County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger told...

TOWSON --

January 15, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger told the planning board this week to recommend projects for presentation to the voters in November totaling no more than $187 million in the fiscal year 2000 and 2001 budgets.

That would be $50 million higher than the 1996 bond referendum but lower than the $200 million voters were asked to approve in 1990.

If he is re-elected, Ruppersberger told the board, he plans to ask for up to $204 million in the 2000 election and $200 million in the 2002 referendum to continue his program of rebuilding older neighborhood schools, streets, alleys and parklands.

Councilmen question plans for up to 8 athletic fields

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Despite support from community groups and from the Ruppersberger administration, several county councilmen are questioning plans to put up to eight athletic fields on part of the 86-acre tract near Dulaney Valley Road that was to have been a commercial golf academy.

The $1.4 million county purchase is scheduled for a council vote Tuesday and is likely to pass. But at a work session this week, members questioned whether neighbors will see less traffic from athletic fields than they would have from the golf project.

Douglas B. Riley, a Towson Republican who wants more recreation land in his district, wondered if the county is surveying all land near reservoirs. Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall Democrat, said such land shouldn't be developed for golf or playing fields.

Council expected to OK pact for beautification project

ARBUTUS

ARBUTUS -- With Catonsville's $2.1 million street beautification project to start in March, can smaller Arbutus be far behind?

On Tuesday night, the County Council is expected to approve a $127,000 engineering contract with Whitney, Bailey, Cox and Magnani for the planned $750,000 beautification of the Arbutus business district.

The firm is to design the plan for the improvements, which are to begin in March 1999, and be completed by October.

A handyman was charged with first-degree murder last night in the fatal beating of 56-year-old Evelyn Krebs, whose body was found Tuesday in her home in the 3000 block of E. Monument St. in East Baltimore, police said.

Detective Oscar Requer said James Connell "Speedy" Robinson, of the 2800 block of Orleans St., who had done work for the victim, was taken into custody for questioning near his home yesterday afternoon and later charged with killing and robbing Krebs. Krebs' body was found by her daughter about 7 p.m., lying face down in the living room of her first-floor apartment.

Requer said robbery was the motive and that property belonging to the woman was found on Robinson when he was arrested.

DiPietro ice rink holding hockey clinic for boys

The Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro Family Skating Center in Patterson Park is offering a hockey clinic for boys ages 5 to 17 on Saturdays through Feb. 28.

The clinic will teach basic ice hockey techniques and skills and will be held at the outdoor rink at 200 S. Linwood Ave. from noon to 2 p.m. Registration is required. The fee is $5 per session.

Information: Bob Wall, 410- 396-9392.

Two collegians to receive national Title One awards

Two city public school graduates will receive national awards Jan. 25 in San Antonio for participating in Baltimore's Title One program and using the experience to lead productive lives.

Carolon Smith, a senior at Loyola College in Baltimore, and Alexis Washington, a sophomore at Xavier University in Cincinnati, will receive Title One Distinguished Graduate Project Awards in ceremonies at San Antonio Convention Center.

Title One provides federal funding for educational services to disadvantaged students.

Body of woman found in Wyman Park stream

The body of a woman found in Wyman Park yesterday was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and possible identification, police said.

Detective Kathy Kline said that about 4 p.m., a man walking near a stream in the park off the 3400 block of Beech Ave., not far from the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, saw the body lying in the water. Kline declined to provide further details.

Pub Date: 1/15/98

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