In Baltimore City
Two medical school department heads leaving Hopkins
Two department heads at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are leaving to assume top jobs at other institutions.
Dr. Edward Benz, chief of medicine, has been named president of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He will remain at Hopkins until Nov. 1. Benz, an expert in blood disorders, is president of the American Society of Hematology.
Dr. Fred Sanfilippo, chairman of pathology, will become dean of the Ohio State College of Medicine and Public Health. He will begin the job Sept. 1.
Community group to meet with city, state officials
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will meet at 6:40 p.m. today with city and state officials at C.C. Jackson Recreation Center, 4910 Park Heights Ave.
The 1,200-member group, which advocates improvements in low-income neighborhoods, plans to discuss predatory lending practices and the need for city inspection of rental properties in low-income neighborhoods.
Free immunizations offered at School Readiness Fair
The Baltimore school system and the Health Department will sponsor a School Readiness Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mondawmin Mall.
Free immunization shots will be provided, and the first 500 children to get them will receive a backpack full of school supplies.
Students must have up-to-date immunizations in order to attend school. Children need about 80 percent of their shots by the time they are 2, with booster doses given between the ages of 4 and 6. Two new required immunizations, for hepatitis B and chicken pox, have been added for children up to age 5.
In Baltimore County
Public debates scheduled on condemnation law
TOWSON -- Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger announced locations yesterday for public debates on the county's condemnation law, which will be on the November ballot.
The debates will be held Aug. 30 at South Campus Tech Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Catonsville; Sept. 20 at Randallstown High School Auditorium, 4000 Offut Road, Randallstown; Sept. 27 at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson; Oct. 4 at Kenwood High School Auditorium, 501 Stemmers Run Road, Essex; Oct. 11 at Perry Hall High School Auditorium, 4601 Ebenezer Road, Perry Hall; and Oct. 25 at Patapsco High School, 8100 Wise Ave., Dundalk. All debates start at 7 p.m.
Parole officer charged with helping son flee police
TOWSON -- Baltimore County police charged a parole and probation officer yesterday with helping her son flee police after a robbery in Lansdowne July 19 in which he was a suspect.
Police charged Tina Marie Matthews, 44, of the 7100 block of Minna Road, with two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, and one count each of obstruction and harboring a felon. She was released on $25,000 unsecured personal bond.
Matthews is accused of helping her son, Michael Jerome Chester, 27, of the 100 block of S. Conkling St., elude a police manhunt and tearing down wanted posters bearing his picture. Chester was arrested and charged with robbery Monday.
Fire Museum of Maryland to show `101 Dalmatians'
LUTHERVILLE -- The Fire Museum of Maryland will show the film "101 Dalmatians" at 11:30 a.m. today.
Filmgoers will be admitted for the price of museum admission: $5 for adults, $3 for those ages 4 to 18. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.
Visitors to the museum at 1301 York Road can learn the history of firefighting by viewing dozens of engines and exhibits. The Discovery Room provides an opportunity to sit in the driver's seat of a 1938 fire engine. Information: 410-321- 7500.
Stained-glass demonstration scheduled in Overlea today
OVERLEA -- A free stained-glass demonstration will be held at Overlea Fullerton Senior Center, 4314 Fullerton Ave., at 12:45 p.m. tomorrow. A small stained-glass piece will be made and sample products will be on display.
Registration will be accepted for a 10-week class on stained-glass techniques, set for Friday mornings starting in October. The class is for Baltimore County residents age 60 and older. Cost is $12 plus supplies.