The Baltimore League of Women Voters supports a proposal...


November 23, 1998|By From staff reports

COCKEYSVILLE — The Baltimore League of Women Voters supports a proposal to push back the city's mayoral race to make it coincide with presidential elections beginning in 2004.

The group has submitted its backing to a bill proposed by Northeast Councilman Robert Curran. The move would save the city more than $1 million and double voter turnout in municipal elections, the league said.

The timing of the next municipal elections -- next year -- would not be affected by the proposal.

Body of unidentified man found in Inner Harbor

The body of an unidentified man was found floating in the Inner Harbor off Pier 5 near East Pratt Street yesterday, police said.

Detective Joe Dugan said a boater spotted the body floating under the promenade near a waterfront restaurant about 2: 30 p.m. and Fire Department divers recovered it in about 15 feet of water. Dugan said the man was carrying several addresses but no identification.

Dugan said the man was wearing several layers of clothing and might have been homeless. He said the man had a bottle of medication that was filled Saturday. An autopsy was pending, he said.

Schmoke will attend library open house Dec. 3

The renovated Cherry Hill library will hold an open house Dec. 3 in the town center at 606 Cherry Hill Road. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will attend.

The library, which was repaired after a March 1996 fire, has an expanded book, audio and video collection and eight computers with Internet capability.

Because of computer problems, the computer network at the library will not be operational until Dec. 6 at the earliest, said Judy Cooper, spokeswoman for Baltimore public libraries.

Division of Vital Records relocates to new office

The state Division of Vital Records moved its office over the weekend to a location one block from its old site in Northwest Baltimore.

The division -- an agency of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene -- issues copies of birth, death and marriage certificates. It has an average of 9,660 walk-in customers a month.

It moved from a building on Patterson Avenue to the mall area of neighboring Reisterstown Road Plaza. A spokeswoman said the new site provides better access for the public, has more parking, and -- like the former office -- is convenient to the Metro subway system.

COCKEYSVILLE -- More than 700 people took part in weekend Jingle Bell 5K events in Cockeysville and Columbia to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, including a large group from a Carroll County elementary school that raised $3,300.

The races at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville on Saturday and Columbia's Centennial Park yesterday raised more than $25,000, according to Marilynn Kinstler, development director for the foundation's Maryland chapter.

She noted in particular the participation at Oregon Ridge by the 82-member "team" from Robert Moton Elementary, most of them fifth-graders. The group was organized by teacher Brent Whalen, who was leading Moton's effort in the fund-raiser for the sixth year, Kinstler said.

Ministerial alliance to hold Thanksgiving Day service


TOWSON -- The more than 20 congregations that make up Towson Area Ministerial Alliance will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with worship at 9 a.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary African Methodist Episcopal Church, 300 Eudowood Lane.

Information: Mount Calvary at 410-296-9474 or Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church, 410- 377-5137.

Pub Date: 11/23/98

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