The sinkhole that swallowed the busy downtown Franklin...

City/County Digest

November 27, 1997|By From staff reports

WHITE MARSH — The sinkhole that swallowed the busy downtown Franklin Street-Park Avenue intersection this month has been repaired, and Franklin Street will be reopened to traffic at 6 a.m. today, George G. Balog, public works director, said yesterday.

Traffic was rerouted around the Franklin Street corridor for nearly three weeks as municipal agencies, private contractors and Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers dealt with the aftermath of the Nov. 8 collapse and subsequent explosion caused by a ruptured gas line that left a hole roughly 30 feet deep.

Park Avenue will be reopened to traffic at 6 a.m. Saturday, Balog said.

Civil rights activist to give Gilman's Mountcastle lecture

Constance Curry, award-winning writer and civil rights activist, will deliver Gilman School's 1997 George E. P. Mountcastle Lecture at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Alumni Auditorium on campus at 5407 Roland Ave.

In 1995, Curry wrote "Silver Rights," the true story of Mississippi sharecroppers whose children desegregated the white school system in 1965. She is writing a book on Mississippi civil rights leader Aaron Henry.

Curry lives in Atlanta, where she was the city's human services director from 1975 to 1990.

Red Cross is offering crime avoidance program

A Red Cross crime avoidance program will be demonstrated in a free program and lunch from 11: 45 a.m. to 1: 45 p.m. Wednesday at Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St.

Crime prevention consultant J. J. Bittenbinder, a former Chicago police detective, will describe his program "Tough Target," on which the two-hour Red Cross course is based.

The Central Maryland Chapter of the Red Cross is offering the course to companies at $15 a person with a minimum of 12 people in a class. Those interested in attending should call Jamie Watts at 410-318-6271. For information on the crime avoidance program, call 800-787-8002.

WHITE MARSH -- After renting for 11 years, the county is

moving to buy the White Marsh library building from Nottingham Village Inc. for $1.4 million.

The 15,000-square-foot library at 8133 Sandpiper Circle was built privately and leased by the county for $259,000 a year as a way to get a new library building without having to pay for it all at once. The lease allows a purchase option now, if the County Council approves as expected Monday night.

If the purchase is not approved, the county would be required to pay $2.6 million in rent over 10 more years before the next opportunity to buy the building.

Motorcycle clubs to give toys to Salvation Army project


WOODLAWN -- About 100 members of local Harley Owners Group chapters will be riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Security Square Mall tomorrow as they donate toys to the Salvation Army's Project Angel Tree.

The parade of motorcycles will begin on the Beltway about 11 a.m., and arrive at the mall about noon. The motorcycle club members will escort Santa Claus.

Security Square is an official collection point for the Salvation Army project, which will supply new toys and clothing to area residents in need. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 14.

Essex college students win honors at radiology meeting


ESSEX -- Students from Essex Community College swept top honors for their entries in a competition at the annual meeting of the Maryland Society of Radiological Technologies.

Susan Hall and Anne O'Shea took first place, Chris Devlin and Tim Ferrese were second-place finishers and Maxine Durham and Jaime Sturgill were third.

The winners participate in the school's radiography program in a partnership with Franklin Square Hospital Center.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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