Monday, November 30, 2009

Where the model trains are


Like model trains? Visit www.trainsrcool.com to find out where you can see them this season in Baltimore.


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Audition with Woodbrook Players this Sunday

Auditions!

The Woodbrook Players Community Theater invites actors and singers to audition for our spring production!

Audition date: Sunday, December 6
Audition time: 12 - 1:30 PM, or by appointment
Location: 6200 N Charles Street
at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Church
(across from Eddie's of Roland Park)

Please contact: Jocelyn Taylor at 410-375-5709 or
Ron Oaks at RAOaksMD@verizon.com

SINGERS: Please have a song prepared.

The spring production will include several one-act plays by Lady Gregory, Irish ballads, and Celtic songs. The performance will take place the last weekend of April and first weekend of May.


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Home on Chumleigh burglarized

Here is the latest crime report. One incident in Rodgers Forge, several others in nearby neighborhoods. Note: The burglar entered the Chumleigh house through an unlocked door.

To volunteer for Rodgers Forge's Citizens on Patrol, Rob Williams at 410-377-4756 or rodgersforgecop@gmail.com.


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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Unidentified kitty hit by car

From a Rodgers Forgian:

Kris-

My husband and son were telling me today how there was a gray female cat w/ white on her chest and belly that was hit at the corner of Dunkirk and Dorking yesterday late afternoon. Our next door neighbor saw it get hit and took it to Falls Road Animal Hospital where it was put down due to the extent of the injuries. I am not sure if this is the sweet cat that was a stray that was adopted down by the tot lot as I have seen her up this way sometimes. She apparently had a flea collar on but no other identifying information.

I am sure this kitty was loved by a family and may be looking for her. I am sad to share this kind of news but if it were me, I would want to know.


Poor kitty!


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Some local history, specifically about Regester Ave.


This was sent to me by some friends who live on Regester and who are distantly related to Joshua Regester. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)


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Friday, November 27, 2009

Babes in Toyland at Goucher, December 5 and 6


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List of unsafe toys

US PIRG has an annual list of unsafe toys; here's this year's list.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Festival of Trees coming up


November 27, 28 and 29 at the Maryland Fairgrounds. Milkshake will be playing.


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Traffic circles called the safest intersection option

NPR: "People fear roundabouts in America — they've been called 'Circles of Death,' Tom Vanderbilt says. "And nothing could be further from the truth."

The geometry of a roundabout eliminates one of the most dangerous moves you can make in driving: a left turn against fast-moving oncoming traffic. Also, since traffic circles involve a lot of other drivers and a driver is not relying on signs and symbols, drivers must make their own decisions and be aware of other traffic. -- read more



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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Latest crime report

Only one incident in Rodgers Forge, property stolen from apartment building storage room. Here is the report. (This report also includes the girl whose backpack was stolen on Pinehurst at Midhust -- technically not RF but still unnerving.)


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Ukazoo story time is back

I recently heard from the new story time person at Ukazaoo books. Apparently the story time had been on hiatus but is back and better than ever. Wednesdays at 10:30. Free snack and juice!


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Breakfast with Santa at Notre Dame


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Towson Times story on increased crime


Loni Ingraham has a story today about the increased crime that has hit the entire Towson area.


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Holiday bazaar and greens sale Dec. 4


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Monday, November 23, 2009

Cribs recalled

Infant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada. Details here.


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Make your reservation for breakfast with Santa at St. Pius

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Ipod found - is yours lost?

Hi Kris,

I found an Ipod today on the Gaywood Green. I am hoping that you'll post it on the flyer so that we can return it to its rightful owner. They'll just need to let me know what the inscription is.

Thanks!

Jean G.
jeanowalsh(at)comcast.net
If you think it's yours, please contact Jean.


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Friday, November 20, 2009

Three options for child care when school's out

Reposting this for those who might need it for Monday:

1. I just saw this: "If you are always scrambling for childcare for your kids on school holidays and professional days when you have to work, consider bringing them to the JCC where they can have fun with their friends. We’ll keep your children busy with sports activities, games and crafts, and often an off-site adventure. For members and non-members." Details here.

2. Also, Rebounders has a drop-in program from 8:30-3:30 on these special days. Click image below to enlarge. (Thanks, Deb!) You don't need to be currently enrolled in Rebounders to do this.



3. And there's an Art Camp Day at The Painting Workshop. (Thanks, Diana!)


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Well, it never hurts to check, eh?


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Hopscotch consignment is having a sale

40% off all winter clothing at Hopscotch in Timonium:

"Do you need coats for the kids? Or a great holiday dress/outfit? We have it! Now is the time to stock up for all the upcoming occassions (without breaking the bank)! This clothing promotion starts on Thursday, Novemer 19th and will be over on Wednesday the 25th.

While you are here, check out all our fabulous gift items. Many of our personalized items take 2 to 3 weeks. Now is the time to start crossing those names off your list!"


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Sun story on local crime

Peter Hermann of The Sun has a story today about some of the incidents that have hit the Towson area. You can read it here.


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sleeping Beauty at the Pumpkin Theater

Princess Rosalind has been born to King Phillip and Queen Eleanor and they are delighted. They throw a huge party for their daughter but forget to invite the wicked fairy Belladonna. In revenge for not getting invited Belladona casts a spell on poor Rosalind sending her into a hundred years sleep. The good fairies Moon Beam, Rose Petal and Twinkletoes will have to get creative to break the curse and restore the kingdom. Come see how they do it! Info here.

December 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 2009



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St. Pius movie night on Saturday

Movie: “UP”
Saturday – November 21, 2009

Movie will be shown in the Lower Church at 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be available for purchase. There is no cost but a free will donation would be appreciated.


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Are you searching for a Zhu Zhu Pet?

A friend of mine at The Baltimore Sun is doing a story about this hot holiday toy and is looking for people in the Baltimore area who are trying to find them in stores. If you are one of these people and would like to share your experience for her story, contact Jill Rosen at jill.rosen@baltsun.com.

BTW, I had never heard of these until she asked about it. Am I in la-la land?


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Photographing Maryland’s Reptiles & Amphibians

The Maryland Herpetological Society
Friday, November 20, 2009 at 7:00pm

Great for kids! They can learn about Maryland's reptiles and amphibians.

Location: The Maryland Naturalist Center, 6908 Belair Road (directions)
Fee: Free
Age: All ages welcome
Speaker: Mark Tegges

Description: Mark Tegges has been photographing Maryland reptiles and amphibians for many years and has developed a wonderful collection of almost every species. Come to see his beautiful images and hear about his quest to photograph every species in Maryland.


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Mommy Has a Headache


Have you read this blog by a woman who lives a stone's throw from here? She's pretty funny. Our kids went to the same preschool but I've only talked with her in passing and that was a few years ago. She writes about lingerie, fun in the bedroom and other such stuff.

Here's her "about me" section: Who am I? Displaced Londoner now living in the States with my two little girlies and long suffering husband. I am: A Gym Bunny, Sexual Goddess, I have at least twenty five pairs of matching lacy bra and knicker sets. I am a Lady of Leisure. I am also a Wisecracking bitch. More than anything I love to get pissed.

Here's one of her posts that made me chortle


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Pacifier recall and others

1. Grand World Recalls "Bobby Chupete" Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10040.html

2. Children's Hooded Sweatshirts and Jackets Recalled by Century 21 Promotions, Inc. Due to Strangulation Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10041.html

3. Gorilla Inc. Recalls EXO-Tech Safety Harness Due to Fall Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10042.html

4. Fire and Burn Hazards Prompt Recall of Gas Grills Sold at Lowe's Stores http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10043.html

I don't post all recalls; to sign up for emails from the CPSC, go here.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rodgers Forge




The negativity is getting me down. We do have a spike in crime right now (as does West Towson, Stoneleigh, and most surrounding communities) and we need to address it. But I still love Rodgers Forge. Here are some reasons:

The yards and alleys = instant playdates and grown-up social hour

We can walk to good schools

My neighbors are awesome

My house is built solid as a rock

Target is only seven minutes away

The Rodgers Forge phone directory helps keep us connected

Our tri-block annual Halloween party

Walking to Uncle Wiggly's and the bagel shop

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Meeting tonight about Robert E. Lee Park

The Sun reports: "Topics include replacement of a pedestrian access bridge, which is under way, as well as development of a dog park and picnic areas." The meeting will be at Dumbarton Middle School. Details here.


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"We have a raptor in the neighborhood!"



What a joy it was to open my email and find a message with the subject line "We have a raptor in the neighborhood!" After all the bad-news stories we've had, it's fun to change gears and focus on the neat things around here (there are many, of course).

These photos were sent to me by a Flyer reader. They were taken in the alley between Regester and Dumbarton. Thanks, MK!

"Earlier this morning, while looking out the back window, I saw this hawk swoop in and pick a squirrel right off of one of the power cables along the alley. The bird came back a few minutes later to survey the neighborhood. Neat!"


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Monday, November 16, 2009

Girl assaulted on Pinehurst Road

From a mom that I know:

I was walking at about 5pm with the kids along Pinehurst and I was in the 6400 block [this is about one block past Rodgers Forge and kind of behind the Giant] when we were approaching a part of the sidewalk which is somewhat obstructed by large pine trees and is pretty dark. I could see some people in there up ahead and as I got closer I heard a girl who I though was laughing. But then she started saying "can you please help me?"

I was confused for a moment because I saw other people in there and I wondered why they weren't helping. I came closer and she came up and pointed to the other girls who who going through something that was on the ground (it turned out to be her backpack). She said "they hit me in the face and took my cell phone and money." They were so brazen that they didn't even run away when I came up. I had to yell at them to stop and say that I'm going to call the police right now before they finally started walking away. The victim is in middle school and the other girls seemed to be high-school age.

I followed a little bit but couldn't leave my kids there and sadly did not have my cell phone on me. I walked the girl to my neighbor's house because she knows them. She said they were two girls and they had masks on. It was so shaded in there that I didn't really notice the masks but they did seem like girls as they were running away. They appeared to be African American and the victim said they came out of Shwartz Rd.

My kids were pretty shocked needless to say. That poor girl. She had a bit of a mark on her face where they hit her. She thought her mom would be mad at her for losing her cell phone.


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Rain barrel workshop at Cromwell Valley

Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP - Presented by CVCSA & Gunpowder Valley Conservancy: Building your own rain barrel is fun and easy, and best of all, you'll have your very own barrel to take home with you by lunch time!

This workshop is meant for those interested in saving water and reducing rainwater runoff. The water you save can be used for garden & lawn watering, washing your car, or it can simply be released more gradually into the ground where it can recharge our groundwater supplies. Save water, save money, and save our streams all at the same time! If you are interested in assembling your own rain barrel or just want to learn more about rain barrels register today! Workshop is free.

If you wish to take a barrel home with you the cost is $60 (Gunpowder Valley Conservancy members $50); cost includes rain barrel and assembly kit. If you would like a rain barrel, but can’t attend the workshop, you can buy one pre-assembled for $75 (GVC members $60). To buy a rain barrel contact Peggy Perry at 410.668.0118. Ages 16+. Reservations required. Willow Grove Nature Education Center


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Party in your house, but you don't do any work


A friend just told me that she recently used Thumbs Up Party for her daughter's birthday party and it went very well. I'd never heard of them before.

She said, "It's a great resource. They did everything. Brought all the decorations, provided costumes, party hosts ran games, crafts, dancing, provided cake, transformed my dining room (super fancy). I only provided juice. Then they cleaned up everything and left."

I would for sure do this if the price included a pre-party cleaning session.


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Latest crime report -- many incidents

Here's the weekly crime report, including the assault/mugging of the woman walking to church on Sunday morning on Stevenson Lane. The suspect description is included. Three Rodgers Forge burglaries as well, which were reported here previously.

Report can be read here.


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Certain chemical exposure may feminize boys' play

I suppose it's wrong of me to ask if this is a good or a bad thing?

Chicago Tribune: Preschool boys exposed in utero to high levels of certain chemicals called phthalates may be less likely to play with male-typical toys and games, such as trucks and play fighting, according to a small pilot study published in the International Journal of Andrology. Girls' play behavior was not associated with phthalate levels in their mothers, the study found. -- full story


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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Reinforced basement doors



These photos were sent to me by someone who attended the home-security seminar at RFES last week. This shows a 2x4 (?) across a basement door with a bungee cord to keep it secure, and a large bolt lock, which was purchased at Home Depot for $10. This kind of lock was recommended at the seminar.

Don't forget to secure your windows, too -- basement windows are one of the ways thieves are breaking in.


Below is another door that was just sent to me by another person who went to the seminar. He says: 3/4" plywood, (6) 3/8" galvanized carriage bolts, under $20.00. Plywood over basement windows, too.


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Sunday school teacher mugged

What is going on around here? I called Towson Police and they confirmed an armed robbery at this location.

Kris,

When we got to church this morning [Nov. 15], Woodbrook Baptist on Stevenson, there were 3 police cars and a K9 unit arrived thereafter. They were there to investigate the mugging of my son's Sunday school teacher, a woman in her late 70s, as she walked to church from her home in Rodgers Forge.

The assailant, a woman, only got her supplies for class but she was cut with a box cutter when she tried to explain she didn't have anything of value.

These are the details I have and I thought you would like to know about it. Very sad state of affairs this crime along Bellona and around the vacant apartments. I'll be in touch if I hear anything else about it.


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Friday, November 13, 2009

Thanksgiving Interfaith Service Nov. 25

Kol HaLev Synagogue and Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbytarian Church to Hold New Thanksgiving Interfaith Service Nov. 25

In celebration of the season, Kol HaLev, Baltimore’s newest synagogue community in the making, and Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, will hold their First Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.


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TU, Baltimore County to conduct emergency-preparedness drill

The Towson University Police Department will conduct an emergency-preparedness exercise on Sunday, Nov. 15, at TU's Administration Building, 7720 York Road. Baltimore County Police and Fire Department personnel and vehicles will also take part in the exercise, which is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and end around 1 p.m.


Police may temporarily close the eastbound lane of Cross Campus Drive, which runs alongside the Administration Building, to simulate an actual campus emergency.


Access to the Administration Building will be limited to exercise participants beginning Saturday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. until Sunday, Nov. 15, at approximately 5 p.m.


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Fancy Nancy event at Borders tomorrow (Nov. 14)


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Towson U Marching Band Send-Off Celebration


Johnny Unitas Stadium
Monday, November 23, 2 - 3 p.m.

The Towson University Marching Band is the only university band in the nation participating in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Please join Towson University faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends at a spectacular send-off celebration for the Marching Band before they head to New York City for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and enjoy free popcorn, drinks and giveaways. Details here.


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Wizard of Oz at the Lyric Nov. 13-15


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Kids' Corner at Trader Joe's

Just added this to the "recurring events" section, on the right-hand sidebar: Trader Joe's has a Kids' Corner on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. where they read stories, do coloring and craft-y things.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Speed humps coming to Dumbarton Road soon

It was announced tonight at the Rodgers Forge community meeting that volunteers have gathered enough signatures to get the speed humps on Dumbarton. They should be in by the end of the month if all goes according to plan and the weather allows. Kudos to Beth!

Note: These are not the kind of "bumps" that you find in parking lots at the mall. They are more gradual. The recommended speed to go over them is 22 mph -- 3 mph slower than the speed limit. They will not be a jarring bump (unless you're going 40 mph).

Heathfield is also getting two speed humps; signatures have already been gathered.


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Boy's cell phone stolen on Stoneleigh Rd

From a Stoneleigh resident:

My son and a friend were walking at 3:15
PM today and were on Stoneleigh Rd (about a block from York Rd) when two teenagers (high school age) stopped and talked to them about their skateboards. The teenagers then asked if my son and his friend had a cell phone and could they use the battery of the phone to make a call from thier own phone. My son's friend handed over his phone and the two teenagers walked away with it towards York Rd. A report was filed with police. The description of both two teenagers was: about 17 years old, black, one had a tattoo below his eye of 2 teardrops.


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Poor man's security alarms



I was at Home Depot for something else today and saw that they have some inexpensive home alarm options. These might be useful to scare off thieves or at least let you know if they enter your home when you are there (the scariest scenario, in my opinion, when it comes to burglaries). Yes, the thief can just grab it and smash it or remove the battery, but it will delay him and possibly even deter. And at least they can't just cut the phone lines outside to turn off the alarm as they can if it runs through your landline.


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Police say they have general suspect descriptions in area crimes

A message from Towson police:

As you have seen by the recent weekly incident reports, Towson has seen a real spike in burglaries. In some of these cases neighbors have called in suspicious activity that was related to a burglary so between you and I we've gotten the word out to call 9-1-1 and people have responded accordingly.

We at PC06 appreciate all the help you give to us and we're just asking that you continue to get the word out to your neighbors so that we can continue our joint effort to reduce this current trend, identify those involved and thus make Towson as safe as possible.

The suspect and vehicle descriptions included in the incident reports is what we're working on right now--mostly African-American Males, mid-late teens (Rodgers Forge suspect in his 30's driving a stolen Ford Taurus SW, silver, MD KMT869)--but as we develop more information we will forward it to you.

Again thank you for your assistance in spreading the word and keeping your community involved.

Sgt Stephen Fink


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Towson psychiatrist allegedly molested boys he was treating


What an outrage. Here is the story in The Baltimore Sun.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Three more break-ins tonight in Rodgers Forge, and a recap of security meeting



(above: Jerry Busnuck, Mike Calwell and Rob Williams)

Nov. 10: I came out of the meeting about how to secure your home, held at Rodgers Forge Elementary, to learn that two more homes were broken into this evening. One was on Stanmore Road where a woman came home to find a burglar in her house. He ran out and she was unharmed. A second was on Glen Argyle Road where a man came home and felt a draft from his basement -- a burglar had broken in through the downstairs window. I will post more details as I get them. Update: I called police this morning and they confirm, as posted in comments, that there was also a burglary on Brandon Road on Tuesday evening, bringing the number Tuesday evening to three.

Update: Police say in all three of these burglaries, entry was gained via the basement -- door and window.

The presentation from Jerry “Buz” Busnuk, a former Baltimore City police captain and current security consultant, was informative. Here are the highlights of what he said. (By the way, for Rodgers Forge residents, for $25 he will come to your home and give you specific recommendations for your particular situation.)

- Motion-senor lights in back are more effective than keeping lights on all night because it's jarring to the burglar and it lets them know someone might be alerted to their presence.


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Learn about the new Towson pool at tonight's Rodgers Forge board meeting


A representative from the new Towson Swim Club will do a short presentation tonight at the RFCA meeting (7 p.m. at RFES cafeteria) about the new pool and answer your questions.


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Securing-your-home seminar tonight at RFES



"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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Monday, November 9, 2009

Children’s Chorus of Maryland concert

Children’s Chorus of Maryland
Sunday, December 6th, 3:00 pm

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD

TICKETS: $12 to $18, available online at www.ccmsings.org or by calling 410-494-1480

Be of Good Cheer!

Laughter and joy and music! This Holiday Season, open your heart to the delightful voices of children as they present works by Antonio Vivaldi, Zoltán Kodály, Michael Pretorius, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, and P.D.Q. Bach! Through rollicking wassail songs, exquisite poetry, celebratory pieces about light and miracles, and colorful instrumentation, let your spirit prepare for this season of cheer. Join us for Children’s Chorus of Maryland’s 34th Annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at Gordon Center for the Performing Arts in Owings Mills. Due to live recording of the concert, no children under 5 can be admitted.


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American Ca$ino at Senator Theater on Nov. 12

American Ca$ino

~ Official Selection ~ Tribeca Film Festival

This compelling documentary, filmed in Baltimore, examines how the Wall Street meltdown has affected the working class. Special attention is given to Baltimore City residents who fell victim to the subprime lenders who targeted them in a process called “reverse redlining.” Community Law Center’s Rob Strupp, Director of Research and Policy, is featured in the film.


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Two burglaries in Rodgers Forge...

... and two attempted murders in nearby areas. Details in the latest crime report.

Reminder, there will be a seminar tomorrow night (Tuesday) at Rodgers Forge Elementary about how to secure your Rodgers Forge home against burglars. The speaker is a former Baltimore City police officer. Details here.


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"Questions & Concerns?" ask the Rodgers Forge Board

Did you know the Rodgers Forge board has started its own blog? They have a weekly post called "Questions & Concerns?" where you can ask questions. See it here.


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B-More Bags trunk show, Nov. 12


The B-More Bags Annual Trunk Show & Sale is every November, just in time for the holiday season. B-More Bags is a line of one-of-a-kind handmade bags, designed and made by volunteers. Each bag is an individual work of art: some are classic, others trendy and a few take a walk on the wild side. Funds raised by the sale of B-More Bags support the House Of Ruth Maryland's Emergency Fund for victims of domestic violence. Details here.


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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Child hit by car on Dumbarton Road

From Rob Williams of RF COP:


"This evening, a 10 year old child was struck in the 100 block of Dumbarton Road. The child was getting out of the a car when he was hit by a van. According to a witness, it looks like the child was pushed at least 20 feet from intial impact. There are skid marks on the road though. The child was taken to Johns Hopkins. The child was talking and crying. He had several scrapes on his body."


I don't have any other details. Will hope for a speedy recovery!


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Saturday, November 7, 2009

People foods that pets shouldn't eat

An FYI: We recently learned in dog-training class that some common human foods are dangerous for pets. Topping the list: grapes, raisins and chocolate. Also fatal, the sugar substitute Xyitol. (That's probably not really great for humans, either.)

Read a full list of non-pet-friendly foods here.


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Friday, November 6, 2009

Camera found - did you lose yours?

From a Flyer reader: "We found a camera on the November 1st when we were out for a family walk. It was on Hopkins between Heathfield and Dorking."

You can email me at kris(at)forgeflyer.com if you think it's yours. Just include what kind you lost so we can make sure it goes to the right person. I know you sneaky Rodgers Forgians -- you're always trying to score a free camera!!! Always!


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Crime-prevention seminar this Tuesday

"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."

People are asked 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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UPDATE: Rumor: Toys being removed from Tot Lot?

I received an email from a RF friend tonight saying he's heard that all toys are going to be removed from the Tot Lot and that signs will go up soon telling people not to dump toys. (A friend of his heard it from a park maintenance person.)

UPDATE: I spoke to someone who handles this for the county Park and Rec division and he said they will be posting signs soon saying that big plastic toys (ride-on cars, etc.) will not be allowed in the mulched areas. The county's insurance division is worried that a child will, say, fall from a swing or slide and instead of landing in mulch will land on a big piece of hard plastic and be seriously injured.

The person I spoke to said he's fine with having the plastic toys in the grassy areas or in the sandbox, but just not in the zones where there are play apparatuses. The play houses are fine. However, they will be doing checks and if they repeatedly find toys in the mulch area they will haul them away.

He also said that you can call his office (410-887-7844) if there are unsafe toys there that you think should be disposed of. He said just put them in a pile, call the office and they'll come get them. He was very nice and said he doesn't want to ruin anyone's fun but he wants to keep things safe.


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Unsexy list in Baltimore Sun makes me sick

What the heck is this? Snarkiness at its peak. A list of "unsexy" Hollywood stars featured on the Sun's main page of its website. You know, a slideshow of celebrities' mug shots is one thing -- at least they did something that got them arrested. This is just mean and petty and a poor use of dwindling news resources.

"With People Magazine recently publishing their Sexiest Men of 2009 list as well as GQ's Men of the Year, we felt the need to give the average Joe and Jane of Hollywood their own list: The Annual UnSexiest List. A countdown of Tinseltown's not-so-glamorous and downright ugly."

Note: Michael Phelps is #31.


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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Stuff to do when school's out

A few options for the school-free day. It's supposed to be windy and a high of 50 degrees.

- Church bazaar

- Spellbinding snakes at Irvine

- Greek Heritage Festival

- Ice skating at Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena


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How cool is this? Pumpkin catapult

NOVEMBER 7-8: PUMPKIN CHUCKING WEEKEND. In the spirit of the season, let’s have some special fun with pumpkins!! We have a specially-designed catapult that will launch your pumpkin across the farm. Bring your own pumpkin and let’s see how far it will go! C.J.’s Pit Beef, too. At Clark Elioak Farm.


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H1N1 vaccine by appointment in Baltimore County

All appointments for our H1N1 injectable (shot) clinic are filled. We are taking appointments for the Flumist-only clinic that will take place on Friday, November 6. People 2 to 24 years of age who are healthy should attend this clinic. Call 410-887-2243 or send an e-mail to health@baltimorecountymd.gov to make an appointment. The clinic address will be given to you along with your appointment time. Please continue to call if you get a busy signal. Thank you for your patience.


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Buyers seek 4-bedroom Rodgers Forge home -- are you selling?

There are some home buyers interested in a 4-bedroom Rodgers Forge home east of Pinehurst Road. Doesn't have to be end of group. If you are thinking of selling yours, contact Realtor Ashley Richardson at (410-868-1474) or


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Another website that will waste my time


A "Facebook friend" posted this last night. Love it. Between this site and awkwardfamilyphotos and peopleofwalmart, I may never leave my laptop again. (My kids know how to pour their own cereal now, so it's not like they'll starve.)


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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blockbuster kids' movies discount rentals

For the indefinite future, rentals of non-new release kids' movies are just 99 cents at the Blockbuster on York Road at Walker. My daughter had to leave school early today because of a fever and we stopped at Blockbuster to get something to special to have on hand while she laid in bed.


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451 is now 662: Towson-area schools even more crowded

According to Towson Families United:

Rodgers Forge Elementary continues to be the most overcrowded school in Baltimore County, at 181.31% capacity. There are now 718 students enrolled there, in a school rated for 396. That’s an extra 322 students. -- read more


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Rodgers Forge resident dies in Chicago

The Sun has an obituary today on Michael Philippi of Rodgers Forge. His wife, Miriam Hack, runs the Music Together of Charm City program for kids. What a shock -- so sorry for the family!!!


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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Balt County Police warn of "deception burglaries"

From Baltimore County Police:

Deception Burglaries

The purpose of this “Crime Prevention Alert” is to make you aware that the Baltimore County Police Department has identified a crime trend involving individuals who attempt to enter homes through deception or diversion. This is a scenario that we see played out more and more frequently in Baltimore County. Seniors are sometimes targeted, but all citizens need to be aware of this crime and how it is perpetrated.

Here are examples of how this type of crime is executed:


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LEGO store grand opening

Here's a press release from the LEGO people. The thought of attending this makes me cranky, but I'm sure some people would have a blast:

Grand opening of a new LEGO Store on Friday, November 6th at Arundel Mills. To celebrate the grand opening, a Team of Master Builders will help children build a custom 12-foot Christmas tree complete with packages and ornaments. Children get a free LEGO Certificate of Achievement for helping, while supplies last. [Really, free?!] Building continues throughout the weekend until the final LEGO is in place.

LEGO Stores house wall-to-wall product amidst three key design components. The “Pick-A-Brick Wall”, by far the hottest store feature, offers the option to purchase specific LEGO bricks and elements in a variety of colors and shapes in bulk. The “Living Room”, an interactive play area prominently positioned in the center of the store, gives consumers a chance to get “hands-on, minds-on” with LEGO products, view out of the box displays or just take a break from shopping. Finally, a “Brand Ribbon” runs the circumference of the store, featuring LEGO model displays, company history and fun facts to entertain guests.


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Towson Parade Bingo fundraiser November 5

LONGABERGER - VERA BRADLEY BASKET BINGO!
NOVEMBER 5, 2009
TOWSON AMERICAN LEGION HALL
$12 in advance - $15 at the door - details here.


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Monday, November 2, 2009

Taylor Branch discusses Bill Clinton, Nov. 5

Pratt Central Library: Over a seven-year period Bill Clinton talked intimately to Taylor Branch about what it's like to be president, revealing what he thought and felt and could not say in public. Branch includes his own reactions to the content of these conversations, as well as observations on Clinton's demeanor, moods and puzzlements. The Clinton Tapes provides a unique look at the presidency and Bill Clinton's place in the ranks of our chief executives.

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Taylor Branch is the author of three books on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Parting the Waters, Pillar of Fire, and At Canaan's Edge. Event details here.


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Black & Decker sold; company headquarters moving to CT

This is not good news for Towson, its current hq, or Maryland (or my neighbors who I hope don't move away!). Here's the story in the Sun. I wonder what Joe Galli thinks of this.


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Latest crime report, includes Stanmore Court

On Stanmore Court: "An unknown suspect smashed out the rear basement window and entered the location. Once inside, the suspect removed property." Full report here.

Reminder: There will be a seminar on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at RFES about how best to secure your Rodgers Forge home against burglaries. Seminar details here.


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Homeless people causing concern in RF

From a concerned Rodgers Forgian:

"This morning around 8 am a homeless woman was on my front porch rummaging through a bag of clothes that my neighbor had left for my son. When I asked her what she was doing, she said that she was looking for a winter coat for herself. About an hour and a half later my husband and I saw two more homeless people standing on the corner of Murdock and Bleinheim. I called the police both times, but I have the suspicion that homeless people may be living in the apartments that are still being renovated."



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Did you lose a bunny?



Update: Bunny is back home.

From someone one the 100 block of Regester:


Kris,

I am hoping you can help me out. A neighbor and I found a black and white rabbit with floppy ears this morning. It walked right up to us and is very friendly. It's obviously someone's pet that has escaped. Unfortunately, we have no idea who is the care taker for this rabbit.

If you can post the attached picture of the rabbit it may help track down the rabbit's care taker.

Thank you!
Ryan


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Ground beef recalled for E. Coli

AP: A New York meat company has recalled almost 546,000 pounds of ground beef because it may be contaminated with a bacteria that has caused illness and one death, according to health officials. -- details here


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Drunk pumpkins


Drunkins?


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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Thanksgiving platters by your kids

At Hot Pots during November. Handprint platter day is Nov. 8.

"Create a handprint platter that will be cherished forever! Just stop by the studio & put your childrens' handprints on the platter. Then leave it with us to be embellished with edging and writing for a simple fee of $5 (pottery and studio fees still apply).

Recommended platter prices range from $24 to $60 depending on the piece chosen. PLEASE CALL THE STUDIO FOR RESERVATIONS! 410-561-3035"


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