Friday, July 31, 2009

Fascinating piece on power of homeowner associations

This article, written by a construction attorney, is about green initiatives (solar, etc.) but it seems it would apply across the board, including ... oh, say, screened-in porches?

(And speaking of solar, did you know Maryland passed a law saying homeowner associations can't prevent homeowners from adding solar panels? I asked the then-board president about this last year and was told he didn't think the board would allow them, regardless of the new legislation. Read about that legislation here. And here is a link to the actual bill. If you go to the bottom of the page you can download the "fiscal and policy note," which has more details.)

From Contractor Mag.com:

  • Is the offending item likely to adversely affect property values? This takes “expert testimony.” Some potential buyers/tenants may be attracted to a community that puts its environmental money where its mouth is, so to speak, but the people who want to keep the objects out clearly think they will hurt property values.

  • Does the restriction serve a useful purpose or is it just arbitrary? Again, this is a call by a judge.

  • Has enforcement been consistent and uniform up until now?

  • Full story here.


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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pet adoption event this Saturday at Towson Petsmart

Maryland Pet Match Rescue will have an adoption event this Saturday at the Petsmart in Towson (next to Target) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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Four recalls, including swingsets

1. Boy's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings and Warm up Sets Recalled by Burlington Coat Factory Due to Strangulation Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09289.html>

2. Little Tikes Recalls Clubhouse Swing Sets Due to Fall Hazard; New Assembly Directions to Be Provided <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09290.html>

3. Sherwin-Williams Recalls Purdy Scrapers Due to Laceration Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09291.html>

4. Frigidaire Recalls Clothes Washers Due to Fire Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09292.html>


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If you thought your minivan was too dorky to be stolen, think again

Baltimore County, Md. (July 30, 2009) - Investigators with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT) say local criminals have established a new pattern for stealing motor vehicles. They use stolen minivans to carry off stolen [motorized] street bikes. Since July 13, there have been six street bike thefts countywide and 12 thefts or attempted thefts of minivans.

It appears that the criminals first try to cut wires or locks securing street bikes and then ride the bikes away. But if they can’t defeat the security measures, they then steal a minivan to transport the street bike. That allows them to remove the bikes’ locks or chains far from the scene of the crime. Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth products are the most frequently stolen minivans in these schemes. -- more info here (Thanks, Karl P., for passing this along)


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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Baltimore County's new anti-bullying policy

The county, at the direction of the state Board of Education, has new rules against bullying in place. As the Towson Times reports: The new policy defines acts of bullying, harassment and intimidation, and prohibits not only bullying itself, but “reprisal or retaliation against an individual who reports an act of bullying, harassment or intimidation.”

This isn't something we've had to deal with yet, but I am not looking forward to it. Sometimes I wonder how any of us survived childhood.

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Restaurant Week is coming up

August 7-16. At select restaurants, enjoy a variety of three-course dinners, in just about any cuisine that strikes your fancy, for only $30.09! Or try three-course lunches at select restaurants for just $20.09. Book your reservations now.
http://www.baltimorerestaurantweek.com/


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Look at these little cuddle muffins!

I'm addicted to petfinder.com! My kids have been asking for a dog and although we're still on the fence about it, I did take a peek at this site. So many sweet animals who need good homes. (Don't worry, neighbors, I won't let it stay outside barking endlessly.)


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Update on speed humps in Rodgers Forge

From an update at the last Rodgers Forge board meeting, Dumbarton Road will probably be getting five speed humps at some point; signatures of homeowners are still being collected. The recommended speed to go over them is 22 mph -- 3 mph slower than the speed limit. They will have gradual slopes and not be a jarring bump.

Heathfield will get two speed humps; signatures have already been gathered.

The traffic island on Dumbarton at Regester will be removed due to complaints from residents. The one in front of DMS will remain.

Some residents have asked about putting speed humps in alleys to prevent people from speeding but it was not clear if that was allowed.


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Two recent fires on Dunkirk prompt RF board to look at fire safety seminar

In the past few months there have been two separate fires in the unit block of Dunkirk Road. According to the RF board at its last meeting, both fires were said to be electrical and not caused by anything that the residents did. There were no injuries. But in one of the homes the smoke alarm wasn't working and might have not had batteries in it. The RFCA is going to coordinate a fire safety program. Details still being worked out.


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Monday, July 27, 2009

Latest crime report

Here's the report.


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Missing cat?

A reader writes:

There is a gray and white female cat that has been hanging out in the 200 block of Blenheim Road in Gaywood, adjacent to Rodgers Forge. Does anyone know who this cat might belong to? We did a Gaywood flyer, but no one came forward to claim her. Very sweet cat, loves kids, seems healthy. Really needs a good home. Email me at drebnik(at)aol.com if you know who she belongs to or would like to give her a home. Thank you. Susan



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Friday, July 24, 2009

DBFA girls' night -- tonight

Time to book your babysitter for a date night or gather some friends for a girls' night out! The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance invites you to attend opening night of the film The Ugly Truth and a pre-movie happy hour at Lebanese Taverna. Details here.


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LeapFrog Recalls Electronic Plush Toys Due to Choking Hazard

Hazard: The decals on the paws of the plush toy can be removed and ingested by a child, posing a choking hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: LeapFrog has received two reports of children removing the decals from this toy, including one report of a child ingesting part of the decal.

I don't list every recall that is announced. To receive emails about all recalls, go here:
https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Screened-in porch is a selling point for Rodgers Forge home


I agree with Jean Ottey, a Realtor and member of the Rodgers Forge board: This screened-in porch at 408 Dunkirk is lovely (and probably boosts the home's value!)

Of course, since 1999, the RF association has forbidden screened-in porches.


Jean writes: Spacious and charming true 5 Bedroom EOG with a full third floor. Really--you won't believe the space! 3 full baths, new replacement windows,lovely hardwood floors, fireplace, finished lower level freshly painted with brand new berber, tons of storage space, lovely master bedroom w 3 closets. Kitchen is brimming with cabinets and counter space. Enjoy your morning coffee on the screened sunporch with a sweet view of the lovely yard. Check out the patio, perennials, trellis with hammock, it will be your oasis! Detached one-car garage can be used for your car or your workroom or garden shed. This home has so much to offer! An incredible Value--Check out the pictures!

Property Highlights

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Lovely Hardwood Floors
  • Wood-Burning Fireplace
  • Sears Replacement Windows--2008
  • Basement Waterproofed in 2006
  • LeafGuard Gutter System Installed-- 2007
  • 3 Full Baths
  • Finished Family Room
  • Screened Sun Porch
  • Slate Roof--New Flashing 2007, Roof Serviced in 2008
  • Detached One-Car Garage w Parking "Apron"
  • Bright Kitchen with Lots of Counter and Cabinet Space
See photos of the home here, and read more about screened-in porches in Rodgers Forge here.

I'm just sayin'!


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Hey, let's get one of these and put it behind the tot lot!


Turning dumpsters into pools. How cool is that?


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Baltimore City auctions off Senator Theatre and the winning bidder is ... Baltimore City!

I absolutely don't understand what happened at the Senator today. Here's a story in The Sun, but I'm hoping the article will get updated later to clarify events.


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TFU debunks rumors about new West Towson Elementary

Towson Families United did a post today regarding 4th graders transferring from RFES to Riderwood in great numbers (they're not) and that the redistricting for the new elementary school is already done (it isn't). Here's the post.


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Anyone else think Maryland's vehicle inspection process is a huge fraud?

One of our neighbors, who recently moved to this state, just had her car inspected in order to get Maryland tags. Of course, the mechanic found a million little things that they said needed to be fixed (such as replacing her 2-month-old windshield wipers) and the total was $900.

A flood of memories came rushing back from when we moved here more than a decade ago. It blew my mind at the time that I had to take my car to a mechanic who has a vested interest in finding things wrong with my car before I could get Maryland plates.

Can you imagine if we were also required to get our homes inspected before we could move into them, and the inspection was done by a home-repair contractor?

I know we don't have to have the cars fixed by those who inspect them, but of course most people do because who has time to run around getting estimates from a bunch of different people?

I don't mind that the inspections occur, I just think they should be done by state officials or a business that only inspects and doesn't do repairs -- anyone who doesn't have their fortunes determined by finding things wrong with our cars. Grrrrrr!


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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Meadowbrook pool closing for a week?

FALSE. Pretty much.

A neighbor just said she's heard from a few people that Meadowbrook pool is closing for a week in August for maintenance, which would be pretty annoying. I just called Meadowbrook, and they said only the indoor pool will be closing for week and that it won't affect the outdoor pool or kiddie pool.

Just keep swimming...


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Rodgers Forge residents and others are concerned about Towson University growth

The Towson Times has an interesting story about residents around TU saying the school's growth is detrimental to neighborhoods. As you may know, Citizens on Patrol's Karl Pfrommer is moving out of Rodgers Forge and he says TU is the main reason.

Has TU, or its students in neighborhood rental housing, been problematic for you?


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Break in on Dumbarton

Here is the latest crime report, including a burglary on the 300 block of Dumbarton.


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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Summer sale going on now at the Surprise Shop

We have had our last consignment and donation days for the summer. We are gearing up for July’s SUMMER SALE! This sale will continue through the end of July. We will be marking everything 50% off as it expires until all summer clothing and household items are gone. All books will be 50% off too.

The Surprise Shop, housed in Trinity's old rectory at 122 Allegheny Ave., is a thrift shop operated by the women of Trinity Church. It accepts clothing and household items in good condition as consigned articles or as donations, with all sale proceeds used to support Trinity's outreach ministries. http://www.surpriseshop.org/


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Friday, July 17, 2009

recalls

1. Evenflo Recalls Telephone Toys Due to Choking Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09275.html>

2. Butterfly Chairs Recalled by Hobby Lobby Stores Due to Fall Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09276.html.

3. Leather Shag Rugs Recalled by Chandra Rugs Due to Fire Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09277.html>

4. Children's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by EMH Associates Due to Entrapment Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09278.html>

5. Steam Cleaners Recalled by Thane International Due to Shock and Burn Hazards <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09279.html>


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Thursday, July 16, 2009

County to spend $6 million on Robert E. Lee park

Towson Times: "... It will take a year to 16 months before the improvements are completed, he said, noting they are the first phase of a larger plan that, in future years, might include dredging the reservoir as well as adding paddle boat activities, fishing tournaments and concerts." -- full story


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New York Times' Kristof lists best kids' books

"A mountain of research points to a central lesson: Pry your kids away from the keyboard and the television this summer, and get them reading. Let me help by offering my list of the Best Children’s Books — Ever!" Here's the list.


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Are your tomato plants alright? The call is coming from inside the garden!

The Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative warns that "late blight" is striking area tomato plants heavily this year. Read about it here.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Big clearance sale at Hopscotch Consignment in Timonium

"Starting Wednesday, July 15th, there will be 75% off summer clothing! There is still so much to choose from. We will also be taking 75% off of many of our existing sale items, plus adding more items to our sale at 50% off." http://hopscotchgifts.com/

Note: I was just there and got a bunch of dresses, skirts and shirts, and they have LOTS of stuff left. The shop is on Oakway, pretty much behind the Nautilus Diner.


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Kid to Kid consignment is having a sale this weekend

Kid to Kid is having its Semi-Annual Sale Friday, July 16th - Sunday, July 19th. Buy any two marked down items and get the third free. All other items in the store 10% off.
http://www.baltimore.kidtokid.com/


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rodgers Forgians sharing garden plots

I loved this recent post on the Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative about neighbors sharing space in their yards for gardening. One more reason I love Rodgers Forge and the neat people you'll find here. Warms my cockles, I tell you!

At last year's fall party, Scott and I started talking with an elderly neighbor about gardening. She was delighted to hear about what we were doing with our yards. Being nearly 80 and living alone, this neighbor did not have the ability to maintain a vegetable garden. Scott and I asked if we could establish one in her yard, and she immediately said yes. ...

Scott and I care for these plants as if they were ours, but we enjoy the sense of community that this joint effort has created. We have met our neighbors' daughter and grand-daughter, we spend time talking with her when we are watering or weeding, or just checking in, and we feel a stronger bond to our neighbor--and, by extension, our neighborhood. -- see photos and read full post here


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A way to give camping a try

Friday, July 17 at 5 p.m. to Saturday, July 18 at 10 a.m. at Cromwell Valley Park
Summer Family Campout - Introduce your family to the camping experience close to home. RAINDATE 7/18 to 7/19. Program includes a night hike and evening campfire. Families must provide their own camping gear, BUT if you need a tent, we may have one for you thanks to REI. BYO supper. Breakfast will be provided. Reservations required. $15 family for members/$20 family for non-members. Willow Grove Farm
http://cromwellvalleypark.org/scheduleOfEvents.html


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Monday, July 13, 2009

Free Big Band concert at Hampton Mansion July 18

Hampton Mansion Concert Flyer


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Ugliest animals

I feel bad for this creature, but I can see why people think it's an evil omen. See more animals here.


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Latest crime report

Nothing in Rodgers Forge, but how freaky is this, from the 6000 block of Charles Street? "The victim was awakened in his bedroom when the suspect was going through his dresser drawers. The victim startled the suspect, who ran out of the residence." This is just about at Gittings.

Full report here.


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Friday, July 10, 2009

Want a dot in the Rodgers Forge directory?

Then get your dues in by August 1 when the next directory is edited. You'll need to pay anyway if you want to go to the annual meeting in September and vote for board members, or run for the board -- only dues-paying residents are eligible to do so. Here's info on how to pay. It's $20/year per household.

(A few years ago the board started putting a dot next to the names of people who have paid their dues. I have a neighbor who stopped paying his dues because he found the dots obnoxious, but I'm told they have done their job in that the percentage of dues-paying households has risen. [Although that might be wrong; see comments.] The board has also contemplated only distributing the directories to people who have paid their dues. .... Regardless of the dot issue, you need to pay dues to vote at the annual board meeting or run for the board.)


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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Are any Rodgers Forgians deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan?

Is anyone from Rodgers Forge serving in Iraq or Afghanistan right now? I'd love to post profiles and photos of them if they or their families are up for it. ... The Diane Rehm show today had a discussion about military service, and the father of an active-duty soldier called in and said he felt many people were disconnected from the wars and that few people knew anyone serving overseas. I am one of those people -- I don't know anyone serving there militarily.

I think it would be good for the community to recognize these people's sacrifices, regardless of where one stands politically. You can contact me at kris (at) forgeflyer.com, please put "Forge Flyer" in subject line.


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Play yards recalled

Kolcraft, Carter's, Sesame Street, Jeep, Contours, Care Bear and Eric Carle Play Yards - The firm has received 347 reports of sides of the play yard collapsing unexpectedly, resulting in 21 injuries to young children, including bumps, scrapes, bruises and one concussion.

Details here:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09265.html


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Pacifiers and shoes recalled



1. Pacifiers Recalled by Gromex Due to Choking Hazard
<http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09262.html>

2. Women's Shoes Recalled by Charles David Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack
<http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09263.html>


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Abrupt closure of Towson Catholic shocks parents

Here's the story in the Sun.


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I hear the sirens!

Don't worry, it's just Towson U doing some tests. Though when you think about it, wouldn't this be the perfect time to attack?


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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Free vacation bible school

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
FREE – NO REGISTRATION FEE!!

WHERE: Immanuel Lutheran Church (Loch Raven Blvd at Belvedere Ave – across from Good Samaritan Hospital) – a few blocks east of Belvedere Square.

WHEN: July 13th - 17th from 9:00 am to 12 noon.

WHO: All children ages 3 (toilet-trained – no diapers, please) through rising 6th graders are welcome. Interested middle-schoolers are invited and encouraged to help.


Register today by calling Immanuel’s church office at 410 435 6861 or email Amy Elbers at ale1993(at)msn.com (please place VBS in subject line). Any questions may be directed to the church office at 410 435 6861.


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Rodgers Forge meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday)

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

There will be no August meeting, so this is the last gathering before the annual meeting in September, where elections will take place.


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Towson U testing sirens Wednesday

"Towson University Police Department will be testing our emergency warning system sirens/speakers on July 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM. Please be advised that you will likely hear the audible tones, recorded voice message and live voice messages indicating that a test is being conducted. Please notify those who are working in your areas on July 8, 2009 at 10:00 AM that the siren tones and messages are a test and no action is required on their part. Please forward this message to anyone who you feel has a need to know. Towson University will be notifying local area hospitals and the media. Thank you for your cooperation."

Jerry Foracappo
Captain
Operations Support Bureau Commander
Towson University Police Department


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More details on the Towson Swim Club


The pool has a new website, and registration forms can be downloaded from the site. Above is an artist's rendering of how the club will look.


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Jim Smith won't run for comptroller

Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith can't seek a third term and conventional wisdom said he'd run against Peter Franchot for comptroller. This article in The Baltimore Sun says otherwise.


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Monday, July 6, 2009

Do you know these people?



Update: The memory card is now with its rightful owner. Thanks, all!

I received this message today from a good Samaritan:


"Hi Kris,


Not sure if this is the best venue but since it worked great with the cat, I thought I'd give it a try with real people.

I emptied my 5 year old son's pockets today and found a flash memory card in it. When I asked him where he got it, he said he found it in the alley when driving his bike a couple of days ago. Although he doesn't remember the exact day, I suspect it was probably this weekend or the weekend before. He typically will ride his bike in one of the alleys on either side of Murdock Rd (between Bellona and Blenheim).

One of the kids in one of the pictures is wearing a Towson sweatshirt so I'm certain they have some kind of local connection.

Attached is a picture that might help identify the rightful owners of the flash drive.

If you or anybody else knows who these pictures belong to please let me know."

augustv (at) gmail.com

OK, part of me is thinking it would be pretty wild if it turns out this dad has a secret second family that no one knew about and we're outing him here on the Flyer. Sadly, they're probably just the nice, normal family they appear to be.


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Bubble Days at the Science Center

Bubble Days
Saturday, July 18 – Sunday, July 19
Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland

The Maryland Science Center will be bursting with activities to celebrate wondrous soapy spheres and floating foam during Bubble Days, on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, 2009.

The highlight of Bubble Days will be “Bubblemania,” an interactive show featuring world bubble champion Casey Carle creating giant floating bubbles up to six feet in diameter, foamy forms stretching over 25 feet, bubble spaceships, bubble volcanoes, and fog-filled bubbles. Families can enjoy “Bubblemania” at noon, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, the two-day celebration will feature other effervescent events:

* Bubble Workshops for children
* Bubble Factory, where children can concoct their own soapy solution and make a bubble wand
* Bubble Gum Blowing Contest


All activities are free with paid admission to the museum.

The Maryland Science Center is located at 601 Light Street at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For information and tickets, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225, TDD: 410-962-0223.


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Standing water = mosquitoes

As you have probably heard, this is a horrible year for mosquitoes (well, a horrible year for humans, as mosquitoes are breeding in larger and larger numbers). My neighbor just mentioned, and my pal Internet confirmed, mosquitoes spend their lives within a few yards of where they hatch, so it's in all of our best interests to keep them to a minimum. Here's info from the University of Kentucky:

There are effective steps that individuals can take to minimize mosquito breeding on their property:

  1. Dispose of old tires, buckets, aluminum cans, plastic sheeting or other refuse that can hold water. Empty accumulated water from trash cans, boats, wheel barrows, pet dishes, and flower pot bottoms. If possible, turn these items over when they are not in use.
  2. Clean debris from rain gutters and unclog obstructed downspouts. Clogged rain gutters are one of the most overlooked breeding sites for mosquitoes around homes. Remove any standing water on flat roofs or around structures. Repair leaking faucets and air conditioners that produce puddles for several days.
  3. Change water in bird baths and wading pools at least once a week and keep swimming pools cleaned and chlorinated. Ornamental pools can be aerated or stocked with mosquito-eating fish. Aeration / water movement helps because mosquitoes prefer quiet, non-flowing water for egg-laying and development.
  4. Fill or drain ditches and swampy areas, and other soil depressions and remove, drain, or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar or sealant to prevent accumulation of water. Eliminate standing water and seepage around animal watering troughs, cisterns, and septic tanks. Be sure that cistern screens are intact and that access covers fit tightly.
  5. Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.


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latest crime report

A relatively quiet week and nothing to report in Rodgers Forge. Though there was some vandalism at Loyola Blakefield. Here is the report.


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Friday, July 3, 2009

Is this your cat? Or know whose it is?

Update: The cat is now home, safe and sound. Yay, team!

Received this message today from RF resident: "We'd like to know if this big ginger tom cat belongs to anyone in the neighborhood. It's been at the back steps of two homes on the 300 block in the alley between Regester and Murdock. It hasn't attempted to return home for at least 3 days now. Please call 410-377-2698 if you have any information about this cat or if you are its owner."


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Your dues check to Rodgers Forge Association might have been stolen

The July newsletter reports that dues checks mailed between about April 1 and April 15 might have been stolen when a Rodgers Forge board member was mugged. The board asks that you check your records to see if it has been cashed. You might want to put a hold on the check, but that costs about as much as the annual dues.


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Fourth of July goings on

Read the list, courtesy of Charm City Moms. And more from the Towson Times. ... Do you have anything to add? Where do you go to watch fireworks?


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Baby floats and cribs recalled - death reported

1. Simplicity Drop Side Cribs Recalled by Retailers Due to Risk of Death from Suffocation

2. Aqua-Leisure Industries Recalls Inflatable Baby Floats Due to Drowning Hazard

I'm not including a photo of the baby floats because there are so many - including one we had last year - but click on the link and you'll see them.


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Change urged in Baltimore County Council schedule to allow more public input

Radical, isn't it?

Towson Times: "... Donna Spicer, a longtime community activist from the Loch Raven area, said moving the work session meetings would make it easier for the public to participate and make county government more transparent.

"That's where the action happens," Spicer said. "That's where the real information is."

Spicer wants the council's voting session -- which is held at night -- to instead be done during the day. Then, she said, the work session could be at night when the average citizen can go. ..." Read the full story here, and note the positions of Kevin Kamenetz and Joesph Bartenfelder, who are both considered to be front runners in the next race for county executive, replacing Jim Smith.


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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rodgers Forge teen gives up presents to raise money for battered women

How cool is this girl? She's turning 16 and says all she wants is for people to donate money to the House of Ruth. Way cool, Carrie Sharkey! ... Here's the article in the Towson Times.


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Rodgers Forgian discusses gardening in the latest issue of Urbanite


Story in Urbanite about/by a Rodgers Forge resident who grows veggies in his yard.

"... A garden can both feed and pull together a community. Recently, a little girl and her aunt stopped to stare in wonderment at the strange plants growing in my yard, and I sent them off with a few tips and a head of lettuce. My neighbor Jamie said that the day Joe and I came over to help him start his compost pile and plant his tomatoes was just about the best thing that has happened to him since he moved to Baltimore." -- full story


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