President Clinton's AIDS czar said yesterday that many...

City/County Digest

December 12, 1997|By From staff reports

TOWSON — President Clinton's AIDS czar said yesterday that many Americans wrongly believe that victory has been achieved in the battle against acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

"We cannot allow good news to breed complacency," Sandra L. Thurman told several hundred people at a conference sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The meeting was held at the Renaissance Harbor Hotel.

Expensive new drugs are beyond the reach of many in this country and millions throughout the world. In the United States, rising infection rates among women and adolescents may lead to more infected babies, she said.

Weapons traded for cash at Gun Buy Back tomorrow

Local attorney Warren A. Brown, in hopes of getting more weapons off the streets, will hold his annual Gun Buy Back from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Gallery 21 (formerly Odell's), 21 E. North Ave.

Anyone turning in handguns or sawed-off shotguns will receive $50 per weapon until the allotted $15,000 runs out. No payment will be offered for rifles, but they will be accepted.

Police officers will be present to collect the weapons, which will be destroyed.

Youths will be honored for fire-safety slogans

Fifteen youths will be honored at a luncheon today at the Baltimore City Fire Academy for their winning entries in a fire-safety slogan contest sponsored by the Fire Department, city public schools and McDonald's restaurants. The winners finished first, second and third in five categories for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The slogans will be used to promote fire safety next year. The winner of the K-1 category, David Cherry of William S. Baer School, wrote: "Fire! Fire!; It's not fun; When it gets started, call 911."

Sharay Smith of Harbor City Learning Center Annex in Northwest Baltimore, winner of the 10-12 category, wrote: "Lives are precious; Homes are too; Play with fire and it's bound to burn you."

Job center opening for social services clients

The One Stop Job Center for social services clients will open today in the 1800 block of Ashland Ave. in East Baltimore.

The center will provide information on job openings and hiring requirements; access to phones, computers and fax machines; and on-site interviews by employers.

It will be staffed by Baltimore Goodwill Industries' Division of Rehabilitation Services and counselors from the city Department of Social Services and other social service agencies.

2 men shot, one fatally during argument

A man was fatally shot and another wounded about 10: 30 p.m. yesterday during an argument with two other men outside a restaurant at the Loch Raven Plaza Shopping Center, in the 1400 block of E. Cold Spring Lane in Northeast Baltimore, police said.

Police said one of the victims staggered into the Express Food carryout and fell dead. The other victim was shot in the abdomen and was being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

TOWSON -- Praising Loch Raven-area residents for their activism, County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger promised this week to seek $2 million from the state legislature for a Loch Raven Boulevard beautification project.

For months, community and business groups have been working on a plan to improve the 1.8-mile stretch from the Beltway to south of Taylor Avenue. With the help of Neighborhood Housing Services Inc., the groups enlisted the Neighborhood Design Center and architect George N. Holback of Cho, Wilks & Benn.

The proposed design calls for brick median strips, trees, banners, new signs and walkways connecting the four shopping centers at Loch Raven and Taylor.

Holiday concert to benefit churches' assistance center

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TOWSON -- A holiday concert to benefit the Assistance Center of Towson Churches will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane.

Baltimore Chamber Chorale will present "An American Christmas" with Appalachian carols, spirituals, Colonial and modern songs and the neoromantic cantata "A Christmas Celebration."

Tickets, which may be purchased at the door, are $15 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Children younger than age 10 are admitted free. Information: 410-296-4855.

Pub Date: 12/12/97

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