Monday, January 31, 2011

Group forms to push for some elected members of school board

Hi everyone,

I wanted to alert you to the formation of a new group, Citizens For An Accountable Baltimore County School Board.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=327032815811

Please consider passing this information on to others who are interested in this issue.

Also, I think this site could be an excellent place for presenting diverse opinions – those who favor preserving the current system should be encourage to post their opinions here, or suggestions for improving interaction between BCPS and the public. People may also post links there to other useful information about elected/appointed/hybrid school boards.

Thanks,
Laurie


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Maryland man gets robocall revenge

This is a couple of weeks old but I just heard about it. A dad in PG County got revenge after the school system woke him with a robocall at 4:30 a.m. by sending out his own robocall to the school board the next day at the same time. This article questions if he was being immature, but I think the dad has a good point. Read about it here.


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fire damages pub in Towson

Details in the Sun.


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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Parent support group meeting Feb. 2

Date: February 2, 2011
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Stuart Varon, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Consultant at Hannah More School, Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry, and Owner at Stuart R. Varon, MD, LLC
Presentation Topic: Mental health and medication questions.

The parent support group held monthly at Hannah More School serves parents of students with a range of disabilities including those in the emotional area, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, and health impairments. These conditions typically interfere and produce stress in academic functioning, social development and family relationships.


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Towson University Schedules Arena Town Hall

For area residents concerned about the new arena. Read about it here.


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"Cinderella Ate My Daughter" author on Diane Rehm right now

From WAMU: Pink is everywhere today. Walk into any toy store and it is easy to recognize items meant for little girls -- sparkly dress-up clothes, tiaras, even pink sports equipment. Some mothers embrace their daughters’ choice to celebrate femininity – especially given their success in the classroom and on the playing field. Others question what princess mania may mean for girls as they become young teens. Still others see the new girlie-girl culture as a product of mass marketing that threatens to consume their daughters. The dark side of pretty and pink: how choices we make for our toddlers can influence their teenage years and beyond.

(Her guest is Peggy Orenstein, who sparked the post about strong-girl books, which has given us all so much great info. BTW: My daughter is way into Disney princess stuff and Barbies and I'm not 100% sure it's ruined her; actually, one of my main concern with it is the massive consumerism, although other concerns linger.)

Today from 11 a.m. to noon on 88.1 FM. Or listen online later.


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Good books with a strong girl protagonist?

Note: Someone requested that we expand this to recommendations for older kids, too. So if you have any titles to share, feel free!

I've talked about this issue before with friends and was reminded of it today when I saw a clip of journalist/author Peggy Orenstein talking about the "pink box" we put girls in. She has a new book out called "What's Wrong with Cinderella?" (See more on that below.)

Do any of you have books to recommend that have strong, brave female protagonists that would be good for the preschool or kindergarten set? I get the sense that the chapter-book world might have a number of options but I'm not aware of many that are more in the picture-book realm. I'm not saying they don't exist, I'm just not aware of them. I asked at the Towson library today and the librarian didn't know of any. We have read "The Paper Bag Princess" but I'd love to know of more.


When journalist Peggy Orenstein published an essay in The New York Times Magazine about the “princess-mania” that has overtaken a new generation of little girls, she was not prepared for a firestorm.


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Rodgers Forge still has trepidation about new Towson arena

Towson Times: With the announcement this month that Towson University will break ground in May for a 5,000-seat sports arena, the Rodgers Forge community is waiting for a second announcement.

That would be for the date of a community forum that the university promised to hold before the groundbreaking ceremony. ... full story here


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Art Camp is open today

JOIN US FOR AN ART CAMP DAY TODAY, Wednesday, January 26!

School closed? We are open in MT. WASHINGTON for a day of painting, crafts, and fun~

9-1 $35
9-3 $50
Or choose your own hours: $10/hour
no need to register - just stop in - ages 4-10

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

BSO for kids

Beethoven: A Musical Hero

Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

Travel back in time and uncover the remarkable life of 
one of history’s greatest composers, Ludwig van 
Beethoven. Listen as the BSO plays music from some
of Beethoven’s most heralded and recognizable pieces, 
including Für Elise, Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9 and his
 Moonlight Sonata. Details here (scroll down).


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PTA officials will discuss ban on craft fairs with BCPS this Thursday

PTA officials say: PLEASE ATTEND THE BALTIMORE COUNTY PTA COUNCIL MEETING
THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 7 PM, AT LOCH RAVEN HIGH SCHOOL TO ASK ABOUT
RULE 1300 AND THE PERMANENT BAN ON CRAFT FAIRS

Two key people from BCPS Operations, Bill Wingerd and John Damron, are going to be at the meeting to discuss Rule 1300, which governs school-use.

We need a big turnout at this meeting!

We need to be armed with facts: how much money has gone directly to the schools because of these events? We need people to ask, what would be lost in terms of resources, enrichment, and support?

We’ve emailed information on the PTA Council meeting to our membership at Loch Raven and Ridgely Middle. Can you all do the same? This rule really affects a lot of people in the community and many schools, now and in the future.

If your school and/or your PTA has been affected by BCPS prohibiting community-based activities that benefit your school, please come to this meeting and ask why!

Link to story on Fox 45 news on the banning of Craft Fairs last week:
http://www.foxbaltimore.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wbff_vid_6453.shtml
(go to video list: Craft Fairs Banned)

Link to Baltimore Sun article on the ban:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-school-officials-ban-craft-f20110114,0,3148573.story

We have also invited local government and state elected officials to come to this meeting.

Directions to Loch Raven High School:
Beltway Exit 29A (Loch Raven Blvd./Cromwell Bridge Rd.)
Turn left onto Cromwell Bridge Rd.
Turn left onto Cowpens Ave.
The school is on the corner of Cowpens Ave. and Cromwell Bridge Rd.

Hope to see you on Thursday at 7 pm!

Leslie Weber, PTSA President, Loch Raven High School
Kay Hardisky, PTA Vice-President and Craft Fair Organizer, Ridgely Middle School
Julie Sugar, PTSA Vice-President, Loch Raven High School and Former PTA President and Craft Fair Organizer, Ridgely Middle School


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Monday, January 24, 2011

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Traffic delays expected for firefighter funeral

Services for Mark Falkenhan will be at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on Charles and then in Timonium. Details here.


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Two more volunteer trainings at RFES

Remember, you can't volunteer in the school or chaperone field trips unless you've had the training. It only takes a few minutes.

Sessions are:
January 26 at 6:30 p.m. or
February 1 at 6:30 p.m.


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Sunday, January 23, 2011

POSTPONED: Meeting about Stoneleigh overcrowding this Wednesday

MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED AGAIN BECAUSE OF SNOW. NEW DATE TBA.

Stoneleigh parents say
: Stoneleigh Elementary School is significantly over capacity - with 131 more students than the school was built to educate. Overcrowding is disrupting the children’s daily needs and education and is creating an environment of unequal access to educational resources. We are concerned that the safety of Stoneleigh students is at risk due to this overcrowding. No major changes are currently underway or funded for Stoneleigh. We have dropped in priority on the Capital Budget Request list!

A critical community-wide meeting is being held on:
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 7:00pm at Stoneleigh Elementary School, 900 Pemberton Road.

Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Strategic Planning representatives are attending. Please come hear how the county plans to meet upcoming challenges. We need a large community turnout out at this meeting. You have already successfully raised a school house and alleviated a great deal of overcrowding for Rodger’s Forge. We are impressed. Please come to support your larger community at this meeting!


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Update on the stabbing at Rodgers Forge Apartments

More details now available at Patch.com.


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BCPS bans PTA craft fairs

Reports WJZ -- read about it here. And here's an earlier story from the Sun.


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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kamenetz includes money for Hampton Elementary expansion in budget

Baltimore Sun: ... The executive's annual message to the 15-member planning board on capital spending for 2012 offered highlights of a $670 million spending plan. Kamenetz focused on school construction, a contentious issue among many parents whose children are coping with crowded schools. The capital improvements budget also covers an array of maintenance projects, including roads, county buildings and parks. ... full story


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"Science Fair" at Lakeshore this Saturday


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Councilman Marks' January newsletter

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Towson Swim Club opening a year later than planned

Read about it in the Towson Times.


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Man stabbed at Rodgers Forge Apartments last night

Read about it at Patch.


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Latest crime report, including a carjacking

Monday, 1/10/11 at about 11 PM - 800 block of Dulaney Valley (this is where the mall is): The suspect ran up to the victim’s vehicle and pointed a handgun at them. The suspect ordered the victim and her two daughters to get out of the car. The suspect drove off with the vehicle. A description of the vehicle was immediately broadcast by responding units. A Maryland State Police trooper spotted the vehicle on 695. Baltimore County units and air support located the trooper and the suspect vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated. The suspect bailed out of the vehicle on Cromwell Bridge Rd. near Satyr Hill Rd. The suspect was apprehended after a foot pursuit through the woods.

Full report is here.


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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Schools closed, but art camp is open today

JOIN US FOR AN ART CAMP DAY TODAY, Tuesday, January 18!

School closed? We are open in MT. WASHINGTON for a day of painting, crafts, and fun.

9-1 $35
9-3 $50

Or choose your own hours: $10/hour. No need to register - just stop in - ages 4-10.

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POSTPONED: Meeting about overcrowding at Stoneleigh

Because schools are closed, this meeting has been postponed. New date 1/26 at 7:00.

Stoneleigh parents say
: Stoneleigh Elementary School is significantly over capacity - with 131 more students than the school was built to educate. Overcrowding is disrupting the children’s daily needs and education and is creating an environment of unequal access to educational resources. We are concerned that the safety of Stoneleigh students is at risk due to this overcrowding. No major changes are currently underway or funded for Stoneleigh. We have dropped in priority on the Capital Budget Request list!

A critical community-wide meeting is being held on:
Tuesday January 18Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 at 7:00pm at
Stoneleigh Elementary School, 900 Pemberton Road

Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Strategic Planning representatives are attending. Please come hear how the county plans to meet upcoming challenges. We need a large community turnout out at this meeting. You have already successfully raised a school house and alleviated a great deal of overcrowding for Rodger’s Forge. We are impressed. Please come to support your larger community at this meeting!


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Sunday, January 16, 2011

So, do you feel inferior to Chinese parents?


By now you have likely seen excerpts from Amy Chua's new book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" in which she explains why Chinese parents (yes, she is painting with a wide brush here, one that is not supported by my experiences) are better parents than those in the West, including listing things her daughters were never allowed to do:

• attend a sleepover
• have a playdate
• be in a school play
• complain about not being in a school play
• watch TV or play computer games
• choose their own extracurricular activities
• get any grade less than an A
• not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama
• play any instrument other than the piano or violin
• not play the piano or violin. (full story here)

And here's a response called "In Defense of the Guilty, Ambivalent, Preoccupied Western Mom" by Ayelet Waldman.

So, are you on board with screaming at your child for hours, calling her garbage and saying you'll give her dollhouse away if she doesn't master a song on the piano? And if not, are you sure you really love your kids?


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

What do you think about the new sanitized Huck Finn?


I was thinking about new reading material for my 8-year-old son the other day and "Huckleberry Finn" came to mind. I pulled out our copy to see just how often it had the N-word and of course it has it a lot. I decided I was just not ready to deal with that, and I just couldn't picture sitting on the couch and reading that word out loud to my son. Perhaps I lost a teachable moment, I don't know.

So I was interested to hear recently that a new version of the book replaces the N-word with the word "slave." What do you think -- is this a good solution for people who are uncomfortable with that word? Or is this desecrating a classic piece of literature?

By the way, here's what Mark Twain is reported to have said about this kind of thing: "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."

Should my takeaway be that my son is just too young for this book and should only read it when he can understand the context more fully? And what about hearing the text read aloud in class with the offending word still present?


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Where do you grocery shop?




I recently realized that we really need to be better about watching how we spend money and one thing I want to do is pay more attention to our grocery bill. I can easily comparison shop between Product A and Product B at the store, but I never remember how much items cost and so I can't tell which store has the best prices. I'll start paying attention, but have any of you done comparisons between stores and have an idea of who's got the best prices?

We generally shop at Trader Joe's and Giant, and the farmer's market every weekend. I like the new Safeway on York Road but I think I've heard that Safeway is generally pricier. (?)

PS: I see that a MOM's Organic Market is opening in Timonium at some point.


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Baltimore County schools facing larger class sizes, funding cuts

Liz Bowie of the Sun reports:

Class sizes would rise in Baltimore County next school year under Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's budget proposal, which includes a freeze on filling about 200 vacant teaching positions, even as the system experiences a surge in enrollment.

Hairston, who presented his plan to the school board Wednesday night, is also proposing a 5 percent decrease in central office and individual school budgets that would require principals to cut back on purchasing supplies and equipment.

Read the full story here.


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Councilman Marks seeks your input on biking and pedestrian committee

I am sponsoring, with County Councilman Tom Quirk, legislation that would create the Baltimore County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. This all-volunteer panel would work to make Baltimore County's transportation system more sensitive to pedestrians and bicyclists. The panel would also seek to expand the county's network of trails, which can boost tourism in Baltimore County.

I am very interested in hearing from citizens who may wish to testify on the legislation. Your community is a perfect example of how we need to make our living spaces more walkable, particularly as older homeowners sell to younger families, many with children. There is interest in establishing a Safe Routes to School program in Rodgers Forge like exists in other parts of Baltimore County.

During this time of limited resources, the County Council is looking at ways to better plan communities and make smart investments in the future. This type of panel can help accomplish that, at little expense to the county.

If you are interested in testifying, please contact me at (410) 887-3384 or dmarks@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks


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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The new arena at Towson University


Towson U has revealed what its new 5,000 seat arena will look like, and has launched a website that will count down the days until its opening. This is the stadium that caused so much controversy a while back when TU originally planned to build it almost literally in the back yard of Stanmore Road residents. The university later agreed to change the location.


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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Meeting about overcrowding at Stoneleigh Elementary on Jan. 18

Stoneleigh parents say: Stoneleigh Elementary School is significantly over capacity - with 131 more students than the school was built to educate. Overcrowding is disrupting the children’s daily needs and education and is creating an environment of unequal access to educational resources. We are concerned that the safety of Stoneleigh students is at risk due to this overcrowding. No major changes are currently underway or funded for Stoneleigh. We have dropped in priority on the Capital Budget Request list!

A critical community-wide meeting is being held on:
Tuesday January 18, 2011 at 7:00pm at
Stoneleigh Elementary School, 900 Pemberton Road

Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Strategic Planning representatives are attending. Please come hear how the county plans to meet upcoming challenges. We need a large community turnout out at this meeting. You have already successfully raised a school house and alleviated a great deal of overcrowding for Rodger’s Forge. We are impressed. Please come to support your larger community at this meeting!


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County schools closing one hour early today

Because of snow in forecast. http://www.bcps.org/status/
PS: Weather.com says there's only a 20% chance of snow before 5 p.m. We'll see.


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Maryland schools ranked #1 by Education Week


Liz Bowie of The Sun reports: For the third year in a row, Maryland's public schools have been ranked No. 1 in the nation by a leading education newspaper, which gives the state high marks for its policies, the preparation of its youngest children and overall achievement.

"What makes Maryland stand out is that it is on the one hand a strong achiever and has shown improvement, but it is also a real leader in terms of policy," said Christopher Swanson, vice president of editorial projects in education at Education Week, which produced the rankings. He said some states that have high student achievement have coasted, but Maryland has kept the pressure on schools to improve. (full story)

Rankings or no, I am concerned that schools today, nationwide, are neglecting important aspects of education in favor of high test scores. Human calculators are not going to come up with breakthrough ideas. After all, Einstein was staring at trains and daydreaming when he came up the the theory of relativity. That's a creative mind at work.



"The Creativity Crisis"
[Researchers have] found creativity scores had been steadily rising, just like IQ scores, until 1990. Since then, creativity scores have consistently inched downward. “It’s very clear, and the decrease is very significant,” Kim says. It is the scores of younger children in America—from kindergarten through sixth grade—for whom the decline is “most serious.”

The potential consequences are sweeping. The necessity of human ingenuity is undisputed. A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future. Yet it’s not just about sustaining our nation’s economic growth. All around us are matters of national and international importance that are crying out for creative solutions, from saving the Gulf of Mexico to bringing peace to Afghanistan to delivering health care. Such solutions emerge from a healthy marketplace of ideas, sustained by a populace constantly contributing original ideas and receptive to the ideas of others. (full story)

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"Effort to Restore Children’s Play Gains Momentum"
For several years, studies and statistics have been mounting that suggest the culture of play in the United States is vanishing. Children spend far too much time in front of a screen, educators and parents lament — 7 hours 38 minutes a day on average, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation last year. And only one in five children live within walking distance (a half-mile) of a park or playground, according to a 2010 report by the federal Centers for Disease Control, making them even less inclined to frolic outdoors.

Behind the numbers is adult behavior as well as children’s: Parents furiously tapping on their BlackBerrys in the living room, too stressed by work demands to tolerate noisy games in the background. Weekends consumed by soccer, lacrosse and other sports leagues, all organized and directed by parents. The full slate of lessons (chess, tae kwon do, Chinese, you name it) and homework beginning in the earliest grades. Add to that parental safety concerns that hinder even true believers like Ms. Wilson. ...

Too little playtime may seem to rank far down on the list of society’s worries, but the scientists, psychologists, educators and others who are part of the play movement say that most of the social and intellectual skills one needs to succeed in life and work are first developed through childhood play. Children learn to control their impulses through games like Simon Says, play advocates believe, and they learn to solve problems, negotiate, think creatively and work as a team when they dig together in a sandbox or build a fort with sofa cushions. (The experts define play as a game or activity initiated and directed by children. So video games don’t count, they say, except perhaps ones that involve creating something, and neither, really, do the many educational toys that do things like sing the A B C’s with the push of a button.)

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Kid rockers do Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder


Students from School of Rock will perform at the Recher this weekend.
http://www.rechertheatre.com/Shows


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Monday, January 10, 2011

School delay likely on Wednesday


Snow expected Tuesday night. Get those back-up plans ready.


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Sunday, January 9, 2011

The more eyes the better - have you seen this missing teen?


Baltimore Sun: Phylicia Simone Barnes was visiting Baltimore from her hometown of Monroe, N.C., and was staying with her older sister in a basement apartment, within sight of a Home Depot at the Reisterstown Road Shopping Plaza. She had planned to move to Baltimore to attend Towson University after graduating early from high school.

According to police, Phylicia walked out of the apartment about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 28. She sent a text message to her 27-year-old sister Deena, apparently about food, and has not been seen or heard from since. Her debit card has not been used, her cell phone has been turned off and she has not updated her Facebook page.

"We look at the individual's background," Maj. McLarney said. "We look for any sort of substance abuse, any sort of emotional problems. None of that is present here. We have nothing to suggest that Phylicia Barnes fled of her own free will to some other part of the country."

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-missing-girl-teen-20110105,0,2204041.story


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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Coffee Talk on Wednesday morning with Towson Patch

This was postponed to 1/19 b/c of snow.

Towson Patch says: "You work hard, so why not sit down for a nice cup of coffee next Wednesday morning. Don't worry, it's on us. Meet your friendly neighborhood Towson Patch staffers and talk about what's in the news. We can talk lots and lots, but the coffee is only free while supplies last, so show up early!"

Jan. 12 19, 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Towson Hot Bagels.
Details here.


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Friday, January 7, 2011

Have extra LEGOs you don't want anymore?


A group of parents is getting a LEGO after-school club off the ground at RFES and we are seeking donated LEGOs or similar toys (Micro Bloks, K'nex, etc.) for the kids to use. If your house is over-run with toys or you just need to clear space and there are LEGOs taking up room, here's a great way to get rid of them. Contact forgeflyer (at) gmail.com. Thanks!!!


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County schools opening 2 hours late

What are the roads like near you? I looked out front at 6:30 this morning and thought, "There won't be a delay; there isn't even any snow on the street, just a dusting on the cars." But our alley has a bit of snow.

http://www.bcps.org/status/


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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Speed camera stats

Patch.com just posted stats on speed-camera citations:
http://towson.patch.com/articles/county-speed-cameras-issued-more-than-17-million-in-citations


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West Towson Elementary to get a new sign

Update 1/5/11: I asked WTES' principal, Sue Hershfeld, if it was true that the signs would be re-purposed. She replied, via email: "Thank you for checking with me about the sign. It will not be tossed out. The county is looking into how it could be used."

Have to say, I'm surprised over the uproar. I agreed that it wasn't perhaps the best look for Charles Street (though I love the little Westie dog and the colors) but it didn't seem like that huge of a deal and frankly it never occurred to me that they would take it down. I do hope it can be re-used so the money isn't wasted.

Many residents had complained that the new $35,000 signage for WTES and Ridge Ruxton did not look appropriate for Charles Street, which is a scenic byway. Here's a letter from BCPS Superintendent Joe Hairston saying the sign will be replaced with "one that complements the attractiveness of the community and the schools' natural landscape." Also included is the letter from Councilman Marks and Councilwoman Almond in which they said the signs were not appropriate.


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Half off at Parkville Lanes

Parkville Lanes -- A Two-Person Rock 'n' Bowl Pass, Including Shoe Rental ($11) or a Four-Person Sunday Duckpin Bowling Pass, Including Shoe Rental ($25). Details here. Must buy today.


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County's Christmas tree pick up is Jan. 10-15

To conserve fuel this winter, curbside collection of Christmas trees will involve two collections over a one-week period. Christmas tree recycling collection from Baltimore County single-family homes and town homes will begin Monday, January 10, 2011. To ensure collection, residents must place their tree at the front curb/street by Saturday, January 15, 2011.

Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or a condominium should follow their property manager’s instructions for Christmas tree collection.

Residents must follow a few simple rules when placing Christmas trees out to be recycled:
• Set out bare trees only; (no decorations, bags, tree stands, etc.)
• Set out trees only at the front curb/street; trees will not be collected from alleys.

Baltimore County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash/recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to be chipped and later used as mulch.


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Woodbrook Players auditions coming up


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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Spots still available for kids' dance classes at TU

9am Developmental Dance - Four Spots Open
9am Creative Movement - One Spot Open
9am Ballet Fundamentals - Two Spots Open
10am Creative Movement - FULL

Details here: http://www.towson.edu/dance/cdd/


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This sounds really interesting

John Monahan talks about his book "They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge" at the Waverly library tomorrow at 6:00 PM (Wednesday, 1/5/11).

The origins of the "mad scientist" stereotype can be found in the sometimes eccentric real life of men and women who challenged our view of the world and broke new scientific frontiers. In They Called Me Mad, John Monahan recounts amazing true stories of famous scientists and luminaries such as Archimedes, Isaac Newton, and Nikola Tesla. Monahan writes, "it is their vision, their passion, their determination in the face of opposition, and their creative genius that helped forge the modern age we live in."

John Monahan is a science teacher in Baltimore and a member of the National Science Teachers Association. Event details here.


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More speed cameras possible

So, what do you think of the idea of getting more speed cameras in the county? Has anyone noticed a reduction in speeding on Stevenson near the camera? Seems they placed it in a weird place -- it's aimed at people who have just gone up a hill, who would probably be going pretty slowly anyway. I don't understand why it's not further down on Stevenson facing those who speed down the hill.

I don't love getting speed-camera tickets -- I've only gotten one and that was on the freeway in a work zone where no workers were present -- but I'm also pro slower driving in our neighborhood so unless someone shows the cameras are inaccurate, I don't think it would hurt to have more. I know people say they are just revenue generators, but if they're generating revenue by discouraging speeding, why is that a bad thing?

(BTW, Jim Brochin is trying to change the speed camera law so they are only operating in work zones when workers are there.)


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Turn your Christmas tree into mulch

"Boy Scout Troop 792 out of Loch Raven United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Christmas Tree Recycling Program at Pleasant Plains Elementary on Saturday, January 8. Bring your tree to the school between the hours of 9 am and 12 pm and take home your mulch.....free !

If you are unable to make it to Pleasant Plains, the Troop will also be at Stoneleigh Elementary on the same day from 12 pm - 3 pm."

The county will be collecting trees Jan. 10-15. Details here.


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Music at Ryan's Daughter this Friday

"Idlewylde resident Kate Fleming will be playing live at Ryan's Daughter in Belvedere Square this Friday 1/7/11 from 10 p.m. to close. Come enjoy live acoustic music, great food and drinks and a relaxed atmosphere to help you unwind after the holiday season. She hopes to see you there! Check out Kate's music on You Tube, original songs at www.myspace.com/kateflemingmusic or find her on Facebook (Kate Haughey Fleming)."


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Monday, January 3, 2011

Latest crime report

Includes a break-in on Murdock. Read it here.


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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas tree recycling; mulch for you

Boy Scout Troop 792 will hold it’s 14th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Day on Saturday, January 7, from 10am – 3pm, at Stoneleigh Elementary. Participants simply need to bring their tree to be recycled; there is no charge. Bring a bag if you would like to take home fresh pine mulch, made from your tree.


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