Friday, August 31, 2007

kids sought by police caught

From the crime log:

"Two juveniles, the subjects of a helicopter search about
10:30 last night, were arrested.

They had been on the roof of
Rodgers Forge Elementary School.
Coincidentally, tomatoes had been thrown against the west end
of the school and eggs were smashed across Dumbarton Road
from the School.

Remember,if you see or hear anyone on school or park grounds
after dark, call 911.

There was a robbery near Regester and Loch Raven Blvd.
last night.

Below is an alert for other juvenile offenders.
The two short boys have VERY long hair. If you see them and/or
the three tall boys, call 911.

Don't hesitate, let the police ask questions.


There are new reports of destructions of property
occurring in residential areasand on Towson High
School property.
A neighbor recently followed 5 suspicious youths the
other day and saw one of them slash a pool on Knollwood.

The primary suspects are 2 white male juveniles of
short stature with long hair.

They have been seen in the company of 3 taller
white male youths.

If you see these individuals roaming through
your neighborhood, call 911 so they can be identified.

Officer Bill Anderson and Towson High SRO Tim Fiedler are
investigating. If you have any information, Officer
Anderson can be reached at PC6 at
410-887-2361.
Officer Fiedler can be reached at
410-887-3608 or at tfiedler2@bcps.org."


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The blog is (mostly) on vacation

See you after Labor Day!


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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hair, tears and lollipops on York Road

Here's a Sun article on Gennuso's barber shop. My son's gotten his hair cut there a few times. Some people we know love it, others have had not-so-great experiences there.

"The main draws here -- besides the singing fish affixed to the wall, the box of toys, the baskets of lollipops and the $14 price -- are Mr. Garry and Miss Annette, who preside over the skinned-knee set in owner Chuck Gennuso's no-appointment, no-frills, pole outside, old-school barbershop on York Road."


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Exxon held up, car burglarized on Dorking

From the crime report: 

"Last night, Monday-Tuesday, a window was smashed in a car parked on
Dorking near Dunkirk.An expensive portable GPS device had been left on
the dashboard and was stolen. There were other valuable things in the
car which were not taken.


8/25/07 7:15 P.M. Armed Robbery of Woodbrook Exxon. A black male, 6'2,
200 lbs wearing a white hat, red bandana, long dreadlocks and baggy blue
jeans entered location and acted like he was going to purchase a bottle
of water. When the cashier opened the register drawer, the suspect pulled
out a silver handgun and fled on foot E/B on Stevenson with $525.00."


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the blog is (mostly) on vacation

Back after Labor Day. Enjoy the rest of the summer!


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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

recycle your old electronics this Saturday

Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This eCycling event, by the Maryland Department of the Environment, is being held at Montgomery Park, 1800 Washington Blvd., Blue Lot, Baltimore, MD 21230.

The event will be held Rain or Shine, is FREE, and is opened to all Maryland residents.

Materials accepted include any brand of Computer CPUs, Laptops, Scanners, Monitors (no loose glass), Household Printers, VCRs, Digital Phones, and DVD Players. [Why are those things capitalized?]

No TVs, home appliances or items with refrigerants, household chemicals or other chemicals of any kind, and equipment containing or having been in contact with any chemicals or liquids will be accepted. No commercial or institutional material will be accepted. No more than 5 items per car.

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Not really blogging today, but ...

... here's something fun in the meantime. It's John McCain singing Barbra Streisand songs.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

NW Balto mom/grandma authors kids' books

Examiner article


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Towson U now charges for visitor parking

Maryland’s second-largest public university started charging visitors to help raise money for a new parking garage and alleviate the school’s growing pains. .... Examiner article


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Walker Ave. speed bumps anger residents

Three speed humps on Walker Avenue in North Baltimore appear too high for cars to safely traverse, even at slow speeds. ... Sun article


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Monday, August 20, 2007

more on the Stoneleigh assault

as reported earlier in the crime log, a story from The Examiner


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out of gas in a tunnel? what to do

from The Sun: ... Let us define "worst possible places" as busy traffic bottlenecks where a lack of shoulder space gives any motorist the potential to become a one-person traffic jam -- not to mention a serious hazard to oneself and others. In Maryland, these would include the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Bay Bridge, the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the Susquehanna River crossings on Interstate 95 and U.S. 40, and the two-lane U.S. 301 crossing of the Potomac. ... full article


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counties worry about budgets

Sun article


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Hopkins prof urges water planning

From The Sun: ... The longtime Johns Hopkins University professor is not some sort of glutton for punishment. He just wants Marylanders to think about water - how much we have now and how much we will need later - and he knows the best time to ponder those questions is when the cornfields turn brown and the wells look as if they might run dry. .... full article


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Friday, August 17, 2007

many baby bottles, sippy cups deemed dangerous

(BOULDER, CO) The authors of BABY BARGAINS, the country’s
best-selling guide to baby products (700,000 copies in print), today
called forparents to stop using baby bottles and sippy cups made of
polycarbonate plastic.

Polycarbonate bottles are made from a chemical called bisphenol A
(BPA). In an article in a peer-reviewed medical journal last week,
a group of 38 scientists said BPA caused a significant health risk.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-plastic3aug03,0,1828523.story?coll=la-home-nation

Also last week, a federal panel convened by the National Institutes of
Health
said there is “some concern” the chemical could cause
behavioral and neurological problems in young children.

Specifically, parents should stop using Avent’s Natural
Feeding
Bottle and Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow (or any bottle made
of polycarbonate
plastic)---these products were previously
recommended by BABY BARGAINS.


“All baby bottles and sippy cups made of polycarbonate plastic should
be avoided,” said author and consumer advocate Denise Fields. “If
you are shopping for bottles, chose an alternative made from BPA-free
plastic or glass. If you have polycarbonate bottles, throw them out.”



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Rabid beaver attacks swimmers at Loch Raven reservoir

A rabid beaver attacked two swimmers in a Baltimore County reservoir last weekend in separate incidents, health officials said, clamping down on one victim’s thighs and upper back as family members frantically dragged her from the water. ... more from The Examiner


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family tour at The Walters

Saturday, August 18 at 1-2 p.m. -- This 45-minute guided experience allows visitors of all ages to enjoy an interactive, discovery tour of collections or special exhibitions with a trained museum educator. Please meet in the Centre Street Lobby. (410) 547-9000 ... details


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concert at Hunt Valley Towne Centre tonight

Hunt Valley Towne Centre, in conjunction with WTMD-FM, will hold a concert from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Chuck Thompson Memorial Plaza area, 118-AA Shawan Road. Eric Scott will perform. 410-785-3770.


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Sheila Dixon's sister on payroll

Sun article: After facing repeated criticism for taking actions that benefited her sister, Mayor Sheila Dixon hired her sibling to act as a "right-hand woman" to her campaign manager this year and, since then, has paid her more than $20,000, according to recently released campaign finance records.


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local dinosaurs

From a Sun article: Hundreds of dinosaur footprints, in rocks plucked from Maryland streambeds by an amateur paleontologist, are being described in a scientific journal as among the most significant of their age in North America since the 1930s.


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UMUC one of first colleges to offer global warming concentration

Examiner article


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glitch in shuttle at Owings Mills and Old Court

From the Examiner: There have been a few glitches with the shuttle bus service set up by the Maryland Transit Administration between the Owings Mills and Old Court stations.


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Thursday, August 16, 2007

man beaten and robbed in Stoneleigh

from the crime log:

"Last night at approximately 11:15 P.M. an elderly male
resident from Stoneleigh Rd. taking a night walk, was robbed
and beaten with his own walking stick and a trash can in
front of 7118 Bristol Rd. Bristol Rd is one block east
and parallel to York Rd. The victim screamed for help and
the suspects left the scene in a red 4-door sedan.

Suspects described as 2 black males, ages 18-25, 5'07,
stocky builds wearing dark tee shirts. Suspects initially
drove by the victim at Chumleigh and Hatherleigh in the
red 4-door sedan. The passenger suspect got out on
Bristol and confronted the victim. The driver then came
back, exited the vehicle and assisted in the robbery. The
driver picked up a trash can and assaulted the victim with it.
The passenger suspect beat victim with the stick.

The victim was transported to GBMC with severe injuries,
but appears to be recovering. This case is priority for
precinct 6 investigators. Any information should be
reported to detectives at 410-887-5508 or the
main precinct line of 410-887-2361.

Sergeant Stephen Moffett
Precinct 6 Community Outreach Team &
Hillendale CSAFE Team
6877 Loch Raven Blvd.
Towson, MD 21286
410-887-5933
smoffett@baltimorecountymd.gov

[and a correction from the crime log:]

To all Rodgers Forge neighbors, COP and friends,

The man, mugged on Bristol Road in Stoneleigh Wednesday night,
was not robbed of $600 as I was originally told.
His glasses were broken and damage to his cane, etc. amounted to $600.
My source is acting Captain of Precinct Six, Lt. Randy Guraleczka.
"


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FDA says don't give kids under 2 cough/cold medicine

New York Times article


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Art project at Whole Foods in Mt. Washington

Today (Thursday) at 4 p.m.: Kids from age 4-10 are invited to join volunteers from Art with a Heart and make pop pencil holders. Call to confirm (410) 532-6700.


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new plan for county juvenille delinquents

Examiner article: Maryland and Baltimore County lawmakers said they are nearing a cash-saving agreement that will keep juvenile delinquents at home in their own schools — and serve as a model for future pacts with other jurisdictions.


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Carbon monoxide found in Towson highrise

Sun article


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Protest targets greenhouse gases

From The Sun: About 60 global warming protesters raised an oversized hourglass outside the State House in Annapolis yesterday, telling Gov. Martin O'Malley that "the time to commit is now" to sweeping cuts in carbon dioxide pollution. ... more


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Local officials back new Calvert Cliffs reactor

From The Sun: Calvert County's elected officials have sent a letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission expressing support for building a new reactor at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. .... more


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local home sales tank

Sun article


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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

some bibs from Toys R Us tained with lead

New York Times article


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woman's purse grabbed at campground entrance

Baltimore County police look for man who they say assaulted a woman and grabbed her purse at campground near Cockeysville. Examiner article


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Text messages to warn college students of danger

In wake of Virginia Tech shootings. Examiner article


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Historian says he started Poe toast

But now others keep it going. Examiner article


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tomorrow: info on aging services

from The Sun: The Baltimore County Department of Aging will provide information on community resources, options on care and Medicare facts at 10:30 a.m. at Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown. 410-887-0615; and at Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road. 410-887-1273.



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Teen open-mic night

Aug. 15: Towson Library will offer Teen Open Mic for poets, musicians, actors, rappers and all other talents at 7 p.m. at the library, 320 York Road, Towson. 410-887-0951.


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thinking of a career in the health-care field?

Baltimore County Community College event.


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Dog parade today

At 2 p.m. in White Marsh ... details


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Balt. County bd OKs hiring of school curriculum consultant

For $75,000. .... Sun article


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O'Malley report says state needs slots

Here's the Sun article. .... Hmm, aren't states with slots still having budget trouble?


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Panel trying to save Mechanic Theatre

Sun article


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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Mattel recalling even more Chinese-made toys for lead

Here's an article, including mention that the head of a company that made lead-tainted toys committed suicide.


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Rodgers Forge Elementary needs your help painting

RFES is in dire need of painting volunteers Tuesday through Friday, August 14 -17. The school tells the blog: "We would like the library completed by the end of this week, so the artist can decorate the walls for the children." Contact Dot Bender to let them know your availability so they can make a schedule. 410-887-3582


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O'Malley, Mfume endorse Sheila Dixon

Sun article with a disconcerting nugget: "Standing outside of City Hall in War Memorial Plaza, the trio emerged to the 1980s classic song "Eye of the Tiger," where they were joined by a legion of city and state elected officials." .... Were they also wearing Zubas?


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Environmental-justice speech

Thursday, August 16 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. --- Speaker Scot Spencer will focus on issues influencing Gwynns Falls and Leakin Park neighborhoods and parks, including dumping and the impact of the planned Red Line train. ... details


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Junior Leauge of Baltimore Membership Open House

Thursday, August 16 at 7-9 p.m. in Ruxton. .... details


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Story time at Govans library

Today at 11:30 for kids age 3-5.
5714 Bellona Ave. 410-396-6098


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Preschool time at the Science Center

Today at 11 a.m. -- Stories, science activities, music, and hands-on participation in Kids Room. (410) 685-5225


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Museum of Industry at Whole Foods

Today at 7 p.m. The new class for "tweens" (kids from ages 10-14) is run by the Baltimore Museum of Industry staff. They will examine old pictures of Baltimore City workers. The kids will get to talk about old jobs that Baltimore workers did in the early 1900s. ... more


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Monday, August 13, 2007

Brainy Baby, Baby Einstein -- not so smart

A new study shows that these videos do more harm than good. Kind of a blinding flash of the obvious that parking your kid in front of the TV is not a key to success. My kids do watch videos (not this kind) now and then, but at least I acknowledge that I'm turning their brains to mush.


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Police leave anti-crime event to handle shoe-related shooting

From the area crime log:

"Sgt. Steve Moffett actually had to send 2 units from our
[National Night Out] procession just as we got to Charles
and Towsontown. As you will see below, the shooter was caught
and arrested.


08/07/07 19:30 07-219-1631 Attempt 1st Degree Murder
1323 Dartmouth Rd. 21234

The suspect shot the victim in the leg over an argument involving
tennis shoes. The suspect was apprehended at Loch Raven Blvd.
and Glendale Rd."


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Fun in the Mud at Irvine on Tuesday

Aug. 14: Sarah Brittingham will lead "Fun in the Mud," an exploration of soil and what lives in it, at 10 a.m. at Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave. For children ages 4 to 5 years with an adult. The cost is $6 for members; $8 for nonmembers. Please call to confirm event. 410-484-2413


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B. County students' report cards to be more detailed

A new computerized system is supposed to give parents more info on child's progress .... Sun story


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Five city bridges to be fixed

CSX and Baltimore City decide to stop arguing and do something. ... Sun story


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Two MARC trains are canceled for rail work

Camden line affected. .... details


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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Happenings at Rodgers Forge Elementary

From the RFES calendar, August 23 is:
K & 1 Back to School Night

Volunteer Training – 6:00

PTA – 7:00

Classroom visits 7:30

...more


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Friday, August 10, 2007

Lazy Saturday Afternoon Films at Pratt

Enoch Pratt Library says: See some of the fun, neat and weird 16mm films from the library's collection:

The Sugar Cereal Imitation Orange Breakfast - Comedian Marshall Efron gives kids tips on how to manipulate mom into buying sugar-coated breakfasts cereals.

Da Duva - A riotous spoof of three Ingmar Berman films.

Serpent - A metaphysical film poem by California filmmaker Scott Bartlett.

The Les Levine Movie - Pulsating images and a great electronic score combine to create a feel for contemporary art.

Blue Dashiki - Jeffrey, a boy from Chicago's South Side, works odd jobs to earn money to buy a beautiful blue dashiki.

In Search of Rothko - The life and work of artist Mark Rothko as seen through the eyes of an art history student struggling to understand Rothko's work.

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"I'm really orientated to work hard!"

The latest from Miss Manners -- should an HR person point out flaws in applicants' résumés? And should women demand drinks from men in bars?


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Friday night at The Walters

From City Paper: "Solo performance in the Graham Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. by lead guitarist/singer of the Squaaks and tour "A Fresh Perspective: Another Look at the Quilts of Gee's Bend" by Angela Roberts-Burton, Education." ... info


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The Wiggles play 1st Mariner tonight

Don't forget your lighters! Venue phone: (410) 481-7328


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science story time at B&N downtown

Every Friday morning Professor Edison shares books on math and science and reads favorite stories selected by the children themselves. Call Barnes & Noble to confirm it's still in the works: (410) 385-1709.


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Nepotism in county government?

Examiner says: "Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith has named the brother of one of his top aides to a newly created $96,000 position, officials confirmed Thursday." The county did not advertise the job nor did it interview any other candidates. ... more


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Green Fund and other ideas to lower state deficit

A coalition of Maryland environmentalists report on how to raise $706 million to reduce the state’s deficit. ... Examiner article.


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Feds seize property of Cockeysville man after $32 million indictment

Article from The Examiner.


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Museum of Industry

I've heard this museum is fascinating. Here's a story on it from the Examiner.


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free kids' immunizations

From the Baltimore County Dept of Health. ... info


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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Balt. County coach sentenced for child pornography

From The Sun.


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mayoral candidates take your questions

The Sun is taking your questions, passing them on to the candidates, then posting the answers. details


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David Lee Roth to tour with Van Halen

This has nothing to do with Baltimore, but I heard "Panama" at the gym yesterday and was transported back to high school. Then I saw the news today that Roth will tour with Van Halen. Made me feel old. .... Yikes, and a clip of Roth singing "Jump" bluegrass style, accompanied by banjos and fiddles.


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PAETEC Jazz Festival starts today

At Power Plant Live! (doesn't that exclamation point just shout "fun!"?) Details.


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Nouveau furniture expanding services

I love this store.


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Mayoral debate on radio today

On WOLB 1010 am at 8:00 -- I wonder if they'll replay it.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Free Friday Flicks at the B&O

Friday, August 10, 2007
Free Friday Flicks feature carnival games, contests, safety demos, entertainment and more. Gates to the Museum will open at 5pm and the films will begin at dusk. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, enjoy an evening of fun & films. Admission is FREE and open to the public. The movie is: “Over the Hedge.” ... more info


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Advice for moms re-entering the workforce

Heard this person, Liz Ryan, on NPR this morning. Pretty interesting. Link to story.


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Rodgers Forge Association meeting tonight

At 7 p.m. in the Dumbarton M.S. cafeteria. ... calendar


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Wonder Wednesday at JCC

From City Paper: The JCC of greater Baltimore offers fun events for children ages 2-10 every Wednesday through August. Magic shows, inflatable fun, Eric Energy, the Kinderman, Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, and the Zoomobile are all included activities. details


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Gangs recruiting in elementary schools

In Harford County. Examiner article


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Area beaches contaminated

Sun article


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Plan to widen county roads

Roads in White Marsh and Owings Mills to be widened. Sun article.


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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Vito's Pizza on York Road

Haven't tried it yet but my friend highly recommends. They don't deliver, but they do sell by the slice as well as the whole pie and they have seating. It's in the same strip as Caribou Coffee (my personal favorite neighborhood coffee place). 6304 York Rd, Baltimore - (410) 323-8486


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Elections board to consider posting addresses of donors online

From The Examiner: The Maryland State Board of Elections has yanked the home addresses of campaign contributors from its online campaign finance database, but will reconsider the move. ....more


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Rodgers Forge apartments/condos

I saw today a new sign for the Rodgers Forge apartments -- now called Red Oak. I emailed the office and they said they are doing one-year leases for 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and that they will be staying apartments, not condos. Anyone know details? I haven't seen a news story in a long time. I know they were auctioned off after the people doing the condos couldn't pay the bills. What happens to the people who bought condos? And the people who were kicked out or about to be kicked out of the rentals?

I did see this online:

CBRE Realty Finance, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2007 Results

Foreclosed Assets
The two non-earning loans are the Monterey in Bethesda, Maryland and
the Rodgers Forge in Towson, Maryland. The Company foreclosed on the
Monterey, a 434-unit condominium conversion project, on May 9, 2007 and
took immediate control. The Company foreclosed on Rodgers Forge, a 508-unit
condominium conversion project on May 4, 2007 and took control on June 19,
2007 after a court ratification awarded it legal control of the property.
...
At June 30, 2007, the Company's net carrying value in Rodgers Forge was
$22.9 million with a total asset value of $59.9 million. Rodgers Forge is a
six-phase, 119 building, 508-unit, rental-to-condominium development in one
of Baltimore's premier suburbs. The current fair value measured by a
discounted cash flow analysis supports the carrying value at June 30, 2007.
The Company is positioned to execute on the following business plan
activities in the short term with anticipated expenditures of $2.0 million
by the end of the year:
-- Complete immediate upgrades on the project; and
-- Explore marketing the active project in its current state for sale.


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Huge sale at Raw Sugar

Raw Sugar, the super-cool kids' clothing store at Belvedere Square, has lost its lease. It may reopen somewhere else, but now they're basically having a going-out-of-business sale, so it's a great time to stock up. 511 E. Belvedere Ave. Baltimore, MD 21212 410-464-1240


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County council asks voters to change job rule

From The Sun: The Baltimore County Council voted last night to ask the voters to remove a prohibition in the county charter on council members' working for the state - a restriction that was overlooked twice in the last decade. ... more


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Monday, August 6, 2007

National Night Out in Towson - Tuesday

PRESS RELEASE: Citizens Say: "Crime is Not Welcome" 2007 National Night Out COP, Police Car Procession throughout Towson Precinct 6

August 7, 2007 - The Baltimore County Police, Lutherville Fire Department, the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol organizations (TACOP), TARGET and KIMCO Towson Place proudly announce "National Night Out COP and Police Car Motorcade through out the Towson Precinct."

National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), involves over 11,000 communities throughout all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world. This year over 35 million people are expected to participate on August 7th.

National Night Out is designed to heighten awareness of crime prevention, to generate support for local anti-crime programs, to build camaraderie among neighbors, and to strengthen neighborhood spirit. Sixteen neighborhoods have formed a COP neighborhood network to fight crime and TACOP has encouraged all COP organizations to show their support by turning their lights on, walking their neighborhood streets, and interacting with neighbors and the police on August 7th.

WHEN: AUGUST 7, 2007
GATHER: BABIES R US AT TOWSON MARKETPLACE
TIME: 6:30 PM Gather
LEAVE: 7:00 PM Start Your Engines – Procession begins

Towson Area COP cars, Police cars and cars from the Sheriff’s office will be led by the
Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department. The COP/Police/Sheriff motorcade will travel through all the Towson neighborhoods. Participating neighborhoods are: Aigburth Manor, Aigburth Vale Mansion Senior Community, Anneslie, Burkleigh Square, Campus Hills, Donnybrook Apartments, East Towson, Greenbrier, Fellowship Forest, Knollwood/Donnybrook, Loch Raven Heights, Loch Raven Village, Olde Hillendale, Rodgers Forge, Towson Manor Village and Stoneleigh. Officer Kristy Fuka, Hillendale Resource Center-410-887-5933, developed the attached procession route.

Towson residents are encouraged to show their support for the important work provided by your neighborhood Citizens on Patrol. Honk your horn or wave to those in the COP procession as they go through your neighborhood. Together we can make Towson a better place to work and live.


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Preschool time at the Science Center

11 a.m. Tuesday. Stories, science activities, music, and hands-on participation in Kids Room. details


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Rodgers Forge Association meeting

Will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Dumbarton Middle School cafeteria.


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Survey: U.S. workplace not family-oriented

I heard a blurb about this on WYPR this morning. The report isn't brand-new, but still interesting. Here's an article. We appear to be right in line with policies in Lesotho, Liberia, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea.


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Washington’s perch in Baltimore’s sky

Interesting piece in the Examiner about the Washington Monument in Baltimore.


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Sunday, August 5, 2007

"hearty eater" banned from all-you-can-eat restaurant

I can't believe the stories that pop up on the main Hotmail and Yahoo pages. This one is half Seinfeld and half The Simpons.


HOUMA, La. - A 6-foot-3, 265-pound man says a restaurant overcharged him for his trips to the buffet line, then banned him and a relative because they're hearty eaters. A spokesman for the restaurant denies the claim. .... "She says, 'Y'all fat, and y'all eat too much,'" Labit said. ... full story


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Friday, August 3, 2007

Green Happy Hour at Gertrudes

Monday, August 6, 6-8 p.m. -- With the Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance. The public is welcome to attend, and the $5 cover gets you a glass of wine and a plate of food. More info.


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B&O Railroad Museum half price 1st Tuesdays

The B&O offers half-price admission for all visitors the first Tuesday of every month. Visitors can tour many of the Museum's facilities including the 1884 Roundhouse where you can climb aboard a real locomotive and see the most comprehensive collection of American railroad artifacts in the world. Free train rides are offered on Thrifty Tuesdays from April through December. More info.


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Breakfast with the Penguins at the zoo

Aug. 25, 26 - Enjoy a hot, delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, fruit, croissants, OJ, and coffee. After breakfast, join the Maryland Zoo Penguins and their keepers for a close-up look at a penguin's life. Guests will also be able partake in special feeding session and meet and greet with our Live Penguin Ambassadors, Tux and Tails! Free admission to the Zoo is included (same day only). $25 for Members. $35 for Non-Members. $5 for children 2 and under. Prepaid reservations required. Call 443.552.5276 ext. 8062 Event will sell out. Call early.


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Irvine Nature Center weekend events

Saturday, Aug. 4, 7-8:30 p.m. The summer night sky is aglow with lightening bugs! We will search for these luminescent bugs, also known as fireflies, and other night critters during this evening walk. More info

Sunday, Aug. 5, 1-1:30 p.m. Come out and meet one of Irvine’s resident animals face-to-face. You’ll learn interesting natural history facts about the critter and have the opportunity to ask questions and touch the animal! Free. More info


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Gardina to revise bid for charter change

The co-sponsor of a proposed charter amendment to repeal a prohibition on Baltimore County Council members working for the state said yesterday he would alter the bill so that the change would not take effect until 2010 -- after current council members' terms expire. ... full Sun article


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Code Red heat alert today

It's going to be hot.


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Bay Bridge and others to be inspected

Responding to a federal appeal, Maryland's transportation secretary ordered last night new inspections of 10 Maryland bridges of a design similar to the Minnesota bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River on Wednesday evening. ... more from The Sun


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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Friday night at The Walters

Fridays at the Walters with Chris Laun and the Meteor Maids
August 3
5-8 p.m.


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Date Night at The Studio - Friday

Bring a date or a friend to the McFadden Art Glass studio for free entertainment. Artists will demonstrate their craft. Includes wine glasses, cheese plates, pint glasses, elegant vases, etc. On-lookers will have the opportunity to make art with their dates for a reasonable price. RSVP encouraged. First Friday of every month.


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kids age 5 to 12, build an art caddy at Home Depot this Saturday

Saturday, August 4, 2007
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Designed for kids 5-12, these free workshops teach do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment. Offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and noon at The Home Depot. This month: Art Caddy


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The latest from Miss Manners

Dear Miss Manners: I am often in a situation where I realize that the two people that I am talking to probably don’t know each other or haven’t been introduced to each other. ... more


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Rodgers Forge Board of Governors Meeting

Meeting will be Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Also, the board is looking for a treasurer. Contact info at http://rodgersforge.org/board.htm


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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Fisher Price recalls more than 80 toys - for lead paint

Is it just me, or does it seem incredible that anyone even makes lead paint anymore, let alone for use in children's toys? ... Info on recall. (And see column to the right, near the bottom, for a link to sign up to receive recall emails from the federal gov't.)


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Balto. County charter change is sought

Baltimore County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina worked for a quasi-state agency, then collected a six-figure legal settlement from the government when he challenged his firing. Now Gardina, along with fellow Councilman John Olszewski Sr., want to place on the 2008 ballot a charter amendment to repeal a prohibition against council members holding state jobs. ... more


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New turf field in Lutherville

County officials will break ground on a new artificial turf field in Lutherville today. The $1.5 million project at Seminary Park also includes renovating the existing natural grass baseball field and replacing a pavilion and adding more parking spaces, officials said. ... more


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