Clean Bread and Cheese Creek crew harvests big haul
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:26

Volunteers are pictured busy at work cleaning up Bread and Cheese Creek on April 5. During the event sponsored by the Clean Bread and Cheese Creek organization, 167 volunteers removed 285 bags of trash, 14 shopping carts, 11 steel pipes, four rugs, two scooters, one mattress, an office chair, a sit-down hair dryer, a 55-gallon drum and 1.25 tons of metal from Bread and Cheese Creek and North Point Road. 
photo courtesy Clean Bread and Cheese Creek

Lawn fertilizer law to protect Chesapeake Bay now in effect
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:26
    The Maryland Department of Agriculture [MDA] reminds homeowners of the state’s new lawn fertilizer law, which took effect on October 1, 2013. The law contains provisions for both homeowners and lawn care professionals that aim to reduce the volume of pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay.
    The new law requires that lawn care professionals must now be licensed and certified by the MDA to apply fertilizer to the lawns they manage. Homeowers can verify that businesses are certified by visiting
 The law prohibits most fertilizer products from containing phosphorous, a key nutrient responsible for the bay’s dead zones. A zero in the middle of the numbers on bags of fertilizer sold in stores indicates no phosphorous. Special products containing phosphorous may still be used for certain applications.  
    A provision in the law also limits the amount of nitrogen contained in lawn care products and requires part of the nitrogen to be in slow-release form.
    Homeowners can complement the law and help reduce harmful storm water runoff by adopting these bay-friendly lawn management practices:
l Skip spring fertilizing, which promotes excessive top growth at the expense of roots
l Sharpen lawn mower blades for healthier grass, which will filter runoff better.
l Raise the cutting height of the mower. Taller grass shades out weeds and needs less water. A three- inch cut is recommended.
l Leave grass clippings on  the lawn to provide a free source of fertilizer.
l Do not apply fertilizer to sidewalks or other impervious surfaces or when heavy rain is predicted.
l Keep fertilizer applications 10 to 15 feet from waterways.
Youth Leadership Academy applications available now
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:25
    Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) sponsored by the Baltimore County Police Department. The YLA offers youths ages 14 to 18 an opportunity to develop leadership skills while learning about police work.
    The academy will run from Monday, June 23, through Saturday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. During the week, students will visit the Police Training Academy on the CCBC Dundalk campus, Park School and the Middle River Volunteer Fire Company. The program ends with a graduation ceremony.
    Applicants must live in Baltimore County, have good grades and meet the age requirement. In addition to filling out the application form, applicants must submit an essay explaining why they should partake in the program and a parent or guardian must sign a waiver and consent form. Successful applicants must also pass a background check.
    The application form can be obtained at under “Agency,” “Police,” “Youth and Community Resources,” “Youth Leadership Academy.” The form can also be obtained by calling the Youth Initiatives Team at 410-887-2587. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 16.
    Residents who know of youths that would benefit from YLA can call the Youth Initiatives Team or contact Det. Teresa Moudry at tmoudry@
Area schools offer pre-k and kindergarten registration
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:24
    The following elementary schools will be holding pre-kindergarten and kindergarten screenings and/or registration for the 2014-2015 school year. The birthdays of prospective prekindergarten students must be between Sept. 2, 2009 and Sept. 1, 2010 and the birthdays of kindergarten candidates must be between Sept. 2, 2008 and Sept. 1, 2009 for all schools.  
    Battle Grove Elementary School, 7828 St. Patricia Lane, will hold kindergarten registration  on Monday April 28. To make an appointment, call the school at 410-887-7500 and ask for Patty.
    Logan Elementary School, 7601 Dunmanway will offer pre-kindergarten registration on Tuesdays, April 29 and May 13. Kindergarten registration is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6. Call the school at 410-887-7052 for an appointment.
    Edgemere Elementary School, 7201 North Point Road, will hold pre-kindergarten screenings and registration on Thursday, April 24, and kindergarten registration on Thursday, May 1. Call the school at 410-887-7507 for a registration packet and appointment time.
    Norwood STEM Program, 1700 Delvale Ave., will hold pre-kindergarten registration Thursday, May 1, and kindergarten registration on Tuesday, May 6. Registration is by appointment only. Call the school at 410-887-7055 for an appointment and a registration packet.
    Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School will conduct pre-k registration on Tuesday, April  29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make-up registration is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6. Call 410-887-7505 to make an appointment.
    Berkshire Elementary School, 7431 Poplar Ave., will hold pre-kindergarten registration on Tuesday, April 29 and May 27, and kindergarten registration Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25. An appointment is required for both classes; call the school at 410-887-7008.
    Colgate Elementary School prekindergarten registration will take place at Berkshire Elementary School, 7431 Poplar Ave., on Thursdays, May 1 and 29. Call Berkshire Elementary for an appointment at 410-887-7008.
    Registration for the kindergarten program at Colgate Elementary takes place Friday, May 16, at the school, 401 51st Street.  Parents must report to the school in person to make appointments and receive registration packets. For more information, call 410-887-7010. 
CCBC offers summer learning sessions for youths
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:23
    CCBC annual Summer Learning Adventures Camps for youths offer reasonably priced full-day and half-day sessions in performing and visual arts, academics, languages and STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] classes.
    New classes offered this year include 3-D Design and Printing Lab; Adventures in Reading: The Hunger Games; Tolkien and The Hobbit; App Attack; Beginning Sign Language for Kids; Kids@CCBC Newsroom; Princess Ballerina; and Young Naturalists: Grow Your Own Food. A catalog with a complete listing of courses can be obtained by calling 443-840-4700.
    Registration for Summer Learning Adventures Camps is now available online at, in-person at the Student Services Center on campus, 7200 Sollers Point Road, or by phone at 443-840-4700.
    To learn more about CCBC’s Summer Learning Adventures Camps, view the video at
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