Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rodgers Forgian opens music-based childcare center

Jenn Lawson of Rodgers Forge is the creator and president of Drool of Rock, a childcare center that opens in Cockeysville next month. It will be located on Cranbook Road in the same shopping center as Kid to Kid. It sounds pretty cool, and it also has music programs on the weekends for kids of all ages. 

From the Drool of Rock website: "During the week, we are a learning center for 2 to 5 year old children, with a curriculum that stresses the power of music in education.  On the weekends, we welcome children of all ages and their parents to experience our incredible music center through live performances by musicians from all over the Baltimore and surrounding areas.
It has been shown repeatedly in studies that children who are exposed to music at a young age produce higher SAT scores, possess higher reasoning and motor skills, benefited cognitively and achieved higher in mathematics and language. At Drool of Rock, not only do we value the importance of providing a pre-school curriculum that prepares each child for kindergarten, but we believe that it is necessary to infuse it with daily music education to provide them with all of the best tools for their future... and one rockin' experience along the way."

I asked Jenn for some background info and this is what she said:

"I am an artist, lover of music and mother of 4.  When Alicia Redifer (our director) and myself discussed opening a daycare center, I knew right away that it had to be something creative and cool and incredibly different than anything else available, in order for me to pour my heart and soul into it, and be proud of what we were creating at the end of every day.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tornado watch tonight

Details here.

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Two men arrested in connection with thefts in Rodgers Forge

Read about it in Patch:

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Pinehust Wine Shoppe is a beer paradise

A guest post from my husband, Scott: 

The Pinehurst Wine Shoppe has quickly become my favorite place in the neighborhood to buy… not wine, but beer. The shop has a smaller beer selection than some other local stores, but it's very good stuff.

But the main attractions are the taps -- and the fun that comes with them. Pinehurst has sold nearly 1,000 refillable growlers to people in Rodgers Forge and the surrounding neighborhoods since August, and they have an ever-changing selection of high-quality and local tap beers to fill those growlers. The shop also holds tastings -- when a particular brewery will take over all the taps -- offering unusual and sometimes rare brews for customers to try and take home. The recent Langunitas day sold me on that California brewery. And the events always feel a bit like a little party.

Pinehurst has more fun things planned for the coming weeks. The shop will offer a special prize (not yet determined, the owners say) for the person who buys the 1,000th growler. They expect to sell it this weekend, or perhaps sooner. To celebrate the Ravens' Super Bowl bid, Pinehurst will have a special offer on Natty Boh: Refills of large-sized growlers will go for $4 this Saturday, and the mascot Mr. Boh will be hanging around at the store.

On February 9, Tröegs will take over the taps from 1 to 5 pm. The brewery's standard offerings like Tröegenator and Java Head will be available, along with some rarer brews from the great Pennsylvania beermaker.

If you love beer and haven't yet checked out Pinehurst, you should head down Bellona for a taste.

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Police update on theft from cars in Towson

Baltimore County Police say: 
At approximately 5:20 this past Saturday morning Officers working the Midnight Shift in Towson arrested 2 subjects for breaking into vehicles in the Rodgers Forge Community.  A Forge resident observed these two subjects trying car door handles then enter those cars found to be unlocked; this resident then called 9-1-1 for Police response. Assisted by a K-9 Officer PC06 Officer Burns located the two subjects and placed them under arrest when they were found in possession of numerous items not belonging to them.  No force was required in entering any vehicle but the subjects were found in possession of numerous GPS units, money, an ipad and also two bank cards at the time of their arrest.  These two were charged with nine theft cases following their arrest.
The Thornleigh community has also seen a recent rash of thefts from vehicles and although the method of theft is identical the two subjects arrested denied any involvement when questioned about those crimes.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Latest crime report

Baltimore County Police report for precinct six:

January 27: Armed Robbery - Gun, Dalton Road and Dartmouth Avenue, 21234
At 2:43 a.m., the suspect approached the victim and displayed a handgun. The suspect took two cell phones from the victim and fled. The suspect is a black male, in his 20s, 6', and 180 pounds.

January 27: Armed Robbery - Gun, 1300 block of Taylor Avenue, 21234
At 2:35 a.m., three or four black males approached four victims and displayed guns. The suspects struck two of the victims with the handguns and took wallets, cash, a cell phone, and car keys from the victims.

January 26: First Degree Burglary, 1700 block of Glen Keith Boulevard, 21234
Between 9 and 11:30 p.m., an unknown suspect entered an apartment and took jewelry and electronics. There were no signs of forced entry.

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NASA light show tonight reports: NASA will launch a rocket tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 29) on a mission that promises to put on a spectacular, albeit brief, light show over the U.S. East Coast that may be visible to stargazers along the Atlantic Seaboard, weather permitting. Read more here.

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Boy Scouts considering altering ban on gay members

Instead, the group will discuss this week the possibility of allowing the decision of whether to exclude homosexuals to be made at the local level. (Is this what passes for progress?) Read about it here.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

And now, a very special message

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Safe Routes to School meeting at RFES on Jan. 30

I know some people have suggested that the semi-circle driveway in front of the school be used for parents to drop off kids instead of just for school buses. What do you think of that idea? 

"The Safe Routes to School Committee of the Rodgers Forge Community Association is hosting a public forum next Wednesday, January 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the library of RFES.

We will be sharing the results of a survey of parents and students taken last year, reviewing the committee’s initial take on the issues and challenges related to walking and biking to and from school, presenting ideas on how to improve the drop-off system for parents who drive their kids to school, and soliciting your input on these ideas.

The program will be divided into two parts: a presentation by the committee, and a break-out discussion among the participants, facilitated by committee members. This is your chance to get involved directly in our efforts, shape how our children get to and from school safely, and have your opinions be heard.

For more information about SRTS , visit Please share this notice with your neighbors and friends."

--Michael Bayer
Rodgers Forge Safe Routes to School Committee

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Possible theft from cars in the Forge

From a reader: "This morning at 6:30 the police knocked on our door on Stanmore Road. They were looking into cars with a flashlight to find possible break ins. Once they found any evidence of wires, and then found the car unlocked, they tried to confirm stolen property. Our car was not disturbed, just unlocked (oops). Evidently, they had a suspect they caught with GPS devices, and they were trying to find the origin of the device. So, if there is someone in the neighborhood who had a theft last night, it would be a good idea to call the police and report it."

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Baltimore County schools closing two hours early today

No Playcenters or after-school activities.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Electronics recycling postponed

Because of potential bad weather, the electronics recycling event that was scheduled for Jan. 26 has been postponed. No new date has yet been announced.

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Two-hour delay for city and county schools today (see scrolling bar at the top of the screen, as there appears to be a problem with the status page)

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Fireworks at St. Pius this Sunday

St. Pius X Community will be holding a free fireworks display on Sunday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Forge Field behind the school. Open to all, this event will follow the 5:30 Mass that will kick off Catholic Schools Week and celebrate our 50th year. For more information contact (410) 427-7400, or contact Sheryl Piron at spiron(at) St. Pius X School is located at 6432 York Road, Rodgers Forge/Towson, 21212.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mt. Washington Tavern hosting Ravens TV promo this afternoon

A chance for your 15 minutes, or maybe 2 seconds, of fame ... and a free beer. Mt. Washington Tavern's Facebook page says:

"WJZ-TV | CBS WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore will be at the Tavern TODAY [Jan. 23] to film their Superbowl promo shot. Everyone is invited to don their best Ravens gear and show up between 4:15 and 4:45pm and you just may be on TV! If you wear your Ravens gear enjoy a free draft on us at the front bar between 4 and 5pm!"

(I don't know if it's actually WBAL or WJZ ...)

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Enrollment projections for Baltimore County schools

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Gun-control march in DC on Saturday

"Calling all citizen activists: mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, teachers, police, mayors, students, universities, artists, and actors: We want Congress to reinstate the assault weapon ban, ban high capacity ammunition magazines and require background checks for all guns. We want Congress to enforce a 28 day waiting period, require mandatory gun safety training before the purchase of a gun, and outlaw bullets that shatter in the body. This is a public safety issue. 30,000 people are killed each year in America from guns. There are 300 million guns in America."

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Electronics recycling at RFES this Saturday

From the Rodgers Forge Association:

When: Saturday, January 26th from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Rodgers Forge Elementary School Parking Lot
What: Any type of electronic equipment is accepted, whether in working condition or not. ANYTHING is accepted - if it runs on batteries or can be plugged in, it's accepted. Old appliances like dishwashers, microwaves, dryers, computers, fans, anything. The only thing there is a charge for is televisions - $15 per TV. 

The weather looks iffy for this weekend, so the Electronics Recycling event will be following Baltimore County Public Schools and Towson Rec weather policies.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Woodbrook Early Education Center registration is Jan. 28

My daughter attended the WEE preschool and we just loved it. It's a very supportive environment and the teachers really care about the kids. The school day is 9AM to 2:30 PM with before- and after-care available starting at 8:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM.

Registration starts at 9:00 AM on January 28 and the line forms in the back of the church. (When I registered a few years ago I had been advised by a neighbor to get there early because it's so popular. I arrived around 6:00 AM and was about the 12th person in line.)

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Latest crime report

This week's is a little odder than usual...

January 22: Robbery, Loch Raven Boulevard and Taylor Avenue, 21234
At 12:45 a.m., four suspects approached two victims and demanded property. One of the suspects struck one of the victims. Three suspects are black males with thin builds. The fourth suspect is a white male with a thin build.

January 21: Armed Robbery, 800 block of Dulaney Valley Road, 21286
At 4:52 p.m., four suspects entered the Louis Vuitton store and began removing purses from the shelves. One suspect sprayed two employees with an unknown substance. The suspects fled with the items. The first suspect is a black male, 25 to 32 years old, 5'11", 220 pounds with a tattoo on his face. The second suspect is a black male, 25 to 32 years old, 5'11", and 230 pounds. The third suspect is a black male, 25 to 32 years old, 5'11", and 230 pounds. The fourth suspect is a black male, 25 to 32 years old, 5'10", and 220 pounds.

January 20: Armed Robbery - Gun, 6000 block of Falls Road, 21209
At 9:10 p.m., a man armed with a gun entered the Royal Farm store and demanded money and cigarettes. The suspect fled on foot. The suspect is a black male, 6', with a medium build.

January 20 to January 21: First Degree Burglary, 6600 block of Collinsdale Road, 21234
Between 5 p.m. on January 20 and 2:12 a.m. on January 21, an unknown suspect broke a bedroom window and ransacked the apartment. Nothing was taken.

January 16: Robbery, 6600 block of Wycombie Way, 21234
At 6:55 p.m., two suspects approached a pizza delivery man. One suspect grabbed the pizza box and demanded money. The victim fled after giving the suspects his money. The first suspect is a black male, 6', and 175 pounds. The second suspect is a black male, 6'1", and 175 pounds.

January 16: Third Degree Burglary, 1600 block of Lyle Court, 21234
At 8:30 a.m., two known suspects climbed through the victim's window and tried to fight with her daughter.

January 15: First Degree Burglary, Unit block of Acorn Hill Lane, 21204
Between 2 and 3 p.m., an unknown suspect broke a garage door window and took alcohol from the home.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wooooo hoooooooo!


(Short and sweet from my phone.)

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Meeting about area crime this Wednesday

From the Wiltondale COP: "Wiltondale COP invites you to a neighborhood meeting with Sgt. Fink from Precinct 6. The past robberies, during school dismissal, have definitely added much concern to all of us. We are all concerned about the safety of our children, what we can do to help in creating a safer environment for all of us, as well as what the Towson police are doing to provide a safer environment for all.

Wiltondale COP is inviting all of the surrounding neighborhoods to come to this meeting to give you the opportunity to express concern, ask questions, etc.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 PM at Ascension Lutheran Church at York and Yarmouth. Parking lot available on opposite side of York. Enter the hall from the back side of the church, next to the playground.

Please take this opportunity to show your concern and support."

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Skiing on Jan. 28

From Rodgers Forgian Pat Foretich:

Hi All –

The Baltimore County public school kids are off January 28 (Monday) for Teacher Day, but not in Pennsylvania. This would be a great time to go because the weekday rates are cheaper and the crowds are smaller.   We are also off on Martin Luther King Day, but that is THE worst time to go because it’s the peak ski day of the year.

The nearest Pennsylvania resorts that are 1 hour away are:
- Ski Liberty -
- Ski Roundtop -
- Whitetail -

Info on the Ski Liberty (which is the closest) rates for lift tickets, rentals and lessons are at

To save a few dollars, pack a lunch, snacks, drinks, etc. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a great source of energy.

If you get there early in the day, the lines will be short to buy the tickets and get your equipment.

Great info, Pat, thanks!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kids' salsa social at Talara

From Waterfront Partnership: "Head to Talara on Saturday, January 26th for the Waterfront Kids Salsa Social! Learn new steps from a Waterfront Kids instructor and mambo away from 2PM - 5PM. Each child will also get their own set of maracas!

Kids can snack on a buffet of chicken tenders, tater tots, macaroni and cheese, and fruit skewers. Food and drink specials will be available for the adults. Just $8 per child. Adults are FREE. This is a private event and tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information please email"

Tickets and more info here:

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Why we see so many chain restaurants in, and coming to, Towson

Yesterday brought the unveiling of the names of three of the eight restaurants that will be opening at Towson Square. They are all chains -- maybe pretty decent ones, I don't know -- and people have long lamented the shortage of good restaurants in the Towson area, a place one might think would attract a variety of offerings. The same could be said for the York Road strip where Harry Little Sub Shop and Stoneleigh Bakery just closed. People always say, "Why doesn't someone open a cute little wine bar there?"

Here's why: The county's insane process of distributing liquor licenses. From an April 2012 editorial in the Baltimore Sun: 

"If you would like to open a bar or restaurant that sells alcoholic beverages on the Liberty Road corridor in Baltimore County, a liquor license will run you $2,000. About a 20-minute drive away, Joe's Crab Shack, a chain restaurant that's moving into the Hunt Valley Towne Centre, just paid $225,000 for its liquor license. The reason? An antiquated system that allots licenses by population in districts drawn decades ago and allows those licenses to be bought and sold on the open market. In Randallstown, an inexplicable dead zone when it comes to dining options, there are plenty of licenses for the taking. In Timonium, Cockeysville and Hunt Valley [and Towson], those pieces of paper are worth far more than their weight in gold. Whatever purpose this once served has long since disappeared." (Read the full piece here. And here's a very comprehensive piece about the history of the law.)

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was able to secure a few reforms in the last General Assembly session, but as the Baltimore Sun editorial notes, they won't do Towson any good. So if you're a wanna-be entrepreneur, you're probably going to be discouraged at the idea of spending upwards of $200K for a liquor license, and your profits aren't going to be as good if you can't sell alcohol, and your chance of success dims. If you're Applebee's or Chili's, that investment might not be such a big deal.

So, you can thank the liquor lobby, the businesses that support it, and the politicians who cave to it for the dearth of fun food venues in Towson.

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Jose Antonio Vargas at Loyola MLK Convocation, Jan. 17

Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. See details here.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Three restaurants announced for Towson Square

Three of the eight restaurants going into the Towson Square development in downtown Towson were announced today. They are all chains but I've never been to any of them. Are you familiar with them? What do you think? Read about them here.

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Latest crime report

January 14: Attempted Second Degree Burglary, 6800 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, 21234
At 3:51 a.m., an unknown suspect attempted to smash the front door and window of the Wireless 1 Outlet with a brick. Entry was not gained.

January 13: Home Invasion Robbery, 6900 block of Donachie Road, 21239
At 1:25 a.m., the suspects approached the victims as they were entering their apartment. The suspects assaulted the victims with bats or pipes, The suspects went through the victims' pockets but did not taken anything. The suspects are four males wearing masks.

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Wearing shorts in January?

Although it has been eerily warm this January, I'm not sure every single day this month is truly optimal for wearing shorts, and this has caused a bit of what I'll generously call consternation for my 10-year-old son. Perhaps, perhaps, if it was 10 degrees with a 15-below-zero wind chill he'd agree that pants are a good idea. Today, when the high was supposed to be 45 degrees, he could not understand why I wanted to ruin his life by making him wear pants.

Is this a battle in your house? Do you set a cut-off temperature for shorts? Like me, do you surreptitiously look outside to see what other kids are wearing to school to gauge the true level of your potential unreasonableness?

(By the way, what is the obsession with athletic pants? In years past he happily wore jeans but now it's got to be athletic pants. We made him pick out a new pair of jeans the other day -- you know, for "dressing up" for things like Thanksgiving dinner -- and you'd think we'd just insisted he wear a three-piece suit and tight shoes.)

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Al Roker at the Ivy Bookshop, Jan. 18

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Chris Hayes at Enoch Pratt, Jan. 16

In Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes calls for a sweeping overhaul of the American social order. Over the last decade, the U.S. has had to adjust to economic and political dysfunction and the near-total failure of each pillar institution of our society. Hayes concludes that the meritocratic system upon which we depend to select the country's best and brightest is fatally flawed, creating a ruling elite that is no longer functional.

Chris Hayes is editor-at-large of The Nation and host of Up With Chris Hayes on MSNBC. A graduate of Brown University, he has written about political culture and political economy for numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Time, The New Republic and The Guardian.

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Another chance for Mays Chapel residents to block new school

From the Save Mays Chapel Park* group:

Letter to Mays Chapel Neighbors:

Our campaign to Save the Park continues, and we need your additional help and support! The Appeal that was filed with the Maryland State Department of Education was successful; and as a result, the Baltimore County School Board must step back and repeat some early stages of the new school approval process. BCPS must now hold another public input meeting, properly advertised so that all citizens will be aware of the event; then they will have to vote again to approve or disapprove the proposed Mays Chapel School.

This critical meeting will be held at Loch Raven High School on Monday January 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. Please plan to attend (and bring your friends and neighbors) to express your support for retaining this valuable and irreplaceable parkland! Everyone who wishes to speak may sign up, and typically there is a 2 to 3 minute time limit per person. Even if you don't wish to speak, your presence is crucial to show the public, the elected officials, the press, Dr. Dance, and the School Board that there is strong support for this cause. Hopefully, the entire board and the superintendent will attend this input meeting, and they will consider the community's perspective, suggestions and solutions.

This opportunity for another input meeting and a second vote by the School Board is a direct result of the legal efforts exerted on behalf of the Mays Chapel Community. (Read more here.)

*This is actually land owned by Baltimore County Public Schools on which a school hasn't been built yet and that in the interim has been used as a park. 

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Free car-seat installation inspection Jan. 16 in White Marsh

The Baltimore County Police Department, with support from Baltimore County Fire and Health Departments, has scheduled child car safety seat checks and installations.

You must make an appointment by calling 410-887-7361. Spaces are limited. More info here:

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Art-class info

The Painting Workshop and Abrakadoodle Art Studio are both accepting registration for art classes, and both are offering camp on MLK day, when schools are closed.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

No waaaaaaaay!!!

Woo-hoo!!! Love the front-yard insanity in the Forge!

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Fundraiser for WEE school on Monday

Monday, January 14th at Panera Bread in Anneslie Shopping Center, 6307 York Rd. from 6-9pm. All phone-in or carry-out orders are welcome. Be sure to tell them you are with Woodbrook Early Education Center. Please feel free to invite neighbors and family too. Just remember to say you are part of our fundraiser.

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A note from Towson police about the recent spate of robberies

Since the end of December through the start of this month Towson has seen a rash of robberies in many communities. On the afternoon of Thu, 1/10 there were two involving juvenile victims, one victim was a student at Towson High and three others were students at Dumbarton Middle and all were victimized as they were walking home from school.

The suspect in both is an African-American male who implied a weapon both times. The Towson High student gave up her cell phone while the three Dumbarton students ran away from the suspect before surrendering any property. These two incidents happened a short while after an unrelated suspect entered and robbed the Walgreen's on York Rd at Walker Ave, reported to Baltimore City.

On the evening of 12/31/12 a young man was robbed at knife point in Towson by three juveniles. Towson Precinct Detectives identified the juveniles involved, arrested them and recovered property. During the first week of January four people, two men and two women were approached and robbed of their wallets (the men) and purses (the women) in separate incidents. In one incident the suspect was a white male, in the other three incidents it was a team of two African-American males but each time the victim was physically assaulted and robbed of their property.

All of these incidents are active investigations. As we develop more information on the persons responsible we will forward it to all of you but right now we just need you to get the word out to your neighbors to contact 9-1-1 any time suspicious persons or activity is seen. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, keep your personal property close to your person, try not to use your cell phones as you walk outside and maybe keep as many valuables as possible at home and not on you as you go out. Reduce the amount of valuables as you're out and about.

If you should be a victim of a crime notify us via 9-1-1 as quickly as possible. We will be out and about aggressively patrolling the neighborhoods to deter such activity and make our communities safer.

Thank You,
Sgt Stephen Fink,
2815 Towson Precinct COT

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Some bus stops in Rodgers Forge will be eliminated

MTA says: "The MTA reviewed the 11 and 35 bus routes as part of its ongoing improvement process. Based on the review, bus stops were proposed for elimination in conjunction with the February 10, 2013, service change. The public was provided with a period where it could email, call, or attend one of the four public informational sessions. The table below is the final status after MTA completed its review utilizing customer feedback. The bus stop eliminations will start Monday, February 11, 2013, with the removal process occurring until Friday, February 15, 2013."

See the list of eliminated stops here

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Latest crime report, and more info on yesterday's armed robberies in Anneslie

A friend of mine sent me this info about one of the three robberies in Anneslie yesterday: "Hi Kris - with permission from the victim, I wanted to pass along some information about the third robbery this afternoon. The victim was a student walking home from high school; the student was approached by two young men who got out of a silver car and asked for the student's phone. When the student said no they pulled out a gun and left with the phone. The student is ok, but I wanted to pass this along for two reasons: 1) this was an armed robbery, 2) kids (and parents for that matter) should not be walking around with their phones out."

January 7: Armed Robbery - Knife, 6000 block of Falls Road, 21212
At 4:10 a.m., two suspects entered the Royal Farm store. One suspect displayed a knife. The suspects took money and cigarettes and fled from the store. The first suspect is a black male, 20 to 25 years old, and 5'6" tall. The second suspect is a black male, 20 to 25 years old, 5'8", with a thin build.

January 6: Commercial Burglary, 800 block of Taylor Avenue, 21286
At 8:15 p.m., an unknown suspect shattered the front window of the Liquor Mart and took cigarettes.

January 6: First Degree Assault, 8500 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, 21286
At 3:36 p.m., a man was following the suspect to try to collect money that the suspect owed him. The suspect got into his vehicle, pulled a gun from underneath the seat, and pointed it at the victim.

January 6: Robbery, 8700 block of Loch Raven Boulevard, 21234
At 2:38 a.m., two suspects approached the victim and grabbed her purse. The suspects ran to a vehicle and drove off. The first suspect is a black male, 6'2", and 180 pounds. The second suspect is a black male, 5'9" tall.

January 4: First Degree Burglary, 600 block of Seabrook Road, 21286
Between 11:30 a.m. and 12:37 p.m., an unknown suspect broke rear kitchen glass to unlock the door. The suspect took electronics, jewelry, clothing, and sheets.

January 3: Robbery, Walker Avenue and Holly Lane, 21239
At 10:22 p.m., the suspect grabbed the victim's purse off of her shoulder. When the victim began to chase him, the suspect turned and assaulted her. The suspect is a black male, 20 to 30 years old, 6'1", 190 pounds, with a medium build and dark complexion.

January 2: Armed Robbery - Gun, 1800 block of Aberdeen Road, 21234
At 10:05 p.m., a delivery driver was driving down the alley behind Aberdeen Road when one of the suspects jumped in front of his car. When the victim got out of his car, the second suspect grabbed him and pointed a gun at him. The suspects took money, a bank card, and a social security card. The first suspect is a black male, 6', 170 pounds, with two missing front teeth. The second suspect is a black male with a large build.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Three armed robberies reported in Anneslie

The Idlewylde Facebook page is reporting three armed robberies in Anneslie today, including the robbery at Walgreens noted in the prior post.

"Please be aware that there have been 3 armed robberys this afternoon. First at Walgreens around 1:30pm - elderly lady robbed at gunpoint. My neighbor's daughter's were walking home from Dumbarton School around 3:15 - 3:30pm and a tall, thin, African-American male with jeans and a dark hoodie asked the girls what time it was. Then he told them he had a gun and demanded their phones. All three ran away. This happened in the 700 block of Regester on the north side of the street. I have heard that there was a 3rd armed robbery in a home on the 700 block of Dunkirk shortly thereafter. Please be careful and spread the news. Police are patroling the area."

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Baltimore County schools seeking input about gifted and talented program

"BCPS Office of Gifted and Talented Education is looking for a few parents of students in grades K, 1 or 2 who have some knowledge of Primary Talent Development Program. We would like to meet with these parents the morning of Tuesday, January 15 from 9:30-11:00 in order to share and gather feedback regarding possible changes and upgrades to the program. If you are able and interested in providing feedback, please email Mary Cay Ricci, GT Coordinator by January 11, 2013.  Thank you."

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88-year-old woman robbed in parking lot of Walgreens on York Road

Read about it in Patch.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Police chase on York Road

Someone just contacted me asking if I knew what was going on with the dozen or so police cars racing up York Road in Rodgers Forge (at about 11:40 AM). Towson Police tell me they were in pursuit of a suspect who tried to run over two officers, and that the chase has now moved up to Parkville. The officer didn't know if the suspect was believed to have committed a crime prior to trying to run over the officers. That's all the info they had.

Update: More details are in The Baltimore Sun

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College scholarship money available for students in Sen. Brochin's district

State Sen. Jim Brochin says: "Students residing in the 42nd Legislative district seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees at Maryland Institutions of Higher Learning are encouraged to apply for a Senatorial Scholarship from the office of State Senator James Brochin. Senatorial Scholarships are awarded based on academic and/or financial criteria. The award is renewed yearly for four years or until the completion of the degree being sought, whichever occurs first."

Hey, every little bit helps, right? You can find more info here:

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thimerosal-free flu shots

Health officials warn this could be one of the worst years for the flu, and they're encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. If you haven't gotten a shot yet, I found thimerosal-free flu vaccines for kids and adults at the Target clinic in Towson.

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Christmas tree pick up in Baltimore County

The county says: The collection of Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 14, 2013. To ensure collection of Christmas trees, residents must have the trees out at the curb no later than Saturday, January 19.

Residents must follow these simple rules when placing their Christmas trees at the curb to be recycled: Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.); only set out trees at the front curb/street; trees will not be collected from alleys.

Baltimore County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash/recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager's rules when recycling their Christmas trees.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

County says it won't destroy Towson Manor Park after all

It's found a new location for the York Road fire house. Read about it in Patch.

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Rodgers Forge board meeting is January 9

From the RFCA: This month's meeting will once again be in the Rodgers Forge Elementary School Library (located upstairs). Normal time, 7pm start. January 9.

The agenda can be viewed here.

Next month, pending approval, we will move to our new permanent meeting location at Dumbarton Middle.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pick crops to help feed the hungry, Jan. 5

From a Rodgers Forge friend: "Start the New Year right: donate a few hours this Saturday on a farm in Essex harvesting crops for the hungry. Gather Baltimore will donate whatever is harvested to the Franciscan Center and Moveable Feast in Baltimore. Your body may or may not thank you, but your soul definitely will. Come on out!"

This Gather Baltimore event will be held on Saturday, January 5th 2013 at Zahradka Farm in Essex. Starting at 9:30 am join us, as we will glean turnips, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, celery, carrots and other vegetables. We hope you will join us and spread the word about volunteering to your friends and family. The vegetables that we glean will be delivered to our partners The Franciscan Center of Baltimore and Moveable Feast. See you Saturday!

2285 Phillips Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21221


Golupski will lead to a fork in the road. Phillips Rd. is to the left at the fork. Everybody should park on the side of Golupski and walk the rest of the way so as not to block Phillips Rd. See you Saturday!

9:30am arrive and socialize
9:55am orientation
10:00am gleaning

Gather Baltimore is a volunteer-based program, created by OSI fellow Arthur Gray Morgan, that collects unsold vegetables, fruit and bread from the Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar in downtown Baltimore and other sources for redistribution to local meal programs, faith communities, and others in need. The baked goods, fruit and seasonal produce collected would otherwise be thrown away as it will not stay fresh until the next market. Gather Baltimore insures that this food does not become waste but instead is made available to financially challenged families in communities where fresh healthy food is not readily accessible.

Gather Baltimore:
Moveable Feast:
The Franciscan Center of Baltimore:

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bone marrow donors sought for Wiltondale mom

Here's info from friends of the woman who needs the transplant: "This holiday season we are asking everyone to make the holidays especially hopeful for a Wiltondale mom who needs a bone marrow transplant. If you are between ages 18 and 55, please spare a few minutes to come and get your cheek swabbed to be put on the bone marrow registry on Saturday, January 5th from 8:30 to 5:30 at Towson Presbyterian Church (Chesapeake and Central in West Towson). Being a bone marrow donor these days is a much simpler process and YOU might save a life. If you are unable to be a donor, you can still come to the drive and buy some raffle tickets or make a financial donation, which helps to cover the cost of the testing for others. Tell your neighbors and bring your adult children - we'll see you there!"

For more information: and or call Jo Marvan at 443-340-3106 or Gale Della Santina at 410-591-2659.

And here's a story in the Towson Times:,0,6810639.story

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