In Baltimore City 2 utility pole fires knock out power...

City/County Digest

February 15, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

2 utility pole fires knock out power to 25,000, close schools

Two utility poles caught fire early yesterday, knocking out power to close to 25,000 customers in Southwest Baltimore and forcing the closing of 14 city schools.

The utility poles, a half-mile apart on Washington Boulevard, caught fire when light rain caused two electrical circuits to short-circuit about 5 a.m., said Brenda Pettigrew, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman. The outage forced St. Agnes HealthCare to use emergency generators for about an hour. The hospital's power was restored by 7 a.m. and power to remaining customers by 1 p.m., Pettigrew said.

Council confirms Winfield as director of public works

George L. Winfield was confirmed by the City Council yesterday as director of public works. He was appointed by Mayor Martin O'Malley to replace George G. Balog, who retired Jan. 3.

Without discussion, the council confirmed Winfield, 56, by a voice vote. He oversees a department that has 6,000 employees, and is responsible for trash collection, snow removal, water and wastewater services and street repairs.

Cleanup meeting scheduled at Northern District station

The first neighborhood meeting for a citywide spring trash cleanup will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Northern District Police Station, Keswick Road and 34th Street in Hampden.

Mayor Martin O'Malley is recruiting community volunteers to decide which places in their neighborhood need cleaning.

The city's Department of Public Works will provide brooms, shovels and trash-disposal assistance for O'Malley's Spring Cleanup scheduled for March 24 and 25.

In Baltimore County

Meeting to discuss plan for new Rural Legacy Area

MONKTON -- A meeting to discuss creation of a new Rural Legacy Area will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road.

The Manor Conservancy, a land preservation group, is proposing the new area that will include My Lady's Manor Historic District and areas of White Hall and Harford County.

The Rural Legacy Program, part of the state's Smart Growth Initiative, seeks to preserve properties with historic, scenic or agricultural value by purchasing land or the rights to develop it. Information: James Constable, 410- 771-4568.

Novelist Marita Golden to speak at library Saturday

RANDALLSTOWN -- Novelist Marita Golden will discuss her books and a writer's life at 2 p.m.Saturday at the Randallstown library, 8604 Liberty Road.

Golden is known for her ability to create stories that dramatize contemporary African-American life. Her most recent novel, "The Edge of Heaven," explores the life of the single mother. Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Information: 410-887-0770.

Community garden plots available for $10 rental fee

COCKEYSVILLE -- Community garden plots are available at County Home Park at the end of Gibbons Boulevard.

The plots, which measure 20 feet by 30 feet, can be leased for $10. They are available from April 3 through Nov. 1 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Interested gardeners should contact Cockeysville Recreation Office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410- 887-7734.

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