In Baltimore County 91% of firefighters OK deal on...


March 29, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

91% of firefighters OK deal on deferred retirement program

TOWSON - Baltimore County firefighters have overwhelmingly approved an agreement between their union leaders and the Ruppersberger administration on a new pension package.

The plan implements a deferred retirement option program, or DROP. Under the agreement, paid firefighters and paramedics would have the option of receiving large lump-sum payments in exchange for reduced annual pensions if they stay on the job at least 32 years.

About 91 percent of the firefighters voted Tuesday night to approve the plan, which will become the first DROP program offered to any group of Baltimore County employees, said Michael K. Day, president of the county Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Local 1311.

Ex-Peabody teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

TOWSON - Baltimore County police have arrested a former Peabody Institute ballet instructor on charges he sexually assaulted one of his teen-age students in 1999.

Philip Edward Burnham, 26, of Columbia, S.C., surrendered to police yesterday on charges of third-degree sex offense and child abuse. Police said Burnham, who worked at the school summers from 1995 to last year, is accused of giving a 14-year-old girl alcohol and engaging in sexual activity in June 1999.

Burnham is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail hearing. Police are searching for other students who might be victims.

Atlantis astronauts to visit alma maters this afternoon

WOODLAWN - Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts Robert L. Curbeam and Thomas D. Jones will visit their Baltimore County alma maters today.

Curbeam, a 1980 Woodlawn High School graduate, will visit the school from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to speak with students from the pre-engineering program and aerospace classes.

Jones, a 1973 graduate of Kenwood High School, will visit there from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and meet students enrolled in the school's earth and space sciences and International Baccalaureate programs.

Regional science fair this weekend in Towson

TOWSON - The 46th Baltimore Science Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday at Towson University's University Union.

The regional event, for students in middle schools and high schools in Baltimore and Baltimore, Howard and Harford counties, is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Towson and Kiwanis Club of Baltimore in cooperation with Towson University. Two grand-prize winners will be awarded a scholarship and a trip to the International Science Fair in San Jose, Calif.

Information: 410-356-9477.

Author, TV personality to appear at event Saturday

RANDALLSTOWN - Les Brown, motivational speaker, author and television personality, will appear at "Lift, Empower and Speak Day" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Milford Mill Academy, 3800 Washington Ave.

The event, sponsored by Toastmasters International, will feature performances by Milford Mill Jazz Band and Choir. Admission is free. Information: 410-388-9339.

In Baltimore City

$1 million pledged to UM medical school

The Passano Foundation, a Baltimore-based philanthropy, has pledged $1 million toward a new research building at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Under construction at Penn and Lombard streets, the $67 million building will enable the school to expand its programs in infectious diseases and vaccine development. It is scheduled to open next year.

The foundation, established in 1943, is headed by E. Magruder Passano Jr. The Passano family owned Waverly Press until it was sold in 1998.

Museum to receive cap, pins of streetcar operator

The operator's cap and service pins of Berley Roberts Sr., one of the first African-American streetcar motormen and bus drivers in the city, will be presented to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1901 Falls Road, in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Roberts, who died Feb. 8, was hired by the old Baltimore Transit Co. in 1946 and began operating vehicles in 1952. He retired from the state Mass Transit Administration in 1989. His wife, Fannie M. Roberts, will present the cap and pins.

City College Class of '34 to hold reunion May 17

The 67th reunion of the City College Class of 1934 will be held from noon to 3 p.m. May 17 at the York Inn, 10010 York Road, Cockeysville. A cash bar and buffet will be featured. Information: Sam Jacobson, 410-356-1531.

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