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March 30, 2001

In Baltimore City

Planning Commission OKs subdivision in Northwest Baltimore

The city Planning Commission unanimously approved last night final development plans for a 24-home subdivision in Northwest Baltimore.

The Hillsdale Heights Neighborhood Association Corp. plans to extend Hillsdale Road and build the homes that would sell for an average of $230,000. Residents of nearby Dickeyville oppose the development and plan to appeal, said their attorney, G. Macy Nelson. "Our goal is to try to purchase the land, pay the developers fair value and add it to [Leakin Park]," he said.

Former Councilwoman Vera P. Hall, president of the neighborhood association, said "[Approval has] been a long time coming. I never thought when you set out to do well by your neighborhood and by your city, you'd have this many obstacles come your way."

E-mail ad brings arrests on prostitution charges

Two women were arrested early yesterday on prostitution charges after a city police sergeant answered a personal Internet advertisement on Yahoo and said he was offered sex and a massage in exchange for $175.

Sgt. Craig Gentile of the Central District vice unit said he set up a meeting through e-mail with two women who used the names Precious and Trina. He said they met him at a West Baltimore convenience store and then led him to an apartment in the 3300 block of Winterbourne Road in Southwest Baltimore.

Nefertiti Jackson, 30, of the 900 block of Pennsylvania Ave. and Sharnell Hatcher, 26, of the 400 block of Cummings Court were charged with solicitation for the purpose of prostitution and lewd conduct.

D'Alesandro sworn in on city housing board

Former Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro III was sworn in this week as a member of the board of commissioners of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.

D'Alesandro was mayor from 1967 to 1971 and president of the City Council from 1962 to 1967. He practiced law with the firm of D'Alesandro and Miliman from 1955 to 1996.

The five-member board, appointed by the mayor, sets policy.

Annual vigil, rally planned at downtown church

The fifth annual Take Back the Night vigil and rally, sponsored by TurnAround Inc., will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at First Unitarian Church, Charles and Franklin streets.

The event, which also launches Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will feature food, music and interactive art exhibits.

TurnAround offers individual and group counseling for victims of rape, incest, child sexual assault and domestic violence. Information: 410-837-7000.

In Baltimore County

Career education program set for hearing-impaired

CATONSVILLE -- A career education program for high school students who are hearing-impaired or deaf will be held today and tomorrow at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

The program starts today with registration at 5:30 p.m. Workshops and a career fair will be held starting at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Information: 410-455-4369.

HealthQuest 2001 planned Wednesday at Villa Julie

STEVENSON -- Villa Julie College's Club Med will sponsor HealthQuest 2001, a health fair, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the college, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road.

The fair will feature information on health-related topics and offer screenings. It is the fifth annual fair sponsored by Club Med, a group of pre-professional health students at Villa Julie.

Information: 410-602-7331.

`Lions' TV show characters will star in puppet shows

WHITE MARSH -- Free puppet shows with characters from the PBS "Between the Lions" television series will be presented at White Marsh Mall from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

The 30-minute shows will start on the hour in the mall's center court. The characters also will appear for a free photo session at the Sears store at the mall.

The appearances are part of the national Sears/Between the Lions Book March, which encourages shoppers to donate 1 million books to needy children.

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