County Circuit Judge Lawrence R. Daniels has...

TOWSON --

August 28, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- County Circuit Judge Lawrence R. Daniels has dismissed a $2 million lawsuit against a homeowners association stemming from a dispute over trees in an exclusive Green Spring Valley neighborhood.

The suit was filed by homeowners Dr. Onkar and Shakuntala Singh in 1997 after they won another suit against their neighbor, Mary L. Bowman, who was ordered to cut down 200 trees in her back yard that blocked the Singhs' view.

The Singhs accused the Homeowners of Greenspring Ltd., which represents the 54-home development, of failing to enforce neighborhood covenants by not ordering Bowman to cut down her trees. In his order, signed Wednesday, Daniels said the community association's covenants give it legal immunity from lawsuits.

Human relations panel seeks nominees for awards

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Residents or institutions that have worked for civil rights are being sought by the county Human Relations Commission as nominees for two awards to be given at the agency's 35th annual banquet Oct. 14 at the Holiday Inn, Timonium.

The Human Relations Chairperson's Award will be given to an institution, business or industry that has developed an effective equal opportunity program for employees and worked to benefit the county as a whole.

The Hannah Lindsey Award will go to an individual, organization or agency with a lifelong commitment to raising public awareness of civil rights. To make a nomination, call the commission at 410-887-5917 before the end of business Sept. 11.

Franklin High ceremony set for school's addition

REISTERSTOWN

REISTERSTOWN -- The county public schools will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. today for a $10 million addition to Franklin High School.

The two-story, 54,000-square-foot addition will have 21 general classrooms; two chemistry laboratories; two computer rooms; an art studio; a large, contemporary library; a physical education facility; and several administrative offices. It will provide enough space for 600 students.

The high school is at 12000 Reisterstown Road.

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum at 844 E. Pratt St. will break ground for an archaeological dig Sept. 8 to look for evidence of the original beehive oven in the home's kitchen.

The Flag House was the home of Mary Pickersgill, who made the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The dig, from Sept. 10-19, will be conducted by the Baltimore Center for Urban Archaeology at the University of Baltimore. To volunteer, call 410-837-1793.

Library schedules editor to give Mencken Day lecture

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will celebrate Mencken Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the library in the 400 block of Cathedral St.

Les Payne, assistant managing editor for national, science and international news at Newsday and a columnist for the Los Angeles Times syndicate, will deliver the Mencken Memorial Lecture at 3 p.m.

Payne was part of a team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for a series titled "The Heroin Trail." Admission is free.

Residents, landscapers to spruce up ABC Park

Employees of Ruppert Landscape Co. in White Marsh will join neighborhood residents in cleaning up ABC Park, 2311 Ashton St. in Southwest Baltimore, from 7 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. today.

The project is part of the city's Hot Spots/Comprehensive Communities Program, which seeks to reclaim public spaces from drug dealers and vandals.

E. Baltimore man shot fatally near his home

An East Baltimore man, who told his girlfriend he was going out for a few minutes, was fatally shot near his home last night, police said.

Det. Donald Steinhice said Gerald McFall, 42, of the 1600 block of N. Regester St. left home about 6: 50 p.m. and was in the 1500 block of N. Regester when a gunman shot him at least twice in the chest. Steinhice said McFall died at 7: 20 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Shortly after the shooting, police arrested a suspect in the 1500 block of Rutland Ave. and, in a nearby back yard, recovered a revolver believed used in the shooting.

Pub Date: 8/28/98

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