The county liquor board Monday approved the...


June 12, 1996|By From staff reports

ROSEDALE -- The county liquor board Monday approved the opening of a liquor store in the Golden Ring Plaza shopping center, despite community protesters and opposition from competitors.

The board ruled that Thomas P. Moran, a trouble-free license holder for 16 years at his 7-Eleven store in Essex, proved enough public need at the new location in the 8600 block of Philadelphia Road to overcome the opposition. Twenty-three community members objected to liquor's being sold close to two businesses in the center that cater to children, but Moran submitted petitions with 350 signatures favoring his application.

Playground construction to begin today at school


COCKEYSVILLE -- Construction is set to begin on a $40,000 playground at Warren Elementary School on Bosley Road. A ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled for 1: 45 p.m. today for the long-planned project.

Baltimore County is putting up half the cost, using money that had been set aside for playground repairs and renovations. County Councilman T. Bryan McIntire, who represents the area, helped get $10,000 more from county capital budget funds, and local community groups and the school PTA raised the rest, according to David Ready, chairman of the PTA playground committee.

A modern play complex should be ready by the time school opens in September, Ready said.

Peace activist to speak at Catonsville church


CATONSVILLE -- Marii Hasegawa, a recipient of numerous peace awards, will be the speaker at a meeting tonight of the Baltimore and Catonsville branches of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

The 78-year-old activist, past national president of the peace organization, will discuss her life's work, which began when Hiroshima, her birthplace, was bombed in 1945. Hasegawa, who lives in Richmond, Va., has received a Jane Addams Peace Association citation, a Richmond Human Rights Award and most recently the Niwano Peace Prize in Tokyo.

The meeting will be at 7: 30 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 823 Edmondson Ave. Information: Phyllis Yingling, 744-9332.

Complex's rental applicants must undergo new screening


ESSEX -- Rental applicants at Villages of Tall Trees, a neighborhood known for drug problems, will be subject to a new screening process that includes a criminal background check, county officials announced yesterday.

A $24,000 grant from the county Office of Community Conservation will pay for a part-time rental agent from O'Conor Real Estate Management Co. to oversee the process, said Mark Knott, company president. Using a Rockville firm's national database of criminal records, the agent will check if applicants have arrest records.

A three-alarm fire that burned out a wood-frame house in Northwest Baltimore last night sent up plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles.

No one was inside the home in the 3100 block of W. Belvedere Ave. when the fire broke out about 9: 30 p.m., and no one was injured, fire officials said. By 10: 15 p.m., a third alarm had been sounded and more than 75 firefighters joined in battling the blaze. The cause had not been determined last night.

Investigators seek source of oil spill on Patapsco

The Coast Guard and the Maryland Department of the Environment were trying yesterday to identify the source of an oil spill that left a sheen on the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River.

The Coast Guard said the oil was first noticed at 7 a.m. Monday by a boater at the Anchorage Marina at 2501 Boston St. The area of the 150-gallon spill, which caused minimal environmental damage, stretched from Lazaretto Point in Canton almost to Fells Point, a distance of nearly 1 1/2 miles.

Late yesterday, A&A Environmental Services of Baltimore was nearly finished cleaning up the spill of "waste motor oil," a company spokeswoman said. Anyone with information about the spill should call the Coast Guard at (410) 576-2693.

City school budget open for public comment

The Baltimore school board will take public comments on the Department of Education's $654 million budget request for the 1996-1997 academic year at 6 p.m. tomorrow at school system headquarters, 200 E. North Ave.

Pub Date: 6/12/96

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