A planning effort to revitalize Eastern Avenue, from Fells...

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 01, 1997

TOWSON — A planning effort to revitalize Eastern Avenue, from Fells Point to the Baltimore County line, will begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow with a public meeting at Our Lady of Pompei Church, 210 S. Conkling St. in Highlandtown.

Highlandtown is the centerpiece of the commercial and residential revitalization efforts. But those efforts will also target Broadway, from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions to Fells Point, and Bayview/Greektown, close to the county border.

The public may offer suggestions at the session -- the first meeting of the Eastern Avenue Partnership Congress, which is sponsored by the nonprofit Southeast Development Inc. Information: 410-342-3234.

Store temporarily evacuated because of noxious fumes

Pepper spray appeared to have been responsible for noxious fumes that prompted a temporary evacuation yesterday of a CVS store in South Baltimore, according to the city Fire Department.

The store, at the southwest corner of Charles and Hamburg streets, was closed for nearly an hour while firemen ventilated it after employees began coughing and complained of scratchy or burning throats. The store reopened for business later in the afternoon.

A Fire Department spokesman said no one required hospital treatment.

Fire Department opens Holiday Train Garden

The city Fire Department opened its annual Holiday Train Garden over the weekend at the fire station at 2700 Glen Ave.

The exhibit -- a tradition for 41 years -- includes miniature scenes of ice skating, firefighting and a waterfall. A scene from "The Wizard of Oz" movie will also be on display this year.

The train garden occupies nearly half the station and is expected to attract more than 10,000 people. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Jan. 4. Information: 410-396-0171.

TOWSON -- A nonexclusive, 15-year franchise agreement for cable television services from Comcast Cablevision is expected to win easy approval tonight from the County Council.

The new deal gives Comcast assurance of a stable market, which will help the nation's fourth-largest cable company go forward with its $100 million conversion to fiber-optic cable.

In return, the county will get 5 percent of any company revenues from the new wiring, even if the company devises new uses other than television signal delivery. The local government gets about $4.3 million per year now from Comcast, which has about 200,000 cable customers in the county.

Education expert to speak to school teams today

WOODLAWN

WOODLAWN -- Willard R. Daggett, president of the International Center for Leadership in Education, will speak to more than 800 county educators at an all-day conference today at Martin's West.

Daggett -- described by school officials as an internationally recognized authority on trends and methods for educational change" -- will discuss academic standards, preparation of students for a technological society and the changing American workplace.

Each Baltimore County school is expected to send a team of participants that will include the principal, teachers, parents and community members.

'Fantasy of Lights' adds heated tent for music show

EDGEMERE

EDGEMERE -- Hoping to rebound from last year's plunge in attendance, officials running the third holiday light show at Fort Howard Park have added a heated tent for musical programs.

"Fantasy of Lights," whose organizers reported losing money and saw attendance drop by 40 percent last year, is intended to raise money for the park. Admission is $10 a vehicle.

"Fantasy" hours are 5: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For information -- including group ticket sales, entertainment times and directions to the park off North Point Road -- call 410-887-3780.

Tree-lighting ceremony set for 6 p.m. today in Towson

TOWSON

TOWSON -- The county seat's tree-lighting ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. today in the courthouse plaza behind the old courthouse on Washington Avenue.

Festivities will include refreshments, music by Towson High School brass choir and a visit from Santa Claus. Free parking is available in the Washington Avenue garage after 5: 30 p.m. Rain date is tomorrow.

Information: 410-825-1144.

Pub Date: 12/01/97

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