In Baltimore County
Eastern Technical principal is finalist for national honor
ESSEX -- Robert J. Kemmery Jr., principal of Eastern Technical High School and the 1999-2000 Maryland Principal of the Year, has been selected one of four finalists for National Principal of the Year.
As a finalist in the competition sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Kemmery won $10,000 for his school. The national winner will be announced in the fall.
In honor of his being selected the state winner, Kemmery is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Orioles game today.
Certified financial planner to speak at Parkville library
PARKVILLE -- The Parkville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will offer a seminar at 2 p.m. Tuesday on money management after retirement.
The seminar will feature Kenneth Pittman of American Express, a certified financial planner who will discuss such subjects as Social Security and insurance.
Free tickets are required for the event, which will be held at the library, 9509 Harford Road. Information: 410-887-5353.
National Guard to dedicate Pikesville Military Museum
PIKESVILLE -- The Maryland Army National Guard will dedicate the Pikesville Military Museum Sunday, the anniversary of D-Day.
The museum will be dedicated in honor of retired Lt. Col. Arthur L. Finner, a veteran of the Omaha Beach landing who was a member of the first field artillery unit to fire on German forces after the invasion of France.
The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Maryland Army National Guard's Pikesville Military Reservation, 610 Reisterstown Road.
In Baltimore City
Schmoke, Cardin to mark opening of park trail
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a 3rd District Democrat, will mark the opening of the Gwynns Falls Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park.
Parking will be available at the entrance to the park in the 4900 block of Windsor Mill Road at Eagle Drive, about three-quarters of a mile east of Forest Park Avenue. Shuttle service to the site will be available. Information: 410-448-5663.
West Baltimore man dies of gunshot wound to head
A West Baltimore man who was shot Sunday while sitting in a car has died of his injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said yesterday.
James Nelson, 23, of the 1800 block of W. Saratoga St. was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Wednesday, police said. He was shot in the left side of the head about 11: 50 p.m. as he sat in the driver's seat in a car parked in the 1800 block of Braddish Ave.
Police said they had no suspect and knew of no motive.
Death of man during fight ruled homicide by examiner
The death of a Reservoir Hill man who fell and hit his head during an altercation Monday has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner's office, police said yesterday.
Darryl Foster, 28, of the 2500 block of Brookfield Ave. died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center shortly after he was attacked by several men about 2 a.m. in the 2000 block of McCulloh St., police said.
Sgt. Scott Rowe said Foster fell and hit his head on the sidewalk during the assault. Rowe said investigators have not made an arrest in the case and that they think the attack was a case of mistaken identity.
City will provide sprinklers for use with fire hydrants
The Department of Public Works is providing sprinklers for fire hydrants so that children can cool off on hot days.
Using a fire hydrant without permission is illegal and threatens public safety, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday, adding that sprinklers will allow children to play safely.
Residents interested in the sprinkler program should call Public Works or neighborhood service centers at 410-396-5819.
Police raid 5 houses, arrest 4 men, a woman
Police raided five houses in the Park Heights section of Northwest Baltimore yesterday, arrested four men and a woman, and reported seizing $5,000 worth of drugs, $4,000, a shotgun and three handguns.
Police obtained search and seizure warrants for the houses in the 3000 block of W. Garrison Ave., the 2800 block of Rockrose Ave., the 3500 block of Virginia Ave., the 4700 block of Park Heights Ave. and the 4200 block of Reisterstown Road. They were raided about 6 p.m.
The action came in response to citizens' complaints about drug activity, police said. The suspects, whose names were not available, were processed at Central Booking and Intake Center.