Monday, August 31, 2009

Man robbed while using ATM at Bank of America in Rodgers Forge

11 p.m. Aug. 28: "The suspect approached the victim while he was using the Bank of America ATM. The suspect revealed a bulge in his waistband and stated, “Let’s do this.” The suspect directed the victim to withdraw cash. The suspect obtained the money and fled on foot."

Also a bike was stolen (again) from a home on Murdock. Full report is here.


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Tired after a night of sharpening pencils

Next year I'm going back-to-school shopping earlier; all the pre-sharpened pencils were gone by the time we got to the store. Forty-eight sharpened pencils!


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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rats sighted

Karl Pfrommer sent me this. Although disgusting, I'm glad to be in an area where this is abnormal. We've never seen a rat near our house ...

There were two rat sightings in the unit block of Dunkirk, across from the Tot-Lot. External Affairs Chairman Don Gerding has been informed and the county will be notified on Monday. Here's a neighbor's account:

"I've sighted two large rats in my yard over the last two weeks. [They were bigger than squirrels.] Our trash cans are secure andI took down my only bird feeder. [Has] anyone else has seen these pests around lately? Ironically, the county took out a largebush in the Tot-Lot. Wonder if that drove them from their hiding place."

One of the rats was subsequently found dead in the street. Has anyone else seen traces of rats near the Tot-Lot or elsewhere?

Remember to keep your trash can lids on tight. Pick up dog feces ASAP. Check for burrows under your decks, fences and garages.


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bike theft averted

From Karl Pfrommer: Three juveniles were apprehended as they attempted to steal a bike on Chumleigh Road in Stoneleigh. It happened about 7 pm. on Tuesday August 25. According to BCPD Sgt. Fink, "[I]t was a Fourth Degree Burglary--the bicycle was stolen from a yard--and Officers in the area found three male juveniles in possession of the bike. [The boys were arrested on Hatherleigh Road.] The Officers charged the juveniles and returned the bike[.] [N]one were found in possession of any weapons."

The owner of the bike said, "Fortunately, an alert neighbor called 911 when she observed unusual activity in our driveway."

Please call 911 whenever you see "unusual activity."


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Rally for AC at Ridgely Middle School

Friends of Ridgely Middle School Rally

Tuesday, 15 September 2009
12:30 - 2:00
in outdoor plaza between old and new courthouses
410 Bosley Ave.
Towson, MD

friendsofridgely@yahoo.com

"Bring signs and come join a gathering of parents and other friends of Ridgely Middle School as we raise our voices in support of correcting the ridiculous classroom temperatures at Ridgely. The County Council has a work session at 2pm that day. Please bring friends, relatives, and signs!

Confirmed speakers as of 8/29/09:
State Senator Jim Brochin
State Delegates Susan Aumann and Bill Frank
Councilmen Kevin Kamenetz and T. Bryan McIntire
Laura Mullen, Chair, Central Area Education Advisory Council
Hayley Mullen, Ridgely student who has testified before the Board of Education on the terrible heat conditions in the school

Momentum is building! Please join us on the 15th - we need you!"


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Friday, August 28, 2009

Bradford Bank on York Road taken over by federal regulators


(Thanks for the tip, WM!) ... On Friday, August 28, 2009, Bradford Bank, Baltimore, MD was closed by the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS). Subsequently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.

All deposit accounts have been transferred to Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, Buffalo, NY. For more information on Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, visit us at www.mtb.com.

The FDIC has assembled useful information regarding your relationship with Bradford Bank. Besides a checking account, you may have Certificates of Deposit, a business checking account, a Social Security direct deposit, and other relationships with the institution.

Please select the link below to read more about this event:

FDIC Bank Closing Information for Bradford Bank

Online service will remain available.

And a story about it in the Sun.


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mattel, toy maker that sold lead-tainted products, escapes tests

Associated Press: Toy-makers, clothing manufacturers and other companies selling products for young children are submitting samples to independent laboratories for safety tests. But the nation's largest toy maker, Mattel, isn't being required to do the same. -- full story

Gee, I feel really good about the fact that the company that sold all these lead-filled products can do their own in-house testing and not face further scrutiny. WTH was the government thinking?


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Karl Rove at Goucher on Sept. 16

The President’s Forum Presents Karl Rove

Karl Rove, the “architect” of George W. Bush’s successful 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, will give a lecture on American politics and political strategy. Rove served as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to George W. Bush until his resignation in 2007. Since leaving the White House, Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal.

Kraushaar Auditorium, Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Free. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni can reserve tickets by calling 410-337-6333 or e-mail boxoffice@ goucher.edu.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Strangulation deaths lead to recalls of blinds

1. Strangulation Deaths of Children Prompt Recall to Repair of Roll-Up Blinds and Roman Shades by Lewis Hyman Inc. <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09324.html>

2. Near Strangulation Prompts Recall of Roman Blinds; Sold Exclusively at IKEA <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09325.html>

3. Near Strangulation of Children Prompts Recall of Roman Shades; Sold Exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09326.html>

4. Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Victoria Classics Roman Shades; Sold Exclusively by Target Stores <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09327.html>

5. Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roller Shades by Lutron Shading Solutions <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09328.html>

6. Strangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall To Repair Window Blinds By Vertical Land <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09329.html>


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Rodgers Forgians rock it again: Simba the cat is home

Just got this message:

Dear Kris,

First of all, thanks so much for your help in posting this notification so promptly. Simba has been found! He was found in the 400 block of Dunkirk. I would like to especially thank those residents in that block as they were wonderful calling me throughout the day letting me know they had seen him the past two nights!!!!! What wonderful neighbors...I am thrilled and honored to be living blocks away from such wonderful, caring people! Thanks so much again!!!

Cheers!

Rose Irvin


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When are kids old enough to start texting?

Interesting piece in the NYT today about kids and cell phones.

... Children today have a plethora of high-tech gadgets they can use to phone and — more commonly — text with one another. The question most parents have is what type of texting gadget is appropriate for which age group.

Some parents have a very simple answer to this query: None. Cellphones and smartphones are for grown-ups only. But if you feel differently about children and texting (or are finding resistance to youthful communication futile) there are some basics you should know about the devices out there, how they work and how they can be used. -- full story


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Audition with Woodbrook Players this Sunday

Teen and adult actors and singers needed!

Audition with the Woodbrook Players for our Fall production

"Folk Tales for All Folks"

Sunday, August 30, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St (across from Eddie's)

Singers: Please have a song prepared!

Contact Jocelyn Taylor for more information: 410-375-7509

Also needed: set builders, tech and house support


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How to lobby for more recess at schools

Interesting post on The Sun's parenting blog about how to lobby for more recess time in Baltimore County schools. ... And below is some info I posted before about how important recess is to kids.

From the New York Times: ...The lead researcher, Dr. Romina M. Barros, a pediatrician and an assistant clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, said the findings were important because many schools did not view recess as essential to education.

“Sometimes you need data published for people at the educational level to start believing it has an impact,” she said. “We should understand that kids need that break because the brain needs that break.”

And many children are not getting that break. In the Pediatrics study, 30 percent were found to have little or no daily recess. Another report, from a children’s advocacy group, found that 40 percent of schools surveyed had cut back at least one daily recess period.

Also, teachers often punish children by taking away recess privileges. That strikes Dr. Barros as illogical. “Recess should be part of the curriculum,” she said. “You don’t punish a kid by having them miss math class, so kids shouldn’t be punished by not getting recess.” -- full story


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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Have you seen Simba? (Missing cat)

I just received this email: "Our orange tabby cat "SIMBA" disappeared last night. He went out about 10:30 pm. He's a very friendly, sociable cat. He never strays far...When he does go out @ night, I all the time find him sitting on a rocker on our front porch every am. I am fearing that he was picked up or someone mistook him as a stray (unfortunately, did not have tags/collar)...I've called the city & co. SPCA/ and pounds...no luck. Here is a recent picture of him. He has a very distinct "target" shape on his side. If anyone knows anything/ or has seen his whereabouts...my cell is 410-493-9463...My husband and I are in disbelief..and our two young children are very distraught. He's about 7-8 yrs. old..orange male tabby, 11 pound, very 'talkative'...friendly...last seen in the 300 block of Dumbarton."


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International Day of Peace, Sept. 20

The Peace Study Center invites the community to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 20th from 2:00-5:00pm on the grounds of Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road. The celebration will include artwork and presentations by local artist Maya Freelon, drumming by Jeremy Baker and performance by Brother Saxim and Connexions. The Peace Study Center library will be open and books will be available to check out. The library is one of the largest collection of children's peace literature in the country. The event is free. www.peacestudycenter.org


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Latest crime report

Nothing in Rodgers Forge, but of course some other incidents around the area.


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Monday, August 24, 2009

A must-read book for dog owners

We just got a puppy yesterday (so sweet!) and before we got him I read several dog books, including "The Other End of the Leash." I'd heard the author on the Diane Rehm show, and a friend of mine who trains dogs recommended it. It was incredible and we are already putting it to good use. Example: I put the pup in his crate yesterday and he started whining. I walked over to where he could see me, turned my back to him, and turned my head so he could see my profile, and stuck my nose in the air. He immediately stopped and was quiet all night. House training has not been quite so easy, but I'm amazed by all the things that come up that I instinctively would have done wrong had I not read this book.

From the author's website:

Ever wondered why your dog doesn't always do what you want? Sometimes the answer lies in the mirror! This nationally acclaimed book written by Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, muses about how dogs might interpret our behavior, and suggests how to interact with them in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.




"A blend of wisdom and passion exudes throughout this book..."
- Pia Silvani, Nationally recognized speaker and professional dog trainer



"The only problem with this book is that once you pick it up, you'll find it impossible to put down."
- Wayne Hunthausen, DVM


"Whether you have a dog with a behavioral problem or you just like dog stories, this book is a milestone in the field and a great read."

"What you don't know about your dog could fill a book. It's called The Other End of the Leash."


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Saturday, August 22, 2009

New commenting format

I have adjusted the commenting feature on this site. As you may notice, doing so erased all past comments, which I didn't think would happen. (Although it was getting pretty heated so maybe it's all for the best.)

I was on vacation at the Outer Banks last week and just returned, so if my moderating was not what you might have expected over the past six days, all apologies.


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New preschool opening in the fall

Community Playschool is opening in September 2009 in Hamilton,MD

We are a mixed age-classroom for children ages 2 through 5 located in Faith Community United Methodist Church in Northeast Baltimore"s Hamilton Community. We meet September through May, Monday through Thursday from 9am to 12:45 with 2, 3 or 4 day schedules available. There are limited spaces available for the 2009/2010 school year. For more information please send emails to gardner21212(at)comcast.net or call 410-241-0278.

Community Playschool

The Community Playschool is designed to provide a child-centered and individualized arts-enriched program inspired by the Reggio Emilia method.

Our philosophy is characterized by these developmental education principles:

- Children learn through play, interaction, problem solving, exploration, and discovery.
- Cooperation is more conducive to learning than competition.
- Children learn best when they can make choices and set their own goals.
- Each child is unique.
- Education is an on-going process which is enhanced when the child, teacher and family work together.

At the Community Playschool we value a child’s right to a quality education that celebrates who he or she is, while providing tools to support ongoing emotional, intellectual, and creative growth. Our program is designed to deepen and enrich children’s encounters with the world, their community, and each other.

We are an affordable, community-based preschool dedicated to inclusion and diversity.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lanark family sued by board tears down porch roof, sells house

Here's the story in the Towson Times. Interesting piece. I don't see where it says which covenant the family was breaking by adding a roof to a porch.

Note: The sidebar has now been attached to the bottom of the main story.

Also, my new policy on comments is that I'm not going to accept any that identify individuals by name or by specific title. Those will be rejected. Thanks.


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Free showing of "Remember the Titans" this Saturday at St. Pius

Bring a blanket or chairs, and a cooler if you'd like, and watch a free showing of Remember the Titans on Saturday, Aug. 22 on the lawn behind St. Pius. Grounds open at 7 pm at the movie starts around 8:30 pm. The building will be open and bathrooms and refreshments will be available. If it rains, the movie will be shown inside the gym.

They'll be doing movies every other Saturday night through Oct. 24.


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Monday, August 17, 2009

Burglaries in Rodgers Forge

This week's crime report lists an attempted break in on Murdock and an actual break in on Dumbarton. Here's the report.


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Friday, August 14, 2009

Little Tikes toys recalled - choking hazard

Name of Product: Little Tikes Workshops Sets and Trucks

Units: About 1.6 Million

Manufacturer: Little Tikes, of Hudson, Ohio

Hazard: The recalled workshop sets and trucks have oversized, plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of an 11-month old boy from Goose Creek, S.C. who choked when the toy nail become forcefully lodged in his throat. The child was hospitalized and made a full recovery. Details here.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bike thefts in Rodgers Forge

"Please get the word out to your residents to properly secure the belongings and property in locked sheds, garages or other storage places on their property. We are starting a spike in bicycle thefts in the Rodgers Forge area and it could spread to other westside neighborhoods. The only suspect description we have thus far is a male, possibly 30 to 40 years of age, and apparently all he has done so far is enter private yards where he sees an unattended bicycle and he's taking the bike. So a simple practice of securing the bicycle could very easily eliminate this situation.

Thank You,
Sgt Steve Fink"


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Wii Battery Recharge Stations Recalled; Burn and Fire Hazards

Hazard: The battery pack can overheat, posing a burn or fire hazard to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: Six incidents of overheating have been reported to the firm. Two consumers reported minor burns to the hand.

Description: The Wii 4-Dock Recharge Station includes a white docking station with four recharge stations and a four rechargeable battery pack. Brand names are on the front of the packaging and the model numbers, Psyclone (PSE6501) and React (RT530), can be found on the bottom side of the product. ... Details here.


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Free kids' movies in Hunt Valley

Free movies Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this summer at Hunt Valley Stadium 12 theater and other locations. The movies start at 10 a.m.

08/12/2009- Barnyard (PG)

08/18/2009-08/19/2009
Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Veggie Tale Movie (G)
Monster House (PG)

Details and other schedules here:
http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/familyfilmfestivalschedule.aspx?state=MD


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Monday, August 10, 2009

Latest crime report

Here it is.


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Might want to avoid Osler Drive tonight

Sen. Ben Cardin is holding a town hall meeting tonight at Towson U, and I hear that protesters are planning to gather on Osler Drive around 5:30 p.m.


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Snow White play at Towson University

Put on by kids. It will be running Aug. 13-16. Go here for show times.


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Meeting about speed cameras Aug. 19

Delegate Steve Lafferty -- who represents District 42, which includes Rodgers Forge -- has helped to arrange a meeting about how to implement speed cameras in Baltimore County. See note below:

Good afternoon,

I have been told by Councilman Joe Bartenfelder's office that a public meeting will be held on the County's proposed speed camera legislation on Wednesday, August 19 at 7 p.m. at the Towson Library.

As I talked with constituents, it was clear that few understood this very important state legislation and no one knew how the County was proposing to implement the law. Therefore, I wrote to County Executive Smith and the Council Chair, Joe Bartenfelder, asking for public meetings outside of the regular afternoon Council work session. I got no response so I wrote to the Towson Times. Finally, early last week, I wrote to the entire County Council and it's Chair again. I am very pleased that Councilman Bartenfelder has set a public informational meeting.

I urge you to advise those with whom you work to attend this meeting to learn how this law will work to protect people in school zones and how the County will approach this public safety issue. Also, for your information, the Council Bill is 61-09 and can be read on line at the Council web site.

Feel free to let me know if you have any question.

Steve Lafferty


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Sing-alongs at Red Canoe are back on

Hi Everyone!

Emily Casey, new to the area, has agreed to lead our pre-school sing-slong this Wednesday and next Wednesday while Zoe Johnstone is on vacation! Meet us here at Red Canoe to sing and dance with your kids at 10:30 8/12 and 8/19 and meet Emily--she has one toddler and a new baby due in October!

See you then,

Nicole
Red Canoe
4337 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214

410-444-4440


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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cardin to hold meeting in Towson on Monday night

Sen. Ben Cardin will hold a health care town hall meeting at Towson U on Aug. 10.

"In August, I will hold town hall meetings in Hagerstown and in Towson. For planning purposes, because of the large number of people who are interested in attending, please RSVP. Space is limited at both venues so we cannot guarantee admittance. In accordance with fire regulations, when the venues are full, there will be no standing room available."

Monday, August 10th - 7 p.m.
Towson University Center for the Arts
Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall
Corner of Cross Campus and Osler Drives
Towson, MD 21204

Parking is available across the street from the Center for the Arts on Auburn Drive off Osler Drive on Lot 13.

RSVP - sean_mckew@cardin.senate.gov.


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Stoneleigh and Hampton elementary schools closer to additions




Towson Families United reports: "Proposed additions to Stoneleigh and Hampton elementary schools, which will alleviate the remaining elementary overcrowding in the Towson area, finally have some dollar signs attached to them.

Baltimore County Public School officials are recommending that the Board of Education approve a state funding request of nearly $14 million for the two projects. The county would be required to match whatever amount the state ultimately approves." Read more details here.


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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Free food at Meadowbrook on Monday

"To help celebrate our 80th anniversary and thank our loyal members for their continued support, we will be offering free hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and chips to all who come to the pool on Monday, August 10 from 4 until 7 PM."


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Friday, August 7, 2009

Come to the Sustainability Fair on Saturday, Aug. 8!

"The St. Pius X Sustainability Fair will be held on Saturday, August 8 between 2-7 p.m. Come hear about bio-diesel, learn about holistic pet care, bee keeping and crafts. We will also talk about local gardening initiatives and find out about CSAs.

One of the topics will be: Gardening in the Forge at 4:45 pm -- Scott Carlson of the Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative talks about creating a garden in your yard and the benefits – both to yourself and the environment.

Movies begin at 7 p.m. with the Story of Stuff followed by FernGully. Come learn how to improve your carbon footprint. The fair will be at the St. Pius X parish grounds, 6428 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212. The event is free. Read schedule details here.

For more information please call 410-372-0704 or email jenny.karl (at) verizon.net."


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Child-related product recalls

1. Dorel Juvenile Group Expands Recall of Safety 1st Stair Gates Due to Fall Hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09300.html

2. Jump 'n Jive Doorway Jumpers Recalled by Graco Due to Choking Hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09301.html

3. Target Recalls Circo Booster Seats Due to Fall Hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09302.html


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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Drivers urged to avoid Northern Pkwy and Falls Road

A broken water main is being fixed there. Details in The Baltimore Sun.


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Governor's mansion will have solar panels

The Baltimore Sun reports today that along with the vegetable garden they've already added to the yard, the O'Malleys will be installing solar panels on the governor's mansion. Here's the story.


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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Speed cameras move forward, and the Y is selling land for county park and rec

Bryan P. Sears of the Towson Times reports: A bill authorizing the use of speed cameras in Baltimore County was introduced as expected on Monday at a meeting of the Baltimore County Council. -- full story

And Loni Ingraham reports: The county is buying 10 acres of YMCA property to use for a multipurpose field for soccer and lacrosse, a practice field and parking, according to Rec and Parks Director Bob Barrett. The plan will provide 287 parking spaces for joint use. -- full story


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Two vidoes my kids liked

Well, the lemmings one doesn't end well, as one might expect. But it's interesting.




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Gizmo invention show this Sunday

Sunday, August 9 at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
"The Gizmo Invention Show" and Safety Program

The Cromwell Valley Park Council presents
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE CHILDREN’S THEATER

“The Gizmo Invention Show” is a Thirst ‘n’ Howl Musical Productions interactive musical entertainment for young audiences. From simple machines to the Industrial Revolution, through the computer age of the 21st Century with its tiny hand held devices, children are provided with a glimpse of how everyday life has changed thanks to the contribution of inventors.

In furtherance of the Park’s Safety Program, the Council has arranged for the Providence Volunteer Fire Company at 5 p.m. to have a fire engine & fire protection suits on-site for all to view. On stage during intermission, the volunteer firefighters will give a short safety talk.
Gates open at 4:30 PM. Reservations are NOT required. A $5 dollar donation per car is requested. Sherwood Farm

More info here (scroll down the page to find it)


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Free Music Together demo classes

Sunday, August 30th at 4:15pm: Park Heights Jewish Community Center
Saturday, September 12th at 10:00: Downtown
Monday, September 14th at 10:30 & 5:00: Roland Park
Tuesday, September 13th at 10:30: Roland Park
Wednesday, September 14th at 10:30: Downtown

For directions & reservations, call 410-825-3881 or
email miriam(at)musictogethercharmcity.com.

http://musictogethercharmcity.com


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Burglary on Dunkirk

From the latest crime report: Unit block of Dunkirk: The suspect entered the residence by breaking the glass panel to the rear basement door. The suspect removed an unknown quantity of silver commemorative coins. Between noon and 3 p.m.

8000 block of York Road 21204: The victim woke up from a nap and observed the suspect in his living room. The victim confronted the suspect, who then left. After the suspect left the victim realized the keys to his vehicle were missing. Upon checking outside the vehicle was also found to be missing. There was no forced entry. 4:30 p.m.

Read full report here.


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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sustainability fair this Saturday at St. Pius

This sounds really neat, and the Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative will be participating.

"The St. Pius X Sustainability Fair will be held on Saturday, August 8 between 2-7 p.m. Come hear about bio-diesel, learn about holistic pet care, bee keeping and crafts. We will also talk about local gardening initiatives and find out about CSAs.

Movies begin at 7 p.m. with the Story of Stuff followed by FernGully. Come learn how to improve your carbon footprint. The fair will be at the St. Pius X parish grounds, 6428 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212. The event is free. For more information please call 410-372-0704 or email jenny.karl (at) verizon.net."

Update: Here are more details.




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No sing-along at Red Canoe this week

Zoe is away visiting family, so no sing-along at Red Canoe this Wednesday.


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Monday, August 3, 2009

Students in county have until Friday to prove residency

Students entering middle school and high school in Baltimore County have until this Friday to prove they actually live in the county. Details in this Sun story.


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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dog training using positive reinforcement

We are contemplating getting a dog (don't tell my kids in case it ends up not happening!) and I was just doing some research on obedience schools. I learned, on petfinder.com, that there is a group of obedience trainers who focus on positive reinforcement instead of punishment. I did a search within 10 miles of 21212 and found these:

You Silly Dog and Pet Experts in Owings Mills. I'm told the Karma Dogs people also recommend Drop the Leash.

Just an FYI for anyone looking for obedience training.

And by the way, here is a Newsweek article about puppy mills. Not to be on a high horse, but I don't think I could ever buy a pet from a pet store after learning what often takes place in order to get those puppies.

"Animal-welfare advocates refer to many of these operations as "puppy mills"—a catch-all term that's loosely defined as a facility that produces large numbers of puppies in less-than-ideal conditions for sale to pet stores or to consumers over the Internet. According to Bob Baker, who investigates puppy mills for the ASPCA, these dogs typically receive little if any vet care, are kept in tiny cages 24 hours a day and rarely interact with humans. "The differences all come down to raising a dog as a loving pet versus a cash crop," says Baker, who estimates there are between 5,000 and 10,000 puppy mills in the United States, with as many as 2,000 in the Amish and Mennonite countryside." -- full story


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And speaking of the Rodgers Forge board ...

The below item is from the minutes of the May meeting of the Rodgers Forge board, which I posted in June. It's just one of the things that the board is doing that I think is great. This is the kind of thing that strengthens our neighborhood -- helping a resident in her fight to get a reserved space that the county denied based on the fact that she has a garage -- which is too small for her to navigate given her situation.

Of course, I'm sure some people will be tempted to yell at me for publicly supporting this person's quest to make parking even more difficult in Rodgers Forge. ... Sigh.

Special Concern/Special Item: On behalf of our residents who require consideration for residential permit for reserved parking space due to handicap – Don Gerding did join a drive around the community on Saturday, May 9, 2009 to determine the number of actual reserved parking signs posted – there are 14 (all photo) although Don may have missed a few in this “joined drive around.”

This concern was brought to Gov’t & External Affairs Chair on March 30, 2009 when a senor resident of 12 years received a reply to application from the County Chief of the Bureau of Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning, that DENIED a specific address request from our handicapped resident. This resident filed all appropriate forms, doctor comments, etc. and the reason stated for denial “this request in particular does not conform with Item 3B” of the County Policy on Reserved Parking Spaces for Persons with Physical Disabilities. This address has an original built Keelty garage – and as such “shall apply to ALL properties regardless of the time they were built.”

There was no known, to the applicant, site inspection, no hearing or review with the applicant – other than the letter dated March 23, 2009 that basically stated denied. This applicant considered “the only appeal currently available is to appeal this decision to the Baltimore County Board of Appeals.” – which she did and posted the $100 fee and has received a hearing date of June 25, 2009 at 10am with note “parties should consider the advisability of retaining an attorney” – which application did on May 12, 2009.

The applicant has requested that Rodgers Forge Community Inc support the applicants’ appeal on the basis of certain facts. 1) Garage door does not allow the applicant proper clearance to enter and exit vehicle. 2.) to load/unload vehicle within garage 3.) to have reasonable access to rear alley to garage in case of certain weather conditions 4.) to be able to move vehicle in/out of garage in a proper manner if there are neighbor(s) vehicles parking across garage. 5.) certain topography concerns, 6.) the main garage door open/close concerns. All of these were noted on the application form and by resident’s physician.

It is for these, and possibly other, reasons the applicant has requested Donald Gerding, Board member of 40+ years service to the community and committee chair, with support and approval of RFC, Inc. board to review and represent the community position on this specific address application with a resolution related to this specific matter.

RESOLVED: That the Rodgers Forge Community, Inc. Board of Governors, at its scheduled monthly board meeting of May 20, 2009, did review the concerns of Handicap Parking application [...] The file shows a need for disability parking space as noted by her attending physician Dr. Stuart Miller as “has a permanent physical disability and is so severe that she would endure a hardship or be subject to a risk of injury if the applicant should enter or leave the vehicle at a less convenient location.

Therefore this Board of Governors of RFC, Inc assigns, for the concern/issue official responsibility for review, representation and action on this matter to its chairman for Government and External Affairs, Donald Gerding Board Member for the entire duration of this matter.


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