Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Christmas productions


The Children's Playhouse of Maryland is showcasing "A Christmas Carol" this weekend and next, and the Moscow Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker at the Lyric in a couple of weeks.


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Tree Lighting in Towson this Saturday

December 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Held at at Olympian Park, near Towson Circle, bring the entire family for an evening of fun and festivities:
• Santa’s arrival by fire engine
• Tree lighting ceremony
• Opening of Santa’s Workshop at the Old Hutzler’s on Towson Circle with reindeer, Beau & Tinsel

Receive reduced parking rates at the parking garage located at Notingham Center, 502 Washington Avenue. http://www.towsonchamber.com/index.htm


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Recent Discoveries in our Solar System

For this week's Saturday Morning Science at Towson U. Details here.


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"A Christmas Carol" this weekend and next


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Grace Holiday Bazaar this Friday

The Grace United Methodist Preschool is pleased to announce its Annual Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Bazaar will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 North Charles Street (the corner of North Charles Street and Northern Parkway).

Make your holiday shopping easy and fun with a spectacular collection of gifts by local artists as well as an Auction with overnight packages, restaurant gift certificates and fine jewelry. Take the stress out of holiday meals with Dishes to Go – meals and side dishes assembled and ready to serve – in addition to delicious baked goods and other fine foods. Beautiful greens will also be sold. Proceeds benefit the Grace United Methodist Preschool.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cat and the Bat

From a Forgian:

Kris,  While on a jog this morning in the zero block of Regester I saw a black cat go into the bushes on the odd side of the street with a dead bat in his mouth.  It was definitely a bat.  Besides thinking this was gross I was instantly concerned for the cat and its family in the event that the prey had rabies.  

I debated sharing this info because I don't know if a cat can even get rabies from a bat.  But, I'd feel bad if I didn't and something happened.  I don't want to cause a scare and freak people out.  I'm sure cats do this all the time.  If you feel worthy share on your blog.  Best wishes.    


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

President Obama and family will be at Towson U game today

My in-laws arrive today so I can't make it, but how cool is that? See details in Patch or The Sun.


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Upcoming concerts at Green Spring Station

December 2

12:00 pm Roland Park Country School Semiquavers

12:30 pm Bryn Mawr Dayseye and Upper School String Ensemble

December 8

6:00 pm Calvert Hall College Choir

December 9

11:30am Boys Latin Upper School Chorus and Middle School Chorus

1:00 pm Garrison Forest Chamber Choir


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Towsonite urges people not to shop on Thanksgiving


Josh Glikin writes in Patch: "I'd like to see Americans start an “Un-Occupy” Movement for one day only: Thanksgiving. This is not a commentary on the Occupy movement and all of the tents and makeshift camps set up in cities across the nation. But it does have to do with protesting greed." Read the full piece here. (Can I get an Amen?)


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Here's Councilman Marks' newsletter for December


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Girl Scout meeting rescheduled

The Girl Scout organizational meeting that was scheduled for tonight will be Nov. 29 at 6:30 PM instead.


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Sen. Brochin holds hearing on BGE's hurricane response

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Festival of Trees starts Friday

Event organizers say: "Even with all those elves, Santa himself couldn’t have designed a better fantasy world than Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees. It’s a three-day extravaganza of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, complemented by over 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodies and activities for kids of all ages. You can also enjoy a special line-up of nightly entertainment for the whole family!"


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rescheduled: Meeting for new Rodgers Forge Daisy Girl Scouts this Tuesday

This has been moved to Nov. 29 at 6:30 instead. 

There will be a meeting for parents of girls in Kindergarten or 1st grade who want to start up a new Daisy group.  November 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm at Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church on Stevenson Lane. (This is an organizational meeting for parents only.) Questions? Contact Jessica Kibbles, Membership & Community Development Specialist for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, at 410-358-9711 ext 240 or jkibbles@gscm.org.


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Free admission for Forgers to Towson U basketball games

Details here.


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What Comes After the Space Shuttle? - this Saturday

As part of Saturday-Morning Science at Towson University. Free and open to the public, all ages. For details, click here.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Latest crime report

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Stories, music and sword dancing


It's "Tellabration" at Cylburn this Sunday. Details here.


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Monday, November 14, 2011

BCPS enrollment numbers are out

Towson Families United reported on its Facebook page: "The September 30th 2011 BCPS enrollment numbers are available. The five elementary schools that serve Towson's core (Hampton, Riderwood, Rodgers Forge, Stoneleigh and West Towson) are 535 students overcapacity. Thankfully construction has begun on the Hampton addition and plans are well underway for the Stoneleigh addition."

View the report and numbers here. If you want to download the original PDF, click here.

The report shows current enrollment; BCPS has said it will release the 2-10 year enrollment projections in January 2012.


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Is your child missing a bike?

A kind Rodgers Forgian just sent this to me: "I live on Dunkirk Rd and recently found a nice children's bike in my alley. I put up some signs in the alley but no luck finding its owner."


You can call Lisa at 410-377-0476 if you think the bike belongs to your child.


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Woodbrook needs your help for the homeless

Help "Operation JOY" at Woodbrook Baptist on Stevenson Lane on Saturday, November 19:

8:00 a.m. - Pancakes with Pastors
Gourmet, complimentary breakfast prepared by the Woodbrook Baptist pastors
9 a.m. – noon – Operation Joy
Fill holiday gift bags for the children, women and men living in Baltimore County homeless shelters to be distributed through the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Homeless Education’s OPERATION JOY program
The morning includes holiday crafts for the kids to take home, a Musikgarten class, holiday goodies, and the sorting of gently used winter clothing for those in need in Appalachia.
You can find details by clicking here.


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Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Performance Nov. 20

If you have children who might like to perform in an orchestra and you want to see what the GBYO is all about, check out this performance.  My daughter plays in the Sinfonia and she loves it!

-- posted by Belinda


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pierce Pettis concert - postponed

Concert postponed; no new date set yet.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recap of tonight's Rodgers Forge board meeting

Del. Lafferty and Jennifer Helfrich

Here are some highlights from tonight's Rodgers Forge board meeting, which addressed a variety of issues: 

Delegate Steve Lafferty was a guest speaker. He discussed his dismay that Rodgers Forge was split into two congressional districts; his support of an increase in water fees to support a healthier bay; his concern over the vagaries of ground rent regulations; his desire to see smart development plans; his work to increase recycling; and his concern about overcrowding in schools and his desire to make sure BCPS is planning for increased enrollment in middle and high schools. 

Board member Janine Schofield said the board will host an electronics-recycling event in January and at Dumpster Day in May. This will enable to residents to drop off their unwanted electronics in the neighborhood; they are not accepted at the dump because they contain toxic materials. 

The architecture committee reported on a number of plans that had been approved (fences, doors, etc.) and said it had rejected a homeowner's request for approval of solar panels on the roof. I asked about the law that was passed in Maryland a few years ago that prohibits community associations from forbidding solar panels. Board member Del Schmidt, who is a Realtor, agreed that there is a law that says solar panels can't be banned. Jennifer Helfrich, the board president, asked for more information about the legislation, which I sent her after the meeting. Stay tuned. 

Board member Scott Carlson said he had a concern about a blurb in this month's newsletter that called attention to a shed erected by a homeowner (whose specific address or name was not cited, but who is identified fairly clearly). There was a quote in the blurb calling it a “monstrosity” and then saying the homeowner, who was new to Rodgers Forge, did not realize county regulations ban having both a shed and a garage in Rodgers Forge and that it had been taken down when it was called to his attention. 

Carlson said from a public relations standpoint it is not good to call out individual homeowners in this way and that the information could have been shared in a more diplomatic manner. Board member Stu Sirota agreed and said there was a "cringe factor" involved in singling out homeowners. He agreed the information could have been shared differently. Newsletter editor Jay Dunn defended the blurb and said this type of thing is an ongoing problem in the neighborhood and that he used direct quotes from residents in the piece. There was no further discussion about it. 

Board member Ruth Roberts said the board would soon begin accepting Paypal for dues payments. Stay tuned for details. By the way, the new directories are out and in them is a yellow sheet that explains how to get entered in a drawing to win a portable scanner. It involves getting your dues in by December 15. 

Sirota said the Safe Routes to School committee had applied for a grant that would fund a new bike rack at RF Elementary as well as educational materials. This committee is also handling overall traffic calming efforts in the neighborhood. 

Several board members are working on making the rodgersforge.org website more interactive, and on starting an official Rodgers Forge Twitter account and Facebook page. (Like!)

Helfrich said she has asked Councilman Marks to work to change the way county permits are issued because the wording on them is not clear and it is hard to tell exactly what type of structure has been approved by the county. This may possibly stem from a case on Hopkins Road where the homeowner, after failing to get zoning approval for an enclosed addition, got a permit to build an open porch instead. The inspections office heard from both the RF board and Marks' office several times about the porch and inspectors visited her house at least five times within several weeks to check on the structure and make sure it was what the county had approved, which it was.

Resident Cynthia Blind is working with the county to address vacant and abandoned homes. If you know of RF homes that are in severe disrepair/vacant/abandoned, you can alert the board at board@rodgersforge.org. 

Several residents and a board member are working with Councilman Marks to see if there is anywhere in or near Rodgers Forge that could be used for a dog park, though the board said even if land is available there will be many other issues to consider such as insurance, liability, whether this is what the community wants, etc. 

There was also discussion about forming a greening committee and looking at ways to encourage planting more trees in the neighborhood

The guideline review committee, which among other things is looking at allowing screened-in porches and perhaps alternative roofing material, has only met once since forming in May but Del Schmidt, who heads it, said they hope to meet again soon.

PS: Forgot to say that the board also voted unanimously to approve the bylaw change stating that members' terms can't be extended without a vote by the general membership. 


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Upcoming road work on York Road

From Del. Steve Lafferty

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The State Highway Administration (SHA) notified me of a sidewalk project on York Road between Hillside and Hatherleigh scheduled to begin on or after November 14th.  I wanted to make you aware of this work due to your proximity to this project.

Below is the information that I received from SHA:

The State Highway Administration (SHA) is beginning a $120,000 project to improve pedestrian safety and access to transit lines along York Road (MD 45) south of Towson, between Hillside Avenue and Hatherleigh Road.

The project includes: replacement of existing concrete sidewalk or construction of new sidewalk, curb and gutter where needed; construction or replacement of sidewalk ramps where needed; and reconstruction of driveway aprons where needed.

On or after Monday, November 14, crews will begin working along sections of northbound and southbound York Road between Hillside Avenue and Hatherleigh Road.  During construction work, there may be single right lane closures along sections of northbound or southbound York Road at any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Additionally, crews will need to temporarily close driveways for up to 24 hours during concrete driveway apron work.  The SHA Project Engineer, Mr. Michael Akers, Jr., will contact residents or businesses prior to any driveway work and temporary closures.  The project will be complete late fall 2011, weather permitting. 


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"Why do leaves change color?" At Cromwell Valley

Sunday, November 13 at 1 PM to 2:30 PM
We will read the story Why Do Leaves Change Color, by Betsy Maestro, Illustrated by Loretta Krupinski, then go on a hike collecting different leaves found in the Park. How many colors will you find? How many shapes and sizes? Children will then get to make their own trees to take home. Ages 6 - 10. Reservations required. $2 members/$4 non-members.
Willow Grove Nature Education Center
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Delegate Steve Lafferty will be at Rodgers Forge board meeting tomorrow

He is the guest speaker, per the Rodgers Forge newsletter. The meeting is Nov. 9 at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria of RFES. All Rodgers Forgians are welcome to attend.


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This is only a test, repeat ....

Tomorrow (Nov. 9) at 2:00 FEMA will be doing a test on TV and radio stations. It's a longer and more thorough test than they've done in the past and they don't want people to freak out, War of the Worlds style. Details are here.


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Latest crime report

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Interesting workshop for Stoneleigh Elementary parents on Thursday night

On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 10, the Stoneleigh Elementary PTA hosts its first speaker of the year: Susanna DeRocco will present her "Growing Good Eaters" workshop in the cafeteria from 7:30-8:30 PM.  It will explore the importance of introducing children to real, whole-foods; provide an introduction to label and ingredient decoding; and include suggestions for picky eaters, along with quick and healthy snack/meal ideas and important distinctions between organic and conventional products.

DeRocco is a founder of the Baltimore Healthy Kids Coalition and an Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach.  She is also an educator with an MS in Experiential Education and Educational Leadership with more than 20 years experience working with children. Her website is http://healthybodieshappyminds.org/.


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Free kids' pasta refills at Red Robin


I took my kids to Red Robin the other night when my husband was out of town (he really hates going there but my kids love it) and both of my kids ordered the mac-and-cheese from the children's menu. At one point the server asked me if they wanted a refill on the mac-and-cheese. I must have had a confused look on my face because she told me that the policy is to give free refills of the kids' pasta dishes (spaghetti or mac-and-cheese), but that most servers forget to mention it.

Of course, the mac-and-cheese is probably one of the least nutritious things on the menu and probably the most fattening, so the idea of free refills is kind of gross in one sense, but on the other hand, if you're letting your kids have a "fun" meal, this is might be good info to have.

On another note, they also now serve sweet-potato fries instead of just regular fries. I ordered them as a healthy alternative and they were delicious, much better than what I make at home. Turns out there's a reason: They really are fried -- not baked, which is how we cook them. Oh, well!


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rodgers Forge board meeting this Wednesday

RFCA meeting, open to all residents, on November 9 at 7:00 pm in the RFES cafeteria.


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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Body found in downtown Towson

Story is in Patch.


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Upcoming road work at Stevenson and Hillen

Consider alternate routes. Details in the Towson Times.


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Friday, November 4, 2011

Murmuration

I had never even heard of this before. Gather the youngsters around ye old computer and see something amazing:




Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Reserve your spot for breakfast with Santa at St. Pius X

St. Pius X School's Home School Association will hold its 8th Annual Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10, 2011.


Join Santa for a delicious Pancake breakfast from 9:00-11am. Tickets are $6 per person. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Contact the school office at (410) 427-7400 to make a reservation.

Stay and enjoy the wonderful Christmas Craft Fair. It is open from 9:00am to 2:00pm and is free to all! Come and see an amazing collection of gifts from local artisans. Children can shop in the Kids Only Secret Santa Shop while parents shop for unique Christmas Gifts. It's going to be a great day at St.Pius X School--please come and join us!

St.Pius X School is located at 6432 York Road, Baltimore


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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Traffic accident at Bellonna and Rodgers Forge Road

I don't have details but it was on the WYPR traffic update at 7:00 am. My husband said he has noticed that cars are always parked right up to the edge of the corner there, making it very hard to see traffic coming.

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The Magic of Chemistry, this Saturday


"The Magic of Chemistry" is this week's topic for Saturday Morning Science at Towson University. Free and open to all ages. Details here:
http://www.towson.edu/hackermanacademy/Calendar_of_Events/index.asp


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