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January 30, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City Council delays hearing on Calvert School expansion bill

The City Council has canceled a committee hearing scheduled for this morning on a bill prompted by the planned Calvert School expansion in North Baltimore.

Because of Ravens-related festivities, the Housing, Health and Environment Committee's hearing at 11 a.m. will be rescheduled, most likely late next month.

The bill would require that a public hearing be held before a demolition permit could be issued to a school trying to raze more than 50 residential units. It is aimed at Calvert School, which wants to purchase and demolish a nearby apartment complex to expand its facilities.

Groups to conduct city personnel review

In a smaller-scale follow-up to a study last year, the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Presidents' Roundtable will conduct a review of the city's personnel management, including labor contracts and personnel policies.

The GBC said the review will involve about 20 to 25 volunteers. Last year's effort involved 250 volunteers from the two organizations, who reviewed the management and efficiency of five city agencies.

GBC officials downplayed the possibility that the study, which could be finished by May, would extend to the subject of layoffs. "This is not [us] going through and looking at every position and recommending eliminations," said Donald C. Fry, executive vice president of the GBC.

Dinner-dance to aid victims of sexual assault

TurnAround Inc., the Baltimore-based nonprofit provider of services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, is holding its third annual fund-raiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 1 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

The event will feature dancing to the blues music of the Kelly Bell Band and the Motown sound of Pat Harmony. Food and wine will be provided by chefs from more than 50 of Baltimore's most popular restaurants and caterers.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance from TurnAround. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit TurnAround. Information: 410-377-8111.

In Baltimore County

Public hearing tomorrow on proposed school budget

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Board of Education will hold a public hearing to discuss Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's proposed operating budget at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Ridge/Ruxton School, 6916 N. Charles St.

Hairston presented his spending plan of about $803 million at a school board meeting on Jan. 9. He tied every request to an education need, which won praise from parents. Some County Council members criticized the proposal, however, because it represents a $77 million increase in education costs.

Hairston wants to spend $26 million on cost-of-living raises for teachers and administrators and $10 million on personal computers for teachers.

18 senior centers holding membership drive

TOWSON -- Baltimore County's 18 nationally accredited senior centers are having a membership drive this spring and summer.

The centers offer a wide variety of educational and social programs for county residents 60 or older.

New members, as well as former members who rejoin, will be eligible for two tickets to such attractions as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage, the Baltimore Orioles, the National Aquarium and the Maryland Arts Festival. Information: 410-887-4645.

Spring course registration open at CCBC campuses

CATONSVILLE -- Community College of Baltimore County is accepting registration for spring semester courses.

The college offers instruction at its three main campuses in Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex, and at its five extension centers: Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, Towson, White Marsh and Eastern Boulevard.

Information: CCBC-Catonsville, 410-455-4555; CCBC-Dundalk, 410-285-9801; or CCBC-Essex, 410-780-6363.

History program focuses on Battle of North Point

COCKEYSVILLE -- "Remembering the Battle of North Point: A Woman's View," a costumed, living history program about a pivotal battle in the War of 1812, will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Cockeysville library branch, 9833 Greenside Drive.

The event is sponsored by the Baltimore County Historical Society. Information: 410-666-1878.

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