Resurfacing of neighborhood roads by county is welcome news [Rodgers Forge]

Councilman David Marks has certainly brought glad tidings our way. He issued a statement on Feb. 24 regarding roads in Rodgers Forge and Gaywood that are to be resurfaced in the near future. Councilman Marks stated 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!"

The roads to be resurfaced are: Blenheim, Dorking, Dumbarton, Dunkirk, Gaywood, Glen Argyle, Heathfield, Hopkins, Midhurst, Murdock, Overbrook and Pinehurst Roads and Regester Avenue.

Regester Avenue, Glen Argyle and Heathfield Roads will be resurfaced first. The county plans to make upgrades to the sewer lines on the remaining streets, therefore, they will be done later.

Although the state funds for road repairs have greatly diminished, Baltimore County will invest an additional $20 million in road surfacing in the next two years.

Councilman Marks is "grateful to County Executive Kamenetz for his continued support of these projects." When Councilman Marks receives a more definite timeline for these improvements, he will let us know.

At the February Rodgers Forge Community Association board meeting, revisions were approved to two RFCA by-laws. They dealt with discrimination and vacancies on the board. They are too lengthly to reprint here but have been posted on the Forge Flyer and official Rodgers Forge Blog.

A lovely group exhibition by members of the BYKOTA Senior Center is now gracing Ascension Lutheran Church's Art in the parlor. These works were done by students of Barbara Kirchener and will be on display until May 3 . The gallery is open Monday through Friday, noon-4:30 p.m.

A group of women, spearheaded by Cathleen White, of Pinehurst, has gathered together to revive the Baltimore Chapter of The Christ Child Society.  The group meets at St. Pius X Rectory and has grown from seven interested women in September to 23 committed women in January, with 60 additional interested women! 

Begun in 1887 in Washington, D.C., the society has grown to over 6,000 members with numerous chapters nationwide.  As you may have gathered, it was initially a Catholic organization.  Today, members are of all faiths but retain the initial purpose — offering personal service to children in need.  The previous chapter in Baltimore maintained a strong and visible presence for many years but, like so many organizations, lacked younger members.

One of the society's goals is to establish a Wellness Curriculum in needy schools.  It is ready to go at Armistead Gardens School, 5001 E. Eager Street, and it will be introduced at the school on March 21.  One of the components of the curriculum, anti-bullying, is an existing program at Armistead and Maryland first lady Katie O'Malley will speak to this from 4:30-5:50 p.m. during the school's March 21 Anti-Bullying Day.



What better way to spend St. Patrick's Day than with music in your ears! This is precisely what you will hear at the Sundays at Central concert on March 17 at 3 p.m. The Philmore Ensemble will take you from the Renaissance era to the present day, via works of popular and lesser known composers. Voice, flute, violin, viola, cello, mandolin, lute and guitar will assist the ensemble in accomplishing this very entertaining program.

Although SuperBowI XLVII was spent quietly in the Banknell abode, fireworks went off in Rodgers Forge every time that the Ravens scored and AFTER! Needless to say, Lisa and Chuck Banknell were overjoyed with the outcome as Lisa said, "Such a nice bonus for our city." Lisa told us that her daughter, Tory, who enjoyed the game with friends in Federal Hill, reported that it was packed everywhere!

My visits to the Towson Library are always enhanced by the delightful picture of Gaywoodite Nora Kotula working at last year's Friends of the Towson Library Book Sale. A former president of the Friends, Nora is always on board to help the sale. News on this year's sale will be in the next column.

When prescriptions are a concern, it is always comforting to have reassurance. Doug Campbell, RPh at Charlesmead Pharmacy, does just that. His smiling face, warm manner and medical knowledge make all the difference to fellow Forgers, Gaywood neighbors and friends in surrounding environs. When questions loam about this pill or that solution, he's your man.

Our illustrious former Forger, Hilary Hahn, once again brought her audience to their feet! Her stunning performance of Bach's Chaconne from the D Minor Violin Partita began with a chilly authority and deepened into "something intense, adventurous and affecting", raved the New York Times. Daughter of Anne and Steven Hahn, Hilary was at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center with her latest project "In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores".

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all our leprechaun friends. Whether you are wearing green or orange, you will have a love for Ireland on March 17.

Till we meet again —

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