Sunday, August 31, 2008

That boy at camp was wrong

Our youngish neighbors across the street are having a party and strains of them singing "Blinded by the light" just came wafting over. It made me realize that I really have no idea what the words to that song say. Back in camp when I was, what, 9?, a boy told me that the lyrics were, "Blinded by the light, wrapped up like a douche" ... "in a roaner in the night" is how I always finished the line in my mind, though I had no idea what that meant.

So, according to my trusty Google search, here are the real words, in case you're interested:

Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a boulder on my shoulder feelin' kinda older I tripped the merry-go-round With this very unpleasing sneezing and wheezing the calliope crashed to the ground Some all-hot half-shot was headin' for the hot spot snappin' his fingers clappin' his hands And some fleshpot mascot was tied into a lover's knot with a whatnot in her hand And now young Scott with a slingshot finally found a tender spot and throws his lover in the sand And some bloodshot forget-me-not whispers daddy's within earshot save the buckshot turn up the band

And she was blinded by the light
Cut loose [revved up in the Manfred Mann version?] like a deuce another runner in the night Blinded by the light She got down but she never got tight, but she'll make it alright

Some brimstone baritone anti-cyclone rolling stone preacher from the east
He says: "Dethrone the dictaphone, hit it in its funny bone, that's where they expect it least" And some new-mown chaperone was standin' in the corner all alone watchin' the young girls dance And some fresh-sown moonstone was messin' with his frozen zone to remind him of the feeling of romance

Yeah he was blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night Blinded by the light He got down but she never got tight, but he's gonna make it tonight Some silicone sister with her manager's mister told me I got what it takes She said I'll turn you on sonny, to something strong if you play that song with the funky break, And go-cart Mozart was checkin' out the weather chart to see if it was safe to go outside And little Early-Pearly came in by her curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride, Oh, some hazard from Harvard was skunked on beer playin' backyard bombardier Yes and Scotland Yard was trying hard, they sent a dude with a calling card, he said, do what you like, but don't do it here Well I jumped up, turned around, spit in the air, fell on the ground Asked him which was the way back home He said take a right at the light, keep goin' straight until night, and then boy, you're on your own And now in Zanzibar a shootin' star was ridin' in a side car hummin' a lunar tune Yes, and the avatar said blow the bar but first remove the cookie jar we're gonna teach those boys to laugh too soon And some kidnapped handicap was complainin' that he caught the clap from some mousetrap he bought last night, Well I unsnapped his skull cap and between his ears I saw a gap but figured he'd be all right

He was just blinded by the light
Cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night Blinded by the light Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun Oh but mama that's where the fun is .

OK, really, I still have no idea what this song says.


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Michael Phelps on Oprah

On Sept. 8. Here are details.


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Sun story on Towson development

From the front page of The Baltimore Sun today:

The old houses on Washington Avenue have been knocked down, and the digging is about to begin for the 18-story Palisades apartment building. Already, condos are rising across from the mall, and more apartments are planned near the university.

In Towson, a change is coming that rivals the makeover pulled off in Silver Spring.

... Some raise questions about traffic, parking and the potential effect on schools. Kilcullen asks whether apartments will sell during a real estate slump. [Not that you will hear any of those concerns expressed in this article...]


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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Casing cars

From Karl Pfrommer:

"Thursday night at about 9:00, three boys were seen walking west in the middle of Dunkirk Road attempting to open each car door as they passed the parked vehicles. (We've had similar reports from other neighborhoods, most recently Wiltondale.) The boys are looking for an unlocked car. Then they can easily burglarize it without setting off the alarm. Please remember; keep your cars locked. If you see anyone acting in a suspicious manner, call 911 immediately. The police want you to call first so they can ask questions later."


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Bonne Bell cosmetics bags recalled

The recalled accessory bags are made of plastic and have a zipper and carrying handle. The bags come with an assortment of cosmetic products, which are not part of this recall. The model name and UPC numbers are located on the hangtag. Details here.


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Friday, August 29, 2008

Rooster struts its stuff in Rodgers Forge

This note and photo were sent to me by Karl Pfrommer this morning:

"A Rhode Island Red rooster, perched high in a tree behind 401 Regester Avenue, greeted the dawn way too early Friday morning. His incessant crowing woke up some of our neighbors who live as far as two blocks away. Once the rooster had everyone's attention, he took a stroll up the alley to Midstate Federal Savings and Loan Association. (Fortunately, the bank was closed and he couldn't make a deposit.) Then a man, walking his dog, ushered the rooster back down the alley, around the corner and onto the front yards of the four hundred block of Regester. The rooster must have been visiting from Stoneleigh or Anneslie. He's certainly not from Rodgers Forge. Our covenants prohibit chickens. -Karl"


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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Infant deaths cause bassinet recall; other recalls posted


This is so scary. I hope you pass this along to anyone who might be using this bassinet.

1. Infants Strangled to Death in Simplicity Bassinets: CPSC Urges Consumers To Stop Using Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Convertible “Close-Sleeper” Models

2. Six Retailers Agree To Stop Sale and Recall Simplicity Bassinets Due To Strangulation Hazard

3. Countertop Water Dispensers Recalled by Greenway Home Products Due to Fire and Shock Hazards

4. Regal Lager Recalls to Repair Phil & Teds Strollers Due to Laceration Hazard

5. Children's Hooded Sweatshirts and Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Orioxi International Due to Strangulation Hazard

6. Wooden Infant Toys Recalled by Habermaass Corp. Due to Choking Hazard ... details for all recalls here


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Residents bracing for start of Towson University

After a relatively peaceful three months, Towson community members are cautiously anticipating the return of University students to the neighborhoods.

"It's definitely something that we have to gear up for," Ed Kilcullen, president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, said. -- more


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Whodunnit? The smashed signs on the traffic island

I've heard on good authority that it was a car that smashed the signs on the island at Regester and Dumbarton, not a bus. (I've also heard it was a bus.) But word that it was a car came from an administrator at RFES who said an adult witnessed it.

Of course, it's possible that a car and a bus both hit the island.


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Dan Zanes at the Meyerhoff

Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. Go here for details and tickets.

Children jump for joy when Grammy Award-winner Dan Zanes takes the stage. Zanes wows audiences with energetic performances that both children and adults can enjoy.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Leaking mushroom soup diverts airplane

Not that severe allergic reactions are funny (this coming from the mother of a son who used to have a milk allergy), but this story is so weird. A plane was forced to land in Germany after mushroom soup leaked from an overhead bin onto a passenger who is severely allergic to mushrooms. The poor guy. I mean, really, what are the odds?

Here's the story.


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Another take on traffic-calming devices


I posted back in May about the then-proposed traffic islands. Just thought I'd post the photo again of the traffic-calming device that Baltimore City installed on Bellona Ave. just south of Northern Parkway. I used to drive this street almost every day and because of the way they are configured, they really did make me slow down. That's because engineers had part of the curb jut out into the street toward the island, forcing drivers to physically maneuver around them.


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Speed cameras not an option

Some people have mentioned that we should have speed cameras to give tickets to speeders around our schools, similar to the red-light cameras we all know. Well, it's not possible at this point because the bill to allow speed cameras was defeated earlier this year, as noted in this Washington Post editorial:

Fast-Track Fatalities
In Maryland, lawmakers yield to drivers' need to speed.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

THE ARGUMENTS against allowing police to install cameras to catch speeders would be comical if they weren't so damaging -- to traffic safety, to families and to communities devastated by traffic deaths and injuries, and to law enforcement itself. Yet, somehow, those arguments -- advanced mainly but not exclusively by Republicans -- managed to kill a bill authorizing speed cameras throughout Maryland this year, despite the active backing of the governor and the support of both houses of the state legislature. ... -- read more


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Clarifying the traffic-calming situation in Rodgers Forge

Here is a message from the county's office of traffic engineering, originally left as a comment to another post. Although it's been noted on this site in the past, it's helpful to remember that the county was responding to a request from the Rodgers Forge Association when it installed the islands. I also found it interesting that the county hasn't received a request to monitor traffic on Dumbarton, which is the first step to getting speed bumps. I thought that was all in motion.

"To All,

Let’s start from the beginning; Baltimore County was approached by the [Rodgers Forge] Community Association to try to make the existing school crossings safer and to do something about u-turns in the Pinehurst intersection. We developed a plan to install pedestrian refuge islands at the existing crosswalk and to narrow Pinehurst Rd. at Dumbarton Rd.

After much discussion and a community meeting the project was approved. However, because Baltimore County requires anyone who is having something built in front of their home to sign on the plans we needed to make a few changes because some people would not sign. The island at the main crossing to the elementary school was eliminated because the homeowner across the street would not sign. In the community meeting it was brought up to install an island near Regester Ave. The location was chosen because it is the entrance to the kindergarten.

I know parking is a premium in the community so we wanted to install these islands in a way that would not restrict additional parking. Most of the time motorists park in a way that you are blocking the road. When this does not happen we install no parking signs. In this case we will be restricting a couple parking spaces on the north side of Dumbarton Rd.

As with all projects of this type it takes a few weeks for inattentive motorists to become familiar with the changes.

This project was in no way done as a traffic calming project to slow motorists. To qualify for this program the community must apply under the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. To date I have not received a request for Dumbarton Road.

I must say that I very much enjoyed working with your community.

W. Keith Link
Baltimore County"


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Back-to-school health tips

From The Examiner: Life is changing for many children and their parents – summer vacation is over and a new school year is about to begin. Here are 8 tips for staying healthy during the school year. ... read them here


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Stroller bars, coffee makers and car chargers recalled

1. Coffee Makers Recalled by Sears Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

2. Stroller Activity Bars Recalled by International Playthings Due to Choking Hazard

3. IMS Recalls Car Chargers Used With Halogen Spotlights Sold at Sears and K-Mart Due to Fire and Burn Hazards ... details for all


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Interesting thoughts on paper's redesign

Someone posted this as a comment but I found it so interesting and on target that I wanted to give it its own spot:

This is what I sent to 'feedback@baltsun.com' / Tim Franklin a couple of days ago:

"Hello Tim -- I'm e-mailing you regarding the feedback you requested from readers concerning the redesign/reinvention of the Baltimore Sun.

Here are some initial thoughts:

1. I don't think the interaction of all of these various fonts works. You have the old Times Roman and Times Italic combined with this new font (Arial?), and I find it very confusing and visually disjointed.

2. I didn't really notice that the paper's name had been 'changed' to the Baltimore Sun. I've always referred to it as such, and even Dan Rodricks calls it the Baltimore Sun on his 'Midday' show on WYPR, so to me it is a non-issue in search of meaning.

3. I'm really not interested in seeing full body photos of the columnists. I find it very distracting from the article and unnecessary (I'd much prefer to have more words in that extra space!). Plus, I find that I'm focusing more on the pose the people are striking, how fat or skinny they look compared to their earlier photo, and what they are wearing (Paul West's tie looking a bit long, Sloane Brown's shoes looking two sizes too big for her feet, etc). And what's with all the arms crossed in people's photos? It makes them look really uptight and like they are hiding something (or is it an attempt to make them look like hard-hitting, no-nonsense, tough as nails reporters?).

4. I am not crazy about having to go to the Baltimore Sun website for more info on a particular story -- I spend enough time on the computer, and want to get all the information that the Sun is able to provide in the newspaper. My wife and I enjoy having our coffee in the morning sitting on our couch in the kitchen, and the idea of cozying up to a computer in the morning really runs contrary to what I like about a newspaper -- mind you, this could be more about me than anything (I'm 42, self-employed, Master's degree, married and live in Linthicum. I've also been a newspaper reader since I was about 8).

5. Since it's only been one day since this revision was introduced, I can't really comment on how easy or not easy it is to find things in the paper. I was able to find things in the 'old' version quite easily, and I felt a bit lost this morning with the 'new' paper (what's Norm Lewis doing on A2?!), but I'm sure after a while a person can get used to anything.

6. The very reason my wife and I read the newspaper is to be part of an intellectual discussion that is driven by people who are more informed than ourselves (the columnists, the experts they are quoting, the editorials, etc). I find this making the paper a 'more visual newspaper for a more visual age' potentially a dumbing down of the information in an attempt to attract the lowest common denominator. I don't particularly need bright colors and big pictures to attract me to the paper, and I don't presume to think that it will entice others.

So I think that's about it for now. I don't know whether this redesign will help to attract new readers or not. As someone who is somewhat involved in the publication industry, I know of various magazines that seem to be redesigning every 6 months (or at least it seems that way to me) with varying bottom line results. I think I recall Family Circle Magazine redesigning a number of years ago in an attempt to attract younger and more 'hip' readers. Unfortunately, their readership actually went down! So, I really wonder sometimes for whom some publications redesign. It could be that they do it for themselves in an attempt to invigorate the morale at the publication. Yet, if they didn't redesign, the readers probably wouldn't care anyways (I mean, I really don't care what kind of font you use or whether you use a green banner across the top or a plaid one!).

I'd be more than happy to be part of any future discussion group concerning the design of the Baltimore Sun or its content. Please contact me if you'd like to discuss any of these aspects further.


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"Let's get rid of traffic islands," says a Forge resident

Here is a guest post from Rodgers Forge resident and parent Susan Millard:

"Traffic calming devices? They do nothing but get my blood pressure up. I know they were installed with safety in mind. But if anything, they are dangerous. The county website says:

Chokers/Pedestrian Refuge Islands – Chokers are the narrowing of streets, either at an intersection or mid-block, to reduce the width of the travel way. Chokers can be designed to widen the sidewalk (bulb design), or an island may be constructed, which would force the traffic toward the curb (island choker). Either way, chokers appear to have the greatest effect in the area of pedestrian safety. By reducing the amount roadway width, the choker dramatically reduces the exposure time that a pedestrian is in the street.

It does not "force the traffic toward the curb." It forces the traffic toward the island. This morning I observed several vehicles hit the island at Regester/Dumbarton. If our kids are standing on them, using them as refuge islands so it "reduces the exposure time that a pedestrian is in the street," they will be the ones hit. I understand the islands are not supposed to slow the traffic, but if people don't slow down (and from my observations, they don't) the kids will be hit. The islands have no use. Let's go forward with speed bumps and get rid of the islands. I am investigating how to get a petition started to remove the islands. I hope my fellow Rodgers Forgians will sign."



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Here's the latest crime report

Read it here. Also, Karl Pfrommer reports this: "According to the Stoneleigh Google Group, there was a male in a green van watching children at Overlook Park earlier this month. He was viewing children through binoculars. A call to 911 was placed, giving a description and tag number of the van."


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What do you think of The BALTIMORE Sun's redesign?

I called a friend of mine yesterday to see how her son's first day of school was and the first thing she said was, "I am so mad at the Baltimore [and here I'm thinking she's going to say 'school system'] Sun. Have you seen the paper? It's horrible! It looks like McDonald's and it took me 10 minutes to find the weather report."

A neighbor of mine was talking about it with less-than-positive comments, mainly about how short the stories were. Have you seen it? I'm so sad about the state of journalism.


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Copperhead snake found in Towson


I received a copy of this email today from the Southland Hills Association; kind of creepy.

"I wanted to pass along some news to the neighborhood. One of our neighbors in Stone Manor, which backs up to Southland Hills at the top of Dixie Drive, found a copperhead snake in her yard. She was working in her yard and almost stepped on the coiled snake. The snake was killed, and another neighbor came over with his snake book and confirmed that it was indeed a copperhead. The snake was about 20 inches long, which is full grown for a copperhead. This was the first time she had seen any type of snake in her yard. Please be careful when you're working outside!"


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Rodgers Forge Elementary is #1!

As my neighbor said yesterday, this calls for a t-shirt or something. We're #1! (Most crowded school in the state, that is.) Watch an ABC TV news report on the sardine-like first day of school at the Towson Families United site. TFU is, of course, the group that can be given the credit for getting a new school on the drawing board.


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Monday, August 25, 2008

Kind of an ominous sign for traffic relief



The first day of school and someone creamed the signs on the refuge at Regester Ave. and Dumbarton Road. Let's hope no one was standing on the island at the time.

By the way, there seems to be some confusion as to what these islands are supposed to do. Are they meant to actually slow traffic, or are they places for people to stand? Here's what the county's website says:

"Chokers/Pedestrian Refuge Islands – Chokers are the narrowing of streets, either at an intersection or mid-block, to reduce the width of the travel way. Chokers can be designed to widen the sidewalk (bulb design), or an island may be constructed, which would force the traffic toward the curb (island choker). Either way, chokers appear to have the greatest effect in the area of pedestrian safety. By reducing the amount roadway width, the choker dramatically reduces the exposure time that a pedestrian is in the street. Additionally, both chokers break up the appearance of the roadway and may be landscaped to increase the attractiveness of residential neighborhoods."


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New website for the Rodgers Forge PTA

The site has lots of great info on it. Here's a link: http://www.rodgersforgepta.org/


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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Setting a good example

Karl Pfrommer passed this along to me (and, ahem, note the Pinehurst Road detail).


"Around 02:00 am., early Sunday morning, August 24, 2008, a father and his son were walking on the Dumbarton Field, heading to the left corner area of the first field. They could be easily seen because the son was wearing a ball cap with a lighted brim. They stopped and began to operate a paintball gun.

An RFCOP officer informed them that they were trespassing on Baltimore County property.
Both said they were sorry. The man was asked, "Are you a father?" The boy proudly proclaimed, "That's my Dad."

The father and his son left the school grounds, got into a minivan and drove the WRONG WAY, south, onto Pinehurst Road.

No damage was spotted at the scene.

Here's information for ALL friends and residents.
Article 27, Sect. 576 of the Criminal Code:

UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS ON THE PREMISES WILL BE CHARGED AS TRESPASSERS.

The RFCOP has a ZERO Tolerance Policy regarding individuals on the fields and school property after hours. BCPD has been called on numerous occasions to question violators and escort trespassers off school grounds."


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Details about the new school for Towson

Courtesy of Towson Families United. Cathi Forbes, by the way, received huge accolades from RFES Principal Deise at a parents' night last week for all her efforts.

BCPS officials have told Towson Families United that plans for a new elementary school in Towson are well underway and that the project is still scheduled to open in the fall of 2010. This was welcome news for parents at Rodgers Forge Elementary, who last week learned that their school had enrolled an alarming 714 students, putting the school at 180% capacity. more


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Michael Phelps' plans for Baltimore return

Sun: In the short term, there will be a parade, though no date has been nailed down. And there is every indication that he and [his coach] will expand and improve the facilities of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. full story


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Saturday, August 23, 2008

New traffic thingies




At Dumbarton/Regester intersection, and the narrowing device at Pinehurst. (Now stop going down Pinehurst the wrong way, ya skanks!)


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Phelps Phever in Rodgers Phorge



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Friday, August 22, 2008

Rodgers Forge Wants You!

(To join the board.) The process has changed a bit. Read details here. Potential board members should submit their curriculum vitae before Sept. 7th for the election to be held at the Annual General Meeting on September 10th at 7 PM in the Dumbarton Middle School auditorium.


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Rodgers Forge parents accused of murdering child want evidence thrown out

The Sun reports that their attorneys say the search warrant was too broad.

A decision to exclude evidence from the search would mean that prosecutors could not tell jurors about blood evidence traced to the boy that police found on clothes, walls and the ceiling of the couple's bedroom. It would also prevent prosecutors from using at trial photos and e-mails that investigators found on the family's computer.

"That computer did reveal a lot of information about the goings-on in the house," said Robin S. Coffin, a deputy state's attorney who is handling the case. Asked to elaborate in an interview after the hearing, she said only, "It's a little insight into Susan's mind." -- full story


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Cases of measles on the rise

Sun: Faced with the highest number of measles cases in a dozen years, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning parents to vaccinate their children to ward off further outbreaks.

From January through July, 131 measles cases have been identified in 15 states and the District of Columbia - the most since 1996, the CDC announced yesterday. About half of the cases involve children whose parents refused to vaccinate them for religious or philosophical reasons. ... more


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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Is your phone number unlisted? Don't be so sure.

I just got a phone call from someone looking for another person with my same name. After explaining that I was not this person, I asked how she got my phone number. Oh, by calling 411! I called my phone company to ask why I've been paying for an unlisted number that is apparently listed.

Turns out, my number was literally "unlisted," meaning it wouldn't be printed in the phone book. One must be "unpublished" to not be available through the 411 directory, which is more expensive. Gee, thanks for telling me. Because civilians like me really know the intricacies surrounding the whole unlisted vs. unpublished definitions.

Anyway, now you know.


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Michael Phelps hails from "the blue-collar mill town of Towson"

Funny piece from Laura Vozzella today on the international media's take on Towson.


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Irvine Nature Center reopens this Saturday in new location

We are no longer located on the campus of St. Timothy’s School. We will be open to the public on August 23. We are working hard to make your new place to explore nature as special as possible. Our new address is: 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117. http://explorenature.org/


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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Dulany Valley Road closed in Towson

A gas main break has shut down part of Dulaney Valley Road in Towson until mid-morning, a BG&E spokeswoman said. More from the Sun.


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Meeting on deer managment at Loch Raven

Officials to Host Informational Meeting on Forest Preservation and

Deer Management Strategy for Loch Raven Reservoir


Towson, MD (August 19, 2008) – Officials representing Baltimore City, Baltimore County and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will jointly host a public information meeting at which they will outline a strategy to address severe forest degradation due to excessive deer overpopulation in the Loch Raven Reservoir area.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Loch Raven High School, located at 1212 Cowpens Avenue, Towson, MD 21286. Citizens wishing to ask questions or present concerns will be afforded the opportunity to speak for an interval of three minutes based on a sign-up sheet at the door.


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Try a free class at Music Together

Try a Music Together class for free at Music Together of Charm City! Bring your baby or toddler or both -- it's mixed age -- and join us for singing, dancing, and rhythm instrument play. Fun for both children and their adult caregiver(s)!

Friday, Sept. 5th: 9:30-10:15, 10:30-11:15 & 11:30-12:15
Monday, Sept. 8th: 9:30-10:15 and 10:30-11:15

Reservation required. Call 410-825-3881 or email miriam(at)musictogethercharmcity.com


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Cloth diapering workshop this Saturday

A message from the Bediboo store:

"Are you interested in trying out cloth diapers but don't know where to start? Trying to do the best for your baby, the environment, and your pocket book? You might want to attend our cloth diapering workshop this Saturday. The class is free AND if you come in on Saturday we are doing a special for cloth diapering packages and accessories. 15% off all bumGenius and Thirsties if you spend over $100. This is for in store purchases on SATURDAY 08/23/08 only. Let us help you customize a diapering package for your baby!"

Check out our other classes here: http://www.bediboo.com/classes.html


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

State Fair starts this Friday


Go here for details: http://www.marylandstatefair.com/


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Monday, August 18, 2008

Latest crime report

Here it is.


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Renaissance Festival starts this Saturday

If you had told me 10 years ago that I might even consider going to "Renn Fest," I would have laughed in your turkey-leg-smeared face. Now I have a son who's into knights, so I think we might have to take the plunge. Fair maiden. Or, whatever.

http://www.rennfest.com


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Friday, August 15, 2008

New place to recycle flourescent bulbs

You can now drop them in Cockeysville, too. Here are details from the Towson Times.


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Part-time job at nearby church

The pastor at Govans Presbyterian, where my kids went to preschool, sent me an email saying they're hoping to fill this part-time position. Could be perfect for a stay-at-home parent:

"Medium size church near Rogers Forge seeks part time Finance and Membership Records Manager. Responsible for all church financial planning and transactions and management of church membership database. Must have excellent computer skills and experience with accounting software.


Associates or Bachelors Degree in Accounting required. 20 hours per week, $20/hour. 20 hours are flexible Monday-Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Medical benefits available. Please submit resume and cover letter to pastor@govanspres.org."


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Thursday, August 14, 2008

New policies for county school board meetings

Sun: Baltimore County school board members voted unanimously last night to turn one of their twice-monthly meetings into a work session.

Another proposed policy change - which would limit the number of groups given time to address members during meetings - was pulled from yesterday's agenda. -- more


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Jim Smith has triple by-pass surgery

Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith had chest pains and then surgery was performed. Here's the article in The Sun.


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order your Inheritance Trilogy book

A message from Red Canoe bookstore:

Hi everyone!

Brisingr, the final book of the Inheritance Trilogy will be released September 20! Finally, the book we have all (me too) been waiting for. OATHS SWORN . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide.

Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

This book is being sold with a strick "lay down" date which means that our pre-orders must be in by the 15th (in two days) to guarantee a copy in your hands on the release date. As always, we at Red Canoe will order extra copies in case you read this email after the 15th of August! So call 410-444-4440 or email contact@redcanoe.bz or stop in to pre-order your copy of Brisingr asap!

Not only Brisingr, but The Tales of Beedle the Bard (December 4, 2008)--the follow up to the Harry Potter series! We have a little more time to pre-order Tales--until October 1 in fact. But let us know when you can if you'd like a copy of your very own.

As always, good food, good coffee and great neighbors at our little bookshop in Lauraville!

Nicole and Peter
Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
410-444-4440
www.redcanoe.bz


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Try a free class at Music Together

Try a Music Together class for free at Music Together of Charm City! Bring your baby or toddler or both -- it's mixed age -- and join us for singing, dancing, and rhythm instrument play. Fun for both children and their adult caregiver(s)!

Friday, Sept. 5th: 9:30-10:15, 10:30-11:15 & 11:30-12:15
Monday, Sept. 8th: 9:30-10:15 and 10:30-11:15

Reservation required. Call 410-825-3881 or email miriam(at)musictogethercharmcity.com


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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Blues festival this Saturday at Oregon Ridge


http://www.hotaugustblues.com/lineup/


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Monday, August 11, 2008

Latest crime report

Nothing in Rodgers Forge, but there were a couple of break ins in 21212. Here's the report.


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Chance to voice concerns to county police

I know a lot of people have commented here that they'd like to see more police patrolling Rodgers Forge. Here's a forum for 'em:

The public will have the chance to comment on the Baltimore County Police Department's performance at an information meeting this month as part of an assessment examination by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Details here.


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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Fisher Price toy recalled - choking hazard

1. Fire and Burn Hazards Prompt Recall of Gas Grills Sold at Lowe's Stores

2. Progress Lighting Recalls Indoor Light Fixtures; Lights Can Unexpectedly Fall Posing an Impact Hazard

3. Atico International USA Recalls Personal Blenders Due to Laceration Hazard

4. Fisher-Price Recalls Learning Pots and Pans(tm) Toys Due to Choking Hazard ... www.cpsc.gov


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Kids' hooded sweatshirts recalled

1. Children's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled By Kids with Character Due to Strangulation Hazard
2. Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Request Jeans Due to Strangulation Hazard
3. Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Raw Blue Due to Strangulation Hazard ... www.cpsc.gov


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Latest crime report

Pepe's Pizza was burglarized. Nothing listed for Rodgers Forge. Here's the report.


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Free 411

I had posted earlier about 1-800-FREE-411, and someone just posted a comment about a new service. It's possible the poster was being paid by the company, but I googled it and it looks legit. It would be great to have live operators. It's a bit of a pain with the computer-based services sometimes.

Please say the name of the business you are looking for.
"Whole Foods"
OK, Pole Tools Unlimited -- is that correct?

Here's the info:

Following successful testing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago Metropolitan markets, 1-800-411-SAVE today announced the nationwide availability of its free directory assistance service.

1-800-411-SAVE is America's first free live operator 411 service for nationwide listings. Now, instead of dialing 411, which costs up to $1.99 a call, American consumers can call 1-800-411-SAVE to get free directory assistance. Callers are immediately connected to live operators who look up residential, business or governmental listings by name or category. After listening to a 10-15 second advertisement, callers are provided with the number requested. The service is available 24 hours a day and is fast, easy and 100% free.



PS: I just tried it and it worked perfectly.


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County school board wants to make it harder for people to speak at their meetings

The Towson Times reports that the board plans to cut by 50% the number of meetings at which public comments will be taken and to

"restrict the number of advisory groups (which are given time to speak during the “stakeholder” section of the regular meeting) to those created by the board.

That would exclude the Baltimore County Education Coalition, an informal, grass-roots group that in recent months has ceded some of its speaking time to activist parents concerned about overcrowded schools in Towson, an unwanted addition to Loch Raven High School and a recently renovated school without air conditioning in Lutherville." full story


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From the Sidebar: Recalls

Find out if that saw you own is ready to hack you apart. Learn which toys are covered in lead paint or have small parts your kids can choke on. Get updates on which dollar-store product has been deemed unsafe this week.

Go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and sign up for emails about recalled products.


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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

High-maintenance parents stress out over camp

NYT: A dozen 9-year-old girls in jelly-bean-colored bathing suits were learning the crawl at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp one recent morning as older girls in yellow and green camp uniforms practiced soccer, fused glass in the art studio or tried out the climbing wall.


Their parents, meanwhile, were bombarding the camp with calls: one wanted help arranging private guitar lessons for her daughter, another did not like the sound of her child’s voice during a recent conversation, and a third needed to know — preferably today — which of her daughter’s four varieties of vitamins had run out. All before lunch. -- full story


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Monday, August 4, 2008

Don't fall for this jury-duty scam

I've received a few emails about this so thought I'd share. There is/was a scam where someone would call you and claim that you failed to report for jury duty and that you could be arrested.

You protest that you never got a notice to serve, so they have you verify info and give your Social Security number, which they then use to steal your identity and deplete your bank account.

Read details here.


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Sunday, August 3, 2008

This book sounds really interesting

I heard this author on WYPR (Dan Rodricks) the other day and his book sounds fascinating. It's not the type of thing I usually read, but I might pick this up. One of the men profiled in it was from Baltimore. It's called Escape from the Deep.

"Popular historian Kershaw (The Bedford Boys) chronicles the extraordinary WWII heroism of the crew of the USS Tang, the deadliest submarine operating in the Pacific, in this spellbinding saga. The Tang's captain, Cmdr. Richard O' Kane, was a celebrated maverick whose contempt for the enemy was absolute. He was offered the opportunity to operate alone in the dangerous Formosa Strait, and the boat's crew sank 13 ships on one of the most destructive patrols of the war. But the last torpedo malfunctioned and boomeranged on the Tang, killing half the crew instantly and sinking the sub. The explosion threw O' Kane and several others into the ocean, but most of the rest were trapped below; only nine of 87 survived. They were picked up by a Japanese patrol boat and taken to a POW camp, tortured and starved. O' Kane, who earned the Medal of Honor, weighed only 88 pounds when liberated. Relying on interviews with survivors and oral histories, and writing with his customary verve, Kershaw delivers another memorable tale of uncommon courage."Publishers Weekly, starred review


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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Jim Smith has "God-like popularity"

So says pollster G. Keith Haller in The Gazette. I think they accidentally cut off the quote. He probably actually said that Jim Smith "has God-like popularity IN MAYS CHAPEL." Here's the article.


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Friday, August 1, 2008

Did you know Meadowbrook Pool has debit cards?

I was waiting for a garden burger today [that is, August of last year -- 2008] at the pool's snack bar and saw a woman pay for her meals with a Meadowbrook debit card. She said you just give them your credit card number and then use the card to purchase items, so you don't have to bring cash. So handy. Wish I'd known about it in the beginning of the summer.


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