Friday, February 25, 2011

Balt County senators derail hybrid school board

Baltimore Sun: Efforts to create a partly elected Baltimore County school board were defeated Thursday in Annapolis as the county Senate delegation instead threw its support behind a bill that would appoint a task force to study the issue. 

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Recap of last night's meeting about TU arena and the Sun covered the meeting and quotes Rodgers Forge board members who were there (Pat Foretich and Ginny Allen).,0,439840.story

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Another interesting home interior in Rodgers Forge

Check out the lovely french doors leading to the screened-in porch. And the built-ins (?) in the bedroom look somewhat similar to what we plan to do around our dining room windows. See more photos here (and buy the house if you want; it's for sale.)

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jim Smith wants to be president of Towson U

The Towson Times is reporting that former county executive Jim Smith wants to be the next president of Towson University. The audacity is strong in that one, most definitely. Has he read the bios of area college presidents? I have -- they're posted below, and one thing kind of stands out: They have strong backgrounds in higher education. Crazy, right?

If he becomes president of TU, the good old boy network around here is even stronger than I thought it was.

Robert L. Caret became Towson University's 12th president in 2003. Dr. Caret served as a faculty member, dean, executive vice president and provost of Towson University for 21 years before leaving to assume the presidency of San Jose State University in 1995.

Dr. Reginald S. Avery officially assumed the presidency of 108-year-old Coppin State University on January 14, 2008. Dr. Avery, who was serving as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of South Carolina Upstate, becomes Coppin’s fifth president. He brings more than 35-years of experience in higher education to Coppin State and vows a strong allegiance to its mission and a pledge to advance excellence and effectiveness.

Dr. David Wilson brings a wealth of skills and a long trail of accomplishments to his new position as the 12th president of Morgan State University. Dr. Wilson holds four academic degrees: a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in education from Tuskegee University; an Ed.M. in educational planning and administration from Harvard University and an Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy, also from Harvard. He comes to Morgan from the University of Wisconsin, where he was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. Before that, he held numerous other administrative posts in academia, among them: vice president for University Outreach and associate provost at Auburn University, and associate provost of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Sanford J. Ungar became the tenth President of Goucher College on July 1, 2001. ... Prior to assuming his position at Goucher, Mr. Ungar was Director of the Voice of America, the U.S. government’s principal international broadcasting agency, for two years. From 1986 until 1999, he was Dean of the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC.

The Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., President of Loyola University Maryland, brings a wealth of experience as an educator deeply immersed in the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence and the promotion of faith and justice. A native of Massachusetts, he formerly served at a sister Jesuit institution, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, as assistant dean and associate professor of Religious Studies. Fr. Linnane joined the Religious Studies department at Holy Cross in 1994. His scholarly publications are extensive, covering the disciplines of fundamental moral theology, health care ethics, and virtue ethics. He served as assistant dean at Holy Cross from 2003-05 and was named a Loyola College Trustee in 2000. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of the Holy Cross; the Institute of Christian and Jewish Studies; the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Baltimore; and the Board of Directors of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. He is president of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, secretary/treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Maryland Independent College and University Association, a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification, and a representative to the American Council on Education (ACE) Board of Directors for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).

County Executive (Democrat), 2002-10
County Executive, Baltimore County, December 2, 2002 to December 6, 2010. Member, Advisory Council for Port Land-Use Development, 2002-05. Board of Visitors, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, 2002-10. Member, Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, 2002-10 (chair, 2010); Fort George G. Meade Regional Growth Management Committee, 2007-10; Local Government Subcommittee, Base Realignment and Closure Subcabinet, 2007-10. Chair, Board of Directors, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, 2010 (member, 2002-10; vice-chair, 2004; chair, 2005).
Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, November 25, 1985 to September 6, 2001. Resigned September 6, 2001. President, Maryland Circuit Judges Association, 1993-95. Chair, Executive Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1995-96 (vice-chair, 1994-95). Member, Family and Domestic Relations Law Committee, 1997-99, and Public Awareness Committee, 1999-2001, Maryland Judicial Conference.

Deputy Public Defender, District 8, Baltimore County, 1973-77. Member, County Council, Baltimore County, 1978-85 (chair, 1982, 1985). Chair, Charter Review Commission, Baltimore County, 1989-90.

That's a pretty strong bio Mr. Smith has, but it doesn't really scream "university president."

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rodgers Forge resident flips it to Google street view

This is from a friend of mine in Rodgers Forge, who is, as you can see, hilarious. Consider this a cautionary tale, and remember that just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't out to get you.

"I went through a period of time when most of my rants were directed toward Google earth and how weirded out and privacy-invaded I felt because when you look at the street view of my place, you can totally see into my backyard and kitchen. I felt it made a potential criminal's job much easier, and of course, worried that "the man" was watching.

I floated, and rejected for good reason, several Google-thwarting ideas:

1. A "F... Google Earth" banner on my deck, rejected out of respect for my neighbors and the newly literate children on the street

2. Just hanging out naked in my back yard all the time so that they would not be able to show my back yard, also rejected out of respect for my neighbors

3. Spelling out "F... Google" on my roof, so that it could be seen from space, rejected because of my fear of heights.

I kept ranting, of course, and one day, last summer, a car drove down our street while we were hanging out outside. It had a weird piece of equipment on top and was driving quickly. I saw my chance to peacefully protest! Nobody believed that it was a Google-mobile and chided me for my total lack of class.

Then, yesterday, my neighbor looked up his address and lo-and-behold, this came up! Yes, that is me.

It is totally making me happy. Not my finest moment, but when things are quiet, I think of this and giggle to myself.

And, I'm really glad I didn't do the naked thing.

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