Everything is 30% off, all sales final. Only the Belvedere Square store is closing; Columbia store to stay open. I'm sad that we're losing this and I hope something good will go in its place.
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Everything is 30% off, all sales final. Only the Belvedere Square store is closing; Columbia store to stay open. I'm sad that we're losing this and I hope something good will go in its place.
8 am to noon in front of RFES. You must be a Rodgers Forge resident to use the dumpsters, so bring your driver license.
Acceptable items: yard waste, paper, mattresses, carpet, metal waste, appliances with freon.
AmVets will be there to take reusable furniture and working computers.
The Loading Dock will take undamaged wood and most other materials that can be used in the building and home-construction trades.
Unacceptable items include: tires, paints, gasoline containers, propane tanks, anything explosive.
On Saturday, April 30, 2011, Baltimore County will host a joint compost bin and rain barrel sale. The sale will be held on the auxiliary parking lot of THE AVENUE at White Marsh, 8125 Honeygo Blvd (behind the movie theater across Town Center Drive). This sale will be a one-day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Compost bins and rain barrels will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
The compost bin for sale is once again The Earth MachineTM, made from recycled plastic with an 80-gallon capacity, easy snap together assembly, and a ten-year warranty.
The rain barrel for sale is once again the Systern Rain Barrel. The Systern Rain Barrel is made from recycled plastic with a 55-gallon capacity, a mosquito mesh to keep bugs and debris out, and a five-year warranty. It also comes with installation instructions, spigot, screws, and an overflow hose.
Compost bins, valued at $100, will be available for the low price of $35, including tax. Rain barrels, valued at $120, will be available for the low price of $50, including tax. There is no limit on the amount of compost bins/rain barrels you may purchase at this event and both items will be sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Cash, checks, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) will be accepted and you do not need to be a Baltimore County resident to purchase a compost bin or rain barrel.
The average household that composts can reduce the amount of yard materials set out for collection by approximately 600 pounds annually. This is a big help for the environment (reduces pollution from collection truck activity) and the County's bottom line (reduces yard materials processing costs).
Collecting and reusing rainwater is a great way to help the environment and your garden because rainwater is free from chlorine and other water treatment chemicals. Using a rain barrel reduces water pollution that can at times be caused by stormwater runoff.
This sale will be a joint effort hosted by Baltimore County's Department of Public Works (DPW), Bureau of Solid Waste Management, and the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS).
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"The attached picture is of a lost dog. My friend that works at Lutherville Animal hospital sent it to me. He/She was found in the Kenilworth area of Towson. If you recognize the dog please let me know."
The First Humans in Space, Saturday at Towson University as part of Saturday Morning Science. Free and open to the public. 10 a.m. and noon. This is the last session of the season. Details here:
McKay Jenkins, who lives nearby in the Towson area, will be reading from his book, and doing signings, this Thursday, April 28, at the Ivy Book Shop, at Falls and Lake. Starting at 6:30 pm.
"In the past few years, scientists have become increasingly worried about the growing presence of synthetic chemicals in our bodies, and in our environment — and the connection these chemicals may have to cancer, hormonal imbalances, and many other diseases. These are not just the toxins leaking out of industrial dumps — they are the chemicals leaking into us from the products we use every day: from cosmetics, cookware, and the fabric in our upholstery; from pharmaceuticals in our drinking water and the pesticides we spray on our lawns.
I learned this the hard way. A few years ago, I discovered a surprise in my abdomen: a tumor the size of a baseball. An hour before I was to enter the operating room, researchers asked if I had ever been exposed to toxic chemicals. In my life, I asked? This seemed like an odd question. What kind of chemicals do you mean? The researchers began reading from a list, which turned out to be very long. Some things I had heard of, many others I had not. Formaldehyde? Weed killers? Glues? Dry cleaning fluids? Detergents? Lacquers? Flame retardants? Plastic meat wrap?" (Read more here.)
“What's Gotten Into Us delivers a scary punch. The everyday environment of American life is seething with little-understood and sometimes demonstrably dangerous chemical compounds—weird stuff that's crept into all our bodies, whether we know it or not. And we don't know what it does or could do to us. A nice piece of work, a Silent Spring for the human body.”
– Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone
Plants, crafts, gifts, food, music, exhibits and awards. Details here.
On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, during the entombment of former-Governor William Donald Schaefer at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, residents of these communities and travelers in the Timonium/Cockeysville area will experience traffic congestion as a result of the funeral procession and cemetery service.
We expect that the funeral procession will leave downtown Baltimore no earlier than 12:15 PM. However, because of the size of the expected crowd of mourners and the length of the church service, it is very difficult to predict exactly when the procession will leave or predict when it will arrive in the Timonium area. However, once it leaves the downtown church, it will proceed north on I-83 and then east onto East Padonia Road, across York Road and then continue on West Padonia Road to the cemetery. This is expected to be a very large, extended procession. THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC DELAYS IN THE AREA . Our best estimate of the time frame of these delays will be somewhere between 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM, with the majority of delays being between 1:00 and 3:00 PM. As the procession passes York Road, northbound and southbound traffic will be held for what may be an extended period of time. Once the procession passes through, York Road will re-open. It may be necessary to shut down a portion of W. Padonia Road near the cemetery during the service. However, a short detour route will be set up if that occurs.
April 30 and May 1:
Radio Games & Give-aways
NASCAR Racecar Displays
Pony Rides at the Petting Zoo
Beer & Wine - $2 entry fee to the 98 Rock & Plaza Gardens
The Towson Area Citizens On Patrol (TACOP) will have a table at the event. Your Rodgers Forge C.O.P. will be at the booth from 2:00 - 3:00 PM on Saturday. Stop by and say hello.
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Many volunteers have already put in lots of hours to make this annual event a success and more people are needed on the day of the walk-a-thon. This is a great way to help your school and get to know other parents, too.
As you know, Tech Trek is May 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 and the following spots need additional help:
Set up from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Take down from 4:00 to 5:00
If you can help out, please contact Linda at lamiller(at)towson.edu
Michael Dresser of the Sun reports: The State Highway Administration is taking another crack at the Towson roundabout — aiming to improve safety and traffic flow at an intersection that has bedeviled engineers for decades.
Details and full story here:
Easter Sunday Worship and Egg Hunt
9:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. worship services
We welcome you to celebrate the Resurrection in both worship services with music, message and praise.
FOR THE KIDS! Join us for a Petting Zoo with rabbits, chicks, and more on the Peace Terrace and Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn between the services.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! An epic Medieval Family Festival approaches! Explore a royal kingdom from corner to corner, where your entire family will meet colorful characters, learn about medieval artists and guilds, create dazzling artwork and much more.
Marvel at lively performers and feats of medieval might all day! While you're here, celebrate the debut of the new Medieval Art Family Guide, and visit the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe for FREE. Dress up as a medieval lord or lady, take your place in the court, and much more!
11 a.m. Mark Jaster performing A Fool Named “O”
12 p.m. Choregraphie Antiqu, performing Medieval Dancing, accompanied by The Splendid Shilling Consort
1 p.m. Fight School performing Sword History 101
3 p.m. GRAND FINALE: Ballet Theatre of Maryland performing Excalibur
The Walters Art Museum
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: Free, including admission to the special exhibition Treasures of Heaven
I was traveling so am late getting to this:
At the last board meeting, on April 13, Councilman David Marks discussed traffic issues in Rodgers Forge. He talked to county traffic planners about changing the intersection at Dumbarton and Stevenson and adding a stop sign there, but they said traffic numbers are not high enough to warrant a change. He also said that he has forwarded on all requests for another speed camera on Stevenson to the police (who are the ones to say where the cameras are placed) and he thinks the odds are good Rodgers Forge will get another camera.
Nancy Surosky, assistant to Kevin Kamenetz, also spoke and said Rodgers Forgians can contact her office with any problems they have such as snow removal, etc. 410-887-2450 ext 5701
Board member Stu Sirota spoke about getting Rodgers Forge to be part of the Safe Routes to School program, which would come with federal dollars to support things such as traffic calming and raising awareness about the benefits of walking to school. More on that soon.
Plans are underway for the annual Forge Fest, but because of county rules there will be no ponies this year.
There was also discussion about an article on the front page of the Towson University student newspaper (Off-campus housing in jeopardy) about possible new restrictions on rentals that could be created because of complaints of noise, etc. Read the article here.
Read it here.
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
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
Materials Not Accepted at Drop-Off
Sunday, April 17:
Kids Unplugged: An Earth Day Celebration for Families
Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Irvine Nature Center’s get-outside initiative, Kids Unplugged, encourages families to literally “unplug” from video games, television and other forms of electronics to participate in activities focuses on Mother Earth. At Irvine, children can make recycled crafts, perform in a drum circle, try wheelie smoothies, play green games, throw seed “bombs” and plant meadow grasses. It’s a great way for families to celebrate Earth Day together! Bring a picnic lunch. $10 per child. Free for adults and children under 3 years old.
Plant A Vertical Garden
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Join Baltimore Contained as we plant organic vegetables started from seed by the horticulture students from Kennedy Krieger High School. Using Woolly Pockets planters, you can grow vegetables on any supporting structure, including a chain link fence! Refreshments provided.
Details and more events here:
Councilman David Marks will sponsor a community meeting on Thursday, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Loch Raven library (1046 Taylor Avenue). This is an opportunity to ask Councilman Marks about any county issues. Staff from the Code Enforcement Division will also be present to address any community concerns. All residents are welcome, and no reservations are required.
Baltimore Green Week kicks off with EcoFest, an outdoor festival giving attendees the opportunity to hear from local producers and organizations offering sustainable options that mesh with our daily lives. Try your hand at yoga, bike rides around the reservoir or bring a vase and take a flower arrangement class with Local Color Flowers! Be sure to come hungry as Propa Falafel, Black Sauce Kitchen and Chipotle prepare to feed the masses with their locally sourced and created dishes. The week continues with a broad range of activities (listed on the Baltimore Green Week page) that offer something for everyone, from the youngest children to the most seasoned environmentalists.
Details here: http://baltimoregreenworks.com/events/ecofestival/
• School-age children spend nearly twice as many hours with screen media such as television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices as they do in school.
• Television use is at an all-time high among preschoolers—according to Nielsen, young children spend, on average, more than 24 hours a week watching TV.
• Screen time is habituating and linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, poor sleep habits and attention problems.
• Forty percent of 3-month-old infants are regular viewers of television and DVDs—even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under two.
Think you'll join in this? Does the fact that it's during spring break make it better or worse? A month or two ago I was really sliding and letting the kids have way too much screen time, so we went cold turkey for a week to realign our brains and it was actually great. Amazing how they can find things to do when forced into it. And with good weather it would be so much easier!
Take a look at the First Archdiocesan Primary Montessori program at the St. Pius X School this weekend. Principal Maggie Dates and new Montessori faculty members are available to meet with you, tour the school and answer questions about the new program.
A classroom model will also be available to demonstrate the techniques and format of introducing a Montessori program to children ages 3 & 4.
Sunday April 17th noon - 2pm
For more information or a private appointment, principal Maggie Dates may be contacted directly at the main school # 410-427-7400.
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"This Friday night, April 15th, from 9:00 to 12:30, Idlewylde resident Kate Fleming plays acoustic guitar and sings from an eclectic set list at Ryan's Daughter in Belvedere Square. Come out and enjoy Ryan's relaxed atmosphere, great food, drink, and live music - all wonderfully close to home.
Find Kate's music on Facebook (search Kate Haughey Fleming), originals at www.myspace.com@
Baltimore Sun: A Baltimore County redistricting panel heard pleas Tuesday night from residents — many from Towson and other parts of District 5 — to keep or change their council boundaries.
Full story here:
Councilman David Marks will be at tonight's board meeting of the Rodgers Forge Community Association to discuss traffic calming in the neighborhood, especially along Stevenson Lane. This will be a good opportunity to share your concerns and your ideas for solutions.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's special assistant, Nancy Surosky, is also scheduled to be there to listen to residents' assorted concerns.
The meeting is Wednesday, April 13, at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of Rodgers Forge Elementary.
Event: Family Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Central Presbyterian Church
Address: 7308 York Road 21204 (corner of York and Stevenson)
When: Saturday April 16th
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Description: Join us for food, fun, crafts and activities for the whole family. Open to the entire community.
Thursday, 10 a.m. on Dulaney Valley Road: The victim had just placed a bag on the backseat of the vehicle and was about to start it, when two men smashed in the driver’s side front and back windows. The man at the driver’s side window was wearing a blue bandana over his face, so being in fear of being robbed, stated “Just take it." ...
Read full report here.
Read about how his meeting went on Friday with two Baltimore County lawmakers, and what comes next, at Patch.com.
Peter Hermann of The Baltimore Sun has a story about the length of time it can take prosecutors to bring charges in child pornography cases. The main example in the article is a Rodgers Forge resident who lives in the 100 block of Hopkins. Read the article here.
Oops, this is now sold out.
"This isn’t your mother’s Grilled Cheese. [Hey, now!] See top chefs and home cooks battle it out for the top Grilled Cheese sandwich.
Competing chefs include: Bill Crouse of Slainte in Fells Point, Matt Milani of The Rumor Mill in Ellicott City, Chad Gauss of City Café in Mount Vernon, Patrick Crooks of Roy’s Restaurant, Kevin Miller of Widespread Concierge Services and Darrick Granai of Baldwin Station. Sample the dishes and enjoy a complimentary signature cocktail."
Sunday, April 10.
Admission fee - $10, Children 10 and under are free.
Proceeds benefit Moveable Feast.
Tickets and details here.
Find out more about the West Towson-area sale here:
I'm told that Senator Klausmeier and Delegate Olszewski are having a private meeting with Dr. Hairston tomorrow morning, and the two lawmakers are accepting suggested questions from the community. (Read about what brought about this meeting at Patch.com.)
The lawmakers are accepting suggested questions for Hairston via email; they must be sent by 3:00 today (April 7).
My friend Carolyn, a Rodgers Forge mom and teacher, makes these gorgeous bows and she now has new ones out for spring. (Perfect for that Easter outfit!) You can find them at Lily Pad at York and Regester, or check them out on Facebook.
"An excellent primer on how our school lunch came to be what it is - and thus should be required viewing for anyone seeking to change it. One of the most engaging on-screen history lessons I've ever seen. And, luckily, the lesson is a substantive one." - The Atlantic
Read more here.
My big fear (one of them) before having kids was that I'd have no idea when or how to sign them up for school. Luckily we moved to Rodgers Forge where you just learn these things almost by osmosis when chatting with your neighbors.
Anyway, Kindergarten registration at RFES is coming up later this month and the forms will take some time to fill out and you also need vaccination records and about 38 pieces of proof that you live here, including handwritten letters from David Marks and Kevin Kamenetz verifying your residency, as well as blood and stool samples, so you'll want to get the forms ASAP. Call the school at 410.887.3582 and ask for Mrs. Kiel. I'm sure the drill is similar for all county schools.
My husband is mesmerized by the
documentary informative film "Radiant City," which is all about how earth- and soul-crushing the suburbs are. I've only seen bits and pieces, but I do know enough to share a spoiler: Neighborhoods like Rodgers Forge and Anneslie and West Towson are the good kind of suburbs.
Here's a trailer for the film (below) and you can watch the whole thing for free online here:
You have until April 10 to buy discounted movies at the Blockbuster at York Road and Walker/Gittings, after that it's closed for good, as are all Blockbusters in the area. We stopped by recently to see about buying a game or two but they only had about three titles left. Lots of movies and TV series, though.
Monday, April 04, 2011
7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Loyola, McGuire Hall West
Austrian economist Gene Epstein, author of Barron's weekly "Economic Beat" column, will discuss his recent book, Econospinning, about how the media manipulate economic statistics - and not usually for the good. This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Sponsored by Tom Dilorenzo, Ph.D., professor of economics, and the BB&T Foundation.
Dr. James Zogby will be at an event at Loyola University in Baltimore on April 5th at 6 pm for the release of his new book, Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters. The book examines the myths, assumptions, and biases that hold us back from understanding and listening to those of the Arab and Muslim worlds. Dr. Zogby's book also looks at how listening and failing to listen has negatively affected U.S. policy and perceptions.
Two armed robberies and lots of burglaries, though nothing in RF. Read it here.
I knew there was some deal between Shell and Giant for discounted gas but I really hadn't paid attention to it until my neighbor mentioned how much he was saving on gas using it. I did it today and saved a total of $5.05 on 16.5 gallons of gas -- a nice little bonus. (I had 300 points so I saved 30 cents per gallon, but you can save up to $2.20 per gallon if you have a ton of points, but they do expire after 30 days.)
All I had to do was enter my phone # at the gas pump and the price instantly went down. I was at the Shell at 935 York Road, a few blocks north of the Towson Circle, at York and Fairmount.
"Here's How It Works: For every dollar you spend at Giant, you earn a point on your card. Earn 100 points, save 10¢/gallon on gas. The more you shop, the more you save - you can redeem up to $2.20/gallon in a single fill up." Read details here: http://www.giantfood.com/savings/shell_program.htm
Update: She's been found!
Last seen on Dunkirk Road in Rodgers Forge Saturday morning April 2nd. Her name is Shaylie and she has no collar on. She is about 14 yrs. old and shows her age. Please call with any details.... Thanks!
HonestTune.com says, "Straddling a land that has Bill Monroe and Townes Van Zandt on one side and Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan on the other, Smooth Kentucky’s sound is a trip through the spirit of American music.”
Check out Smooth Kentucky (one of the members is a Rodgers Forge resident) April 3 at 7:30 pm at Germano's Trattoria in Little Italy.
Alex Chrvala is a fifth grader at Rodgers Forge Elementary and was the youngest finalist at the state level of the National Geographic Bee. Even though he was the youngest, he came in third. Way to go, Alex! Congratulations to him and to all the contestants.
Read about the competition in this Sun article and see a photo of Alex here.
TowsonPatch: For a little over a month behind the doors of Towson High School's auditorium have been students in costume running up and down the aisles, partaking in what seemed like a teenage rebellion.
But, in reality, they were just energetically rehearsing their roles in the school's latest production, "Drood," a 1986 Broadway musical based on Charles Dickens' last book, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." Read more here.
I know this video is totally lame; the only live TV we have has a 3-inch screen, and I shot this video with my iPhone and had to post in two parts. If anyone has a better recording that I can post, let me know. The woman on the right is Susan Millard, who directed the show.
As I said before, kudos to all involved!
It's supposed to be on the 5:00 news, around 5:15-ish. I'll post a clip later if they put it on their website. Or if someone has a way of recording it and making it a YouTube video and can send me a link, that would also be swell.
Liz Bowie of The Baltimore Sun just posted a piece that says Gov. O'Malley announced this morning that he'll nominate Joe Hariston (Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent) to replace Nancy Grasmick as Maryland's school superintendent. Hairston has something interesting to say about his critics and their lack of clout that you won't believe -- read the story and his comments here.