Thursday, March 31, 2011

Big milestone for Woodbrook Baptist coming up

Towson Times: On April 3, Woodbrook Baptist Church will celebrate its 140th anniversary. Pastor John Ballenger will give the sermon on this auspicious occasion -- which also marks the dedication of the church building at 25 Stevenson Lane. Read more here.


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Kids' workshop at Home Depot on Saturday


Details here.


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Baseball story time at Towson Library


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Grasmick retiring, and Hairston says criticisms of him are personal

Read about Grasmick here, and Hairston here.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tell us about shopping at Peapod


I keep meaning to try Peapod and have my groceries delivered, but my lack of organization always gets in the way. When I need stuff, I generally need it right away and can't wait a day or two. And I shop at various places -- farmers market and Giant for produce and a few staples, Trader Joe's for milk, eggs, cereal and other items.

But the idea of having all this stuff delivered to my home is pretty intriguing. They also have an offer of free delivery for two months right now, so that sounds extra tempting.

Have you used it? Love it? Hate it? Advice?


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Students rally in Towson to oppose school budget cuts

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore County high school students rallied Monday to keep their teachers in their schools, taking their protests to Towson's streets and county officials' offices.

Read the full Sun story here, and also read Patch.com's coverage here.


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Monday, March 28, 2011

Bravo to Schoolhouse Rock Live participants


Hope you were able to catch a showing of "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr." -- I thought it was very entertaining and my kids (who were not in it) enjoyed it very much. We all owe big thanks to the parents who volunteered so much time to this project. The director and the production managers all work outside the home and I know they put in really long hours on this, as did other volunteers. (One of them didn't even have kids in the play -- she just thought it was an important thing to support!) The kids did a great job and you could tell they'd all worked really hard.

Thanks, everyone. This was a great opportunity for RFES kids and your dedication is appreciated!


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Latest crime report

Including the Royal Farms robbery, and a kidnapping and an assault (not in the Rodgers Forge vicinity). Read it here.


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Don't miss this film, playing Wednesday evening


Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 pm
at The Waldorf School
click here for details and tickets

This is a great film. I saw it last fall and was really struck by it.

Director Vicki Abeles turns the personal political, igniting a national conversation in her new documentary about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform.

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.
http://www.racetonowhere.com/


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Baby sign language classes starting in mid-April


Have you ever wondered what your baby is thinking? Or why your baby is crying? The Baby Signs Program teaches babies to use simple, easy-to-do gestures for communicating with their parents and caregivers. These gestures or “signs” represent an item or concept, like “cat,” “eat,” or “all gone.”

Baby Signs "Sign, Say, and Play" classes are starting soon. Learn signs while singing songs, playing games, and having fun. Classes being held Wednesdays 4/13-5/18 at North Mennonite Church in Roland Park. Contact sarah@babysignsbysarahbittner.com for details.

(I have not taken these classes, but we did sign language with our kids and it was awesome.)


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Baltimore County considers new STEM school

Liz Bowie of the Sun reports: Baltimore County school officials are exploring the possibility of building a science and math school for grades kindergarten through eighth grade in the northwest area, which would be the first school of its kind in the county.

The school, which is still in the conceptual stage, would help to relieve overcrowding in the elementary grades in that area as well as provide a more concentrated focus on subjects that state and national leaders say are important to making the country economically competitive.

Read more here:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-stem-school-20110323,0,940480.story


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Robbery at Royal Farms on York at Stevenson

Baltimore County police are investigating a robbery at the Royal Farms located in the 7200 block of York Road. Read more here.


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A Girl's Nude Photo, and Altered Lives

A cautionary tale. Not sure when to start talking to kids about this, but clearly sooner rather than later.

Poisoned Web: A Girl's Nude Photo, and Altered Lives
By JAN HOFFMAN
Law enforcement officials and educators are struggling with how to confront minors who "sext."


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Padded bikini tops for tweens. Good gawd.

“If a parent buys a padded bikini for an eight year old, children's services should be called! The sexualization of teens is bad enough and now this trend is trickling down to our babies.”


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Rodgers Forge illustrator has new book out

Baltimore Sun: The turbo-charged guy with a head full of swirling salt-and-pepper hair sitting at the lower end of Grand Cru busily sketching most Saturday afternoons, dressed in faded blue jeans, bumpy tweed sport coat, Irish country farmers' vest, shirt and tie, is the loquacious Kevin O'Malley. ... He's a self-employed professional artist, illustrator and author of children's books. He also travels and lectures widely throughout the country on his work.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-backstory-kevin-omalley-20110325,0,7559755,full.story


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Story time Sunday at Towson library


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Barnyard dance at Towson library today


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Friday, March 25, 2011

Councilman Marks on Towson U's public safety building

He was at the TU meeting last night and sent the university this letter today about the issue.


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West Towson/Southland Hills upset by TU plans

Read about last night's meeting regarding Towson University's planned new public-safety building at Patch.com.


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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Latest crime report

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Summer-camp auction coming up

Attention RFES Parents!

The Tech Trek Summer Camp Auction is coming next week! Look for the camp flyer in your child’s red take-home folder on Monday (March 28th). This flyer will have a listing of more than 20 of the area’s best camps. We are so fortunate that they have been generous enough to donate to RFES. Please consider bidding on one or more camps. All bids must be returned to school by Friday, April 1st.

It is a win-win situation: you end up getting a discount on summer camp and ALL PROCEEDS GO TO RFES!!!

If you have any questions, please contact Camp Auction Chair Susan Mealey at smealey1(at)verizon.net or (410) 321-4407.


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A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 11:00 am

Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is one of the most influential pieces created for children and families and has delighted audiences for decades. Watch as your miniature virtuoso learns about the exciting and varied instruments in the orchestra. Details here (scroll down).


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New classes starting at the Painting Workshop

Get creative this spring at The Painting Workshop in Mt. Washington! Spring classes start on Monday, 3/28. Classes include Mommy and Me, Art Play, and Painting, Sculpture, Comics, and more! You can also register now for the weekly Summer Camp!


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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Craft fair Saturday at Loch Raven High

Click image to enlarge.(What, a craft fair, you say? Aren't those banned? This one was originally denied, then they got a one-time waiver, and now the board of ed is trying to figure out what its policy should be.)


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TU hosts meeting about new police station

On Thursday, March 24, 2011, Towson University will host a community meeting to share the final site plans and surrounding elevations of the proposed Public Safety Building at Towsontown Boulevard. The event is an opportunity for Towson University officials to make an informational presentation to interested community members prior to the groundbreaking this spring.

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Minnegan Room, Unitas Stadium Field House
Parking: Available in Lot 20 on Auburn Drive (immediately across from the meeting room)

Please feel to contact me for additional information or questions.

Marina H. Cooper
Assistant to the President for External Relations and Communication
Office of the President
Towson University

I've heard there is some concern among area residents about this new police station, especially those on Alabama Road.


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Debbie Phelps trades Rodgers Forge for Inner Harbor glitz

Read about, and see, Michael Phelps' mom's new digs in The Baltimore Sun magazine.


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Changes coming to intersection of Towsontown and Osler

Read about them here. And speaking of intersections, does anyone else get frustrated at the intersection of York Road and Towsontown Blvd? (Pictured below.) When you're going north on York Road toward Towson and get to this spot, you can either be in the right-turn only lane, or get stuck in the left lane behind people waiting to turn left. Seems this intersection is screaming for a left-turn arrow at the very least.


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Drop off old electronics at Towson University next month

Drop off your personal electronics, batteries, cell phones, printer cartridges, fluorescent light bulbs and more at TU’s annual Recycling Drop-Off Wednesday, April 20. It couldn’t be easier to dispose of electronics and single-stream recycling materials in an environmentally friendly way: simply stop by the drop-off location in the grassy area between lot 11 and the Union Garage from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and we’ll take your recyclables and give you a chance to win TU gear.

Accepted Materials at Drop-Off
Cardboard
Cell phones
Electronics: Any personal electronics, including but not limited to: TVs, computers, VCRs, printers, toasters, microwaves, blenders, typewriters, digital cameras, circuit boards curling irons, keyboards, mice, speakers, cameras, shredders, telephones, cables, cords, etc.
Fluorescent light bulbs (must be intact)
Glass – any color
Batteries (all except automotive; not leaking)
Paper – including magazines, books, mail, etc.
Plastic – any number
Printer cartridges

Materials Not Accepted at Drop-Off
Food
Hazardous Materials
Paint
Trash


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rear-Facing Car Seats Advised at Least to Age of 2

NYT: Toddlers are usually switched from rear-facing to forward-facing car seats right after their first birthday — an event many parents may celebrate as a kind of milestone. But in a new policy statement, the nation’s leading pediatricians’ group says that is a year too soon.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/health/policy/22carseat.html?_r=1&ref=us


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Save 50% on a Music Together class

Save 50% on the spring 10-week session of Music Together of Charm City -- Monday 5:00 class only. Offer good only if you register on Wednesday, March 23rd. Classes begin March 28. Register at www.musictogethercharmcity.com and use the following coupon code: ForgeFlyer.


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Love this new restaurant in Towson! Osaka Asian Fusion








We tried out Osaka tonight and it was fabulous. My son and husband shared a dragon roll (pictured above half eaten) and they said it was delicious, same goes for my pad thai (with tofu), my husband's pad thai (with chicken), and the chicken lo mein that my kids shared. The service was good, it was super clean and the atmosphere was nice. You should try it if you haven't already!


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County to reconsider ban on craft fairs

Read about it here: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/education/blog/2011/03/county_will_reconsider_ban_on.html


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

RFES school play -- ticket sales extended

You now have more opportunities to purchase tickets to "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr." a production of the Rodgers Forge Elementary Drama Club. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

I'm told that "the show is bound to be entertaining and memorable, and is open to the entire Rodgers Forge community."

You can purchase tickets this Monday (3/21) and Tuesday (3/22) on the sidewalk outside of the main doors to RFES from 3:15 to 3:45 and Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:00. Please bring the exact amount of cash or a check made out to RFES PTA. Note: If it's raining on Monday afternoon then there will be no ticket sales that day.

TICKET PRICES:

$5 on Thursday 3/24 SOLD OUT

$8 on Friday 3/25

$8 Saturday 3/26

All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30; seating is first-come, first-served.

If your child attends PlayCenters or is a bus-rider and you can't be there to buy tickets, email Beth at bh.foster(at)yahoo.com.


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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Change in plans for Senator Theatre

Baltimore Sun: The Senator Theatre's operators want to scrap plans for a small-plate restaurant and add more screens to the neighborhood theater that has become "Baltimore's movie palace."

http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/movies/bs-ae-senator-19-20110319,0,6230512.story


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Mom sues preschool for not preparing 4-year-old for Harvard

New York Daily New: A Manhattan mom is suing a pricey preschool for dumping her "very smart" 4-year-old with tykes half her age and boring her with lessons about shapes and colors. In court papers, Nicole Imprescia suggests York Avenue Preschool jeopardized little Lucia's chances of getting into an elite private school or, one day, the Ivy League. Full story here.

Aside from the ridiculousness of this situation, it's sad to think about what people are expecting of their kids. And this preschool really does advertise the fact that it prepares kids for the test to get into elite private schools. Gawd forbid kids should just have childhoods.


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Friday, March 18, 2011

Free Rita's Ice on Sunday

Details here.


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Lavish pay for administrators while teachers get cut and class sizes go up

Liz Bowie of the Sun reports: The Baltimore County school system has some of the highest spending among the state's districts on top-level administration and has just added a new deputy superintendent at an annual salary of $214,000, even as it plans to cut teaching positions in middle and high schools.

... Renee Foose, who worked as a Montgomery administrator, has been hired as a deputy superintendent in Baltimore County and will be paid $214,000 a year when she begins her job next month. She will be one of the better-paid deputy superintendents in the region. In Montgomery, a school system that has about 50 percent more students than Baltimore County, the deputy makes $202,000 a year. In the city, the next-highest-paid administrator below Alonso receives $175,000, and in Anne Arundel, the deputy is paid $164,000.

... Baltimore County Superintendent Joe A. Hairston, who earns $307,000 a year after a decade in the job, is the highest-paid superintendent in the state.

Full story: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-school-administration-costs-20110317,0,1998922.story

Cake, anyone?


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David Marks supports Safe Routes to School

Councilman Marks has written a letter in support of RFES's Safe Routes to School program. Read the letter here.

Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school. In the process, programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone.


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

New task force to address relationships between Towson U and neighborhoods

Baltimore Sun: ... University and county officials have tried for years to address community issues by improving communications and stiffening sanctions against misbehaving students.

Still, tensions with neighbors have persisted as a growing number of students, attracted by affordable rentals, stream off-campus to neighborhoods such as Burkleigh Square, Towson Manor Village and Rogers Forge. ...

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-students-suburbia-20110315,0,6844306,full.story

(Weird that in this photo they have two students shaking hands. Doesn't scream outreach, does it?)


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ridgely AC postponed

A message from Friends of Ridgely Middle School:

URGENT – Ridgely will not have AC in the spring and may not have it before school starts again next fall: We need to act!

We have just received information that the current BCPS schedule for installing AC at Ridgely has slipped -- from this spring to this summer. They are not guaranteeing completion until mid-September of next school year!

This is a serious setback. We were given the impression the students would not have to suffer through 100+ degree heat index classrooms after fall 2010. It now appears definite they will endure extreme heat this May and June and quite possibly next August and September.

BCPS had the money in hand in July 2010 and the contractor's bid was approved in January 2011. This is completely unacceptable.

Please call the following lawmakers and tell them that your children and teachers cannot suffer through another hot season at Ridgely because of BCPS delays. It has been 3 years. Enough is enough!

- Councilman Huff’s office: 410-887-3387 (3rd County Council district)
- Dr. Hairston’s office, 410-887-4281
- Board of Education Office, 410.887.4126
- Kevin Kamenetz's office, 410-887-2450
- Jim Brochin’s office, 410-841-3648

Thank you for advocating for our kids!

(PS: Dumbarton Middle also doesn't have air conditioning.)
(PPS: In answer to the question of why it's a priority at RMS, Ridgely was renovated a year or two ago and the new windows barely open and AC was supposed to be installed. The county didn't spend the money on actually getting chillers for the AC system, so now the school has windows that basically don't open and no AC. A real d'oh moment, if you ask me.)


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Tech Trek needs volunteers


Hey parents of Rodgers Forge Elementary students! Tech Trek will be held May 1 and we could really use some more volunteers. (Tech Trek is the annual walk-a-thon, held at Towson U, that raises money for technology purchases at RFES. Last year it raised $34,000!) But it can't be a success without lots of help from parents.

There are many ways to volunteer and it's not necessarily a huge time commitment, especially if many people pitch in. You can volunteer to help the day of the event -- setting up tables, working the registration table, etc. Or you could help get the baskets ready for the silent auction or visit local businesses and ask for donations. Even if you can't attend Tech Trek that day, you could still help in important ways.

If you have a few hours to spare to support your school, please contact Amanda Kastner at ptkandahk(at)verizon.net.


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Saturday Science at Towson U coming up


“The Science Behind Fireworks” -- Joseph Domanico, pyrotechnics specialist

Saturday, March 19, 2011
10:00 – 11:30 am (first program)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (second program)
Smith Hall, Room 326, Towson University

Come learn about the interaction of math, chemistry, aerodynamics, and engineering in the production of pyrotechnic effects such as white and colored lights, smoke, sound, concussion, and other effects found in both commercial and custom fireworks.

The series is free and open to the public. Students of all ages and their families are invited.
Come early for donuts, juice and coffee!

http://www.towson.edu/HackermanAcademy/Calendar_of_Events/index.asp


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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"Let Kids Rule the School"

New York Times: ... We want young people to become independent and capable, yet we structure their days to the minute and give them few opportunities to do anything but answer multiple-choice questions, follow instructions and memorize information. We cast social interaction as an impediment to learning, yet all evidence points to the huge role it plays in their psychological development.

That’s why we need to rethink the very nature of high school itself.

I recently followed a group of eight public high school students, aged 15 to 17, in western Massachusetts as they designed and ran their own school within a school. They represented the usual range: two were close to dropping out before they started the project, while others were honors students. They named their school the Independent Project.

Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/opinion/15engel.html?_r=1


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RF resident working for more speed humps

From a Dunkirk resident: I have applied for the county to consider ways to slow traffic and increase safety along my street, Dunkirk Road. The Department of Public Works guy I talked to has asked me on which other streets neighborhood residents are interested in having traffic calming measures installed.

So here's my question to you, Rodgers Forge: where in our neighborhood do you want the county to consider? You can comment back here or send the neighborhood association board your thoughts at board@rodgersforge.org.

The levels of traffic calming measures could be:
- passive (periodic police enforcement, changeable sign displaying speed),
- standard (pavement markings, turn restrictions) or
- physical alterations such as speed humps or traffic chokers, such as at the intersection of Pinehurst and Dumbarton Roads.

Here’s how the process works:
1. A street must be mostly residential and 1,000 feet long and meet additional basic requirements.
2. The county monitors traffic volume and speed for a 48-hour period, assigning points based on average vehicle speed and the highest one-hour traffic volume.
3. The county studies the origin and destination of vehicles and assigns points based on the results.
4. Depending on the total points, the county selects and designs traffic calming measures at a passive, standard or physical level.
5. A community member then must get approval of 75 percent of residents along the street where improvements are proposed. If households immediately adjacent to proposed calming devices do not approve of the plan, it cannot go forward. (A speed hump, for example, could be relocated to another part of the block.)
6. Based on funding availability, construction can begin.

There are now speed humps on Dumbarton Road and part of Heathfield Road. Stevenson Lane does not qualify as a local street (but it does have a speed camera).

Which Rodgers Forge streets do you think the county should study?

Thanks for your thoughts.
--Will


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Monday, March 14, 2011

Baltimore County Schools planning for cuts

Liz Bowie of The Sun reports: Baltimore County high schools are beginning to decide which classes — likely the electives and small Advanced Placement courses — they won't be able to afford next year, as they begin eliminating as much as 10 percent of their faculty.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-high-school-teacher-cuts-20110313,0,3905316.story


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Latest crime report

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Meeting tonight about Towson U presidential search

TU listens to the community tonight in advance of its search for a new president. Details here.


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Soccer clinic at Towson U for ages 6-17

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's Daylight Saving Time

Remember to Spring Forward tonight and set your clocks one hour ahead.


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Friday, March 11, 2011

Towson Catholic High not option for overcrowding



Sent from my cell. 


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

County exec says maybe 4th and 5th graders should be in middle school

Liz Bowie and Mary Gail Hare of The Sun report: "Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is asking school officials to consider moving the fourth and fifth grades at crowded elementary schools into middle schools that have extra seats." (full story here)

And here's a story in Patch, which includes Kamenetz's letter.

Parents at Stoneleigh Elementary, which is severely overcrowded, are not happy and are encouraging people to contact Kamenetz and voice their displeasure: kevin(at)baltimorecountymd.gov

What do you think? Is this a viable alternative to additions and expansions? Or is it just more head-in-the-sand avoidance of a very real problem?


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Reminder: Meeting tonight with Chief Johnson

Update: David Marks has a conflict and will have to postpone his appearance at the RFCA meeting. He will likely be there next month and will in the interim be looking at the issue of traffic calming.

Police Chief James Johnson will be at the Rodgers Forge Community Association meeting tonight to discuss crime in the area.

The meeting is Wednesday, March 9th, at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of Rodgers Forge Elementary.


BTW, COP is going to have extra patrols that night in case any burglars see that there's a meeting and feel this would be a good opportunity for them.


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Monday, March 7, 2011

Del. Steve Lafferty in favor of same-sex marriage

As noted earlier, Delegates Bill Frank and Susan Aumann have said they'll vote against same-sex marriage. Del. Steve Lafferty, on the other hand, is a sponsor of the House bill legalizing same-sex marriage and he said that he will, of course, vote in favor of it. The bill is going to the House floor this week.


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Latest crime report

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Craft-fair ban will be on Council's agenda tonight

Mary Gail Hare of The Sun reports: Parents and community leaders will ask the Baltimore County Council for help Monday as they fight to continue holding craft fairs and other fundraisers in county schools.

The county Board of Education policy, which bars third-party vendors from earning profits at county schools, has drawn strong criticism. More than a dozen opponents are planning to ask the council to take action on the rule, which they call misguided, economically unsound and unfriendly to the community. (full story here)


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Sunday, March 6, 2011

David Marks discusses traffic calming at RFCA meeting this Wednesday

Councilman David Marks will be at this Wednesday's board meeting of the Rodgers Forge Community Association to discuss traffic calming in the neighborhood. This will be a good opportunity to share your concerns and your ideas for solutions.

And as previously posted, Police Chief James Johnson will also be at the meeting to discuss crime in the area.

The meeting is Wednesday, March 9th, at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of Rodgers Forge Elementary.


BTW, COP is going to have extra patrols that night in case any burglars see that there's a meeting and feel this would be a good opportunity for them. Also, you might want to send only one member of your household if you are worried about being burglarized. And leave some lights and the TV on, too.


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Friday, March 4, 2011

Renovation of Stoneleigh Elementary moves a step further

Patch.com: ... Parents lobbied hard to get design money allocated for a renovation at Stoneleigh, the first step in the expansion process. That money was not included in the Baltimore County Board of Education's requests for state funding, so the parents turned their attention to the county.
http://towson.patch.com/articles/planning-board-approves-stoneleigh-renovation-design-funds


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Saturday Science at Towson U coming up

Come learn about the life and experiments of one of the greatest scientists of all time, Albert Einstein, in his own words! Well, almost. Marc Spiegel from the Washington, D.C. area will play the part of Einstein and will perform a number of interactive demonstrations on Einstein’s famous theory of relativity. Be prepared to learn a new song or two. Physics has never been so much phun!

Saturday, March 5, 2011
10:00 – 11:30 am (first program)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (second program)
Smith Hall, Room 326
Towson University

The series is free and open to the public. Students of all ages and their families are invited.
Come early for donuts, juice and coffee!!!


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Police Chief will take your questions at the next RFCA meeting

RF Citizens on Patrol says: "Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson will be at the 
next Rodgers Forge Community meeting on Wednesday, March 9th, at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of Rodgers Forge Elementary.
 This is a rare opportunity to have an open discussion with the Chief Johnson concerning safety issues.

If you have a question for Chief Johnson and are unable to attend the meeting, please email RFCOP Co-Leader Karen Falconer at lovinlife6501(at)verizon(dot)net and the questions will be forwarded to the chief at the meeting.



The Rodgers Forge Citizens on Patrol encourages you and your neighbors to be present to take part in this rare opportunity. See you at the meeting."

BTW, COP is going to have extra patrols that night in case any burglars see that there's a meeting and feel this would be a good opportunity for them. Also, you might want to send only one member of your household if you are worried about being burglarized. And leave some lights and the TV on, too.


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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Another kitchen remodel to get your creative (or envious) juices flowing



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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Good turnout for tonight's PTA meeting

Props to the parents who were able to make it to tonight's meeting. The RFES PTA had enough people present to pass its budget and decide a few other things.

The PTA needs someone to head its nominating committee, so if you're interested, let them know. This is an important position and really needs to be filled ASAP. The nominating chair is like a head hunter for the PTA and helps find people who will be next year's PTA committee chairs.

The next fundraiser will start soon and it will be Little Caesars pizza kits and Otis Spunkmeyer treats.

Orioles night will be May 6.

And the drama club's performances will be March 25 and 26 and perhaps another date as well.


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FiOS in Rodgers Forge

I wrote to Verizon and asked why some in Rodgers Forge get FiOS and others don't. (Based on the comments in this post.) This is what they said:

"Rodgers Forge is scheduled to get FiOS. I can't provide a specific date at this time. Residents who already have our FiOS service in your neighborhood are probably served from a different Verizon switching office. A switching office is the physical building that houses the equipment that makes telephone calls work. If a customer does not know the area switching office, he/she can call Verizon (1-800-VERIZON) to find out. [What would it mean if a person was at a certain switching station? How does that relate to getting FiOS?] I cannot provide a list of switching offices. That information is proprietary. However, our FiOS construction schedule is posted on www.verizon.com/md for persons who want to periodically check when FiOS may come to their area."


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Susan Aumann and Bill Frank say they won't support same-sex marriage

Over the past number of years I have heard from hundreds of people who expressed pro and con opinions over the issue of gay marriage. The conversations have been respectful, insightful and heartfelt. I support the current definition of marriage in Maryland law -- marriage is between one man and one woman.
- Delegate Susan L.M. Aumann

I have concluded that the public interest in Maryland is best served by maintaining marriage as between one woman and one man. I am very uncomfortable, in my role as a state legislator, to brazenly attempt to re-define an institution that has been in existence for thousands of years. Re-defining marriage is not a civil rights issue, as some would insist.
- Delegate Bill Frank


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PTA meeting tonight -- please try to attend

The Rodgers Forge Elementary PTA is having a meeting tonight and one of the agenda items is to approve the revised budget (for after-school clubs, etc.) They have been having a problem with lack of attendance and they often don't have enough people there to even take a vote.

Please try to attend the meeting tonight (Tuesday, March 1, at 7:00 in the RFES library) so they can get this important item passed.


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Council members say renting space from Catholic schools might ease overcrowding

The council members supporting this are David Marks, Todd Huff and Vicki Almond. Read the Patch story here. (This was also mentioned by Councilman Marks in this update.) I know this idea was floated a few years ago before the county agreed to build West Towson Elementary; I can't remember exactly why it was rejected though I seem to recall questions about separation of church and state. Anyone remember?


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