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Don’t Frack Maryland – Growing Awareness in Bel Air


Harford County Climate Action is working to support a Maryland State ban on fracking.  In response to the call from the Sierra Club and Don’t Frack Maryland to post and tweet pictures for Frack Free Friday, aka #FrackFreeFriday, some of us gathered at the Ma & Pa Trail for a photoshoot.   We collected our posters; Lizzie, Amalie and Allie made some new ones, and Pam brought along a portrait of Smokey the Bear saying “Only YOU can stop faucet fires.”  Her friend painted it based on a design spotted at the People’s Climate March of ’14.   Lucky for us, Kari brought along her camera!

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Bleeding Hearts on Idlewild Street


Yes, that’s us!  And here are the bleeding hearts …bleeding-hearts1


Well one thing was abundantly clear as well cleaned a stretch of roadside along Moore’s Mill Road this morning. Read more…

Will Harford County keep the Chesapeake Bay clean?

We all live downstream – and it seems water issues are everywhere. Catch water where it falls is not a motto for the drought affected alone. Here in Harford County we are facing problem of managing stormwater runoff entering the Chesapeake Bay. Only recently have I come to understand why this is such a problem that the Environmental Protection Agency has called upon every state and county to come up with a plan to reduce stormwater runoff.

Hartford County Of course it is much harder for a city like Baltimore, which is 50% paved and will have to remove pavement to reduce the runoff. In Harford County the projects are things like reforestation and stream restoration. But when I asked County Council Member Richard Slutsky about this, he was noncommittal to say the least. He said that the courts would likely be involved. Does he mean that the EPA will have to sue the county? I hope not! Read more…

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 310 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Saturday at Festival … Take Home a No Bel Air Walmart Sign as a Souvenir and Prepare for Next Phase

This just in form Bel Air South Community Foundation.

NB:Unfinished business – Big Box stores located in residential areas can overwhelm a community’s character and infrastructure. It is imperative that the county move quickly to pass Big Box legislation so that controls are in place to limit the impact of future developments.

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“All That Standing in the Cold Paid Off”

Protest outside the Harford County Council May 7 2013.  Read more in the Baltimore Sun, May 9 2013.

“All that standing in the cold paid off,” said Khiyali when I shared with her the news that Walmart is NOT coming to Bel Air.  She was talking about all the public meetings and protests we have been carrying out ever since we heard that Walmart, which already has a store near Bel Air, planned to close that store and open a new one in Bel Air, just 3 miles from downtown.


NO Bel Air Walmart Rally October 2012

Of course we still have to watch what they do, but this is a clear victory for people’s collective action.  How many county council meetings we packed to standing-room-only, how many people spoke, waiting for hours for their turn, how many protests we held on Main Street / Emmorton Avenue, how many late nights we spent at public meetings learning about traffic studies and the details of ways we could challenge the plan and keep Walmart out of Bel Air.

Here’s the story from Brian Goodman at the Dagger: Read more…

Harford County Climate Expo!

Tracey illustrates the urgency of the climate crisis at the Harford County Climate Expo, Edgewood Boys and Girls Club
Truly amazing that we could make this happen in Harford County.  Hats off to Tracey & George, Bill, Brooke and so many who have been working intensely behind the scenes, making it possible for the rest of us to show up and take part.  I am also glad that we did some of the door-to-door and phone outreach, the good old-fashioned way.

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The Importance of Being Black … in a White Novel

Goodnight June Delicious! covers

The Importance of Being Black

… in a White Novel

To some readers what I have to say will be so painfully obvious that they would not even justify it with a “duh!”   Others will need evidence.  It is for them – and I was once one of them- that I write the details of my rude awakening to the role of whiteness in contemporary fiction.

What awakened me?  An talk by Damali Ayo?  A rap heard at a poetry slam?  No.  Nothing so glamourous. Just a couple of books I read in my book club at the public library.

Look, it’s not as though I haven’t ever before read books with only white characters.  But, to quote Justin Trudeau, “it’s 2015.”  

What I am reading in the books is more segregating than mere absence of black (or brown or any other colored) characters.   Read more…

Local Groups Release Vegan Dining Guide for Harford County

From a message from DineKind Harford:

Hi. Lets do our part to spread the word that October 1 is World Vegetarian Day and encourage everyone to eat vegan foods for the day. Of course more days is better (You could suggest Meatless Mondays).

Just in time for this World Vegetarian Day DineKind Harford and Harford County Climate Action created a Vegan Dining Guide for Harford County. Read more…