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January 13, 2000|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Former city solicitor hired as $100-an-hour adviser to successor

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday a one-year, $36,000 contract to hire former City Solicitor Otho Thompson as a consultant to his successor.

Thompson will be paid $100 an hour to advise City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. He also will receive $2,500 in expense payments.

Comptroller Joan M. Pratt voted against the contract, saying that she respected Thompson, but questioned whether the city could enter into such an agreement with a former employee less than 90 days after he retired.

Poverty solutions topic of celebration tomorrow

Project PLASE, a nonprofit organization, will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, focusing on solutions to poverty, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 20th and St. Paul streets.

Norman A. Handy Sr., a 6th District councilman, is keynote speaker. Light fare will be provided. Information: 410-837-1400, Ext. 15.

Project PLASE provides temporary housing and counseling to homeless adults in Baltimore.

Council to hold service to observe week of prayer

The Central Maryland Ecumenical Council will hold its annual prayer service to observe the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. Jude Shrine, Paca and Saratoga streets.

The service, which will reflect the cultural and denominational diversity of Baltimore, will feature music and prayers in English, Greek, German, Spanish, Latin and Vietnamese. The Very Rev. Constantine Monios, dean of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, will deliver the sermon.

The weeklong celebration of Christian unity, which began in 1908, extends from Sunday to Jan. 23 this year and will be observed by churches around the world.

In Baltimore County

Community association to discuss zoning, traffic

CARNEY -- The next meeting of the Carney Improvement Association will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Carney Elementary School, 3131 E. Joppa Road.

Topics for discussion include events, zoning issues, traffic problems and fund-raising efforts.

Residents, businesses, homeowners associations and civic groups are invited to attend. Information: 410-663-2641.

Child development laboratory accepting students for spring

DUNDALK -- Dundalk High School's child development laboratory is accepting pre-school children ages 3 and 4 for the nine-week spring session.

The session begins March 8 and ends May 18. The lab is open three days a week, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The fee for the session is $35. Information: Melissa Folus, 410-887-7029.

Woman dies of injuries from crash that killed father

PHOENIX -- A woman died last night of injuries she received in a Jan. 6 traffic accident that killed her father.

Carol Frances Sporney, 46, of the 3300 block of Blenheim Road in Phoenix died at 7: 05 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Sgt. Robert Hull of the county's Western Traffic Division. Sporney suffered multiple injuries when the 1990 Toyota Camry she was driving on Jarrettsville Pike near Blenheim Road left the roadway and struck a tree.

Sporney's father, Carl Burleson, 73, of Seminole, Fla., a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene, Hull said. The cause of the accident is being investigated, Hull said.

Library event for children to celebrate A.A. Milne

PARKVILLE -- The Parkville-Carney branch of Baltimore County Public Library will commemorate the birthday of author A. A. Milne on Saturday with a program celebrating his best-loved character, Winnie the Pooh.

The event will feature games, stories and a live appearance by the honey-loving, red-shirted bear.

The hourlong program, designed for children ages 2 to 6, is scheduled at 10: 30 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. Tickets are free and can be obtained by calling 410-887-5353, or by stopping at the Parkville library, 9509 Harford Road.

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