Monday, April 30, 2012

A Cautionary (Fish) Tale


Wouldn't it just be the cutest thing in the world to have a goldfish swimming around in a glass bowl, with some river rocks and maybe one tasteful ornament? Well, no, it wouldn't, because that fish is going to die in about a week, after you spend a surprising amount of time staring into the bowl and agonizing over his suffering until he finally kicks off.

(Whereby your son will look up at you, eyes brimming with tears, and say "You killed him?" and then need to take a half day off school to recover. At which point, one of your friends will laugh when she signs her child into school following a dentist's appointment and sees your excuse on the line above. "Dead fish.")

Maybe everybody knows this but me, but a single goldfish requires a 20-gallon tank. We found this out after purchasing the above fish from a small pet shop whose employees knew even less about goldfish than we did. We (I) changed the water in the bowl three or four times in that one week, before we (I) began to suspect that the bowl was too small.

We stopped into PetSmart and asked for advice from a young woman who actually seemed to know something about fish, disproving my long-held theory that small businesses are better than big ones. (I'm actually a little worried about all those baby bunnies the little pet shop has. Where do they go when they're not babies anymore? Are they fed to the snakes?) Alas, our visit wasn't timely enough, as our fish died that very night.

So now we own a proper aquarium and a new fish, but we're waiting with baited (no pun intended) breath to see if the new guy makes it. Our tank is merely 10 gallons, but the "expert" we talked to felt confident the fish would live. We're not so sure. My son is so nervous he rejected my suggestion to name the new guy Sashimi (the first one was Sushi), saying, "No more food names!"

It's not like me to buy a pet without doing research first. (All 85 of my other pets were carefully researched.) But really, how hard can a goldfish be? Harder than I thought. Because what I'd really like to warn you about is that even an aquarium—with a light, a pump filter and dechlorination drops—requires WEEKLY WATER CHANGES! There's no way in heck I would have invested (financially and emotionally) in an aquarium if I'd known how much work was involved. If this fish dies, I say we make the tank into a Lego diorama. With the light and the dragon bubbler, wouldn't that be cool?

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Armed robbery at mall garage and other crimes

April 30: Commercial Burglary, 1600 block of West Joppa Road, 21204
At 3:11 a.m., a man used a crowbar to break into the Royal Farm store. The suspect stole 37 cartons of cigarettes. The suspect is described as a white male, 5’10" tall, and 180 pounds.

April 27-28: First Degree Burglary, 8200 block of Loch Raven Boulevard 21234
Between 10 p.m. on April 27 and 6:30 a.m. on April 28, an unknown suspect used a key to enter a small cottage behind the main church. Money was taken.

April 27: Attempted First Degree Burglary, 7900 block of Knollwood Road, 21286
Between 6 and 11:40 p.m., an unknown suspect kicked a hole in the front door of the location. Entry was not gained.


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

High School Musical, Jr. at Roland Park Middle School


Come see Roland Park Middle School’s production of High School Musical, Jr.! Tickets will be available at the door.

Thursday, May 3, 7pm
Friday, May 4, 7pm
Saturday, May 5, 7pm
Sunday, May 6, 3pm.

5207 Roland Avenue, 21212
Tickets are $8 adults and $3 students.



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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Eat at Qdoba this Monday evening to support Citizens on Patrol

From Citizens on Patrol: Family Night Out FUNdraiser To Benefit Towson Area Citizens on Patrol

15% goes to TACOP any purchases (soda or meal) by TACOP supporters Monday, April 30th 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Join in the fun including a 4-person Burrito Eating Relay Contest at 6:00 and 7:00 (one burrito per person)

Come to Qdoba Restaurant
Located at 1265 E. Joppa Road in Towson (next to Bob Evans)

For Information about this FUNdraiser call Janice Arcieri 443-465-0150

CRIME IS NOT WELCOME IN TOWSON

FOLLOW TACOP ON FACEBOOK BY GOING TO TOWSON AREA CITIZENS ON PATROL


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Obituary: Thomas Joseph Lopresti

The popular Towson barber has passed away.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-thomas-lopresti-20120418,0,6297333.story


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Crafts in Bloom this Sunday



This coming Sunday, April 29, we'll be hosting an open house and Crafts in Bloom Fair. Just in time for spring and Mother's Day, we'll be showcasing locally handcrafted beaded and metal jewelry, skincare products, pet toys, handbags, fiber wall art, and fine art mosaics.

The event will feature:
BDS2 Jewelry -- www.bds2jewelry.com
Loring Cornish -- www.loringcornish.com
Zephyr Scent -- www.zephyrscent.com/
Color Columns  -- www.colorcolumns.net
Crocheted Creations by Bobbie

Please stop by 7039 Heathfield Road, 21212 any time between 12 noon and 4 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Diana Spencer


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Senator Theater closes for renovation

Can't wait to see the unveiling. Details in Baltimore Brew.


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Fine Furnishings Show - half off admission


"Homeowners, art lovers, fine craft collectors, interior designers and architects should all plan to attend the Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show to discover an incredible resource for the finest in handcrafted furniture, decorative accessories, fine craft and original art. Talented artisans from across North America display and sell their wares at each venue. Goods may be purchased at the show and special commissions and custom orders are always welcome." (Half-price admission with the flier, above. Print it out or show it on your smartphone.)


Interesting note: One of the artisans whose work will be at the show is blacksmith Randall Slaysman who made that great table in the Rodgers Forge Elementary lobby from iron salvaged from the original forge that gave the neighborhood its name (read about it here). He's also the son of our own "Miss Judy," the crossing guard. Come check it out.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Towson Rec baseball bull roast

First Annual All Star Weekend Bull Roast
Saturday June 2nd, 7 to 11:30pm*

$45 per person - deadline for ticket sales is May 15th. Purchase online at www.trcbaseball.org or pay by check at the Snack Shack.

Parkville American Legion Hall 2301 Putty Hill Avenue, Parkville, MD 21234

Bull Roast & Buffet Open Bar, Gaming Wheels and Live Entertainment

*This is an adults-only event for coaches, parents and boosters of the TRC Youth Baseball program.


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Move and Groove Camp

At Lynne Brick's.
http://store.brickbodies.com/p-88-move-groove-summer-dance-camp.aspx


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Anneslie's community yard sale is this Saturday

The Anneslie Community Yard Sale will be Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to noon. Raindate: April 29.


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Monday, April 23, 2012

People of Walmart: sexy and they know it

A friend just posted this on Facebook. It combines a couple of things I like: Hearing a song that I have heard about but I don't think I've ever actually heard, NPR geek that I am (although I am quite familiar with the "I'm Elmo and I Know It" version), and seeing things that are so horrifying it's hard to look away.



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North Charles Starbucks employee robbed at gunpoint, clothes peed on in dining room, and more

April 21: Armed Robbery - Gun, 6200 block of North Charles Street, 21212
At 12:40 p.m., an employee of Starbucks was making a bank deposit. A man approached the victim from behind, displayed a handgun, and demanded the money. The suspect fled on foot. He is described as a male, dark complexion, 5’10” tall, 160 pounds. [Not clear if this was at the PNC bank next door or at Starbucks...?]

April 21: Second Degree Arson, 8600 block of Rock Oak Road, 21234
Between 6:30 and 6:35 a.m., an unknown suspect set a 1999 Ford Ranger on fire. The vehicle was unoccupied and parked on the street.

April 20: Bank Robbery – Armed, unit block of West Chesapeake Avenue, 21204
At 3:30 p.m., a man entered the Wells Fargo Bank and passed a note to the bank teller demanding money, and implied that he had a weapon. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, 6’ tall, 170 pounds, with short brown hair. This suspect is believed to be the same man responsible for four other bank robberies in the Towson area.

April 20: Fourth Degree Burglary, unit block of Burkleigh Road, 21204
At 5:11 a.m., residents of a home called to report that a man entered their home through an unlocked back door and urinated on clothing in a suitcase in the dining room. Timothy Flynn, 24, of the 100 block of East Burke Avenue, 21204 was arrested and charged with burglary and destruction of property.


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Radebaugh giving away tree seedlings for Arbor Day

In celebration of this year's Arbor Day, Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses will be giving away 300 tree seedlings on a first come basis on Saturday, April 28th starting at 8am. The tree seedlings are a mix of Red Maple, White Dogwood and White Pine. Please come pick up a free tree seedling and give Mother Nature a hand!

Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses
"Only Nature Has More Experience"
120 E. Burke Ave
Towson, MD 21286
410-825-4300
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Councilman Marks Introduces Legislation to Expand Property Tax Credit

From David Marks' office: County Councilman David Marks (R-Fifth District) has introduced legislation that expands an important property tax credit for energy-efficient homes.

In 2010, the County Council passed legislation that provides a property tax credit for three years for either a new home that exceeds the Home Energy Rating System by 40 percent or for an existing home whose energy performance is increased by 40 percent.  Councilman Marks is sponsoring Bill 23-12, which also qualifies homes that meet the International Code Council’s National Green Building Standard.  The new standard judges not just the unit, but site development plans and other factors.


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

3 Second Rule: Watch it if you dare

My husband thought that if you hadn't already seen this, you might enjoy being tortured by it. At first it's just amusingly bad but then at about the 2:20 mark it really becomes stunningly horrific. Things like this are why I tell my kids to never try and to not chase their dreams.


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Friday, April 20, 2012

Reading “Bringing Up Bébé," or How One Book (Nearly) Saved My Life

For two years, I was convinced I was the greatest mother on earth. My baby slept through the night at two-and-a-half weeks, breastfed like a champ, and was so bright and happy that we received compliments from strangers all the time. “Is he always this good?” other parents would ask, as we coasted through meals at restaurants with our perfect baby in tow. “Yes,” we’d beam, wondering what all the fuss was about. Parenting was so easy!

Then—like a terrible cliché that was no less true for being a cliché—my son turned two. Overnight, he discovered that he had a will separate from my own, and the next six years were (and still are) filled with the ups and downs that all rational parents expect. Although I think I’ve suffered a bit more than some parents, because what I was effortlessly able to provide (love and nurturing) has taken a back seat to what I need to provide: discipline. 

Apparently I received no discipline as a child, because I haven’t a clue as to how to instill it in my son. We battle over everything from brushing teeth in the morning to going to bed at night, and everything thing in between. (Perhaps you saw my son wearing shorts to school when it was 55 degrees outside. Lost that battle. Noticed the light on in his bedroom at 10 p.m.? Lost that one, too. And don’t get me started on his diet, which is approximately 50 percent candy.) 

My desperation reached a critical point recently, when my once sunny child seemed to have morphed into a classic example of the Ds: disobedient, disrespectful, defiant. Or at least, that’s the case when I’m around. At school, he’s fine. (The worst report we’ve gotten about him is that he reads too much.) Clearly, the problem is me.  

Like all modern parents, I turned to the Internet. (Our parents had Dr. Spock; we have Google.) In additional to numerous helpful and not-so-helpful web sites, I found a book called Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, by Pamela Druckerman.

Part memoir, part parenting manual, Druckerman reveals that French children are both well-behaved and happy. The key is that the French have figured out how to instill patience in their children. They use a technique called “the pause,” through which infants learns to self-soothe (in American parlance), and older children learn to deal with frustration, as in “Mommy’s cleaning up cat vomit right now; you’re going to have to wait a minute.” 

Remember the famous marshmallow test of the 1950s, wherein the children who were able to distract themselves and endure the torture of not eating the marshmallow grew up to be more successful adults? Druckerman invokes this and other many experts (she’s quite a good journalist, I have to say) as support of what the French seem to know instinctively: that “pausing”—enduring frustration and learning patience—can help your child grow up not only happy and well-behaved but “engaged” in the world, as the Parisians put it.

I’m sure Druckerman’s book will be polarizing. Sometimes the French use methods that we Americans have a hard time getting behind, like letting Bébé cry at night until he figures out how to get to sleep on his own, or feeding Bébé on a schedule of only four times a day. (I breast-fed about 15 times a day, turning myself into a personal milk-Sherpa for my son. Need I say more?) But there’s something in Druckerman’s observations that strikes a chord. Once I finished the book, I told my son that we were no longer going to be “that family”—the one that bickers all the time. Now I tell him to get ready for bed at night, and I remove myself from the situation while he either does or doesn’t get ready. But if he doesn’t, he doesn’t get story time, which he loves. I set up the expectation and establish a consequence if it doesn’t happen, but I don’t nag. He’s happier, I’m happier. The whole darn world is happier! 

Even if you aren’t struggling with your parenting (and what planet are you from, anyway, and can I join you there?) but are simply a Francophile, you may enjoy many other nuggets of information to be gleaned from this book. To wit: why French women are thin, why French couples have happier marriages than Americans, and why French kids eat four-course meals with vegetables at the earliest of ages. 

At the very least, after reading this book you’ll be able to say C'est moi qui decide!, which sounds so much better than the American version of the same sentiment. (I’m the boss of you.)

Here’s a link if you want to read more. I’d loan out my copy, but I read it on my Kindle.  

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New state superintendent of schools named

Details in this Baltimore Sun article.


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Earth Day at Science Center on Saturday




Time: Noon - 4:00 PM
Location: Maryland Science Center
When: Saturday, April 21, 2012

Join us in celebrating our home, the planet Earth.  During our Earth Day extravaganza, we’ll be exploring family-friendly ways to adopt a greener lifestyle and help conserve our planet’s resources.  Follow the lifecycle of a typical plastic grocery bag as we “Go Green for Groceries” with the Irvine Nature Center and then decorate a reusable tote bag of your own.  The City of Baltimore Public Works will also be on hand to answer any of your recycling questions.

Our green roof will be open for exploration, and discussions about the importance of plant life will take place throughout the building.  Baltimore Contained will demonstrate how to make a container garden from shoes, juice boxes and food cans and guests will have the opportunity to make a garden of their own.  Try a delicious herb from one of Baltimore’s parks as the Carrie Murray Nature Center cooks up some tasty treats and explains how we can identify edible plants.  Ruppert Landscape will be giving away saplings, the American Chemical Society will be conducting earth related chemistry experiments, and there will be plenty of other hands on workshops and live demonstrations to encounter.

All activities are free with paid admission, completely free for members.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Standardized tests benefit everyone except students, principal says

Here's an opinion piece in The Washington Post about school testing, written by a highly regarded principal in New York. It makes me so angry I could spit.

... No longer are [standardized tests] designed to determine if the student is achieving at grade level or needs extra help. The new tests now include below-grade-level, above-grade-level and field-test questions. If the state is going to use the student tests to evaluate teachers, those tests must be able to show yearly student growth for students who are below- or above-grade-level in skills. The tests must also be able to evaluate the validity and reliability of future questions because if the state is going to mandate the dismissal of teachers and principals based on student test results, or ruin their reputation by posting their scores in the newspaper, then it must also require that the tests be designed to stand up in court (whether or not they ultimate do stand up is still an open question). The needs of the lawyer, not the child, are now front and center. ...

... Who is it, then, that benefits from testing obsession? Financial benefits, at least, are pretty easy to identify. Certainly those who make the tests, score the tests, and build the data systems benefit. The Pearson corporation, which reported a 72% increase in profits, was awarded a $33 million contract by the New York State Education Department in 2010 for testing. Pearson sells the tools to grade the tests, the software to analyze the tests, and the textbooks that teach to the test. In 2011, Pearson Education spent over a million dollars on lobbying. Even the Pearson Foundation is under investigation for possible lobbying violations.

Rupert Murdoch benefits. Murdoch said that public education is a $500 billion market waiting desperately to be transformed — right before he bought Wireless Corporation. Read the full story here.


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Yard sales this Saturday

The Stoneleigh Community Yard Sale is this weekend Saturday April 21 from 9am to 12pm. Raindate is Sunday. http://www.stoneleigh21212.org/content/stoneleigh-spring-yard-sale-1

and

"BIG moving sale at 7039 Heathfield Road, Saturday, April 21, from 8--11 a.m. Tons of great items -- tables, dining room chairs, lamps, rugs, cookbooks, CDs, bookcases, and tons and tons and tons of vases and decorative items. Everything is priced low, low, low to sell, sell, sell."


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Camp Notre Dame also open week of June 11

For parents looking for child care that week.
http://www.ndm.edu/about/lifelong-learning/camp-notre-dame/


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Art camp available for second week of June

The Painting Workshop offers camp the week of June 11 (the week school is unexpectedly closed); they have camp every week of June, July and August.

Students can register from 9:00-1:00 ($175/week) or from 9:00-3:00 ($245/week).

People can register online at www.ThePaintingWorkshop.com.


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Change in last day of school to be decided tonight (update)

Update:  June 8 will be the last day, with June 7 and 8 being half days, per the person at BCPS who just answered the main line.


The Baltimore County board of education will vote tonight on whether to make June 8 last day of school, instead of the current last day of June 14. From BCPS exhibit BB:

REVISED CALENDAR FOR THE FINAL WEEK OF SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012
June 2012
6(W) Assessment Day****: High Schools close 3 Hours Early; Teachers on Duty

7-8(Th-F) Assessment Day****, Grade & Data Recording/Analysis***: All Schools Close 3 Hours Early, Teachers on Duty

8(F) Last Day of Classes for Students

*** GRADE & DATA RECORDING, DATA ANALYSIS FOR ALL SCHOOLS -- Elementary, middle, and high school principals and teachers will have time for grade & data recording, data analysis/progress assessment
****ASSESSMENT DAY – High schools will have the opportunity to administer traditional final exams or to use alternative assessment procedures.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Midstate Federal and LAX World donate to Tech Trek



Many thanks to Midstate Federal and LAX World, which each donated $500 to Rodgers Forge Elementary's Tech Trek walk-a-thon.

It's not too late for companies to donate and get on the t-shirts but the deadline is coming up, so contact Tech Trek representatives ASAP if you would like to support RFES' technology purchases. More info here: http://schools.bcps.org/schools/ces/rforge/techtrek.html


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Baltimore County Reading Council winners

Rodgers Forge Elementary had a great showing, as did other nearby schools. Congratulations to all the winners! Other school-related awards also noted in this Towson Times article.


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Two car-wash opportunities this weekend

Towson High School Football Team Car Wash Fundraiser: On Saturday April 21st at corner of York Road and Regester (Midstate Federal parking lot). 9 am to 2 pm.

Roland Park Elementary/Middle School between 9 am and noon Saturday, April 21, for the kids in the music program to help cover band-trip expenses.


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Loyola lacrosse game and "Puss in Boots" movie this Friday (free!)


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pink tricycle missing from Hopkins alley

Someone took our daughter's pink Radio Flyer tricycle from the 400 block of the Hopkins Rd/Overbrook alley today. We feel sure it was an honest mistake since we had just cleaned out the garage and there was lots of stuff out for trash pickup. She left it by the trash cans, so someone must have thought we were throwing it out.

She's going to be so sad! She had just washed it (which is why she had left it there). If anyone knows anything about it, please let me know!

Blair Blanks
410.370.2896
blairblanks@gmail.com


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Friday, April 13, 2012

Wildflower Walk at Robert E Lee Park

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow [April 14] Dwight Johnson will be giving a Wildflower Walk at 2pm. It is free and you are guaranteed to learn a lot. Come out and enjoy spring! Hope to see you there! We will meet at the bridge in front of the dam at 2pm. Please pass this on to anyone that may be interested.


Thanks, Shannon

Shannon Davis, Park Ranger II
Robert E. Lee Park


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Helicopter over Rodgers Forge

Giant Food on York was robbed. Suspect still at large. That's all I know right now.


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Wow, this house finally sold


I swear that for at least four years I've been driving by this house on Lake Avenue between Roland and Falls and it always has a "for sale" sign out front, and there have been several different realty firms involved. Yesterday I noticed a sold sign.

From Lake Ave. it looks like a smallish cottage, but it's actually huge and grand. House details:
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1-Devon-Hill-Rd-Baltimore-MD-21210/36426190_zpid/


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Check your garbage cans

A note from Rob Williams of Citizens on Patrol:

Over the past two weeks, the haulers that pick up the trash, yard materials and recyclables in our neighborhood have been leaving orange Baltimore County stickers on most cans that are over the maximum 34 gallon capacity specified by the County. I spoke with Lynn Rothwell from the County about these stickers. The placement of the stickers on these cans are a warning to residents. The haulers will no longer be emptying cans that have a greater capacity of 34 gallons and weigh more than 40 pounds.

Though the haulers have been emptying trash from these containers for years, apparently they will no longer empty these over capacity cans. The haulers are not supposed to reach into the cans to pull out bags. A few years ago, a hauler reached into a 55 gallon trash can and was cut by glass. The haulers will also be no longer collecting yard waste bags that weigh over 30 pounds.

Residents are going to have to purchase trash receptacles that don't exceed 34 gallons. Here's a reminder: Trash receptacles are considered rigid plastics and can be set out as a recyclable product. A note from the resident can be placed on the can designating it to be recycled.

The following is from the County's Bureau of Solid Waste regarding Trash and Recycling Collection:


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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Roland Slate donates $500 to Tech Trek at Rodgers Forge Elementary

Roland Slate, a longtime supporter of RFES, just donated $500 to Tech Trek. Thank you!
http://www.rolandslate.com/

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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York Road overcrowding addressed in Kamenetz budget

Towson Times: Kamenetz' budget includes full funding for the renovation of and a 200-seat addition to Stoneleigh Elementary, $18 million for a new 700-seat elementary school in Mays Chapel, $4.2 million for a 200-seat addition to Sparks Elementary, as well as funding for the completion of the Hampton Elementary addition.

It also has funding for AC in some schools, but not Dumbarton Middle.

Full story here.


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Rodgers Forge Community Inc. donates $500 to Tech Trek

Many  thanks to the community association, which last night approved a $500 donation to RFES's Tech Trek.

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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Fun weekend events

Gathered by Patch.


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Saturday Morning Science for April 14

How is the U.S. Constitution like a tortilla, and what does science have to do with it? This and the answers to other questions will be explored by Nadia Nasr, Towson University Archivist, and Leslie Long, a Preservation Specialist at the Library of Congress, who will talk about some of the most common challenges to preservation faced by archivists, especially those at the National Archives who are responsible for documents that are important for understanding the United States history. Audience interaction and participation in simple demonstrations during the presentation is welcomed and encouraged.

Free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Click here for details.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

American Legion in Towson supports Tech Trek

Thank you to American Legion Post 22 for its support of Tech Trek at Rodgers Forge Elementary with a generous donation of $500!

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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Dentist Joel Nathanson donates $500 to Tech Trek

Thank you to Dr. Nathanson for his support of Rodgers Forge Elementary's Tech Trek!


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"Yesterday in Towson" photo collection

Here's a great assortment of historic photos of Towson, with info on what the location was and what it is now. It was put together by Towson resident John Patterson, who sifted through thousands of photos from the library and cleaned them up with Photoshop and collected them in an online album. Click here to see the series.


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Big yard sale in Rodgers Forge this Saturday

MULTIFAMILY, MULTIBLOCK yard sale in Rodgers Forge

Baby items, toys, bakeware, books, vases, household items, clothing, electronics, tools, you name it!

Saturday, April 14, 2012
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dunkirk Road – 200, 300 and 400 blocks

No earlybirds, please!


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Walker taken from alley - have you seen it?

My neighbor in the 300 block of Regester uses a rollator walker (a walker with wheels) and his wife accidentally left it outside in the alley behind their house when leaving. Perhaps someone took it thinking it was "trash" or "up-for-grabs" .... if anyone knows anything about its whereabouts, please email me at debheacock@gmail.com.

Thanks!
Deb


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RFES seeks paid lunch-room assistant

Rodgers Forge Elementary seeks a friendly lunch-room assistant to maintain behavior in the cafeteria, help with opening and/or obtaining food items for students, cleaning cafeteria tables, and miscellaneous duties. This person should enjoy working with elementary children, be dependable and available daily from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Inquiries, contact Heather Hollenbeck at 410-887-3582.


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Kamenetz succeeds in killing hybrid school board

Read about it in Patch.


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St. Paul's Preschool open house

Drop by Monday, April 30th, 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. and see our school in action. Ages 2 through K enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year. Classes with scheduling options, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Located in historic Lutherville, 1609 Kurtz Avenue. For more information please call 410-252-3867 or email Laura Rice at lrice@stpaulsluthschool.org.


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Meet Dallas Dance on April 10

Board of Education of Baltimore County to hold special meeting on Tuesday, April 10

TOWSON, MD. - The Board of Education of Baltimore County will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. to approve S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D., as the new superintendent for Baltimore County Public Schools. The meeting will be held in the ESS Building, Room 114, on the Greenwood Campus, 6901 Charles Street, in Towson.

A press conference will be held immediately following the Board meeting and Dr. Dance will entertain questions at that time. The meeting will be held in the ESS Building, Room 123, on the Greenwood Campus.

The public is welcome to attend and observe all of the Board's open sessions.


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No citizen input on Baltimore County school board?

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-school-board-bill-20120409,0,3485826.story


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Make a call today if you want to be able to elect school board members

From Towson Families United: WILL YOU MAKE A QUICK CALL RIGHT NOW?

The Baltimore County Executive says you can't have what voters in Allegany County, Calvert County, Caroline County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Charles County, DorchesterCounty,Frederick County, Garrett County, Harford County, Howard County, Kent County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Queen Anne's County, Somerset County, St. Mary's County, Talbot County, Washington County and Worcester County have: An elected or partially elected school board.

County Executive Kamenetz, usually an ally of Towson Families United, has single-handedly asked the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee to not let a bill allowing a partially elected board out of committee.

Towson Families United is in strong support of this bill, which gives citizens the right to vote for six of the 11 Board of Education members. A majority of our County Council supports the bill, as does a majority of our House and Senate delegation, and the League of Women Voters. To be blunt: Much of our work on the overcrowding issue would not have been necessary had we had a Board of Education that was accountable to the people. The current process of appointed members is entirely too political.

This is the last day of the General Assembly. Please call the chair of the committee, Sheila Hixson, at 410-841-3469 TODAY. Say you're a Baltimore County resident who is in FAVOR of House Bill 481. Tell her office that this bill deserves to be voted on. PLEASE CALL RIGHT NOW. They will register your support, and your ZIP code.

Thanks!


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Profile of Dallas Dance, BCPS' new superintendent

Click here to read the Sun article.


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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!



Here's a great Peeps Show from the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/04/08/magazine/peep-factory.html

And don't miss the Peeps diorama contest (thanks, Lisa!) and an Awkward Family Photos Easter slideshow (thanks, Kim!):



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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Insane downhill bike race

My husband just came across this video. Ka-ray-zee.



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Friday, April 6, 2012

Soccer club teams forming

Pipeline Soccer Club announces annual tryouts for boys and girls, ages 7 to 18. Pipeline also offers an Academy program each season which does not require a tryout. Tryouts will start in May and will field teams for the coming soccer year. Information and registration for tryouts is online at http://www.pipelinesoccerclub.com/.


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Woodbrook Players present "The Good Doctor"


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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Crime report, including assault, attempted robbery on Murdock

Click the link then scroll down for the reports. Click here.


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Rain barrel and compost bin sale April 14

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, Baltimore County will host a joint compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale. The sale will be held on the parking lot of the Carver Center for the Arts at 938 York Road, Towson, MD 21204. 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 Machine, 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.

About Composting
Did you know that yard trimmings account for more than 13 percent of household waste? Composing at home can greatly reduce the amount of this material set out for collection.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).

About Reusing Rainwater
Did you know that one inch of rain falling on a 1,000 square foot roof harvests up to 600 gallons of rainwater. 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.


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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Want to walk in the Towson Fourth of July Parade?

Rodgers Forge is the featured neighborhood in the parade this year and there are still spots open for residents who want to participate. You wear a Rodgers Forge t-shirt and walk with other Forgians behind the grand marshall. There will be a banner. Kids can ride bikes, little ones can be pushed in strollers or pulled in wagons. What a cool experience this will be.

There are limited spots available; if you want to join in, email mikecalwell@gmail.com.


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Monday, April 2, 2012

In defense of e-readers

The last time my husband and I moved, we culled our book collection as much as we could and still had 40 boxes of books. (Boy, did our movers hate us!) But at some point, every bibliophile starts to experience the same panicky feeling: that she is drowning in books. Books lie sideways on top of other books, books become arty stands for knick-knacks, they stay boxed in the basement, they hold up windows in summer. (Once during a party, I put a pile of them in the oven.) I'm aware that there's this thing called a library, but as a writer, I like to support other writers and buy books. Plus, I kind of hate the Towson Library. It's one of the ugliest buildings ever built, and they never have the exact book that I want at the exact moment I want it.

Now, I embrace Luddite-ism as much as the next guy, but I began to see e-readers as a solution to a problem. I could continue to devour books without being devoured by books. So I got an e-reader. Then I got another. And here's what I found.

When you first start using a Kindle, you'll feel as though you just put down your laptop to pick up a word processor (remember those?). The navigation on the Kindle is clumsy, and there are many things it doesn't do that you can't help expecting it to do. But if you persevere, you'll begin to be won over by its charms.

Three great things about the Kindle:
1) Access to oodles of books, 24/7. For me, this was the gateway drug. If I finished a book at ten o'clock at night, I could download a new one in seconds flat. E-books cost less, too, than paper books (most are $9.99, some $12.99). And of course, they're sort of green, because they don't exist in the real world. I don't know how the manufacture of one Kindle compares to the buying of hundreds of books, but it's got to compare favorably at some point.
2) A built-in dictionary. No more meaning to look up a word and never getting to it.
3) Portability. The dang thing fits in your purse! Not even the average paperback will fit as comfortably as the lightweight Kindle.

The iPad as an e-reader is an entirely different animal. Books cost more on the iPad, but you get the "real" cover graphic, and the typography is professional.

Three great things about the iPad:
1) It's an iPad. It does everything but make toast, although an app for that is coming soon. (I could go on forever about the joy of apps, but I'm focusing here on the iPad as e-reader.)
2) The screen is lighted (a drawback on the Kindle).
3) Someone paid attention to design and typography on the iPad. With the Kindle, you have to focus on the device's nice personality and good sense of humor--looks are not its strong suit. The Kindle lets you adjust type size, but the iPad also lets you adjust page orientation (it swings both ways, in other words). My absolute favorite thing about the iPad is the illusion of turning the page. It's like magic.

The iPad's big disadvantage is its cost. I wouldn't weep if I lost my Kindle, but the iPad is so pricy, I have to take it to the bathroom with me when I'm out in public. I just make sure I go really fast, so no one thinks I'm in there reading. That would be gross.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Kids on roof of Dumbarton Middle School

The police helicopter that is over RF right now (10:35 on Sunday night) is because there were kids on the roof of DMS. They are now in custody but police wanted to look for other kids. No word on exactly what they were doing up there.

Update: Dumbarton Road resident says there were fireworks going off up there.


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Mega Millions winner finally steps forward, is from Rodgers Forge

My favorite part is that the family says it wants to stay and let their kids finish their time at Rodgers Forge Elementary instead of switching them to a private school. Patch.com got the scoop on this. Read about it here.


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