Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hey, speed cameras might be coming to Rodgers Forge!

Another update: The measure was re-introduced and passed the Senate. Here's the story.


Update: The Senate killed the legislation, so no speed cameras. I'm sorry, who is the speeding lobby? Who is arguing that they should get to speed? I speed sometimes when I know I shouldn't but I bet I wouldn't if I was going to get a bunch of tickets. I just don't get the argument against these. If these legislators think going 50 mph in a residential area is OK, then why aren't they working to raise the speed limit? Argh. Here is
the story about the bill dying.

The Sun just did a story about legislation that would allow speed cameras near schools. Must admit, I don't really see the argument against them unless someone can prove they are incorrect. They will only be a cash cow if people are speeding, right? And people shouldn't speed, right? So if you don't speed you won't get a ticket, right?

Here's the story:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/bal-speed-cameras0331,0,7141427.story


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A new hit for family dinners

I made Pork Chops with Mustard Crust tonight and everyone loved them. (I don't really do meat much so I didn't try them personally.) But they got a thumbs up from my husband and my 6-year-old and my 3-year-old. And they were really easy to make.

I had to alter the recipe and used regular store-bought bread crumbs, Dijon mustard and dried parsley, but it was still good.

Here is the recipe, if you need a quick dish some night, and the reviewers are right: you only need about half the breadcrumb mixture and the rest is wasted or left over:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pork-Chops-with-Mustard-Crust-5311


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Irons recalled for fire hazard


Details: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09173.html


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Latest crime report

Here's the report.


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Towson liquor licenses and recycling in schools

A couple of particularly interesting things from Del. Steve Lafferty's latest e-newsletter:

Recycling: The House passed a bill that will require all state buildings to develop and implement a plan for recycling paper, glass, plastic and aluminum. It is amazing that it took this long. I also co-sponsored a bill to require all public school systems to establish a recycling plan for their schools. (Wow, they don't have plans already?)

Liquor licenses for Towson: I was a lead sponsor of a bill to enable the transfer of liquor licenses into Towson so that there is a chance to attract more restaurants. There are requirements on capital investment and limits on seating capacity of their bars. At the same time, I know there are important questions about the type and scale of the restaurants that we should have. I look forward to working with the County, Towson Chamber and community to address this issue further.


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OMG, President Obama totally reads The Forge Flyer!

Here's what I wrote in December about U.S. automakers:
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. (full post here)

And here's what Obama said yesterday: NYT: On Monday morning, President Obama announced that the Treasury Department would back the warranties of new General Motors and Chrysler vehicles. “If you buy a car from Chrysler or General Motors, you will be able to get your car serviced and repaired, just like always,” President Obama said during a speech from the White House. “Your warranty will be safe. In fact, it will be safer than it’s ever been, because starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warranty.” -- full story

Now he just has to protect the retirees and he's golden, right?


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Monday, March 30, 2009

Tonight is last chance for wine sale


The sale for the general public will begin on Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

The sale for all customers ends Monday, March 30, 2009.

Here how it works:

"Buy two (2) 750ml bottles of the same wine at the regular price and get the second bottle for 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 are excluded, and there are no limits on quantities." http://www.wellswine.com/


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Speed humps: Meeting to get community input

Correction: I've been using the words speed "bumps" and speed "humps" interchangeably. Someone just pointed out to me that there is a difference. Speed humps are wider and not as jarring as speed bumps (which you often find in parking lots). Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it.

"SAVE THE DATE! - Come to RFES on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. for an update regarding traffic calming in the Rodgers Forge community.

The Rodgers Forge Community Association (RFCA) will hold a special community meeting on Tuesday, April 14 in the Rodgers Forge Elementary School cafeteria. At the meeting, representatives from the RFCA and Baltimore County's Traffic Engineering Program will present the results of the Speed and Volume Traffic Study performed throughout Rodgers Forge late last year.

Rodgers Forge residents will have the opportunity to view the Department of Traffic Engineering's' recommended plans to install speed humps on Dumbarton and Heathfield Roads to address the problems of excessive speed and high traffic volume. This meeting will provide residents the chance to ask questions and give feedback, as well as sign off in support of the plans. Please plan to attend!"


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Sheppard Pratt to hold info event on depression

The public is invited to a free event on depression Monday at the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Towson. -more info


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This is a neat drawer organizer


This is possibly the dorkiest thing I've ever posted (or even thought), but I love my new utensil organizer! It's got little dividers in it so you can easily separate small spoons from big spoons and small forks from big forks. I have this sense of calm now when I open my silverware drawer. Got it at Target for $14.99. I've been on an organizing binge lately and this was a good addition.


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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Rare but deadly form of breast cancer

I recently received an email about an aggressive form of breast cancer that is hard to identify and catch. Thought I'd pass it along:

MayoClinic.com: Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but aggressive type of breast cancer that develops rapidly, making the affected breast red, swollen and tender. It's a locally advanced cancer, meaning it has spread from its point of origin to nearby tissue and possibly to nearby lymph nodes.

The early signs of more-common forms of breast cancer — a breast lump or suspicious area on a routine, screening mammogram — are often absent in inflammatory breast cancer. Instead, the breast may appear normal until tumor cells invade and block lymphatic vessels in the overlying skin. Fluid backs up, and the breast swells and becomes discolored.

Inflammatory breast cancer can easily be confused with a breast infection, but if it's cancer, symptoms won't go away with antibiotics. Seek medical attention promptly if you notice skin changes on your breast, to help distinguish a breast infection from other breast disorders. -- read more


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Friday, March 27, 2009

"Climate Change and the Chesapeake Bay" at Goucher

Hear from experts during this in-depth panel discussion exploring the effects of the science, policy, and politics of global warming on the Chesapeake Bay.

Tuesday, April 21 - Kelley Lecture Hall, 6:30 p.m. Free, but reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat , e-mail baltimoregreenworks@gmail.com.


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Meeting about county school budget

The Central Area Education Advisory Council will hold a capital pre-budget hearing for the schools in our community on April 23 at 7 p.m. at Padonia Elementary School.

This is where you can argue for funds for your child's school -- installing air conditioning, getting a new roof, etc. You can sign up to speak when you get there, or pre-register by calling 410.887.3172.


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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Baltimore County schools to get virtual instruction

Arin Gencer of The Baltimore Sun reports: ... The initiative, for which nearly $1 million is requested in the next fiscal year, is part of the school system's effort to equip students with 21st-century skills. Teachers can use simulations of real-life situations and problems to help students apply what they learn. The planned classroom of computer work stations and a wall of large screens for group lessons is believed to be a first in the area. -- read more

I think there's something creepy about Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman being involved in the schools.


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If you have something to say about growth at Towson U, say it now

Towson Times: Del. Steve Lafferty is asking residents for help. A bill requiring Towson University to file an annual community impact statement could easily drown if they don't take action. ...

Lafferty is suggesting residents in favor of the bill contact Del. John Bohanan, chairman of the subcommittee, to urge him to do what he can to move the bill on to the full committee.

Lafferty is not looking for tales of mischief, debauchery and drunkenness, he said. He just wants residents to make it clear to Bohanan that he wants TU to be a good neighbor and to address the impact of its growth.

University officials need to be held accountable, he said.

-- full story ... and here is Del. Bohanan's contact info:
http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13089.html


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David Plouffe to speak at Goucher

Monday, April 27: David Plouffe, President Barack Obama’s campaign manager, will give a lecture titled “The Obama Phenomenon: What's Next?” Plouffe is credited with developing the state-by-state campaign strategy that helped win the election.

Haebler Memorial Chapel, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved by calling 410-337-6333 or e-mailing boxoffice@goucher.edu


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Judo for kids

There's a fun Judo program for kids at the Baltimore Judo Club in Catonsville. Kids' classes are Saturday mornings and/or Monday evenings. Adult classes are at the same times, so it's a nice way for parents and their kids to bond.

Judo is a type of Japanese wrestling that strengthens the body and teaches confidence. The club was run for many years by John Anderson, a nationally known seventh-degree black belt. Read about him here. Class details here.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

TV converter-box coupons available again

The Baltimore Business Journal reports:

If you still haven’t gotten that TV converter box, good news. With the June 12 deadline for the nationwide conversion to digital TV fast approaching, the TV Converter Box Coupon Program has begun to accept replacement requests from those whose coupons expired without being redeemed. -- more


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Seven recalls

1. Children's Hooded Fleece Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Golden Grove Trading Due to Strangulation Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09162.html>

2. La Jolla Sport Recalls Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09163.html>

3. Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Dysfunctional Clothing Due to Strangulation Hazard vhttp://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09164.html>

4. Holiday Lights Recalled by Four Star Group USA Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Safeway Stores <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09165.html>

5. Children's Fishing Poles Recalled by Zebco Due to Violation of Lead in Paint Standard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09166.html>

6. Children's Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled by MM Compound Due to Strangulation Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09167.html>

7. Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Rusty North America Due to Strangulation Hazard vhttp://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09168.html>

Why are drawstring hooded sweatshirts even legal when they are constantly recalled? "Children's kerosene-soaked pajamas with built-in lighter are recalled for possible fire hazard."


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St. Pius to start preschool for 3-year-olds

Towson Times: St. Pius X School, which now offers pre-kindergarten classes for 4-year-olds through eighth grade, plans to open a program for 3-year-olds beginning with the 2009-2010 school year. -- read more, including about an upcoming open house


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Sentencing postponed for the Griffins

The Rodgers Forge couple found guilty in the death of their son will not be sentenced this Friday as scheduled. Here's the Sun story.


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Annual Stream Clean Up

Meadowbrook pool says:

Please join us for the Annual Stream Cleanup on Saturday April 4 from 10 AM to 12 Noon. We will be cleaning up both WEstern Run and the Jones Falls. Volunteers are needed, gloves and trash bags are provided. Project Clean Stream is held annually by the Alliance for the Chesapeake. This is a great way to teach careful stewardship of the environment to our children. And, school volunteer hours can be counted. Join thousands of volunteer across Maryland and help clean our streams April 4. To volunteer, email holhart@mbrook.com


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

High chairs and pacifiers recalled

1. Fisher-Price Recalls 3-in-1 High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09160.html>

2. Pacifiers Recalled by OKK Trading Due to Choking Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09161.html>


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County Exec Jim Smith to be on Midday radio call-in show today

On WYPR, 88.1 FM from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

"Establishing a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline at Sparrows Point, preserving agricultural land, and keeping crime levels at a 20-year historic low are some of the county issues we'll address with our guest, Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith."

I wonder if anyone will call in and ask about school overcrowding in Towson? Towson Families United says the new West Towson Elementary, scheduled for opening in the fall of 2010, will only solve part of the overcrowding problem here.

TFU says: "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." http://towsonfamiliesunited.com/blog/?cat=10


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Senator Theater to be auctioned on April 20

Here is the Sun story.


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Monday, March 23, 2009

Police helicopter and cars in Rodgers Forge

A police helicopter and cruisers were just circling Rodgers Forge. Police say they were "looking for a juvenile," whom they found.


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Yard-waste pickup starting again

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, Baltimore County will again provide a separate yard materials recycling collection, every other week, to residents in more than 160,000 single-family homes and townhouses who have a "Y" on their collection schedule. If and when there is a "Y" on your schedule (check 4/1-12/15), yard materials will be collected separately for recycling and will not be collected with trash. If and when there is no "Y" on your schedule, yard materials may be placed out for trash collection.

Yard materials acceptable for recycling collection include grass, leaves and small brush. Residents are reminded to use paper or plastic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard materials, not trash cans. Bags of yard materials set out for collection must not exceed 30 pounds. Also, branches and limbs will be collected only if they are no longer than 3 feet, no larger than 3 inches in diameter, and tied in bundles weighing 30 pounds or less.

The yard materials collected on "Y" days will be composted into an earthy organic material, to be used by Baltimore County agencies and residents.

For more information, residents should visit the County's web site at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling or call 410-887-2000. Residents can now go online and view, save, and/or print their trash and recycling collection schedule and program guide by visiting www.baltimorecountymd.gov/go/collectionconnection.


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Is anyone else distracted by that chocolate cake?

Ugh, every time I open this page and see the image of LN's cake my mouth starts to water.


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Crime report and fire

Here is the latest crime report (nothing in RF). Also, there was a fire in the unit block of Dunkirk last night (between Bellona and Blenheim) and a restoration crew is there now. I heard that everyone got out safely, though I haven't confirmed that yet.


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Spring Break activities at The Walters

March 25, 2009 - March 27, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

"Take a break, and spring into fun at the Walters! This week we are pulling out our best springtime art activities, and we'll point you towards the brightest and greenest treasures in the museum!"

http://www.thewalters.org/eventscalendar/eventdetails.aspx?e=1110


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sugar gaining popularity over high-fructose corn syrup

New York Times: "... Though research is still under way, many nutrition and obesity experts say sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are equally bad in excess. But, as is often the case with competing food claims, the battle is as much about marketing as it is about science.

Some shoppers [including me] prefer cane or beet sugar because it is less processed. High-fructose corn syrup is produced by a complex series of chemical reactions that includes the use of three enzymes and caustic soda.

Others see the pervasiveness of the inexpensive sweetener as a symbol of the ill effects of government subsidies given to large agribusiness interests like corn growers." -- read more


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Friday, March 20, 2009

Party for baby elephant at zoo

The Sun: Samson, the first elephant to be born in Baltimore, turns 1 year old today, and organizers at the Maryland Zoo are planning a birthday bash for him on Saturday. -- more


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NJ looking at ban on bikini waxes

Eee-yow!

Associated Press: New Jersey is drawing the line when it comes to bikini waxing.

The state Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling is moving toward a ban on genital waxing altogether after two women reported being injured in their quest for a smooth bikini line. -- read more


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You still have time to get your free Rita's ice today

For the past 16 years, Rita's has been giving away a free, regular size Italian Ice to each and every guest to mark the first day of spring! This is a sweet date for Italian Ice lovers, as each year, hundreds of thousands of our guests visit Rita's in search of the first taste of spring.

A Philadelphia-born springtime tradition, the 17th annual Rita's giveaway will be held on Friday, March 20, 2009 from noon to 10 p.m. at participating Rita's locations. details


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Drop off your household hazardous waste on April 5

Sunday, April 5, 2009 is the next one-day collection event in Baltimore County. Collect your unwanted paint, automotive fluid, mercury thermometers and don't forget your fluorescent bulbs. You may drop off your hazardous materials at the Texas Landfill, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The landfill can be accessed from Warren Road. If you have any questions, you may contact the Department of Environmental Protection & Resource Management (DEPRM) at 410-887-3745.

Household hazardous waste materials include many things that you probably are storing right now in your garage, basement, bathroom, or kitchen. Some, like paint thinner or car batteries, are pretty obvious, but there are many that you might not ordinarily think of such as polishes, insecticides, mercury thermometers and glues. These materials are too dangerous to be simply poured down the drain or placed into a garbage can. Some, such as gasoline, thinners, lighter fluid or glues and adhesives can catch fire. Others, such as pool chemicals and bleaches, can react violently with other materials to explode or produce toxic gases. Many, such as lawn and garden or agricultural chemicals, can be toxic if inhaled or ingested or can cause cancer, birth defects or other serious medical problems.

The average household contains between three and ten gallons of waste materials that are hazardous to human health or to the environment. Collectively, these materials can create serious health and safety risks or contaminate our goundwater, surface waters or the air we breath if they are not stored carefully and disposed of properly.

FULL DETAILS HERE


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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Solar System Kits and DNA Kits recalled



Details here:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09158.html

Go here to sign up for recall emails directly from the CPSC:
https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More info on speed humps in the Forge

Here is an article in the Towson Times.


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recalls

1. Cannondale Recalls Road Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09155.html>


2. State Farm(r) Recalls Good Neigh Bears(r) Due to Choking Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09156.html>


3. Nordstrom Recalls Girl's Shoes Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09157.html>


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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WJZ does a piece on the Charles Street bridge

Three years of construction, eek. Here's the video. And here are more details about the plan.


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Did you know the last day of school at RFES is June 18?

I had no idea it was so late. My mother-in-law called last night and we discussed a visit so I looked at the RFES online calendar. I thought I must be reading it incorrectly, so I called the school today and they said that it is indeed June 18, unless it changes b/c of snow days.

They also said school starts Aug. 31 in the fall.


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Monday, March 16, 2009

Learn about the teenage brain (if you dare!)

Parent-Education Night at DMS is hosting an event about understanding teens.

Giving a Fish a Bath:

The Untold Story of the Adolescent Mind
Presented by Frank J. Kros, MSW, JD

April 20, 2009 7-9:30 p.m.
Dumbarton Middle School
300 Dumbarton Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
The event is free and no RSVP is needed
"Recent discoveries in neuroscience offer exciting insights into how the brains of our teens really work and the special “brain-based” challenges facing adolescents as they mature. Learn the inside secrets of the teenage brain and boost your skills in teaching, guiding, mentoring and motivating the adolescent mind.

If you’ve ever thought that the adolescent mind could not be understood, this workshop will equip you with the latest insights and information through a fun and transformational experience. Led by award-winning national speaker and parent of two teenagers, Frank Kros, this workshop is a "must-have" for childserving professionals and parents who want to learn more about the secrets of the teenage brain!"


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Towson field hocky coach, and teacher, charged in connection with child porn and gun

The Sun reports: A Baltimore County man who coaches field hockey at Towson University has been charged with having child pornography and a firearm accessible to a minor, police said today. -- full story


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Latest crime report

Includes an armed robbery at Party City, and a threatening letter sent to County Executive Jim Smith -- but no details. (Cathi, I'm lookin' at you...)

The report lists no burglaries, which I find hard to believe so I'm checking on that. (Update: Police confirm no burglaries were reported. Wow.)

Here's the report.


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Headaches about to begin at Charles Street bridge/695

I'm so bummed. I always take Charles to 83N/695 because it's so much nicer than York Road. What to do now?

The Sun reports: The State Highway Administration will begin demolition of the Charles Street bridge over Interstate 695 tomorrow (Monday?) night as part of a three-year, $50million project to replace the span with one that would accommodate a future widening of the Baltimore Beltway. -- read more


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Senator Theater slated to close

Did you frequent the Senator? I have to say, we rarely went there. It's hard to get out to films when you have to hire a sitter, and generally when we do see movies we see the kind they show at The Charles. If we wanted to see a more mainstream movie, we'd go the Senator if they were showing it, but that rarely happened.

I think it would be great if it showed old movies or kids' classics, or something other than, or in addition to, just the regular fare.

Meredith Cohn of the Sun reports: Nearly 70 years after showing its first film, the Senator Theatre closed its curtain for the last time last night after a screening of the Watchmen.

The historic North Baltimore property faces foreclosure because the owner, Tom Kiefaber, is months behind on his mortgage payments. An auction is expected in mid-April. A closing date for the Rotunda Cinematheque in Hampden, also run by Kiefaber, has not been set, but an announcement is planned for this week. -- read more here, including about a public meeting on the theater tonight at 7:00


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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Treatment for peanut allergies could be here soon

New York Times: A medically supervised daily dose of peanuts may help children with peanut allergies greatly increase their tolerance to the food, according to two new studies that raise the possibility of a cure for this potentially life-threatening condition.

... Dr. Burks pointed out that the children in the studies were under a high level of medical supervision, and that parents should not try the approach on their own. “These studies do give us hope that there will be a treatment in the next two or three years,” he said. “It’s not something to do in practice or at home yet.” -- full story


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Friday, March 13, 2009

Keswick not buying Roland Park land

Baltimore Messenger: Keswick Multi-Care Center has withdrawn its offer to buy 17.5 acres of Baltimore Country Club land. Keswick had planned to build a controversial retirement and assisted living complex on the site at Hillside Avenue and Falls Road. -- read more


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Towson Town Hall meeting March 16

William H. Hudnut
Author, Speaker
March 16, 2009
Event details here

Former four-term Mayor of Indianapolis and Congressman, author, public speaker, TV commentator, think tank fellow, elected official, and clergyman, William H. Hudnut, III, currently occupies the Urban Land Institute/Joseph C. Canizaro Chair for Public Policy at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC, a non-profit Washington-based organization dedicated to promoting quality land use and influencing public policy through research and education.

Hudnut is probably best known for his sixteen-year tenure as Mayor of Indianapolis, 1976-1991. His stated goal was to build a "cooperative, compassionate and competitive" city. He established "a national reputation for revitalizing his Midwestern city," (The Washington Post) and came to be regarded as "an entrepreneurial leader willing to take prudent risks" (The Toledo Blade).


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TU master-plan meeting

The Towerlight Reports: "Towson architects and planners took the stage Wednesday night to field questions from neighbors and gather feedback from stakeholders in the campus community regarding an update for the Master Plan in the Minnegan Room of Johnny Unitas Stadium." -- read more


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Way to go, mystery DMS student!

A nice piece in the Towson Times about an anonymous Dumbarton Middle student doing a good deed.


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New "We Are Towson" website

Towson Times: "...It features more than 50 media stories, news reports and Internet items about local issues; it frames them with what they mean for Towsonites, and it provides the names of elected officials and authority figures and explains how they can be contacted.

It is not affiliated with any community organization. The Web site is devoid of the usual judicious exchange that occurs when one entity or organization publicly criticizes another, since it is anonymously authored.

Who are the people responsible for its content?" -- read more

http://www.wearetowson.com


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Green energy = savings of money and planet


My RF neighbor just sent me info about this. His family is signing up. The company estimates Marylanders would save $10-$15 per month on their utility bills.

Washington Business Journal: Clean Currents, a wind power supplier, is marketing a new product for residents in Maryland and the District.

Rockville-based Clean Currents, which has been offering wind power as an alternative to electricity to commercial customers, is offering homeowners a chance to buy what are called renewable energy credits from wind farms in other parts of the country.

When utilities are required to make renewable energy a certain percentage of their residential power menu, they can either generate it themselves, buy it directly from their suppliers or, more often, buy credits for renewable energy that other entities in their coverage area are generating on their own. -- full story and info from the company


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Meeting scheduled on York Road Quickbus

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is holding public workshops on proposals to implement two additional Quickbus routes. ...

The MTA has two new Quickbus routes are under consideration:
• The first would be between Downtown and Towson along the Greenmount Avenue/York
Road corridor and would coordinate with the existing No. 8 line.
• The second would be between the University of Maryland Medical Center and Cromwell
Bridge Road and would coordinate with the No. 3 line.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Towson Library, Towson Meeting Room
6 – 8 PM
http://www.mtamaryland.com/news/press/index.cfm?id=518&year=2009&month=3


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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

St. Patrick's Day parade is this Sunday

"Baltimore's St. Patrick Parade is truly the jewel in Maryland's emerald crown. For more than 50 years, thousands of spectators from the region have crowded the streets and sidewalks of downtown Baltimore and the famous Inner Harbor to watch thousands more march and celebrate Irish culture, music, song, and dance." http://www.irishparade.net


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Recalls

1. Infantino Recalls Infant Toys Due to Choking Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09146.html)

2. Hair Dryers Recalled By Big Lots Stores, Inc. Due to Electrocution Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09147.html)

3. Ice Skates Recalled by Pronto Sports Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09148.html)

4. Electra Bicycle Company Recalls Bicycles with Front Trays; Trays Can Come Loose and Pose Fall Hazard to Riders (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09149.html)


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Kids need more sleep than they're getting

Interesting piece in the New York Times:

"... What is the bedtime recommendation for an 8- or 9-year-old? The experts sensibly suggest that you work backward from wake-up time, trying for 10 hours of sleep, and testing your routine by checking whether the child wakes spontaneously, alert and cheerful and ready for the day (no, mine generally did not)." -- full story


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Senator Theater could close soon, owner says

The Sun has another piece today about the Senator's troubles. Here's the article.


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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Zoo reopens this Saturday

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will be open from 10-4 this Saturday. Details here.


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Monday, March 9, 2009

Crime report

Here's the latest, including a home break-in on Regester, and an incident in 21234 that involved a bomb squad.


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Tragic story about leaving kids in cars

Fair warning, this is a very sad article. But maybe a good reminder for us all. It's about people that forget their kids are in the car ... until it's too late.

Washington Post: ... Two decades ago, this was relatively rare. But in the early 1990s, car-safety experts declared that passenger-side front airbags could kill children, and they recommended that child seats be moved to the back of the car; then, for even more safety for the very young, that the baby seats be pivoted to face the rear. If few foresaw the tragic consequence of the lessened visibility of the child . . . well, who can blame them? What kind of person forgets a baby?

The wealthy do, it turns out. And the poor, and the middle class. Parents of all ages and ethnicities do it. Mothers are just as likely to do it as fathers. It happens to the chronically absent-minded and to the fanatically organized, to the college-educated and to the marginally literate. In the last 10 years, it has happened to a dentist. A postal clerk. A social worker. A police officer. An accountant. A soldier. A paralegal. An electrician. A Protestant clergyman. A rabbinical student. A nurse. A construction worker. An assistant principal. It happened to a mental health counselor, a college professor and a pizza chef. It happened to a pediatrician. It happened to a rocket scientist.

Last year it happened three times in one day, the worst day so far in the worst year so far in a phenomenon that gives no sign of abating.

The facts in each case differ a little, but always there is the terrible moment when the parent realizes what he or she has done, often through a phone call from a spouse or caregiver. This is followed by a frantic sprint to the car. What awaits there is the worst thing in the world. -- full story



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Saturday, March 7, 2009

New dance class opening for 3- to 4-year olds

Towson University has added a new spring Developmental Dance class for 3-4 year olds. There are still about a dozen spots available. Here's the message from the school:

"Because of the high demand to join these particular classes, we have decided to add another class on Saturdays at 10am (Room 10008). This Saturday, March 7th will be the first class of the the Spring semester. We would love for you to join and become a part of the TUCDD dance family.

The class will run for 11 weeks at the cost of $174. Should you have any further questions, feel free to email me at Bkneussl@gmail.com, or call 410- 704- 3495." http://www.towson.edu/dance/cdd/


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Friday, March 6, 2009

More traffic-calming measures for Dumbarton and Heathfield roads

From the latest Community Update Newsletter from the county. I'm guessing the measures are speedbumps, but I don't know. Anyone else know?

Traffic Calming in Rodgers Forge

Two roads in Rodgers Forge have qualified for traffic calming measures, according to Public Works engineers. Dumbarton Road and Heathfield Road (ADC Map 27 B-10) may receive improvements in this year. Traffic plans were drafted in January and submitted by the Bureau of Traffic Engineering to residents who are required to review and approve the recommendations before construction.

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/communityupdates/d5/090303d5.html#ppp


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recalls

1. Off-Road Bike Engine Parts Recalled by Wiseco Due to Crash Hazard
(http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09142.html)

2. Wall-Mounted Radiators Recalled by Rettig Belgium Due to Crush Hazard; Child's Death Reported
(http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09143.html)


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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Chance to review Towson U's master plan

Towson Times: Towson University is inviting the public to review and comment on proposals for updating the Campus Master Plan on Wednesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. -- read more


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Comparing local crime

Karl Pfrommer, of Citizens on Patrol, passed this along:

I thought you would be interested in recent crimes reported in Roland Park. There were eleven crimes in September and nine reported in October.

In spite of the recent surge in burglaries, Rodgers Forge experienced fewer incidents than Roland Park in these two months. Captain Al Jones told me that burglaries are also increasing in other county neighborhoods. He attributes the statistical rise to the falling economy.

I confess I didn't pull out the exact crime numbers for September and October crimes in the Forge. I will do that later for direct comparison when I have more time.

-Karl

Roland Park Crime Updates

  • 11/7/08: Burglary (forced entry), 500 block of W. Cold Spring Lane. Cash stolen from Evergreen Bakery. Entry gained by breaking front door window.
  • 11/6/08: Theft from auto, 5100 block of N. Charles Street. Camera, lens, flash storage card, watch, cigarettes, wallet, cash, credit card and checks stolen from car.
  • 11/4/08: Theft from auto, 5600 block of N. Charles Street. Purse, wallet and ID stolen from car.
  • 11/2/08: Theft from auto, 600 block of Club Road. Gym bag, purse, iPod, credit card, ID and clothes stolen from car.
  • 10/23/08: Theft from auto, 500 block of W. University Parkway.
  • 10/22/08: Theft from auto, 600 block of Colorado Avenue.
  • 10/17/08: Theft from auto, 4800 block of Keswick Road.
  • 10/17/08: Theft from auto, 4800 block of Keswick Road (another one).
  • 10/17/08: Theft from auto, 500 block of Woodlawn Road.
  • 10/16/08: Burglary with forced entry, 600 block of Colorado Avenue.
  • 10/15/08: Theft from auto, 5100 block of Falls Road.
  • 10/14/08: Theft from auto, 100 block of Overhill Road.
  • 10/14/08: Auto theft, 4200 block of Wickford Road. Silver and green 2004 Volkswagen Passat with Pennsylvania tags FVE2345.
  • 10/13/08: Theft from auto, 4400 block of Millford Road.
  • 10/13/08: Theft from auto, 4000 block of Roland Avenue.
  • 9/29/08: Theft from auto, 5400 block of Roland Ave. (seminary parking lot).
  • 9/29/08: Theft from auto, 700 block of W. University Parkway.
  • 9/29/08: Theft from auto (another one), 700 block of W. University Parkway.
  • 9/28/08: Theft of motor scooter, 4400 block of Falls Road.
  • 9/25/08: Larceny from "other premise," 300 block of E. Highfield Road.
  • 9/25/08: Theft from auto, 500 block of W. University Parkway.
  • 9/25/08: Burglary, 500 block of W. University Parkway.
  • 9/20/08: Theft from auto, 5100 block of N. Charles Street.
  • 9/19/08: Burglary with forced entry (school), 100 block of Tuscany Road.
  • 9/19/08: Theft from auto, 5400 Willowmere Way.
  • 9/17/08: Larceny from store (shoplifting), 700 block of W. 40th Street.

These two are in Homeland:
  • 9/19/08: Armed robbery (firearm), 5200 block of Springlake Way.
  • 9/19/08: Armed robbery (firearm), 5400 block of Springlake Way.

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    Waffle makers, etc., recalled

    1. All-Clad Recalls 4-Square Belgian Waffle Makers Due to Shock Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09139.html)

    2. Holiday Lights Recalled by Universal Distribution Center Due to Shock and Fire Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09140.html)

    3. Ritchie Immersion Heaters Recalled By Springfield Wire Due to Shock Hazard (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09141.html)


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    Kid to Kid consignmnet re-opening today

    They've been closed for months due to a fire at a nearby store but they're opening today at 4 p.m.
    Details here: http://baltimore.kidtokid.com/


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    Tuesday, March 3, 2009

    Parents push for online education in County

    I've done some work for Connections Academy and interviewed a lot of families who've enrolled and they love it. I'm all for thinking outside the box when it comes to education.

    The Baltimore Sun: A group of Baltimore County parents whose children participated in an online learning program that the school system did not fund this year has formed an organization to push for access to alternative education throughout the state.

    The founders of Emerging Minds of Maryland, which is incorporating this week, were among several parents who for months repeatedly urged the school board to find money to continue a one-year pilot program. The online Connections Academy gave their children a chance to learn in ways the conventional classroom did not - and at their own pace, the parents said. -- full story


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    O'Malley's March plays at Creative Alliance

    Sat Mar 14
    2 SHOWS: 7 & 9:30pm.
    $25. Adv tixs strongly sug. Led by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Martin O’Malley, O’Malley’s March releases their long awaited 5th CD tentatively titled Banished to the Basement. A rare appearance with the full band, they let loose with celtic fury! Proceeds benefit CA.
    http://www.creativealliance.org/events/eventItem1664.html


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    Bed Bath & Beyond wants your invention

    "Do you have a great product idea for the home? If so, your invention could be sold in Bed Bath & Beyond! This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first patent awarded to a woman. In celebration, Bed Bath & Beyond has partnered with Edison Nation to find problem-solving product ideas for the home invented by women across the nation. The most innovative products could wind up on Bed Bath & Beyond shelves!" Details here.

    And please don't invent something like this, which I saw in the store the other day. I mean, come on!


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    Monday, March 2, 2009

    Baltimore County schools opening two hours late on Tuesday

    And no pre-K.
    http://www.bcps.org/status/default.asp


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    Latest crime report: cookies

    Nothing reported in Rodgers Forge, but a home in Parkville had an attempted Oreo cookie burglary. Thank goodness it wasn't an Eggo waffle or we know how that would have gone down.

    Here's the report.


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    Sunday, March 1, 2009

    Timonium preschool still has openings

    I don't know anything about this school personally, but just posting this as an FYI if anyone is looking for a preschool opening:

    We offer morning classes for 2, 3 and 4-year olds. Our program provides a wide variety of activities such as art, music, science, role-playing and outdoor play, with lots of love and attention for each child. We provide a warm and accepting atmosphere where children are free to learn, create and grow.
    Pre-K, 4-year old classes are still available; 5 mornings a week, or 3 mornings a week (M,W,F).
    We also have openings in the 2 and 3 year old classes. Please call 410-252-6186 for more information.

    Timonium United Methodist Nursery School
    2300 Pot Spring Road
    Timonium, MD 21093


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