Sunday, November 30, 2008

Parents' night out at Hot Pots

"Fridays until Christmas: Leave your children (ages 6 and up) with us to paint gifts for everyone on their list - while you shop for everyone on your list (or go out to dinner- we won't tell). For $15, the kids will have fun painting gifts (separately priced), eating dinner, snacking and watching movies. Call by 4:00pm on the day you wish to come to reserve your child's spot.
SPACES ARE LIMITED - CALL SOON TO MAKE RESERVATIONS!" 410-561-3035 www.hotpots.net


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Holiday bazaar and greens sale Dec. 5

The Grace United Methodist Preschool will hold its Annual Holiday Bazaar and Greens Sale on Friday, December 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Bazaar will be held at Grace United Methodist Church,
located at 5407 North Charles Street (the corner of North Charles Street and Northern Parkway).

Start your holiday shopping now. A spectacular collection of gifts by local artists will be presented, as well as a Chinese Auction; with overnight
packages, restaurant gift certificates, tickets to sporting events and fine jewelry. There will also be delicious baked goods and other fine foods to enjoy as well as holiday greens to spruce up your home in time for your holiday parties. Proceeds benefit the Grace United Methodist Preschool.

For more information please call 410-532-2235.


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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Goings on at Red Canoe

Join us at Red Canoe Holiday Artisan’s Market Saturday 11/29 and Sunday 11/30. Local artisans will be here selling their fiber arts, jewelry, pottery and more. Books, puzzles, coffee by the pound, travel mugs. Spend $50.00 in the bookstore and get 15% off. Or buy any book and get a free regular coffee. Eric Holcomb will be here at 3 today 11/29 to sign his book City as Suburb: A History of Northeast Baltimore. Sales at Studio C Jewelry on the 2nd floor of Red Canoe and Spinster Yarns and Fibers on our lower level, as well as at our neighbors at Rock Candy and Bediboo baby gifts. It is all happening here in our little corner of Lauraville where you will always find good food, good coffee and great neighbors and lots of love!

Nicole and Peter
Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214

410-444-4440
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Friday, November 28, 2008

What is wrong with people? Worker trampled to death by shoppers

This is so sad, and so sick:

A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 34-year-old employee, a temporary maintenance worker, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

... A 28-year-old pregnant woman was knocked to the floor during the mad rush. She was hospitalized for observation, police said. Early witness accounts that the woman suffered a miscarriage were unfounded, police said. --full story


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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giant Food on York open today

They are open until 6 p.m. for your last-minute shopping needs.

Wells Liquors is also open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone is (410) 435-2700.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Post-Thanksgiving shopping at Belvedere Square

THE "UN-BLACK FRIDAY" CELEBRATION, Friday, Nov. 28

"Black Friday," what many say is the busiest shopping day of the year, will set the scene for holiday fun at Belvedere Square. Typically Black Friday shopping is associated with crazed toy finders, pushing/ shoving and 4am lines for the latest electronics. At Belvedere Square, we’re creating a different scene - a calmer, merrier shopping holiday with gourmet food and wine, relaxing entertainment and great, unique gift ideas! With more than 20 distinctive boutique retailers, restaurants, a wine bar and European-style market, there are plenty of gift options available and lots of fun to be had. -- more



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Turkey Confidential

From The Splendid Table on WYPR, 88.1 FM. Answering questions about fixing Thanksgiving dinner. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.


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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Quote of the day

A friend just sent me this:

Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater.

If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.

If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.

If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.

If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.

She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.

So if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Towson tree lighting will be Dec. 1

Towson Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 6 p.m. in Olympic Park at the Towson Traffic Circle and Allegheny Avenue. Featuring Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, great holiday music, and free cookies and hot chocolate. -- details


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Monday, November 24, 2008

Has Sarah Palin ruined your Thanksgiving dinner?


As a vegetarian who is trying to become at least a partial meat eater, taking bites of chicken every once in a while, I was completely grossed out watching the Palin interview where turkeys are being slaughtered in the background. (You've probably seen it by now, but I'm attaching it just in case.)

I would prefer to not think about what goes in to making my family's dinner. Especially since I used to be a big animal-rights person and have seen lots of horrific images of the cruelty involved in getting our food and in testing our cosmetics. Seeing those poor turkeys struggle while gawd-knows-what-but-obviously-something-painful is happening was too much.

Darn it, Sarah Palin, can't you let me live in my happy little fantasy world?


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Did you know Rodgers Forge (and surrounding area) is now available on Google's street view?

See actual photos of your house online. Neat. Creepy. Just plug in your address here and click on "street view."


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Latest crime report

Makes you want to get an alarm system, yes? Here's the report.


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Wednesday is retakes day at Rodgers Forge Elementary

When my son's school pictures came home a few weeks ago, I was surprised to see they'd put in the wrong background -- one that looked very cheesy. (I won't say which, in case you chose it, but I had wanted plain cobalt.)

I called the photo company and they said if I liked the actual photo, they could just change the background. If I didn't like the photo, he could do retakes. If the retakes turn out worse than the originals, they'll re-do the originals with the correct background. Sounded fair to me. ... Retakes day is Nov. 26.


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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rodgers Forge Elementary even more crowded now

That's according to newly released numbers that Towson Families United cites on its blog. Also interesting:

"Plans for Towson’s new elementary school continue to be on schedule, according to school system officials. However, that school will only provide about half the needed seats in the next five years. To meet the additional need, school system officials are considering additions to Stoneleigh and Hampton elementary schools. BCPS and Maryland State Department of Education personnel visited both sites last week. However, no funding has been requested for either project.

Another option to help meet these needs is to move the Cromwell Valley Elementary technology magnet program, currently drawing students from around the county, and re-open the building as a community-based elementary school. Re-opening Cromwell Valley would be significantly less expensive than building an addition, but school officials do not appear to be seriously considering this option." --read more



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End of Suburbia

This film sounds interesting: The End of Suburbia. How suburbia came to be propagandized into the American Dream, its impending disappearance as oil disappears, and some proposed solutions. At Marshy Point at 7:30 p.m onTuesday, Nov. 25. Free.


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COP reports some area crimes

From Citizens on Patrol's Karl Pfrommer: "A pair of robbers wearing hoodies has robbed the Sunoco station on Charles St. north of Stevenson La. and the Texaco station on York Rd, across from Channel 2. The same pair has robbed two other stations in Essex. They may begin robbing in another areas too.

Captain Al Jones has deployed extra police in our area, specifically on York Rd. and Charles St. near Stevenson La. Police from other precincts have been temporarily shifted to the Towson Precinct. Officers are parking their cars and walking the area. (The robbers have parked their vehicle blocks away from their target. After the robbery, they run off to where they have left their vehicle.) If you see anyone looking suspicious, please don't hesitate, use you cell phone, 911.

A catalytic converter theft occurred recently in the two hundred block of Stevenson Lane. The vehicle was not even moved! The thief crawled under the Jeep and sawed off the converter during the night.

There was a burglary Wednesday evening, Nov. 19, on Yorktowne Drive, between 5:30-8:00 p.m. A woman had been working at home all-day and left with her family to get some dinner. While they were gone the home was vandalized and many valuables were taken. There was also an attempted burglary at 5XX Stevenson Lane during the same time. Both of the homes that were broken into have a portion of low roof that is easily accessible. In both cases that is how they broke in. They jumped onto the roof and broke into a 2nd floor window. Lt. Randy Guraleczka of the Towson Precinct told Sharon Welling, Yorkleigh President, that the Yorktowne burglary is very similar to another burglary in the 400 block of Stevenson Lane in Rodgers Forge on October 2nd (see below):

Unknown suspects cut the screen to a 2nd floor window to gain entry. The bedrooms were ransacked and a large amount of jewelry, a foreign coin collection, DVDs, and a passport were taken."


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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tix available to charity dance

Tickets are selling! Plan to buy yours now and attend the Adult Dance on December 12th at Idlewylde Hall! The dance will benefit the local non-profit group, A Shoulder to Lean On. Your donation of $30 per ticket will entitle you to tapas and drinks along with dancing to a dj. There will also be door prizes, raffles and silent auctions. Tickets are limited to 150 guests, so buy yours now! If you joined us at our Mt. Washington Event, you know you are in for a good time!!!! Thanks to all those who came out last month in support of A Shoulder to Lean On. --details


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We just tried Cafe Troia in Towson


My mom is in town so last night my husband and I thought we'd take advantage of the free babysitter and go out for a drink. Grand Cru was packed, so we didn't go in. I wanted to stay close to home so we decided to try downtown Towson. I've never been to the Kent, but my husband has and he says it's OK but might be a bit college-y. We happened to drive by Cafe Troia on Allegheny and decided to give it a try. We didn't have dinner, just drinks and an appetizer and then dessert.

As it happens, the restaurant had moved to a new location, across the street from its old one, just 10 days earlier. Our waitress, who was friendly and attentive, said the former bar was just six seats but this new one has a decent sized bar and then a bunch of tables along the wall. We didn't even look at the dining room. Our martinis were great (I highly recommend the Harvest martini there) and our mozarella caprese was good -- it's pretty basic. My husband got creme brulee and I took a few bites and it was good, too.

The atmosphere was warm and nice. I wasn't in love with the drop ceiling that looked like an office building, but you can't have everything. There was nice dark woodwork and good lighting.

As entertainment, aside from the piano player, were two women in their maybe late 30s or early 40s who were getting totally hammered and couldn't keep their hands off each other. What was really interesting to watch was not the women, but that everyone in the bar couldn't take their eyes off of them. It was almost like performance art.

Anyway, are there other good upscale places in Towson to try? And when I say upscale, I don't mean snooty, but I really also don't want a sports bar or college hang out. We used to like Vin, but of course they closed. Any suggestions?


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Friday, November 21, 2008

Big sale at Bediboo this weekend

We are doing our Black Friday sales and markdowns a week early. Come in this weekend and find nearly everything 20-50% off. Our hours are Saturday & Sunday from 11-4.

Plus, this weekend we have two special events:
1. Passion Spice Nursing Bra Trunk Show Saturday 11-2, 20% off all of their items!

2. Learn to Knit Your Own Baby Hat, Sunday at 4:15-6:15 pm

Bediboo.com, phone:410-444-6060


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Bluehouse now open in Towson

I'm so excited that this store now has a nearby location. They're in the Shops at Kenilworth.


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Enrollment down in Balt County schools ... but not you-know-where

Sun: Enrollment in Baltimore County public schools has continued to decline slightly, but areas of growth - with some schools far exceeding their capacity - remain, according to a new report. ...

Overall, central-area elementary and high schools continue to house more students than they were built to accommodate. Elementary schools climbed from 175 to 404 pupils above their state-set limits. Hampton, Sparks and Stoneleigh alone range from about 20 percent to 30 percent over capacity. Rodgers Forge is nearly 80 percent over. --more


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Holiday gift making at Irvine

Natural, Wholesome Gifts at Irvine Nature Center

Dec. 6

It’s good for you and it has no preservatives! Make special gifts and ornaments from your heart with natural materials and recycled products. All craft supplies included.

Leaders: Winny Tan, Rachel Goonan

Fee: $6 members, $10 non-members

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: December 4

Ages: 5 & up


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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Death leads to Ikea blinds recall, others

1. Candela Recalls Candles Due to Fire and Burn Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Anthropologie Stores (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09053.html)

2. ImagiPLAY Recalls Bead Maze Toys Due to Laceration Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09052.html)

3. Near Strangulation of Child Prompts Recall to Repair Window Blinds by Green Mountain Vista (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09051.html)

4. Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall of Roman Blinds; Sold Exclusively at IKEA (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09050.html)


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Are you a PC?

My husband and I have decided this must be a stealth campaign by Apple; how much dorkier could you look?


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Goings on at Red Canoe

Pre-school sing-along welcomes back Alina! Monday November 24 and December 1 at 10:30 we are fortunate to have Alina return for a visit.

Save the dates : Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving our annual Artisans market! Beautiful items from local artisans. And at 3pm Eric Holcomb will be here to talk about his book: City as Suburb, A History of Northeast Baltimore . Copies are available, call 410-444-4440 or email today contact@redcanoe.bz to reserve a copy of this excellent book.

Another book of tremendous interest is Spirit of Place: Baltimore’s Favorite Spaces by Sarah Achenbach and Bill McAllen now available at Red Canoe. Call or come in to buy or reserve your copy. Sarah and Bill will join us on December 12 at 6pm to present their book.

Give a book for Christmas-the gift of enchantment, adventure, far away places, and fantasy. It’s cold and dark in the evening—curl up with a good book and let your mind and spirit take you off to another time and place.

And as always, good food and Zeke’s coffee, and the best of neighbors here at Red Canoe.

See you soon,
Nicole and Peter
Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214

410-444-4440
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Three gruesome recalls

1. Children's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by R&D International Due to Strangulation Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09047.html)
2. Target Recalls Dive Sticks Due to Impalement Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09048.html)
3. Brownie's Third Lung Recalls Air Compressors Due to Drowning Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09049.html)


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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Crime is down in Baltimore County

Sun:
"Most impressively, of the eight serious crime categories, seven have seen a decrease," [County Executive Jim] Smith said, referring to the first six months of this year. "Rape has decreased by 6.2 percent, robbery by 8.5 percent, aggravated assault by 2.5 percent, burglary by 5.8 percent, and motor vehicle theft and arson, each have decreased by 15.8 percent." --more


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Flu's arrived; have you had shots?

Sun: It's here: Laboratory tests have detected the state's first seasonal flu virus in a sample taken from a sick child in the Baltimore area, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. --more


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Educators ask legislators not to cut spending on schools

Sun: Worried that the Maryland General Assembly might decide to cut school funding during this economic downturn, education advocates urged legislators yesterday not to balance the budget by reducing money for education.

The governor has not proposed any reductions recently, but advocates held a news conference asking legislators not to make any changes in the money schools receive under the Thornton funding formula passed in 2002. --more


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Monday, November 17, 2008

Latest crime report

Lots of armed robberies, though none in Rodgers Forge. Here's the report.


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Is the recession affecting your family?

The news is, understandably, filled with stories of economic hardship. I'm curious about how our community is doing in this down turn.


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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Meeting on future of schools in Towson area

The Central Area Education Advisory Council will hold a meeting Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Pot Spring Elementary in Timonium to discuss proposed additions to elementary schools, the affect of BRAC and other issues.


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Friday, November 14, 2008

Did you change your smoke-detector batteries at the time change?

I just read a horrible story about a toddler dying in a rowhouse fire yesterday and it occurred to me I hadn't replaced the batteries in our smoke detectors in a while. Here's a list of fire-safety info, too.


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Saturday is "America Recycles Day"

America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 11th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials. Through America Recycles Day, the National Recycling Coalition supports local communities and raises awareness by educating citizens about the benefits of recycling. Volunteer America Recycles Day coordinators are positioned throughout the country and work to organize recycling awareness events in their schools and communities, and in conjunction with their local municipalities. -more details


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Ginger-Sesame salad dressing

I found this recipe online for Ginger-Sesame dressing and it is the best. I put it on spinach salad with a little parm and it is so good. Just an FYI.


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Towson Rec football game

Towson Rec says: 8-10 advances to the semi-finals (for the first time ever) with their stunning win at North Harford!!!! Now our 8-10 Towson Spartans will take on Loch Raven on SATURDAY, NOV. 15 AT 1PM at Loch Raven Rec at Taylor Ave. across Loch Raven Blvd (this is a schedule change!). Come out and make some noise for our brethren! Air horns, noisemakers, cow bells. Bring 'em all. This one is for the show!!


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Thursday, November 13, 2008

recalls

1. JA-RU Recalls Toy Trains Due To Choking Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09041.html)

2. Swim 'N Score Dive Sticks Recalled by Modell's Due to Risk of Impalement Injury to Children (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09043.html)

3. Cobra Electronics Recalls Children's Two-Way Radios with Rechargeable Batteries Due to Chemical Burn Hazard; Sold Exclusively in Toys "R" Us Stores (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09044.html)


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"Grinch" is at the Hippodrome

Sun: The first national tour of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! officially opens tonight at the Hippodrome Theatre (after two preview performances), when a cast of two-dozen performers shuffles across the stage in red, pointy-toed Who shoes. - more


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Head of FDIC speaks at Hopkins on Nov. 20

Chairman Sheila Bair's topic is "Today's Credit Crisis and the Involvement of the FDIC." Details here.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Seminar on children and play

Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at the Waldorf School

Fall Speaker Series: Dr. Roberta Michnick Golinkof, author

Dr. Golinkof, the author of award-winning "Einstein Never Used Flash Cards" and newly published "Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence," will present "How Play Motivates Children's Academic and Social Development." Cost is $5.00 at the door.

Location: 2nd Floor, Eurythmy Room of the Tamarind Building. Click for directions


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Village Co-op for Tots open house

The Village Co-op for Tots Open House
Thursday, Dec. 4 from 7-9 p.m.
at Loch Raven Rec. Ctr. on Glen Keith Blvd.

"Learn more about this unique non-profit parent cooperative preschool for ages 3 and 4 at our open house. Visit Village Co-op Tots or call 410-887-5309."


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Parent discussion groups, play groups starting up

Here's some info from the store Bediboo in Lauraville:

Starts this Friday, November 14th.
Please let us know if you are thinking of coming and tell your friends!

Fridays 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Parenting Article Discussion
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Open Playgroup
This group is for parents of children any age.

The first hour is dedicated to reading and discussing a parenting related article (typically a reprint of a past Mothering Magazine article, something from Dr. Sears, etc.). Occasionally we will have a guest speaker. Please note that some of these parenting topics can be very sensitive in nature and focused on attachment parenting and natural family living, so please come prepared to learn and share your experiences.
The second hour and a half is playtime! If can not come to the first portion then please wait until the second half of the group to come, as to not disturb the ongoing discussion.

This Friday we are discussing In the Wake of Vaccines from Mothering, Sept/Oct 2004. There will be copies available for you at the store, or print it out beforehand and bring it along.


If you have any questions then call or email.

410-444-6060
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

County not getting all tranpsortation money it sought

Wish list in hand, Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. asked state transportation officials yesterday for millions of dollars to pay for improvements to roads, bridges and train stations, but a tough economy means he will not get everything he wants. --more


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College-savings seminar Nov. 19

Did you know that if you have a toddler you hope to send to college 16 years from now, you would need to invest about $928 a month starting today to reach the $264,340 you will need? (Excuse me while I pass out.)

Would you like a tax break while saving for your child's college education? Would you like to have a safety net? What are your savings options? We'll have representatives from the College Savings Plan of Maryland to discuss the Maryland 529 plans: the Maryland Investment Plan and the Prepaid College Trust.

Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, the question of financing college looms large over your child's future.

Vincent Amoroso, Director of Student Financial Services of The Johns Hopkins University, will provide an overview of the financial aid process and the philosophy and future trends of financial aid. The panel will be moderated by Brendan O'Brien, financial advisor with SmithBarney.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 7 p.m.
Hampstead Hill Academy
500 S. Linwood Avenue, Canton

This seminar is FREE and refreshments will be provided. Childcare will NOT be provided. Feel free to bring infants with you who will stay with the parents during the seminar.

RSVP to parentseminar@dbfam.org
Sponsored by the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance www.dbfam.org


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Huge kids' consignment sale at fairgrounds


November 15 & 16 - details here.


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What do you think of the electoral college?

If you look at the electoral college numbers, it appears Barack Obama won a landslide victory. (364 to 163 so far, a more than 2-to-1 margin.) But in terms of votes, it was much closer: 65 million for Obama and 57 million for McCain, or 53 percent vs. 46 percent.

In the year 2000, as we know, Al Gore had more popular votes than George W. Bush did (even counting Florida as a Bush win) but Bush had more electoral votes. It was 50.5 million votes for Bush vs. 51 million for Gore but Bush got 271 electoral votes to Gore's 266.

That just does not seem right, and I'd say the same thing even if it swung in favor of the Democrats. How can it be right that a candidate who received less votes can still win the election? I know life isn't fair, but ... this system is just not fair!


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Monday, November 10, 2008

Towson Library needs your book donations

Preparations for the 15th annual Friends' of the Towson Library Booksale are underway. They are accepting donations of new and gently used books, videos, CDs and DVDs. Donations may be brought to the Towson Library's Borrower Services Desk. A receipt for tax purposes is available.

(Please, no magazines, encyclopedias, Reader's Digest Condensed Books, textbooks, records or computer books older than 2 years.)

Call the library, 410-887-6616, for more information.


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Some area road closures, including York Road

Here are details from The Sun.


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Uncle Wiggly's burglarized and other area crimes

Here is the weekly crime report.


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Wells Wine 50% off sale starts Wednesday

November 12-17:

"Buy one 750ml size bottle of wine at the regular price and get the second bottle of the same wine at 50% off the regular price. In stock items only, no special orders, no sale items, you cannot combine this sale with any other coupon or sale, prior sales excluded, and there are no limits on quantities." http://www.wellswine.com/


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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Gift shopping at Trinity Episcopal on Nov. 15

Saturday, November 15th
Vendor Shopping Day
10am-2pm
at Trinity Episcopal Children's Center,
120 Allegheny Ave, Towson, MD

Over 25 different vendors to help you get your early Christmas shopping done!

Vendors range from different types of Jewerly, Usborne children books, personalized stationary designs, purses and handbags, children's clothes and accessories, to handcrafted wood and candle designs. There will be something for everyone in the family!


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Friday, November 7, 2008

More info on Michael Phelps and changes to Meadowbrook

No word in this Sun story on whether they'll keep the kiddie pool. I hope so.

Update: Just got an email from the pool and here's a bit of what it said:

"While our background and passion is clearly competitive swimming, we realize that the most special quality about Meadowbrook is the balancing of our many programs. We will continue our mission to develop Olympic level swimmers in concert with our community focus. The scope of our program will always be greater than solely training competitive swimmers. Our members will continue to be the primary focus of our facilities and we look forward to enhancing your experience at Meadowbrook as we go forward together.

While we hope to bring new energy to Meadowbrook, let us assure you that your daily experience will be affected very little by the change in management. Our hope is that with your help we can take Meadowbrook to a new level of service and quality. We want to be the best family based recreational facility in Baltimore."


And here's a survey:

http://www.questionpro.com/akira/TakeSurvey?id=1068161


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Resource for new moms

I received an email today from the head of Baltimore's Stroller Strides. I've heard of this group, and kind of wish I'd heard about it five and a half years ago when my son was born. It's a group of moms who get together to exercise with their kids. Sounds like a great way to meet new people and get out of the house with the little one. Here's a link to the group.


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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Handprint platter day

I received this email today: "November 16, 11 a.m. to noon: Bring your kids to do a handprint turkey platter perfect for Thanksgiving, and to cherish forever. The children will do the handprint and simple design and the HotPots staff will embelish and complete the masterpiece with an inscription of your choice. $34 RESERVATIONS AND ADVANCE PAYMENT REQUIRED (each child to do one platter - Please advise the studio at the time of scheduling if more than one child's handprints are desired as a different sized/priced platter may be necessary)." 410.561.3035 At Hot Pots.


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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Rodgers Forge directories on the way, but late

I got a message from Jay Dunn of the RF board today saying that there was a delay at the printer and the new Forge directories won't be distributed for up to two weeks. (The newsletter had said you'd probably have them by now.) So hang tight.


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Sun paper says county should give redistricting a chance

Sun editorial: Though the mere suggestion of redistricting can bring hundreds of parents to a meeting, a 2003 facilities study by the school system found that 70 percent of parents supported four ways to reduce overcrowding - and changing school boundaries topped the list. The audit noted that the county hasn't closed a school in 25 years. -more

Fine by me! (As long as my kid doesn't have to switch schools, that is ....)


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Towson getting some pay boxes insteads of parking meters

Pay boxes are great. I hope all meters get replaced. Here's the Towson Times story.


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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

What will happen in election?


Here's a list of polls if you want to review. (By the way, we voted at about 9:30 this morning at Rodgers Forge Elementary and were in and out in about 10 minutes.)


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Monday, November 3, 2008

Voting between 10 AM and 3 PM is best

So says the county board of elections. Here's the Towson Times story.


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More Halloween Parade photos


Thanks, Anne Tone! (If anyone has some to share, feel free to send them in. kris(at)forgeflyer(dot)com Here are the photos.


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New Towson elementary school building will be green

The new school on Charles Ave. will be eco friendly, reports Towson Families United. Very cool.


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Crime report

Here's the latest crime report, including a burglary in Rodgers Forge that I have to think was targeted to this home in particular given the huge amount of money that was taken (unless that was a typo in the report). Either that or the thief just got incredibly lucky. Read it here.


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Lots more kids on medication these days

Sun: Hundreds of thousands more children are taking medications for chronic diseases, with a huge spike over a four-year period in the number given drugs to treat conditions once seen primarily in adults and now linked to what has become an epidemic of childhood obesity.

In a study appearing today in the journal Pediatrics, researchers saw surges in the number of U.S. children taking prescription medicines for diabetes and asthma, with smaller increases in those taking drugs for high blood pressure or high cholesterol. All of those conditions, to varying degrees, have been associated with obesity. --full story


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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Watch election returns at Towson Library

Election 2008: Returns After Dark
Tuesday, November 4, from 8 p.m. to midnight

Join us at the library – your community living room – as we watch and discuss election returns and projections. Commentary will be provided at intervals throughout the evening by political analyst and Johns Hopkins University political science professor Dr. Matthew Crenson. [Do you think we'll know anything by midnight?] http://bcplonline.org/branches/branch_to.html


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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Turn your clocks back

Saturday night (really Sunday morning) for the time change.


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