Baltimore will receive $2 million for scholarships for...

City/County Digest

November 03, 1998|By From staff reports

OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore will receive $2 million for scholarships for low-income students.

The national Children's Scholarship Fund is providing $1 million and a $1 million matching grant will be supplied by the Morris Goldseker Foundation of Maryland, Legg Mason, the Jonan Foundation of John Erickson, the Abell Foundation and the France-Merrick Foundations.

The scholarships, ranging from $600 to $1,600 depending on a family's income level, are intended to expand the educational opportunities of low-income students. Information: 800-805-KIDS.

IRS employees to answer tax-related questions

Internal Revenue Service employees will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Fallon Federal Building at 31 Hopkins Plaza to answer taxpayer questions and resolve tax-related problems.

Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment should call 410-962-9337. Those who do not have an appointment will be accommodated. Taxpayers should bring relevant documents or correspondence with them.

Information is available year-round at 800-829-1040.

OWINGS MILLS -- Children playing with matches in an apartment building started a fire last night that left at least 30 residents homeless, said a Fire Department spokesman. There were no injuries.

Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard said the fire broke out about 7: 45 p.m. in the children's bedroom in a second-floor unit at Sandalwood Apartments in the first block of Stonemark Court. Hubbard said the fire spread quickly to several other units in the three-story building.

Hubbard said the two-alarm fire, which caused an estimated $180,000 in damage, was declared under control about 9 p.m.

Raking into streets, gutters illegal, residents warned


TOWSON -- County public works officials warn that raking leaves into streets or gutters is illegal because they can catch fire, attract children who could be injured by passing traffic, clog storm drains and damage the Chesapeake Bay with unwanted nutrients.

Officials say the best use of leaves is home composting. If that is not possible, residents should bag leaves and set the bags out for collection.

Information about leaf disposal: Bureau of Solid Waste Management, 410-887-2000.

267th birthday of Banneker to be celebrated Sunday


OELLA -- A party to celebrate the 267th birthday of astronomer Benjamin Banneker will be held in Oella from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Banneker, known as the first African-American man of science, was honored this year when county officials dedicated Benjamin Banneker Park and Museum at Oella Avenue and Frederick Road.

The party, sponsored by Friends of Benjamin Banneker, is free and will take place at the park. Information: county planning office, 410-887-3480.

Historian to show slides of Towson in late 1950s


TOWSON -- County historian John McGrain will present a slide show of Towson in the late 1950s at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at Blake Auditorium, Blakehurst Retirement Center, 1055 W. Joppa Road.

The free program, which is open to the public, is part of Historic Towson Inc.'s annual meeting. Information: 410-832-1776.

Pub Date: 11/03/98

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