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Design panel approves preliminary plans for west-side project

Developers of the $55 million Centerpoint project planned for the west side cleared a key hurdle yesterday when their preliminary designs were approved by the city's Design Advisory Panel.

Bank of America Community Development Corp. of Baltimore and Harold A. Dawson Co. of Atlanta head the team working on the block bounded by Eutaw, Fayette, Howard and Baltimore streets.

Components include 337 apartments, 400 parking spaces, 50,000 square feet of retail space and renovation of Town Theater. The design panel praised the architects, Kann & Associates and Gary King, for finding creative ways to preserve most of the buildings on the block, which is east of the Hippodrome Theater.

Shooting victim dies at shock trauma center

Antonio Ashby, 30, of the 3300 block of W. Mulberry St., who was shot in the head and lower back about 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 2900 block of Belmont Ave., died at 2: 15 p.m. yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Detective Bobby Patton. Police knew of no motive and had no suspect in Ashby's slaying.

Guide to boating, fishing available free from agency

The free "2000 Pocket Guide to Boating and Fishing" at the city's three reservoirs is available from the Department of Public Works.

The 30-page, pocket-size guide lists boating and fishing regulations, safety and permit requirements, and useful telephone numbers. It outlines the species of fish that can be caught in the Loch Raven, Prettyboy and Liberty reservoirs.

To obtain the guide: 410-545- 6541.

Belair-Edison neighborhood to hold open house, tour

The Belair-Edison neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore is sponsoring an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event will include a tour of 10 homes. Information on incentive programs for homebuyers will be available.

Belair-Edison is a community of about 15,000 next to the Clifton Park golf course. The average price for a home is about $55,000, according to local real estate agents.

A map and listing of homes on the tour are available at Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, 3412 Belair Road. Information: 410-485- 8422.

In Baltimore County

Social Security clerk charged with grand theft and forgery

TOWSON -- County police have charged a Social Security Administration clerk arrested Wednesday after an investigation into claims that she forged $15,000 in checks written to the agency and placed them in her bank account.

Deborah Marie Keehner, 42, of the 200 block of Murdock Road was charged with one count of grand theft and nine counts of forgery, police said yesterday. Authorities allege that she began altering checks in January and deposited about $15,000 in her account.

Keehner, a finance clerk at the agency, is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

MADD's picnic for police, fire personnel set Wednesday

HUNT VALLEY -- The Northern Maryland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold its 11th annual picnic for public safety officers from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Oregon Ridge Park.

The picnic will honor police officers who have worked to make the state's highways safer by stopping drunken drivers and caring for those injured by such drivers.

Officers and fire personnel from Baltimore city and county, Cecil County and Maryland State Police will be honored at the picnic.

Catonsville High sophomores win Cargo Airplane Challenge

CATONSVILLE -- Two sophomores from Catonsville High School placed first in the Cargo Airplane Challenge in the Maryland Engineering Competition recently.

Betsy Sanderson and Emily Kan designed an electric aircraft that circled the competition field with and without cargo. Teacher Paul Wiedorn helped his students design the aircraft and create an oral report that judges praised.

The contest was sponsored by the Baltimore Engineering Society, the Technology Association of Maryland and the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Program on Alzheimer's, memory scheduled May 17

LUTHERVILLE -- The Central Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will present "Keepsake: A Program on Memory, Aging and Alzheimer's" from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at Brightwood Center, 515 Brightfield Road.

The program is designed to raise public awareness and understanding about the difference between memory loss associated with normal aging and the signs of Alzheimer's.

No fee will be charged for the program but registration is required. Information: 410-561-9099.

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