Examiner: Fees for Baltimore County’s public garages and golf courses will modestly increase under a budget adopted Thursday by the county agency that oversees both operations.
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Examiner: Fees for Baltimore County’s public garages and golf courses will modestly increase under a budget adopted Thursday by the county agency that oversees both operations.
Change the World. Start at Home is a new community revitalization and environmental cause effort launched by HGTV in partnership with Rebuilding Together, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The campaign focuses on revitalizing communities across the country and helping consumers make smart choices for the environment within their homes and daily lives.
You can vote on communities and projects you feel are most deserving of a makeover. One project in each community will focus on environmentally-friendly improvements while another will focus on a historic place that helps preserve the fabric of the community.
Vote for Baltimore here.
Sun: The Friday Night Swing Dance Club will hold a beginning swing workshop for all ages at 8 p.m. tonight at the American Legion, 125 York Road, Towson. Immediately following the workshop, The Rock and Roll Rellics will perform. The cost is $12. 410-583-7337.
Sun: The Towson University Dance Department presents "Winter's Rejoicing," a collection of modern and ballet works at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the campus' Stephens Hall Theatre, 8000 York Road. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for seniors and students. 410-704-2787.
Towson Times: Leaders of the Greater Timonium Community Council question why the Maryland State Fair wants to rezone its 100-plus-acre site from manufacturing and residential uses to commercial uses, fearing a change could open the door to unwanted slot machines off York Road.
Towson Times: The owner of The Colony at Kenilworth garden apartments is seeking new zoning that would allow stores and shops as well as residential buildings, which could be as high as five or six stories and have elevators.
Towson Times: Trustees of the historic Sater's Baptist Church building in Lutherville are inviting the public to use the building for weddings, funerals and christenings as a way to highlight the site's significance.
from Karl: Two Chrysler vehicles were stolen last night, one stolen from Overbrook and another stolen on Blenheim in Gaywood. The thieves also broke into several other cars on Blenheim.
American Greetings Corp. Recalls Confetti Bursts Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: DesignWare Confetti Bursts
Units: About 60,000
Distributor: American Greetings Corp., of Cleveland, Ohio
Hazard: The surface paint on the individual bags of confetti contains
excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Meet author/illustrator Lynne Cherry on Sunday December 9 at 11:00 am at the Red Canoe bookstore.
"Lynne Cherry is the author and/or illustrator of over thirty award-winning books for children. Her best-selling books such as The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild teach children to respect the earth. Lynne lectures widely -- and passionately -- about how children can make a difference in a democratic society -- if they feel strongly about something, they can change the world. She explains to educators how using nature to integrate curriculum makes a child's learning relevant. Lynne's books were inspired by her love of the natural world and she is an avid canoeist and hiker.
Lynne Cherry hopes to get children excited about the prospect of exploring nature so that they will go outside and explore the natural world. Her books are a good start for getting kids interested in nature."
My neighbor David sent an email today about The Fresh Market, a new grocery store in Pikesville. It's actually so new it's not on Mapquest, but it's just off Greenspring Ave.
Here's what he had to say:
We recently shopped at The Fresh Market (TFM). I would say it is hands down the best grocery store in northern Maryland.
They have plenty of parking and plenty of help on hand.
The aisles are fairly wide (unlike Whole Foods and Trader Joe's) and
the store layout is well done. The signage is clear and the displays
are artistic. The shelves are well stocked (unlike Giant). The
place is very clean.
The workers were friendly, competent, and quick.
The prices are more reasonable than Eddie's or Whole Foods (a.k.a
The size is more reasonable than Wegmans. No losing your spouse or kid(s).
It is not too crunchy or snobby.
The prepared foods are excellent and affordable. We tried a good
wrap. I don't think you can pick up a chicken box, a greasy slice of
pizza, or Chinese with an overdose-fill of MSG.
They carry some items that are hard to find locally (e.g., good fresh salsa).
The bakery is good - artisan breads, pastries, and desserts.
The produce is outstanding. They had the best pears I have seen since
I left Oregon.
They have Moonstruck Chocolates - a family favorite.
It has a good stock of organic, international, and health foods.
The accompanying wine/beer store is excellent. They have a vast array
of premium micro-brew beers and quality wines (including a good stock
of fall Beaujolais). Not sure about the stock of Natty Boh or local
wine faves (e.g, Boone's Farm, Night Train, Thunderbird, etc.).
They have a wide variety of cut flowers, healthy orchids
(phalaenopsis for $20), and nice holiday wreaths.
The whole vibe is very Oregon, Seattle, N. Cal.
Here is the site: http://www.thefreshmarket.com/
I can't wait to try it!
I admit that I had never heard of the FoodNetwork's Paula Deen, but she was on the Diane Rehm show today and some callers/emailers asked her to stop promoting Smithfield ham because the conditions at its plant are so bad. She basically said labor negotiations were not her thing and too bad, so sad. Work is hard. Life is hard.
I just found this online and it was kind of disturbing. We don't really buy ham, but I don't think I'd buy Smithfield after this.
I ordered the show 24 on Netflix just so I'd have something to watch as I fold the baskets of clean clothes that I let pile up. We don't have cable and aren't huge TV watchers. So, a friend said she liked the show and I checked it out. Can I tell you, I folded not one piece of clothing while watching it, I was so glued to the screen?
It's like reading the Da Vinci Code. A total page turner, yet by no means a great work of art (in fact, you even roll your eyes -- but can't turn them away). So, if you're looking for something mindless and fun, this is for you. I don't even get it on Netflix anymore because the turn-around time is too slow. I go to the video store and then watch all four episodes in one sitting. Addicted, I tell you.
Courtesy of Karl's crime reports:
Significant Events Report for the week of November 19-25, 2007
11/24/07 20:30 07-328-1428 Armed Robbery
Washington Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave. 21204 The suspects approached the victims from behind as they returned from an ATM. The suspect placed a handgun against the victim’s head and removed his wallet. The second suspect implied a handgun and removed property from victim #2. M/B, 20’s, dark clothing and red bandana over his face. M/B, 18-22, dark clothing
11/24/07 22:19 07-328-1590 Attempted Robbery
Dulaney Valley Rd. and Joppa Rd. 21234 The suspects asked the victim
for his money then began to assault him. The suspect fled in an unknown
direction. B/M, dark clothing and red bandana B/M, dark clothing, red bandana
11/19/07 14:00 07-323-1580 1st Degree Burglary
38 Solar Circle Apt D 21234 An unknown suspect entered the residence by
unknown means and stole two X-Box 360 games.
11/21/07-11/22/07 17:00-20:35 07-326-1244 1st Degree Burglary
6601 Loch Hill Rd. 21239 An unknown suspect entered the residence
through a front window and removed a TV and jewelry.
Sun story: BGE representatives pledged to temporarily stop cutting trees around power lines along Cromwell Bridge Road after a heated meeting last night with residents and elected officials who denounced the project, citing its environmental impact and the road's status as a scenic byway.
My former colleague, mentor and pal Jay Hancock had an interesting column in The Sun recently in which he argued in favor of legalizing drugs.
He wrote: ... Would it lead to new addicts? Of course. Would it send a bad message to kids? Yep. Would it cause problems we can't envisage? Probably. And it would be an enormous improvement.
Once again, Jay is my hero. It's great to hear a pretty conservative guy embracing something largely rejected by the mainstream. Now if only people would pay attention.
And here's Jay's blog if you want to read more.
Sun: Most lanes on Loch Raven Boulevard from Gorsuch Avenue to The Alameda will be closed starting tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lasting for four months. ... more
7:00 at The Charles
"The mission of Coal River Mountain Watch is to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities."
Sun: Six years after Calvert School drew protests for razing a 91-unit apartment complex at 4300 N. Charles St. to expand its campus, the school has sparked a new preservation controversy involving one of its own properties.
School officials disclosed this fall that they are seeking permission to tear down Castalia, a large stone residence at 200 Tuscany Road that was built by the school's first headmaster, possibly to make way for an outdoor amphitheater. ... more
I don't know, I think the Hillary nutcracker is kind of funny. (Not that I want one, Husband, if you're reading this.) And I love the idea of a Larry Craig action figure. I could do without the electronic yodeling pickle, though.
NEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) - From
For those of you with little scientists in the house...
From the AP: British scientists have stumbled across a fossilized claw, part of an ancient sea scorpion, that is of such large proportion it would make the entire creature the biggest bug ever.
How big? Bigger than you, about 2.5 meters, or 8 feet, long. ... more
Merry Mart, Sun Dec 2 11am-6pm
Free! Cash bar. Do your holiday shopping at The Patterson with just the kind of fabulously charismatic and eccentric holiday gifts you’d expect from us! 40+ handpicked artists. Jewelry by Laurie Flannery and Sue Lowe, new creations from Baltimore Glassworks, Mark Supik’s superb turned bowls, Monica Broere’s gorgeous ceramics, Devin Mack’s wire sculptures and mucho more! Food, beverages and live entertainment!
3134 Eastern Ave. 410.276.1651
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton trails five top Republican presidential contenders [including Rudy, pictured right] in general election match-ups, a drop in support from this summer, according to a poll released on Monday.
Clinton's top Democratic rivals, Barack Obama and John Edwards, still lead Republicans in hypothetical match-ups ahead of the November 4, 2008, presidential election, the survey by Zogby Interactive showed. ... full article
from Karl's crime report:
"November 25, 2007 Sunday night approximately 6:30,
units from the Baltimore County Police Department
searched the Rodgers Forge corridor looking for a
youth wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black jacket.
This individual allegedly attempted to break into
a vehicle in the Forge. I don't know exactly
The search intensified to include the area of the
elementary school with a helicopter and foot
patrols scanning the wooded area behind the school.
The suspect eluded police and escaped.
... Frivolity versus severity. Materialism versus sacrifice. Welcome to the “green” holidays.
The holidays have always been an emotionally combustible time for families, bringing together a sometimes volatile mix of siblings, crotchety grandparents and ill-behaved children. But in recent years, a new figure has joined the celebration, to complicate the proceedings even further: the green evangelist of the family — the impassioned activist bent on eradicating the wasteful materialism of the holidays. ... full story in The New York Times
Have you heard local jazz singer (and former City Paper writer) Sandy Asirvatham ? Check her out here.
more from Karl's crime reports:
"Last Wednesday a car was accidentally left unlocked on Armagh Drive. Neighbors happened to be up at 3 a.m. preparing to leave for a Thanksgiving Day trip. They saw the interior light on in their neighbor's car and another car parked in the middle of the street. When they turned on their house lights, the car left. Their neighbors' car had been riffled.
The old jail site on Towsontown and Bosley could be turned into a park or indoor basketball courts or a private swim club. Here's the Sun article.
More from Karl's crime report:Today I learned that awas stolen Tuesday
night from the 200 block of Murdock Road.
This in addition to the Jeep recently stolen in the
100 block of Stanmore Road and, a couple of days later,
an attempted auto theft of a Jeep parked on the
triangle at Dumbarton and Stevenson Lane.
Also, several cars were burglarized Tuesday and Wednesday
nights earlier this week. Most of those burglaries were in
the Old Section, two in the 300 block of Murdock Road,
two or more on Dunkirk and another one on
Pinehurst Road near Hopkins Road. At 6 o'clock Thanksgiving
morning a burglar(s) smashed the window of a SUV
parked behind the even numbered houses on Stanmore Road.
He/they knew where to look.
A GPS system was recently stolen from a car parked on
Dorking, between Dunkirk and Hopkins Roads.
Sun: One day this week, workers began to disassemble a red barn in Green Spring Valley. They did not get far.
Before the crew could finish removing the siding, a neighbor had called police, and Baltimore County officials ordered the work stopped, threatening a hefty fine.
New York Times' 100 Notable Books of the Year. Read the list here.
From Karl's Citizens on Patrol report:Rodgers Forge neighbors suffered several car burglaries
Tuesday and Wednesday nights of week.
Most of the burglaries were in the Old Section, two in
the 300 block of Murdock Road, two or more on Dunkirk
(I need more information about these incidents) and
another one on Pinehurst Road near Hopkins Road.
Some of these vehicles were accidentally left unlocked.
Earlier, I emailed reports about teenagers walking along the
street and trying the door handles of every vehicle they
A more serious automobile breaking and entering occurred
6 o'clock Thanksgiving morning. A burglar(s) smashed the
window of a vehicle parked behind the even numbered houses
on Stanmore Road. He/they knew where to look. The
burglar(s) also rifled the console and glove compartment
before driving off at a high rate of speed.
I'm reminded that a GPS system was recently stolen from
a car parked on Dorking, between Dunkirk and Hopkins Roads.
When parking in an urban or commercial area, we are
careful not to leave exposed equipment or packages in our
car. Unfortunately, we are not immune to automobile
burglary in our own neighborhoods.
Oh, great. Is this the new Leakin Park?
Sun: Baltimore County police are seeking to identify the body of a man who was found today in Gunpowder Falls State Park, spokesman Bill Toohey said.
A father walking with his two young sons found the body about noon in the woods off Belair Road, about a mile north of Forge Road...
Sun: Neighbors out for a morning stroll yesterday discovered that graffiti had been sprayed on the outside of Timonium Elementary School, Baltimore County police said.
Sun: Justin Thillman started setting up the platform before Halloween. Georgette Robertson painstakingly created display scenes for two weeks. Bill Gough bought electrical wire and bulbs, and helped assemble the display.
Now, the trains at the Shops at Kenilworth are ready to roll for another holiday season. The train garden opens today.
Sun: For months, many residents of Northwest Baltimore's Mount Washington neighborhood have been fighting a city plan for a hiking and biking trail to run across nearby Northern Parkway.
Some say it's unsafe and bad for the environment. Others say it's too far away to benefit the community.
Sun: Bargain shoppers kicked off the start of the holiday retail season in traditional fashion this morning: Sleep-deprived customers camping overnight for midnight and pre-dawn deals for electronics, apparel and accessories
By 4 a.m., there were a few parking spots at the Best Buy on York Road in Timonium. ...
I still miss the Caribou Coffee on York Road...
Sun: "If you look at the thriving cities in the country, they all seem to have a predominance of Starbucks," said Kirby Fowler, president of the Downtown Partnership. "It's a measure of the health of the city."
Sun: Thinking of taking a nice evening stroll to "walk off" your Thanksgiving dinner? Plan to be gone for more than six hours. That's how long it would take a person who weighs 155 pounds to burn the roughly 1,650 calories eaten in a typical Turkey Day feast - and that's without going back for seconds. ...
Metal jewelry does not fare well here ...
1. Metal Jewelry Sold by Family Dollar Stores Recalled Due to Risk of
Lead Exposure to Children
2. Cooper Lighting Recalls Fluorescent Shop Lights Due to Electrical
Shock Hazard3. Discount School Supply Recalls Paint Brushes Due to Violation of Lead
4. Pure Allure Recalls Metal Jewelry Sold at Michaels Stores Due to Risk
of Lead Exposure to Children
5. La Femme NY Inc. Recalls Children's Necklace and Earring Sets Due to
Risk of Lead Exposure
6. Children's Metal Jewelry Recalled by Colossal Jewelry & Accessories
Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
7. Cherrydale Fundraising Recalls Bracelets Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
8. Children's Metal Jewelry Recalled by Buy-Rite Due to Risk of Lead
9. Children's Pencil Pouches Recalled by Raymond Geddes & Co. Due to
Violation of Lead Paint Standard
10. Slipcovers Used With Boppy Pillows Recalled Due to Choking Hazard
and Risk of Lead Exposure
11. Elmo USA Corp. Recalls Visual Presenters [what is a visual presenter?]Due to Fire Hazard
12. Flashing Pacifiers Recalled By Sailing (U.S.) International Corp.
Due to Choking Hazard ... DETAILS FOR ALL HERE
Want to help a family that may not be as fortunate as yours? The Assistance Center of Towson prepares baskets during the holiday season and distributes them to needy families. Last year, the combined efforts of Towson churches set a record by providing 1,886 families in Baltimore city and county with a holiday dinner. This was the largest number in the 20-year history of the center. DETAILS
After all the renovations, a grand reopening is scheduled for Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. National Park Service hierarchy and Hampton faithful will be there for this important ceremony. No, no Tea Room -- yet.
Rat hater Susan Rayba called it the “answer to her prayers.”
A proposal that would more than double the number of Baltimore County inspectors patrolling for violations that aggravate rodent infestations has residents like those in Rayba’s Dundalk neighborhood — where her husband has killed 83 rats since June — celebrating. Already, a herd of inspectors swept her street Monday and issued nearly all of her neighbors $25 tickets for heaps of junk, trash cans without lids and festering pet waste, she said.
This really surprised me. I thought McCarthy was a rising star. I'm really only familiar with him from when he was on WYPR, but he seemed to do a good job. I wonder what's up.
Allegations of inappropriate behavior leveled against Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's former communications director did not originate from a City Hall employee - suggesting the accusation is focused on activities outside of his official city duties.
Anthony W. McCarthy, a close aide to Dixon and the mayor's chief spokesman, was placed on leave Monday after the administration learned he is being investigated by Baltimore County police for a complaint to the department of "inappropriate behavior."
Even if voters approve next year's referendum authorizing slot machines at five Maryland locations, local officials could still have the final say.
A provision in the slot machine legislation approved this week by the General Assembly requires slots operators to comply with local zoning regulations, said assistant state attorney general Kathryn Rowe.
I wonder how much power local officials would really have to stop slots.
From The Sun:
Baltimore teachers and paraprofessionals overwhelmingly approved a two-year contract yesterday that will give them a 4.5 percent pay raise this year and a 4 percent increase next year but will not resolve proposed changes affecting planning time, an issue that will stay in mediation.
Includes a Milkshake concert.
Even with all those elves, the fat man himself couldn't have designed a better fantasy world than Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees. It's a three-day extravaganza of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, complimented by 110 craft boutiques, holiday goodies and activities for kids of all ages. You can also enjoy a special line-up of nightly entertainment for the whole family! Learn more...
Thanksgiving weekend, November 23, 24 & 25. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun article: Some believe the public campaign for the gambling referendum will rival the most bitter state political races, in a year when the 2008 presidential contest will drive high voter turnout.
The Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, in residence at CCBC Essex, presents Seussical 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 and a 3 p.m. December 9 in the J Building Lecture Hall at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard. All seats are $10.
"I can see that you’ve got quite a mind for your age! Why, one Think and you dragged me right onto the stage! Now, I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue With a Cat such as me, and a Thinker like you!"
So says the mischievous Cat in the Hat at the onset of this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza!
This musical lovingly brings to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville! These classic, colorful tales are seamlessly brought together by Jojo, a young boy and “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks”!
(Special Breakfast with Santa performance, call for date and time.)
Call the CCBC Box Office at 410-780-6369 for tickets and information.
From City Paper
Along with lists of what's hitting Baltimore's stages and concert halls, we've included open houses, children's stuff, ways to help others, interesting shopping opportunities, and whatever else we could stuff this here Holiday Calendar bird with. So get to planning some fun family events, or get together with friends or fly solo during the chilly months leading to the New Year, and we promise you'll sleep better. Entertainment is our winter stress reliever. Cheers, and we'll see you next year.
Sun: Towson University police are stepping up campus police patrols this week after an anonymous threat indicated something would happen today at Linthicum Hall, a spokeswoman said yesterday. ...
from The Sun: ... Another area of compromise between the two chambers was in the individual income tax. The current levy is essentially flat, with all taxpayers qualifying for the top bracket of 4.75 percent.
Under the proposed new structure, individuals would pay 5 percent on taxable income above $150,000 a year, and couples would pay that rate on taxable income over $200,000 a year. A 5.25 percent bracket would apply to income greater than $300,000 a year for individuals, and $350,000 a year for couples. All income above $500,000 a year would be taxed at 5.5 percent.
O'Malley had proposed a new top rate of 6.5 percent, and the House had adopted a top bracket of 5.75 percent, but the Senate refused to accept anything higher than 5.5 percent. Legislators from Montgomery County, one of the state's more affluent counties, had lobbied hard against the higher income tax brackets. ...
Chronicle of Higher Education story: Americans aren't just reading fewer books, but are reading less and less of everything, in any medium. That's the doleful conclusion of "To Read or Not to Read," a report scheduled for release today by the National Endowment for the Arts. ...
We just rented "No End in Sight," a documentary about the Iraq war. First, I will say there are no dead babies in this movie, so while there are a few scenes of violence, they are watchable. This is mainly a movie about policy and (lack of) planning for the war. Even if you support this war, you can't watch this film and not be enraged at the willful ignorance behind it. It's very well done; almost dispassionate and not at all Michael Moore-ish. (I like Moore's films but I will admit they are a bit over the top sometimes.)
Here's an excerpt from a New York Times review:
... The film’s title evokes the apparent interminability of this war more than four years after President Bush declared that “major combat operations” were over, and it twice shows Mr. Rumsfeld telling journalists, “I don’t do quagmires.” But Mr. Ferguson’s focus turns out to be fairly narrow. He does not dwell on the period between Sept. 11, 2001, and the beginning of the invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein, nor does he spend a lot of time chronicling the violence that has so far taken the lives of more than 3,000 American soldiers and marines and tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of Iraqis. Instead, most of the movie deals with a period of a few months in the spring and summer of 2003, when a series of decisions were made that did much to determine the terrible course of subsequent events.
It is important to note that Mr. Ferguson’s principal interlocutors were not, at the time, critics of the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq but rather people who had, often at considerable professional cost and personal risk, committed themselves to fulfilling those policies. They include Barbara Bodine, a diplomat with long experience in the Middle East; Paul Eaton, an Army major general; Seth Moulton, a lieutenant in the Marine Corps; and Jay Garner, the retired lieutenant general who served as head of the Organization of Recovery and Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq. ...
1. Children's Wooden Storage Rack Recalled By Jetmax International Following Child's Death
2. Hobby Lobby Stores Recalls Halloween-Themed Baskets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Towson Times says:
The deadline for voters to change their political party affiliation for the upcoming presidential primary election is Nov. 19 at 9 p.m.
State law prohibits a voter from changing affiliation after the 9 p.m. on the Monday 12 weeks before the election Feb. 12. For more information, go to www.baltimorecountymd.gov/news/releases/1107deadline.html
The county collected 32,700 tons of paper in 2006 -- a 13 percent decline since 2001. Over the same period, the county collected 7,700 tons of bottles and cans -- representing a drop of more than 8 percent. ... Towson Times article
Shockingly, alcohol appears to be a factor, according the story in the Towson Times.
Sun: Brightly colored leaves aren't the only things falling along Cromwell Bridge Road this autumn. Some of the trees that produce them are coming down as well.
Looks like the Towson Times had a story earlier.
From the neighborhood Citizens on Patrol:
Copper downspout and gutter thieves are stripping garages in the old section of . Early this week they took all of the copper down spouts from garages in the four hundred blocks of Regester and Murdock. They may have taken others.
From the crime log:
"A Jeep was stolen 11/11, Sunday night in front of
111 Stanmore Road.
The thieve(s) also tried to steal another Jeep parked
on Stanmore Road at the triangle between Dumbarton
and Stevenson Lane. Because the battery was dead in that
Jeep, they could only steal the radio.
Chrysler products are the vehicles most easily stolen.
If you own a Plymouth, Dodge or Jeep, I strongly recommend
that you get a bar device for your or
your brake pedal."
Nike Recalls Football Helmet Chin Straps Which Can Break and Pose
Risk of Serious Injury
Iceberg Enterprises LLC Recalls Folding Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
Nov. 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Towson Library:
A workshop offered by the Small Business Development Center at Towson University on how to write a business plan and other aspects of starting your own business.
Friday November 16, 2007 10:00 AM -- "Milkshake DUO celebrates the holiday season at Towson Town Mall's Family Fun Day. Join us for prizes, music and lots of fun."
Dear Miss Manners: I love hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have hosted these holidays for all my siblings and their children every year since my mother was no longer able to host it herself. My parents are, of course, invited, and it really ends up being a potluck, but I always have it at my house.
Now that my boys are married, they seem to not want to come to our house every year. One of my daughters-in-law even suggested that I let her host it at their apartment one year and try out some new “traditions.”I feel very insulted ... more
Good gawd, just the words "34-year-old grandmother" are enough to make you shudder.
Sun: Baltimore police found yesterday a 2-year-old boy and the grandmother accused of taking him from Johns Hopkins Hospital early Saturday, a police spokesman said.
Sun: A Maryland State Police trooper responded to an unusual request for assistance yesterday afternoon: a woman in labor on Interstate 95.
Sun ... Tinkering with bills throughout the lawmaking process is not uncommon for any legislative body. But while governments in other nearby counties require amended bills to undergo additional public review, no such requirement exists in Baltimore County, where changes are sometimes made hours before bills are passed into law. ...
Sun article: ...Estimates from the nonpartisan Department of Legislative Services show that O'Malley's plan would be a better deal for low- and middle-income households (and worse for high earners) than the plans passed by the legislature. O'Malley has maintained his support for the package, but the amendments have altered his claim that 83 percent of Marylanders would actually pay less under his tax plan. ...
Someone told me about this store a long time ago but I just today got around to going there -- spurred on by my need for lots of cream of tartar for homemade play dough. It's called The Health Concern and it's at 28 Susquehanna Ave. (410-828-4015) in downtown Towson. My bulk cream of tartar was super cheap, and I also got some bulk organic whole wheat flour. I plan to go back when I have more time to browse.
Lenders track every last detail of your spending habits, then use the data to estimate not just how big a risk you are but how profitable a customer you might be.
Dear Miss Manners: What’s the proper response to a homeowner’s admonition to “just ignore the mess” when entering her home? “OK!” seems insulting; “What mess?” is phony; and “Mine’s a lot worse” is transparent and self-deprecating. ... more
(Visitors to my house should probably read this....)
Sun: Baltimore County delegates are considering a plan for a slot machine gambling parlor in the Middle River area, an idea that could gain political traction amid opposition to proposed sites in Cecil and Worcester counties.
Sun: ... Tom Chungsakoon, owner of Ten-0-Six, was turned off by a video BARC sent him. "It's torture, and I just cannot serve it anymore," he said. Dean did not return a call seeking comment. "I don't need the drama," he told the Baltimore Business Journal this month.
I just discovered Catalog Choice, a service that lets you quickly stop catalogs from coming to your house. I collected about 10 catalogs I don't want to receive anymore and I just entered the customer numbers and in a few minutes I was done.
Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. Use it to reduce your mailbox clutter, while helping save natural resources.
Catalog Choice is a sponsored project of the Ecology Center. It is endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and funded by the Overbrook Foundation, the Merck Family Fund, and the Kendeda Fund.
Have you been to the new Lakeshore Learning Center? It's a teacher-supply store that has lots of neat crafts and some educational toys. (Similar to the Learning How store at Kennelworth, but much larger.) They also offer free crafts on Saturdays -- see on-going events in column on the right side of this page. Store is on Joppa, right next to Hooters -- so, hey, you're probably there all the time anyway.
Towson Times article: Baltimore County police in the Towson Precinct now are assigning two officers to handle "disruptive behavior" calls concerning college students Tuesday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Towson Times article: Baltimore County police are investigating a series of thefts of Honda Civics in the Towson area.
"They're remarkably easy to steal," said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.
Sun article: Although the Baltimore County public school system has a declining number of students overall, pockets of growth continue to cause crowding in some schools, and officials must "think creatively" to balance the district's space needs, the head of the county school board said in an interview yesterday.
"A lot of times, such as in the Towson situation, you don't even have the option of moving kids around to nearby schools because those schools are in the same crowded position," board President JoAnn C. Murphy said.
ALSO: School board officials will meet with parents to discuss the overcrowding issue, why re-districting is not on the table, any special plans for the kindergarten and other issues. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Rodgers Forge Elementary.
This seems like a tricky subject. Obviously, kids should not be drinking lead-tainted water. And fountains can be dirty. But think of all the plastic for the coolers and the plastic/paper for the cups. Also, what's the situation of fountains at schools in Baltimore County and other areas?
Sun article: The Baltimore school system is abandoning 15 years of efforts to remove the lead in its water fountains and will instead provide bottled water in coolers to all schools.
Sun: Traffic patterns on streets around M&T Bank Stadium will be changed on Sunday to accommodate fans attending the football game between the Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ... details
Sun article: Less than three months before the state's sweeping smoking ban will go into effect, supporters and opponents of the ban tackled the details of the proposed regulations at a public hearing yesterday, focusing on a provision allowing for temporary waivers.
The waivers would give bars and restaurants that prove financial hardship a three-year extension to comply with the smoking ban.
Examiner article: The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to holding a November 2008 referendum on slot machine gambling and moved toward voting on Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to address the state's budget deficit.
A final vote was expected later Thursday. The Senate also considered amendments to O'Malley's slot machine plan.
Sun article: A federal grand jury yesterday indicted a man from Columbia and a man from Pikesville in unrelated child pornography cases, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Sun article: Baltimore County police asked for the public's help yesterday in finding two men who committed a robbery in Owings Mills that ended with the victim's being shot in the head as he lay on the ground.
Sun article: Maryland's 49 state parks are in "a state of crisis" because of cuts in funding and manpower and require an immediate infusion of both, a new study concludes.
Sun article: Baltimore is planning a major overhaul of its recycling program that aims to boost participation by making it easier for residents to dispose of their cans, paper and plastic, city officials said yesterday.
1. Northern Tool & Equipment Recalls "Big Red" Wagons Due to Violation
of Lead Paint Standard
2. International Sourcing Ltd. Recalls Toy Dragster and Funny Car Due
to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
3. Toy Cars Recalled by Dollar General Due to Violation of Lead Paint
4. Schylling Associates Recalls Duck Family Collectable Toy Due To
Violation of Lead Paint Standard
5. Additional Spinning Top Recalled by Schylling Associates Due To
Violation of Lead Paint Standard
6. Schylling Associates Recalls Dizzy Ducks Music Box Due To Violation
of Lead Paint Standard
7. Schylling Associates Recalls Collectable Toy Robot Due To Violation
of Lead Paint Standard
8. Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Recalled by
Carrier Due to Fire Hazard
9. Spin Master Recalls Aqua Dots - Children Became Unconscious After
Sun article: The Baltimore County Board of Education meetings scheduled for tonight have been postponed until tomorrow because of a power outage.
Sun article: Five people were injured, and three rowhouses were condemned by city building inspectors after an explosion yesterday afternoon rocked a quiet street in Hampden.
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1. Laugh & Learn Kitchen Toys Recalled by Fisher-Price Due To Choking Hazard
2. Hunter Fan Recalls Humidifiers for Fire Hazard
3. Swimways Corp. Recalls "Skippy" Pool Toys Due to Laceration Hazard
Maybe the community should do a lantern parade at the Tot Lot instead, as they do in Patterson Park?
Towson Times article: The October issue of "Rodgers Forge Chronicles," the school newsletter, cited safety concerns and cultural diversity when it announced the cancellation of future Halloween celebrations.
Sun article: Democratic leaders in the General Assembly remain confident they will pass Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed tax increases, but at least one member of their party says he will stand up with Republicans to stop them.
Sen. James Brochin, a conservative Democrat from Towson, said he will participate in any filibuster that Republicans attempt to derail the tax plan.
Sun article: Baltimore County Council members approved last night the start of negotiations on a deal that could give county residents a third choice of cable television providers.
Sun article: The woman driving a truck that struck and then dragged a toddler in a stroller for nearly a mile was convicted of vehicular manslaughter yesterday, after the judge hearing the case said the boy would likely still be alive if the driver had only stopped.
School board officials will meet with parents to discuss the overcrowding issue, why re-districting is not on the table, any special plans for the kindergarten and other issues. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Rodgers Forge Elementary.