Moving to treat political signs the same as...


September 09, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- Moving to treat political signs the same as commercial signs, the Baltimore County Council unanimously approved new laws last night.

Fearing that current law is unconstitutional, the council decided to regulate signs by size according to where they are placed, regardless of their purpose. Previously, political signs were banned on private property until 30 days before the election, a provision a federal judge indicated was probably unconstitutional.

Under the new law, temporary signs can be no larger than 50 square feet and no more than 15 feet high in commercial areas, and no larger than eight square feet and eight feet high in residential areas. The law also requires political signs to be removed seven days after an election.

Boulevard extension opens with parade


OWINGS MILLS -- An old-fashioned parade -- with protesters among the spectators -- marked the opening yesterday of Red Run Boulevard north for three miles along Interstate 795, paving the way for development of 4 million square feet of industrial and office space.

County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger sat in a wheelchair for his first public appearance since his foot surgery last month, and Gov. Parris N. Glendening joined him for the 10 a.m. ceremonies, with other county and state officials.

Mark Seals, 31, of Lyonswood, led a group of 12 sign-carrying protesters who lobbied silently against the long-planned extension of nearby Owings Mills Boulevard southward to Liberty Road through their development.

State senator's staffers vexed at rash of sign thefts


TOWSON -- Like many political workers, staffers for state Sen. F. Vernon Boozer, a Towson attorney running for re-election in FTC the 9th District, have been busy replacing stolen or damaged campaign signs as Tuesday's primary looms.

But the final straw was the theft last week of a 2-by-8-foot, red placard in front of Boozer's law office on the corner of Bosley Avenue and Joppa Road. Instead of erecting another sign, a law clerk painted a hard-to-miss message in black on the remaining plywood: "Another Boozer sign stolen by ???"

"You can't accuse anyone. You don't know who it is," said Nancy F. Keeny, Boozer's administrative assistant, who estimates that about 60 signs of various sizes valued about $1,400 have disap- peared in recent weeks.

Health center to open with ribbon-cutting today


ESSEX -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the comprehensive health center at Deep Creek Middle School will be held this morning.

The center will serve students at Deep Creek Middle and Sandalwood Elementary, and will have an on-call doctor, a pediatric nurse practitioner and a health aide. Helix/Medlantic Healthcare Group will provide the physicians and support services. NationsBank donated money for the purchase of equipment and the renovation of space at the school.

The Baltimore County Health Department and the school system have part-time health centers in 12 schools, with Helix/Medlantic staff working one to 2 1/2 days a week to diagnose problems, follow up on chronic conditions and assist the school nurse.

Twenty people, including a juvenile and five females, were arrested during an anti-drug operation yesterday in the Midway neighborhood in East Baltimore, police said.

Beginning about 9 a.m., about 100 officers armed with 16 search warrants raided several houses and six street corners that are open-air drug markets, said Lt. Glenn Williams of the Eastern District. The operation ended about 2: 30 p.m.

Police seized about $2,500 worth of drugs -- cocaine, marijuana and heroin -- a sawed-off shotgun and two handguns. Those arrested were charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs or possession. All except the juvenile were being held at the Central Booking and Intake Facility.

Mercy High School seeking scholarship nominees

Mercy High School, 1300 E. Northern Parkway, is seeking nominees for full and partial academic scholarships for the freshmen class of September 1999.

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic records, performance on an admissions test, elementary school recommendations and personal interviews. Nominations are due in November.

Interested students should call Mercy after Oct. 1 at 410-433-8880.

Groundbreaking set today for Northern District station

The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $5.4 million Northern District police station at 2 p.m. today. The facility will be built on city-owned land in the 2200 block of W. Cold Spring Lane and will replace the station at Keswick Road and 34th Street. Information: 410- 396-2012.

Pub Date: 9/09/98

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