Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rodgers Forge Elementary kindergarten registration

RFES wants you to know: Rodgers Forge Elementary will be holding kindergarten registration on April 18 and19 for the 2013-14 school year. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Please call RFES beginning March 1st to schedule your registration appointment: 410-887-3582.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Really, maybe keep this kind of thing behind closed doors

A young couple getting it on and a knife-wielding observer. Nice.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/towson/ph-tt-garage-romance,0,7773945.story


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Sprout Film Festival, March 3


More info: http://thearcbaltimore.org/events_sprout.html


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Six Miles of Roadway in Rodgers Forge and Gaywood to be Resurfaced

From Councilman David Marks: I am happy to announce that over the next two years, Baltimore County will resurface thirteen routes in Rodgers Forge and Gaywood. The total project will improve about six miles. It is one of the most comprehensive road resurfacing plans for any major neighborhood in the Fifth District, and the largest in Towson.

Baltimore County will resurface Blenheim, Dorking, Dumbarton, Dunkirk, Gaywood, Glen Argyle, Heathfield, Hopkins, Midhurst, Murdock, Overbrook, and Pinehurst Roads, as well as Regester Avenue.

Some streets will be resurfaced earlier than others. Regester Avenue and Glen Argyle and Heathfield Roads will be resurfaced first. On the other streets, the county plans to make upgrades to the sewer lines, so that will occur later.

When I know a more definite timeline, I will alert the Rodgers Forge Community Association so any questions can be answered. I am also working to improve crossings as we work to make Rodgers Forge more pedestrian-friendly. While the state government has slashed the money we receive for road repairs, Baltimore County will invest an additional $20 million in road resurfacing over the next two years. Much of this funding will go toward Towson's aging road network. In addition to Rodgers Forge, neighborhood streets in West Towson, Towson Manor Village, and Anneslie will be improved over the next two years. I thank the County Executive for his support of these projects.

County Councilman David Marks
dmarks@baltimorecountymd.gov


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Harris Teeter might move to fire station space in Towson

Read about it in the Sun. (This is the fire station that was going to take the place of Towson Manor park but is now being relocated to the corner of Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue.) This seems like kind of a small plot of land for a big grocery store and parking lot, but maybe it's bigger than it looks.

What do you think? Would a Harris Teeter be a plus for the area?


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Councilman Todd Huff arrested, suspected of DUI

Read about it in The Baltimore Sun.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Duckpin bowling and local beer at Stoneleigh Lanes, March 15

A post from my husband:

Conspirators toppled a Roman emperor on the Ides of March. The folks at Pinehurst Wine Shoppe merely hope that you can knock back a few beers and topple some duckpins.

Pinehurst and Union Craft Brewing are hosting Duckpin Night at Stoneleigh Lanes on March 15, from 8 to 11 pm. The event will feature all-you-can-drink [you're walking home, right guys?] Union Craft Duckpin Pale Ale and live music from the classic-rock band Tainted Souls.

Tickets are $25, and Pinehurst has sold about a third of them since they went on sale a week ago. One of the wine shop's owners told me that he's hoping that Duckpin Night can be a fun get-together for people in the Rodgers Forge/Stoneleigh/Cedarcroft area. Sounds like a blast!

Tickets:
http://pinehurstduckpinnight.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount#


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Redeemer Winter Carnival, Feb. 23

Redeemer Parish Day School is hosting its Winter Carnival on February 23rd from 10:30am - 1:30pm at 5603 N. Charles St. Join us for games, crafts, live music, face painting, food and fun geared towards children ages 2-7. Parents can enjoy vendors selling bags/purses, jewelry, stationery, children's clothing, party decor, skincare products and much more.

Purchase tickets at the door or contact Kathleen at kmlineberger@gmail.com for more info.


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Bill to allow partially elected school board dies

Kasemeyer changed his vote
Unbelievable. Read about it here.


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Monday, February 18, 2013

Latest crime report

Baltimore County Police in precinct 6 say: This is a summary of recent significant police news in your community.

February 8 to February 9: Attempted First Degree Burglary, Unit block of Stonewain Court, 21286
Between 11 p.m. on February 8 and 2:30 a.m. on February 9, an unknown suspect kicked the front door and damaged the door and frame. It is unknown if entry was gained.

February 7: First Degree Burglary, 800 block of Dulaney Valley Road, 21204 
At 7:55 p.m., an employee from Pacific Sun followed a shoplifter out to her vehicle. The woman backed her vehicle up and struck the employee, who received non life-threatening injuries. The suspect is a black female, in her 20s, 5'4", and 120 pounds. She was driving a white 2000 Volvo sedan.

February 6: First Degree Burglary, 8200 block of Pleasant Plains Road, 21286 
Between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the apartment and took electronics, a jacket, and a bag. There were no signs of forced entry.

February 3 to February 4: First Degree Burglary, 500 block of Virginia Avenue, 21286 
Between 6 p.m. on February 3 and 6:30 p.m. on February 4, an unknown suspect entered the apartment through an unlocked front door and took a purse.


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Have you tried Il Basilico in Timonium? (Formerly Pasta Blitz)

my grainy phone photo
We shop at REI not infrequently and so I've driven past Pasta Blitz, which is in the same strip mall, many times. For some reason I thought it was a chain and just never thought to go there. But I read a review of the place in The Baltimore Sun recently and so we gave it a try the other night.

The place was pretty busy -- the server said lots of people had seen the review -- and it was better than I had imagined it might be (it's also locally owned and not a chain). I got the Gnocchi Caprese and it was pretty tasty. My son liked his chicken fingers and fries (not very imaginative, I know) and my daughter liked her spaghetti and giant meatball -- five bucks each, including their milk. The booths and the tablecloths are vinyl so it's not super fine dining or anything, but it was pretty tasteful and a nice place for a casual night out.

Here's the Sun's review:
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-02-09/entertainment/bs-sc-basilico-review-20130209_1_gnocchi-italian-scenes-fettuccine-dish


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Friday, February 15, 2013

Amendment would put off chances for a partially elected school board in county

A message from Advocates for Baltimore County Schools, which is asking residents to urge their state senators to vote against an amendment that would delay the possibility of a hybrid (partially elected) school board:

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED: The SB10 vote by the Baltimore Co. Senate Delegation was postponed yet again. The reason it was postponed is because there is another amendment being seriously considered – a binding referendum. This amendment was raised by Senator Delores Kelley a week ago but we thought it was a dead issue. Apparently, the Attorney General has just determined that it is legal to have a local, county-wide referendum voted on in the 2014 election that is binding. We are told that Senator Zirkin will support this amendment.

WE DO NOT WANT THIS AMENDMENT.

This will stall the entire process for at least another 3 years. It will take until the 2014 election to get the referendum results and then until 2016 to elect just 3 school board members! Worse yet, imagine the big money from the campaign coffers of those in high places being used to buy television ads using scare tactics to tell people that school board elections will HURT Baltimore County! Scare tactics could include telling people that evolution will be removed from our textbooks, telling people TABCO will buy elections, just to name a few.

Do you remember the gambling ads that we were forced to watch over and over about the evils of each position? Big money can pay for incredibly deceptive but powerful ads against this movement. It won’t help us that Baltimore County has one of only 4% of the school boards in the country that are all-appointed. Big money advertising can do a lot of damage and hide behind a PAC.

What is most frustrating is that we are so close to having a hybrid school board bill passed this year! We need to ACT IMMEDIATELY to advise our lawmakers to not support this referendum. PLEASE URGE ZIRKIN AND THE OTHER BALTIMORE COUNTY SENATORS TO NOT SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT!

Contact information is here:
http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/07leg/html/gacobco.html

Note: If you live in the Towson area, your state senator is Jim Brochin.


[photo, James Brochin, State Senator] JAMES BROCHIN
Democrat, District 42, Baltimore County James Senate Office Building, Room 221
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3648, (301) 858-3648
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3648 (toll free)
e-mail: jim.brochin@senate.state.md.us


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Petition to save the Recher Theatre

One commenter on yesterday's post about the Recher becoming a nightclub asked where to sign up to oppose it. Another reader then shared this:


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Recher Theatre to become a nightclub

DJs instead of live music. Bummer. Read about it in The Baltimore Sun.


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TED Talk on power and body language

Apropos of nothing, I love TED talks and I found this one fascinating: "Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions."


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Towson Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast



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Monday, February 11, 2013

Latest crime report

February 2: First Degree Burglary, 600 block of Walker Avenue, 21212 
Between 7:30 a.m. and 11 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the home and took a jewelry box.

January 31: First Degree Burglary, 600 block of Walker Avenue, 21212 
Between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the home through an unsecured rear door and took an iPod and a watch.

January 31: Attempted First Degree Burglary, 600 block of Walker Avenue, 21212 
Between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., an unknown suspect threw a rock through a rear window. Entry was not gained.

January 29: First Degree Assault, 8600 block of La Salle Road, 21286 
At 3:40 p.m., a man was arrested after threatening staff at the SECU Credit Union with a lighter, screwdriver, and scissors. Donny Williams, 26, of the 200 block of Isinglass Road, 21117, was charged with assault.

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


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Date change for next Rodgers Forge board meeting

The February RFCA Board Meeting will be held on Monday, February 11th at 7 PM in the RFES library.

All meetings are open to the community.


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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

So, die-hard Ravens fans, what will the absence notes say?

A fib? "My kid was sick."
The truth? "We were at the parade."
A combo? "My kid came down with purple fever."


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Imam Daayiee Abdulla at Govans on Sunday

Govans Presbyterian says: On Sunday, February 10th we have a very special Adult Options. Our speaker will be Imam Daayiee Abdulla. He is the founder and Imam of The Light of Reformation Mosque in DC, where he is among the first to serve LGBT Muslims. He will talk about why he converted to Islam, what Islam signifies to him, and his dedication to serving LGBT Muslims and progressive values.
http://www.govanspres.org/govanspres/welcome


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Monday, February 4, 2013

Ravens victory parade is tomorrow

Details in the Sun. Too bad it's in the middle of a weekday when so many people are at work or school.


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Friday, February 1, 2013

Either this Roland Park family really likes Prince ...

... or they have major Ravens fever. Love it!


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No snow delay?

So, schools closed two hours early last week because snow was predicted to start after school got out, but now that it actually is snowing, there's no delay. I really don't get it.


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Obituary for Essie Feldmann of Hopkins Road

Fred Rasmussen of The Sun reports: Mary Esther R. "Essie" Feldmann, a retired registered nurse and pioneering Rodgers Forge resident, died Sunday of complications from dementia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. Earlier this month, family and friends gathered to celebrate Mrs. Feldmann's 103rd birthday. She was born Jan. 13, 1910, in Baltimore. Read more here.

How lovely that five generations recently gathered to honor her.


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