Saturday, April 19, 2014

Interested in Being an Election Judge?

A Message from Baltimore County Board of Elections:

Please help make this election the best possible!
We are currently recruiting MD registered voters to serve as Election Judges in the upcoming Gubernatorial Election. The dates of service are June 24th and November 4th.
If you know of anyone who may be interested, please provide our contact information and ask them to call 410.887.0982.
Thank you very much for your time and for your service as an election judge.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baltimore Sun Article on Opposition to TU York Rd Dorm Project

The Rodgers Forge Community, Inc recently took a position to support Greater Towson Council of Community Associations opposition of a TU dorm being built in the proposed location on York Rd just north of Burke Avenue.

Click the article for more info.

http://touch.baltimoresun.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79911952/

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Robert E. Lee Park Native Plant Sale, Spring Calendar & summer camp registration

Think Spring!!!!!
 
Attached is the Spring Calendar for Robert E. Lee Park. Programs offered this spring include natural egg dyeing, a flashlight egg hunt, Tuesday bird walks, Friday morning strolls, Fishing Derby, Nature Scouts and Nature Princesses, butterfly celebrations, spring wildflower walk, Nature Quest and Earth Day celebration. In addition, there are opportunities to volunteer with the popular habitat and trail team and Project Clean Stream, just to name a few.
 
Of special interest to gardeners and nature lovers is the Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (raindate: Sunday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).  Support your backyard ecosystem by growing plants native to the Chesapeake Bay watershed and encourage beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife.  All sales are by cash or check only. For further information or for questions, visit the RELPNC website: relpnc.org.

Remember that members of the Nature Council get discounts on selected programs and early registration for summer camp.
 
Hope to see you at some of the activities this spring!
Sincerely, 
Nancy Worden Horst
for
Robert E. Lee Park Nature Council 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

RFCOP Crime Report - March 17th - 30th

BiWeekly reports:
Due to personal time constraints, weekly crime report updates will be coming out on a biweekly basis instead of once a week.  If you would like to request weekly let me know by replying to this email.  If there is enough replies I will continue weekly, if not they will be posted and emailed biweekly.  Thank you for your understanding.
B.C.P.D. Precinct # 6 - Crime Blotter Mar 17-30, 2014
This is a summary of recent significant police news in your community. For police news from across the entire county, visit our news archive
Sometime between 9:00 p.m. on March 29 and 8:35 a.m. on March 30, an unknown suspect entered the Bead Wear store by breaking the glass on a door. Barrettes and rings were taken from the location.
Sometime between 6:00 p.m. on March 28 and 12:30 p.m. on March 29, an unknown suspect removed a motor scooter that was attached to the fence that leads to the back yard of the residence.
Sometime between 3:30 p.m. on March 28 and 12:29 a.m. on March 30, an unknown suspect gained entry to the location by breaking the glass on a sliding door. A television, video game system, and several video games were removed from the location.
Sometime between 7:00 p.m. on March 23 and 2:21 a.m. on March 24, unknown suspects gained entry to an apartment by unknown means. The apartment was ransacked and the suspects drank some of the victim's tequilla but nothing else was taken.
Sometime between 10:00 p.m. on March 20 and 9:30 p.m. on March 21, an unknown suspect gained entry to a home by destroying the front door lock. The home was ransacked but nothing was taken.
Sometime between 8:00 a.m. on March 20 and 5:00 p.m. on March 21,an unknown suspect entered an apartment and stole a Yorkshire Terrier. There were no signs of forced entry.
Sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 1:54 p.m., unknown suspects gained entry to a home by kicking in a rear door. Several rooms and closets were ransacked.
The victim responded in reference to an advertisement on Craig's List for an XBox 360. The victim met the suspect at which time a second suspect displayed a handgun. The suspects took the victim's wallet and cell phone.
At 12:20 p.m., the victim noticed two suspects attempting to pry open her back door. The suspects were later located and taken into custody.
At 4:13 p.m., the suspect approached the victim, displayed a knife and demanded money. A neighbor then came out of an apartment and said he was calling police. The suspect fled but was later located and taken into custody.
At 12:50 a.m., an unknown suspect attempted to pry the rear door to the location but was not successful.
Sometime between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., an unknown suspect attempted to steal a copper rain spout from the location but was not successful.
Sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., an unknown suspect entered a back yard and opened a shed door. Nothing was taken.
At 12:01 a.m., the victim was struck in the head by an unknown suspect with an unknown object. When the victim fell to the ground, the suspect patted his pants around the pockets. Another suspect then said "Let's go" and both suspects fled the scene.
Sometime between 9:00 p.m. on March 14 and 3:30 p.m. on March 16, unknown suspects removed a television and change from an unlocked motor home in a driveway.
Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., an unknown suspect attempted to pry open the front door but was not successful.
At 10:00 p.m., four suspects approached the victim. One suspect grabbed the victim from behind while the others punched him and took his wallet.
Email Alerts  - Spot Crime.com
2.00 Miles around 222 Dumbarton Road – Week of Mar 17-30, 2014
Case #                  Crime                                               Date     Time                      Address
140770523          Theft-Other                                      3/18      10:01 am             2xx Murdock Road
140781826          Vandalism                                        3/19      9:21 pm               1xx Dumbarton Road
140790640          Vandalism                                        3/20      10:18 am             4xx Schwartz Avenue
140790665          Vandalism                                        3/20      10:30 am             6xx Kingston Road
140810785          2nd degree Burglary                        3/22      1:25 pm               4xx Overbrook Road
140831117          Theft from Motor Vehicle            3/24      3:44 pm               7xx Kingston Road
140831636          2nd degree Assault                          3/24      8:05 pm               5xx Stevenson Road
From the Neighborhoods:
Suspicious activity in our neighborhood:
The following email is the report of an incident that occurred on Sunday, March 16th in our community.  It is followed by my response to a resident who emailed asking if the Bellona-Gittings Community Association was aware of the break-ins around the Bellona Ave. / Pinehurst Rd. area and, if so, what the police are saying about them.  The message the police try to get across is always the same:  Please do not hesitate to call 911 if you see anything suspicious.  Your call may prevent a crime from occurring or help to solve a crime, or even a rash of crimes. 
Email Message:
About 15 minutes ago, I observed three African American young men about 16-18 years old wearing black jeans, black and gray hoodies and skull caps walking north on Pinehurst.  When they reached the corner of Pinehurst and Midhurst, two went west on Midhurst and one went to a home where it was clear no one was home, on the corner of Pinehurst and Midhurst.  When I stayed to watch what he was doing, he knocked on the door a few times.  When he saw me watching him, I asked him did he know the people in the home.  He said no and then started to walk away and I then asked was there a reason he was knocking on their door.  He said he was looking for the Giant.  I then gave him the directions of the Giant.  I continued to watch him to see if he would in fact walk to the Giant and he asked me If I have a problem.  I responded because we have had a series of burglaries in the neighborhood, I was concerned of his behavior and that I believe he made up the reason for knocking on the door of the house.  He then walked away, west on Midhurst, the opposite direction of the Giant, and I watched him yell to his friends and get on the cell phone.  I then called Baltimore County police.
Apple ID scam alert:
Please share with friends who have iPhones, iMacs, etc.
http://gizmodo.com/beware-this-alarmingly-plausible-apple-id-phishing-scam-1547498961?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BGE Launches Second Annual Green Grants Program to Promote Environmental Stewardship through Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Environmentally-focused program provides grants of up to $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations that are committed to environmental stewardship

BALTIMORE (April 1, 2014) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance and promote environmental stewardship and natural resource responsibility in communities throughout its service area, the company has launched its BGE Green Grants program. In its second year, the BGE Green Grants program is designed specifically for 501c3 nonprofit organizations, which focus on energy efficiency, conservation and education, pollution prevention and environmentally focused community activism. Beginning today, qualifying organizations are encouraged to apply for a single grant of up to $10,000 at bge.com. Applications must be received by May 16, 2014, to be eligible for a 2014 BGE Green Grant. In 2013, the BGE Green Grants program awarded more than $400,000 in grants to nearly 50 nonprofit organizations throughout its service area in support of a cleaner, greener Maryland.
“BGE has a long-standing commitment to enhancing the communities in which we serve, whether it is through philanthropic giving or employee volunteer opportunities, and the BGE Green Grants program represents another way to extend that commitment to our customers,” said Stephen J. Woerner, president and chief operating officer for BGE. “Importantly, this grant program has the opportunity to make a very visible and positive impact on communities throughout central Maryland. Whether it is conservation efforts through green space and habitat preservation and protection, or through community activism such as cleanups and the creation of urban forests or community gardens, these grants provide the funds to help make these projects both viable and successful.”
Grant opportunities are available for both new and existing programs that clearly demonstrate a commitment to improvements in the environmental efforts of the community and to enhancing environmental stewardship throughout BGE’s central Maryland service area. Some examples of programs or efforts for consideration fall within the following environmental focus areas:
  • Conservation
    • Green space preservation
    • Wetlands restoration
    • Wildlife and habitat protection
  • Energy Efficiency
    • Projects that support both small and large-scale energy conservation measures
  • Education
    • Workshops, seminars, training and/or public relations efforts to inform and influence the public regarding environmental stewardship and natural resource responsibility
  • Pollution Prevention
    • Recycling projects and drop-off collection events
    • Tree planting and maintenance to reduce CO2 emissions
    • Litter reduction
  • Community Activism
    • Neighborhood, park and waterway clean-ups
    • Creation of public green spaces, community gardens and urban forests
Organizations may submit an online application at bge.com for a grant between April 1- and May 16, 2014. Grants will be awarded in June 2014. For more information on the BGE Green Grants program, visit bge.com. For more information on BGE’s commitment to environmental stewardship, visit bge.com.
As part of its commitment to building strong communities in central Maryland, BGE supports environmental enhancement initiatives like the BGE Green Grants program.  Since its founding nearly 200 years ago, BGE has played an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of energy efficiency and assistance, the environment, education, economic and community development, and emergency response and safety. 
BGE’s corporate citizenship aligns with that of its parent company, Exelon Corporation. As part of Exelon’s merger in March 2012, Exelon and its subsidiaries have committed to maintain charitable giving of an average of $7 million per year in Maryland, including BGE’s service area, for the next 10 years. BGE’s commitment to the BGE Green Grants program fulfills part of that commitment.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Herring Run Nursery Announces Spring Retail Dates

From Tree Rodgers Forge:

Blue Water Baltimore is the non-profit that has provided free trees and tree planting in RF and other communities for the last several years. They are dedicated to the protection and restoration of all of the Baltimore regions watersheds and Baltimore Harbor. Patronizing their nursery and other services will help to support their mission which also helps support the projects in our own communities


Herring Run Nursery opens to retail customers on Sunday, April 6th!

Blue Water Baltimore is excited to announce the Spring 2014 retail sale dates for Herring Run Nursery, our native plant nursery.

Spring is in the air, and April is a fantastic time to plant native shrubs, trees, vines, and many shade-loving perennials.

The great news is that every year, more and more customers are discovering the wildlife and environmental benefits of native plants!

Herring Run Nursery offers Baltimore's best retail selection of native plants: nearly 150 species of native trees and shrubs and up to 100 species of native flowers and grasses.

This Spring we will be open for more retail sales than ever before, from 11am to 4pm on the following dates:
  • Sunday, April 6th
  • Saturday, April 12th
  • Saturday, April 19th
  • Saturday, April 26th
  • Sunday, April 27th
  • Saturday, May 3rd
  • Sunday, May 11th
  • Sunday, May 18th
  • Sunday, May 25th
  • Saturday, May 31st
  • Sunday, June 1st
  • Sunday, June 8th
  • Saturday, June 14th
We will also offer the best quality compost, potting mixes, and worm castings from Chesapeake Compost Works! Plus, every week we'll be adding new items as the season progresses.

The nursery is located at 6131 Hillen Road, Baltimore, MD 21234.

Visit our website for more information, including availability lists, or email mailto:nursery@bluewaterbaltimore.org?subject=Nursery%20Sales.

We are also open by appointment for wholesale customers: email us to arrange a date and time to meet or to place your order.

Note: All retail sales are held rain or shine. Our plant availability is subject to change without notice, and some plants may be dormant when offered for sale.

P.S. Be sure to like Herring Run Nursery on Facebook to keep up-to-date with news about the nursery, including upcoming tree giveaways and more!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

RFCOP Crime Report March 10th-16th

B.C.P.D. Precinct # 6 - Crime Blotter Mar 10-16, 2014
This is a summary of recent significant police news in your community. For police news from across the entire county, visit our news archive
At 12:01 a.m., the victim was struck in the head by an unknown suspect with an unknown object. When the victim fell to the ground, the suspect patted his pants around the pockets. Another suspect then said "Let's go" and both suspects fled the scene.
Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., an unknown suspect attempted to pry open the front door but was not successful.
At 10:00 p.m., four suspects approached the victim. One suspect grabbed the victim from behind while the others punched him and took his wallet.
Sometime between 12:00 p.m. on March 13 and 7:37 a.m. on March 14, two suspects pried a back window to gain entry to an apartment. Both suspects were arrested at the scene.
At 10:20 p.m., the victim was walking through a cut through at a shopping center when he was approached by two suspects. One suspect grabbed him from behind in a choke hold and the other suspect took his cell phone from his hand. The suspects then fled the scene on foot towards Walker Avenue.
Sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., an unknown suspect gained entry to the location by prying open a kitchen window. The suspect fled the scene when a motion detector went off.
Sometime between 7:50 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., an unknown suspect entered a home and took jewelry.
Sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the location and took cash.
Sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., an unknown suspect entered the location and took a wallet.

Email Alerts  - Spot Crime.com
2.00 Miles around 222 Dumbarton Road – Week of Mar 10-16, 2014
Case #                  Crime                                                 Date     Time                      Address
140690565          Theft                                                  3/13      10:37 am             4xx Hopkins Road
140701418          Theft                                                  3/11      5:22 pm               3xx Dumbarton Road
140721460          Destruction of Property                3/13      5:03 pm               6xx Kingston Road

From the Neighborhood:
Scams, Local Break-in, Unknown Person/Company knocking on door:
Bank of America scam: - from neighboring community
It looks legit.  Criminals trying to get password, etc. information. Right click on the several links to see source info, etc.
----------Original Message----------

From: Bank of America Alert
Date: Mar 16, 2014 10:43:53 AM
Subject: Activity Alert
To: reply-fec8157477660275-29_HTML-353549549-73720-10223@ealerts.bankofamerica.com
 http://rrcs-24-199-1-147.west.biz.rr.com/s37.jpg
Yet another Scam: - from neighboring community
I got a fraudulent charge on my credit card from BLS WEBLEARN yesterday.   A lot of people are receiving these transactions.  Would you mind sending a warning email for people to check their bank accounts?  My bank is very busy today with these fraudulent transactions and is issuing new credit cards.
 
Response to above: - from neighboring community
Maybe you can broadcast this URL. Note the many comments - most charges are very small, $12, $15, etc. so as to not get much attention, I am sure.   Below link to SCF – Scam Call Fighters  

Neighboring Community recent Burglary: - from neighboring community
We got a notice yesterday that a family that lives in the 400 block of Lake Ave had a break in on Sunday when they left for church.
Window air conditioner was pushed in to gain entry – they ransacked the house taking jewelry and small electronics.   TV’s that wouldn’t fit through the door were broken.
You may want to share this with the Rodgers Forge Group.