County hearing officer this week approved...


December 24, 1997|By From staff reports

CATONSVILLE -- A county hearing officer this week approved plans for a 27-house subdivision off Meridale Road, despite community concerns about road access.

Residents grew alarmed last summer when they saw drawings showing a widening of Meridale Road that would have encroached on their properties. County officials said only the developer's side of the road would be widened, but residents said the improvements would not be enough.

The hearing officer ruled that widening one side of the road would be enough and said the developer may proceed with permit applications. But he said Evergreen Homes must eliminate one lot to spare three sycamore trees and allow a storm water management pond to be moved away from a children's playground.

Fire disrupts traffic at York and Padonia roads


TIMONIUM -- A burning power pole closed a short stretch of York Road for about two hours yesterday, police and fire officials said. No one was injured.

The pole, at York and Padonia roads, caught fire shortly before 1 p.m., when a line broke away from its insulation and fell onto the pole's wooden crossbar, said Peggy Mulloy, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman.

About 25 homes lost electricity for an hour while the pole was temporarily repaired, Mulloy said. A more comprehensive repair is planned after the holidays, she said.

Northwest recycling center will be closed Saturday


RANDALLSTOWN -- Northwest Area Recycling Center will be closed Saturday for the holiday and will reopen Dec. 31.

The center, at 8737B Liberty Road, accepts glass jars, bottles, narrow-neck plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum and steel cans and paper. It is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The body of a 17-year-old youth was found yesterday by his cousin near a ball field in Northwest Baltimore. Police ruled the death suspicious.

Detective Chris Bieling of the homicide division said the cousin was walking across the field near the 3600 block of Woodland Ave. in Pimlico about 4: 30 p.m. when he spotted the body in shrubbery and tangled weeds. The victim's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Bieling said the victim appeared to have been dead at least 24 hours and had an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Hands on Baltimore holding orientation for volunteers

Hands on Baltimore, a nonprofit group that matches the schedules of volunteers with needs of agencies, will conduct four orientations for new volunteers next month.

The 45-minute orientations at the agency's office at 312 N. Charles St. will be at 6: 15 p.m. Jan. 6, Jan. 21 and Jan. 26 and 11 a.m. Jan. 10. Any new volunteers using HOB must attend one of the sessions.

Volunteers bake for homebound AIDS residents, renovate houses, serve dinner to the homeless, read to children at homeless shelters, tutor children and do other tasks in the metro area. Information: Ken Coulson, 410-547-8810.

Goldseker foundation awards $3 million in grants this year

The Morris Goldseker Foundation of Maryland Inc. awarded almost $3 million in 1997 grants to 40 nonprofit groups in the Baltimore area, the philanthropy has announced.

Timothy D. Armbruster, foundation president, said the grants included $100,000 for development of the Mount Vernon Cultural District; a three-year $100,000 award to the Charles Village Community Benefits District; and $152,600 to a revitalization plan of the Greater Homewood Renaissance.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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