In Baltimore City Woman, 72, identified as victim of...


January 16, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Woman, 72, identified as victim of fire at complex for elderly

Helen Gaskins, 72, was identified by police yesterday as the woman who died in a fire Sunday at an East Baltimore complex for the elderly and disabled.

Her apartment was heavily damaged. Three other residents of Waters Towers, in the 1400 block of E. Madison St., were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Fire officials said the cause of the three-alarm fire, which was reported at 3:56 a.m. and brought under control in less than an hour, remains under investigation. There was no damage estimate.

Israeli ambassador to U.S. to speak Jan. 23 at Hyatt

Israel's ambassador to the United States, David E. Ivry, will speak about the Middle East at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 before the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St.

A former combat fighter pilot, Ivry has held air force and defense positions in the Israeli government since 1968. He was Israel's national security adviser and head of its National Security Council before being appointed ambassador.

His talk is free to council members and costs $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. For tickets, call 410-727-2150.

In Baltimore County

Catonsville campus offers computer design classes

CATONSVILLE - Classes in computer-aided design are being offered at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County in the spring semester.

Besides the credit courses, the campus offers customized contract classes for companies and government agencies.

Information: 410-869-4765.

County agency provides video magnification devices

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Aging has purchased three video magnification machines to help the visually impaired read letters, books, e-mails and prescriptions.

The machines, which have 17-inch monitors, are at the Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave., Towson; the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road; and the Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Ave., Dundalk.

The machines can be used by the elderly at no charge.

Arts program to hold auditions for musical

DUNDALK - Children and adults are invited to audition for parts in "Oliver," a production of The Sky is the Limit, a creative arts program sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Auditions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Eastern Regional Performing Arts Center, Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue. Each person auditioning should bring a photograph and prepare a song.

The program gives those with and without disabilities a chance to work together in the performing arts. Information: 410-887-5370.

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