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June 6, 2004
Margaret Arnold Meginnis, an art teacher, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson, where she lived for the past four years. She was 88 and had previously lived in Lutherville and in Gettysburg, Pa. Born Margaret Arnold in Baltimore and raised on Mount Washington's South Road, she was a 1935 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School, where she was a champion diver. She earned a degree at Maryland Institute College of Art and taught art at Dumbarton Junior High School in Rodgers Forge for 20 years.
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July 30, 2014
I know there has been a lot of controversy about the plan for Baltimore County Public Schools to destroy huge, century-old trees behind Dumbarton Middle School and an effort to save the Dumbarton trees ( "Rodgers Forge residents rally for trees," July 2). I am a rising junior at Towson High School. I live next to Dumbarton. The park behind Dumbarton is like the backyard of my childhood. Most of the trees that the school system wants to cut are tied to childhood memories. When I was little, I would hang out with my closest friends by the trees and climb some of them.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2003
Dumbarton Middle School in Rodgers Forge has suspended indefinitely a sixth-grade pupil who brought a toy gun to school and told classmates it was real, school officials said yesterday. Assistant Principal Michael Etzel said he removed the boy from his first-period class on Tuesday, after a classmate reported the remarks. "At no time was there a threat to any kids in the school," Etzel said yesterday. The boy, whose name was not released by school officials for confidentiality reasons, will be suspended until he receives a hearing from the school board.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
Baltimore County Public Schools officials on Tuesday pledged to improve communications with Rodgers Forge residents regarding updates and revisions of a controversial proposal to renovate Dumbarton Middle School - a project that involves removal of several historic trees on the property. The $27.5 million plan calls for additions and renovations to make the 58-year-old school compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, bring the interior up to 21st-century standards and improve traffic flow and safety.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | January 17, 1997
Dumbarton Middle School language teacher David R. Williams should be getting used to the accolades now.Wednesday, he was invited to Annapolis, where Gov. Parris N. Glendening mentioned the award-winning teacher in his State of the State address. Last month, he was featured in a star-studded national telecast with such celebrities as Jeff Goldblum, Jean Claude Van Damme, Annie Potts and John Larroquette.For Williams, the honors just keep rolling his way since he was named last month as one of the top 12 teachers in the country at the seventh annual American Teacher Awards, sponsored by Walt Disney Co. and McDonald's.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1996
David R. Williams is known around Dumbarton Middle School for nightly homework assignments, pizza parties and merit awards paid off with ice cream.Yesterday, the Spanish and French teacher achieved a wider measure of fame. He might not be going to Disney World, but he's going to the Disney Channel -- selected as one of 60 outstanding teachers across the nation.As he drilled a seventh-grade French class on verbs, a television cameraman swerved around the room on a cart, recording Williams' easygoing, fun-to-learn style.
NEWS
July 26, 2000
Last week we asked you to name Amelia Bloomer's newspaper. Congratulations to Dumbarton Middle School's Jenna Swick, Garrison Forest's Emily Gorman, Sacred Heart School's Meghen Chester and Wellwood International School's Katie David. They keenly observed that Amelia founded THE LILY.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 17, 2000
Take a drive along Park Heights Avenue and by the time you get to Old Court Road in Pikesville, you would have never known that you've passed Dumbarton, one of Baltimore County's most treasured neighborhoods. That's because Dumbarton, built from the 1920s through the 1950s, contains one-of-a-kind homes, many in the English Tudor and French Provincial styles, that sit on beautifully landscaped lots of up to an acre. "It reminds you of areas of Guilford or Roland Park. It's like a little oasis because you come into the neighborhood and see people using it for jogging and bike riding," said Linda Gross, head of the Dumbarton Community Association.
NEWS
July 9, 2000
Area schools and literacy programs seek volunteers to help children and adults improve reading skills and to assist in related projects. Among them are: Huntingdon Baptist Tutorial Project, 301 E. 31st St., Baltimore, seeking committed reading volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon for Saturday tutoring session starting in September for grades one to five. Two weekends a month are the minimum requirement. Contact: Carolyn Foster, 410-889-6579 or 410-664-6503. Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Road, Rodgers Forge, is seeking volunteer tutors and mentors to work with middle school children who are reading up to two grades below level to improve reading and study skills.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,arin.gencer@baltsun.com | January 26, 2009
Come fall, fourth-graders at Rodgers Forge Elementary will report to the crowded Towson-area school each morning before heading next door to Dumbarton Middle School. But they won't be going to their new classrooms on foot. Students who both walk and ride to the elementary will make the trip of about one-fifth of a mile to Dumbarton by shuttle bus. The ride should be a quick one - about two minutes down Dumbarton Road, where both schools sit, separated by a playing field. In the afternoon, shuttles will return the children to Rodgers Forge.
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March 27, 2014
His name was Richard Di Stefano, but for the hundreds of us who trained at Dumbarton Barbell, he was known simply as "Mr. D. " The Dumbarton Barbell Club was his baby, started in a basement room (once a designated fallout shelter) of Dumbarton Middle School in 1960. Mr. D. once told me he began the club with exactly one barbell, and added on as the club grew. Today, it is a fully stocked fitness facility and one of the few weight rooms in existence with a lifting platform. He always had a lot going on — teaching music at Dumbarton, running a sauna business, Colt Band, Lion's Club, and, last but not least, running the gym. He was a true polymath, a jack-of- all-trades who mastered them all. Former students recall how he taught lessons about life as well as music and barbells.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 27, 2014
A proposed large paved bus lot and additional parking behind Dumbarton Middle School as part of its $27.5-million renovation and addition project has come under scrutiny from architects and planners in the community. They say they aren't necessary for the walker-heavy school. "Our bottom line here is that the outside site plan works fine and it should not change," Stu Sirota, president of the Rodgers Forge Community Association, said. "It's worked [the way it is] for over half a century.
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Dan Rodricks | February 9, 2014
The elderly woman who lives in the van in the shopping center on 41st Street in Hampden is Harriet Kahn. It says "Kahn" on the vanity plates of her van, but "Can" is how she pronounces her name because, she says, the softer "ah" (as in "Kaan") gives her name a pretentiousness she dislikes. Ms. Kahn is at most 5 feet tall; she says she'll be 80 in late March. She has small hands. Her hair is straight and gray; she keeps it wrapped with a scarf on cold days. She has sharp features and dark eyes with a certain savvy spark.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
As a longtime educator and Rodgers Forge resident, I was excited to read in Nov. 11 article by Jon Meoli that Dumbarton Middle School in Towson will get a renovation. Yet I was shocked that solar panel roofs weren't an integral part of the initial plan of the firm, Smolen Emr Ilkovitch Architects. Maryland and Baltimore County will spend $27.5 million in taxpayer money on this renovation. By installing solar panel rooftops, we will have a rare chance to do many good things at once: making renewable electricity a priority in a celebrated public school, ensure cost savings in ongoing school operating costs, and offer hopeful 21st century experiential learning opportunities for students.
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By Shelia Peters, sheila.peter@verizon.net | June 18, 2013
Graduations are everywhere! They have certainly been plentiful in our neighborhood. Our fifth-graders at Rodgers Forge Elementary School had their Farewell Assembly on June 13 and on June 14, Dumbarton Middle School's eighth- graders were honored at their Farewell Assembly. Eighth-graders at St. Pius X School graduated on June 2. Congratulations to all these splendid young people, who are entering the next level of their education. Speaking of the next level, Towson High School graduates (June 2)
NEWS
April 24, 2013
The advocacy group Dumbarton United has been working with the school board and County Councilman David Marks to bring air conditioning and much needed renovations to Dumbarton Middle School. Councilman Marks met with me last May when I became president of the PTSA and pledged to do whatever was needed to improve our school. I received a phone call from David Marks on April 15 and I am very pleased to announce that County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has introduced a budget which includes the funding for Dumbarton's renovation, including air conditioning.
NEWS
January 15, 2009
Ulman preparing for zero revenue growth Howard County officials are bracing for zero revenue growth next fiscal year, a prospect that has led County Executive Ken Ulman to ask department heads for two versions of their budget requests: bad and worse. The county is not experiencing a shortfall this year, but Ulman told more than 400 people at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon yesterday that the coming year will be a test and that cuts in state funding to local governments are coming. Ulman said he has asked department heads to prepare two budget plans: one with no increase in spending and another with a 5 percent cut. Larry Carson Rodgers Forge pupils moving to Dumbarton Towson-area parents received letters this week notifying them that third-graders from crowded Rodgers Forge Elementary School will be moving to nearby Dumbarton Middle this fall for their fourth-grade year.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
Dumbarton Middle School is closed Wednesday due to lack of water, according to the Baltimore County Public Schools website. No other closings or cancellations have been reported for Baltimore County public schools, according to the website.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
Joseph Klein Jr., a Baltimore insurance executive and philanthropist who believed in leading by example, died Sunday of pulmonary fibrosis at his Pikesville home. He was 80. The son of a co-founder of Levinson & Klein Inc., an East Baltimore furniture store, and a homemaker, Mr. Klein was born in Baltimore and raised in the Dumbarton neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore. Mr. Klein graduated in 1949 from Friends School, and in 1953 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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