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Do You Live Alone?

If so, you are invited to participate in a new program we are initiating in Southland Hills. We are in the process of creating a phone chain for those who wish to participate so that each person will receive a quick phone call each morning just to “check in” and make sure everything is A-OK. If you live alone, please call Charlie Culbertson at 410-823-6432 for more information or to sign up.

Presbyterian Home of Maryland

Adopt a Grandparent

Southland Hills neighbors are invited to ‘adopt’ a resident of the Presbyterian Home located right in the middle of our neighborhood. Many residents of the home do not have family in the area or do not receive visitors very often. Many neighbors in our community do not have grandparents in the area. This is a perfect way to brighten a senior’s day and to bridge the generation gap, while teaching children (and reminding adults!) the importance of compassion.

This program will involve simply visiting your family’s ‘grandparent’ once per month. You could bring a handmade card, cookies, a book to read with them, some photos to share, and just talk and/or take a walk with them for a short time. Please write to the following address stating your family member's names, age(s) of child(ren), telephone number, best day/time to visit, and an email address. You will be contacted soon to make further arrangements.

Presbyterian Home
c/o Suzanne Merski
400 Georgia Court
Towson, MD 21204

Talkin' Trash

Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility

Drop off old TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computer equipment, cell phones, power supplies, laptops, scanners, stereos, answering machines, and other electronics. No appliances!

Mondays through Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers Wanted

History Project at Towson Library

Volunteers wanted! The Towson Library has many historic phamphlets, articles and newpapers/magazines that are currently accessible only through a card catalog and visiting the library. Librarians would like to update access to the materials by putting out an electronic "card catalog." The project would entail reading these articles, deciding the best words to use to help people find this information on the web and then entering the data in a museum software program called PastPerfect. Training will be provided. Volunteers must be computer literate and interested in Maryland history.

Contact Robin Halbert at 410.887.6166, ext. 111

Please come join your neighbors in the following community projects. If you have a community project that you would like to be listed on the web site, please e-mail @

Ongoing Projects

Speical Projects

Have Fun Planning Events!

The Social Commitee Needs You

Your contribution of just a few hours a year can make a huge difference! Please consider signing up to help plan one of next year’s Southland Hills social events. Planning typically involves shopping for a few items, preparing a brief flyer to be posted in the newsletter/website, and setting up on the event day. We need at least two neighbors per event. We encourage new ideas and changes this year to our events in order to increase participation and add some ‘spice’ to the same events we have been doing for over 25 years!

We need help planning the following events:
Halloween Party
Holiday Caroling
February Fling
Easter Egg Hunt
Family Bowling Night
West Towson / SHIA Picnic
SHIA Annual Picnic

Or …  I have a great idea for a new event!  Please provide a brief description.

Contact @

if you are interested in helping.

Treasurer's Report

Support for the Southland Hills Improvement Association

Thank you to the 80 neighbors who have supported the SHIA thus far with your dues. However, to support our budget, we must strive for 70% of neighbors to pay dues. It is interesting to note that in 2002, 165 neighbors submitted dues. Followed by 153 (2003), 143 (2004), 126 (2005), and 118 (this year so far). Why the decline? This is of great concern to the SHIA board, especially since we have so many great ideas for improvements within our neighborhood but we may be limited in our growth due to lack of funds. The $25 annual payment is a voluntary fee, however, we hope that you will consider contributing, both financially and by serving on a committee, so that we can continue to make Southland Hills a strong Towson community.

Dues are $25 per year.
Send to: SHIA, 313 Dixie Drive, Towson, Maryland 21204