In Baltimore City $2.4 million grant OK'd to...

City/County Digest

April 20, 2000|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

$2.4 million grant OK'd to rehabilitate 45 east-side houses

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday using a $2.4 million state grant to rehabilitate 45 houses in the Historic East Baltimore area.

The three-bedroom townhouses will be sold for $55,000 as part of a homeownership incentive program for the area bounded roughly by North Avenue, Fayette Street, Aisquith Street and Linwood Avenue. The plan is sponsored by the state, the city Department of Housing and Community Development and the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition.

Because of the low sale price, the city will ask buyers to remain in the houses for 10 years.

Community college's plans for building to be presented

Baltimore City Community College plans a three-phase, $40.8 million renovation of the main building on its Liberty campus, scheduled for completion by 2005.

Plans by the architects -- Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet of Baltimore in association with Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Mass., will be presented today to the state's Architectural Review Board.

Plans call for extensive renovations, including a new theater, new entrance and relocated food service area. Exterior renovation will include removal of the building's glass facade and replacement with materials that are compatible with other buildings on campus.

More cleanups planned for city's neighborhoods

Continuing the effort to crack down on trash, officials are planning a series of neighborhood cleanups that they hope will build on the success of last month's "Super Spring Sweep Thing." Volunteers and sanitation workers picked up more than 2,500 tons of trash across the city as part of that two-day campaign.

"We wanted to continue with that momentum," David Scott, deputy mayor for operations, said yesterday. "Everybody comes up to us and tells us the city looks cleaner."

The smaller neighborhood cleanups will be held in each of the city's nine police districts over the next several months. The first will be held April 29 in Northeast Baltimore.

Tutorial centers to distribute

Easter baskets to children

The Rev. Ollie Edward Fleming Tutorial Centers will distribute Easter baskets to children today at its facilities at St. John Baptist Church, 2223 Jefferson St., at 4 p.m. and at 1030 N. Fulton Ave. at 6 p.m.

The baskets were donated by the Westside Republican Club in the Milford Mill area of Baltimore County and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

In Baltimore County

Postal Service honors carriers for safety record

CATONSVILLE -- The Catonsville branch of the U.S. Postal Service will recognize letter carriers who have amassed 370 years of accident-free driving during a ceremony at 8: 30 a.m. today at the post office, 1001 Frederick Road.

Carriers Allen Shirey, Robert Jones, Larry Doody, Philip Orem, Melvin Hoerl, Donald Wright, Reginald Forgan and Scott Thompson will be inducted into the National Safety Council's Million Mile Club and receive awards for driving 30 years without an accident. Carriers Bud Ruland and Anthony Stotler will be recognized for 25 years of accident-free driving. Dudley Bradburn, Lenny Schwarzmann, John Lawrence and Ed Meyers will be honored for 20 years of driving without an accident.

State police to hold awards ceremony today

REISTERSTOWN -- Dozens of Maryland state troopers, public safety workers and residents will be honored for meritorious service, lifesaving action, bravery and other outstanding work in a ceremony at 10 a.m. today at state police headquarters, 1201 Reisterstown Road.

Among those to be honored are Byron Greene of Washington, Keith Gillian of Towson and Alison Hitabidle of Baltimore, who assisted Sgt. Kevin Utz after he was struck by a drunken-driving suspect on Interstate 695 in Woodlawn during a traffic stop.

Information: 410-653-4236.

Catonsville conference marks Latino achievements

CATONSVILLE -- En Fuego, a cultural festival and leadership conference celebrating the accomplishments of the Latino community, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus.

The conference, which features free workshops, will focus on education, community involvement and leadership development. Admission to the Afro-Latino step show with live music is $4. The show runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The festival is sponsored by the Hispanic/Latino Student Union and the University Center. Information: 410-355-9797.

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