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Mayor to hold forum for residents of east side tonight

East-side community members will have a chance to talk with Mayor Martin J. O'Malley at his next Open Dialogue forum starting at 6:30 p.m. today at Israel Baptist Church, 1220 N. Chester St.

The mayor's Open Dialogue is a series of community forums at which the mayor and staff from city agencies hear concerns and suggestions from area residents.

This forum is the third in the series.

Lightning strike damages Amtrak signaling system

Amtrak trains traveling into and out of Baltimore were delayed yesterday for hours after lightning damaged Amtrak's signaling system and heavy rains flooded the tracks.

The damage occurred late in the afternoon about 16 miles south of Baltimore, affecting northbound and southbound trains, according to Amtrak. About 20 trains were delayed, some for as long as three hours.

Last night, Ken Wiedel, manager of customer services at Baltimore's Penn Station, said the railroad hoped to have fairly normal operations today. "We should have a normal morning, with some minor delays," he said.

City to reopen program to train police cadets

Mayor Martin O'Malley and Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris are scheduled to announce this morning the reopening of the police department's cadet program at the training academy, 210 Guilford Ave. Seven cadets will begin training today.

The program, halted five years ago by then-commissioner Thomas C. Frazier, accepts applicants who are at least 18 years old and not yet 21, with a high school or a general equivalency diploma. The program includes courses at Baltimore City Community College.

Deputy Commissioner Barry Powell, commander of the Operations Bureau and a former police cadet, said, "The program is a win-win situation for the citizens of Baltimore as well as the police department."

In Baltimore County

Towson concert series features big-band group

TOWSON - The Towson At Night Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. on Sunday with a performance by Zim Zemarel's Big Band in the Towson Court House Plaza.

The band will be under the direction of Wayne Hudson and Gene Bonner. Del. James M. Kelly, a Republican who represents the Towson area, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be sold. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.

Animal story time to be held Saturday

OVERLEA - The county Department of Parks and Recreation will hold an animal story time for children ages 3 to 8 and their parents from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Holt Park.

Staff members will tell nature stories and children will have a chance to meet some of the animals whose tales are told. Cost is $2 per child.

Reservations and directions to Holt Park can be obtained by calling Cromwell Valley Park at 410-887-2503.

Eastern Tech principal attends leadership summit

TOWSON - Robert Kemmery, principal at Eastern Technical High School joined educators from around the country last week at a three-day Principals' Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

The summit brought together 120 elementary, middle and secondary school principals to discuss instructional leadership.

The summit was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Rainwater Foundation, with help from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Middle School Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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