Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Child in Ellicott City dies after being left in hot car

Ugh, another horrible story of a child being accidentally left in a car. Let it be a cautionary tale for all of us. I've heard the recommendation that you leave something you need (your purse, cell phone, etc.) in the back seat by your child so that you will be sure to go in the back of the car when you arrive at your destination.

A change in schedule is usually the culprit in these cases. This happens to people of all education levels, economic levels, races, etc. It's just so sad.


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Monday, June 29, 2009

Poison ivy in Rodgers Forge




Leaves of three, let them be!

One of the people on my block had to go to the hospital recently because her yard was full of poison ivy and she didn't realize what it was and -- thinking it was an ordinary weed -- spent hours pulling it out of the ground.

Above are some photos of poison ivy in Rodgers Forge (see it hiding amongst the nice ivy in the lower picture?), and here's advice on what to do if you come into contact with it. There's also a nice piece here written for kids.


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Minutes from Rodgers Forge board meetings

Seeing as how we are all part of this community and it's helpful to know what's going on, here are the minutes from recent Rodgers Forge board meetings.

In 2005 the board voted to post the meetings on its own website, but that has not yet been done. I'm told they have had trouble finding someone to maintain the website.

Here's what I have. It's pretty interesting.

May 2009

April 2009 not yet available

March 2009

February 2009

January 2009

December 2008

November 2008


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Next Rodgers Forge board meeting is July 8

Dumbarton Middle School is not available, so the board is holding the meeting at the home of the board president, at 201 Dumbarton Road. It's at 7 p.m. on July 8.

See you there!


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Latest crime report

Here's the report.


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Make sure your dues are paid if you plan to vote for board members of the Rodgers Forge Association

The Rodgers Forge Association will hold elections for new board members at the Annual Meeting this September. Only people whose dues are paid are eligible to vote for members -- or to run for the board. So make sure your dues are paid ($20 per household) if you'd like to participate in your community. Here's dues info.

The July meeting is the only board meeting prior to the Annual Meeting, as I'm told there will be no August meeting. The upcoming meeting is July 8 at the home of board president Janice Moore at 201 Dumbarton Road. This is an open meeting for anyone to attend.

Your RF directories have the bylaws in them and explain how you can run for the board. If there is a contested district seat, "paper ballots shall be distributed, all General Members present shall have one vote." (A general member is someone who lives in Rodgers Forge and has paid dues that year.) Paper ballots are used for all at-large seats, even those that are not contested.

All district representatives serve one-year terms, so you can run for those every year. Here is a list of the different districts. As you can see from the information below, some are not filled.

Here's info from rodgersforge.org about whose terms expire when:

The members of the Rodgers Forge Community, Inc. Board of Governors for 2008-2009 are:

OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • President - Janice Moore
  • Vice President - Lawrence Swoboda
  • Treasurer - Kate Hammond
  • Recording Secretary - Kate Canada
  • Corresponding Secretary - Jay Dunn
  • AT LARGE MEMBERS

  • ALLEN, Ginny - Term Expires 2009
  • CAMPBELL, Doug - Term Expires 2010
  • DUNN, Jay - Term Expires 2009
  • DUVALL, Jean - Term Expires 2009
  • GERDING, Don - Term Expires 2010
  • HAMMOND, Kate - Term Expires 2009
  • MANAHAN, Michele - Term Expires 2010
  • MONTESSORO, Ada - Term Expires 2010
  • MOORE, Janice - Term Expires 2009
  • O’HARA, Norma - Term Expires 2010
  • SHERMAN, Nancy - Term Expires 2009
  • DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES

  • 1 CARTER, Jason
  • 3 LAWRENCE, Fran
  • 4 ZIELKE, Carol
  • 5 SCHOFIELD, Janine
  • 6 WILLIAMS, Rob
  • 7 SWOBODA, Lawrence
  • 9 HOFFMAN, Ayfer
  • 11 CANADA, Kate
  • All district representative terms expire in 2009.

    All Board members may be contacted by emailing: board@rodgersforge.org. If you are interested in becoming a district representative on the board, please let us know.


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    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    Nobody asked them, but ...

    Interesting post on the Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative commenting about a piece that ran in the June issue of the newsletter.

    "In his latest essay for the Rodgers Forge newsletter, Jay Dunn writes nostalgically about "just a few of the things that are disappearing in our country." It just so happens that four of the 12 disappearing things he lists are either directly or indirectly related to agriculture -- and are just the sorts of things that our organization is trying to address. Here are the four farming-related items that Jay lists..." -- read more


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    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    Robberies and graffiti

    From Karl Pfrommer:

    ROBBERY & THEFT
    FOLLOW UP ON RUXTON BURGLARIES
    ROBBERY AT YORK & GITTINGS

    19 Jun 2009
    6300 BLOCK YORK RD
    Identifier: 091700774
    Time: 11:39 am.
    Robbery Unarmed
    ASSAULT AT YORK & GITTINGS

    20 Jun 2009
    6300 BLOCK YORK RD
    Identifier: 091710169
    Time: 01:37 am.
    2nd Degree Assault (Not Domestic Abuse)

    ASSAULT AT CHARLES & BELLONA

    17 Jun 2009
    6400 BLOCK CHARLES Street, N
    Identifier: 091680979
    Time: 14:09 (2:09 pm.)
    2nd Degree Assault (Not Domestic Abuse)
    THEFT IN STONELEIGH

    15 Jun 2009
    600 BLOCK KINGSTON RD
    Identifier: 091661762
    Time: 16:02 (4:02 pm.)
    Theft - Other

    Following up on the three burglaries in Ruxton. There were three burglaries in Ruxton, on Darnall Rd., at Bellona & Joppa Roads and on Circle Road respectively. Tuesday night, at the Precinct Community Relations Council meeting, Captain Al Jones told me that these Ruxton burglaries have been occurring since May, 20, seven burglaries thus far. They appear to be committed by the same people. They all use vehicles. One burglar is a black male. The others are two white males. The white males were seen in a dark colored Jeep.
    Incident Number 091591175
    Darnall Rd
    Incident Date June 08, 2009
    Incident Time 03:28 PM
    Incident Description Burglary, 1st Degree


    Incident Number 091591540
    Bellona & Joppa
    Incident Date
    June 08, 2009
    Incident Time 06:16 PM
    Incident Description Burglary, 1st Degree


    Incident Number 091631417
    Circle Road Incident Date June 12, 2009
    Incident Time 05:53 PM
    Incident Description Burglary, 1st Degree

    At approximately 02:30, Friday morning, June 26, two young teenagers, a WM and WF were observed heading to the back of DMS when our RFCOP phoned 911. He observed the boy and girl spraying graffiti tags on the school. The children may have heard the phone call being placed to BCPD. The RFCOP lost track of the individuals. Three marked patrol cars responded to the school. The police searched the school grounds and surrounding areas but did not find the teenagers.

    The following are the words that were sprayed on the school- TAG, Skezo, and TOAD. Other graffiti was also found sprayed on the gym windows. Those tags were probably done a few hours before the Friday morning event. They were not observed by RFCOP patrolling earlier Thursday evening before sunset.
    Description of the teens- WM, dark hair, was wearing black t-shirt and shorts. WF, brown hair tied up on her head, white T-shirt, green(?) shorts.

    Please notify me if you have any idea who these people are.
    --Karl


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    Friday, June 26, 2009

    Green Spring Station now has a Saturday farmers' market

    "Green Spring Station now hosts a weekly outdoor market each Saturday, June - November. The market comes out of the gate strong with 20+ vendors participating. Included in the mix are Bees by the Bay, Charles Street Gourmet, Hawks Hill Creamery, Baltimore Dog Bakery, The Mushroom Stand, Stoecker Farms, Zeke’s Coffee, Lisa Anne’s Toffee Apples & Sweets, Locust Point Flowers, Gunpowder Bison and more, all promising a great incentive to buy local. The market runs outdoors on the parking lot from 2:00-5:30pm.

    [Rodgers Forge resident] Marge Wildey serves as market master and is the owner and operator of Green Spring Station’s The Nut Farm, a staple in the project for 30 years."


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    Thursday, June 25, 2009

    Flea market on York Road this Saturday

    Flea Market 0927


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    Baltimore County lawmaker seeks to ban fliers in doors

    He says it's a nuisance and a source of litter. Others say the ban would stifle free speech and could even impact community newsletters. Here's the story in The Towson Times.


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    Do you have a front-loading washing machine? Is it moldy?

    Last weekend we bought a front-loading washer from someone on Craig's List. My husband picked it up and when he got it home, I discovered it smelled like mold. I went online to see the best way to clean it and discovered that mold is a HUGE issue with front loaders. I've been scrubbing the rubber seal repeatedly and have done empty washes with bleach, baking soda-and-vinegar, salt and tea tree oil. It's gotten better and our clothes come out smelling clean (we wipe it down, leave the door open when not in use, etc.), but I was wondering about others' experiences.

    Do you have, or have you had, a front loader -- and if so, have you had a problem with mold?

    PS: Photo is from Insightful Nana


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    Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    Are schools doing enough to educate kids about whales?

    Interesting piece...


    In The Know: Are Our Children Learning Enough About Whales?


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    Tuesday, June 23, 2009

    FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Nestle Toll House Prepackaged, Refrigerated Cookie Dough

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning consumers not to eat any varieties of prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to the risk of contamination with E. coli O157:H7 (a bacterium that causes food borne illness).

    The FDA advises that if consumers have any prepackaged, refrigerated Nestle Toll House cookie dough products in their home that they throw them away. Cooking the dough is not recommended because consumers might get the bacteria on their hands and on other cooking surfaces. -- more


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    Four recalls

    1. Loaded Boards Recalls Orangatang Skateboard Wheels; Blow-outs Pose Risk of Injury to Riders <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09250.html>

    2. Diving Wings With Defective Inner Bladders Recalled by Poseidon Due to Drowning Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09251.html>

    3. Applica Consumer Products Inc. Recalls Black & Decker(r) Spacemaker(tm) Coffeemakers Due to Burn Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09252.html>

    4. Crane Plumbing Recalls Bath Tubs With A Whirlpool Due to Entrapment and Drowning Hazards <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09253.html>


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    I'm not proud, but ...

    ... this had my son (six years old) and I cracking up.




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    Monday, June 22, 2009

    Crime report

    Here is the latest crime report, including bikes stolen from yard on Blenheim.

    And Karl Pfrommer passes this along from someone who is a member of Citizens on Patrol:

    Mr. Pfrommer,

    I'm contacting you about a neighborhood safety issue. Late Thursday night two men in a parked car smoked [marijuana] in the alley between the unit blocks of Dunkirk and Murdock Roads. I called the police. But that's not where the story ends.

    Often at night, cars I don't recognize are parked in this alley with the inside dome light on. Last weekend, I found an empty drug packet in the alley. And Friday morning, I went outside to look around where the car was. I found the remains of [marijuana] and two empty drug packets.

    I'm not sure exactly what's going on in this alley between Murdock and Dunkirk near Bellona Avenue. I do know for a fact that drugs are involved, and have been for at least a few weeks.

    Children play in this alley every day. The knowledge that someone is willfully threatening the safety of the neighborhood infuriates me.

    I've spoken twice with the police since Thursday night. They told me to call 911 as soon as I see a parked car in the alley that looks suspicious. I'm also reaching out to you, because of your position with RFCOP. At this time, I feel like I'm the only one who is not too afraid to say something about this, but I am fearful of reprisal. I also fear for the safety of the people on our street.

    Also from Karl -- Other crime reports include:
    A suspicious person was reported Saturday at the intersection of Murdock Road and Blenheim Road. A suspicious person was reported Sunday on Blenheim Road between Dunkirk Road and Hopkins Road. Could this be the same person? If someone has been calling police, THANK YOU.


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    Sunday, June 21, 2009

    Homemade laundry detergent



    Now that homemade peanut butter and yogurt are part of our routine, I decided to try homemade laundry detergent. (Sorry, am I making you jealous because my life is so glamorous? Deal with it!)

    Most of the recipes I found online call for you to melt the soap on a saucepan. I don't think so. I am far too lazy for that. So I followed this recipe, though I used Dr. Bronner's castille bar soap (got it at Trader Joe's but I've also seen it at Target and I'm sure the Health Concern has it or something similar) instead of the Fels Naptha (sounds like an NPR foreign correspondent to me, not a bar of soap).

    I grated the bar of soap in my food processor. I used the blade that one uses for grating cheese, but that made the chunks too big, though perfect for a taco, so I then used the regular blade to turn the grated soap into a powder. Next time I'll try just using the regular blade from the start.

    The borax and washing soda (which is NOT the same as baking soda) I purchased at the Giant on York Road across from Panera.

    It works well. We also just got a new front-loading washing machine today, and the homemade stuff is low-sudsing and is supposed to be ideal for front loaders.

    Thanks to Johanna and her neat blog for putting this idea in my head in the first place!


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    Comments on the Forge Flyer

    I think debate is healthy. But what is not healthy is anonymously posting comments that attack others. I will not publish comments that are overly obnoxious, nor will I post comments that identify specific individuals.

    Thank you for understanding.


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    Congressman Sarbanes virtual town hall this Monday

    "On Monday, June 22 at 6:30 pm I will be holding a Virtual Town Hall, via telephone to discuss the many challenges facing our nation

    To participate in my Virtual Town Hall, please call (877) 229-8493 and, when prompted, enter # 12965 as your PIN.

    If you are unable to participate in my Virtual Town Hall but still wish to share your questions, comments or concerns, please call my district office at 410-832-8890 or contact me through my website www.sarbanes.house.gov."


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    Saturday, June 20, 2009

    Baltimore under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. today

    Here are details from weather.com.


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    Friday, June 19, 2009

    Newsletter did have new date of board meeting

    I just found our June newsletter and the calendar in the newsletter does say June 10 for the Rodgers Forge board meeting. I hadn't noticed the date change.

    The website still said/says June 17 and unfortunately that's what I referenced. But the change was indeed noted publicly in the newsletter.


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    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    No sing-along at Red Canoe next week

    I was just told that the preschool sing-alongs at Red Canoe, which are great, are moving to Wednesdays at 10:30 beginning July 1. No sing-along next week.


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    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Have you tried the French Press Cafe in Towson?





    A friend of mine told me she visited The French Press Cafe the other day for the first time and she really liked it. So I tried it yesterday and had a yummy grilled cheese sandwich and an organic lemonade.

    It's located on Chesapeake Ave. just across from the library. (If you're going north on York Road, turn right on Chesapeake - where the Subway sandwich shop is - and go about one block. It's on your left.) They also have fast, free wi-fi.


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    Crime report

    Nothing in Rodgers Forge, but a cautionary tale of someone entering a house with a ladder to a second floor window. Here it is.


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    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    Mike Ertel is running for Vince Gardina's seat on the county council

    If you attended any of the meetings about the overcrowding at Rodgers Forge Elementary, you probably already know who Ertel is. He's been quite active in Towson for a long time and took a leading role in tackling school overcrowding. And the fact that Towson Families United's Cathi Forbes is his campaign chairperson speaks volumes to me.

    Vince Gardina has hinted he might not run again, but I'm told Ertel is in it to win it regardless.

    Click the icon on the top right corner to read the flier full size.
    Mike Ertel


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    Rodgers Forge board meeting is this Wednesday, June 17

    Update: I just received a message saying the meeting was moved up to June 10, so no meeting June 17. (Was this change in the newsletter or on the website? I must have missed it.)

    Note: The change was listed in the June newsletter calendar.


    The Rodgers Forge Community Association Board is elected by and serves the Rodgers Forge Community. They meet once a month to discuss issues and take action where necessary. Meetings in 2009 take place on January 7, Febuary 4, March 18, April 15, May 20 and June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Dumbarton Middle School Cafeteria. All Rodgers Forge residents are welcome to attend.

    http://rodgersforge.org/



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    Monday, June 15, 2009

    What do you think of The Baltimore Sun's website re-design?

    I hated the old design, so I'm sorry to say the new one makes me say bleh. It's busy and barren all at the same time. Come on, newspaper industry, let's ramp it up! Why doesn't everyone just basically copy the New York Times? Don't we all agree it rocks?




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    Berry festival June 20


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    Awkward Family Photos


    If you haven't been to this website, it's worth a visit.
    http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/


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    Sunday, June 14, 2009

    Carnival Science Day June 27

    Carnival Science Day at the Maryland Science Center
    Saturday, June 27, 2009
    Noon – 4:00 PM

    Hurry, hurry, step right up and learn the science behind the midway magic at the Maryland Science Center’s Carnival Science Day from Noon to 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 27.

    Guests can learn the secrets of such carnival staples as juggling, stilt-walking, and optical illusions, get their faces expertly painted, compete in beanbag tosses, and ring-toss games, and even attend a juggling class.

    Carnival Science Day will also feature “Vaudeville Clown Extraordinaire” Mark Lohr and his Suitcase Circus clown show.

    Carnival Science Day is free with paid admission to the Maryland Science Center.


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    Forge Picnic photos

    Thanks to the Rodgers Forge board and all the volunteers who made the picnic a fun time!


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    More on the new pool for Towson

    Mary Gail Hare of the Sun reports: ... The three-story building filled with iron-barred cells and thick concrete walls sits on 4 acres at Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue. Renovations began last week to convert the building that dates to 1854 into offices, a communal conference room and a restaurant with a spacious patio that will overlook another long-sought project - a community pool. -- full story

    Here's info on how to become a charter member of the new pool.

    If you belong to a pool now, are you going to leave it to join Towson's? Which pool do you plan to leave in favor of the Towson pool?


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    Thursday, June 11, 2009

    Should screened-in porches be allowed in Rodgers Forge?



    My neighbor had what I consider to be a fabulous idea regarding porches in Rodgers Forge and I thought I'd share it.

    We were chatting and the subject of screened-in porches came up. She has lived in her house for more than 20 years and keeps her home and yard in impeccable order and never makes even a tiny external change without board approval.

    We were lamenting the fact that the Rodgers Forge board's rules forbid screened-in porches; we both would love to have one. From the guidelines in the 2007-2008 directory: "New screened porches are not allowed. Existing porches cannot be screened in. Porches must replicate the original dimensions when replaced."

    Her idea was that the board, with the help of the community and perhaps some architects, should come up with three approved designs for screened-in porches and let people choose one. Then they can have their specific plans approved by the board. This is very much like the process followed for new roofs.

    (The above photos show some porches in Rodgers Forge that I think look good and actually add to the value of the home and the neighborhood in general.)

    There would still be guidelines and people couldn't erect whatever they please, but the thought was that forbidding porches altogether goes too far. Open porches are not forbidden in the original covenants written by the Keelty Co., although the covenants do say the board should approve them.

    (As you probably know, the board recently sued some homeowners on Lanark because they built a new back porch -- open, not screened -- without board approval. The case is making its way through court now, as far as I know.)

    So, what do you think? Should screened-in porches be allowed in Rodgers Forge?


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    Chenille robes recalled - they are flammable, six deaths reported

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa., are re-announcing the voluntary recall by Blair of 162,000 women's full length Chenille Robes. Since the recall was originally announced in April 2009, Blair has received reports of six deaths due to the robes catching on fire. Five of the six victims were female, and all five were cooking at the time of the incidents. Three of the victims were in their 80s.

    CPSC and Blair announced the recall for the robes after Blair learned of three robes catching on fire, including one report of second-degree burns. Blair was subsequently made aware of the fatalities after the recall was announced and after Blair had sent letters of the recall to consumers who purchased the robes.

    more info: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09241.html


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    Forge picnic is this Saturday, rain or shine

    The Annual Rodgers Forge Community Picnic is this Saturday from 11am-3pm in the glen behind Rodgers Forge Elementary School.

    The picnic is put on by the RF Community Association to bring everyone together and celebrate the neighborhood. There will be music, food, a raffle with great items from local merchants, balloon artists, jugglers, face painters, pony rides and moonbounce and fun games for kids of all ages. Rain or shine.


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    Wednesday, June 10, 2009

    Plans for new pool in Towson move forward

    Here are two pieces about plans to put a pool at Bosley and Towsontown Blvd.

    http://www.westtowson.com/?p=1275

    http://explorebaltimorecounty.com/news/99636/jail-to-swimming-pool-plan-now-seeks-liquid-assets/

    (Thanks, CF!)


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    cribs recalled

    1. LaJobi Recalls Bonavita "Cabana" Drop Side Cribs Due To Entrapment and Strangulation Hazards <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09238.html>

    2. LaJobi Recalls Babi Italia Pinehurst and Bonavita Hudson Drop Side Cribs; Risk of Entrapment and Suffocation <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09239.html>


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    Tuesday, June 9, 2009

    Officials dripping with sweat after touring Ridgley Middle School

    Mary Gail Hare of The Baltimore Sun reports: "The county has made a mistake and is not doing anything about [the lack of air conditioning]," Sen. Brochin said. "These students are stuck with a comedy of errors in a place totally set up for air conditioning." Read the story here.


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    June fair this Saturday

    83rd Annual June Fair at Church of the Nativity, Cedarcroft

    Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009
    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Location: 419 Cedarcroft Road (on York Road between Lake Ave. and Cedarcroft)
    www.nativitycedarcroft.org/home.htm

    "You are invited to Church of the Nativity, Cedarcroft's annual June Fair on Saturday, June 13 - an 83-year-old neighborhood tradition! A longtime fair favorite returning again this year is our white elephant/flea market, with great bargains on kitchen, decorating and other household items, jewelry, tools, toys and books....Breakfast and lunch items available...Children's games on the lawn...Lemon sticks....Plant sale...Baked goods. Come join us for the old-fashioned family fun or the modern-day bargains!"


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    Monday, June 8, 2009

    Helicopter over the Forge tonight

    Police say a car was stolen and they were chasing the thieves, who were on foot, and the suspects were captured.


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    Latest crime report

    Including a robbery at 4 p.m. at York and Regester, and a lawnmower stolen from a Stanmore Road home. Also a home invasion, but not in RF. Here it is.


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    Year-round school - yay! or no way?

    Thanks to Amy for sending me this article...

    Washington Post: ... At their Alexandria public school, my kids have learned how to sail, designed entire cities in cardboard, built skyscrapers with toothpicks and marshmallows, performed in a musical and built and set off rockets on the front lawn. They've created passports and had them stamped after "visiting" countries around the world. They've learned CPR, calligraphy, Japanese, rollerblading and how to make art like Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. My daughter was in kindergarten when she came home bubbling about Picasso's Rose period. In Spanish.

    My children attend a year-round school. And these are the kinds of hands-on, big-project classes that are taught during "intersessions," or short breaks throughout the year that take the place of the long, lazy, Huck Finn summers that most Americans have come to think of as an inalienable right of childhood. -- full story

    Sounds like these kids are doing a lot of neat, creative projects during the "breaks" in between regular sessions. My question is, why can't they do them all the time? Why does it have to be something extraordinary?


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    Sunday, June 7, 2009

    Towson University unveiling its new master plan

    Towson University Invites Community to Review Updated DRAFT Campus Master Plan

    Towson University officials invite members of the community to review the DRAFT Campus Master Plan Update. The meeting is an opportunity for the community to review and ask questions about the updated plan. This year the Campus Master Plan-the university's vision for future development-will undergo its first update since the 2003 unveiling. The presentation will also be available to the public for download on the TU website (www.towson.edu) after the June 15th meeting.

    Open to the public.
    When: 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2009

    Where: University Union, Third Floor
    Chesapeake Rooms I & II

    Parking: From Towsontown Blvd. take Osler Drive to the first left into the Lot 11 entrance of the University Union Garage. Free event parking is available on the first level of the garage. Parking gate will be open.


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    Thursday, June 4, 2009

    Latest crime report

    Read it here.


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    Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    funny funny funny

    Love it love it love it.
    (This might be kind of creepy for little kids.)


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    JUDGE RULES AGAINST RUXTON RIDGE RESIDENTS ON SCHOOL CASE

    Construction of West Towson Elementary will be allowed to continue.

    The Baltimore Sun reports
    : In his ruling, [the judge] noted [residents'] arguments about the disruption that the construction noise and activity would present to "the quiet enjoyment of their residences," and how the school's proximity would diminish their property values. But "the nature and extent of the harm" the plaintiffs would suffer while waiting for their case to be heard is "speculative," Finifter wrote, adding that he was not convinced by affidavits submitted to that end. -- full story

    And here's an article by Bryan Sears in the Towson Times.

    And here's a bit of what Towson Families United had to say about it: The plaintiffs have not yet said whether they will continue to pursue legal action. This is the second time the four residents have lost in court. A different judge denied their request for a temporary restraining order earlier this Spring.

    The new school is scheduled to open in August of next year. With 451 seats, it will still only solve about half of Towson’s elementary school overcrowding problem. -- more


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    Water main break in Towson

    Here's the piece in the Sun.


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    Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    Baby robins in Rodgers Forge

    A robin built a nest on my neighbor's windowsill. Here are the newborn babies. My kids love seeing this kind of stuff. ... Kind of breaks your heart when the mom/dad flies away and the babies still have their mouths open for food.


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    Bugaboo strollers recalled

    Bugaboo strollers recalled because of faulty brakes. If you ask me, it's the parents' fault: If you're only going to spend $529.00 on a stroller, you shouldn't expect it to be very good.


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    Monday, June 1, 2009

    Anneslie Home and Garden tour will be June 6

    The Anneslie Community Association proudly presents the 2009 Diane Schatz Anneslie Home and Garden Tour
    June 6, 2009 from 10AM-2PM (rain date: June 7, 2009 from 11A-2P)

    Tickets on sale at 9:30AM at 730 Anneslie Road
    Cost: $8

    Back by popular demand, The Anneslie Home and Garden Tour provides Anneslie residents and the community-at-large the unique opportunity to explore and tour some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in this charming neighborhood. Brief remarks by Anneslie residents Jeff Lees, architect, and Shari DePasquale, landscape architect, about the significant home and garden architectural details of Anneslie kick off the tour at 10AM at 730 Anneslie Road. Proceeds benefit the Anneslie Community Association. Please call Elena Varipatis Baker at 410.377.2449 for questions about the event.

    Note: As many of our neighbors’ homes and gardens may not be child-friendly, the tour is intended for adults, babes-in-arms, and well-mannered children.


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    Canning workshop on July 16

    Summer’s bounty is wonderful BUT - what to do with all those tomatoes and green beans?!? Let’s do some canning!! Come the colds of winter, there’s nothing like having your own pantry stocked with the beautiful veggies of summer.

    Join us as we learn two ways of preserving food: Hot Water Bath and Pressure Cooker Canning. We’ll discuss both techniques and then get serious and can up a batch of green beans in a modern pressure cooker.

    We’ll also discover how to share Maryland’s wonderful produce with the smallest among us. Learn how to prepare, store, and transport baby food, and share some stories about how infants respond to this food, and what happens in the long term when they eat baby food prepared at home.

    THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009
    6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM
    at
    Our Daily Bread
    725 Fallsway
    Baltimore, MD 21202

    Bring a pencil and pad for note taking. Handouts from Ball Jar will be provided.
    Light dinner fare will be provided.
    Please RSVP by Thursday, July 2nd to (410) 502-7577 or ampalmer@jhsph.edu. Thank you.

    (Parking is available on-site behind the building. Identify yourself as a workshop participant at the entry gate.)

    This event is sponsored by the Baltimore Food and Faith Project, a program of the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future, www.tinyurl.com/baltimorefoodandfaith and Our Daily Bread.


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    Let's make sure single-stream recycling happens

    It was great news that the county is moving toward single-stream recycling. (That means you don't have to separate paper from bottles/cans, and you can get rid of everything every week.)

    It occurs to me, though, that although it's said council members generally favor this, it would be helpful to make sure they know that voters want it.

    Vince Gardina represents the Rodgers Forge area:

    council5@baltimorecountymd.gov

    Towson Office

    400 Washington Ave.
    Towson, MD 21204
    410-887-3384

    Contact info for other council members is here. ... I plan to write and encourage them to adopt single-stream recycling.


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    Are you a helicopter parent?

    Interesting piece in the New York Times this weekend about a trend away from hovering parenthood...

    ... But in the past few months, a second wave has taken hold — writers are moving past merely venting and are trying to gather the like-minded into a new movement. Carl HonorĂ© is one. He calls it “slow parenting” — no more rushing around physically and metaphorically, no more racing kids from soccer to Suzuki. Lenore Skenazy is another. She calls it “free-range parenting,” a return to the days when childhood was not ruled by the fear (overblown, she says, with statistics to prove it) that children would be maimed, kidnapped or killed if they did something as simple as riding their bikes alone to the park.

    By far the most chipper is Tom Hodgkinson, whose book “The Idle Parent: Why Less Means More When Raising Kids” was just published in England, and whose cover — Mum and Dad lounging with martinis while their well-trained toddler sits on the floor mixing up the next batch — illustrates his message that parents should just chill. Pay attention to your own needs, he writes, back off on your children and everyone will be happier and better adjusted. -- full story


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