Thirty-four rookie police officers will graduate...


February 12, 1997|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- Thirty-four rookie police officers will graduate from the county police academy tomorrow night.

The ceremony, scheduled for 7: 30 p.m. at Loch Raven High School, marks the end of 33 weeks of training at the academy in Dundalk. Monday, the officers will begin seven weeks of additional training with a field training officer.

County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger will present the officers with their diplomas and David R. Knowlton, an FBI special agent in charge of the Baltimore FBI division, will be the keynote speaker.

Hampton mansion to hold children's activities Feb. 23


TOWSON -- Children can enjoy old-fashioned games and activities at "No Snowballs in the Hall" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, off Dulaney Valley Road.

Children and adults also can tour the 18th-century mansion, former home of seven generations of the Ridgely family. The afternoon event is named after an entry found in a diary of one of the Ridgely children about a snowball fight in the great hall.

No fee will be charged, but registration is requested. Information: 832-1812.

Library event to honor African-American music


RANDALLSTOWN -- In a Black History Month event, Randallstown Library will feature a tribute to African-American music from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Feb. 20.

Music from pre-Revolutionary War days to 20th-century jazz and blues will be presented by local musicians, students and church choirs. Free tickets to the event at the library, 8604 Liberty Road, may be reserved by calling 887-0771, starting tomorrow.

Parents protest tabling of school expansion


TOWSON -- Irate parents from Cedarmere Elementary School assailed officials at a school board meeting last night for tabling a proposal to add sixth through eighth grades at the school.

After months of study, Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione said the project had been put on hold because the system doesn't have the money for the conversion at Cedarmere, which now includes kindergarten through fifth grade. Such an expansion would relieve severe crowding at Deer Park Middle School.

For months, Cedarmere parents have lobbied for adding the three grades because they want their children back in their neighborhood after a redistricting seven years ago that sent them to Deer Park Middle from Franklin Middle.

The city will spend $1.77 million to refurbish six pedestrian bridges, or skywalks, in the Inner Harbor area and outfit them with brighter lights.

The skywalks to be renovated are on Light Street, from Harborplace to the Hyatt Hotel, from Harborplace to the McKeldin Foundation, and from the McKeldin Foundation to the Hyatt; on Charles Street, from the Bell Atlantic building to the Convention Center.

Also on Pratt Street, from the Convention Center to NationsBank, and from the Inner Harbor Center parking garage to the aquarium. The work should be completed in May.

Man, 23, found dead in Edgecombe Circle home

Police yesterday were investigating the fatal shooting of a man whose body was discovered about 10: 20 p.m. Monday in his North Baltimore apartment.

Officers responding to a report of gunfire found Brandon Witherspoon, 23, who was shot several times, lying on the living room floor of his basement unit in the 2800 block of Edgecombe Circle North. Detectives said the door to his apartment was open and police found no sign of forced entry.

UM School of Law offers free tax preparation, advice

The University of Maryland School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore St., is offering free tax preparation and advice for people with annual incomes of less than $28,500 today through April 15.

Help is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays in Room 200 of the law school. Anyone eligible should bring all W-2 and 1099 forms, Social Security numbers (including those of dependents), child-care provider information, last year's tax return and other pertinent tax information.

Information: 706-3295.

Pub Date: 2/12/97

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