In Baltimore City Planning Commission OKs proposal to...

City/County Digest

November 05, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Planning Commission OKs proposal to convert apartments

The Planning Commission approved yesterday a proposed $17 million conversion of the Northway apartments at 3700 N. Charles St. into upscale housing for senior citizens despite protests from a half-dozen of the nearly 200 residents who would be displaced by the project.

Morningside Developments Inc.'s proposal requires that all residents of the 85-unit building vacate their units. At the request of planning commissioners, Morningside representatives promised to give residents 90 days' notice.

The City Council's land-use committee will consider a bill to authorize the project at 5: 30 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St.

Water levels in reservoirs remain well below normal

The drought might be over, but water levels in Baltimore's reservoir system remain well below normal for this time of year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The city's three reservoirs were at 69 percent of capacity at the end of last month. That is up from a low of 45 percent in mid-August, but 83 percent of normal for October, the USGS said.

October stream flows in Maryland were decreasing from record September rates, but at normal to above-normal rates. Ground water levels increased in the region, but they, too, remained below normal.

`Cantor's Cabaret' to offer tunes by Jewish composers

Cantor Nancy Ginsberg of Har Sinai Congregation in Upper Park Heights, Cantor Perry Fine of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, N.J., and singer-pianist Kenneth Gould will perform in a Cantor's Cabaret at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Har Sinai Congregation, 6300 Park Heights Ave.

The cabaret will feature show tunes by Jewish composers. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Information: 410-764-2882.

In Baltimore County

Wine tasting and festival to raise funds for firehouse

HEREFORD -- A festival and wine tasting to raise money for a new fire station in northern Baltimore County is scheduled for tomorrow in Hereford.

Wines from area vineyards will be on display at Hereford Volunteer Fire Company's fall festival, which also is to include music, arts and crafts and food. Wine critic Robert Parker Jr. is scheduled to attend.

The festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at a field across from the Sparks State Bank branch on Mount Carmel Road, east of Interstate 83. The $10 admission fee, which includes tasting coupons and a wine glass, will go toward construction of a new firehouse, a fire company official said.

3 guards hurt as youths try to escape from Hickey

CUB HILL -- Three guards were injured late Wednesday night during an escape attempt by two youths at Charles H. Hickey Jr. School.

The 16- and 17-year-old males unsuccessfully tried to escape between 11: 15 p.m. and 11: 30 p.m. from a unit that holds older, repeat offenders for nine to 12 months, said Bob Kannenberg, a spokesman for the Department of Juvenile Justice.

One guard suffered lacerations behind the left ear that required 11 stitches. The other two guards suffered minor injuries. State police are investigating and charges are pending, Kannenberg said. The youths have been placed in seclusion.

Synagogue to hold series on caring for aging parents

REISTERSTOWN -- Adat Chaim, a Conservative synagogue, and Jewish Family Services will present "A Jewish Guide to Planning for the Later Years: A Comprehensive Workshop," on six Sunday mornings, this month through Dec. 19.

The workshop is designed to meet the concerns of aging baby boomers who increasingly must care for elderly parents. Sessions will be held at Adat Chaim, 115 Cockeys Mill Road, from 9: 15 a.m. to 10: 45 a.m., beginning this Sunday. No session is scheduled Nov. 28.

The cost is $36 for the six sessions, or $10 for an individual session. Information: 410-833-7485.

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