Monday, December 31, 2012

Latest crime report, including attempted burglary on Overbrook

December 25: Commercial Burglary, 6200 block of North Charles Street, 21212
Between 12:46 and 1:18 a.m., two suspects broke the lock on the front door of the Exxon station. The suspects cut open the ATM and removed money. Both suspects are white males with medium builds.

December 24: Robbery, 1200 block of Wakeford Road, 21234
At 7:20 p.m., two suspects approached the victim and pushed him to the ground. The suspects punched the victim and took his cellular phone and car keys. The first suspect is a black male, 5'10", with a slim build. The second suspect is a black male, 5'9", with a slim build.

December 23: Armed Robbery, LaSalle Road and East Joppa Road, 21286
At 2 a.m., an unknown suspect approached the victim and hit him with a pipe. The suspect took the victim's umbrella and cellular phone.


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Nap Nanny recliners recalled after infant deaths

Info here:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13083.html


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Holiday trash and recycling info for Baltimore County

Someone at the Baltimore County Bureau of Waste Management just told me that if your normal recycling pick up day is Tuesdays, then your recycling won't be collected on January 1 and you'll have to wait until January 8 for pick up. If your trash is normally collected on Tuesdays, it will be picked up on Wednesday, Jan. 2, instead. Recycling and trash pick up that is normally on other days is on the regular schedule. For more info call 410-887-2000.


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

It's a Wonderful Life ... in Rodgers Forge


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Nicolo Whimsey Show at Creative Alliance

Nicolo Whimsey Show
Sat Dec 29, 7pm.
 $12 adults, $7 members and kids under 12

The infectiously funny Nicolo the Yipsey Yuggler and the magical Queen of Whimsey make a charming show together, full of improv, audience participation, live music, circus/vaudeville hi-jinks and jokes that work for kids and adults. Join in for the big Parade Around The Patterson. http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2012/nicolo-whimsey-show


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wells is open today

This post is in no way related to the stress of the holidays or that of out-of-town guests; it is just an FYI. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas caroling on Dec. 22 in Rodgers Forge

On December 22 at 4:30, a group of carolers will gather outside in the 200 block of Regester Avenue, continue on Regester to Dumbarton, cross Stevenson, and go up Stanmore Road. The exact route might vary depending on the weather.

They invite everyone to join them in the caroling. Please bring a flashlight, book light and/or lantern. The organizer will bring copies of carols. Fun!


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Latest crime report, including Towson shooting and theft of cheeseburger

December 16: Commercial Burglary, 1700 block of East Joppa Road, 21234
Between 1 and 2 p.m., an unknown suspect pried open a side door to enter the Salvation Army. The suspects removed jewelry from the jewelry counter and left through the side door. Both suspects are tall black males.

December 16: Robbery, 800 block of Dulaney Valley Road, 21286
At 12:50 p.m., two suspects grabbed cell phones from the victims' hands and fled on foot. The suspects are black males,14 to 16 years old, with a thin build.

December 16: Attempted Murder - Gun, Unit block of West Chesapeake Avenue, 21286
At 2 a.m., a man was arrested after firing several shots into a crowd. One victim received a non life-threatening injury, and he refused treatment. Francis Kang, 26, of the unit-block of Brook Farm Court, 21030, was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted murder.

December 12: Armed Robbery - Gun, Unit block of Solar Circle, 21234
At 9:43 p.m., the victim was approached by two suspects, one armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded money, but the victim did not have any. The suspects took the victim's cell phone and fled on foot. The first suspect is a black male, 20 years old, 5'10", and 190 pounds. The second suspect is a black male, 20 years old, 5'10", and 190 pounds.

December 11: Armed Robbery - BB Gun, 8100 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, 21234
At 11:24 p.m., a man reported that three suspects pointed a gun at him and stole money, a cheeseburger, and cigarettes. A 13 year old male was arrested and charged as a juvenile. Dakota Fletcher, 17, and Joshua Castillo, 16, of the 1600 block of Cromwell Bridge Road, 21234, were charged as adults with armed robbery. 

December 11: First Degree Burglary, 1700 block of Circle Road, 21204
Between 8:50 and 9:10 a.m., an unknown suspect broke a front window to unlock a door. The suspect stole three jewelry boxes containing jewelry, a Sony camera, and two pillow cases.


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


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fundraiser at Pei Wei this Thursday for Dumbarton Middle's trip to Spain

Please join us in supporting the Dumbarton Middle School 8th Grade trip to Spain!

Where: Pei Wei Asian Diner, 6302 York Road
When: Thursday, December 20 from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Details: Mention DMS when placing your order and Pei Wei will donate 20% to support the DMS trip to Spain.


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Monday, December 17, 2012

Maryland homeowners: Make sure you've applied for the homestead tax credit

I posted this in November but am re-posting in case anyone missed it ...

My neighbor works for a firm that does title work and she just gave me a heads up that many Marylanders -- including many in Rodgers Forge -- have not applied for the Homestead Tax Credit. This is a credit that used to be given automatically but a 2007 law changed the process and now you must apply for it and if you don't, you could lose a lot of money. The credit limits the amount by which taxes on your assessment can rise. (Once you've applied you don't have to do so again.)

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2012.

Here's some info from the state Department of Assessments and Taxation:

What is the law that requires homeowners to apply for the Homestead Tax Credit?  
Legislation enacted by the 2007 session of the General Assembly requires homeowners to submit a one-time application in order to continue their eligibility for the homestead tax credit.  The homestead credit limits the amount of assessment increase on which a homeowner will pay property taxes in that tax year on the one property actually used as the owner’s principal residence.

Why should I want to submit the application?
Because of assessment increases and because of the low assessment caps adopted by the county governments, many homeowners in the State have been receiving substantial homestead credits each year on their property tax bills.

How do I file the Homestead Eligibility Application?
a.  File electronically: Request an application from the Department by sending an email to Hcredit@dat.state.md.us
The application mailed out to you will contain an Access Number so you may file electronically on our site at https://sdathtc.resiusa.org/homestead

b.   Mail the application: You may mail in the completed paper application the Department sends you. You may also print and mail the completed PDF copy of the application available on our web site.  Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2012.

You can find out if you have already filed an application by looking up your property in the Real Property database.

If you have filed for the credit, you'll see this type of info at the very bottom of the screen:
If you haven't, you'll see this:
Find more info about the tax credit here:
http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/homestead.html

You might want to pass this along to friends/neighbors who might not be aware of the credit. My neighbor let several people on our block know that they had not applied for the credit and they were very appreciative.


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Man shot outside popular Towson bar this weekend

Read about it in the Towson Times.


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Advice for talking to kids about today's events

The Boston Globe has an article discussing how to talk to kids about the events today in Connecticut. Have you talked to your children about it? I haven't yet, and I'm not sure how to handle it. There have been lots of hugs, though.

http://www.boston.com/dailydose/2012/12/14/how-talk-kids-about-the-connecticut-school-shooting/GsG2TFfNSH1IohWneiXioN/story.html


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rally to save Towson Manor Park

Interesting piece on WJZ. The county executive says he doesn't want to take away a park and that the county would give them another park somewhere else. A resident then asks, If the county has land nearby that could be used as a park, why not put the fire station there? Patch.com also covered the rally: http://towson.patch.com/articles/residents-stage-protest-against-firehouse-at-towson-manor-park


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Kamenetz's office says demolition of Towson Manor Park still "on the table"

Despite what Sen. Brochin was told earlier, a county spokeswoman told the Towson Times that moving the York Road firehouse to Towson Manor Park is still an option. And the "Save Towson Manor Park" group is going ahead with its rally today at 4:00 PM at York and Towsontown Blvd.


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Lost beagle

This person needs help finding Ruby: "She is Beagle that is white with black spots and a brown face. She has been seen in the area of Dumbarton Middle School, but she is a very shy, skittish dog that will be very hard to catch. She does not have her collar or tags on, but she does have a microchip."

UPDATE: RUBY IS HOME.


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Plan to destroy Towson Manor Park is said to be "off the table"

That according to Sen. Brochin via this Patch article. Let's hope Plan B makes more sense.


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Towson Bike Beltway meeting on Dec. 17

From Councilman Marks: "Baltimore County's Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting on Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. in Room 118 of the Historic Courthouse in Towson to unveil the Towson Bike Beltway. I have been a strong supporter of more bike lanes and certainly welcome any attendance."


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sen. Jim Brochin will introduce bill to protect county park land

Inspired by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's plan to relocate a firehouse on York Road to Towson Manor Park in order to sell the York Road lot to developers. Read about it here.

And here's an editorial in The Sun that says the park plan is not a good one:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-kamenetz-20121211,0,411703.story


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rally to save Towson Manor Park

From the Save Towson Manor Park group: Community members will meet at Towson Manor Park at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2012 to gather signs and walk down to the intersection of York Road and Towsontown Boulevard, where they will stage a protest in opposition to the County’s plan to take their park to build a new fire station. The rally will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m."


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Meeting Dec. 12 about elimination of Rodgers Forge bus stops

The Maryland Transit Administration is proposing consolidation of [eliminating] some bus stops on the Nos. 11 and 35 routes that would become effective on February 3, 2013. MTA welcomes your feedback regarding proposed bus stop consolidation at a scheduled informational meeting:

December 12, 2012 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
at the Towson Library 320 York Rd., Towson MD 21204

To view all of the proposed Route 11 and 35 bus stop consolidations, click [here].

More info:
http://mta.maryland.gov/advisories/proposed-bus-stop-consolidation-meetings


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Electronics recycling at RFES

From the Rodgers Forge Association:

When: Saturday, January 26th from 9 am to 2 pm

Where: Rodgers Forge Elementary School Parking Lot

What: All those electronics that have been replaced by new Christmas presents can be recycled! Anything that can be plugged in or runs on batteries! Even those holidays lights that you've just unpacked from their boxes, but don't work! The only item there is a charge for is televisions, $15 per. All other appliances etc. accepted for free, and will be recycled.


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Latest crime report

December 9: Second Degree Burglary, 6300 block of York Road, 21212
Between 1:19 and 2:18 a.m., an unknown suspect entered the Chipotle without force and broke the alarm keypad. Nothing was taken.

December 7 to December 8: First Degree Burglary, 900 block of Starbit Road, 21286
Between 5 p.m. on December 7 and 12:30 p.m. on December 8, an unknown suspect entered the home and took money and electronics.

December 7: First Degree Burglary, Unit block of Ruxview Court, 21204
Between 2 and 9:45 p.m., an unknown suspect pried open a rear sliding door and took jewelry and electronics.


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Holiday lights can be recycled

The county says: "As Baltimore County residents dust off decorations and unpack ornaments this holiday season, they may discover some strings of lights that are worse for wear. Rather than discarding these old or unusable holiday lights, residents are encouraged to save resources and landfill space by recycling them instead.

Residents may take strings of holiday lights to any of the three County drop-off facilities listed below, to be placed in a designated electronics recycling container. After collection, the lights will be reused, repaired, or recycled."

More info here.


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Santa's coordinator waiting to hear from you

Santa and his elf will be visiting the homes of children who live in Rodgers Forge prior to Christmas from 5:30 through 8:00 PM on Thursday, 12/13 and Sunday, 12/16. At the request of parents, Santa will come to your house to dazzle your children and their friends but his schedule is busy and many visit slots have already been filled. If you would like Santa to come to your home, please sign up immediately by sending an e-mail to Joe Segreti, Santa’s senior travel coordinator, at joseph_segreti@fd.org.  

The email should include the following:
1.       Name and age(s) of children to be visited
2.       Your address to be visited
3.       Your phone number and email contact

All visits will be confirmed prior to Santa’s actual arrival. Homeowners may leave gifts on the porch for Santa to distribute to the children inside the home.


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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas tree place on Stevenson: local or not?

There was a little debate on the Flyer last week about whether the roadside stand that sells Christmas trees on Stevenson Lane across from Woodbrook Baptist is local or not. Some said yes, some said no. I stopped by it today and talked to the guys on my way home. They said it's owned by a local resident who has an erosion-control company in Baltimore and that everyone who works there is local. But the trees are from Pennsylvania and North Carolina. They also said it's hard to get a Maryland tree in this area unless you go to a cut-your-own place. So, that's the scoop. I wonder if maybe there was confusion about which stand we were discussing.

(By the way, has anyone tried Feezer's Farm? They are a cut-your-own place that doesn't use pesticides.)


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Monument lighting tonight, Santa's workshop on Saturday

"An evening of choir performances, strolling entertainment, and more! Mount Vernon Place celebrates the holiday season with the 41st annual lighting of the Washington Monument." Details here.

And, "Santa's Workshop opens this Saturday, December 8 at 9:30am. Located at 1 East Joppa Road in Towson, join us for a craft and holiday movie!"


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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Harlem Globetrotters in Baltimore

At First Mariner Arena on Dec. 29. Details here.


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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Glad to hear Tyler Waldman is improving

He is in my thoughts!
http://towson.patch.com/articles/tyler-waldman-patch-editor-now-in-fair-condition


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Destroy a park and in return DMS can get air conditioning?

If this is true, it really is troubling. Here's the story by Bryan Sears in Patch. By the way, I bought a PowerBall ticket last week (something I do about twice a year) and daydreamed about winning and buying the Elkridge Club, at Charles Street and Gittings, and giving it to the city/county with the condition that it be turned into a public park. We do need more, not less, green space around here.

Update: I emailed Councilman David Marks about the situation and asked (1) if he knew back in September that this park might be lost to the fire house, (2) what he thinks of the idea, and (3) if he thinks AC at Dumbarton should be linked to the fire house and development on its current site. Here's what he said:

 "(1) No potential site had been identified at that time. (2) I would prefer an alternative location, and think community leaders need to be fully engaged on all possible sites. (3) Dumbarton Middle School serves almost all of Towson.  My job is to advocate for its improvement, just as I did at Stoneleigh and Hampton Elementary Schools. Unfortunately, there are many other communities competing for a limited amount of money.  If there is going to be any extra money from sale of county land in Towson, the money should remain in Towson and not be scattered across Baltimore County for other purposes."


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Christmas events at Radebaugh Florist

Join us Saturday, December 8th for fun activities in the greenhouse: Santa will be visiting from 11 am to 1 pm, face painting from 10 am to 1 pm, poinsettia decorating from 10 am to 2 pm and bow making at 2 pm.

Sign up for wreath decorating class December 8th at 9 am. $50 includes wreath decorated to your choice and a bow.

Christmas Sale and Open House Saturday, December 8th from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday, December 9th from 10 am to 3 pm 30% off All Christmas silk flowers, all gift item and all poinsettias (carry out only) 

For more information visit www.radebaugh.com or call 410-825-4300


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Monday, December 3, 2012

Crush in Belvedere Square closes

Such a disappointment; I really liked this place. Especially their Orange Crush cocktail. Here's the story in The Sun.


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Check out this Rodgers Forge kitchen renovation

Love it!!! Thanks so much to the reader who sent these in. She wrote: "Hi Kris, Here are before and after photos. I’m sure you can tell which are before and which are after! We had the original 1950’s kitchen with metal cabinets. It was charming but not very practical! Our contractor Genesis Contracting did a super job and they were great to work with."



You can find photos of other renovations here.


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Blogger barricades himself in house, broadcasts the standoff


Are you following this?

He's broadcasting the whole thing, radio style, on his website:
http://www.baltimorespectator.com/

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-waverly-barricade-20121201,0,3406641.story

http://northbaltimore.patch.com/articles/blogger-involved-in-standoff-with-baltimore-police

https://twitter.com/BaltoSpectator

Hope this all turns out OK.


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Holiday Concert at Brown Memorial, Dec. 7


http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/baltimore_concert_series.html


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