Saturday, March 31, 2012

Two Towson University students died this weekend

In unrelated incidents. Just absolutely horrible. Here is an article in The Sun.


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Friday, March 30, 2012

Senate committee approves hybrid-school-board bill

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.


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Loyola Lacross events this weekend



UPCOMING LOYOLA UNIVERSITY LACROSSE PROMOTIONS

GREYHOUND WOMEN
Friday, March 30 vs. Cincinnati - 7 p.m.
Ridley Athletic Complex

Youth Night
Kids wearing their team jerseys or gear get in free with a paying adult ... parents and family members get $3 group-rate tickets!


Sunday, April 1 vs. Notre Dame - 1 p.m.
Ridley Athletic Complex

Alumnae Day
Welcome back members of last year's BIG EAST championship team and other former Greyhound stars ... anyone wearing Loyola gear gets $3 tickets!

http://www.loyolagreyhounds.com/tickets/locl-tickets.html


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Latest crime report

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.)


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Sen. Brochin upset about closed process in selection of superintendent

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.)


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Easter Egg hunt this Saturday



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Thursday, March 29, 2012

New listing in West Towson from Ashley Richardson, supporter of Tech Trek at RFES


Ashley Richardson -- a Realtor with Long and Foster whose name is probably very familiar to anyone who looks at "for sale" signs in Rodgers Forge, Stoneleigh and nearby areas -- is supporting Tech Trek at Rodgers Forge with a $500 donation. Thank you, Ashley!

Read more about Ashley here, and check out her new West Towson listing (shown above) here:
http://www.stoneleighhomes.net/listing.php?propID=492&num=1


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Part of North Charles Street to close Monday

From County Councilman David Marks: The State Highway Administration will temporarily close the right lane of northbound North Charles Street, between the Joppa Road overpass and Kenilworth Drive, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 2. The closure will last through early June as crews widen the northbound approach to the intersection.

You can contact the State Highway Administration at 410-296-9041 or SHA’s District Four Office Construction Division at 410-229-2420 with any questions.


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Dallas Dance discusses his age and future plans

In this Baltimore Sun article.


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Open Road Auto at Charles and Stevenson supports Rodgers Forge Elementary



Open Road Auto, the automotive-repair shop connected to the Sunoco at North Charles and Stevenson Lane, just donated $500 to Tech Trek at Rodgers Forge Elementary. Scott Nengel, who owns the station and the shop, went to RFES and wanted to support this great school. Thank you!
http://www.facebook.com/OpenRoadAutomotive

The Flyer will be acknowledging Tech Trek's other $500+ sponsors, too. Stay tuned. And if you're interested in donating to Tech Trek, you can find info here: http://schools.bcps.org/schools/ces/rforge/techtrek.html


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Lawmaker who represents city explains why county school board reform won't happen

Read about it in Patch.


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St. Pius X School open house this Sunday



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Cat missing from 200 block of Murdock

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,
Carrie


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

BCPS selects 30-year-old from Houston as the new superintendent

Here's the story in the Sun about S. Dallas Dance. Note, he was also a finalist for heading the Howard County system. And here's a more in-depth story about him.

Did I miss something? I hadn't heard about him before. I like that Howard County had its finalists do a Q&A with the public. Did BCPS do anything like that? (Not a comment on Dr. Dance, just on opening up the process to the public.)

Update: The full Sun story is now online -- before it was only a brief -- and no, there was nothing public about this at all.


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I love this grocery-list app!

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.


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Monday, March 26, 2012

Tech Trek: a great marketing opportunity for local businesses


Rodgers Forge Elementary's "Tech Trek" is a popular walk-a-thon that has been held annually for the past 16 years and has brought in more than $350,000 through pledges to students, a silent auction, and corporate sponsorships (tax-deductible, outright gifts).  Because of generous donations, Rodgers Forge was able to purchase items such as Promethean boards, ELMO projectors and MIMIO remote controls that let students more fully participate in classroom lessons.

Tech Trek 2012 is a win-win event where students get the technology they need for the classroom, and businesses get an effective and tax-deductible way to market their products and services!

For more information and sponsorship forms, visit
http://schools.bcps.org/schools/ces/rforge/techtrek.html


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Easter Egg hunt this Saturday


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Dollar Days at Cranbrook Liquors starts tomorrow

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."

http://www.cranbrookliquors.com/page_dollar_days.cfm


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Groupon for Gino's

http://www.groupon.com/deals/ginos-burgers-chicken


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Are you a nightmare sports parent?


From Yahoo news: Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?" Their overwhelming response: "The ride home from games with my parents."... The vast majority of dads and moms that make rides home from games miserable for their children do so inadvertently. ... They are well-intentioned folks who ... click here to read more


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Bottoms up!

Wells Wine's big sale is going on now: Buy one bottle of wine and get the second identical bottle for half price. Details here. ... Also, "dollar days" at Cranbrook Liquors is starting soon.


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Helicopter over Rodgers Forge

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.


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Warm-weather crime-prevention tips

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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Thursday, March 22, 2012

More sidewalk work being done in Rodgers Forge and Gaywood; watch those pipes

Residents in the past have said their basements started flooding after the county re-did their sidewalks because, they said, the drainage pipes were not re-installed correctly. Keep an eye out if yours is getting a makeover. Here are the streets scheduled to have work done.

Here is the past conversation about flooding problems:
http://www.forgeflyer.com/2011/12/county-re-doing-sidewalks-and-residents.html

(BTW, the above pipe, on Pinehurst, was sticking out straight when I started off on a walk today and was at an angle an hour later. Let's hope it gets put back correctly.)


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Meet the new Precinct 6 commander and get crime-prevention tips

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


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Three Arts Club luncheon

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. 

--Maryann Albaugh


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Baltimore Tennis Patrons needs coaches


No teaching experience needed. Click here for details.


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Tulips about to bloom at Sherwood Gardens


According to a friend who was there yesterday. Don't miss them in all their glory!
http://www.guilfordassociation.org/sherwood/


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Poison-prevention story features Rodgers Forgian


A friend of mine was featured in this WBAL clip about National Poison Prevention Week. I love that she says the poison-control operator told her that her son probably "wouldn't have a fever for a couple of days" after drinking an entire bottle of Motrin. Glad it had a happy ending.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Board of Education votes to build new school in Mays Chapel

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.

Next up, an injunction?

Read the full story here.


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Mays Chapel residents protest school, county says it will move ahead with construction

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.


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Latest crime report

Including incident on Blenheim. Read it here.


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Monday, March 19, 2012

RFCA seeks residents to walk in Fourth of July Parade

From the Rodgers Forge board:

Good Old Fashioned Fun To Be Had

The Rodgers Forge Board of Governors was informed at the March meeting that our community is going to be the community featured this year during the Towson Fourth of July Parade. So we are seeking residents who would like to walk at the beginning of the parade basically behind the Grand Marshall(s).

Because of logistics, the parade has limited the number of participants from Rodgers Forge to about 30 or 40, so we will sign people up on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like to participate, please send the name(s) of the walker(s), contact information (phone and email) and t shirt sizes to mikecalwell(at)gmail.com. You will be notified if you are a walker by the beginning of May. We will also ask some people who did not make the original list to be our "back up" walkers in case someone decides not to participate.

The parade will furnish us with a banner that will need to be carried, and the residents who sign up will walk behind the banner wearing a white t shirt that will have our blacksmith logo (like on the front of this year’s directory)on the back and possibly something very simple like “Historic Rodgers Forge” in the area of where a pocket would be in black. The time commitment would be approximately three hours and the walk is 1.5 miles.

Convinced yet? I have participated in the parade before and let me tell you, it is an experience that you will remember. Please consider walking in the Towson Fourth of July Parade. This will be a wonderful memory for you and your family.

Thank you-
Janice Moore and Mike Calwell, RFC, Inc. Board Members


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If you can't attend tonight's meeting

... 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.


The Board of Education president is Lawrence E. Schmidt and he and other board members can be contacted via their staffer at brenda.stiffler@bcps.org. And County Executive Kevin Kamenetz can be reached at kevin@baltimorecountymd.gov.

But, kids are welcome at the meeting. It will be in a large auditorium.


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Reminder: Meeting tonight about new school in Mays Chapel

Supporters of the new school are urging people to come out and support construction of a badly needed school on land that is owned by BCPS and the county. (Mays Chapel residents will be there in force to argue against it.) The meeting is at 6:00 PM at Loch Raven High. At 5:00 they open the sign-up sheet for those who wish to speak to the group. Details here.

And here's an article in the Towson Times where a Mays Chapel resident calls the construction of a school on school-owned land a "travesty." I wonder, by the way, what long-time residents of the area thought a few decades ago when all the new townhomes and condos were going in on what was then open space ...

Note: Kids are welcome at the meeting, which will be in a large auditorium.


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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Free Rita's Ice on Tuesday, March 20


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!

http://www.ritasice.com/events-and-promotions/first-day-of-spring.aspx


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bus trip to Historic New Castle supports 4th of July Parade


Support the Towson July 4th Parade on a Bus Trip to Historic New Castle, Delaware:

Join us as we travel back in time to New Castle, Delaware, which was the first capital of Delaware and today is considered one of the most unusual towns in the U.S. We will tour four historic buildings including the Read House, which is one of the finest examples of transitional Georgian/Federal Architecture, and the Court House, which was the 1st state house of Delaware and served as court house until 1882. There will be time to stroll through the town’s quaint gift shops.

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: 9:00-5:00
Leaving from: Towson American Legion Parking Lot
Cost: $73
Lunch will be served at the Jessop Tavern and Colonial Restaurant.

For more details and registration form, click here.


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Friday, March 16, 2012

Meeting this Monday about school in Mays Chapel

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.


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Magic show Saturday at Towson library



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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Meet TU's new president, RSVP by March 15

Towson University is holding a meet-and-greet so the community can get to know TU's new president, Dr. Maravene Loeschke. Stop by Wednesday, March 21, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. RSVP by March 15 to Marina Cooper at 410-704-3300 or communityrelations@towson.edu.


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Students at Rodgers Forge Elementary and Dumbarton Middle scoop up writing awards

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:

Congratulations to all!


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ever thought about homeschooling?

The Baltimore Homeschool Community Center is having an open house today.
http://www.baltimorehomeschool.org/


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Monday, March 12, 2012

Rodgers Forge board works to save trees


As part of the RF board's new effort to promote trees in the neighborhood, there will be two speakers at this Wednesday's board meeting who will address greening issues. Also, the board voted at its last meeting to ask County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for a moratorium on the county cutting down trees in county right of ways (generally, but not always, that is the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street) unless the trees pose a risk to public safety. I don't know if they've received a response yet.

Here are the details from the RFCA's blog:
http://rodgersforgecommunity.blogspot.com/2012/03/tree-rodgers-forge-updateguest-speakers.html

PS: Board member Ruth Roberts just posted this comment and I'm copying it here because it's worth noting that the two main people tackling this issue are not members of the board but are still working on behalf of the neighborhood: "Thanks to Larry Fogelson for bringing up the subject and for agreeing to do the legwork to get it done! Another good example of how volunteers are an important part of the Community Association. You don't have to be elected to participate!"

Another example is that Dave Crockett, also not on the board, has agreed to organize this year's Rodgers Forge picnic.


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Latest crime report

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

And now for something really random

Interpretive disco dancing to the theme from "Jaws," 1976. Sure, why not?


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Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

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).


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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Vegetarian lifestyle discussion March 13

The Loch Raven Library Friends Speakers Series continues with Don Robertson, "A Menu of Love: The Vegetarian Lifestyle" on Tuesday, March 13th, 2-3 PM at Loch Raven Library (1046 Taylor Avenue).

This is going to be a very interesting session, as we are becoming more aware and concerned with what we eat and how it affects our health. We look forward to seeing you there!

- Loch Raven Library Friends


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Whooping cough reported at Dumbarton Middle

According to this article in Patch. Are your kids vaccinated or did you opt out of that system?


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Friday, March 9, 2012

Here's my menu-planning board




It's not as decorative as the one that inspired me (below), but it works. My daughter decorated the clothes pins and I put magnets on the back of them. Got the paper from Michaels. Bigger pieces are for the main dishes and smaller sheets are for the sides. Maybe I'll fancy it up if it turns out that I actually use it long-term.


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Thursday, March 8, 2012

SPCA fundraiser

From a RF resident who works at the SPCA: "The Maryland SPCA is holding its big fundraiser of the year on April 29, 2012, at Druid Hill Park. I know that there are tons of dogs in RF, and it is a family-oriented event for people to come out and walk their dogs. There also are activities for the dogs, including contests (costume contest, etc.) that are fun to watch. It is free to attend, although, because it is a fundraiser, we do encourage people to either raise money or donate. A $30 donation gets you a dog bandana and goody bag, a $40 donation gets you a bandana, goody bag and t-shirt.


Also, people can form teams (we call them packs) and raise money as a group. The packs can range in size from 4 people to 25 people, and must raise a minimum of $40 per person or $500 per pack. The pack that raises the most money gets to use the Governor’s box at Oriole Park for a 2012 regular season O’s game (game to be determined). It would be AMAZING to have a Rodgers Forge pack, and I would be happy to coordinate it."

You can contact David at ddrake(at)mdspca.org



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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Photos from last night's Board of Education meeting




(Where senior citizens yelled "boo" at Cathi Forbes as she addressed the board, by the way. Nice. You kiss your grandchildren with those mouths?)

From Towson Families United: Scenes from last night's disturbing protest of a new elementary school in Mays Chapel. Hundreds of senior citizens attended a Board of Education meeting, concerned about what they believe will be the loss of their community park. BCPS owns 10 acres of the 20 acres in question, and intends to build on only 5 to 7 acres. The site will include walking trails, playing fields and other green space. Nevertheless, residents demanded that the school be built elsewhere. Another public hearing is scheduled for March 19th, with a vote on March 20th.

See more photos here.


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Towson Swim Club not happening

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.
Sincerely,
The Founding Members of the Towson Swim Club


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If you give a Mouse a Cookie, you're f'ed

I loved this piece on how to avoid terrible children's books. Couldn't agree more.

An excerpt: "I have two children, and I have spent a lot of time reading to them. When you have the right book, reading to your kids can be tolerable, even fun. But with the wrong book, reading to your kids is MURDER. They squirm. They half-sit on you and wrench your back out of place. They get too close to the book so that their big fat heads block the text. Or worst of all, they demand you read the same shitty, awful book night after night after night. There are kiddie books that you will be forced to read literally hundreds of times to your kids. You need to make sure that they don't suck. Here's how."


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Vote on new school postponed


As Mays Chapel residents apparently mistake school for toxic waste site ... Read about it in The Sun.


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Latest crime report

Including two arsons and satanic graffiti. Nothing in Rodgers Forge. Read it here.


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David Marks and Vicki Almond support Mays Chapel site for new school

Baltimore County Council members David Marks and Vicki Almond sent this letter to the Board of Education today, ahead of tonight's board vote on locating the new school at Mays Chapel.

Dear President Schmidt:

We are writing to express our strong support for the proposed Mays Chapel Elementary School site. While We know this location is opposed by neighbors who would prefer the location to remain undeveloped, the construction of Mays Chapel Elementary School offers the most immediate solution to severe school overcrowding along the York Road corridor.

A new elementary school can be constructed at Mays Chapel within the next two years. The alternate location at Dulaney Springs has environmental constraints that make this facility far more expensive. As a result, the Dulaney Springs site cannot be developed in an efficient manner.

We know the neighbors at Mays Chapel have sincere intentions, and we respect their passion for their community. At the same time, we believe it is in the best interest of schoolchildren throughout north central Baltimore County for an elementary school to be built as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Sincerely,
Vicki Almond and David Marks


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Failing to plan (dinner) is planning to fail


I will admit to still being really in the dark about what Pinterest is, but a Friend posted something on Facebook that she Liked from Pinterest and next thing you know I'm at this website that appears to have lots of great ideas and tips that I'll probably never look at but I did see this menu board and I'm totally going to copy it. I am frequently stumped by dinner and it doesn't help that it's often not until about 4:30 in the afternoon that I think, "Oh, I wonder what we should have tonight."

Also, I feel a menu-swap post coming on.


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Monday, March 5, 2012

Important vote on new elementary school Tuesday, March 6

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.
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Happy Meatless Monday!

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.)



But if you just want to find some really yummy recipes to feed your family without clogging your arteries, try Robin Robertson's "Quick-Fix Vegan." (I'm vegetarian--not vegan--so I adapt the recipes to include traditional dairy products when they call for vegan ones, because, frankly, life without a good parmesan reggiano is not worth living.)

Robertson's recipes are diverse and often ethnically inspired, with a flair for combining ingredients in unusual ways (pasta, cabbage and tahini, anyone?). I've tried and loved so many of them that I trust even combinations I'm skeptical to end up wowing my tastebuds. And they do. Some of my favorites are Lemony Kale Couscous, Tropical Quinoa with Black Beans, and Ziti with Brasciole-Inspired Tomato Sauce. The only real dog I've come across is a recipe involving seitan, an alleged food product made of wheat gluten that I believe should be declared an enemy of the state. Be forewarned. 

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein at Goucher tomorrow

"American classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be the featured artist for Goucher College's 52nd Annual Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Lecture-Performance (Sunday, March 4). Dinnerstein gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, which she raised the funds to record. $10 general admission. Free for all Goucher students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i. Tickets must be reserved at www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333."

I heard her on Diane Rehm a couple of months ago. Should be a good show and I hear tickets are still available.

Diane Rehm show: From the beginning, classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein broke all the rules: she didn’t start playing piano until the age of 7, and dropped out of Juilliard briefly to study in London. Nearing her thirtieth birthday, Dinnerstein hadn’t achieved the musical career she’d hoped for: auditions led nowhere and she was playing at schools and community centers. Then, Dinnerstein self-funded a recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg variations, which leaked to the internet, and led to a debut album that rocketed to the top of the classical charts. American concert pianist Simone Dinnerstein joins Diane to talk about her forthcoming album, “Something Almost Being Said: The Music of Bach and Schubert,” and her unlikely rise to the top of the classical music charts.


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Community-input meeting about Towson Circle III

It will be held March 7. Details here.


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Friday, March 2, 2012

Cyber Security for Saturday Morning Science

“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

http://www.towson.edu/hackermanacademy/Calendar_of_Events/Saturday_Morning_Science_at_TU/
(free and open to people of all ages)


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Traffic concerns near West Towson Elementary

Forwarded by Councilman David Marks:

Dear Councilman Marks:

This is a further follow up to your constituent's inquiry regarding traffic safety concerns along MD 139 (Charles Street) at Towson West Elementary School in Baltimore County. The Maryland State Highway Administration appreciates your concern for safety along state maintained roadways.

Our traffic engineering staff has completed an investigation of traffic operations, including a spot speed study, sign and pavement marking inventories, and a crash history review of this location. The results of our spot speed study indicate that the 85th percentile speed for vehicles traveling along MD 139 is 50 MPH, while the posted speed limit along this section of roadway is 40 MPH. When the results of the 85th percentile speed are within 10 MPH of the posted speed limit, enforcement is usually the best way to address the issue of speed violators.


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Rodgers Forge PTA is now on Facebook

Go to the PTA Facebook page and click "like" so you can stay up-to-date on school news, events, volunteer opportunities, etc. Better still, also click the blue "share on Facebook" icon below to post this to your Facebook page to let other parents know about this resource.
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Not too late to join the Towson Swim Club

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


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