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Baltimore County Office of Communications
Towson is one of the most exciting suburbs in America. Easy for us to say, but don’t just take our word for it. A new survey by Business Insider ranks Towson #11 in the U.S. The survey ranked nearly 140 suburbs across the country by what they call “excitement factors,” looking at:
- Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
- Live music venues per capita
- Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
- Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
- Percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better)
Towson has more than 60 restaurants, including new downtown destinations Cunningham’s and Oyster Bay. Towson’s 55,000 residents can go for a run around the Towson University or Goucher campus, through welcoming neighborhoods, around the Towson Y, in one of four County parks, and soon at the new L.A. Fitness in Towson Commons. New bike lanes will make cycling easier throughout Towson. Turn up the music at a WTMD live lunch at Olympic Place, in Towson University Center for the Arts and Stephens Hall, or Goucher’s KraushaarAuditorium. This summer, Towson Square adds 15 Cinemark movie theatres and eight new restaurants to downtown Towson.
Not hard to see the excitement here!
Read more at Business Insider
Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission
Are you ready to leap in the air, do a few twirls, and yell “enough with the snow, it’s time to dance!”
The Baltimore County Dance Celebration is in full swing and ready to help you get up, get out of the house, and get moving. Here’s what’s coming up:
Company E a dynamic contemporary repertory dance company, adds Baltimore County to its roster of performance locales February 22 and 23. Recent performances and collaborations have taken place in Kazakhstan, Algeria, Italy and New York. The company brings a world premiere to the Gordon Center stage in Owings Mills Saturday, February 22. Sunday, Company E performs a family-friendly “Jungle Book” matinee with Towson University Community Dance. Check out this preview video of Saturday night's performance" here's the link to the video http://youtu.be/axrhg2GU34A
A free Family Dance NightCelebrating African American choreographersis fun for the whole family, February 25 at Campfield Early Learning Center in Lochearn.
Discover traditional dances from Africa, Mexico, the Middle East, and fiery flamenco. Dance Baltimore’s Global Expressionsincludes dancers from Sankofa Dance Theatre, Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company, Bailes De Mi Tierra, and Arte Flamenco March 2.
Drop in on the Friday Night Swing Dance Club. Start the evening with a swing dance lesson that is perfect for beginners and stay for dancing to live music until midnight. An affordable $12 per person at the Towson American Legion Hall.
Common Ground Dance performs at CCBC Dundalk March 15 and 16 with a benefit for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Dynamic Dance program.
Towson Arts Collective presents MOVE! An Art Exhibit Celebrating the Human Figure in Motion, through February at their downtown Towson gallery on Chesapeake Avenue.
Check out the full calendar for ticket information even more events featuring dance improv, Angelina Ballerina, Irish dance, and master classes for advanced dancers.
The Baltimore County Dance Celebration is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts.
Mark Hubbard, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
For as long as I can remember, the weather services used human names for hurricanes. If you are unlucky enough to have one of those names (Agnes, Isabel, Katrina, Floyd, Horatio etc.) you may be branded with the image of tragedy and destruction.
When it came to other severe weather, like tornadoes, we usually refer to the storm by the name of the town most severely impacted and perhaps the severity rating on the Fujita scale. Example: " That F5 tornado that struck Smallville."
Since the inception of 24/7 news coverage that included severe weather television and radio channels devoted purely to weather news, a new phenomena is emerging – the effort to brand other storms, in particular, winter storms, as well. For example, the President's Day storm of.........; the Valentines day storm of....... and so on. Broadcast news also likes to use bold character graphics in the news cast: Blizzard of 2010, etc. If you ask me, this only magnifies the stress we often experience when preparing for and suffering through these storms.
But perhaps there is a purpose to all of this. Consider a system where we used a scientific-like numbering system. So perhaps instead of referring to Hurricane Isabel by name, we instead said Hurricane #2003-6. Somehow, this generic label simply does not seem to fit. So maybe it is not so crazy to now see many other severe weather events given a human name. Branding a storm does somehow seem to add character and identity – almost a personality. In the case of winter storms, The Weather Channel has decided to name this winter’s storms after Greek mythology icons like Atlas, Boreas (Greek god of the cold north wind), Electra, Hercules, Ion, Janus and Titan.
The February 12th storm is called Pax, the Latin word for peace. Let’s hope it’s an appropriate name and that we don’t make it all the way to Zephyr this year!
Take a look at what the Weather Channel had to say about it. And, oh, how we love our brands! So let's just roll with it for now. Otherwise, imagine a world without Coke or Pepsi. It would seem a bit flat (pun intended) if we knew them just as Cola #1 and Cola #2. (You figure out which is which!)
Regardless of what we call them, winter storms are worthy of respect and caution. So, everyone please remember to exercise common sense at home and on the roads, and keep up with Baltimore County’s winter storm operations at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/snow and on Twitter at @BACOemergency.