Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Frogs in underpants

My grandma sent this to me, and my kids love watching it over and over.


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New Years Day at Red Canoe

Hi everyone and Happy New Year!

We have so much to look back on for 2008--both good and bad--the best part has been the continued growth of Red Canoe and our own delight in serving good food and selecting good books !

But 2009 is here. We are very, very excited about it! To start New Year's Day (open 8am to 4pm) off right we will be serving breakfast burritos and toasted breakfast sandwiches with our handcrafted remoulades and pestos until early afternoon, as well as serving a wonderful soup and grilled sandwich lunch special. Check out our green book selection, too. So walk on over, have breakfast and lunch topped by free refills of good Zeke's coffee and welcome the New Year Red Canoe style. Good books, good food and the best neighbors here at Red Canoe,

Nicole and Peter
Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214

410-444-4440


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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What's open and closed on New Years, and also info on libraries

Towson, MD (December 29, 2008) - Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts, will be closed in recognition of the New Year's holiday on Thursday, January 1. Health Department clinics, the county animal shelter, libraries and senior centers will be closed, County Ride vans will not run, and county parking garages and meters will be free on that day.

County offices and facilities and the Circuit and District Courts will be open with normal operations on New Year's Eve, except that libraries will close early at 5:30 p.m. In addition, the Circuit and District Courts will be closed on Friday, January 2.

No Trash and Recycling Collection On New Year's Day -Drop-off Centers Closed

There will be no trash, recycling, or yard materials collection on January 1, and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, will be closed. Baltimore County residents whose trash would normally have been collected on Thursday, January 1, should set it out on Thursday night to be collected on Friday, January 2. Residents whose recycling collection of bottles and cans or mixed paper normally would have been collected on New Year's Day are asked to hold those recyclables until the next scheduled day for those types of materials, Thursday, January 15.

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the last week of December and the first week of January because more material must be collected in fewer business days. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period, the materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Residents who would prefer to drop off their recyclables, rather than hold them an additional two weeks, may do so at any one of Baltimore County's three recycling drop-off centers.

All trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, will be closed on Thursday, January 1 and will be open normal hours on New Year's Eve.

Residents may log onto www.baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling for more information about recycling and trash collection, including drop-off center locations and hours, or call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.





Delegate Susan L.M. Aumann

District 42 - Baltimore County

303 Lowe House Office Building

Annapolis, MD 21401

410-841-3258; FAX 410-841-3163

susan.aumann@house.state.md.us


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County schools to remain open on inauguration day

City schools will be closed. Here's the story in the Towson Times.


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more goings on in the neighborhood

From Karl Pfrommer, of Citizens on Patrol:

"A neighbor on Midhurst discovered that someone had been through their unlocked cars and had taken change and a CD player. The CD player was recovered from their garbage. A car on Gittings was also gone through and a cell phone was taken. Please remember to lock your cars at all times.

An older man and his teenaged son have been going door-to-door in the Pinehurst neighborhood ringing doorbells and asking for work. Please exercise caution if you choose to offer them work.

Attempted Identity Theft:
Someone going through junk mail discovered a letter from his bank thanking him for opening a credit card account--which he had not done. Please consider shredding all sensitive paperwork. Also, if your mail is accessible to passers-by, ask your neighbors to collect your mail when you are away, or ask the post office to hold it, rather than letting it pile up where others might have access to your information.

Best wishes to all for the New Year!"


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Monday, December 29, 2008

Latest crime report

Including attack at Towsontown Mall garage. Here it is.


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Christmas tree collection begins Jan. 12

Christmas tree recycling collection from Baltimore County single-family homes and town homes will begin Monday, January 12, 2008. To ensure collection, residents must place their tree at the front curb/street by Sunday, January 18, 2008. Details here.


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Friday, December 26, 2008

Are you going to refinance?

AP/Sun: Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell to a record low for the second straight week, causing refinancing applications to surge to the highest level in more than five years, a month after the Federal Reserve pledged to channel billions to prop up the sinking U.S. housing market.

While homeowners around the country are taking advantage of historically low rates to refinance their loans, the opportunity isn't available to those with poor credit or little equity in their homes, and foreclosures are still likely to surge. -- full story


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County historical society seeks your memories

Send them in by Dec. 31. Details here.


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Monday, December 22, 2008

Robbery at Dumbarton and Dorking

At 6 p.m. on Dec. 21: The suspect approached the victim and grabbed a cell phone from the victim’s hand. The suspect asked for money. The suspect then grabbed the victim’s handbag and left in a green four door vehicle.

And other crimes, including a burglary on Pinehurst. Here's the report.


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Friday, December 19, 2008

Free metered parking in Baltimore County

Through Sunday. Here's the story.


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High chairs and kids' jewelry recalled

1. Evenflo Recalls Majestic(tm) High Chairs Due to Fall and Choking Hazards (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09069.html)

2. Children's Jewelry Sold Exclusively in Hawaii Recalled by Aloha 808 Trading Due to Risk of Lead Exposure (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09071.html)


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Funniest thing I've seen in a while

Slate.com: The [Explainer] column managed to address just a tiny fraction of the 8,500 messages that arrived in our mailbox. Today, as part of our Explainer holiday tradition, we present an assortment of inquiries culled from the voluminous backlog. Below are the reader questions that Slate felt ill-equipped or unwilling to answer in 2008. ...

- Is it just me, or do all national anthems the world over, no matter how rich and exotic the culture, seem to sound like European marching-band music? Wouldn't one expect China's national anthem be more "plinky"? Shouldn't Iraq's national anthem sound a little more "Arab-y"?

- If there is so much oil in the Middle East, could one missile (such as the ones used to penetrate bunkers and caves) explode deep underground and hypothetically blow up a few countries? ... full list here


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TU welcomes Towson residents to Jan. 3 basketball game

Click here to get a version you can print.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

stroller and toys recalled

1. Grease Removers Recalled by Fantastic Distributors Due to Chemical Burn Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09066.html)

2. Regal Lager Recall to Replace Phil & Teds Strollers Due to Fall Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09067.html)

3. Xtreme Toy Zone Recalls Toy Dinosaurs Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard(http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09068.html)


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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Part-time nanny needed

Just a heads up on the new classified ad (left column):

PART-TIME NANNY NEEDED: Nanny needed for 2 children (almost 1 & 4 years old) in West Towson home on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. References required. If you or someone you know is interested, please email blandy_becker(at)hotmail(dot)com.


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Baltimore County schools might get air conditioning

But it's a big might. The Sun says a new school facilities report recommends looking at the issue of possibly adding AC to the schools that don't have it. Not exactly the concrete answer advocates sought. When your kid asks if you'll buy him a new General Grievous action figure and you say "I'll consider the possibility of thinking about it," how happy is he? Here is the article.


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Economic troubles mean less day care

Wall Street Journal:

Behind the drumbeat of grim economic news, a lot of quiet shuffling is going on as parents pull small children out of paid child care.

Enrollment at some child-care centers is falling and nanny agencies are reporting mounting layoffs as families cut child-care costs -- which rival mortgage payments in many households. An October online survey by the women's Web site BettyConfidential.com found that 12 percent of 100-plus parents who responded are cutting child care. --more


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Monday, December 15, 2008

Les Mis, for kids

Broadway's legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and becomes an honest man. Originally adapted from Vicor Hugo's timeless novel, Les Miserables, School Edition introduces a new generation to the grand and inspirational story that has touched the hearts of millions. For, within Les Miserables lies the universal truth, "To love another person is to see the face of God."
At Children's Playhouse of Maryland
December 20, 21, 2008 @1pm
You can buy tix at the door but advance is recommended.


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Obama to hold event in Baltimore on way to inauguration

So very cool. Here's the story in The Sun.


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Latest crime report

Read it here.


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Community meeting about new TU sports arena

Towson U will hold a community meeting January 21 at 7 p.m. in the Towson Center Arena, main gym, to discuss the school's architectural plans for an expanded sports arena complex. TU officials will be on hand to get community feedback.


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Sunday, December 14, 2008

organic, cut-your-own Christmas trees

No pesticides are used at Feezer's Farm in Marriottsville. Cut your own tree, or they'll do it for you.


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Friday, December 12, 2008

Cedarcroft home rented by Towson U students held up during party

Here's the article in The Sun.


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Auto bailout solution

OK, for some reason, I've received no phone calls from Henry Paulson, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi (or even Barack Obama) asking me for suggestions on how to save the auto industry. But I shall share my vast wisdom nevertheless.

I get the danger that if they declare bankruptcy like any other manufacturer in the same situation would, that will bring their downfall because no one will buy a car from a company they think won't be around to stand behind the warranty. So, instead of throwing money at GM and Chrysler, why not have the U.S. government back the warranties? You can buy after-market warranties on any vehicle, so the whole system is set up already. Then the car companies can re-negotiate all their contracts (and screw over retirees in the process, I know, but real health-care reform with better pharmaceutical coverage could help in that arena) and consumers would still feel comfortable buying the cars.

And believe me, I know what I'm talking about. I have a degree in journalism and I am a mother of two, so clearly my expertise in this area is beyond reproach.


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Accident on JFX at Northern Parkway this morning

On northbound side, but might tie up traffic.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/traffic/bal-jfx1212,0,3641085.story


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Shutterfly coupon

In case you still need to order holiday cards, here's a coupon code for free shipping from Shutterfly: SHIPPING4 Good through Dec. 14.


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gingerbread making & storytelling

Sunday, December 14, 1-3 p.m.
Edible Crumbs & Delectable Tales: Gingerbread Making & Storytelling
$10 public, $6 members (includes materials and museum admission). Advance registration required: (410) 516- 0341.

Enjoy dramatic readings of holiday classics while decorating gingerbread men and women. Participants will be provided with two gingerbread people. Icing, dried fruits, and candies will allow for each cookie to leave fashionably attired. Open to all ages.

http://www.museums.jhu.edu/evergreen/events/index.html#card


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Party City on York Road cited (agian) for selling lead-tainted kids' items

Here's the story.


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No school for city students on inauguration day

Sun: Baltimore schools will close Jan. 20 to recognize the historic significance of President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in as the first African-American president of the United States, and members of the city school board encouraged parents and guardians to spend the day with their children. --full story


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Ride the MARC? Read this.

The O'Malley administration proposes cutting the late trains that go from DC to Baltimore. This despite earlier attempts to market Baltimore as a DC suburb; the perfect place to find an affordable house where commuting to DC by train is easy peasy.

My husband takes the train to DC almost every day and there have been plenty of times he's had to stay late at work and take the late train home. I'm not sure it would work for us to live here if that wasn't an option. To me, it seems like cutting the train is penny smart and pound foolish. Save a little money in the short term, but as a consequence, car traffic and congestion would increase or people would move from Baltimore.

The decision isn't final, so if you have an opinion, it would be a good idea to share it.

Sun: "According to MTA spokeswoman Cheron Wicker, the decision to eliminate the late MARC trains is not final. She noted that the agency will be accepting public comments on proposed cutbacks until Dec. 26. The MTA already backed off one of its proposals when it decided not to cut commuter bus service between Columbia and Baltimore as much as originally planned." -- full story

Governor's office: 410.974.3901 or 1.800.811.8336 or email.

Or MTA:

John Porcari

Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation

Office of the Secretary

7201 Corporate Center Drive

P.O. Box 548

Hanover, MD. 21076

410-865-1000

jporcari@mdot.state.md.us


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Gunshot hits day care -- what's wrong with this picture?

Some hunters accidentally shot a day care in Howard County, but they were not in violation of the rule saying they had to stay a certain distance from occupied buildings, according to The Sun. Wonder if any regulations will change or if it will be just one of those freak things.


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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas for Kids program

Dec. 20: An annual family favorite, this fun-filled holiday program for the young and young at heart features the ever-popular Ronnie the Reindeer and a special visit from Santa!

http://www.baltimorechoralarts.org/mod/pages/display/40/index.php


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Cardmaking workshop

Saturday, December 13, 1-3 p.m. at
Pick a Card: Holiday Cardmaking Workshop
$5 public, FREE members (includes materials and museum admission). Advance registration required: (410) 516-0341.

Evergreen curator Jim Abbott will lead a workshop on the art and craft of card making in the Victorian era. Reflecting the 19th century fascination for souvenir albums and collage, participants will use an array of colorful papers, ribbons, fabrics, and printed illustrations to create holiday and gift cards. Open to all ages.
http://www.museums.jhu.edu/evergreen/events/index.html#card


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Free Wi-Fi at Stoneleigh Bakery Cafe on York Road

The place formerly known as Sam's Bagels and Mariam's Bagels, on York Road at Regester, now has free Wi-Fi.


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Nature stories and crafts at Ladew Gardens

Wednesday, December 17

Join us in Ladew's Studio for a morning or afternoon of listening to nature stories, followed by making a fun take-home craft! Ages 2-4 yrs. and one adult; 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.; Members $5 per child/adult pair; Nonmembers $10 per child/adult pair. Space is limited. Advance reservations and payment are required. Call (410) 557-9570, ext. 226 to register.


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Are you shopping local for the holidays?



I mean really local, as in York Road and downtown Towson. Here's a story in the Towson Times about retailers' hard times, with a focus on the store Home Again, which I adore, in our own neighborhood.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Leave Michael Phelps alone, says Kevin Cowherd

From his Sun column: "... All I can say is, it's a good thing they didn't have camera phones in Babe Ruth's day. Or Mickey Mantle's day. Or Muhammad Ali's day and Joe Namath's day.

Because they weren't choirboys, either, and some of the stuff they did would have made Phelps looks like a church deacon by comparison.

The bottom line here is that Michael Phelps' social life isn't hurting anyone. And while his dating a woman who has bared a little flesh on the Internet might be a tad embarrassing for his family and his sponsors, it doesn't mean he is going over to the dark side...." --full column


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Scholarship opportunity for high school girls

I received this email today, and because it sounds like it really isn't a beauty contest, I am posting it here:

"Our program awards college scholarships to young women (high school juniors) from Baltimore City and Baltimore, Harford, and Cecil Counties who have distinguished themselves at school and in their communities.

Contestants must have a strong performing talent to participate and a minimum GPA of 3.3. For a description of all categories of judging, please visit the page on our website. This is not a beauty pageant. There is no fee to participate. The program is a non-profit organization and volunteer-run. http://baltimorejuniormiss.org

Our 2009 program will take place on Saturday, March 21st, 2009 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville, Maryland. There is no fee to register or participate. Interested applicants can visit our website or go directly to www.ajm.org to pre-register (deadline is January 15). They may also visit us at our website (http://baltimorejuniormiss.org)or send an email to baltimorejuniormiss@gmail.com."


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Padonia Park pool to remain open after all

Here's the story in The Sun.


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Monday, December 8, 2008

West Towson couple at Shock Trauma after house fire

Sun: Reported at 5:51 p.m. in the 700 block of Morningside Drive off West Road and near the Towson Fire Station, the single-alarm fire caused extensive damage to the two-story brick Colonial-style dwelling occupied by Edward and Patricia Brutzman. Their ages were not available. -- full story


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Rodgers Forge parents charged in son's death decline jury trial

Another story of heartbreak ...

"We think that Judge Martin is a fair judge," said Joseph Murtha, John Griffin's attorney, explaining his client's decision. "It's an emotionally charged case, and we believe that there are significant legal issues that are to be considered." -- full story


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How can this be going on just a few miles away?

This nice little kid -- in the school band, a good student, no juvenile record -- walks across the street to give an elderly neighbor some fruit and is shot and killed as he waits at the door. Just heartbreaking.


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Some pretty ballsy crimes in this week's report

Including this one at Ascension Lutheran on York Road: "The suspect entered the building through a door with a non-functioning automatic lock. Once inside the suspect asked for food and a Bible. When the victim was retrieving the Bible the suspect stole the victim’s laptop and cell phone charger from the table where there were resting. The suspect fled the building and was pursued by the victim. The suspect then forcibly removed the victim’s cell phone from his hand and fled, but was apprehended a short time later at a bus stop close by. He had the laptop, the phone, and the charger."

Full report here.


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Raising Bookworms

An author on the Diane Rehm show today has a new book about how to get kids to turn off the Gameboys and the TV and pick up books. Here is the book's website. A scary stat that was stated on the show: 80 percent of Americans didn't read a book last year.


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Kit to test your teen for drugs

Hmm. Helpful parenting tool, or disturbing? Here's the article in The Examiner.


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The Baltimore Sun's owner might be considering bankruptcy

New York Times:

Like most newspapers, Tribune has suffered double-digit percentage declines in advertising this year, as ads and readers continue to shift to the Internet, and the recession has prompted retailers and other businesses to curtail their ad spending. What makes Tribune’s problems more serious is the heavy debt load it carries as a result of last year’s buyout.

The weak state of newspapers has made some lenders more loath than usual to force bankruptcy, fearing that it could worsen their chance of significant recovery, or at least delay it. --full story



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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Boy missing from Golden Ring middle school

Sun: An 11-year-old boy was reported missing after he did not return home after leaving Golden Ring Middle School on Friday, Baltimore County police said. Mezcal Donta Davis of the 6000 block of Nahant Road in Rosedale is black with a medium complexion, brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and tan pants. He stands 4 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds. Anyone with information about the boy is asked to call police at 410-887-5000.


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Changes to No Child Left Behind probably on back burner

The Sun reports:

Many educators are looking to President-elect Barack Obama to revise a much-maligned federal initiative requiring annual tests to chart the progress of every school in the country.

But with a faltering economy and two foreign wars dominating the attention of the administration-in-waiting, even the sharpest critics of the No Child Left Behind law are resigned to waiting their turn. -more


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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Merry Tuba Christmas

Now, really, can you beat this?

Examiner: More than 250 tuba and euphonium players will proceed along the Inner Harbor promenade to assemble at the Harborplace Amphitheater for Merry TubaChristmas. 3:30 p.m., Saturday, December 6; Harborplace - downtown Baltimore. Free.


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Mom sues Crocs shoes after son's foot stuck in escalator

Sun: A Pennsylvania mother yesterday filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against the makers of the popular Crocs footwear after her 6-year-old son's shoe was caught and trapped in an escalator at the National Aquarium in Baltimore this spring, mangling his right big toe.

... More than 200 people worldwide have reported similar incidents, according to a legal document filed by Crocs Inc. in a separate case, one involving a 3-year-old who broke three toes when her Croc was caught in an Atlanta airport escalator in June. The company, which has said its shoes aren't to blame, did not return a call requesting comment yesterday. --more


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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Toy recalls

1. Doll Clothing Sets Recalled by Manhattan Group Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09059.html)

2. OKK Trading Recalls Toy Army Figures Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09060.html)


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Cookie Camp

This sounds kind of fun...

December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th in Ellicott City

Culinary Kids Cooking School's Cookie Camp

in Chef Nikki's own kitchen in Ellicott City with the help of Rich Karoll, Dessert Master, from "The Ace of Cakes" on Food Network

Classes begin at 10 am and end at 1 pm. Lunch will be served.

You can choose to come for 1, 2, or all 3 days
The prices are:
  • $50 for 1 day
  • $90 for 2 days
  • $130 for 3 days

To register, call 978-223-3068!


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Michael Phelps girlfriend gossip

The New York Post says: Michael Phelps arrived at his mom's Thanksgiving celebration with his new girlfriend - a tattooed strip-club waitress who has bared her chest for photographers almost as many times as the Olympic swimming star. ... -- more and also a blurb about it in The Sun.

See, that's the problem with the Internet. These days, you show your boobs to a photographer once or twice or maybe 30 times and BOOM, you're marked for life. Haven't we all been there?


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Holiday bazaar at Stoneleigh this Saturday

Stoneleigh Elementary School will host its Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school at 900 Pemberton Road. Bring the family for an affordable holiday shopping trip. The bazaar features a variety of craft vendors, a Kids Only Shopping Room and a New 2 You Shop. Stock up on baked goods, purchase your holiday greens, and enjoy an inexpensive and delicious lunch from Milt’s Catering.


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Nothing in my dining room is centered and it's driving me nuts

Is your Rodgers Forge dining room like this? The windows are not centered in the room. The dining room light is not centered in the room, but it's not even with the windows, either. If I want to have the table directly under the light, then my table has to be off to one side.

I don't think I'm a super anal person, but this feels out of whack. I wonder how hard it would be to move the light. Is your house like this?


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Change in yard-materials pick up

SEPARATE YARD MATERIALS COLLECTIONS IN BALTIMORE COUNTY END DECEMBER 15; WILL RESUME APRIL 2009

To conserve fuel again this winter, separate yard materials recycling collections will end Saturday, December 15. Yard materials (including leaves) will continue to be collected, but with the trash.

Separate yard materials collection will resume in April 2009 for residents who have a “Y” on their trash and recycling collection schedule.

Residents can now go online and view, save, and/or print their trash and recycling collection schedule and program guide, as well as obtain directions to the nearest residents’ trash/recycling drop-off center, by visiting the Bureau of Solid Waste Management web site at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling and clicking on the “Collection Connection” link. Residents who would like a collection schedule and program guide sent to them can call the Bureau’s customer service line at 410-887-2000.


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Breakfast with Santa at Notre Dame

Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday, December 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Doyle Dining Room. Cost is $5 for children ages 2-5; $7 for kids 6-12; and $12 for adults and children 12 and older. Children who bring an unwrapped toy for a local charity will receive a free photo with Santa. For more information and reservations, call the Office of Alumnae Relations 410-532-5542.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Hockey Helmets recalled

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Hockey Helmets

Units: About 1,000

Distributor: Reebok-CCM Hockey U.S. Inc., of Montpelier, Vt.

Hazard: The helmet's chinstrap can unexpectedly disengage while in use. If this happens, the helmet can fall off, posing a head and neck injury risk to consumers.
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09058.html


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Michael Phelps is Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year"

Sun: Rodgers Forge native Michael Phelps was named the 2008 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated today, becoming the first Olympian to earn the honor since speedskaters Bonnie Blair (United States) and Johann Olav Koss (Norway) shared it in 1994. The last Maryland athlete named Sportsman of the Year was former Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995. --more


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HOW ECOSYSTEMS INTERCONNECT

YOU AND YOUR ENVIRONMENT: HOW ECOSYSTEMS INTERCONNECT

Dr. Jim Saunders, Director, Towson University Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bio-Informatics Program

Hackerman Academy Saturday Morning Science Series

Smith Hall Room 326

Saturday, December 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.; 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

"Dr. Jim Saunders of Towson University presents an interactive program on How Ecosystems Interconnect. It’s cooler than you think!

Admission is free."


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Tips for toy shopping

Charm City Moms, the Sun parenting blog, has a good piece on how to shop safely for kids' toys. Read it here.


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Recycling could get easier in Baltimore County

The Sun reports: The plan suggests transitioning to single-stream recycling for single-family homes and townhouses; creating economic incentives to encourage owners of apartments and condominiums to provide recycling opportunities to residents; and minimizing waste sent to landfills. -- more


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area crimes, including at Giant on York

From Karl Pfrommer: A police helicopter was circling over Anneslie on Monday night at 11:45. The streets were flooded with patrol cars. Someone had tried to break into Harry Little's sandwich shop and took off on foot.

Early last week a woman had just loaded her groceries in her van at the Giant in the York Road Plaza at about 2:00 pm. Her van was started (warming up?) and her purse was on the seat. A guy pushed her aside, jumped in her van, and took off! Grand Theft Auto. The woman was not assaulted in any way, the suspect just saw an opportunity as the keys were in the car.


From Baltimore County Police:

Significant Events Report for the week of November 24- December 01, 2008

Section One: Major Crimes - Robberies

(All Commercial, Street Robberies resulting in injuries, All Robberies related to trends)



11/25/08 19:15 08-330-1524 Armed Robbery

6 Dowling Circle 21234

The victim was making a food delivery for Casa Mia’s at

6 Dowling Circle Apt X. The suspect approached the

victim and produced a 6” knife with a black handle and a

silver blade. The suspect obtained food, cell phone, and

$30.00 in cash. M/B, grey hooded sweatshirt with red and

white design, dark jeans, and black gloves



11/30/08 22:39 08-334-1569 Armed Robbery – Gun

F/O 1200 Putty Hill Avenue

Suspects approached victim in parking lot of Block

Buster Video. Suspect one pointed a gun at victim and

both suspect went though victim’s pockets and purses.

Suspects fled on foot towards Putty Hill Avenue.

M/B, light skin, 16-25 YOA, 5’4”, thin build, an

coat and light blue jeans M/B, 16-25 YOA, 5’&’

med build, fur hat w/ ear flaps down, walks severely bow legged.

Took $12.00 and phone.



11/30/08 11:25-11:29

08-335-0534 Armed Robbery – Gun

Provident Bank in Shoppers 803 Goucher Blvd.

An Unk suspect demanded money from two bank tellers

at the bank. He told both tellers not to give him a dye

pack, but the second teller was able to give him a dye

pack which exploded outside the bank.

M/B, late 30’s, 6’02”, 215 lbs., large build, brown eyes, drk skin,

blk & gry hair, tan BB hat, blue & blk polo shirt

with fading white horizontal strip. He's robbed 6 banks.

Here's his picture and more information

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/police/media/releases/1201providentbanksrob.html

Section Two: Major Crimes – Burglaries

All Commercial, Schools, Residential related to trends,

Burglaries with high dollar value stolen / weapons stolen



11/28/08-11/29/08 23:00-07:00

08-334-0288 2
2nd Degree Burglary

Sherwood Market 6300 Sherwood Road 21234

Unk suspect broke & entered through the front

window of the market using a sledge hammer.

Suspect stole unk amt of cash and approx. 50 books

of Scratch-off lottery tickets. Sledge hammer was left

at scene.


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Monday, December 1, 2008

Michael Phelps on 60 Minutes

In case you missed it, here are highlights.


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We should do this in Rodgers Forge

Sun: Baltimore officials are preparing to launch a nonprofit car-sharing service, hoping that the initiative will reduce the overall number of cars used in the city.

The idea is to create a service similar to that provided by the for-profit firm ZipCar, which allows subscribers to reserve a car via a Web site for a short time. Subscribers pay a monthly fee for the service, in addition to a per-mile or per-hour usage fee. -more


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