Sixteen properties -- including part of the old...


July 03, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- Sixteen properties -- including part of the old Catonsville Middle School on Bloomsbury Avenue -- are expected to be placed on the county's Historic Landmarks list by the County Council at its meeting Monday night.

The 16 would join 139 properties on the list, protecting them from external alterations or demolition. The Catonsville building, which dates to 1924, has been the center of a dispute between local preservationists and the county.

Worker seriously injured in scaffolding collapse


DUNDALK -- A scaffolding collapse at Dundalk Middle School yesterday morning seriously injured one construction worker.

Eric Shields, 27, was one of two men working on scaffolding at the school when the mechanism that attaches the scaffolding to the side of the building sprang loose, said Baltimore County Fire Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard. Both men were wearing harnesses, and Shields stayed attached to the scaffolding as it fell to the ground.

Shields, whose address was not available, was employed by MBS Contracting, according to school officials. He was listed in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Jewish center nears end of lobby renovation


OWINGS MILLS -- Workers are applying the finishing touches to a refurbished lobby at the Jewish Community Center's Owings Mills facility, as the organization passes the midpoint in its effort to raise $12 million to renovate its two Baltimore-area campuses.

The renovated lobby at the Owings Mills facility -- enlarged, and adorned with glass panels inscribed with Jewish sayings -- is to be completed within the next week, JCC officials said. It is the first in a series of planned projects that include new cafes, lounges, fitness centers and classrooms at the organization's Owings Mills and Park Heights facilities.

More than $6 million has been raised since the capital campaign's start late last year, JCC officials said.

Genesis Jobs Inc., a nonprofit employment network charging no fees, helped 350 people get entry-level, nonprofessional jobs in the year ending June 30, an 8 percent increase over the previous year, the agency said.

Emily Thayer, executive director, said 75 percent of jobs were full time and 71 percent were permanent. The newly employed were factory workers, nurse assistants, parking lot attendants, receptionists and restaurant kitchen helpers.

Working from offices in central and East Baltimore, the agency has helped 3,000 screened, qualified applicants find work in the past 13 years. Information: 410-235-0231.

Pub Date: 7/03/98


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