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April 17, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

U.S. group on aging gives accreditation to 2 senior centers

Two Baltimore senior centers run by Catholic Charities have received accreditation from the National Institute of Senior Centers, a unit of the National Council on Aging.

To receive accreditation, Joseph SeniorLife Center in the 400 block of S. Broadway and Cherry Hill SeniorLife Center in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road had to assess themselves and complete a peer review to ensure that they met nine standards of operation for a senior center.

The centers provided continuing education, social interaction, events, physical activities and health screenings for 2,100 people last year. The accreditation certificate will be presented at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Cherry Hill SeniorLife Center and at 11:30 a.m. at Joseph SeniorLife Center.

Bleach spills into sewers as trailer overturns

The 3900 block of Curtis Ave. in Curtis Bay was closed for several hours yesterday morning after a tractor pulling a flat-bed trailer loaded with containers of a strong bleach overturned on the rain-slicked road and some of the load spilled into the sewer system.

Fire officials reported no injuries. Most of the bleach that spilled from two 600-gallon containers was cleaned up but an undetermined amount entered the sewer system, said Michael Maybin, assistant public information officer for the Fire Department.

James Driver, 58, of White Marsh, the operator of the rig, was cited, accused of driving at speeds greater than reasonable for the weather conditions, according to Agent Martin Bartness, a police spokesman.

Celebration to mark community development

The 27th anniversary of the federal community development block grant program will be celebrated at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow in the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St.

Paul T. Graziano, commissioner of the city Department of Housing and Community Development, and Council President Sheila Dixon are expected to attend the celebration that is part of Community Development Week, which ends Saturday.

Since 1974, Baltimore has received nearly $872 million in CDBG funds, the principal federal program that provides development funds to states, cities and towns.

In Baltimore County

Police identify body found last month near hospital

TOWSON - Baltimore County police have identified the body found March 12 in a wooded area near Franklin Square Hospital Center as that of Laura McGrath Driscoll, 54, of Baltimore.

Driscoll, whose last known address was the 6200 block of York Road in Cedarcroft, died of hypothermia. The death was accidental, police said.

Driscoll was identified using a body X-ray that found a surgical procedure, police said.

Towson library to hold book sale 3 days this week

TOWSON - A book sale will be held at the Towson branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, York Road and Chesapeake Avenue, from Thursday through Saturday.

Books will be sold in the meeting room off the rotunda of the library from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, when a $10 contribution is required for all except Friends of the Towson Library, sponsor of the event. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free for everyone those two days.

Books offered for sale are mostly donated, and many are in new condition. Information: 410-321-8279.

Police seek help identifying woman tied to kidnapping

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman they say was involved in a kidnapping in Parkville this month.

Police said the woman was photographed at 11:13 a.m. April 6 by a camera at the Bank of America automated teller machine in the 1600 block of North Ave. in Baltimore, where she made an unauthorized withdrawal using the kidnapping victim's credit card.

Police said a Parkville woman was abducted and locked in the trunk of her car by two men. The car was found in Howard County and the woman was rescued. Anyone with information about the two men or the woman who used the bank card is asked to call police at 410-887-2198 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

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