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August 19, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Bank to open branch in a neglected block of Eastern Boulevard

ESSEX -- As part of the revitalization of the Essex business district, Baltimore County Savings Bank officials plan to open a branch office in the once nearly vacant 500 block of Eastern Blvd.

The branch will feature a 24-hour automated teller machine and a two-lane drive-through facility, said David M. Meadows, the bank general counsel. The office will open in the fall.

The long-neglected block was purchased by local investors in June for about $1 million. Community leaders expect that a restaurant and shops will replace other empty storefronts.

Bethel AME officials to show church plans at meeting

WOODLAWN -- Representatives of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church plan to present their plans for the 3,000-seat church they hope to build in Granite at a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Drive.

The Druid Hill Avenue church, which has one of the largest congregations in Baltimore, has been trying for years to expand to a new facility closer to its suburban members. In addition to the sanctuary, church officials want to build a banquet hall, broadcast station, offices and classrooms at the 256-acre site.

Neighbors oppose the project, saying it is too large for the mostly rural area. The community input meeting is a requirement of the county's development review process.

In Baltimore City

Hospital switches patients to baths, bottled water

After the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease were detected in its water system, Church Hospital in East Baltimore has switched to giving its patients baths rather than showers and bottled rather than tap water to drink.

No cases of Legionnaire's -- a form of pneumonia -- have been found, spokesman Pete Kerzel said yesterday, and care was not interrupted. The bacteria were detected during a routine check of the water system and a flushing procedure, in which the water is heated to about 160 degrees to kill bacteria, started Monday night.

Health officials say the bacteria grow everywhere -- from creeks to homes -- and can be inhaled through aerosolized droplets from showers or air conditioners or inhaled while drinking water.

Adult literacy classes seek volunteer tutors

South Baltimore Learning Center, 28 E. Ostend St., needs volunteers to tutor adult literacy students from Sept. 13 to Dec. 16.

Classroom tutors are needed from 9: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. and from 5: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the center. Classes will also be offered at Brooklyn Park Library and Harbor Hospital Center.

One-to-one volunteers must attend a 12-hour training session before tutoring begins. Training sessions are offered from 6: 15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, 16, 21 and 23 at University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St. To volunteer, call 410- 625-4215.

Pub Date: 8/19/99

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