The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has donated...

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 10, 1996|By From staff reports

RANDALLSTOWN — The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has donated 35,000 books to Baltimore's 16 Head Start centers.

Each of the 3,000 participating families will get six books, each center classroom will get 70 and each classroom's lending library for parents will get 44, the city Department of Housing and Community Development said.

Head Start centers serve 3- and 4-year-old children with reading and other programs. Parents are offered tutorial training and opportunities to earn high school equivalency degrees. To qualify, families must have incomes of $26,080 or less.

Zenone brother has retrial on bank robbery charges

A Baltimore man named by police as a suspect in a 1995 double slaying at Loch Raven Reservoir is being retried this week on bank robbery charges in U.S. District Court.

Michael Zenone's second trial began yesterday, authorities said. Judge Frederic N. Smalkin declared a mistrial Oct. 7 after a federal jury deadlocked on charges that Zenone, 27, helped his brother, Anthony Zenone, 30, rob Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Co. in White Marsh on April 12 and First Virginia Bank in Towson on April 26. Anthony Zenone was convicted of those crimes.

Police say the brothers are suspects in the June 15, 1995, slayings of Vernon A. Smith and Vincent B. Young, but they have not been charged.

Arundel man fatally shot in South Baltimore

A 45-year-old Anne Arundel County man was shot to death early yesterday in the 4100 block of 10th St. in South Baltimore, said Agent Robert W. Weinhold, a city police spokesman.

He said police responding to a report of a shooting about 2 a.m. found Robert Baker of the 500 block of Magothy Beach Road in Pasadena lying in the street. He had been shot in the right shoulder and face and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Schools' holiday music event will be held at Poly-Western

The city school system's Superintendent's Holiday Music Extravaganza will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday at Poly-Western Auditorium, 4600 Falls Road. Students will perform, and "Mrs. Santa" will collect donations of canned food for the needy.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Information: 396-8577.

RANDALLSTOWN -- Hernwood Elementary School's PTA executive board is strongly opposing a proposal by Baltimore County school officials to convert the school -- now serving grades kindergarten through five -- into a school for grades kindergarten through eight.

The arrangement would begin next fall and be phased in over three years to alleviate crowding at Deer Park Middle School. A similar proposal is being considered for Cedarmere Elementary School in Reisterstown.

Hernwood's PTA board says a K-8 school would transfer crowded conditions from one school to another. Parents also worry about mixing younger children with adolescents. Officials will discuss the proposal at 7 o'clock tonight at the school.

Fire destroys house; man, 86, suffers smoke inhalation

TIMONIUM

TIMONIUM -- A Timonium man was in serious condition with severe smoke inhalation after a fire destroyed his home yesterday, said Battalion Chief Mark F. Hubbard of the county Fire Department.

Hubbard said Cornelius Rassa, 86, of the 2100 block of Starmount Lane was alone when a fire of unknown cause broke out in the basement of his brick rancher shortly after 3 p.m. He said a neighbor pulled Rassa from the house through a window.

Rassa was flown by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Hubbard said.

Pub Date: 12/10/96

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