In Baltimore City
Panel OKs plan for city to acquire Belvedere Square
The Planning Commission unanimously approved yesterday a plan that would give the city the authority to acquire the ailing Belvedere Square commercial strip in Northeast Baltimore.
The York and Belvedere Urban Renewal Plan goes to the City Council for a hearing, which is expected to be scheduled next month.
Belvedere Square's landlord, Jim Ward, was not present at the vote, but his representative, Alfred W. Barry III, told the commission that the owner had two prospective buyers and pending contracts of sale.
Northwest man arrested on charge of murder
A Northwest Baltimore man was arrested Monday in Chestertown in the Sept. 24 shooting death of a 41-year-old South Baltimore man, police said yesterday.
Justice Santiago, 24, of the 3800 block of Dolfield Ave. had been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the shooting of Melvin James Emerich, Jr., police said. Emerich was shot in the 1600 block of Hazel St., a block from his home in the 1500 block of Locust St.
Santiago, who also is charged with a handgun violation, is being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.
Police find body of unidentified man
The body of an unidentified man in his 20s, who had been shot several times, was found by police about 1:15 p.m. yesterday in the 500 block of E. Chase St. in East Baltimore. Police had no other information and were investigating.
Green Mount Cemetery tours Saturday and Oct. 28
A guided tour of Green Mount Cemetery will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Greenmount Avenue and Oliver Street.
Led by local historian and educator Wayne Schaumburg, the two-hour tour includes stops at the graves of William Walters, John Wilkes Booth, Enoch Pratt and Betsy Patterson Bonaparte. Green Mount Cemetery opened in 1839.
Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling 410-256-2180. The tour will be repeated Oct. 28.
Jail School gets award for minority achievement
Baltimore's Jail School and its principal, Dawn Downing, were honored yesterday with The Chair's Award for Excellence for Minority Achievement given by the Maryland Department of Education.
The Jail School, the only public school of its kind in the nation, teaches juveniles in the city detention center, offering the same curriculum as a regular city public school.
The state agency also honored Sarah Horsey, former principal of Pimlico Elementary School, with the Educator Award for her work in improving that school over the past four years; and Baltimore RESCO with the Community Award. The company, which converts waste to energy, has partnerships with Westport Elementary and Middle School and Federal Hill Elementary. In Baltimore County
All Saints Episcopal plans Fall Festival for Nov. 4
REISTERSTOWN - All Saints Episcopal Church, 203 E. Chatsworth Ave., will hold its annual Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4.
The festival will offer crafts, bargains, baked goods and, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., a ham dinner. The dinner costs $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 12. Children younger than age 6 will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the church office or at Sunday services.
School to dedicate center, honor head of council
PARKVILLE - Villa Cresta Elementary School will honor Baltimore County Council Chairman Joseph Bartenfelder at a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 for the school's new technology center.
Bartenfelder, a Democrat who represents Fullerton, helped the school get $45,000 to pay for the center. Riparius Communication Services Inc. of Timonium also will be honored for installing the school's wireless network.
Agency schedules meeting on road, streetscape plans
CATONSVILLE - The State Highway Administration will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday on proposed road and streetscape improvements for Frederick Road from the Baltimore City line to Bishops Lane.
Highway administration officials will discuss details of the project and solicit comments from community members at the meeting, to be held in the Catonsville Elementary School gymnasium, 615 Frederick Road.
Information on the work can be obtained by calling the highway administration at 410-321-2853 or 800-962-3077.