Saturday, October 31, 2009

A fun Halloween at the Tot Lot



About 200 to 300 people showed up today to march in the little parade, get some candy and show off their costumes. Board members Scott Carlson (aka Pumpkin Man) and Kate Canada (bracelet lady) made it a fun time.


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HALLOWEEN AT THE TOT LOT


Hoping for dry weather; if it's raining the event is canceled. Here's the forecast from The Sun.

Brought to you by the Rodgers Forge Community Association: "Put on your costumes and head over to the Tot Lot at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, for a photo op, mini parade, and treats for the kids. Bring an instrument or something to bang on while we march around and show off our scary and fun get-ups. The festivities will end by 5:00 so everyone can head home then hit the streets for trick-or-treating."


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Daylight Saving Time tonight


Set your clocks back! Here's a history about the practice.


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Friday, October 30, 2009

Info session about how to become a teacher


Loyola University - Graduate Programs in Education

Discover a fulfilling teaching career with an excellent salary, job stability, and the knowledge that you are preparing leaders for tomorrow. Attend an info session on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. at Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education. Details here.


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Tree sale Oct. 31


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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Informational meeting about Towson Swim Club on Nov. 3

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Will you leave your current pool to join the new Towson facility?


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Seminar on how to secure your home, Nov. 10

"Join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Rodgers Forge Elementary for a seminar on how best to protect your Rodgers Forge house from burglars. Jerry “Buz” Busnuk, a former Baltimore City police captain and current security consultant, will discuss steps residents can take to secure their homes. The Towson area has experienced a spate of burglaries recently, but there are measures we can implement to deter future crimes. Come learn what you can do, and bring any questions you have about your particular residence.

For more details and future events, please see the RFCA web site (www.rodgersforge.org) or the Rodgers Forge blog (www.rodgersforgecommunity.blogspot.com) or contact Rodgers Forge Crime Prevention and Safety Committee chair Mike Calwell at mikecalwell[at]gmail.com."

I'm told they are asking people to submit questions ahead of time ("I have an original back door in my basement. What's the best way to secure it?") or write questions on index cards that will be provided at the meeting -- thus keeping the evening moving along.


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Halloween story time at Towson Library tomorrow

Halloween Story Time
2 to 5 years old with adult

"Put on your costume and join us for Halloween stories, songs and activities. Followed by our annual parade!"

Oct 30 Fri 10:30 AM
Towson Library


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rodgers Forge called a "hot spot" for burglaries

Here's a roundup from Mike Calwell, the RFCA Crime Prevention and Safety Committee chairman, of a police-community meeting he attended:

Rodgers Forge Community Association
Crime Prevention and Safety Committee

Meeting Attended: Precinct # 6 Police & Community Relations Council (PCRC)
Date: October 27, 2009, held fourth Tuesday of each month

I was recently invited to attend the Precinct #6 Police & Community Relations Council in Parkville. This council represents community leaders, interested citizen and representative of the local business community. In attendance are also the designated community outreach officers. This council focuses on three areas:


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Meeting tonight about school redistricting

There have been some rumors flying around that Stevenson Lane will be a boundary for the Rodgers Forge Elementary school district once the new West Towson Elementary opens up.

The redistricting process has not formally begun, so one can only imagine/hope that this is not the case. Here's my recap of what Baltimore County Public School system has said about it:


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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Haunted House at Brown Memorial

Boy Scout Troop 729 will sponsor a Haunted House on October 30th from 5 P.M. until 10 P.M. at the West Wing of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Church (6200 N. Charles Street, across from Eddie's and 7-Eleven). The event is in the lower parking lot on the south side. This evening is opened to all children, but will be geared to older children. Entrance fee is one canned good for the food pantry.

On October 31st from 1 P.M. until 5.P.M. the Haunted House will be opened for younger children. Entrance fee is a canned good as well. Church and Scout folk will be giving out candy in the parking lot as part of a Trunk and Treat time. All are invited for a fun, safe Halloween.


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Monday, October 26, 2009

Latest crime report

Several break ins, but nothing in Rodgers Forge. Here it is.


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Food Inc.

Goucher will hold a screening of Food, Inc., a documentary on “Big Food” and the state of the nation’s food system, on Wednesday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Kelley Lecture Hall.

This event is free and open to the public, and a dessert reception will follow the screening. Call 410-337-6333 to reserve a seat. Details here.


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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Folk Tales at Woodbrook

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Frank Rich at Pratt Library fundraiser


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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Free seasonal flu vaccine tomorrow (Sunday)

It's the seasonal flu shot only, not the H1N1 vaccine. Info here.


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Fractured Prune - Lee's Ice Cream has closed

If I am to believe the Facebook posting I read this morning, and I have no reason not to, The Fractured Prune/Lee's Ice Cream has closed. (I also just called and the line was disconnected.)

We never bought donuts there, but we did like the ice cream - better than what Uncle Wiggly's serves. But the vibe was never that great. The lighting was harsh and the annoying music was loud. If I'm going to be somewhere loud, I would like a drink in my hand. It's not somewhere I ever wanted to linger. Even though Lee's tasted better, we always ended up at UW. A nicer walk, too.

The news, though, is bringing back the pangs of disappointment I felt when Caribou Coffee closed there. I loved that place.

Were you a Fractured Prune fan?


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HALLOWEEN AT THE TOT LOT

Brought to you by the Rodgers Forge Community Association: "Put on your costumes and head over to the Tot Lot at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, for a photo op, mini parade, and treats for the kids. Bring an instrument or something to bang on while we march around and show off our scary and fun get-ups. The festivities will end by 5:00 so everyone can head home then hit the streets for trick-or-treating. In the event of light drizzle, it's still on. If there's actual rain, we'll try for next year."


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Friday, October 23, 2009

Stevenson Lane said to be getting a speed camera

Karl Pfrommer, formerly of Rodgers Forge and still active in Citizens on Patrol, sent me this email today:

"Good news: Council Chairman Joe Bartenfelder called this morning to say, "the speed camera issue is taken care of." (I had asked Joe to speak with BCPD Chief James Johnson about the camera placement on Dumbarton Road.) According to Joe, Jim said there's no way speed cameras are going on Dumbarton Road if there are speed humps there. Apparently, Chief Johnson was not aware of the impending humps. Humps are installed by Traffic Engineering, a different department. Joe said the cameras will be placed on Stevenson Lane.
-- Karl"
I called Bartenfelder's office and they couldn't confirm this, and the Traffic Planning couldn't either, but Karl said he got it from the councilman's mouth, so there you go!


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Saturday Science at Towson U this Saturday

The series will feature presentations, performances and demonstrations that are designed for the general public and students of all ages to excite the mind and spark the imagination of young and old and share modern discoveries in mathematics and science. Details here.
(Sue!)


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Discount Disney on Ice tickets


Thanks to Sue for sending this along. Suggestions are always welcome! Here is the info.


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

If you don't mind the eff word ...

... then you should read this because it is really really funny.


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Autism seminar Nov. 9




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Church bazaar Nov. 6 and 7




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H1N1 “Are You Prepared?” Presentation

GBMC Free Community Health & Wellness Fair

Free health and wellness screenings, a variety of healthcare specialists on-site, and an H1N1 expert presenting information on prevention and treatment – it’s all part of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center annual free Community Health and Wellness Fair. This year’s event, with free parking, is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m. – 12 noon at GBMC’s Civiletti Conference Center.


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Have you seen the Rodgers Forge listserv?

The Rodgers Forge listserv is a great resource for people in this area who are looking for recommendations on roofers, contractors, etc. You don't need to live within the official Rodgers Forge borders to sign up; anyone can join.

We've gotten great info on dog kennels, plumbers and more from the site.


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Neat stuff happening in Roland Park this weekend

The movie "Kilowatt Ours" will be shown, and part of Roland Avenue will be closed to cars and opened up only to pedestrians, bikes, etc. Click image to enlarge and see details.


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Fall Children’s Festival this Sunday

2nd Annual Harbor Harvest

Join us in West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor for this classic fall children's harvest festival, featuring a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, straw maze, cookie decorating with Whole Foods, face painting, crafts with Port Discovery, performances by Mr. Norman, and more.

Sunday, October 25, 2009 (this was postponed from Oct. 18 because of rain)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West Shore Park (between Visitor Center and Science Center)
Admission is FREE.

Harbor Harvest is co-hosted by the Waterfront Partnership.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Port Discovery, Whole Foods, and Maryland Science Center
Questions? info@dbfam.org.


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HALLOWEEN AT THE TOT LOT

Brought to you by the Rodgers Forge Community Association: "Put on your costumes and head over to the Tot Lot at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, for a photo op, mini parade, and treats for the kids. Bring an instrument or something to bang on while we march around and show off our scary and fun get-ups. The festivities will end by 5:00 so everyone can head home then hit the streets for trick-or-treating. In the event of light drizzle, it's still on. If there's actual rain, we'll try for next year."


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Cool products for school lunches


I was at Hopscotch consignment store in Timonium the other day (got a like-new double-layer Gap winter jacket for my son for $12!) and picked up a Wrap-n-Mat for my son and a SnackTaxi for my daughter. These are in lieu of plastic sandwich bags. For a while I was using those Glad tupperware-type containers, but they're kind of big.

These things are neat because you can use them over and over. They're easy to clean (I turn the SnackTaxi inside out to wash) and the mat turns into a placemat.

I've also seen the SnackTaxi, or at least something similar, at Lily Pad on York at Regester.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Towson Times story on school redistricting

With quotes from Rodgers Forge board president Janice Moore, Towson Families United's Cathi Forbes and more. Here's the article. And here is info directly from TFU.


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Woa, dude -- $54,000 a year for life? I'd like to announce my candidacy ...

The Sun has a very interesting story about the pensions that Baltimore County council members receive. Starring in the article is our own Vince Gardina.


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Rodgers Forge has engravers to loan, for identifying valuables

The Rodgers Forge Community Association has purchased four engravers. This may be a deterrent to a thief if they see items are engraved. Also, when items are recovered, the owners can me more easily identified. I have two engravers and Janice Moore has two engravers. Please contact either one of us if you'd like to borrow one.

Here's some useful information about engraving your valuables:

* Please engrave your property with driver's license number or other secret number.


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Family Festival of Champions this Saturday

WHAT: FREE Family Festival of Champions

Victory call! Heroes and heroines unite during this epic family festival. We’ll discover our inner superheroes and explore famous characters from ancient Greece to modern times. Celebrate local Baltimore heroes and create artwork honoring champions. Enjoy imaginary journeys with storytellers, musicians and theater groups. Come early! The first 200 kids receive a victorious laurel wreath!

WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


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Send in your questions for crime-prevention seminar

A message from Mike Calwell:


In the wake of the burglaries that our neighborhood has witnessed, the Rodgers Forge Crime Prevention and Safety Committee is planning two presentations for residents.

The first presentation will be given by the Baltimore County Police crime prevention team. The second will be given by an independent security consultant. These seminars will address how to best secure your home against burglars.

In order to keep the presentations moving along and answer as many questions as possible, we are asking that residents send in their questions ahead of time. Do you want to ask about deadbolts? Wondering if an alarm system is worth it? Have a question about securing windows?

Please send your question(s) to me at mikecalwell(at)gmail.com.

The meetings will be held at Rodgers Forge Elementary -- times and dates to be announced.

Thanks,

Mike Calwell
Crime Prevention and Safety Committee chairman
Email: mikecalwell(at)gmail.com


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Red Canoe sing-along cancelled for today -- next week, dress up!

"Our wonderful children’s sing-along musician, Zoë Johnstone, is home in bed with a fever today…we wish her well but, obviously, she can’t come for the sing along. Please let your friends who aren’t on this list serve know that we won’t be having it this Wednesday.

Zoë will return next week—and the plan is to invite you to come in costume! Dress up those babies and we will sing and dance and have a (very cute) little parade through the neighborhood to visit our fellow merchants and do a little trick or treating! Last year we encountered the Coffee Fairy at Zeke’s –who knows what will show up their this year!"


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Some flu shot sessions cancelled

Maryland hasn't received as much of the H1N1 vaccine as expected. Info about Baltimore County shots is here, and info about Baltimore City and other counties is here.

And here's an article about the shortage in The Sun.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Anyone notice anything odd with clip-board carrying guys?

I received this email tonight:


"Hey Kris,

While out walking tonight, I noticed a young man standing on the corner of Pinehurst & Dunkirk (7:50 pm). He was holding a white clipboard under his arm. It was dark out! The police were called because his behavior was very suspicious.

I went back, grabbed my keys & drove around. The original man was gone from his spot-- but I noticed three other guys carrying clipboards under their arms. I drove by them slowly, flagged the cop down that was coming down the street-- by the time he turned around--these kids had vanished. I'm curious as to anyone who had these men come their door tonight... What were they doing?

Again- it is illegal to solicit & doing it at dark & then quickly vanishing has this resident very suspicious! I'd love to know what kind of notes were being jotted down on the clipboard.

Anyone see/ get a knock on the door from any of these boys?"


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Baby food recall

Plum Organics announced today that it is voluntarily recalling one particular batch of its 4.22 oz. Apple & Carrot Portable Pouch baby food with the best by date May 21, 2010 and marked with the following universal product code (UPC) #890180001221 located on the bottom of the package. These pouches are sold individually at Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us locations nationally. -- read more


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B&O is free today - part of Free Fall Baltimore

BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD MUSEUM

Free admission to the museum. Entertaining and educational programs will highlight model railroading, featuring the Museum's HO model train layout in a restored C&O passenger car, an outdoor G-scale layout, the Smithsonian's model train collection. and many other facets of model railroading on exhibit.

Tue Oct 20 10am – 4pm

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum – 901 W. Pratt Street

No advance reservations required.


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Monday, October 19, 2009

Latest crime report

Here is the latest crime report, including a break-in on Dumbarton that was reported here earlier. Also, here is a note from the chairman of the new Rodgers Forge Crime Prevention committee.


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Free hearing screenings at GBMC

Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s Department of Otolaryngology is offering free hearing screenings at its Center of Excellence through November 15. Appointments are available for adults and children over age 5.


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Online private school now available in Maryland

I've done some marketing work for Connections Academy in the past and the parents I talked to love the program. It's now available in Maryland. Tuition is about $5,000/year.

"National Connections Academy delivers a quality K–12 private school education directly to your door. Using the latest technology and a proven curriculum, our highly qualified teachers create an online classroom experience where students can learn, thrive and succeed from anywhere in the U.S."

http://www.connectionsacademy.com/private-school/home.aspx


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dogma now open in Mt. Washington (Scrub-a-Dub Dog, too)



Dogma opened in Mt. Washington right next to Whole Foods on Friday afternoon. I went there on Saturday and got a little water-resistant fleece jacket for our Yorkiepoo. It's black and, honestly, makes him look a bit like Fonzie.



Scrub-a-Dub Dog, a dog-washing place on Falls Road about a block from Whole Foods, also has a "bow-tique" on the second-level where they sell lots of neat dog-related items. The beds there are definitely more posh than anything I have in my house.


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A message from the new Rodgers Forge Crime Prevention and Safety Committee chairman

Rodgers Forge has seen an increase in burglaries and other crimes in the last couple months. These range from quietly entering the house through a basement window and taking cash to well orchestrated, multi-person robberies. Until a couple months ago, I was naïve to how vulnerable our neighborhood and houses are. After reading post after post of criminal activity it was clear there is an issue that needs to be addressed.

About a month ago, I proposed a committee to the Rodgers Forge Community Association to focus on crime prevention and neighborhood safety. Be careful what you ask for. On October 14, 2009, the board approved the new committee and nominated me as the chair.

The vision of the committee is to increase crime-prevention awareness and safety throughout the Rodgers Forge community through education, proactive communications and community participation. I believe there are basic measures most residents can take to shore up their borders. This could include anything from additional lighting in the back of our houses to deadbolts with keys on both sides. I know in the last couple weeks as I’ve focused on the committee and talked to other residents, I’ve learned several small things that may prevent a break-in later.

Several crime-prevention seminars for Forge residents are in the works now.

At the end of the day, we may not be able to eliminate all criminal activity in Rodgers Forge. But it’s our duty as residents to stand up to the criminals preying on our neighbors and let them know we are now watching them. Take the simple steps to secure your home, look out for your neighbors and report any suspicious activity.

Please contact me with any questions, comments or ideas. Together, we can make a difference.

-Mike Calwell
mikecalwell(at)gmail.com

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Friday, October 16, 2009

H1N1 vaccine clinics starting today in Baltimore County

Find the schedule here.


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Yard signs and engravers available from COP

From Citizens on Patrol:

Rodgers Forge C.O.P. Donations To Neighbors

At the RFC Board meeting Wednesday night, many ideas were floated around the room concerning how to protect ourselves and our valuables. Since Rodgers Forge means a lot to me and I'm irked about the crimes taking place, I wanted to give a little something back to the community.


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Police activity at Stevenson Lane on Wednesday night

The info below is from comments posted by Rodgers Forgians on the post about the burglary on Dumbarton. I have no official info but thought I'd share this for anyone who is wondering what happened:

- Does anyone know anything about the police activity last night on Lanark, Brandon and Stanmore Roads? There were several police vehicles with lights and sirens on.


-Yes, I only have some details though. I live on Stanmore at Lanark and heard sirens, went out and asked the officers. Four males were in the van nearby and when the spotlight was put on the van, they sped off. Followed by the police, they jumped out of the moving vehicle on Lanark and bolted. Three of the four were supposedly apprehended. The van was stolen according the an officer on the scene. At this time, I do not have any further details.


-Yes. That's correct and what the officers told me and my wife as well. They ran the alley on both sides of Lanark with dogs looking for the outstanding suspect, but I didn't see anything by the time I went to bed about 2.


-The police activity on Wednesday night was at the intersection of Stanmore and Lanark, the start of the 200 block. My car was badly damaged when it was hit by the stolen mini-van after the juveniles jumped out of it while it was still moving. The police officer said it was the standard M.O. in the area. Steal a car, drive to this area, and look for open cars to go through. Several cars were ransacked. Take the time to make sure your car doors are locked and nothing is in sight. I have had a cars windows smashed before so they could steal a change purse. It was not in Rogers Forge though and the "change purse" only held hard candy.


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Reserve your spot for self-defense class

The Art of Self Defense

WHEN: Sunday, October 18, 2pm-3pm

WHERE: 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.

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


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Thursday, October 15, 2009

People of Wal-Mart

Oh my gawd, I was just shown this site. It's hysterical. Kinda mean, but overall great.


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Warm breakfasts for chilly mornings


Here are some yummy-looking recipes from the creator of Nourish (and she's from Rodgers Forge). Read the recipes here.


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Burglary on Dumbarton, and Crime and Safety committee formed

I just got this email from a neighbor. This has got to be stopped.

"Thought you would want to post - came in last night to find that my home had been broken into - came in through the back basement window, went through the entire house, took what they wanted and exited by the front door. Happened between 6 pm and 10:15 pm."

Also, last night the Rodgers Forge Community Association approved a new committee, the Crime Prevention and Safety Committee. Its mission is to "increase crime prevention awareness and safety throughout the Rodgers Forge community, through education, proactive communications and community participation." It will work in conjunction with Citizens on Patrol. I'm glad we're taking action.

Mike Calwell, who created and is heading the committee, can be reached for comments, questions, suggestions at mikecalwell(at)gmail.com.

If you have any friends/neighbors in RF that are not aware of these burglaries, please let them know. Clearly thieves have found some "great" ways to get into our homes and will just keep repeating. I know the new crime committee will work on this, but let's also get the word out to one another as soon as possible.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Police won't install a speed camera? Hey, make your own!

This article was sent in by someone who lives near the Stevenson Lane highway. He thinks this guy might be on to something, despite the fact that police say he could get sued for causing driver distraction. Read the story here.


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Govanspalooza! Oct. 17

UPDATE: IT'S STILL ON BUT THINGS WILL BE MOVED INSIDE.

Govanspalooza!

Saturday, October 17, 2-6 PM

A free fall festival featuring live music with The Stents, Bodkin Creek, the Go-Keys, and Steam Theory!

PLUS! -- Homemade food, chili, flea market, moon bounce, scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating and more.

FREE ADMISSION and open to the community!


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Rodgers Forge community meeting is tonight

The monthly meeting of the Rodgers Forge Community Association is tonight, Oct. 14. All residents are welcome. Tonight they will be discussing, among other things, the formation of a Safety Committee that would work in conjunction with Citizens on Patrol to address the burglaries, etc., that have been hitting RF and surrounding areas.

7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Rodgers Forge Elementary (the same place where you vote).

BTW, here's an article in The Sun about the crime spike just south of here in the Belvedere Square area.


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Today's happenings

From the "recurring events" section of the sidebar. Please confirm event is still on before you go.

Preschool sing-along
at Red Canoe books, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Storyhour at Ukazoo Books in Towson on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30.

Family Fun Day at 10 a.m., Owings Mills Mall on Wednesdays.

Food & Fellowship night at Govans Presbyterian


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Puppies need a home

Just got this email from the place where we do puppy-training classes:

A mother dog and her 10 pitbull/shepherd puppies were recently dumped out in the Baldwin area. Two puppies didn't make it and the rest were to be put down last Friday until someone stepped in to foster them at the last minute. Four puppies have since been taken by a PA rescue, the remaining 4 are up adoption.

These four cuties will be up for adoption as early as next week. They are healthy, active and playful with good personalities. There are 3 boys and 1 girl. They are up to date on their vaccines and are currently being treated for worms and mild Demodex.

I will provide a free Puppy Basics class to anyone who adopts one of these puppies!

Feel free to forward this email to anyone who may be interested, thank you!

Alisa Mills, CPDT - Certified Professional Dog Trainer
call: 443.625.9866
write: alisa@yousillydog.com
visit: www.yousillydog.com

Puppy Basics, Sundays 9:00am.
Basic Skills, Saturday October 24th at 10:00am.
Basic Manners, Saturday October 24th at 11:00am.
Basic Skills, Wednesday October 28th at 8:00pm.
Basic Skills, Sunday November 1st at 10:00am.
Doggie Socials, Saturdays & Sundays.
...and more! visit www.yousillydog.com


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Flea market on York Road this Saturday

They moved it to Oct. 24 because of rain. Click on image to enlarge.


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Opportunity to voice concern about lack of AC at Ridgely - today

This was just posted on the Facebook page of the people trying to get air conditioning installed at Ridgely Middle School:

"We have just learned that Nancy Grasmick has chosen Ridgely as the Baltimore County school to visit for Disability Awareness Month. Dr. Grasmick and some other very high-level people (presumably Dr. Hairston) will be coming to Ridgely THIS MORNING [Tuesday, Oct. 13], we think between 9 and 10am. (Probably mod 2 which is 9:15am til 10:05am)

We think Dr. Grasmick will be visiting Mr. Dress’s social studies class. This would be a great, and unusual, opportunity to raise a little h*** about the botched renovation and resulting heat problems. If you're feeling brave and vocal and can get over there, please go, and look for cameras!"


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Latest crime report

Sorry to report that there was a lot of activity around here last week. Most of it has already been noted in past posts, but here it is all together, along with incidents from surrounding areas.


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Today's happenings

From the "recurring events" section of the sidebar. Please confirm event is still on before you go.

Storytime at Daedalus Books in Belvedere Square, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

Storytime at Barnes & Noble in Towson, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.


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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Do you live in Rodgers Forge but send your child(ren) to a non-RF school?

A neighbor mentioned that he knows of a fair number of people in Rodgers Forge who don't send their kids to Rodgers Forge Elementary -- instead opting for a private school or a magnet school, such as Cromwell Valley or Lutherville Lab.

If anyone has any info to share about other schools, that would be great. I'd love to hear about your experiences at non-RFES schools. Although I like RFES for the most part and it's quite close to us, some of the magnet programs do sound really interesting.


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Beltway traffic to be diverted at Charles Street for construction

Here are details in the Towson Times.


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Strange couple trying to separate kids from mom in Towson?

I received this e-mail from a Rodgers Forgian who had a weird experience in which it seemed someone was trying to separate her from her kids. I'm posting it as a potential cautionary tale.

I was at the PetSmart in Towson. My kids were near the small animal area - gerbils, hamsters, rats. They are a 10 yr old girl (who actually looks about 7) and a 4 yr old boy. They were just bouncing around saying how cute the animals were.

A man and a woman who were clearly together came up and were looking in the cages. The man was about 6 ft, white, slim, baseball cap, nondescript. In jeans and old button down shirt. He was quiet- I'm not sure he said anything. The woman was about 5' 6", white, dyed blonde hair pulled back. She had 4-5 rhinestone earrings in both ears, all of different colors, with one on the very top of each ear. Both are likely in their 40s. She also wore jeans, nothing unusual.

The woman made small talk about how cute the animals were. My kids talk to anyone and everyone, and likely could have initiated talking to the couple.

Before anything strange happened, I did find myself wondering about them. I was wondering what they were doing there, as they were clearly not looking to buy one. I thought maybe they just like looking in on the rodents while they are shopping for their pet - no big deal. But looking back I realize even then something about them did put me off.


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Saturday, October 10, 2009

UPDATED: Rodgers Forge getting a speed camera - Stevenson Lane not addressed

Another update: A reader correctly points out that the Sun article only says where the schools are, not where the cameras are going. I misread it. There is still a chance it could go on Stevenson. I think it would make sense to contact the Baltimore County Police Department (since they decide where they go) and make sure they know Dumbarton is getting speed humps and that Stevenson makes more sense.

Update: The Baltimore Sun reports the speed camera will be on the 300 block of Dumbarton Road. That means Dumbarton will have six speed humps and a speed camera, and Stevenson Lane will have no traffic calming at all. I'm told Stevenson is not eligible for speed humps, so wouldn't it make sense to have it on Stevenson instead?


Not clear yet exactly where it will be. Here's the info from the Towson Times.

And here's a story (video) from WJZ. The story seems to say the camera will be on Dumbarton Road. I wonder if that's correct, and if whoever decided that knows that the road is getting six speed bumps. Might Stevenson Lane be a better place to have a speed camera?

By the way, back in May I posted a poll asking if people thought we needed a traffic signal at Stevenson/Dumbarton. The results were "no." At the time, I was more concerned about trying to get onto Stevenson from other roads, because I wasn't aware of how bad the speeding is on Stevenson. I actually think a traffic light would make speeding worse but an all-way stop sign seems like it would make a lot of sense.


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Is your Rodgers Forge Elementary student sick?

I'm told many of the third graders at RFES are sick with flu-like symptoms or just fever. No indication that it's anything major at this point. How's your child doing?


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Friday, October 9, 2009

Police seeking Lincoln Town Car used by suspected burglars


From the Stoneleigh community:

"I was just walking the dog and was stopped by a Baltimore County Police officer with the Burglary Unit. He showed me his badge and gave me his card and asked that I help by being alert and calling 911 if I see a black Lincoln Town Car with tinted windows and possibly temporary tags, driven by a young black male (or males).

This is the car being sought in connection with the recent string of burglaries/attempts in Anneslie. They believe the person/people responsible have been scouting the area, looking for people leaving their houses, then they knock on the door and if nobody responds they may try to get in. Could be any time of day/night, as the officer said, "I think it just happens to be whenever they wake up -- these are not guys who are going to work." They are opportunistic, and apparently pretty persistent.

If you see anything suspicious, don't hesitate to call 911!"

NOTE: This is not a photo of the Town Car they are seeking, it's just a photo I found online of what a Lincoln Town Car looks like -- of course they change year to year.


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Burglaries in Anneslie

Some emails that are going around in Anneslie:

Yesterday morning I was napping on my back porch at 10 am (sometimes I get insomnia). I heard someone trying to open some doors around the back of my house. While half asleep I kept thinking, why doesn't Bob just use his key - why is Bob home so early. Then I heard our grill move and I got up to see what the heck was going on. By then I didn't see anyone and I went back to sleep on the porch.

At about 2 pm my doorbell rang. An African American man was at the door. He was holding some BGE papers and was wearing a "badge." I answered the door (stupid, huh). He tried to sell some special BGE electricity rate to me. He asked to see my electric bill. I told him all my electric bills are shreded. He started asking questions about when I was home so he could "stop by later". I told him he would need to speak to my husband. He said "I will be in the neighborhood till about 8 tonight. What time does your husband get home?". I told him "6:30" (again, stupid). He asked what my husband's name is and I told him. He wrote "6:30" and the name on a clipboard and left.


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Car crashes into yards off Stevenson


The car is three houses in; note downed fence next to it.


The car's path


How it looks today (note ironic sign)


Imagine you're sitting at your dining room table one evening and suddenly you see headlights coming right at you. Here's an account of a crash that happened last night from the homeowner of a house at the corner of Dumbarton and Stevenson.


"I was watching Must-See TV on Thursday night while Stacey was doing homework at the dining room table. We always hear traffic go by as our back yard is basically Stevenson Lane (we have no alley access) so we are kind of immune to regular traffic noise. Stacey said she heard a bang outside, and turned her head only to see headlights coming right for her. She screamed and had I had no clue what was going on at first. She then said that someone had crashed into our yard and into the tree. I did not realize the the full extent of what happened until I poked my head outside.

I saw the car sized hole in the fence, but did not see a car at first. I then turned around to find it two houses down. It had not only crashed through my yard and fence, but my next door neighbors' fence/yard and his neighbors yard.

Luckily, there were no injuries that I was aware of. Baltimore County PD and FD both responded fairly quickly and shut down Stevenson Lane.

It all started when a car was coming eastbound down Stevenson Lane. Another car was coming out of Stanmore Road and failed to fully stop at the stop sign on Stanmore. The car clipped the car eastbound Stevenson Lane car sending it careening into our yard. When it hit the curb, the airbags deployed and (I believe) startled the driver. Instead of pressing the brake, I think she stayed on the gas and accelerated through the fences/yards/patio sets/grills/etc....(it went UPHILL and through three yards/fences).

We were very fortunate the car did not hit the house. After looking at it today, it seems that the lone tree we left standing saved us. The roots were large enough that it slightly re-directed the car. It was aiming straight for our back door.

All in all, it was pretty scary.

There definitely needs to be some sort of traffic device at that intersection. In the year and a half we have lived at this property, we have seen at least three accidents and countless near misses."


Here's another note about it from a friend of mine who lives on Stanmore and heard the crash:


"I was on the computer when I heard what has become the all-too-familiar – and terrifying -- sound of metal crashing into metal.

The Stevenson Lane/Stanmore Road intersection keeps getting worse. We’ve long since lost count of how many collisions have happened there. (Not too long ago, a cab ended up on our neighbor’s lawn. Thank God the kids weren’t playing there at the time.)

Tonight, one of the cars veered off the road, crashed through a fence and landed in the back yard of a house across Stevenson. I’ve tried contacting [Councilman Vince] Gardina but got nowhere. Once, I mentioned the danger to a cop who had responded to an accident. Measures to reduce speed on Stevenson could threaten his ticket quota, he explained.

We need more than a few signs people ignore. I don’t know if it’s speed bumps, cameras, lights, whatever. But we need something to slow traffic – now, before a child is seriously hurt or killed, God forbid."

If you want to see something done about traffic calming on Stevenson (where I'm told speed bumps are not allowed), you could contact:

Vince Gardina *

County Executive Jim Smith

The Rodgers Forge Board

Baltimore County Traffic Calming

Baltimore County Police

Also, the Towson Times just announced the areas that are getting speed cameras and Rodgers Forge is one of them, though it doesn't say where exactly (on Dumbarton Road? Stevenson Lane?). Since Dumbarton is getting six speed humps, it seems to me it would make sense to put the cameras on Stevenson Lane, but that's just me. I think a stop sign(s) would be helpful, too. I fear a stoplight would just have people going even faster to make the green.

*Gardina is not running for re-election but he is considering a run for the state senate, so hopefully he will be responsive.


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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jim Smith considering run for state Senate

Interesting story in the Towson Times about Jim Smith's next move. Read to the end; he could be running against Vince Gardina.


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Fall Harvest Festival at Cromwell is Saturday

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New ways to contact RF Citizens on Patrol

Rob Williams, head of Rodgers Forge Citizens on Patrol, reports:

I've set up two new avenues of communication for the RFCOP.

New email address rodgersforgecop@gmail.com

Secondly, we now have a Google Groups page. http://groups.google.com/group/rfcop or
people can search groups and punch in Rodgers Forge Citizens On Patrol.

Anyone can join. Only managers can view group members list. Only members can view group content. Only managers can post messages and files. Members will receive an email for each message and update.

Thanks for everything.
- Rob


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Dog attack

I received this email today:

"Our dog was attacked by a dog in the fields over by the schools. This is now the second time we've had problems with an overly aggressive dog in the last three months. Our dog is a non-aggressive animal. She 75 pounds, and is kept leashed 100% of the time. The first time we had a problem, I was there and was able to separate the dogs without injury. This time, our dog was left with a quarter-sized, bleeding, bite on her back.

I can't be certain that it was the same dog both times, but the description of the dog my wife gave me matches the appearance of the last dog we had an issue with. As much as I love dogs, and know how great it is to let them run, I am pleading that something gets done about this. Ironically, as I opened the Forge Newsletter today, there was article from a gentleman stating similar concerns about unleashed dogs and an attack his wife suffered from a pit bull. I'm not sure who the owner was so I have no idea if their dog was up to date on vaccinations. Whoever the owner is can be assured that if this happens again, the police will be involved.

If you post on the forge website, please keep this anonymous. I am more worried about someone else getting bit, or their dog getting destroyed than anything."


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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Rodgers Forge now on National Register of Historic Places

Read about it here. It means you might be eligible for a tax credit, but it doesn't restrict what you can do to your home.

Can I modify, remodel, or renovate, my historic house?
From the federal perspective (the National Register of Historic Places is part of the National Park Service), a property owner can do whatever they want with their property as long as there are no federal monies attached to the property. You can find this on our website at:
http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/national_register_fundamentals.htm

More FAQs here.


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Awesome


Of course, be sure to check back here in a few months when we'll probably see it recalled for some safety reason.


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Towson police ask you to call 911

I received this today from Baltimore County police:

"Please get this information at to all in your communities and neighborhoods. Over the past few weeks we've seen a spike in residential burglaries throughout the Towson area and in several instances the investigating Officer gathered valuable information from neighbors about possible suspect(s) and/or vehicles that were seen entering/exiting/around the victim's property at the time of the crime.

Obtaining this information is great and very helpful in our investigations, the problem though is that when these neighbors have observed this activity they aren't calling 9-1-1 immediately to report it and thus we don't get this information until the victim calls in, which has been several hours after the actual incident.

I know in the past when I've made this request you have done a good job in getting this request out so I'm asking again for your assistance. Let your folks know that whenever they observe suspicious activity, a person they don't recognize walking around the area, an unfamiliar vehicle driving around or parked in the area to call 9-1-1 and request the Police immediately. They can remain anonymous if they're in fear of any retribution or they just don't want any contact with the Police, but it would be a great help if we got this information when it happens.

Thank You for your Assistance, Sgt Steve Fink"


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Kids bugging you for a puppy?

Also consider a teacup piggy!


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Five recalls

1. Directors Chairs Sold at Lowe's Stores Recalled Due to Fall Hazard; Made by White Tiger http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10003.html

2. Daiso Recalls Children's Toys, Purses and Pen Cases Due to Violation of Lead Paint and Phthalate Limits http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10004.html

3. Wooden Toys Recalled by Daiso Due to Choking Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10005.html

4. Guardian Full-Face Diving Masks Recalled by Ocean Technology Due to Visor Separation Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10006.html

5. Additional Injuries Prompt DeVilbiss to Reannounce Recall of Pressure Washers and Air Compressors Due to Fracture and Laceration Hazards http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10007.html


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Has anyone been to the Hannah More dog park?

Now that we have a pup, I've been looking into dog parks. He's too young to go to this yet, but has anyone been? Any feedback?

Baltimore County's First Dog Park Man's Best Friend

The Reisterstown Recreation and Park Council's Dog Park Committee is now accepting registrations for the new, long-awaited Baltimore Animal Recreation Center (B.A.R.C.) Park at Hannah More. Baltimore County's first Off-leash Dog Park. Registered dogs and their owners may use the park from sun-up to sun-down each day of the year. To become a member, all dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccination shots and licensing. Membership costs $25/ family per year. The Baltimore Animal Recreation Center (B.A.R.C.) Park at Hannah More features two areas for dogs to roam and socialize with other dogs without a leash. The larger area is 1.5 acres and the smaller area is .75 acres. Each areas also features a dog water fountain.

The Dog Park Committee is looking for sponsors to help fund the dog playground equipment project. Equipment which the dogs can climb on, sit on and crawl underneath is one of the big plans for the committee. People believe that a dog is like a child where they see the playground equipment; they will not become as tiresome as when they see an open field. Registration forms and material can be found at www.reisterstownrec.com or contact barcparkathannahmore@yahoo.com for more information.


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Party in the Park - Oct. 10

Rock out to your favorite tunes, with Tall in the Saddle - Baltimore's own classic, California rock band, Cruise - Classic rock from the 60's, 70's and 80's, and Milkshake - Nationally acclaimed children's rock band.

Enjoy local crafts, original art, games, shows, tasty treats and more at Baltimore's newest fall festival.

Padonia Park- West Picnic Area, 12006 Jennifer Road, Cockeysville, MD

Saturday, October 10, 2009 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$10 Adults, $5 for children 12 and under

http://www.baltimorepartyinthepark.com/events.php


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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... ConsumerMom!

Check out this new blog by a friend of mine in Stoneleigh. She's been a consumer advocate for years (and a guest on Oprah twice!) and is now sharing her wisdom about family-related consumer issues. www.consumermom.org


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District 5 update

Includes info on Rodgers Forge:

Traffic Calming for Heathfield and Dumbarton -- Heathfield and Dumbarton roads in Rodgers Forge have qualified for traffic calming measures. County engineers are awaiting community approval of traffic calming plans proposed by Public Works before scheduling construction.
Information: 410-887-3554

Full newsletter update here.


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DogFest 2009, Oct. 10



Click image above to enlarge;
for more info go to http://www.dogfest2009.org.


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Monday, October 5, 2009

Latest crime report

Here's the latest crime report for the area. Happy to say, again, no burglaries in Rodgers Forge. There were some other incidents reported by the Baltimore Sun, but I'm not totally clear on how to more easily read this map.


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Yikes, picture day is tomorrow?

Wow, I would have gotten him a haircut or something if I'd known. I hope we have a clean shirt at least! ... Oops, I mean Wednesday.


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UPDATED: Paving road on Regester


Update: Thanks to the efforts of those who posted highway-department contact info here, I have a bit more info. I talked to the county highways department today and they said the work is indeed finished and they were just trying to take care of the worst of the potholes. I asked if there was any expectation that over time the two heights of pavement or color differences would soften and they said "no."

I asked about the yellow lines that were there before and she said that if there were lines before then there will be lines again. I asked about the fact that people are said to now be driving down the middle of the road and she said that will be mitigated by the new lines. I'm not 100 percent confident about that but I suppose it will at least be an improvement.

Lastly, I asked her who residents should lobby if they want to encourage the highways department to do a more complete job, and she said to email Chief of Highways Robert Burgess at highways@baltimorecountymd.gov. Personally, I think it might not hurt to contact County Executive Jim Smith's office or the office of Councilman Vince Gardina. Perhaps the Rodgers Forge Community Association might also look into it; has anyone contacted them?
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I received this today, and it's too late to make a call now but I can try to remember for Monday. Unless anyone else out there knows ...


Kris,

Can we get an update and perhaps get a thread going on the repaving in the forge? Seems like they did a really nice job on Heathfield, but just ran one strip down the middle of Regester. Quite honestly, it seems like that's all they are doing. Although it covered up some of the decaying road, it looks terrible.

I've talked to several neighbors and we are a bit perplexed.

Thanks!


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Pumpkin Fest at Irvine

Saturday, October 17, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, 2009, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a fall harvest festival during which the whole family can celebrate the signs of the season. Enjoy lots of great activities with your admission cost including scarecrow stuffing, art, nature walks, pony rides, puppet shows, animal encounters and story times, and more. Food is available at an additional cost. Click here to read more!

Fee: $10 per child (adults and children under 3 are free!)
No registration deadline
Ages: All
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Baby Loves Disco in Towson tomorrow

At the Recher. The website says there are still tickets available.


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