Visitors to Maryland Science Center will get a fresh look...

City/County Digest

September 01, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — Visitors to Maryland Science Center will get a fresh look at the sun, the moon and the planets beginning Thursday as the newly refurbished Crosby Ramsey Memorial Observatory reopens to the public.

The first in a series of "Stargazing Thursdays" will begin at 7: 30 p.m. Weather permitting, the public will see live celestial images relayed from the 1927 Alvan Clark & Sons rooftop telescope to the Davis Planetarium.

The observatory has been restored after 10 years in disrepair thanks to a $100,000 gift from Monica and Richard Coleman. Information on viewing conditions: 410-545-2999 after 5 p.m. Thursdays.

UM minister to seek NAACP chapter presidency

A Baltimore minister announced plans yesterday to run this fall for the presidency of the city chapter of the Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Medgar L. Reid, 33, a staff chaplain with University of Maryland Medical System, said that if elected in November he will focus on reinvigorating the membership. He is the first candidate to file for the election.

The president's spot became vacant in July when Rodney A. Orange stepped down after five years to run for the Maryland House of Delegates.

TOWSON -- In an effort to accommodate disabled visitors to the county seat, 13 on-street spaces near the county courts and office buildings will be available for two hours of free parking, starting today. The spots are being converted from all-day parking to allow more turnover.

While the change decreases the number of on-street disabled spaces from 21, county officials expect the time limit to enable more people to use the designated spots. Violators will face a $34 ticket. An additional nine spaces will be limited to 30 minutes of metered parking to increase parking near county offices.

Library's phone help line should be repaired today


TOWSON -- The county library's Shelf Help telephone service has been out of service since Thursday because of a computer malfunction, library spokesman Robert Hughes says, but should be fixed sometime today.

The service allows patrons to renew borrowed books, check what materials borrowed under their name are due and check on reserved materials over the phone. With the system down, patrons must visit branches to renew a book.

Bar making renovations fined for not having permits


EDGEMERE -- The owner of the Cocktails and Dreams bar in the 2100 block of Sparrows Point Road was fined $150 by the county liquor board yesterday for embarking on major renovations in May and June without proper permits and after telling the board the work was minor.

Jerome Sapperstein, the licensee, had no use and occupancy permit and lacked several other county permits, board members were told. Under county law, licensees are required to get the board's approval before any major alterations are done.

Pub Date: 9/01/98

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