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We all hope your New Year is off to a good start! Let us remember all the struggles we have survived and let that memory create and ignite our spirit to keep pressing forward with determination for success. GABA members are some of the most resilient folks around. We are always trying to figure it out and make the worst situation turn into an opportunity. May we all find a renewed passion and continue to pursue our dreams and goals for a thriving business. GABA is dedicated to help you succeed. We will continue to develop new ways to help your business grow. After our January 19th election, GABA leadership and committees will roll out some of our 2022 programing. We will make sure that our programing is compliant with all County and State mandates.

Happy New Year, everyone!

All the best!

Bettina M Tebo, GABA
Executive Director

Please contact Bettina Tebo for additional information or questions: bettinatebo@zohomail.com or 410-980-6819, GABA website www.arbutus.org or Patsy in the office at 410-204-8951

New Members List

– Alments Beer, Wine & Spirits
– Friend Like Me Travel
– Hair Cutting Zone
– Liam Garrett
– Save-A-Lot
– Valley Landscaping, Patio & Stone
– Veterans Initiative
– Waverly Works

Watch us grow!

Important Notice For Members

UPDATE – GABA Board Elections

Below is the current slate of nominees for the GABA Board of Directors 2022. If you have an interest or would like to nominate someone, nominations will be accepted from the floor. All floor nominees must be present. There are 5 open seats.

Joe Regier
Binal Patel
Maude Swearingen
Jeff Choyce
Steve Moran
Harold Xecominos

Please mark your calendar and join us on January 19th @ Fish Head Cantina for our General Meeting and Election Luncheon, 1pm. Lunch is available for $15. RSVP today and purchase lunch @ arbutus.org.

Corporate & Premium Plus Memberships


1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250 – (410) 455-1000

Premium Plus

All Things Air & Ice LLC
1307A Francis Ave Halethorpe, MD 21227 443-930-2203

Finder’s Keepers Thrift & Consignment Shop
5404 East Drive Arbutus, MD 21227 (410) 247-2724

Fish Head Cantina
4802 Benson Ave Baltimore, Maryland 21227 (410) 247-2474

Kim Waldt – Chesapeake Bank
5424 Carville Ave Halethorpe, MD 21227 (410) 242-7451

RE/MAX New Beginnings
1424 Sulphur Spring Road Baltimore, MD 21227 (410) 242-0220

SERVPRO of Catonsville
4030 Benson Avenue Baltimore, MD 21227 (410) 242-7370

Security Auto & Truck, Inc.
4020 Old Washington Blvd. Halethorpe, MD 21227 (443) 575-6641

Shore United Bank
1101 Maiden Choice Ln. Baltimore, MD 21229 (410) 242-1234 (443) 709-8052

Sorrento of Arbutus
5401 East Dr. Halethorpe, MD 21227 (410) 242-6474

Whalen Properties
2 West Rolling Crossroads Catonsville, MD 21228 (410) 747-2900


Call 410-204-8951 or go to our website arbutus.org


January 2022

GABA Membership Meeting
and Board Elections
January 19th, 1:00 PM
Fish Head Cantina
4802 Benson Avenue
Arbutus, MD 21227
Purchase luncheon online at arbutus.org

For more information about events
contact our office:
410-204-8128 or email Patsy –

Wilkens Police & Community Relations

Meeting Announcement

Tuesday, January 11th
7:00 – 8:30 PM

Arbutus Town Hall
1349 Stevens Avenue (off Linden Avenue near

Board Elections – openings for Secretary and
At- Large Board Member

Contact Otis Collins – otis7743@gmail.com

January MEGA postponed until March
Tickets and Tables on sale now

Baltimore County News

Bulk Trash Pick-Up Returns

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that in 2022, Baltimore County is bringing back residential bulk trash collection for the first time since 1992. The new program will give residents two opportunities to set out bulk items for collection next year.
Baltimore County’s Bulk Trash Collection Program will operate as follows:
All single-family homes and town homes in Baltimore County will have two free pre-scheduled bulk collections in 2022, with a limit of three bulk items per collection.

  • Bulk item collection dates and instructions will be mailed to every home in Baltimore County.
  • Residents will be able to look up their pre-scheduled pick-up dates online starting in January.
  • Residents will not need to call or email the County to request pick-up on a scheduled day.

The program, a recommendation of Baltimore County’s Solid Waste Work Group, will enhance the County’s existing waste collection services while reducing illegal dumping and the emissions created by individual trips for bulk trash disposal.
Residents may also continue to bring bulk items to one of the County’s three drop-off centers year-round.

Christmas Tree Collection

The collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 10, 2022. Pickup dates vary by location and are not scheduled in advance; residents must place trees out by January 15 to ensure collection. Christmas trees will not necessarily be collected on your scheduled trash or recycling day—please leave trees out until collection occurs. Residents should place trees out for pick-up at the same location where they would normally place trash and recycling for collection. In addition, residents must follow these rules when placing their Christmas trees out to be recycled:

  • Only set out live (not artificial) trees.
  • Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.).

Baltimore County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash and recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager’s rules when recycling their Christmas trees. Residents who wish to drop off Christmas trees themselves may do so. Christmas trees (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.) may be taken to any one of the County’s three drop-off locations.

For directions to the County’s drop-off centers, residents may visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000.


Baltimore County Council District 1 Updates

Do you want to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in Baltimore County’s First Council District? You’ve come to the right place. From water and sewer line replacements to zoning hearings and more are available for review here.

Need to reach the Council Office?


District Office
754 Frederick Road
Catonsville, MD 21228

410-887-1012 (fax)

Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Towson Office
400 Washington Ave.
Towson, MD 21204

410-887-5791 (fax)

Visit the Master Plan 2030

Hub at any time at


Master Plan 2030 Hub

Master Plan 2030 development is underway. Through the summer and fall of 2021, the Department of Planning conducted a series of
Community Engagement Meetings that were held in different communities throughout the County. The input that was gathered will guide
the vision for the local community and the County in the next 10 years.

At the heart of this process is the idea that local government should invest more – and more thoughtfully, — in its people and
infrastructure. Using what we heard in the summer and fall, we’ve developed draft goals for six Master Plan topics. We’re holding public
meetings in January and February 2022 and are, again, asking for your input on these goals and your assistance in suggesting actions to
achieve these goals.

Responsible Regionalism

Tuesday, January 11th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ensure that all local proposals account for, connect with, and support the plans of adjacent jurisdictions and the surrounding region.

Livable Built Environment Part 1: Housing and Land Use

Tuesday, January 18th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ensure that all elements of the built environment, including land use and housing, work together to provide sustainable, green places for
living, working, and recreation with a high quality of life.

Resilient Economy

Wednesday, January 19th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ensure that the community is prepared to deal with both positive and negative changes in its economic health and to initiate sustainable
urban development and redevelopment strategies that foster green business growth and build reliance on local assets.

Livable Built Environment Part 2: Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Facilities

Monday, January 24th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ensure that all elements of the built environment, including transportation, energy, and infrastructure, work together to provide sustainable,
green places for living, working, and recreation with a high quality of life.

Healthy Community

Wednesday, January 26th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ensure that public health needs are recognized and addressed through provisions for healthy foods, physical activity, access to recreation,
health care, education, environmental justice, and safe neighborhoods.

Interwoven Equity

Monday, January 31st 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ensure fairness and equity in providing for the housing, services, health, safety, and livelihood needs of all citizens and groups.

Harmony with Nature

Monday, February 7th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ensure that the contributions of natural resources to human well-being are explicitly recognized and valued and that maintaining their
health is a primary objective.

All meetings will held virtually and will begin at 6:00 pm. You can also find links to the meetings on the Master Plan 2030 website. Make
sure you also add the Master Plan 2030 meetings to your calendar!

GABA Membership Renewal Drive

It’s time to renew your membership or time to consider joining the business and association that has your interests in mind. The benefits include networking with other local businesses; advertising opportunities through the street banner program, website, newsletter and gateway signs; advocacy at the local and state level; and the knowledge that your support is making the Arbutus area a stronger and better place to live, work and shop. Visit the GABA webpage at www.arbutus.org to see the levels of memberships available, starting at a very affordable $150 per year.

Start planning now for your upcoming advertising and business’ special promotions.

For more information on how GABA works for you, contact Patsy, Sheena or Bettina through info@arbutus.org or call the office at 410-204-8128.

The GABA Bulletin Update

The Wilkens Police Beat and UMBC pages are taking a brief hiatus this month. In their place, we’d like to engage you to consider some changes to the newsletter. First, we’d like to remind those of you who are Sponsorship Plus, Premium Plus, or Corporate members – your membership dues include advertising opportunities in the Bulletin. In addition to website and social media promotion, we encourage you to send us your ads for specials, sales, and promotions. We can accept the ads in pdf, jpg or png format.

We are also looking for members who may want to write a guest column. Topics can include information about your business or area of expertise keeping in mind how your experience may help others to be inspired or grow their own business. Have you made changes to your business model that you will continue after the pandemic? Have you been successful in finding and keeping employees during the “great resignation”? We’d like to share your stories with our members.

If you have an idea, a promotion, a photo of your business engaged with the community – milestones, promotions, staff changes – we would love to share them with your colleagues in the Greater Arbutus Business Association.


State Launches $248M Homeowner Assistance Fund

Kevin Kinnally – Conduit Street – The Officialblogsite of the Maryland Association of Counties

January 5, 2022

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of the Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund. The fund, established by the American Rescue Plan Act, aims to help homeowners experiencing financial hardship amidst the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will receive $248 million in federal funding over three years to support mortgage relief, home repairs, housing counseling, and legal services.

Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund

  • Approximately $171 million to provide loans to assist homeowners who have experienced financial hardship with their mortgages and $34 million to provide grants to assist with property tax, homeowner association, and other types of delinquencies.
  • $10 million for the WholeHome program to help homeowners with necessary repairs and energy efficiency improvements.
  • $8 million for housing counseling agencies and $3 million for legal services providers to help homeowners navigate the foreclosure process.
  • $22 million for program case management, administration, and marketing, and outreach to ensure eligible homeowners, including minority populations and those in especially hard-hit areas

Program Portal The Homeowner Assistance Fund will assist applicants who were unemployed or underemployed on or after January 21, 2020, resulting in mortgage delinquency or forbearance and other types of homeowner delinquencies.

Marylanders can determine their eligibility and apply by visiting homeownerassistance.maryland.gov. For assistance in using or navigating the application portal, call 833-676-0119, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am – 7:00 pm or Saturday between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Emergency Home Repairs

The Homeowner Assistance Fund WholeHome Grant will help Maryland homeowners who have an emergency repair in their primary residence that they cannot address because of the financial impact of COVID-19. Without addressing these repairs, it will cause the homeowner to be “involuntarily displaced” from the property.

Grants of up to $10,000 will address any emergency repairs — including mold remediation, asbestos and lead paint removal, no heat or air, electrical repairs, plumbing/septic repairs, and other structural and maintenance issues.

For more information and to apply, visit dhcd.maryland.gov/wholehome or call 877-568-6105.

Mortgage Servicer Help

The Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation (OCFR) within the Maryland Department of Labor is responsible for regulating the mortgage service industry in Maryland.

Homeowners who believe their servicers are violating the terms of the fund may report their concern to OCFR by calling 410-230-6077 or visiting labor.maryland.gov/finance/consumers to submit a complaint. Visit homeownerassistance.maryland.gov for additional program details, including eligibility information, a document checklist, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Member of the Month

Harold Xecominos
Sorrento of Arbutus Restaurant & Catering
5401 East Drive
Arbutus, MD 21227
(410) 242-6474

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