Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Auf Wiedersehen goodbye, Agathe von Trapp

Eldest daughter from the family that inspired "The Sound of Music" died in Towson on Tuesday. Read the article here.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Year's Eve at Stoneleigh Lanes


Time to unload 2010 and what better way than with The Stents! They will be ringing in The New Year at Stoneleigh Lanes. The fun starts at 9:30pm and goes until 1:30am. This is not just any old NYE show...they'll be blasting out all of your favorites along with the much anticipated/feared Stents Butcher The 80s Set!

Not only that but the fine folks at Stoneleigh Lanes have raised the bar on Rock n' Bowl with a buffet, breakfast, a chocolate fountain, soda bar and party favors! And remember it's always BYOB at Rock n' Bowl so bring your champagne for that midnight toast.

This is an ALL AGES event in The Forge...forget the sitter and the mess--and party right here in the 'hood! Cost is $42 (per couple), $23 (single), $16 (10-17), $11 (7-9) and $6 (6 and under). This includes unlimited bowling, shoe rental, food, party favors and yes, that chocolate
fountain!

Call Stoneleigh to reserve your lane now, it's sure to fill up. 410.377.8115.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Only a few days left for the Walter Wick exhibit

The Walters is usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but is open all week for the holidays. ("The Walters Art Museum will have an extended holiday schedule. We will be open every day from Sunday, December 26 through Sunday, January 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.") January 2 is the last day to see the Walter Wick exhibit.


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Coupon for 50% off at Uncle Wiggly's


You have to buy it today and use it by June 28.


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Sunday, December 26, 2010

A little something to test the mind

Without doing a Google search or employing other methods of cheating, name the U.S. states that are

- farthest north
- farthest south
- farthest west
- farthest east.

Click here for the answer. Did you get it right?


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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Colored lights or white?

Fun story in the New York Times about the debate over Christmas lights. Gotta say, I think white can look really pretty, but we go with color.

NYT: ... And so it goes, a battle played out in living rooms across the city and the nation at this time of year: White lights or colored lights? These divisions often run deep, adding to holiday stresses in a season notorious for bringing family fissures to the fore.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/24/nyregion/24lights.html?_r=1&hp


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Trash and recycling is on for Friday

Trash and recycling pick up will occur as usual in Baltimore County on Dec. 24 and drop-off sites will also be open, according to a recorded message at the Bureau of Solid Waste Management.


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"The Ruinous Culture We've Created in Elementary Schools"

Here's an interesting, and disheartening, piece written by an assistant professor of elementary education at Towson University:

" ... Throughout January and beyond, social studies, science, and other expendable subjects stop. That's right, they stop, for months at a time. Schools become mobilized as math and reading academies. And no, it's not this idealized culture of inquiry and intellectual curiosity; students are not reading and discussing literature of their choosing or building mathematical models to simulate concepts. Students as young as eight years old read endless short passages about random topics like dolphin echolocation or volcanoes. They answer multiple choice or short essay questions for just about everything. Any and all pieces of paper are evaluated. Cassette tapes play excerpts of larger texts and are followed by an unyielding stream of worksheets and questions. ..." Read the full piece here.


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What do you do with all the paper?

Anyone have a good system for handling all the paper in their lives? Between the stuff that comes home from two schools, the bills, receipts, etc., I am drowning in paper. I have a filing cabinet in the basement and a "to be filed" drawer in the kitchen, but there's that category of paper that can't yet be filed or recycled but that I don't need immediately (bills to be paid, forms to be signed, receipts to be reimbursed for, emissions-test notices, etc.).

And then there are the 25 or so pictures that my daughter draws for me each day. They are great but I don't want to save each and every one but I can't toss them in recycling where she'll see them, and sometimes she asks me later where they are. And my son wants to keep every worksheet he does at school.

Drowning, I tell you. If you have a system, please share! Right now I've just got a bunch of stuff smooshed into what is supposed to be the napkin holder.

(This is not our house or even anyone I know, but it's an almost-fair representation of what our place looks like some days.)


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State and local officials push for Hampton Elementary expansion

Baltimore Sun: [Councilman David] Marks said he is concerned that the county school system has not done enough long-term planning. "We should be doing a much better job of budgeting and planning for new schools. … We don't seem to be buying land and banking it for the future," he said.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-hampton-elementary-crowding-20101221,0,2532390.story


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Monday, December 20, 2010

Latest crime report

So, I'm not saying what the suspect did was right, but would you report this crime if you were the victim? What exactly do you say to the police? And then do you get arrested, too?

The victim and suspect were supposed to conduct a drug transaction at the location. The suspect arrived at the location with three other unknown males. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and robbed him of cash that he was going to use to pay for the drugs. A warrant was obtained for the suspect and he was arrested.

Read the full report here.


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Friday, December 17, 2010

Councilman Marks creates community advisory panel

I hope someone from the Rodgers Forge board will be on it. Read about it in Patch.


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Dog Poop Park

Huh, who knew there was such a park in the Guilford area?






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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Schools closing early today

All Baltimore County schools closing 1 hour early due to inclement weather. Dundalk MS closing at noon due to no electricity. After-school activities canceled at city schools.


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter break art camp

The Painting Workshop

WINTER BREAK ART CAMP
December 20 - January 3
Register by the day!

ART CAMP DAYS ages 5-10
Mt. Washington & Reisterstown
9:00 - 1:00 $35
9:00 - 3:00 $50

PRESCHOOL CAMP ages 3-5
Mt. Washington
10am - noon daily $25

TEENS ages 11-15
Mt. Washington
12/22, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30
4-6 pm $25

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT!
Monday, Dec. 27 6-8 pm $25
15% discount at The Falls (Mt. Washington)


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Drop-side cribs outlawed


Baltimore Sun: In an effort to eliminate hidden hazards that caused babies throughout the country to die in their cribs, the nation's top regulator of children's products today passed the toughest safety rules for cribs in history, including a ban on the sale and manufacture of models with sides that drop down.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/ct-crib-ban-story,0,7517088.story


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DMS fundraiser this Thursday

Eat at Chik-fil-a in Parkville this Thursday and help raise funds for DMS' polar bear plunge team. Details here.


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Free book at Ukazoo today

From 365Baltimore.com: Stressed about holiday shopping? Check out Ukazoo Books in Towson for the largest new and used book selection! With over 100,000 new and used books to choose from, they have tens of thousands of out-of-print titles in stock. You’re certain to find the right book for you!

Visit Ukazoo today, December 14th, and receive an exclusive offer: 1 FREE used book! Click here for details.


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Monday, December 13, 2010

What do you think of the Hon controversy?

Did you frequent Cafe Hon and the Hon Bar? Will you continue to go there? Honestly, we weren't huge fans of the restaurant and didn't go very often; the food is just OK and the prices are pretty high for what you get.

A friend of mine who is a native of the area told me about 10 years ago that he was disgusted by HonFest and the whole Hon kitsch because he felt it was looking down on Baltimore -- a sentiment shared by John Waters in this 2008 article.


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Time to unload 2010 and what better way than with The Stents! They will be ringing in The New Year at Stoneleigh Lanes. The fun starts at 9:30pm and goes until 1:30am. This is not just any old NYE show...they'll be blasting out all of your favorites along with the much anticipated/feared Stents Butcher The 80s Set!

Not only that but the fine folks at Stoneleigh Lanes have raised the bar on Rock n' Bowl with a buffet, breakfast, a chocolate fountain, soda bar and party favors! And remember it's always BYOB at Rock n' Bowl so bring your champagne for that midnight toast.

This is an ALL AGES event in The Forge...forget the sitter and the mess--and party right here in the 'hood! Cost is $42 (per couple), $23 (single), $16 (10-17), $11 (7-9) and $6 (6 and under). This includes unlimited bowling, shoe rental, food, party favors and yes, that chocolate
fountain!

Call Stoneleigh to reserve your lane now, it's sure to fill up. 410.377.8115.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

This is great news -- new bar and bistro in Towson

We were walking to our car Friday night after eating at 7 West and passed by the French Press Cafe, which is now Bread & Circuses -- a cafe and bar, open late for dinner and drinks. I liked French Press but this sounds even better, and I hope will help revitalize Towson.

Also good news, a show is coming up there by CL Blake:

"I'm playing an acoustic show Friday the 17th at the French Press, now called Bread & Circuses. This is the "bar" for people who don't necessarily like bars...great food, atmosphere, bookstore vibe with drink. Hope you can make it. Below is the invite description from Facebook. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!

If you are looking for a relaxing evening away from the holiday bustle, then Bread & Circuses is your place. In the heart of Towson, just a short walk from the mall, this quaint restaurant serves incredible food & drink, equal only to it's laid back, coffee house atmosphere. Please join us, it's free (the music that is). Bread & Circuses is located at 27 E. Chesapeake Ave., Towson."


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter Windowland opens today


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Friday, December 10, 2010

Will BCPS close early today?

Bets? Anyone? I see flakes! By the way, what website do folks recommend for regular old forecasts? I just went to several news sites and weather.com and didn't see anything saying how much snow is expected. (A light dusting? 2 inches?...)


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Latest crime report

Sorry I'm a little late posting this.


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New Freecycle group for the Towson area

Cool, I love Freecycle!

Hi Kris,

I am a Stoneleigh resident and just became the moderator for a new Freecycle Group for the Towson area. The Freecycle Network™ is made up of groups with members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free, and everything posted must be FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages. To view the items being given away or sought in Towson, you must be a member of the local group.

I would love to have this information posted in the Forge Flyer to encourage membership. Here's the link to the new Towson Group which includes Stoneleigh, Rodgers Forge, Anneslie and Wiltondale:

http://groups.freecycle.org/TowsonMD/description


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Parents seek relief at Baltimore Co.'s most crowded school

Not too long ago that headline would have referred to RFES but now it's Hampton Elementary. If these Towson-area schools don't get real relief soon, everyone will feel the effects.

Baltimore Sun: ... Dozens jammed the county school board meeting Tuesday night to demand relief for the system's most crowded school, which they said would be more than 80 percent over capacity next year. Superintendent Joe A. Hairston is expected to ask the school board to vote on the county's capital request on Jan. 11. A request will then go to county Executive Kevin B. Kamenetz.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-hampton-school-crowding-20101206,0,6101427.story


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Are the mice invading your home?

It's that time of the year: We had a mouse spotting last night. I was in the dining room on the computer (as per usual) when I saw one scurry by in the kitchen. My husband went out and got poison and snap traps and we caught it at some point overnight*.

My neighbor around the corner had them recently and they finally called an exterminator when they found a tiny baby mouse tangled up, dead, in the drain of their laundry tub. Her husband had to extricate it with pliers. Ugh, I go all ziggy zaggy just thinking about it.

Have you got them in your home? Any good tips for getting rid of them?

*We had two mice last year that evaded all our traps. We put out dozens of snap traps and even glue traps (which I hate but we were at our wits' end) and we got no action. So one night I turned on the kitchen light, went on my back porch and waited for them to come out. Looking in the window of my back door, I watched them run around the kitchen floor and took note of their paths and patterns. Then we set up traps accordingly and got the the little s*****.


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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Incoming councilman David Marks will be at the Rodgers Forge board meeting this Wednesday

He said in an email he would like to take questions from residents and not simply give a speech. The meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7 pm in the cafeteria at Rodgers Forge Elementary.


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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Women's Health Issue

I don't usually promote products here, but I thought this warranted an exception. Thanks for sending, SH.

* Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
* Do you suffer from shyness?
* Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?
* Do you suffer exhaustion from the day to day grind?

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Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living, with Margaritas.

Margaritas may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Margaritas. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include:
- Dizziness
- Nausea
- Vomiting
- Incarceration
- Erotic lustfulness
- Loss of motor control
- Loss of clothing
- Loss of money
- Loss of virginity
- Table dancing
- Headache
- Dehydration
- Dry mouth
- And a desire to sing Karaoke

WARNINGS:
* The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
* The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
* The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to think you can sing.
* The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.

Please share this with other women who may need Margaritas.


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Friday, December 3, 2010

Last yard-waste pickup day is Dec. 14 in Baltimore County

The last day of yard-waste pickup in Baltimore County is Dec. 14 (or earlier depending on your schedule, which you can look up here if you don't have it). When the county picks up leaves on yard-waste days, they will compost them at the landfill. If they pick them up as trash, which they will do after Dec. 14, then they just go into the landfill.


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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Saturday Science at Towson U

"Our next Saturday Morning Science program will be this Saturday, December 4, and I will be presenting the program on "Commercial Space Travel: Reality or Just Science Fiction?". Programs begin at 10:00 am and 12:00 noon in Smith Hall room 326 on the Towson University campus. We hope to see you there!"

Hands-on Science
Hands-On Science will take place immediately after the 10:00 am program (roughly from 11:15-12:15) and will take place in Smith Hall room 317. Mr. Ray Miller will be leading the activity. Sign-up is first-com, first-served and is limited to 25 students. Sign-up will be available at the registration desk outside room 326 starting at 9:30 am.

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Leaps and Bounds this Sunday

The Affording Hope Project presents Leaps and Bounds at Govans Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 5th at 10:00am.

This one woman show, looking at the intersection of faith, ecology and the Global Economy, is touring churches, colleges, and seminaries across the United States in 2010. Weaving biblical and personal narrative, dance, music, and a touch of economic theory, Leaps and Bounds addresses the driving factors of our ecological crisis while awakening the imagination to a new way of living with and relating to Earth.

Rev Dennis J. Parker, the Campus Minister at Portland State University, suggests “see this magical performance and find yourself laughing, humming and crying; and wanting to understand more about how our faith can inform our vision of the Judeo-Christian story that will move us to action.” To learn more about this compelling work of theater, visit www.affordinghopeproject.org.


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Rain barrel workshop this Saturday

Building your own rain barrel is fun and easy, and best of all, you'll have your very own white barrel to take home with you by lunch time! This workshop is meant for individuals interested in saving water and reducing rainwater runoff which can carry pollutants to our streams and bay. The water you save can be used for garden and lawn watering, washing your car or tools, 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! Details here.


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Merry Mart this Sunday

I'll take this over the mall any day!

Sun Dec 5, 11am–5pm.
Free!

Made in Charm City gifts! No manic mall madness necessary! Jen Menkhaus and Allison Fomich host an amazing show with clothing, handbags, felt accessories, ceramics, soaps, kids’ toys, mixed media, amazing jewelry, and great art! Indie crafters from the Charm City Craft Mafia, the Baltimore Etsy Street Team (BEST), Highlandtown refugees, CA staff, artists and more from across Bmore! 3134 Eastern Ave. 21224

http://www.creativealliance.org/index.asp


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Towson Winterfest activities

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