Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Screened-in porches to be discussed at Aug. 1 meeting of Rodgers Forge board

7:00 pm in the RFES cafeteria. Details here.


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Monday, July 30, 2012

No Iggies for Towson after all

Says the Baltimore Sun.


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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Run for the Cool Kids Campaign

From the Cool Kids Campaign, a Towson non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of children living with a cancer diagnosis:

This message is for all the runners out there who have either signed up or are still considering signing up for the Baltimore Running Festival. Held Saturday, October 13th, the festival includes the famous Baltimore Marathon, half marathon, a 4 person relay team, and a 5K run or walk.

Save some money on registration!  You can sign up for a charity bib for only $30 plus pledge collection!  It sure beats paying $80+ for any of the events, and you'll meet so many great people and help a great cause!

Already signed up?  You can still enjoy all the great perks of joining our team with an even lower pledge collection goal!


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kids' aviation event at Martin State Airport

On Wednesday, August 8th from 10am to 2pm, the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum located at Martin State Airport is having its seventh August season of Flying High Wednesday for children 5 to 10 years old offering 4 hours of aviation fun with a visit to the Museum's airplanes, hands-on activities and a musical aviation lesson with the Museum's theatre-in-residence Thirst 'n' Howl Musical Productions.


As there is time for a lunch break, attendees should bring a lunch and a picnic blanket. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The program fee is $6 for children and $3 for adults. Parking is free.

As space is limited, registration is required. Registration closes August 3 and registration forms are available at the Museum's website www.mdairmuseum.org. For additional information call 410-682-6122.


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Friday, July 27, 2012

Stay away from Honeygo Blvd near Ikea today if ...

... you want to avoid seeing huge posters of aborted fetuses. No matter where you stand on the issue, these are not images you would necessarily want your kids to see. I understand these same protesters were on North Charles yesterday near GBMC.


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Stay away from Honeygo Blvd near Ikea today if ...

... you want to avoid seeing huge posters of aborted fetuses. No matter where you stand on the issue, these are not images you would necessarily want your kids to see.

I understand these same protesters were on North Charles yesterday near GBMC.

(Short and sweet from my phone.)


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Stay away from Honeygo Blvd today if ...

... you want to avoid seeing huge posters of aborted fetuses. No matter where you stand on the issue, these are not images you would necessarily want your kids to see.

I understand these same protesters were on North Charles yesterday near GBMC.

(Short and sweet from my phone.)


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bottled water = yikes!

Read more here


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Latest crime report

July 21: First Degree Burglary, Unit block of Ruxton Green Court, 21204
Between 1 and 6:30 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the garage through an unlocked door. The suspect attempted to take a vehicle in the garage, and was able to enter the home and take items.

July 21: Robbery, 1100 block of Pelham Wood Road, 21234
At 12:05 a.m., a delivery driver was approached by two suspects armed with what he believed to be a rifle. He dropped the food and tried to run back to his car. The suspects stopped him and took money from his pocket, and money and a phone from his car. Both suspects are black males. One suspect was 6' and the other was 5'10".

July 19: First Degree Burglary, 1600 block of Naturo Road, 21286
Between 6 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., an unknown suspect entered residence through an unlocked front window.  The suspect took items and fled through rear door.


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Dallas Dance says air conditioning in schools is a priority

Here's the article in Patch:
http://towson.patch.com/articles/dance-to-address-schools-heat-issues-before-board-of-ed

By the way, have you visited Dumbarton United? They're focusing on AC at Dumbarton Middle School. https://www.facebook.com/DumbartonUnited


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Towson bike beltway receives grant


Good news. Biking in Towson could soon be easier. From Councilman Marks: I just wanted to inform you that the state has awarded Baltimore County a grant to implement the Towson Bike Beltway.


I am thrilled by this announcement. Towson has a lot of congestion, but it is difficult to add highway capacity. Bike lanes will hopefully persuade more motorists, including students, to use bicyclists instead of their cars.

Rodgers Forge resident Stu Sirota co-chairs the Fifth District Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee and was central in writing the application.


County Councilman David Marks
dmarks@baltimorecountymd.gov

I asked Councilman Marks if this means the beltway is a done deal or if more approvals are needed:

It's a done deal as far as the funding. We'll look at the roads that need resurfacing and compare them with the plan, and that may be a good start as far as the restriping for the bike lanes. Our committee will also probably have at least one community meeting in case there are any questions. We have a year to spend the grant money.


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Hearing set for BGE's performance during derecho

From Delegate Lafferty:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has announced the dates for evening hearings to receive public comment on case number 9298, on the performance of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company with regards to service interruptions in the State of Maryland due to the June 29, 2012 Derecho storm.
Four meetings have been scheduled in the Baltimore area including one in Towson on Thursday, August 16, 7 PM, Hearing Room 106, Baltimore County Office Building, 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204.

In the event you cannot attend the meeting in Towson, meetings will be held in the following areas listed below:


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Events cancelled for tonight

Towson's Feet on the Street and Belvedere Square's concert are both cancelled because of predicted rain.


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Artscape starts tomorrow


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Bubble Days this weekend


Time: Noon - 4:00pm

Location: Maryland Science Center

Cost: Free with paid admission

When: Sat, July 21 & Sun, July 22 

Join us for the Maryland Science Center’s 7th Annual Bubble Days. The fun will be bubbling up all over the building—and outside too as we celebrate the art and science of bubbles.  Throughout the day, you’ll learn the secret science behind how bubbles are made and have the chance to take home some of your very own bubble solution.  Participate in games and contests for a chance to win great prizes and join our workshops for some bubbling experiments.  Bubbles come in all shapes and sizes, and there will be something bubbling for all of our visitors—everybody loves bubbles!
http://mdsci.org/events-calendar/events/BubbleDays.html


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Not again! (more power outages reported)

Folks in parts of Rodgers Forge and Pinehurst are reporting their power is out already, as if it's getting a head start on the predicted storm. So far I've heard of outages on Stanmore, Stevenson, Dumbarton and Regester. And add Murdock, too.



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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"The Help" at Kenilworth this Friday

Free at The Shops at Kenilworth, July 20

Lower Level Parking Lot
Bring Your Own Chair! Come Early! Save a Seat!
Movie starts at dark (about 8:45 PM)


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Monday, July 16, 2012

Harbor Family Lab Days

A friend of mine did this and said it was a lot of fun:

This July Healthy Harbor and Towson University are teaming up to host a series of four FREE Healthy Harbor Family Lab Days at Towson Unversity's SciTech student learning lab, located at Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Come put on a lab coat and be a scientist for a day.  Using microscopes and other scientific tools, you will discover what's living in the waters of Baltimore Harbor in a family-friendly laboratory setting.

Adults and children (ages 10 and up) are invited to attend one of these FREE 90-minute Healthy Harbor Family Lab Days to learn about aquatic life and pollution in Baltimore Harbor.

Please RSVP by emailing Adam@WaterfrontPartnership.org.

Space is limited and reservations are required.  Be sure to include your name, which session you'd like to attend, the number of people attending, and a phone number where you can be reached.  You will receive a confirmation email with directions and parking instructions.

Available sessions:

Saturday, July 14, 10:00am
Thursday, July 19, 4:00pm
Saturday, July 21, 10:00am
Thursday, July 26, 4:00pm



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Ballroom dancing at Belvedere Square concerts

"This summer we are so happy to annouce that Beginning Ballroom (www.beginningballroom.com) will be giving FREE dance lessons at select concerts!"

July 20th, Swingin Swamis
*5:30pm Swing and Latin Dance Lesson
*6:00pm-9pm Concert
*Additional Swing and Latin dance lesson during band break

August 24th, Mambo Combo! (reprise)
*5:30pm Latin Dance Lesson
*6:00pm-9pm Concert
*Additional Latin dance lesson on band break

http://www.belvederesquare.com/index.cfm?page=events&id=113&pg=1


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Today is the deadline for running for Rodgers Forge board

If you want to run for a board seat, you must hand deliver your letter of interest by 11:59 PM today (July 14). Click here for details.


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Friday, July 13, 2012

Hairston gave contracts to two aides before retiring

And now because of those contracts, Dr. Dallas Dance, his replacement, must keep employees he apparently doesn't think should be in their jobs. So the two get to keep their generous salaries while BCPS will also have to pay their replacements. Read about it in the Sun.


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Feet on the Street and Belvedere Concert tonight

Mister Wilson Band is at Belvedere Square and here's info about Feet on the Street.


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So share it, maybe?

Sesame Street spoofs Carly Rae Jepsen and has my daughter and me giggling:


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

WBAL story on Rodgers Forge's MSA scores


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McDonogh student who swam at Meadowbrook dies in car accident

What a horrible tragedy. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-md-co-fatal-crash-20120710,0,4556526.story


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BGE customers to get extra bill to cover company's storm losses

This morning my son and I passed some workers taking down a huge wind-damaged tree and he commented that tree companies and BGE must love big storms because they're doing so much more business. I said the tree companies probably love them but that BGE is likely losing money because of all the extra contract workers it had to hire to restore power. "But actually I'm sure they get the money back from us somehow," I told him.

Apparently, this is in part how they do it:

http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/212306/158/Pepco--BGE-Allowed-To-Bill-Customers-For-Lost-Outage-Revenue


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

100% of Rodgers Forge Elementary students pass MSA


This is pretty incredible, and I say that as someone who is actually not a fan of standardized testing:

Rodgers Forge Elementary was the only school in the county where 100% of the kids tested at or above the "proficient" level. High fives to the students, teachers, parents and administrators!

Read the report card here, and read Dr. Dallas Dance's statement here (RFES is mentioned near the end).

And not to rain on the parade, but here's an interesting opinion piece in the Washington Post that says standardized tests benefit everyone but the students.


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If you want to run for the Rodgers Forge board, speak now

The July newsletter was just delivered and it says anyone who wants to run for a seat on the board in the September elections must submit their "letter of interest" -- and, they recommend, a brief resume --  by July 14. The head of the nominating committee says letters can be hand delivered to the address below, which is probably a safer bet than the mail. (The July deadline was mentioned in the May newsletter; it was not in the June newsletter.)

Letters go to:
RFC Inc.
c/o 201 Dumbarton Road
Baltimore 21212
attn: RFC Nominating Committee

To run you must:

- Live in Rodgers Forge
- Be at least 21 years old
- Live in a house where dues are current (you can pay them -- $25 -- when you submit your letter of interest, if you haven't already paid)

It also went up the official RF blog today:
http://www.rodgersforgecommunity.blogspot.com/2012/07/time-is-now-to-submit-your-name-as.html


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New group fighting for AC at Dumbarton Middle School

So glad someone took up this cause. It could be a long process; if you have any kids in the pipeline, better get active now.

"Dumbarton United is committed to our children and to excellence in education. We believe that the lack of climate/ventilation control has a significant adverse effect on the scholastic success of Dumbarton students. Our primary goal for the 2012-2013 school year is to achieve the installation of air conditioning throughout the school. 

We are grateful for the efforts made thus far to improve our rapidly deteriorating school infrastructure throughout Baltimore County. As a part of these efforts, we would like to see central air conditioning installed at Dumbarton Middle School as soon as possible. Additionally, Dumbarton United will advocate for a solution to the impending middle school overcrowding in Northern Baltimore County projected by BCPS. Together as a community, we can ensure that every child has a safe and healthful environment in which to reach his/her potential in a high quality school. Thank you for your support."

You can read an article about the group in the Baltimore Sun and see, and like, the Facebook page here.


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Two thumbs up for Babylon Nails and Spa at Belvedere Square

My friend Diana Sugiuchi, of Nourish Family Nutrition, recently went to Babylon Nails and Spa to escape the 100-degree heat and was kind enough to share her thoughts with Flyer readers:

My daughter and I took advantage of the lovely weather we are having and tried out Babylon Nails and Spa, the new nail salon at Belvedere Square. I love this place, the people who worked there were super friendly, it is really clean and has a nice atmosphere and we got the best pedicures we have ever had.

They have different levels of pedicures, from basic all the way to deluxe with salt scrub and de-callusing. We went for the deluxe, it was totally worth it. And they even painted flowers on my daughters toes for no extra charge.

The only thing that could have made it better would be to stop into Grand Cru afterward.


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Monday, July 9, 2012

Latest crime report; it's a long one this week

July 5-7: Attempted First Degree Burglary, 1600 block of Yakona Road, 21286
The victim heard noises during the night on July 5 and July 7. The victim checked the area in the morning and found an outdoor chair moved against a pet cage in the backyard. The roof of the pet cage was caved in as if someone attempted to enter the residence through the rear window.

July 5: Attempted First Degree Burglary, unit block of Venus Court, 21234
At 2 p.m., a man attempted to move the rear bedroom window to enter the residence. The victim stopped the suspect who fled on foot and got onto an MVA bus. The suspect is described as a white male, 27 to 32 years old, 5’7” tall, 175 pounds, with a muscular build.

July 4: Commercial Burglary, 1700 block of Aberdeen Road, 21234
At 4:37 a.m., a man forced open a door and stole six air conditioning units. Derrick Navon Edmondson, 32, of the 1700 block of Edgewood Road, 21234 was arrested and charged with burglary.

July 4: First Degree Burglary, 8000 block of York Road, 21286
Between 1 and 7 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the apartment while the victims were sleeping and removed electronics.


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Lost dog, from Bellona/Northern Parkway area


Contact info and more photos are here.


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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Rodgers Forge board says no to screened-in porches; asks for your feedback

On Friday, Del Schmidt posted on the official Rodgers Forge blog that a committee tasked with considering screened-in porches, which he headed, has decided they should not be allowed.

The committee decided this in February, and at the April meeting the board voted to publish the findings in the newsletter and ask for resident feedback. Unless I missed it, that hasn't happened.

To read the report where the board lays out its rationale for rejecting screened-in porches, click here.

Del writes on the blog: "After proposing this [rejection of porches] to the board, there was a minor opposition to the decision. A discussion ensued and it was decided that we would allow the community to provide input on the topic. While we can't make any promises that the decision will be changed, we do encourage community members who have constructive ideas on the topic to post them here, in the comments section, as we do recognize that this is a hot button issue within our neighborhood."

I don't think the current board will ever approve screened-in porches, even though the covenants do not prohibit them. Although some on the board might favor them, they are in the minority. But it's worth spending a few minutes sharing your thoughts, pro or con.

If you do want a porch, your best bet would be to get like-minded members on the board, or amend your covenants to allow them without board approval. Read how to do that here, in the section titled "changing the covenants."

(BTW, full disclosure: We live in a row of seven attached homes, two of which have screened porches and third that has a porch but no screens. We applied for permission to tear down our huge deck and replace it with a much smaller screened porch that would look just like those of our neighbors, and we were denied. Additionally, I contacted three real estate agents who often sell in Rodgers Forge and asked if they think a screened porch adds value to a home and all three said definitely.)

Here is Del's full post:
http://rodgersforgecommunity.blogspot.com/2012/07/architechtural-guideline-committee.html?showComment=1341762486305#c4896524660292426018

You are welcome to share your thoughts here, but be advised that only comments on Del's blog will be taken into consideration by the board.


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Possible big storm tonight

From Foot's Forecast, the group that, I think, was first to predict the huge storm last week:


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 10:00 pm TONIGHT for the areas noted in blue on the enclosed NOAA map. We caution that primary hazards in any storms that develop include strong damaging winds up to 60 mph, hail of 1-2" in diameter, torrential downpours and lightning. Storms may develop quickly, and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings may be issued by the NWS for our region at any time.

Text of the Storm Prediction Center Watch Statement:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/ww0481.html

This, however, is very different from weather.com's forecast:
http://www.weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/graph/Baltimore+MD+21212:4:US


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Friday, July 6, 2012

New shipment of Taharka Brothers ice cream delivered to Uncle Wiggly's

So happy Uncle Wiggly's is now serving Taharka Brothers ice cream. Super good and I love its mission.


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Did anyone else have to read this three times?

I can easily recycle at least 50% of what I put out for recycling? Anyway, if you're curious about the numbers, here they are:


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No-shuck corn on the cob

A reader kindly sent this video to me a few weeks ago and I finally tried it. It pretty much worked, although the corn didn't taste as good as it usually does (we boil it for three minutes), but it might have just been those particular ears. Another friend just posted the video on Facebook and said it worked perfectly for her, so it's worth a shot.


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

"Sacred and Scared" at the DC Fringe Festival

A friend of mine is putting on a one-man show at the Capital Fringe Festival this month. I wasn't able to go when he performed it at another festival but I'm not going to miss this one -- he is one of the funniest people I know.


Did God and Jesus see eye to eye? Does Rabbi Fishbein's religion course include bolts or is he just nuts? Who really answered lovely Carla's prayers? Did Abraham really say that? They all explore these and other weighty philosophical questions.

http://shows.capfringe.org/shows/3566-Sacred-and-Scared-Get-the-Same-Score-in-Scrabble.html


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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!



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Lost dog

Update: Raven is home; thanks to the person who called the owner!

8 year old collie named Raven is missing from 200 block of Murdock.


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Yard waste will be picked up July 5

From Rob Williams of Citizens on Patrol:

Yard waste will be picked up on Thursday 7/5 in the Forge. On a special note James Beale, the former long-time garbage man for the neighborhood, and yours truly will be on the truck collecting the debris. I get to live out my life long dream at least for a day, being a garbage man.

Thanks,
Rob


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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Another storm is expected to hit Baltimore tonight


Read about it at WBAL.


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Towson Walmart giving out free water

From Councilman Marks: Wal Mart of Towson has very generously offered to provide free water distribution to those who need.

Two gallons per person will be distributed, up to 4,000 gallons total.  There will be a tent set up at the parking lot at its Towson Place location (near Joppa and LaSalle Roads).

I would like to thank Wal Mart and its manager, Susan Green, for this extraordinarily generous donation as neighborhoods recover from the storm.



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Monday, July 2, 2012

Latest crime report

June 25: Commercial Burglary, 800 block of Dulaney Valley Road, 21286
At 12:48 a.m., security guards inside the Towson Town Center observed three juveniles inside the mall and found that several kiosks had been broken into. Two 12-year-old females and one 13-year-old female were charged as juveniles and released to their parents.

June 24: Armed Robbery – Implied Weapon, 6000 block of Falls Road, 21209
At 5:31 a.m., two men entered the Royal Farm Store and physically assaulted the employees. One suspect implied that he had a weapon. The suspects took money and cigarettes from the store. They were both arrested by responding officers. Thomas Busard, 19, of the 3300 block of Paine Street, 21211 and Michael Blevins, 19, of the 1300 block of W. 42nd Street, 21211 were charged with robbery.

June 22: Attempted Armed Carjacking – Gun, unit block of Polaris Court, 21234
At 11:30 p.m., a woman pulled into a parking spot and got out of her vehicle. A black male in his 30s approached her and pointed a gun at her. He attempted to push her back into the vehicle, but she began to yell. He struck her with the gun and fled on foot.

June 22: Second Degree Burglary, 900 block of Wellington Road, 21212
Between 2:45 and 4 a.m., a man took two bicycles from a garage. He was arrested after an officer observed him pushing the bicycles down York Road. James McNeill, 38, of the 600 block of N. Aisquirth Avenue, 21202 was arrested and charged with burglary.

June 21-23: First Degree Burglary, 1800 block of Berrywood Road, 21234
Between an unknown time frame from June 21-23, an unknown suspect broke into the home and moved electronics.

June 21: Armed Robbery – Gun, 1600 block of W. Joppa Road, 21204
At 10:49 p.m., a man armed with a long gun entered the Royal Farm store and demanded money and cash. The suspect is a black male, 5’6” tall, 145 pounds, with a thin build.

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/police/pc06/index.html


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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Do you have power?

David Marks is wondering which blocks are still without power for his talks with BGE. If you could leave comments below that would be great. Thanks.

(Short and sweet from my phone.)


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More images of storm damage





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Y letting people use its showers

From Councilman Marks: "Please spread the word that the Y of Central Maryland is allowing non-members to use showers at their locations. In the Fifth District, the Y has centers in Towson off Chesapeake Avenue; in Parkville at the North Plaza Shopping Center; and in Perry Hall at the Perry Hall Square Shopping Center. Regular weekday hours are5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Today, the Y is open until 7 p.m."

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