Welcome To BQIA.org

The Bowley’s Quarters Improvement Association(BQIA) welcomes you to its website!  Here you will find information on our Association, its membership and activities.  By navigating this site you can read past Dock Lines, download important forms, and find supportive community contacts. Check out our new BQuz We Care page!! The site is a volunteer effort. Your assistance is welcome as we revise and maintain it to meet your needs.

Calendar of 2017-2018 BQIA Meetings and Events 

(General Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, 7:00-9:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.

September 14- General Meeting Jared Brown of Coastal Bay Farms (the field of sunflowers brightening the corner of BQ and Galloway roads) will talk about his farming and charitable pursuits.

Amanda Peñafiel  Maryland Environmental Services and Ranger Bob Iman, Maryland Department of Natural Resources – Maryland Parks Service, will provide information on happenings at Hart-Miller Island.

October 12- General Meeting- Councilwoman Cathy Bevins

October 14-  BQIA Bull and Oyster Roast- Cancelled

November 9- General Meeting- Mike Caruthers, President of Somerset Construction, will provide an update on Route 43 happenings

December 14- General Meeting- Holiday Giving Celebration and Make and Take Centerpiece

January 11- General Meeting – Ben Porter is a Director/Senior Naturalist for Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. Tom Melito is a 24 year veteran of Baltimore County Public Schools and currently serves as the BCPS Green School Leader. Both will be speaking about future plans for Miami Beach and Marshy Point. And John Heinz, Chief of the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Dept., will give an update on operations and future needs.

February 8- General Meeting – Athan Sunderland from Pinkard Properties was to present his plans for managing the playfields at the Eastern Regional Park, but we learned recently that the county is not going to move ahead with the project. So in lieu of a speaker, we will have an Open Forum.

February 17- Just Chillin’ in BQ, $10 pp. Join us for a beachy time!

Please note to keep  membership and the privileges associated with it current, renewals must be received by March 1.

March 8- General Meeting – Ken McGreevy, manager of the C. P. Crane Power Plant, will discuss current plans to discontinue burning coal by June 1st. After that date, the plant will use only natural gas for its power generation. Les Richardson of Richardson Farms will give us an update on the history, growth, and operations of his family business, including the leased fields cultivated in Bowleys Quarters.

April 12- General Meeting – With the approval and implementation of medical marijuana prescription sales in Maryland, dispensaries are setting up operations throughout the state. One of the new dispensaries is located next to the Carroll Island Shopping Center. Andrew Reich, Regional Sales Manager with AFS Maryland, will give us an update and answer questions. This retail operation plans to be open for business in March.

May 5 – Dumpster Day- 7:00 -11:00 AM – It is Spring Cleaning time!! Three dumpsters will be available  at the BQIA Hall for household and property trash.  Please Note PROHIBITED ITEMS: Explosive or Flammable materials; Acids, caustics, pesticides, chemicals; Refrigerators  / Air Conditioners /Freezers  which contain freon; Tires; Oil, Paint and household hazardous chemicals; Medical / radioactive waste; Liquids or Liquid waste, antifreeze; Drums or Tanks (unless clean and cut in half); Batteries; Asbestos Shingles or any other asbestos material; Animal carcasses; Large stumps; Wood not greater than 8″ in diameter and 6′ in length; Most large items that cannot be lifted manually; Electronics (Computer equipment, Televisions, Telephones, Stereos, Fax machines, Video display devices)

May 10- General Meeting    Lauren Lotz, owner and pastry chef of the new bakery “Lotz of Sweets” on Carroll Island Road, will talk about her new business and its offerings. NOTE: Nominations for Board Members and Officers are due. 

May 13- Mother’s Day Breakfast- 9:00AM- Noon

June14- General Meeting- Note: Election of Officers and Board Members.

June TBD- 3rd Annual Cardboard Boat Race and Safety Day


“See Your Feets in Our Creeks”-  Part of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. Get Involved With Saving Our Waterfront Beauty! Find out about conservation gardening and stream cleanup. Contact Chris Potts, Clear Creeks Project Asst. Manager at email gvcchris@aol.com or Peggy Perry, Clear Creeks Project Manager at pperry@gunpowderfalls.org.

What is up with Miami Beach- Because of fiscal constraints, Miami Beach, has been closed for swimming. An environmental restoration effort is underway. During the summer season, gates will not be open on the weekend or holidays but will be open during the week.  Signs will also be installed to direct people to nearby beaches that are open.There is concern as to how this change in status will impact beach goers, the surrounding community, and the beach property itself.

Middle River and Tidal Gunpowder SWAP (Small Watershed Action Plan) Meetings:  Our portion of the Bay has always received a grade of “B” on the Bay report card. It just fell to a “C” this year! We need all community members to contribute to have a clean and healthy river! Visit the County’s EPS website for more information:  http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/environment/watersheds/mrmain.html

My Neighborhood – The My Neighborhood application is an interactive map to find specific information to Baltimore County. Use it to search for locations by an address or tax account number, identify features such as zoning designations, find additional information related to data, link to Real Property (tax assessment) information, planimetric/topographic data, view aerial photography, measure distances and print maps. Visit http://myneighborhood.baltimorecountymd.gov

 Get involved in plans for our State, visit http://plan.maryland.gov/getinvolved

 Why not recycle that boat shrink wrap??  Visit http://mtam.org/shrinkwrap.html  for more information!