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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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August 3, 2014
I read with great interest the letter by Nicole Goodman ("Spare the Dumbarton trees," Aug. 2) about the trees at Dumbarton Middle School. She referred to the Dumbarton grounds as the "backyard of my childhood. " I grew up across the street from Yorkwood Elementary School in Baltimore. Like Nicole, I regard the beautiful grounds of my school, with its large, shady trees, and the bird sanctuary behind the playground, as the backyard of my childhood. Huge old trees, urban woodlots and trees in our yards and on our streets have a value almost impossible to express for children.
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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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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 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
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.
NEWS
August 3, 2014
I read with great interest the letter by Nicole Goodman ("Spare the Dumbarton trees," Aug. 2) about the trees at Dumbarton Middle School. She referred to the Dumbarton grounds as the "backyard of my childhood. " I grew up across the street from Yorkwood Elementary School in Baltimore. Like Nicole, I regard the beautiful grounds of my school, with its large, shady trees, and the bird sanctuary behind the playground, as the backyard of my childhood. Huge old trees, urban woodlots and trees in our yards and on our streets have a value almost impossible to express for children.
NEWS
January 21, 2010
What the proponents of Proposal G in the West Towson/Rodgers Forge Elementary redistricting matter fail to realize (or won't admit publicly) is that under any of the four proposals, some children who can currently walk to Rodgers Forge Elementary School will be bused to West Towson. It is disingenuous for the supporters of Proposal G to premise their support based on their proximity to the school because Proposal G will still force other people who live nearby to be bused away. The supporters of Proposal G couch their viewpoint in terms of neighborhood unity when it is really little more than neighborhood chauvinism.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1999
Dumbarton Middle School pupils got a lesson on ethnic genocide from a Tutsi survivor yesterday. About 30 astonished members of the school's World Vision Club listened as Rwandan Augustin Ahimana recounted the slaughter of his family -- his mother, sister and brother -- at the hands of Hutu tribesmen. "The hurt in my heart was so big after the tragedy and it felt so sad, that I felt I had to do something," said Ahimana, who was living in Zaire at the time his family was attacked.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
After meeting for nearly two hours Friday with parents from Stoneleigh Elementary School, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz agreed to fund $2 million in architectural designs for upgrades to the 81-year-old school building. Securing the design money is a major goal for the parents, many of whom were concerned by Kamenetz's recent comments that school officials should consider moving students from overcrowded elementary schools to under-enrolled middle schools as an alternative to new construction.
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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.
NEWS
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.
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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Sheila.peter@verizon.net | October 7, 2013
The first ever Forge Fest was a sensational success. Don't miss the second one on Oct. 11. This Forge Fest will again fill the Tot Lot with merriment from 1-4 p.m. The Forge Fests, which grew out of the farmers markets, are the creative genius of Mary Byers and Elaine Pollack. These concerned mothers, who believe and know that natural foods are the best, founded the Rodgers Forge Garden Club and the weekly farmers market. Attendance has grown and grown and spawned the first Forge Fest in August.
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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
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 27, 2013
The Ravens - our champions! They are still topics of discussion as are those Super Bowl parties. Mary Lee and Dick Hilgartner divided their time between parties. They had great fun with friends from St. Pius X, out in Phoenix, for the first half and a happy time with each other at home, in Rodgers Forge, for the second half due to an early call on Monday morning. Kristy and Pete Knuppel and children ( Lindsey, Emmy and Augie ) had a front yard tailgate party on Jan. 29 with fellow Gaywoodites, Ira and Dawn Katz ( Cole, Landon and Blake )
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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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