Monday, May 31, 2010

Had to share this -- oil spill clip

This piece shows news clips from a 1979 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The same things that didn't work 30 years ago are the same things that are not working today. The oil companies have gotten better at drilling and at making money, but apparently they have not done anything to improve their mitigating skills. So much for learning from our mistakes (and that includes our lawmakers).




And here's a photo collection of man-made disasters, published on the Baltimore Sun site. WTF is wrong with us?


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Anneslie Home and Garden Tour is June 12

The Anneslie Community Association proudly presents the 2010 Diane Schatz Anneslie Home and Garden Tour

Back by popular demand, The Anneslie Home and Garden Tour provides Anneslie residents and the community-at-large the unique opportunity to explore and tour some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in this charming neighborhood. Brief remarks by Darin Crew of The Herring Run Watershed Association about environmentally sensitive gardening techniques will kick off the tour at 10AM at Villa Anneslie (529 Dunkirk Road).  Proceeds benefit the Anneslie Community Association Beautification Committee.  Please call Shari Depasquale at 410.464.2000 for questions about the event.

Note: As many of our neighbors’ homes and gardens may not be child-friendly, the tour is intended for adults, babes-in-arms, and well-mannered children.

June 12, 2010 from 10AM-2PM (rain date: June 13, 2010 from 11A-2P)
Tickets on sale at 9:30AM at Villa Anneslie (529 Dunkirk Road)
Cost: $8
http://anneslie.org/calendar.asp?date=6/12/2010


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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Farmers market coming to fairgrounds


Baltimore County Farmers have joined together to form the new Baltimore County Farmers' Market offering high quality local produce, meats, flowers, goods, gifts and more to the community. The Baltimore County Farmers' Market, conveniently located with free parking at the Maryland State Fairgrounds North Gate, will take place every Wednesday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., beginning with a sneak preview on June 2, followed by a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony on June 9, 2010, and running through October 27, 2010. The Grand Opening will feature greetings by local dignitaries, live entertainment, giveaways and more.

"Our market will be unique in that it will be exclusively run by Baltimore County farmers with Baltimore County raised products," said Baltimore County Farmers' Market Manager Bill Langlotz. "A variety of fresh in-season fruit and vegetables starting with strawberries, asparagus, spinach, lettuce, spring onions and more will be available each week. Chicken, beef, bison and honey are just a few of the other featured local items."

http://www.marylandstatefair.com/index.cfm?page=calendar&event_id=421


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Saturday, May 29, 2010

How to pick lettuce

From our friends over at the Rodgers Forge Farm Initiative


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Teachers Association of Baltimore County endorses Mike Ertel for county council

And Kevin Kamenetz for county executive. Story:
http://www.explorebaltimorecounty.com/blog/politics/576/tabco-endorsements-revealed/


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Rodgers Forge UMC Children's Center broken into

The Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church Children's Center, on Stevenson Lane, was broken into on Thursday night and ransacked. The daycare was closed Friday for investigations.


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Friday, May 28, 2010

County Executive candidate forum June 2


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Seven recalls

1.  Boys' Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Hind Fashions Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10244.html

2.  Basketball-Shaped Chair and Ottoman Sets Recalled by Colleen Karis Designs Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold at HomeGoods Stores, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10245.html

3.  S. Rothschild & Co. Recalls Girls' Coats with Strings Due to Strangulation Hazard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10246.html

4.  Hoover Recalls Upright Vacuum Cleaners Due to Fire and Shock Hazards, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10248.html

5.  Cost Plus Inc. Recalls Tea Glasses Due to Risk of Lead Exposure, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10249.html

6.  Children's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Lollytogs Due to Strangulation and Entanglement Hazards, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10250.html

7.  Buckyballs(r) High Powered Magnets Sets Recalled by Maxfield and Oberton Due to Violation of Federal Toy Standard, http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10251.html


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

New hours for Rodgers Forge Elementary next year

This info is from Principal Deise and will be published in the school's June newsletter: 

"Students can enter the building at 8:45 a.m. and the instructional bell rings at 9:00 a.m. to begin the school day.  The students will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m.  This means that students will begin school 15 minutes earlier and they will be dismissal will 15 minutes earlier than this year.  The school day will be 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for next year.  This represents a slight departure from our present schedule (9:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.) and should not interfere with family obligations."


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BCPS budget brings claims of inequity

Mary Gail Hare of The Sun reports:

... Janine Kucik compared her children's school with West Towson Elementary, which opens in a state-of-the-art building in August.

"Facilities in older, established neighborhoods should be of quality equal to those in new developments," Kucik said. "The contrast between my school and West Towson is so extreme. They are talking about ergonomic chairs and electronic chalkboards, while the fans in our cafeteria are so loud we cannot hear."


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-education-budget-20100525,0,6023395.story


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Man with huge Ehrlich sign files lawsuit

Bryan Sears reports that there is a claim of free speech. 

http://www.explorebaltimorecounty.com/news/106630/suit-claims-countys-sign-restricts-poltical-free-speech/


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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rodgers Forge Citizens on Patrol is on Facebook

Check them out here.


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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

$27,000 for new dragon maze at Towson Library

Many of my friends and I have commented on how inconvenient the Towson Library's book drop is, especially if you have small kids that you don't want to take out of the car just to return a book. I had written to the library a few years ago asking about it and was told this was a popular request but that a new book drop would be a project for the Friends of the Towson Library, a private fundraising group for the library.

So I was a little shocked when I learned that the Friends of Towson Library spent $27,000 on the new mural that is next to the book drop. I wrote and asked Arthur Lynch, head of the Friends group, and Jennifer Haire, the library manager, why this was made a priority over a book drop. Here are the answers:
Hi Kris,

Thanks for the email. The library has long sought a practical and more accessible book drop. I think everyone agrees the present setup is far from ideal. Suggestions are always welcome.

The library's faux fish pond had deteriorated badly over the years, We decided to start over with a Dragon Maze design using newer materials to better withstand the weather. New seating will also be coming in the spring.

Good to hear from you.

Art
and from the library ...
Hello Kris,

I am happy to address your question here and to call you if you would like more information. I understand your interest and concern.

The book drop question is a real challenge. When the library system constructed these book drops, to add convenience for library users, that location was the only one at the Towson Library that offered the accessible space required to build an enclosure large enough to handle the volume of materials we receive. We empty book drops several times daily while we are open, to clear customer records quickly, and we construct them so that they can accommodate the volume returned during closed hours and holidays.


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"The New Metropolis" screening tonight

America’s “first” suburbs, those suburban communities built next to America’s urban centers, were once the birthplace of the American Dream. Driven by a desire to escape the smokestacks of the central cities and a housing shortage following World War II, thousands of suburban homes were rapidly constructed and middle class families flocked to them.

“The New Metropolis” illustrates how many of these original suburbs are now facing a crisis: A dwindling tax base, population and business loss, decaying infrastructure, increased demographic tensions and more middle class flight.

Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties are experiencing exactly these trends. Lacking policies to help reverse these trends, many of our communities and towns in America are looking for strategies for revitalization to remedy these issues. A panel discussion will raise strategies for stabilizing and strengthening our communities. Click here for details.


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Monday, May 24, 2010

Oops -- no more free parking on York Road

I went to the Towson Library this afternoon and was delighted to find a spot on York Road just north of Towsontown Blvd. Remember when it was free parking for 2 hours? Then they changed it to free for 4 hours? Then back to 2 hours? Little did I realize it's now it's a Pay-to-Park zone. You'd think the signs saying I had to pay would have clued me in, but they are white and green just like the old "free parking" signs so I glanced at them without noticing the change.

It's entirely possible it's been that way for a year and I just haven't parked there, but I think it's more recent than that.

$22 visit to the library. Oh, well, it's still a good deal. And I definitely prefer the machines to the meters since I almost never have enough change for them.


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Latest crime report

Includes a break-in on Pinehurst and one on 700 block of Overbrook. Read it here.

Also, here is a message recently sent by the Wiltondale Citizens on Patrol:

The police just took a report from me. My Dad's car parked in front of our house had a taillight smashed with a rock. The officer said that there were four or five cars on Sussex hit, all windshields, and most likely rocks picked up from the stream and hurled from a vehicle, one traveling up Sussex and one up Worcester. There were also 4 - 5 other neighborhoods hit in surrounding communities, Sussex is the only road with multiple cars. He said it was most likely a senior prank, and given the proximity of Towson High, likely their seniors. This kind of thing used to be soap on windshields and eggs.


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Join the Baltimore County Healthy Kids Coalition!

We are a group of parents from across Baltimore County working to improve school lunches and give kids the good food they deserve. We are educating ourselves and others about what is served in our cafeterias, about the constraints placed on the BCPS Office of Food and Nutrition, about where the meals comes from and what's in them, and about steps we can take to make things better.
www.baltimorecountyhealthykids.org


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Friday, May 21, 2010

Well, they biked to work!

Meredith Cohn of The Sun reports: It was sunny and warm Friday morning – a perfect day to ride to work. And that's what some 1,320 people planned to do on the 13th annual Bike to Work Day, a national event that encourages everyone to share the road. Full story here.

Be sure to read the full quote from Keith Shuey -- that's dedication!


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Bringing mommy to your job interview

One of the comments on the recent post about leaving your kids alone at the park (I had no idea that would be so controversial!) mentioned that its now not uncommon to see young job applicants bring their parents to job interviews. That blew my mind and I wanted to know more.

Forbes.com: As an executive recruiter for healthcare consultancy Stockamp and Associates, Kate Carson is used to talking to plenty of job applicants. What she’s not used to is talking to their parents. But that's exactly what she’s doing more of these days. Recently she received a call from the mother of a 24-year-old graduate student who wanted to know why her daughter didn't receive a job offer with the Oregon-based company. "I was a little taken aback," says Carson. And then there was another call from the parent of a college undergad who called Carson to let her know that her daughter was sick and wouldn’t be able to make her scheduled job interview. ... read more here


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Towson man to fight order to remove Ehrlich sign

Bryan Sears reports: ... Steve Kolbe, who lives on Dulaney Valley Road, had a 32-square-foot sign supporting former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich in his yard until late last week when he removed it to avoid a possible $200-per-day fine or 90 days in jail. “I had no idea I was violating the law,” Kolbe said.
http://www.explorebaltimorecounty.com/news/106482/towson-asserts-sign-ban-political-move/


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

St. Piux X getting Montessori for ages 3-6

The Sun reports: As the archdiocese describes it, the Montessori method "allows children to proceed at their own pace and focuses on all aspects of human development — intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual — to make learning an exciting process of discovery."
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-br-catholic-montessori-school-20100519,0,7320536.story


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Will you be leaving your child alone at the park this weekend?

Saturday is "Take our children to the park and leave them there day." What do you think?

And at what age do you let your child walk to school alone? Do you ever just tell your kids they can stay on the playground after school but they have to be home by 5 o'clock?


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Missing a bike?

A Flyer reader sent this in:

Found: Black Schwinn Sidewinder bike. Leaning against a tree on 300 block Overbrook Road, near access road to St. Pius. It's been propped there for a few days.


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Staff changes at Rodgers Forge Elementary and Dumbarton Middle School

From last night's Board of Education meeting: Franchesca Brown will be moving from assistant principal at RFES to principal of Pinewood Elementary. No word on her replacement.

Kelly Erdman, an assistant principal at Towson High School (who I'm told does a "TERRIFIC!" job) was named principal of Dumbarton Middle School. She will replace Nancy Fink, who is retiring.

Also, Barbara Dezmon, the controversial administrator who devised AIM, is retiring.


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Changes at the Rodgers Forge triangle


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Gaywood community yard sale this Saturday

I'm told: "The Gaywood Community Yard Sale is this Sat. 5/22 from 8am-1pm. 200 block of Gaywood Rd and 200 & 6400 blocks of Blenheim Rd. Many, many families are participating. It will be HUGE!"

(Gaywood is the community that backs up to the tot lot.)


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Donate your old bike


My husband volunteered at Dumpster Day a few weeks ago and someone was throwing out two bikes that were in not-great-but-OK condition. He set them aside and later took them to Velocipede Bike Project.

It's a group that fixes up old bikes and gives them to low-income people who need transportation. He said when he walked in with the bikes the people there were thrilled and very appreciative to have them. You might have seen their space; they're located kitty corner from The Charles theater. If you've got an old bike that you don't feel is worth fixing yourself, you should give them a shot.

http://velocipedebikeproject.org/donate/


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rodgers Forgians -- is your dog going nuts tonight?

It's a little after 11 pm and my dog has been whining and barking for at least an hour. I think I hear other dogs around us barking, too. Have you noticed anything odd with your four-legged friends tonight?

(This photo is not of my dog. What is with that shirt?)


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Bike to work this Friday!


Bike-to-Work Day is this Friday, May 21st! Everyone is invited to participate in the Rodgers Forge/Stoneleigh/Anneslie convoy leaving from St. Pius Church parking lot at 6:30 AM (vehicle parking not allowed).

Two Rodgers Forge residents will be leading the ride to Baltimore City Hall where a rally will begin at 7:00 AM. This will be a leisurely ride and they will not be riding on York Road. Cyclists have the option of bringing their bike on the MTA bus for the ride home if they choose.

Registration, which is free, is encouraged for the event, which entitles riders to freeies and enters them in a drawing. The web address to register and learn more is:
http://www.baltometro.org/commuter-options/bike-to-work-day.


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Monday, May 17, 2010

Children's deaths prompt recall of toy dart guns


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing the voluntary recall of 1.8 million toy dart gun sets due to an aspiration hazard. CPSC and Family Dollar have received reports of two asphyxiation deaths involving a 9-year-old boy in Chicago, Ill. and a 10-year-old boy in Milwaukee, Wis.

If a child places the soft, pliable plastic toy dart in his/her mouth, the toy can be inhaled into the throat and prevent the child from breathing. Read more here. ... Heartbreaking.


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Crime report

Here's the latest crime report, including the armed robbery on Dunkrik and York posted on the Flyer earlier.


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Another lost cat (found)

UPDATE: Planet is back home.


Hi Kris - my neighbor across the street has lost her cat; his name is Planet and is normally an indoor cat. He disappeared last night, he lives on the one hundred block of Murdock, and we are hoping someone who lives on this block or the one hundred block of Dunkirk might have seen him.


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Lost Cat


Hi Kris,

Wondering if I can post this about my lost cat. There is a picture attached. Our cat, Segundo, is missing. He is large, brownish/gray and black striped. He was last seen Friday afternoon. He generally hangs around the end of Regester Avenue where it meets Dumbarton. He is very friendly. Please call (410) 710-8166 if you have any information.

Thanks!

-- Kate McKenna


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"Big River" at Children's Playhouse

Thanks, Barb! "Hi Kris - Just saw "Big River" at Children's Playhouse of MD and it was a great show. Might be over the heads of tiny ones, but great for older kids (my 8-year-old saw it). There is a gunshot toward the end, in case anyone would be concerned about that, but it is very fleeting. Parents will enjoy it as well, I think (I did, anyway, very much)."

http://www.ccbcmd.edu/news/media/2010_releases/april10/cpm_big_river.html


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Friday, May 14, 2010

Dan Rodricks calls for improved school lunches


Writing about the head of nutrition for Baltimore City Public Schools, Tony Geraci, Rodricks says:

In fact, the state superintendent of schools, Nancy Grasmick, and all the county superintendents should be taking a hard look at what Mr. Geraci already has accomplished in a short time — and what he wants to do in the next year or two.

He's the kind of talented, informed and driven leader, a genuine visionary, who might easily be recruited to another city, or a job in Washington, if we don't get him what he needs and take advantage of the stunning opportunity he presents.

Mr. Geraci is at the forefront of school lunch reform, a champion of the farms-to-school movement. He uses the word "crap" to describe a lot of what children are offered to eat — at home, in school and in between. It's at school, where education takes place, that the culture needs to change, Mr. Geraci says. ... read more here


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Helicopter seeking mugging suspect

12:17 AM: Towson Police tell me the helicopter over Rodgers Forge is searching for someone on a motor bike who was allegedly involved in a street robbery (a mugging in layman's terms) at York and Dunkirk tonight. I'll post more details when I have them.


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hyundai driver -- lose your keys?

FOUND: Set of keys on 6400 block of Blenheim Road around 5:15pm today, Thursday May 13th. The keys include remotes for a Hyundai and another car. There is a decorative key ring attached. If you can describe the emblem on the key ring, we'll assume they are yours! Contact Kathryn at 410-377-2377.


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New shuttle bus from Rodgers Forge apartments to Towson U


Towson University says: "We will begin service on ½ hour intervals to this area on the first day of classes, Aug 25th. We will run Monday through Friday during the semesters. We will not operate when the campus is closed for a holiday, winter break, spring break and the summer." It will run from 7:25 a.m. to 10:16 p.m.

TU's Parking and Transportation page is here.


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Compost Tumber Construction Workshop, May 26

"Composting your food and yard waste has so many benefits! Come learn how to use a compost tumbler in your backyard and then construct your own tumbler."

All materials, instructions, and assistance will be provided. Cost is $65.

RSVP required. Details here.


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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rodgers Forge board accepting candidates for election

The Rodgers Forge board has not set a final date yet, but there will be an earlier deadline this year for announcing your candidacy for the RFCA. Any resident of Rodgers Forge is eligible to run for a board seat as long as his/her dues are paid, and that can be done any time before filing the paperwork.

I'm told that last year was the first time there was an actual election, because there were more candidates than there were board seats. It's great that people are getting more involved. Any organization like this needs a good combination of people with institutional memory and people with fresh perspectives. I keep toying with the idea of running but I'm not sure it would make sense. But you should run!


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Junior tennis camp at Towson University


For ages 5-10. See info here.


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RFCA meeting tonight

The Rodgers Forge Community Association meets tonight at 7:00 in the RFES cafeteria. All Rodgers Forge residents are welcome to attend.


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Asthma-info event at GBMC

May 21, 2010 Friday at the GBMC Civiletti Conference Center, 6701 N. Charles Street, Towson MD 21204

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Nationwide Free Asthma Screening Program. Learn if you have asthma and if it is controlled.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm "Winning with Asthma" Seminar for Parents and Coaches. Learn how to reduce, recognize and respond to asthma attacks, featuring inspiring and informative talks by Haruki Nakamura and Dr. Alvin Sanico.

Details and registration here.


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Meeting about West Towson Elementary on May 14

Dear Gaywood Residents,



As you may be aware, the Gaywood Community is now zoned for the new West Towson Elementary School starting in the Fall of 2010. The school’s principal, Sue Hershfeld, has agreed to come and speak to our community in order to answer any of our questions and inform us about the new school. 



This is a unique opportunity to meet the principal at a time when she is formulating a lot of the policies and procedures for her new school. Whether your child will be attending the elementary school next fall or in five years, your involvement now may have a lasting impact on the environment and culture of this school.

 Some questions you and other residents may have include issues related to bus stops, class size and structure, hours of operation, before and after care, facilities, technology and other amenities of the school.

Because the new school is not quite ready for public occupancy, our meeting will take place at the Rodgers Forge Elementary School. 

Please join us in meeting our new elementary school principal, Sue Hershfeld, on Friday, May 14th at 6:15 pm in the Rodgers Forge Cafeteria.

We ask that you RSVP to Sasha Harris at 410-710-8040 or sashatom(at)comcast.net by Thursday, May 13th so that we can make the appropriate arrangements for our group.



Best, 
Melissa Broome

President, Gaywood Community Association

Please visit us online at www.gaywoodonline.com


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Auditions for the Woodbrook Players


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Important dates for West Towson Elementary


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Monday, May 10, 2010

Huh, I wouldn't have expected to see this on the Rodgers Forge triangle




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Latest crime report

Read it here.


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Kill them, but not inside

The Baltimore Sun reports that stink bugs are invading many area homes, and tells you what to do about and with them.


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Friday, May 7, 2010

Dumpster Day is Saturday, May 8

From 8 a.m to noon at RFES. Must be a Rodgers Forge resident.

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS FOR DUMPSTERS:

Yard Waste ▪ Paper ▪ Mattresses▪ Carpets ▪ Metal Waste ▪ and Appliances with Freon ▪ AmVets will have a truck for: Reusable Furniture and Working Computers ▪ The Loading Dock will take Undamaged Wood and most other materials that can be used in the building and home construction trades

ITEMS NOT PERMITTED FOR DUMPSTERS:

Tires▪ Paints▪ Gasoline containers ▪ Explosive Materials, i.e., No Propane Tanks


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Community environment fair tomorrow


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State not happy with cost of new Towson University arena

The Daily Record reports that state officials are questioning how much money is being spent on the proposed new Towson arena. The price tag went up quite a bit when the university altered its plans to satisfy Rodgers Forge residents. Read the article here.


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Cribs recalled - strangulation and suffocation hazards

This recall involves C&T International, Sorelle and Golden Baby wood cribs. The full-size cribs were sold in natural, white and cherry finishes. The model number and/or model name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard under the Caution statement.

CPSC and C&T/Sorelle have received reports of 104 incidents of drop-side and slat detachments in C&T/Sorelle drop-side cribs. Six infants received bruises and abrasions to the head, face, torso or leg from becoming entrapped or falling after the drop side collapsed. An additional five infants who were entrapped or fell were found by their parents and were not injured.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10222.html


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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fire at Rodgers Forge Apartments last night



Update #2: A firefighter was injured, the Sun reports. I did try to contact the county fire department to get info earlier today but didn't hear back.

Update:

I was on site last night and wanted to give you an update about the fire:

*The building was unoccupied and is currently under construction.
*No one was injured-thankfully!
*The cause of fire is still under investigation. We should know more throughout today/tomorrow. I would be happy to update you when we know more.

We are so thankful for a job well done by the countless firefighters! They worked quickly to contain the fire and put it out before it spread or anyone was injured. The police officers, investigators and firefighters on scene all did a tremendous job at keeping RF safe. Job well done to the local heroes!

Katie Burkhard
PMC Property Group
Property Manager
Rodgers Forge Apartments

Many thanks to the Flyer reader who sent in these photos. I haven't heard any details about the fire yet and I don't know if there were injuries or if it was an occupied building or one under construction. Will update when I get more info.



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MD attorney general endorses Kamenetz for County Council

The Sun reports: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler endorsed fellow Democrat Kevin Kamenetz for Baltimore County executive on Wednesday, saying the councilman's support for "innovative crime-fighting technology" had made the county safer. Read more here.


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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Klean Kanteen Recalls Water Bottle Spouts Due to Choking Hazard

Hazard: The water bottle spouts can break or crack, posing a choking hazard to children and adults.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received six reports of incidents of the water bottle spouts breaking or cracking in children's mouths as they were drinking from the bottles. No injuries have been reported.

Info about that and other recalls:

1. Klean Kanteen Recalls Water Bottle Spouts Due to Choking Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10218.html
2. Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10219.html
3. Roberta Roller Rabbit Recalls Children's Kimono Robes, Lounge and Slumber Short Sets Due To Violation of Federal Flammability Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10220.html
4. Bicycles Recalled by Nirve Sports Due to Fall Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10221.html


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Community yard sales this Saturday

"The Armagh Village neighborhood yard sale is Saturday, May 8th from 8am to 11 am. Eight to 10 families on Armagh Drive and North and South Tyrone Roads (off Bellona Ave.) will be selling their wares including Legos, games, baby stuff, toys etc. The Rodgers Forge United Methodist
Church is having their Spring fest that day and the neighborhood is walking distance so come by and take a gander."

and

"There will be a multi-family yard sale this Saturday. The houses are in the 80 – 70 area of Murdock road."


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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

US low score on world motherhood rankings

AFP: The United States has scored poorly on a campaign group's list of the best countries in which to be a mother, managing only 28th place, and bettered by many smaller and poorer countries.

Norway topped the latest Save the Children "Mothers Index", followed by a string of other developed nations, while Afghanistan came in at the bottom of the table, below several African states.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100504/hl_afp/healthwomenchildrenworld_20100504085825


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Free meal from Let's Dish for new-ish moms

From May 3rd to May 29th, any new moms who have had a baby since Mother’s Day last year (5/10/09) can assemble one free meal that will serve a family of three at any Let’s Dish! location in Maryland or Northern Virginia. There’s no purchase necessary – new moms just need to supply proof of baby’s birth date and sign up online to receive their free meal.
http://thedishblog.com/moms


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Baltimore City recognized for vegetarian lunch efforts

The Sun reports: Baltimore City Public Schools has been named the Most Vegetarian-Friendly Cafeteria in the nation by peta2, a Norfolk, Va.-based youth animal rights organization. Read more here.


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Monday, May 3, 2010

Latest crime report

Read it here.


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Fundraiser for Delegate Lafferty


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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Rodgers Forge to hold community yard sale June 12

The RF board says: "We're going to do a community flea market/yard sale in front of RFES the day of the picnic - June 12th from 8:00am-11am (the picnic starts at 11:00). The Community Association will provide tables for $10 each and people can buy as many tables as they'd like."

I would imagine that would also be a good day to hold your own yard sale in RF and post signs pointing people in the right direction.


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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Native-plant sale in Roland Park on May 15

A message from the Roland Park Civic League:

"The Roland Park Civic League will be holding a native plant sale on May 15, 2010, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Roland Park Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library (5108 Roland Avenue). We will offer a selection of perennials, ferns, grasses, shrubs, and trees native to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, perfect for planting in Rodgers Forge landscapes. The sale will begin at 8am and last until the plants are sold (by 11am, we expect). Cash and checks accepted. For more information, call (443) 682-1331 or email info@rolandparknative.org

Our website is http://rolandparknative.org/ and we are also on Facebook (search "Roland Park Native")."


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Children's medicine recall

UPDATE 1-US firm recalls infant, children's Tylenol, Motrin

01:25 PM EDT


* Over 40 medicines recalled

* FDA urges use of generics instead

* Recall started due to quality problems (adds details from company)

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday urged consumers to stop using liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl and Zyrtec medicines for children and infants after a broad recall announced by the manufacturer, although it said the chance of serious problems was remote.

Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ.N) consumer division announced a broad recall of products, including certain liquid infant's and children's Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl products late on Friday.

A full list of the over 40 affected products made by McNeil Consumer Healthcare is available at http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com


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