The longtime headmistress of Notre Dame...

TOWSON --

July 30, 1996|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- The longtime headmistress of Notre Dame Preparatory School will retire at the end of the 1996-1997 school year.

Sister Helen Marie Duffy, headmistress for 17 years, announced her impending retirement in a letter dated Friday to students, alumnae and parents. She has been at Notre Dame Prep, as teacher, administrator and headmistress, for all of her years as a nun; school officials said they do not know how long that has been.

A search committee, chosen by the board of trustees, will select a new headmistress for the 600-student school, founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. In her letter, Duffy said that "the transition to new leadership will be conducted with care and sensitivity."

Library installs machine to enlarge printed pages

TOWSON

TOWSON -- The Towson library has installed a text-enlarging machine that allows people to magnify a printed page.

The $1,800 machine is a "standard library item," but the first in the county, said Cornelia Ives, branch manager. She said people have begun using the device, which is on the main floor near the library entrance.

Users place a book page under the lens and read the enlarged words from a screen above.

Poll to be taken to see if county is good for firms

TOWSON

TOWSON -- County business owners are being polled to determine if they have found the locality to be a good place to sell their wares.

The county Chamber of Commerce has asked the Towson marketing firm MPG Associates to survey 400 business owners or managers about such issues as public safety, cost of living and health care.

Stewart Kaplow of MPG Associates said the survey results will be released in September.

Car seat safety checks planned this week at YMCA

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Maryland Kids in Safety Seats will conduct a car safety seat check at two free events at the Towson YMCA, 600 W. Chesapeake Ave., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today and Thursday.

The checks will assess if children are riding properly in car seats suitable to their size and weight. Parents will be instructed on how to correctly use car seats, which are required in Maryland for children who are younger than 4 and weigh less than 40 pounds.

City police yesterday were investigating an incident Sunday in which a male juvenile playing in the 6300 block of Boston St. found a World War II-era hand grenade.

Police said the grenade's pin had been removed but that rust in the firing mechanism prevented it from exploding. They said it would have exploded if handled roughly.

The juvenile took the grenade to his Cavendish Way home, where a family member called police. The grenade was detonated by the police bomb squad.

California police officer to aid local blood drive

A California police officer, who is making a cross-country trip by bicycle, will be in Baltimore today, encouraging fellow officers to donate during the "Life Across America" blood drive by the Red Cross.

Larry Frederick, an Oakland officer who survived a near fatal accident, was the recipient of 110 pints of donated blood. To show his gratitude, he began a cross-country trek June 1, visiting Red Cross blood drives in several cities. The trip ends tomorrow in Washington.

The city blood drive is being held from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Fraternal Order of Police's Baltimore City Lodge No. 3, 3920 Buena Vista Ave.

Pub Date: 7/30/96

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