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Posted on September 15, 2017 by Admin
The Baltimore Sun has published and article and an editorial about Rodgers Forge's efforts to remove racist language from our covenants: 
 
... The Jim Crow-era agreements, which barred homeowners from selling their properties to anyone but white buyers, proliferated during the first half of the 20th century. The Supreme Court ruled in 1948 that they were legally unenforceable. The practice was finally outlawed by the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968.
 
Editorial about the covenant effort:
... It’s one thing for a neighborhood association to issue a statement of inclusivity. It’s another to make the effort to go door to door, block to block to collect signatures renouncing discrimination. That sends a more powerful and tangible positive message than some old, unenforceable covenants written by people who are likely long dead sent a negative one. We wish the Forge the best of luck in this effort and urge any other neighborhoods with such language attached to their deeds to follow its lead.
Posted on September 14, 2017 by Admin
The RFCA passed a number of measures last night, including those related to the objectionable language in the  covenants, and other important issues. See the details here
Posted on September 7, 2017 by Admin
Agenda for 7PM Sept. 13 meeting at RFES rec room: 
 
By-law amendment on dues and voting 
Architectural-guideline amendments (details here)
Vote on investigating how to remove racist language from covenants 
Discuss left-turn signal from Regester onto northbound York
Budget for membership drive
Presentation about allowing RF residents to join a credit union 
Towson University rep to discuss Baltimore Blast's move to TU and impact on RF
 

 
 
 
 
Posted on August 29, 2017 by Admin
The RFCA will vote at its Sept. 13 meeting on whether to allow all residents to vote in the annual election, or only those residents who have paid dues. The amendments can be found here.  
Posted on August 29, 2017 by Admin
From Captain Jay Landsman:
 
Over the course of the last week, there was a break in the cat burglary cases in the Rodgers Forge and Ridgeleigh communities. Our officers quickly put this information in the hands of detectives from the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit. Upon further investigation, two suspects were charged with the cases in Rodgers Forge, Ridgeleigh, and other parts of the County. More information will be coming out regarding these suspects. At this time, they do not appear to have any ties to our precinct.
 
While this is certainly good news, I encourage all residents to continue their commitment to take basic crime prevention steps to shrink the window of opportunity for other criminals.
Crime Prevention Tips:
 
 
Thank you all so much for everything you did to move this investigation forward,
 
Jay
Captain Jay Landsman, Jr.
Commander
Precinct 6 / Towson
Baltimore County Police Department
115 W. Susquehanna Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Desk (410) 887-5507
Posted on August 22, 2017 by Admin
If you've been parking in the RF Elementary parking lot over the summer, school administrators want you to know that teachers return Friday, so please don't park in the lot Thursday night and beyond. Thanks!   
Posted on August 11, 2017 by Admin
Several changes to the architectural guidelines will be voted on at the Sept. 13, 2017, meeting of the RFCA. (Sheds, decks, lawns, and doors.) To view the proposed changes, click here
 
Posted on August 10, 2017 by Admin
 
Captain Landsman of Baltimore County Police's 6th precinct spoke last night at the Rodgers Forge Community Association meeting about the spate of burglaries we've experienced lately. Here are the main points he hit, for those that could not attend: 
  • He's never seen an area hit in such a concentrated fashion before. 
  • They are working hard to solve the cases. The investigation is being run out of the burglary unit at police headquarters. 
  • They have extra patrols in Rodgers Forge now. 
  • Police have recovered one stolen vehicle; they are not sure if its theft is related to burglaries. 
  • They are coordinating with city police. 
  • Burglars are going after "soft targets" -- that is, unlocked windows, unlocked doors. 
  • They don't know if the burglars are juveniles or adults. If adults, they are likely heroin addicts looking for quick money. 
  • Citizens on Patrol (COP) is great deterrent to crime. 
  • If you encounter a burglar in your home and you have kids, get in between burglar and kids (such as if burglar is in living room and kids are on second floor, you would be on stairs or at top of stairs) and yell at him/them to get out. Call 911 immediately. Get yourself and other family members out of the house if possible and bang on neighbors' door or call 911. Keep in mind you don't know if the person is on drugs, if he has a weapon, etc. Captain Landsman also indicated a resident's use of a firearm might be permissible, but I don't know the specifics on that, so residents should investigate that further if it is an option they want to pursue. 
  • They have found no connection between the burglaries and BGE workers. 
  • Teens (and everyone) should be careful to not walk around looking at their phones. Be aware of your surroundings and cross to other side of street and away from anyone who seems suspicious. 
  • If you are leaving a store, especially at night, and feel unsafe or see someone watching you, go back in and ask to have a security guard or employee walk you to your car. 
  • If you're having a package delivered, make arrangements for it to not just be sitting out on your porch all day. 
Crime Prevention Tips from Captain Landsman:
 
1. When you are outside in the back yard working, make sure that you do not leave the front door open or unlocked. This is a quick and easy opportunity for thieves.
 
2. Secure your bicycles with a bike lock or bring them inside when not in use. 
 
3. Lock your vehicle and make sure that it is locked before you walk away from it.
 
4. Remove all keys from your vehicles (including keys to other vehicles that may be parked nearby). We have experienced numerous cases that start out as a theft from vehicle and turn into a theft of a vehicle, because keys were left inside.
 
5. Laptops, purses, wallets, phones and other valuables should never be left in a vehicle.
 
6. Flashback to the 1990s and use an anti-theft device like "The Club" or a similar steering wheel lock as another deterrent for thieves.
 
7. Leaving the porch light on or installing motion sensitive lights in the front and back of the house is a deterrent for suspects, who want to operate under the cover of darkness.  
 
8. Trim branches and hedges away from windows and doorways to eliminate areas where suspects can avoid being seen as they attempt to break into your house.
 
9. Make sure that your doors have a lock on the handle and a deadbolt lock. If there is a window next to the door handle, the deadbolt should be a double key lock and not a thumb lock on the inside. This will prevent a burglar from reaching in and unlocking the door. The key should be hung in a place where your family can find it easily in the event of an emergency. You can also add an additional sliding latch lock or chain on the inside of your door pretty inexpensively.
 
10. Placing a piece of wood or metal in the track of your sliding glass doors and windows can make entry to your home much more difficult for criminals. An inexpensive dowel rod cut into pieces that fit into your window or sliding door track could accomplish this step. 
 
11. If you have an attached garage, lock the door leading from the garage to your house, even when the garage door is closed. If a thief gains entry to your garage, you do not want to give them easy access to your house. If you do not park your car inside the garage and you have a garage door opener in your car, do not leave the garage door opener in the car unattended.
 
12. Take a look out your window throughout the day and if you happen to get up in the middle of the night. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call 911 to report it!
 
To schedule a residential security survey of your house, contact our Community Outreach Team at (410) 887-5933.
Please consider attending the next Police Community Relations Council Meeting and or joining the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol (https://towsonareacop.wordpress.com/).
 
Rodgers Forge Citizens on Patrol, which is a separate entity from the RFCA, can be reached here: 
 
Captain Landsman: jlandsman@baltimorecountymd.gov or 410-887-3143
Community Outreach Officer Halley: ahalley@baltimorecountymd.gov or 410-887-5933
Emergency: 911 
Non-emergency: 410-887-2222
Precinct 6 (Towson) 410-887-2361
Posted on August 8, 2017 by Admin
CANCELLED because of rain forecast. We'll try again Sept. 8.
 
Bring a chair or blanket and join your neighbors for a free showing of "Moana" on Aug. 12 at 8:00 PM. The movie will be showing outside behind Rodgers Forge Elementary. The Miss Twist ice cream truck will also be there selling treats. See you there! -Paul Matino and Kris Henry, RFCA
Posted on August 5, 2017 by Admin
Hi all --
 
You might have seen that another home was burglarized, while people were home, last night on Murdock. Here are a few things to note:
 
- A resident has created a sign-up form for neighborhood watch. This is not formally affiliated with Citizens on Patrol or the RFCA, but it is a great idea and I know I will be signing up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45a9aa2ea0fa7-rodgers
 
- Captain Landsman of the 6th precinct will be at the Aug. 9 RFCA meeting to discuss the spike in crime. Please join us in hearing more about what has occurred, what police are doing, and what we as residents can do. 7 pm at Woodbrook Baptist, 25 Stevenson Lane.
 
- Keep your doors and windows locked, and porch lights on.
 
- If you don't have a security system, such as SimpliSafe or ADT, you might consider getting something like this at Home Depot or Lowe's: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-Wireless-Home-Security-Motion-Sensing-Alarm-THD-MS/205595570 Even if you just set it to "chime" it can alert you if someone has entered your home. I am not endorsing this product or promising it will work, but it could possibly add a layer of security.
 
- I know people have had good luck with outdoor cameras, such as the Nest outdoor camera. The RFCA will be looking into the possibility of getting residents a discount if we buy a large quantity (of Nest or another brand). I would like to get Captain Landsman's advice on this and other measures.
 
- If you have neighbors that you think are not online reading NextDoor or the RFCA's Facebook page or blog, please let them know what's going on in the neighborhood so they know to be especially cautious.
 
- The following are crime-prevention tips from Capt. Landsman:
 
1. When you are outside in the back yard working, make sure that you do not leave the front door open or unlocked. This is a quick and easy opportunity for thieves.
 
2. Secure your bicycles with a bike lock or bring them inside when not in use.
 
3. Lock your vehicle and make sure that it is locked before you walk away from it.
 
4. Remove all keys from your vehicles (including keys to other vehicles that may be parked nearby). We have experienced numerous cases that start out as a theft from vehicle and turn into a theft of a vehicle, because keys were left inside.
 
5. Laptops, purses, wallets, phones and other valuables should never be left in a vehicle.
 
6. Flashback to the 1990s and use an anti-theft device like "The Club" or a similar steering wheel lock as another deterrent for thieves.
 
7. Leaving the porch light on or installing motion sensitive lights in the front and back of the house is a deterrent for suspects, who want to operate under the cover of darkness.
 
8. Trim branches and hedges away from windows and doorways to eliminate areas where suspects can avoid being seen as they attempt to break into your house.
 
9. Make sure that your doors have a lock on the handle and a deadbolt lock. If there is a window next to the door handle, the deadbolt should be a double key lock and not a thumb lock on the inside. This will prevent a burglar from reaching in and unlocking the door. The key should be hung in a place where your family can find it easily in the event of an emergency. You can also add an additional sliding latch lock or chain on the inside of your door pretty inexpensively.
 
10. Placing a piece of wood or metal in the track of your sliding glass doors and windows can make entry to your home much more difficult for criminals. An inexpensive dowel rod cut into pieces that fit into your window or sliding door track could accomplish this step.
 
11. If you have an attached garage, lock the door leading from the garage to your house, even when the garage door is closed. If a thief gains entry to your garage, you do not want to give them easy access to your house. If you do not park your car inside the garage and you have a garage door opener in your car, do not leave the garage door opener in the car unattended.
 
12. Take a look out your window throughout the day and if you happen to get up in the middle of the night. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call 911 to report it!
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Thanks,
Kris Henry
president, RFCA