Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Can't wait to read this parenting book

I heard the author of "NurtureShock" on Fresh Air (listen here) this afternoon and it was very interesting.

The days of the so-called "helicopter parent" are numbered — or they should be, according to author Po Bronson.

Although the impulse to hover over our kids may stem from the best of intentions, Bronson argues that over-praising and over-nurturing may do more harm than good. His new book "NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children" expands on a series he wrote with co-author Ashley Merryman for "New York" magazine, exploring how American pop culture has misread the fine print of parental research.


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Hearing Friday might make rentals more prevalent

A landlord in the Aigburth Manor area of Towson, who was cited last year for renting to too many unrelated people in his property, is now asking for formal permission to rent to more people. Many area residents are opposed because they don't want a precedent set.

There are quite a few rentals right around us and they are all rented by families who are lovely and add to the quality of Rodgers Forge. (There were problems a year or two ago with a house that was rented by a single mom with wild teenagers who cursed out neighbors.) But I know I wouldn't want to live in a neighborhood where there were lots of homes with four students living together in one house. Aside from potential noise issues, think of the parking problems.

There's a great article today in the Towson Times about the case. The hearing is this Friday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m. Details here.

To write a letter about this matter, clearly indicate the following at the top of the letter:
115 Burke Avenue, Case number: 2010-0042-SPH

Send letters to:
Zoning Review Office
Baltimore County Office Building, Room 111
111 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, MD 21204

With a COPY to:
Zoning Commissioner
Jefferson Building
105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 103
Towson, MD 21204

I also found this email address:
Zoning Review
W. Carl Richards, Jr., Chief
crichards@baltimorecountymd.gov

Opponents of the rooming house say that "The keywords for letters are: Health, Safety, and General Welfare. Letters should demonstrate how granting the Rooming House/Boarding House permit would adversely affect the community in any of those areas."

County Website information about this matter:
http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/MeetingsandEvents/pdm_d5.html?DISPLAYMODE=DisplayEvent&DETAILEVENT=1975616


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Update on Citizens on Patrol

From Rob Williams, RFCOP leader: Now, two weeks into my position as head of the Rodgers Forge C.O.P., I would like to bring everyone up to date with what the RFCOP has been doing.
This past weekend, I went out on patrol Friday and Saturday night with two of our volunteers. Thanks to them for their commitment to the C.O.P. Hope many of you saw the flashing amber lights illuminating the Forge. Thank you to those who have called to volunteer. Keep the calls coming! More patrolling will be taking place throughout the days and nights.
This past Monday, I was an on call witness for the state. The case involved a graffiti incident at Dumbarton Middle School on June 26. I was not called to appear but all the responding officers were in court. The judgment handed down to the individual was for 48 hours of community service cleaning up graffiti.
I'm attempting to find out some more detailed information of some of this past week's incident reports.
Thank you again to all who have called to volunteer. The RFCOP is ALWAYS looking for volunteers. If you can volunteer at least 1 hour a month, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Rodgers Forge for your support. Let's all do what we can do stay one step ahead of crime.
Rob Williams
RFCOP


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Free acupuncture on Saturday



Patricia Lott, licensed acupuncturist and owner of Community Acupuncture of Towson, announces the Grand Opening Community Celebration of Community Acupuncture of Towson. The event, co-sponsored by Lifeline Power Yoga and Cafe Troia, will feature free acupuncture treatments, yoga classes, and refreshments.

http://www.communityacupunctureoftowson.com/


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Kids' building workshop at Home Depot this Saturday

Oct. 3 at Home Depot - Build a firehouse bank. Free workshop.


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ClayFest - Oct. 17

ClayFest! 2009 joins FREE FALL BALTIMORE!!!

October 17, 12:00 - 5:00PM

ClayFest! 2009 joins FREE FALL BALTIMORE!!! Open and free to the public, Baltimore Clayworks invites the community to participated in a fun-filled hands-on clay festival which include trying your hand at wheel throwing, making tiles, raku firing, fun and games at the Clay Olympics, community mosaics and much, much more. Come to 5707 Smith Avenue in the Mt. Washington Village and get ready to get creative and muddy! -- more info


(Thanks, Sue, for alerting me to this. If any of you know of an event I've missed, please send it along!)


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The latest American Girl is homeless

What to think of this? $95 for a doll whose backstory is a dad who left the family, a mom who lost her job, and the girl and mom now live in a car. I thought maybe a portion of the proceeds would go to preventing homelessness or food for the homeless, but no.

Here's something from ABC and a piece from the NY Post.

Is this creating tolerance and understanding, or is it just in poor taste?


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Monday, September 28, 2009

Hey, no burglaries in Rodgers Forge last week

Updated: Karl Pfrommer notes that although the crime report has no burglaries listed, our area was not crime free. See below.

In the unit block of Dunkirk

Incident Number 092671108
Incident Date September 24, 2009
Incident Time 02:58 PM
Incident Description Theft - Other

Near BankAmerica, York & Dunkirk
Incident Number 092661330
Incident Date September 23, 2009
Incident Time 05:03 PM
Incident Description

Theft - Other




Even # 300 block Stanmore,
just west of Brandon intersection
Incident Number 092680364
Incident Date September 25, 2009
Incident Time 07:48 AM
Incident Description Theft - Other


York Rd. @ Schwartz Ave.
Incident Number 092701067
Incident Date September 27, 2009
Incident Time 06:23 PM
Incident Description Theft - Other


100 block Stevenson La. near Brandon intersection
Incident Number 092701012
Incident Date September 27, 2009
Incident Time 05:47 PM
Incident Description Disturbance


100 block Dumbarton Rd. near York Rd.
Incident Number 092700919
Incident Date September 27, 2009
Incident Time 04:36 PM
Incident Description Disturbance


100 block of Murdock Rd.
Incident Number 092651379
Incident Date September 22, 2009
Incident Time 04:46 PM
Incident Description Theft - From Motor Vehicle


On Blenheim just south of Midhurst
Incident Number 092670654
Incident Date September 24, 2009
Incident Time 11:00 AM
Incident Description Theft - From Motor Vehicle


These next two were within a half hour of each other. (And a car was stolen the same morning at 8:33 am. See below.) 300 block Stevenson La. near Osler Drive
Incident Number 092700528
Incident Date September 27, 2009
Incident Time 11:05 AM
Incident Description Theft - From Motor Vehicle


Circle Road in Charlesbrook
Incident Number 092700553
Incident Date September 27, 2009
Incident Time 11:24 AM
Incident Description Theft - From Motor Vehicle


Rodgers Forge Rd. in the Apts.
Incident Number 092640885
Incident Date September 21, 2009
Incident Time 01:18 PM
Incident Description Hit & Run Accident - Property Damage


Schwartz and York Rd.
Incident Number 092660583
Incident Date September 23, 2009
Incident Time 10:29 AM
Incident Description Hit & Run Accident - Property Damage


Stevenson Lane near Osler Drive
(See theft from auto above, same location.)
Incident Number 092700376
Incident Date September 27, 2009
Incident Time 08:33 AM
Incident Description Theft - Motor Vehicle
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Here's the latest crime report. There was an attempted murder in Parkville, but no crimes reported in Rodgers Forge.


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Canning and Baby Food workshop

"Due to an overwhelming response to the Canning and Baby Food Making Workshop we held back in July (we had a wait list!) we are pleased to again offer the same workshop Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore.

We are fortunate to live in a place with an incredibly long growing season so that we can usually – given the right weather - preserve right up into November. And we are blessed with a wide range of tasty fruits and vegetables that can entice even the most finicky baby. Join us as we learn how to preserve veggies for winter and make baby food.

We have limited seating – only 25 spots are available – so be sure to RSVP right away."

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Forge Flyer nominated for Baltimore Sun blog award

In case you feel like voting in their contest... (My friend's blog about downtown Baltimore was also nominated, and she hasn't posted anything in almost two years, so you can see it was a pretty cut-throat competition to even get mentioned!)


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Missing tree: Have you seen it?

The Blinkoff family was sad that a beautiful shade-giving tree at the Tot Lot apparently became diseased and had to be chopped down. They wrote this:


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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Nickelodeon going dark to encourage kids to play outside

Great sentiment, sad that this is what it takes? Here's an article.


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Wiltondale Home Tour - tomorrow

Wiltondale Home Tour

Sunday September 27th from 1-4 pm

Tickets: $10 per person

Proceeds benefit the Women of Wiltondale Organization

All checks should be made payable to the Women of Wiltondale.

Please use the form located below. It will be possible to purchase tickets at the Wiltondale Pool Parking Lot staging area on the day of the event. In case of rain, tickets may be purchased at the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office located across the street from Wilton Road (7402 York Road).

Plan to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon touring some of Wiltondale’s newest remodeling projects and fabulous home additions. A great opportunity to meet the homeowners, chat with architects, contractors, decorators; and walk away with some practical and creative ideas for your own dream home makeover!



Clips and Send to: Women of Wiltondale

c/o Jan Smith, 608 Hastings Road, Towson MD 21286

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Wiltondale Home Tour $10 per person
Make checks payable to: Women of Wiltondale
Send to: Jan Smith 608 Hastings Road, Towson MD 21286
Name:____________________________________________
Address:___________________________________________
Email:_____________________________________________
Number of Tickets:_____________
Payment:______________

Kathy Fick
Wiltondale COP
410-825-8275


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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Missing Towson girl found safe

Monica Louise Muth is back home. Here's the story from ABC2. I also talked to county police and they confirm she was found. What a relief.


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Recall of children's and infants' Tylenol

Tylenol is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Children's and Infants' TYLENOL liquid products that were manufactured between April, 2008 and June, 2008 in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company is implementing this voluntary recall at the warehouse and retail levels, because examination of one of the inactive ingredients did not meet internal testing requirements. However, the packaged product, shipped to retailers by the company, has met all specifications. These actions do not apply to Children's Tylenol Meltaways and Junior Strength Tylenol Meltaways. The voluntary recall applies only to select lots of Children's and Infants' TYLENOL® liquid products.

If you have any of the potentially affected products in your home and have questions you can contact the McNeil Consumer Call Care Center at 1-800-962-5357 (available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.)

Parents and caregivers who have given the product to their child or infant and have concerns should contact their child's health care provider. RECALL DETAILS HERE.


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"Chronicles of Narnia" this Saturday at St. Pius -- free

Bring a blanket or chairs, and a cooler if you'd like, and watch a free showing of the Chronicles of Narnia" on Saturday, Sept. 26 on the lawn behind St. Pius. Grounds open at 7 pm at the movie starts around 8:00 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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Bunk beds and hammocks recalled

Grand Trunk Recalls Parachute Hammocks Due to Fall Hazard <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09347.html>

Big Lots Stores, Inc. Recalls to Repair Bunk Beds Due to Collapse and Fall Hazards <http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09348.html>


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

County looks at non-code fences in Rodgers Forge

The Towson Times has a story today about the many fences in Rodgers Forge that don't meet code, and what might be done about them.

"County officials say more than 40 fences in Rodgers Forge -- including one owned by the community association president -- may violate Baltimore County zoning regulations. But for the most part, owners have never been cited.

County Code Enforcement generally is complaint driven. Officials say that as a rule, the division does not take action to have a situation corrected unless it receives a complaint" -- full story here


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Debbie Phelps book signing this Saturday

Debbie Phelps visits to discuss her book A Mother for All Seasons. Book sales and signing follows.

Randallstown Library, Sep 26 Sat 2:00 PM-4:00 PM


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The Baltimore Book Festival begins this Friday



Mark your calendar for the 14th annual Baltimore Book Festival on September 25-27, 2009. This year's authors include Buzz Aldrin, Gwen Ifill, Ralph Nader, Chris Gardner, Amiri Baraka, Ingrid Hoffmann, Farai Chideya, Maureen McCormick, Dale DeGroff, Lourdes Castro, Adam Ried, Mordicai Gerstein and James Warhola.

Ride your bike and park in our new bike parking zone - 600 block of Charles Street, east side of the street.

NEW FOR 09! If you live or work downtown - the festival is opening at noon on Friday. Spend your lunch hour with us: browsing for books, enjoying author presentations and sampling the menus of our tasty food vendors. JUST ANNOUNCED for lunchtime Friday - GMA's workplace guru Tory Johnson will be sharing invaluable career advice from her new book, Fired to Hired.


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Catholic high school regional fair tonight at St. Pius

I just received this from St. Pius X:

"Tonight (9/23) St. Pius will be hosting the Catholic High School Regional Fair, which is an opportunity for 6th-8th grade students and their families to learn more about the high schools of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. High Schools attending: Archbishop Curley, Calvert Hall, Cardinal Gibbons, Catholic High,Cristo Ray, Institute of Notre Dame, Loyola Blakefield, Maryvale, Mercy, Mount de Sales, Mount St. Joseph, Notre Dame Prep, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Seton Keough, St. Frances Academy. There will be open displays from 6:30 – 7:00, and then schools will have presentations from 7:10 until 8:35. This is a great way to get a glimpse of these schools without having to travel very far!"


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kids under 10 urged to get two swine flu shots

According to this Baltimore Sun post. And here's the news directly from the NIH.

Will you get the vaccine(s) for your child?


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Rodgers Forge COP seeks your help

A Message From The Rodgers Forge Citizens on Patrol:

"I'm Rob Williams, the new leader of the RFCOP. WE NEED YOU. Our Rodgers Forge community sent a message to the county government. "We won't tolerate overcrowded schools."

Our community united to send a message to Towson University. "We didn't want an arena in our backyards."

Now we need to send a message to criminals. "We will not tolerate their criminal activity in our neighborhood."

Rodgers Forge C.O.P. is an organized group of residents who volunteer their time to patrol our neighborhood and watch out for suspicious persons and criminal activity. RFCOP acts as additional "eyes and ears" for our local police officers. We patrol the neighborhood by foot or by car. By day and night. There is no wrong time to patrol.

RFCOP volunteers patrol, looking for suspicious or unusual activity. What is deemed suspicious can be discussed at length but if you question it, call anyway! RFCOP volunteers are OBSERVERS ONLY. They DO NOT confront anyone. RFCOP patrollers call 911 and report the suspicious or criminal events. We DO NOT carry weapons. Our weapons are our eyes and ears.

RFCOP is asking for residents to volunteer as little as 1 hour a month.

Recently, there has been an increase in criminal activity in and around the Forge. If you're at all concerned about the recent events, I ask you, please to become a RFCOP volunteer.

Get involved! Help stop crime!

Please contact Rob Williams at 410-377-4756 or 410-561-6378."


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A message from the Overbrook resident whose home was burglarized

"Our house was burglarized this past Friday evening between 11:30 pm and 7:30 am. We never heard anything. My purse was stolen from the kitchen. Unfortunately, I left the kitchen window unlocked and they apparently either entered through the window – or more likely – reached in through the window and unlocked the door. The police were called, a report was made, fingerprints were taken.

I distributed 50 flyers to my immediate neighbors and was dumb-founded by the denial of people – that it couldn’t happen to them because they “never” leave anything unlocked – and this was from neighbors whose street- and porch-level windows had only screens in the windows. Many of us have doors with unobstructed views of the interior, etc.

Overall, Rodgers Forge residents are “sitting ducks” according to the police I spoke with because we are known for not keeping our residences secure and being reluctant to make waves by calling the police!

It may have made a very big difference to our neighbors, for example, if it had been reported that the 200 block Hopkins Road burglary that took place recently happened with the burglars bringing in their own ladder to the house to commit the crime!

Nothing is worse than knowing that burglars were in our house while we slept and left with not only cash, credit cards, driver’s license, etc. – but they escaped and left us feeling violated and insecure." -- Debra Mitchell

Another note that crime and safety will be on the agenda at the October 14 community meeting (7 p.m. at RFES cafeteria -- the same place you go to vote).


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Monday, September 21, 2009

Armed robbery on Stevenson Lane, break-in on Overbrook


... and more, including an attempted break-in on Regester where the burglar used the homeowner's own ladder to climb up to the second floor. Read the report here.

And remember, crime will be on the agenda at the next Rodgers Forge community meeting in October.



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Self-defense class, sponsored by Forge's Citizens on Patrol


The Art of Self Defense
Saturday, September 26, 3pm-4pm

At Woodbrook Baptist Church on Stevenson Lane, between Charles Street and Bellona Avenue

COST: $5 per person, payable at the door.
All proceeds to benefit the Rodgers Forge Community On Patrol (COP).

Sponsored by Jonathan and Nicholas Tissue of Maryland Martial Arts in Timonium (http://www.marylandmartialartsllc.com/).

RSVP: Space is limited to 30 participants per session. Contact Karen Rodriguez at forgedefense@yahoo.com for more information or to reserve your spot.


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Fairy Ball at Barnes & Noble on Saturday

2009 Grand Annual Fairy Ball
Children's Event, Author Signing

Kids, come dressed in a fairy costume or as some fantastical creature! Stories, activities, and more! Meet award-winning writer Bobbie Hinman, author of the newly released The Belly Button Fairy! We promise a "fairy" good time for the whole family!

Saturday September 26, 2009 4:00 PM

Barnes & Noble, Towson, MD, 410-296-7021


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Yoga classes starting in October at Brown Memorial

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Vote in contest and Rodgers Forge Elementary could win $20,000

"Parents and educators know that test scores only tell one side of the story for a school. Every day in every school across the country, committed teachers, parent volunteers, student leaders and caring communities go that extra mile to make our schools the special places our children need to learn, grow and thrive. Vote for your favorite school today and help them win $20,000!"

Click here to vote for Rodgers Forge Elementary ... and pass it on!


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Friday, September 18, 2009

Free living room design class at Pottery Barn on Sunday

Click image for details or call 410.821.3494 to RSVP


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Flea market on York Road, Oct. 10

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Halloween event at Tot Lot -- your input sought


There will be a Great Pumpkin event at the Tot Lot the afternoon of Oct. 31 (Saturday). I'm working with the board to organize it.

Please share your ideas of what you'd like to see there. We could do a little parade around the Tot Lot, have games, whatever. Click on the "comment" link below to give your input. Thanks!


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Crime in Rodgers Forge

The resident whose Hopkins Road home was recently burglarized came to the Rodgers Forge board meeting on Wednesday night to advise people to be wary of anyone who doesn't seem to belong in Rodgers Forge. He said many neighbors told him later they saw the burglary suspects acting suspiciously but they didn't call police because they didn't want to seem racist. Police, and the homeowner, are asking residents to call 911 if they see anything at all suspicious or see people hanging out who don't seem to have a good reason to be there. As the homeowner pointed out, it's not about race, it's about someone acting in a way that makes you think something is not right, no matter what he/she looks like.

Note: The thieves entered his home through second-story windows in the middle of the day and were in and out in about 15 minutes.

I think further safety initiatives will be on the board agenda at the October meeting, based on what they said yesterday, but I'm not positive about that. Another note: Rob Williams of Regester Avenue is the new head of Rodgers Forge Citizens on Patrol, now that Karl Pfrommer has moved to Timonium. If you are interested in volunteering you can contact him at 410.377.4756 (home) or 410.561.6378 (cell).

The map below is from crimereports.com and shows all the crimes reported in the area since June 1, 2009. Take some with a grain of salt; they seem to confuse our Hopkins Road with one in the city.


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Rodgers Forge mom concerned about nutrition

This Rodgers Forgian has started a business trying to keep people healthy.

"Nourish is a personal nutrition and fitness coach for your entire family. Nourish's goal is to provide education, advice and support to all family members as they attain a healthy lifestyle. Nourish is never judgmental and does not engage in extreme, exclusionary "diets." In fact, Nourish does not believe in the concept of dieting at all."

Here's what she said in a post on her blog: "... When my eldest daughter started elementary school and the first cafeteria menu came home I remember being more than a little surprised that the menu was pretty much the same things they were serving a generation ago when I was in elementary school. Pizza, chicken nuggets, hot turkey sandwiches. Canned fruit and chocolate milk. Popsicles and ice cream for extra. I guess I just assumed that since their school is one of the best in our county and the parents tend to be well-educated and involved, the menu would have evolved a bit. Actually, it has. The kids in elementary school now have the option to buy chips and gummy snacks as well. ..."


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Another board meeting tonight - updated

Update: All the officers were re-elected except for the treasurer because she moved out of state. None of the seats were contested.

So, the officers are:

president: Janice Moore
vice president: Lawrence Swoboda
treasurer: Tyler Mays
recording secretary: Kate Canada
corresponding secretary: Jay Dunn



The Rodgers Forge board is meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the cafeteria of RFES. Board members will vote on who will be the new president, treasurer, etc. Only board members can vote on leadership roles, but the meeting is open to the public. I will post an update about the new leadership later tonight.


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Cub Scout open house tonight at DMS

Cub Scout Pack 439 is having an informational open house tonight (Sept. 16) at 7 p.m. at Dumbarton Middle School. For boys in grades 1 through 5.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Discussion about kids' sports

Sept. 22 at Park School

In his book Until It Hurts: America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Hurts Our Kids, Mark Hyman asserts that adults have “staged a hostile takeover” of kids’ sports. The quest to turn children into tomorrow’s superstar athletes has often led adults to push them beyond physical and emotional limits. Journalist, coach, and sports dad Mark Hyman explores how we have reached this problematic state.

Join Mark and a panel of experts as they examine the evolution of youth sports and discuss how positive changes can be made. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale at the lecture.

Mark Hyman is a columnist for Business Week and a former Baltimore Sun reporter. He is the father of two Park alumni, both varsity athletes.

To learn more, go to: www.untilithurts.com.


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Rally for AC at Ridgely Middle School today

Just received this: This is a quick reminder that the Rally for Ridgely will be held at 12:30pm today (Sept. 15) in the Towson Courthouse Plaza near the fountain. Please come out during your lunch break today to support Ridgely students! We are expecting a beautiful sunny day for the Rally!

WBALRadio interviewed some parents about the rally today. Listen during your morning drive or click on: http://www.facebook.com/l/9adde;wbal.com/apps/news/templates/story.aspx?articleid=35585&zoneid=3

DIRECTIONS to RALLY: The plaza is on W. Pennsylvania Avenue at Baltimore Avenue between the old and new courthouses. From York Road, head West on W. Pennsylvania Avenue, cross Washington Avenue until you reach Baltimore Avenue. Plaza is directly across from Baltimore Ave before you reach Bosley Ave. Metered street parking and garage parking is available surrounding the courthouse.


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Target is now open until 11 pm on weeknights

I just noticed that Target is now open until 11:00 p.m. on weeknights instead of 10 p.m. as was the previously the case. Good news for those of us who sometimes have a last-minute thing to buy for school and are not a huge fans of Wal-Mart, which is also open until 11:00.


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Monday, September 14, 2009

Crime reports

Someone just pointed out that I haven't posted the crime reports lately. Guess it slipped my mind with all the other crime posts we've had. Here they are: last week's report and today's report, including a break-in on Hopkins (previously reported here) and a carjacking near Towsontown mall.

Also, an update that a suspect was caught in the 2nd-story burglaries that were happening nearby.


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Gardens, etc, run afoul of neighborhood rules

Interesting story in The Baltimore Sun today about efforts to go green clashing with neighborhood covenants.

"As greening becomes more mainstream and is encouraged through tax incentives - even the Maryland governor's mansion has solar panels - more people are running afoul of their neighbors, associations and historic preservationists. Safety and security are sometimes cited by the opposition, but the main issue with rain barrels, solar panels, wind turbines, new windows and clotheslines seems to be aesthetics."



We had our own run-in with the Rodgers Forge board over the vegetable garden we have in our front yard (pictured above). We received a letter from the board telling us it didn't adhere to the neighborhood's traditional design, that it could attract rats, and that we should move it to the backyard. (It's well known that rats never enter back yards, isn't it? And by the way, healthy gardens don't attract rats; rats are attracted to feces, garbage and bird feeders.)

Our garden is gorgeous -- even if you detest vegetables, I think it's pleasing to the eye -- and our neighbors love it. In fact, many of them are doing gardens, some in the front, some in the back. I'll take a vegetable garden over a yard filled with dog poop, weeds or garbage any day.

The garden isn't just nice to look at, it's also a great source of food for our family. We have fresh tomatoes, green peppers, zucchini, lettuce, cucumbers, beets, radishes, beans and tons of herbs. It's started conversations among neighbors and has taught our kids about where food comes from and what goes into getting it to the table.

I had held off from posting anything about our garden because this blog isn't really supposed to be about *me* and, frankly, because I know some people will send me nasty comments saying the garden is hideous and is ruining the traditions of Rodgers Forge, etc. I decided to do the post because A) I've become pretty thick skinned after receiving so many snarky comments recently in my efforts to get more transparency from board leadership, and B) I saw the movie Fresh the other night that discusses factory farming and all its ills. It's a great film (the sold-out screening at Creative Alliance was organized by my husband, who was just elected to the Rodgers Forge board and who is co-founder of the Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative) and it made it all the more clear to me that I can't let a little narrow-mindedness get in the way of what's right.

Here's a trailer from Fresh:


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Sunday, September 13, 2009

St. Pius X Bull Roast - Crab Fesat

SOLD OUT!

BULL ROAST/CRAB FEAST
St. Pius X School Gymnasium
6432 York Road Baltimore, MD 21212

Sunday, October 4, 2009, 1 pm until 6 pm

$35 per person, no one under 21 admitted

Crabs generously provided by Sea Pride Crab House II, 8001 Liberty Road Baltimore MD 21244


Menu:
Steamed crabs
Charcoal Pit Beef
Pit Ham and Turkey
Baked Chicken
Pork Barbeque, Pork Loin & Sauerkraut
Sausage W/Green Peppers & Onions
Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Potato Salad, Cole Slaw
Desserts
Draft Beer, Soda, Coffee

Music provided by DJ EDGE

Ravens vs. Patriots WILL BE TELEVISED during the event!

Tickets available for purchase at the school office.

For more information, please contact the school office/Debbie Miller
410-427-7400 or Lisa Ross – email: icehead@comcast.net

** To benefit St. Pius X School Operating Fund **


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SUSPECT CAUGHT ... 2nd-story break-ins nearby

I just rec'd this:

"The resident robbed on Lake two weekends ago just told me a Balto City detective called her and said they had apprehended the guy--while robbing another house in our neighborhood. I'm assuming one of you called in a tip... thanks for that.

The police issued a warrant and found multiple iPods and other equipment at his house. They will want receipts or other proof of ownership if your are a victim. Hopefully you can be reunited with property if it hasn't been hocked already.

He lives in Baltimore city, though not an immediate neighbor. Apparently just targeted our neighborhood and one easy theft led to more. In any case, this string of thefts is hopefully over and I won't be as paranoid about leaving my 2nd floor windows open at night!

Thanks for being vigilant. Good neighbors make a good neighborhood."


From Karl Pfrommer: Now there have been four second-story burglaries this past week in Lake-Walker. The first was on East Lake Ave. Next there were two on the 700 and 800 blocks of Hollen Rd. And last night a fourth in the 700 block of Hollen Rd. I think Baltimore City police will get this guy.

Here's the report from a former Rodgers COP member. He's watching our southern flank for us.

Karl

"While the Lake-Walker Block party was going on [Saturday night 9/12] another home on the 700 block of Hollen Rd was robbed by a young black male in his 30's about 5'9" about 180 to 200 lbs - driving a silver 4 door Infinity with Shiny Chrome Rims and low to the ground with MD BAY tags 09097CD.

"The tags are registered to a car dealership on Old York Rd - so they may have been stolen.

"Please keep an eye out for this vehicle and the robber. Apparently he stashes the stuff in a neighbors bushes and comes back for it later. This is what I observed tonight.

"The Police were called - they came within 10 minutes and they do have the tag # and description of this suspect - who has not been caught, yet.

""He was seen fleeing with a white Apple computer box and a black duffel bag on his shoulder.

"PLEASE - I can not stress this enough!!! PLEASE CALL 911 if you see anything out of the ordinary!! Trust your instincts - the worst that can happen is we make a teensie mistake. I'd much rather do that than see another neighbor become a victim of a violation like this again."


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Friday, September 11, 2009

Forge home burglarized while mom picks kids up from school, and other incidents

This was passed along by Karl Pfrommer:

There was a robbery yesterday, Thursday, 9/10, in the 200 Block of Hopkins Rd. Apparently the burglars were watching the house.

[Burglars do that. If you see someone who does not live here and does not appear to have a purpose, call 911. -KP]

While the mom left her home to pick up her children at RFES, the thieves climbed up the back porch to the second floor, slashed the screen and stole electronics, jewelry, change, etc. worth at least five figures. It happened in less than 40 minutes. It took the police forty-five minutes to arrive.

[Regrettably, police are stretched to the limit during the afternoon. Because there are not enough crossing guards, police have to be at crosswalks when the school day ends. -KP]

There was another burglary earlier this week with the same mode of operation. They struck on Lake Ave., east of York Rd.

One of our Pinehurst COP friends passed along another description of the car seen carrying burglars in Pinehurst and Cedarcroft. This time they were in Bellona-Gittings.

"Another neighbor reports seeing the suspect car in Bellona-Gittings. She adds that "it was unusually low to the ground, cream colored and the windows were definitely tinted." If anyone can get a tag number, please call 911 and report it, saying that you are a member of the local Citizens on Patrol group tracking a series of incidents [burglaries] in our area."

Thanks to all who are keeping their eyes open! Take your cell phone with you whenever you go out. If you see anything suspicious, don't think twice. Call 911. -KP

Also passed along from Karl:

"There was an attempted burglary on Sunday, September 6 at one of our neighbors' homes (6400 block of Pinehurst). At around 2 pm on Sunday, 3 men tried to enter the home through 2 windows. They slashed the screens and had successfully raised the windows when we spotted them. They saw us and casually walked away. Once down the street a little they ran and jumped a fence behind a neighbor's yard. A car was waiting for them back there in the alley. Another neighbor walking a dog saw the car and thought it was suspicious just sitting there then saw the men running and getting into the car. That neighbor came around and was able to give the police a description of the men and car. The car was a white Buick with tinted windows. It had temporary tags. Now that we've been talking about this in the neighborhood, other people have mentioned noticing the car packed with men driving around. We wanted to let everyone know to keep a look out for the car in particular. I imagine they had been snooping around the neighborhood to know that the homeowner wasn't there on a Sunday afternoon. There's no guarantee they won't be back in the neighborhood." Thanks to the neighbors who paid attention and did the right thing!

And from Towson University's crime alerts:

Sept. 1: Off campus, on Dowling Circle, a female student reported a rape incident. TU police are assisting Baltimore County Police with the investigation and follow up.


On September 8, 2009 at 9:30 p.m. a student was in the area of Parking Lot # 12 when a male subject who asked him for a cigarette approached him. When the victim replied that he didn’t smoke the suspect punched the victim in the face.

At 9:47 p.m. a male subject near Millennium Hall who asked, “Where is the recreation center?”, approached another student. When the victim went to answer the suspect struck him in the face knocking the victim to the ground. The suspect fled to an awaiting vehicle that was occupied by four or five other males.

A report of an assault with similar circumstances and suspect descriptions occurred at Cardiff Hall Apartments just off campus earlier this same evening. SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:

4 or 5 black male subjects. One suspect is further described as:

Black Male; 6’ Tall; 200 Lbs; Dreadlock Hair Style, Last Seen Wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:

Dark Colored Sedan; possibly a Green, Blue or Black Honda or Ford Taurus.


UPDATED SUSPECT INFORMATION

Additional suspect information has been developed in the September 8th assault at Parking Lot # 12.

3 suspects exited a dark colored 4-door sedan and approached the victim. Suspects # 1 and #2 physically assaulted the victim, while suspect # 3 made threatening gestures.

SUSPECT # 1: Black Male, believed to be 5’ 10” or taller in height, medium build, short dark hair, wearing a white or light colored T-Shirt, blue jeans.

SUSPECT # 2: Black Male, believed to be 5’ 10” or taller in height, medium build, short dark hair, wearing a white or light colored T-Shirt, blue jeans.

SUSPECT # 3: Black Male, believed to be 5’ 10” or taller in height, medium build, Shoulder Length Dreadlocks, wearing a white or light colored T-Shirt, dark jeans and white or light colored sneakers.


On September 8, 2009 at approximately 1:27p.m. a male subject approached the victim near Starbuck’s located at York Road and Burke Avenue and forcibly stole property from the victim. The suspect then fled south along York Road. A search of the area failed to locate the suspect.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:
White Male, 20 – 30 Years of Age


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This sounds fabulous

Irvine Nature Center invites you to enroll your child in the 2009-2010 session of the Doodlebugs Nature & Art Program. This year-long program for three, four and five year olds, will provide a safe environment for your child to explore nature. The curriculum encourages curiosity and cognitive growth along with the development of motor skills, within the context of the natural world. We have expanded the program this year from fall and spring sessions to a full school year with rolling admission.

For more information about our Doodlebugs Nature & Art Program, contact Courtney Sagal, Education Administrative Assistant, at 443-738-9224. You may also click here to download a brochure.


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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Free photo session for your newborn

From Blair Banks:

"Pregnant? Due within the next week or two? Professional photographer Blair Blanks is looking for a newborn baby under 10 days old to model for a promotional project. In exchange for the promotional use of the images, there is no charge to the volunteer's family. Participant family will receive digital negatives along with reprint rights to images photographed at the session. (Please note this is not a family portrait session and only photos related to the project with be taken.) For more information, please contact Blair Blanks at blair@blairblanks.com."


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Lost cat; have you seen him?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR HELP IN FINDING OUR INDOOR CAT WHO GOT OUT LAST NIGHT, SEPT 9, IN THE 300 BLOCK OF DUMBARTON ROAD. HE'S A GRAY SHORT HAIR CAT WITH GREEN EYES. THERE IS NO COLLAR, BUT HE DOES HAVE AN I-D CHIP IMPLANT. IF YOU THINK YOU'VE SEEN HIM, PLEASE CALL 410-377-5054. THANK YOU.


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Leon Krier at Goucher on Oct. 5

The Greater Towson Committee says: We begin our series with the internationally recognized architect, Leon Krier, who will discuss his latest book, THE ARCHITECTURE OF COMMUNITY, and will stay after his lecture for a book signing.

We will host this event at Goucher College with the lecture beginning at 7 pm and book signing to follow. More details here.


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"Fresh" film showing tonight at Creative Alliance


Thursday, Sept 10 at Creative Alliance
bazaar 6:30pm, Screening 7:30pm.
$12, $10 mbrs.

Hear the stories of farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system: urban farmer, activist, and 2008 MacArthur “Genius” Award fellow, Will Allen; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin (from Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma); and supermarket owner, David Ball, who is creating a new market model for family farmers.

FRESH offers a call to action... with actionable solutions. Local-food bazaar precedes the screening and a panel discussion w/ local farmers and experts follows. Co-presented by the JHU Center for a Livable Future, the Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative, and the Hamilton Crop Circle.

Click here for tickets, which are expected to go fast. And read more about it on the Forge Farm site.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The new Rodgers Forge board

Great turnout tonight for the annual meeting and election. I think there were about 100 people there. It's wonderful that so many people are getting involved.

The new board is:

Ginny Allen *
Christopher Alworth
Joan Brooks *
Doug Campbell *
Kate Canada *
Scott Carlson
Jay Dunn *
Jean Duvall *
Pat Foretich *
Don Gerding *
Jennifer Helfrich *
Ayfer Hoffman *
Loretta Ishida
Tyler Mays
Brandon Mollett
Ada Montessoro *
Janice Moore *
Norma O'Hara *
Janine Schofield *
Lawrence Swoboda *
Bryan Tillman
Carol Zielke *

* - Incumbant board members

Next Wednesday the current board will elect the officers (president, treasurer, etc.) Seems like this will be a good mix of people with prior board experience and those with a fresh eye.

Don't forget, you don't have to be on the board to be on a committee, or even to chair a committee -- so if you have any desire to be involved, go for it!


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Hope you can make it to the Rodgers Forge board election tonight!



TONIGHT AT 7:00 P.M. AT THE CAFETERIA OF RODGERS FORGE ELEMENTARY
250 DUMBARTON ROAD

Lots of people are running for the board this year and it will be a real election. It's great to see so many people getting involved in this fantastic neighborhood!

You'll find details about the meeting here.


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County approves speed cameras in school zones

And an ethics complaint is filed over it. Read about it in The Baltimore Sun.


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Look at these gorgeous bows made by a Rodgers Forge mom!


Carolyn Carlino, who lives in Rodgers Forge, will be selling her handmade hair bows this Sunday at Ladew Garden's Children's Day. She also does custom designs (RFES bows, anyone?). She says:

"My futile search for a tiny bow that would stay in my nearly bald baby's fine hair resulted in the birth of "Little BOW Peeps," a line of girls' hair accessories that I recently created, specializing in infant and toddler bows that are guaranteed to stay in sparse, baby fine hair. The "Little BOW Peeps" line includes bows, barrette pairs, ribbon and charm pony holders, and pony streamers for girls from infant/toddler to teens.

Soccer/Lacrosse team or school color pony streamers, gift sets and accessory keepers are also available. All products are boutique quality at reasonable prices, ranging from $2.50-$8.50.

I stand behind each piece I create and will repair or replace any item that fails to hold up under normal wear. Custom orders are most welcome. Look for "Little BOW Peeps" at Ladew Gardens Children's Day on Sunday, September 13, 2009 from Noon-5 p.m. Please contact Carolyn Carlino at carolyn.carlino@yahoo.com for more information."


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Library fundraiser fair at Goucher - Sept. 26

“A Fair to Remember”

Enjoy carnival games, live music by Radiant, a silent auction, and catering by Linwoods at the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library’s annual fundraiser. Dorsey Center Courtyard, 6 p.m. $50 general admission. To purchase tickets or for more information call 410-887-6196 or e-mail Sarah Morrow at smorrow@bcpl.net.


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Monday, September 7, 2009

Rodgers Forge board election this Wednesday -- your vote will count


The Rodgers Forge Annual Meeting and board election is this Wednesday, September 9, at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of Rodgers Forge Elementary.


Wow! Look at all the new people who are running for the board! You can see the list here. I see that some people who are currently at-large members (see the list here) have switched to running for district seats, which means unless someone else runs from their district (see district boundaries here), they are guaranteed a seat and won't have to run against the larger slate of at-large candidates.

I might be counting incorrectly, but I think there are 26 people running for 19 available slots.

This will definitely be a real election where every vote counts. In past years there have generally not been enough candidates to fill all 23 seats on the board, so basically anybody who wanted a seat got one. This year, there will be paper ballots and an actual vote.

In order to vote or run for a seat on the board, you must meet these criteria:
1. live in Rodgers Forge (you don't have to own the home; renters can run/vote)
2. be at least 18 years old
3. live in a house where dues are paid

If you plan to run for a seat on the board but you don't have your dues to Jay Dunn by Tuesday (does that mean *on* Tuesday?) your name might not get on the ballot because you will not be considered a current member. You can still pay at the meeting and nominate yourself at the meeting and be a write-in candidate; you just won't be on the ballot ahead of time. Jay lives at 168 Stanmore Road. Dues are $20 per house annually; pay cash or make check payable to Rodgers Forge Community Association. I would advise against leaving cash in his mailbox.

If you do want to run for a seat, you probably want to let them know by or on September 8 so your name can be on the paper ballot for the September 9 meeting. Email Jason Carter at jcarter9@verizon.net. Otherwise you will be a write-in candidate.

You can still pay your dues the night of the meeting and vote for a candidate. One vote per household.

Board president Janice Moore will make a State of the Forge address. There will be a presentation about fire safety. Then there will be an election for board members. The board must have at least 12 members but not more than 23.

CURRENT AT-LARGE MEMBERS
ALLEN, Ginny - Term Expires 2009 - running for re-election
DUVALL, Jean - Term Expires 2009 - running for re-election
GERDING, Don - Term Expires 2010
HELFRICH, Jennifer - Term Expires 2009 - running for re-election
LAMPTON, David - Term Expires 2009 - running for re-election
MOORE, Janice - Term Expires 2009 - running for re-election; now running for District 7 seat
MONTESSORO, Ada - Term Expires 2010
OTTEY, Jean - Term Expires 2009 - running for re-election
SHERMAN, Nancy - Term Expires 2009 - running for re-election

Joan Brooks - running for an at-large seat; not currently on board
Pat Foretich - running for an at-large seat; not currently on board
Tyler Mays - running for an at-large seat; has not served on board previously

CAMPBELL, Doug - Term Expires 2010
O'HARA, Norma - Term Expires 2010

DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES - all of these seats are up for re-election this year
1 CARTER, Jason,
2
3 MOLLETT, Brandon (new to board)
4 ZIELKE, Carol
5 SCHOFIELD, Janine
6 no announced candidate
7 MOORE, Janice
8 no announced candidate
9 HOFFMAN, Ayfer
10 DUNN, Jay
11 CANADA, Kate

Click here to see the district boundaries. I guess you could just run for an at-large seat instead?

You can read about all the voting procedures in the bylaws printed in the RF directory, but basically it's supposed to go like this:

First they do the election for the district members. If there is a contested seat (more than one candidate for a spot) there is a vote done by paper ballot. District seats are held for only one year. Then there is the election for at-large members, who serve for two-year terms.

According to the bylaws, you can let the board know ahead of time about your intention to run, or you can just nominate yourself at the Sept. 9 meeting without prior notice, which is what a number of people did last year. If you plan to run, you probably want to let them know by or on September 8 so your name can be on the paper ballot for the September 9 meeting. Email Jason Carter at jcarter9@verizon.net. Otherwise you will be a write-in candidate.

Once the new board is in place, the new board votes at a later meeting to decide who will be president, treasurer, etc.

Hope to see you there! And remember, if you haven't paid your dues, you can just pay that night and be counted as being current for purposes of running for a seat on the board or just voting.


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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Update on the Annual Meeting

I just updated info on a previous post about the Annual Meeting, but in case you don't obsessively re-read old posts constantly (and why wouldn't you, really?), I'm posting it here.

Also, if you don't have your dues ($20 per house; checks payable to Rodgers Forge Community Association) to Jay Dunn by Tuesday (does that mean *on* Tuesday?) your name might not get on the ballot because you will not be counted as a current member. You can still pay at the meeting and nominate yourself at the meeting and be a write-in candidate. Jay lives at 168 Stanmore Road. I would advise against leaving cash in his mailbox.

All General Members have one vote (a General Member is defined as someone who: lives in Rodgers Forge; is at least 18 years old; lives in a house where dues are paid). Update: There is only one vote per household, per the bylaws on page 126 VIII. A.

According to the bylaws, you can let the board know ahead of time about your intention to run, or you can just nominate yourself at the Sept. 9 meeting without prior notice, which is what a number of people did last year.

Update: While it is still true that you can self-nominate the night of the meeting, it looks as if it's almost a full slate as it is, so there is a good chance there will need to be paper ballots and it would probably be better to get your name on it. Based on the info in the newsletter, there are 18 people seeking election/re-election, plus 4 whose terms don't expire until 2010. That's 22 people who want to be on a board that can't have more than 23 members. So there's space for only one more person without triggering a paper ballot. If you plan to run, you probably want to let them know by or on September 8 so your name can be on the paper ballot for the September 9 meeting. Email Jason Carter at jcarter9@verizon.net.

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Yard sale on Dunkirk today

Huge yard sale with everything from baby and kids toys and clothes to furniture, including a futon and frame, bookshelf and bicycle and more! Starting in the morning and going into early afternoon. 72 Dunkirk Road


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Friday, September 4, 2009

New info on the Aug. 15 dues deadline

I just got off the phone with Jay Dunn, the board member who edits the newsletter. He said there was no discussion after the July meeting about making people pay their dues by August 15 or else they couldn't vote or run for a seat on the board.

He said he could have been more clear in his language, but that what he meant to say was that if dues were paid after August 15, that in the next phone directory the resident would not have the dot next to his/her name that indicated he/she had paid dues, because there wouldn't be time to change the records before the info went to the printer.

It is his understanding that if at the July board meeting it was decided that people could pay their dues the night of September 9 and still participate -- vote or run for a seat on the board -- (which it was) then that is still the case as far as he knows. Would have been great if someone had just said that right away.

So my reading of all this is that people can still pay their dues the night of Sept. 9 at the meeting and participate fully.

See you then!


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Thursday, September 3, 2009

RF board announces in September that you can't vote at annual meeting unless dues were paid by August 15

I think this has been resolved, although I haven't heard from Janice or Lawrence. See this post for details.
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Did anyone notice the blurb in the September 2009 newsletter, on page 2, that states: "Following the Fire Safety presentation and some other topics of interest, election of members of the Board of Governors will be held and all dues paying households may vote for those nominated. There is one vote allowed per household and dues must have been received by August 15th in order to be registered on the rolls of the organization."

This came as a surprise to me, in part because the only time this August 15 deadline was mentioned was in the newsletter that was delivered at the beginning of September, and also because that's not what was decided at the last board meeting.

At that meeting, board president Janice Moore suggested people would need to bring their Rodgers Forge membership cards in order to run for a seat on the board or vote for the board candidates. A discussion followed in which it was pointed out that not everyone received cards after paying dues and that this didn't seem reasonable. Kate Hammond, the outgoing treasurer, said it would be easy to simply print out an excel spreadsheet that shows the names of all residents who have paid dues and have it on hand at the meeting. It was also decided that people could pay their dues the night of the September 9 meeting and still be counted as having paid, because the fiscal year doesn't end until September 30.

I also double checked that fact by emailing board@rodgersforge.org later and board member/newsletter editor Jay Dunn wrote back and confirmed that people could pay the night of the meeting and be counted as current. Many people have been asking me about the annual meeting and I've been telling them they can pay their dues that night.

Then the newsletter came out yesterday announcing that the deadline to pay was August 15. I immediately received an email from someone saying basically, "I was planning to run for the board but it looks like now I can't because I was going to pay my dues that night."

Below is an email discussion about the deadline. I wrote to Jay Dunn, board president Janice Moore and board vice president Lawrence Swoboda asking them to clarify. I also left Janice a voice mail. Jay is the only one who has responded.

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Sept. 2 [Kris, writing to Jay Dunn, Janice Moore and Lawrence Swoboda]: Hi all, I see in the newsletter that you say people must have paid their dues by Aug. 15 in order to vote at the meeting.

At the last board meeting, at Janice's house, you said people could pay that night [the night of the annual meeting in September]. Your fiscal year ends Sept. 30. I also didn't see anything about the Aug. 15 deadline in the earlier newsletters. Do you think perhaps an announcement of an August deadline in the September newsletter is misguided?
I also double-checked it with Jay (see below).

I would like a formal response about this to post on the Forge Flyer. Are you going to stand by the Aug. 15 deadline or can people pay dues that night and vote or run for office? (We have paid our dues already so this does not affect me personally but I know others are interested.)
Thanks, Kris

------- Jul 8, 2009 10:53:42 PM, kris-at-forgeflyer.com

Hi there,

Just so I have this straight so I can post on the Forge Flyer for anyone interested, people don't have to register as board candidates by a date certain, do they? They can just self-nominate at the annual meeting (provided they have paid their dues by that day and live in Rodgers Forge). Is that right?

Thanks!
Kris
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Thursday, July 9, 2009 9:32 AM
From: "Jay Dunn"

To:
That is correct but it would be far better for Jason Carter, Nominating Chair, to know their names and background in advance so that they might be presented as either part of the Board assigned to districts or "At Large". Jay He is: jcarter... ------

Sept. 2:

[Jay writes]: After thinking it over, it became fairly obvious that paying them on the night and recording same while the meeting is in progress would be quite a hassle. Why is this a big deal? Folks had almost a year to get current with dues. Jay Dunn

[Kris writes]: That's the official board position? I don't understand how you can say it's going to be one way (at the July meeting), and then later decide that people needed to have paid by mid-August, but not inform of that earlier than September. Usually people are alerted to deadlines *prior* to the date they are to have occurred. I see nowhere in the bylaws that states that dues must be paid by August. Is it in there somewhere?

The "big deal" is that you didn't give people a deadline to pay, and now that you have, you made the deadline two weeks ago.

The September newsletter says "one
vote per household." The bylaws say "all General Members present shall have one vote." Where did the one household rule come from? Did I miss that somewhere in the bylaws? If my husband and I both attend, we should both have our votes counted, right? As two votes, not one vote. -Kris

[Jay writes]: Not the "official board position" just a sensible one for the reasons previously stated. In previous years, dues paid between August 15th and the September meeting have been zero to, maybe, one. You are correct in that there is nothing in the By-Laws so, to be law abiding, if someone pays his dues he can, in my opinion, vote. That is, however, just my opinion but we want to be inclusive.

Another subject, each "dwelling" has always been allowed a single vote and this has been because a household with 5 adults (that makes a single dues payment) would otherwise have 5 votes versus a single vote in another dwelling. Again, not in the By-laws one way or the other but it has been that way for as long as memory serves.
Jay

[Kris writes]: So who decided to write in newsletter about one vote per house and deadline to pay dues? Thanks.

[Jay writes]: Kris - Hopefully, these responses will put this subject to a close.
The one vote-one household has long been understood by those associated with the board over many years, rather than actually certified as such. There is, in fact, no mention in the By-Laws of this matter, one way or the other, and they should probably be amended to so indicate.

As to the dues paid date of August 15th, that is the actual date that the Directory copy was submitted to our printer, showing who did pay their dues (by the dot indicator next to their address). Several weeks are needed to put the booklet all together with copy changes, new ads and restructuring the layout. It does not seem unreasonable to expect dues to be paid before that time in that an invoice is sent with new Directories when they are distributed in October of the prior year and, in addition, we publish an invoice in the Newsletter for several more months after that, the last such plea having been in the newsletter of February, 2009!
Jay

[Kris writes]: It's not unreasonable -- provided you have let people know the rules in advance. As far as I can see, the board does not make it clear when the fiscal year ends and when people need to turn in dues in order to participate in the governance of their own community. So, it looks as though there is no response from the board president or vice president? Were they part of this decision? Thanks, Kris
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That's the last I've heard. If someone wants to call this board bashing, go ahead. I call it asking people to be fair and transparent in their actions that affect the entire community.

I would also note that instead of suddenly announcing an already-passed deadline (!), the board might want to print something in large type on the front-page of the newsletter saying something along the lines of, "Please join us for the Annual Meeting on September 9 even if you haven't paid your dues yet. You can pay that night and still participate in the governance of your community!" This would not only be another opportunity to raise money for the coffers, it would be more inclusive.


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"Rovers on Mars" presentation at Towson U for grades 3-8 on Sept. 12

Saturday Morning Science at Towson University kicks off its fall program with a presentation by former NASA astronaut
Don Thomas speaking about "Rovers on Mars." These one-hour programs are targeted for students in grades 3-8 and
their families and are open to all. The programs are free and no registration is required. They are held in Smith Hall
room 326 on the Towson University campus. Programs begin at 10:00 am and are repeated at 12:00 noon.
For more details call 410-704-3659 or email saturdayscience@towson.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Rodgers Forge students donate money to Kids Campaign


This is pretty neat. Proceeds from the RFES school store went to the WBAL Kids Campaign, and, I'm told, also to the Maryland Zoo to adopt four animals. Read about it here.


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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Baltimore County debating speed cameras

The Baltimore Sun has a story today about speed cameras and what supporters and opponents have to say about them. I still don't get the rational opposing them. If you're going 37 mph in a 25 mph zone, why shouldn't you get a ticket?


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Shooting on Hopkins Road?

Update: Towson police have no record of a shooting or any incident there. They are looking into it but this may be a case of an address mix up with crimereports.com.

Crimereports.com says there was a shooting on Hopkins in between Pinehurst and Dorking on August 23 at about 4:00 in the afternoon. It wasn't listed in the police report that gets sent out; anyone know about it? Victim was said to be shot in the lower leg.

Site also says there was a purse stolen from the 300 block of Stanmore. Thanks to Karl Pfrommer for the heads up.


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One week until the Rodgers Forge annual meeting

This is the meeting where they vote for members of the board and discuss the state of the Forge. I'm told it will be held at the RFES cafeteria, and this is also what was announced at the last meeting, but for some reason the RF website says it will be at DMS. ... In any event, it's September 9 at 7 p.m. (The website was updated and now says the meeting is at RFES.)

Are you running for a seat on the board?


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St. Pius class of '84 - reunion

St. Pius X School Class of 1984 25th Reunion
Saturday, November 7, 2009

Contact class representatives at stpius1984@yahoo.com for more information. We also have a group page on FaceBook: St Pius Class of 1984 Reunion.

(They are also looking for '84 classmates, so pass this along if you know of any.)


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