Calling a county public works decision...

OWINGS MILLS --

March 26, 1997|By From staff reports

OWINGS MILLS -- Calling a county public works decision "arbitrary" and "capricious," the Board of Appeals has decided it would be wrong to force Stuart and Mindy Trippe's new Avery Hill Drive home off public water and sewer lines after first giving the couple permission to hook up.

The home was less than 100 feet from the end of the public utility lines when the Trippes asked to hook up because their well was barely adequate and produced water with high levels of nitrates and nitrites. They spent $3,000 to hook up, but the county reversed its decision, worried about setting a precedent for homes beyond the legal public utility area.

The board said forcing the Trippes to go back to well water and a septic system would have a "negative impact on the health hTC and welfare of the residents."

Two county schools win in car-building contest

WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON -- Two county schools took the top two prizes in Chrysler Corp.'s "Build Your Dream Car" contest yesterday at the Smithsonian Institution.

Perry Hall High School's Team Aquarius won first place and $3,000 for its computer-controlled, fly-wheel-driven minivan. Eastern Technical High School's Team Retro took second place and $2,000 for a vehicle that combined elements of a sports car and a sport untility vehicle.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda was third and won $1,000. Two other teams from Eastern and two from Loch Raven High School also competed.

Poet Mary Carter Smith to read works April 16

ESSEX

ESSEX -- Poet Mary Carter Smith will offer a poetry reading and discussion April 16 during a spring literary session at Essex Community College.

Smith, a 1942 graduate of the old Coppin Teachers College, served as a teacher and librarian in the Baltimore City school system from 1942 until 1973. Her likeness is in the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore.

The 12: 20 p.m. event is free and will be in the Humanities and Arts building. Information: 780-6316.

Baltimore police and the FBI are seeking a man who robbed Provident Bank of Maryland in the 2900 block of O'Donnell St. about noon Monday.

The suspect was described as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, about 6 feet 2 with a heavy build. He wore a dark hard hat over a black watch cap, white shirt, white and blue Perry Ellis "America" windbreaker, reflector sunglasses, a hoop earring in his left ear and a blue and white key around his neck.

Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Anyone with information should call the city robbery squad at 396-2636 or the FBI at 265-8080.

HomeCorps to provide hygiene kits to homeless

Members of HomeCorps, which is affiliated with Action for the Homeless, will distribute more than 300 pairs of socks and personal hygiene kits to homeless people tomorrow at Cathedral and Saratoga streets, part of the route of the Baltimore City Shelter Bus.

The hygiene kits -- soap, toothpaste and other items -- were collected and assembled by students at Loch Raven High School as part of the Action for the Homeless Adopt-A-Shelter program.

Baltimore symphony group is seeking volunteers

Baltimore Symphony Associates is seeking new members for the volunteer organization of nearly 600 men and women who promote the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The BSA contributes to projects that entertain and educate more than 100,000 children a year. Information: 783-8023.

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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