TOWSON — The Archdiocese of Baltimore has named a former Loyola College administrator as temporary head of six city Roman Catholic schools involved in a restructuring that will give them common management but separate principals.
J. Paul Melanson will serve for one year as provost of the corporate board of the Catholic Academy under the Southeast Baltimore Catholic School Project. Melanson, who retired in 1994 after 24 years at Loyola, will oversee finances, fund raising, facilities and marketing.
The schools are: Bishop John Neumann, St. Elizabeth, Our Lady of Fatima and Bishop Kolbe elementaries and Our Lady of Pompeii elementary and high school.
Schmoke won't get involved in dispute over parking
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke told residents of Mount Washington yesterday that he will not interfere in a dispute between the North Baltimore neighborhood and insurance giant USF&G Corp. over use of a 71-space parking lot.
The neighborhood has been unsuccessful in pressuring USF&G to allow patrons of nearby commercial businesses to park in the lot.
USF&G, which moved its headquarters from downtown to the neighborhood, has threatened to move out of the city if residents persist in their effort to park in the lot. Residents have countered that they will oppose the insurer's plans to add 91,000 square feet of office space in two locations and 56 more parking spaces.
Burning cross investigated at city recreation field
Police arson detectives are investigating an incident in which an 8-foot wooden cross was burned Monday night near a baseball field at Wyman Park Recreation Center in Remington in North Baltimore.
An off-duty police officer spotted the cross on fire inside a steel drum at 9: 55 p.m. near the field in the 500 block of W. 30th St. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Investigators view the incident as a malicious burning, but not necessarily racially motivated. "I haven't seen a cross-burning in Baltimore City in my 25 years on the force," said Sgt. Richard James of the police arson unit.
TOWSON -- Zoning approval for a proposed 92-bed assisted-living home on 2.7 acres along the east side of North Charles Street north of Bellona Avenue has been granted by Zoning Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt.
The June 9 opinion dismissed the traffic congestion fears of some residents as unjustified because access to the facility would be from Charles Street, which handles 30,000 vehicles per day.
Schmidt also said that because the three-story building will be next to a convent of School Sisters of Notre Dame, which once owned the entire property, it is compatible with surrounding uses.
Former cigar shop manager is charged with theft
OWINGS MILLS -- The former manager of Fader's Tobacconist in Owings Mills has been charged with stealing more than $148,000 in cigars, tobacco products and cash from the shop, Maryland State Police said yesterday.
Alfonsas S. Armalis, 48, whose address was not released by police, was arrested yesterday after an investigation into theft at the shop in the Valley Village shopping center on Reisterstown Road. Armalis was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond.
Police said Armalis scheduled a vacation at the end of February and never returned to work. They allege that he took cash, discounted cigars, sold merchandise outside the store and privately wholesaled exclusive cigars while manager at Fader's.
Former delegate named to Board of Appeals
TOWSON -- Former state Del. Donna M. Felling was appointed to the county Board of Appeals by a unanimous vote of the County Council Monday night after her nomination by council Chairman Joseph Bartenfelder, a Fullerton Democrat.
The one-term delegate from Parkville won a General Assembly seat in 1986 but lost a re-election bid four years later. In 1994, she ran in the Democratic primary against incumbent state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, a Perry Hall Democrat, but lost.
She will be one of seven part-time members of the board, which hears appeals of government administrative decisions. She replaces departing Chairman Robert O. Schuetz, whose term expires April 30, 1999. Kristine Howanski is the new chairwoman.
Pub Date: 6/18/97