In unrelated incidents. Just absolutely horrible. Here is an article in The Sun.
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In unrelated incidents. Just absolutely horrible. Here is an article in The Sun.
After all the drama around this bill that would allow Baltimore County to have a partially elected school board, it is incredible to see that it actually made it out of committee. As you may recall, Sen. Joan Carter Conway of Baltimore City almost didn't even let it out of committee for a full floor vote. This despite the fact that last year she introduced a bill allowing city residents to vote for their school board members.
According to this Patch article, it could be up for a floor vote in the Senate next week. And then it would have to be reconciled with the House bill, which calls for a fully elected board.
Read it here. (The police are distributing the reports in a new way; to see the crime listings, click the link and then scroll down the page.)
He told the Sun he was "flabbergasted" by the way the school board handled the process. Read about it here. (Whether or not you think Dallas Dance is the right person for the job, you've got to wonder about a process where no one hears word one about the candidates until it's a done deal.)
In this Baltimore Sun article.
Read about it in Patch.
We’ve lost our new cat, Boyfriend. He just came to us from the humane society on Monday and got out of the house last evening. He’s orange and white and very sweet but super shy. If someone sees him could they please contact us?
Thanks so much,
I've been on a little organizing kick lately, so the other day I re-read Will's post in which he shared a lane-by-lane shopping list for Giant Food on York Road. I downloaded his list and began customizing it to what I needed, then it occurred to me there might be an app for that. After a little digging around, I settled on Grocery IQ for my iPhone and love it.
You just type in an item such as "milk" and it puts milk on your shopping list and assigns it to the dairy aisle. Type in "bananas" and it puts bananas on the list in the fruits and veggies aisle. You can also create your own aisle names, and then re-arrange everything so it's in the order that matches your local store. (So for Giant, I moved "fruits and veggies" to the top because I start there, then "dairy, eggs, cheese," because that's next, etc. -- using Will's list as a guide.)
You can make different lists for different stores. I made one for Giant and one for Trader Joe's.
Also super cool (am I showing my age that I think this is so wild?) you can use your smartphone scan the bar code of an item and that exact item will go onto your shopping list. It's pretty much like scanning it at the store checkout lane except you use your phone and you're not buying it but putting it on your list.
Then you can check off things as you put them in your cart and they disappear from the list. But everything's in the history so you don't have to start from scratch with a new list each time. There's also a favorites list so you can quickly add the basics to your new list.
The only downside for me was that it was a little tricky holding my phone in one hand and the "Scan It" scanner thing in the other. Sometimes I'm not a fan of the Scan It anyway (it's kind of a pain for fruits and veggies and when I get audited I feel like a thief), so I might just stop using the scanner.
Another feature of the app is that you can press a button to email the list to some lucky person, and you can also sync it to an online account but I haven't done that.
By the way, Giant Food has its own app, but from what I can tell it doesn't have a list function so it's not so helpful. Wegman's has an app that will apparently create lists with aisles specific to your local store, but I don't shop there enough to bother.
I am way too excited about this little app, but if there's a way to cut out some of the mundane tasks in my life, I'm going for it.
Thanks to my neighbor for letting me know about this: "This is Cranbrook Liquors' biggest sale and most popular event. Dollar Days is held twice a year in the Fall and the Spring where just about everything in the store is sold at just $1.00 above cost! Our next two-day event is March 27th & 28th, 2012."
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1:22 PM There's a helicopter circling RF right now and Towson police say they're looking for a robbery suspect. The robbery occurred somewhere near Loch Raven and Regester.
From Baltimore County: We generally like to relax during the warmer months of the year, but criminals are never on vacation, so take a little time to protect your property and valuables with these common sense measures. Read the tips here.
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I'm told that Detective Lindhorst is a very good presenter with many years of experience with both residential and commercial security. Spring is here and burglaries sometime spike when the weather turns nice. This is also a good opportunity to meet Captain Jonathan Trentzsch, the new Precinct 6 Commander.
"The next meeting of the Precinct #6 – Towson Police and Community Relations Council will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Resource Center located at 1055 Taylor Avenue. The guest speaker will be Detective Carl Lindhorst, who will give a presentation on Residential Security. Captain Jonathan Trentzsch and Officer Kristy Fuka will also be at the meeting to address your problems and concerns."
Precinct #6 – Towson Police and Community Relations Council
1055 Taylor Ave. Baltimore, MD 21234, (410) 887-5933
Contact Mike Calwell if you have any questions at mikecalwell(at)gmail.com
I am writing to invite the ladies of Rodgers Forge to a luncheon and program on Monday, June 4th at The Three Arts Club of Homeland as our guests.
The club was established in 1929 by Mrs. Edward Milholland. In the 1960's the members raised funds and had a building constructed at 4 Wyndhurst Avenue. The front of the clubhouse is comprised of three arches to denote music, art and literature. The object of the club is to foster a love and appreciation of music, literature and art: and to afford opportunity for enriching the cultural life of the community by providing meetings, lectures, recitals, workshops, classes, exhibits and other activities in keeping with these ideals.
Each year the club provides scholarships and awards to students studying art, literature, music, dance and theater at Essex Comm. College, Maryland Institute of Art, Towson, University, Dundalk Comm. College, The Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Preparatory of Music, UMBC and Baltimore School for the Arts.
The club offers art outings, cultural tours, duplicate bridge, a book club, antiques seminars, music matinees, Mah Jongg, floral design classses, literature matinees and art shows and receptions.
We give to local charities including Can Too and the Guilford Academy and volunteer at the Baltimore Symphony Showhouse.
Each month the club hosts a luncheon and program on the first Monday of the month for its members. The luncheon begins at 11:45 followed by a program on June 4th by the "Young American Virtuosi." This trio has won their way into the hearts of millions of people through their concerts in North America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. They have preformed at Carnegie Hall, did a Pre-Oylmpic concert in China and acted as soloists in the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Young German Symphony Orchesta.
As you can see, we are a very active group and hopefully you will consider joining us on Monday, June 4th. To make reservations or for additional information, please call 410 433-1765.
No teaching experience needed. Click here for details.
From The Sun: ... School board members on Tuesday night said they believed the site was the best option. Board President Lawrence Schmidt said that given the budget constraints of the county, it would not be reasonable to purchase another property. Mays Chapel "is a school site that is being used as a park, not a park that is being turned into a school." Opponents said after the vote that they would consider their options.
Is anyone else getting that same bad vibe from back during the last debate over where to build a school, and worse, the debate that followed about how to redistrict?
Here's the Sun's coverage of last night's meeting and here is Patch's live blogging feed (scroll to top and read down). Here's the Towson Times' story.
Including incident on Blenheim. Read it here.
... but you have something to say on the matter of a school at May Chapel, (let's face it, 6:00 on a weeknight is not a convenient time for many families) you can still let decision makers know how you feel.
For the past 19 plus years, Rita's has been giving away a free, regular size Italian Ice to each and every guest to mark the first day of spring! We are already gearing up to celebrate the arrival of spring in 2012! A springtime tradition, Rita's annual giveaway will be held on Tuesday, March 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at all open Rita's locations. This is surely a tasty tradition that you won't want to miss! So be sure to stop by your local Rita's location and celebrate the arrival of spring on us!
Many Mays Chapel residents are again trying to get this school derailed. Below is a flyer they were passing out before the last BCPS board of education meeting. It's kind of amazing to me that there is such outrage about having a school built on school system-owned property. Not to mention that BCPS has assured residents that there will still be open fields and walking trails for the public to use.
BCPS is holding a public-input hearing about this on Monday, March 19, at 6:00 PM at Loch Raven High. Details here.
DMS made a very strong showing in the county's Middle School Writing Contest (see the winners here) and a student from RFES won a state-wide writing contest:
The Baltimore Homeschool Community Center is having an open house today.
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Read it here.
Interpretive disco dancing to the theme from "Jaws," 1976. Sure, why not?
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A friend recently shared a recipe for oatmeal buttermilk pancakes that she loves, so we tried them this morning. They were fabulous! My family liked them better than our traditional Joy of Cooking whole wheat pancakes. Here's the original recipe from "Food & Wine" and here's a blogger's take on it, which modifies it just slightly. (I used the latter but without the home-made oat flour.) Note: You have to soak the oats in buttermilk overnight, so a little planning is involved.
PS: The recipe serves four people, or at least it served the four of us (two adults and two elementary-school-aged kids).
According to this article in Patch. Are your kids vaccinated or did you opt out of that system?
Dear TSC Members,
On Tuesday, March 6th, the founding members of the Towson Swim Club voted to terminate the swimming pool project. Unfortunately we did not meet our membership goal of 315 members by February 29th. We would like to thank all of you who believed in the project and wanted to see a neighborhood pool in Towson. We did not come to this decision lightly and the vote to terminate was not unanimous.
As soon as possible, we will work to close out the swim club books and refund all the money we collected from you over the past years.
On a personal level, it breaks our hearts to terminate the project but we believe that it is the right thing to do at this point. We simply do not believe we can meet the requirements for bank financing to open a pool by the summer of 2013. We really appreciate all the support we received from each and every one of you. We wish we had better news to share.
The Founding Members of the Towson Swim Club
Including two arsons and satanic graffiti. Nothing in Rodgers Forge. Read it here.
From Towson Families United: PLEASE ATTEND the Board of Education meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda calls for a Board vote on the proposed new elementary school in Mays Chapel. Members of the Mays Chapel community are expected to be there opposing the new school in their neighborhood. BCPS owns the property and projections show how necessary this school is for the community. The meeting will be held at the ESS building on the Greenwood Campus, 6901 Charles Street, Towson, 21204.
There are lots of reasons to eat less meat: cost, health, the toll on the earth. Maybe your thighs rub together when you walk; maybe you're haunted by images of sad-eyed cows on factory farms or chickens crippled under the weight of their over-grown breasts. Maybe, like me, you just saw Jamie Oliver's disgusting "pink slime" video and will never be able to whip through McDonald's drive-thru again. (Watch the video, if you dare.)
It will be held March 7. Details here.
“Defense Against the Dark Arts – The Science Behind Cyber Security” with Mr. Craig Holcomb, National Security Agency
Just as young wizards in the Hogwarts Academy must learn about dark magic and dark creatures to defend themselves, so must young cyber wizards learn about malware and hackers. Come learn about computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, identify theft, phishing, and social engineering.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
10:00 – 11:30 am (first program)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (second program)
Smith Hall, Room 326, Towson University
(free and open to people of all ages)
From a post on their Facebook page today: "Hang in there! We're tallying up the new memberships. We'll still be accepting memberships this weekend, so if you have a friend or neighbor who wants to join, let us know and we'll get in touch. The swim club board is meeting on Tuesday night to see where we are. We are still optimistic that we can make this a reality!"
If you join but for some reason the club doesn't have enough members to move forward, your money will be refunded. towsonswimclub.com