the floor at the Oct.13 PHIA general meeting at the Perry Hall Library. The election will be held at the PHIA's general meeting on Nov. 10. Good luck to all the nominees!

Here is a wonderful example of the continued involvement of the PHIA in community advocacy, events and service projects. As you probably know, the PHIA coordinated the collection of gift cards to help the victims of the recent fire at the Chapel Village condominiums on Juliet Lane.

If anyone would still like to donate gift cards for places such as Target, Wal-Mart, etc., you can send them to the PHIA at P.O. Box 63, Perry Hall, MD 21128. We will have them delivered to residents affected by the fire.

It is fortunate that there were no injuries resulting from the fire, but some of our neighbors have been displaced from their homes and lost most, if not all, of their personal possessions. Many Perry Hall residents demonstrated the kindness and generosity that has characterized this community for decades by responding to neighbors in need.

Members of the Perry Hall community are needed to participate in the PHIA to keep our civic association thriving and active. Meetings are informative and enable you to speak with community decision makers and be informed of community news. For example, Dennis M. Robinson Jr, current PHIA president, stated in his recent editorial, "In November, Captain Mike Balog, commander of the White Marsh police precinct, will provide an update on crime trends in the Perry Hall area. Although we are fortunate to live in an area with relatively low crime rates, it is important to be aware of recent crime trends in the area so we can look out for ourselves and our neighbors and help police identify and arrest suspects."

The next general meeting of the PHIA will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd.

The PHIA is pleased to announce that Gunpowder Lodge, 10092 Belair Rd., in Kingsville, is hosting a family-friendly fall event on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. The free event will include food, games, craft activities and a costume parade and contest.

The PHIA will be supporting it by hosting an gourd decorating table and the Halloween costume contest. We hope to see you there! Check out the lodge's website at

October marks the start of Seven Oaks Senior Center registration for the 2011-12 year. All participants are required to complete a registration form each year. Membership is free; however, donations are accepted to help enhance the center. Stop by and register today; it will only take a few minutes.

When you register in the month of October, you will be entered into a raffle to win a $45 gift card to the Steakhouse. Please note — registration cards will be required to be shown throughout the month of November. Don't delay, register today! The senior center is located at 9210 Seven Courts Dr., Baltimore, MD 21236, in Perry Hall.

Update: Noelle, an Akita-husky mixed breed, is still lost in the Bird River area of White Marsh. Noelle has been lost since late August, when she bolted from the car in which she was being transported when the car was involved in an accident on Interstate 95.

There have been several more sightings of her in that neighborhood. Dog Rescue of Maryland is now involved in trying to locate Noelle and reunite her with her owner, the Rev. Lou Scurti, of New Jersey.

Dog Rescue of Maryland is located in Pasadena. In addition to finding lostdogs, it rescues and assists owner surrenders and stray, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs. If you would like to contact or make a donation to this great organization that puts dogs first, call Kim at 443-848-2709.

To share your news or announcement in the Perry Hall/Kingsville area, send an email to or phone 443-286-5881.

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