Md. Teacher of Year honored at banquetA high school social...

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September 26, 1992|By From Staff Reports

TOWSON — Md. Teacher of Year honored at banquet

A high school social studies instructor from Montgomery County has been named the 1992 Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Trudi Niewiaroski, who teaches 11th- and 12th-graders at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, topped six other finalists, including nominees from Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel counties.

Mrs. Niewiaroski has lived or traveled in 81 countries. She has studied in China and India under Fulbright scholarships and spent time on fellowship in Japan.

She uses her experience to address issues of cultural diversity with students -- and does it in a creative way, often wearing to class the typical garb of countries her students are studying.

"People say they're never quite sure who's going to walk into the classroom," said Darla Strouse, director for the annual contest for the state Department of Education. "She has a tremendous amount of creativity and fun about her."

It is the third year Maryland has participated in the National Teacher of the Year contest, sponsored by the Chief State School Officers Association, which represents state school superintendents around the country.

As the Maryland winner, Mrs. Niewiaroski goes on to vie for the national title. She also receives a check for $2,000 from the Maryland Business Council, a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica, and a week at the National Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

Mrs. Niewiaroski and 20 other nominees from around the state were honored last night at a banquet announcing the award.

Zoning change to allow 3-story office building

TOWSON -- Despite the opposition of nearby homeowners, the Baltimore County Board of Appeals has approved a zoning change allowing a three-story office building to be built on a section of Reisterstown Road just north of Interstate 695.

The board, in changing the zoning of the 2.6-acre plot to commercial, ruled that the residential zoning was in error and that no homes could be built on the small parcel.

The site lies on the east side of Reisterstown Road at Castleton Avenue, just north of a new shopping and office center known as Festival at Woodholme.

In making its decision, the board sided with the land's owners, the heirs of the late Tell Bin "Benny" Der, a well-known Reisterstown Road restaurateur from 1951 until his death in February.

Plans call for a 19,000-square-foot office building. Opponents have 30 days to appeal the Thursday ruling.

Dundalk panel honored for environmental effort

DUNLDALK

DUNDALK -- For the second time, the Greening of Dundalk Committee has received national recognition for its efforts to preserve the environment.

On Thursday, the all-volunteer group will receive the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Award in ceremonies at the White House. The award is sponsored by Project 102, the House Republican Research Committee's environmental round-table committee.

The Dundalk committee, which the National Forestry Association called a model community reforestation program, has planted trees along highway interchanges and in critical areas along the state's waterways.

U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, R-2nd, who nominated the committee for the award, also noted the group's efforts promoting recycling in Dundalk and encouraging other volunteer programs to keep median strips clear of trash and debris.

Circuit judge holds liquor license transfer

TOWSON

TOWSON -- A liquor store adjoining the new Eddie's supermarket on North Charles Street will open in November, its attorney said yesterday, after a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge upheld the transfer of a liquor license for the new business.

The county version of Eddie's of Roland Park opened Tuesday in the old Acme supermarket building in Woodbrook. Nancy Cohen Schaffer, owner of the new supermarket and the North Charles Fine Wine & Spirit Shop next door, also is an owner of the Roland Avenue Eddie's.

Judge Leonard S. Jacobson affirmed a May 11 decision by the county Board of Liquor License Commissioners, ruling that Ms. Schaffer's participation in the Roland Park store did not preclude a license in the county and dismissing several other objections.

The chief opponent was Ray Abrams, owner of the 25-year-old Beef Wine and Cheese Shop located in the same block of North Charles Street as the new Eddie's.

"It's really hard to understand how we need another another liquor store -- and it's really only 100 yards away -- when the area hasn't changed in 25 years," Mr. Abrams said.

Fumes halt tunneling in East Baltimore

BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE -- State officials yesterday suspended excavation of a subway tunnel near the Shot Tower because of increasing concentrations of gasoline vapors in basements and sewer pipes in the East Baltimore neighborhood.

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