In Baltimore City Video surveillance to fight crime is...



In Baltimore City

Video surveillance to fight crime is expanded downtown

An anti-crime video surveillance program in downtown Baltimore is being expanded with 16 new cameras along Park Avenue, in an area city officials are redeveloping.

The additional cameras bring the total to 48 around Lexington Market in an area approximately bordered by Saratoga, Paca and Camden streets and Park Avenue. The new cameras are due to start taping Thursday.

The Downtown Partnership, which represents businesses, announced the expansion yesterday at the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. building at 225 W. Lexington St., where the videos are monitored. The partnership says crime in the area has dropped 15 percent since the first cameras were installed in 1996.

Letter carriers to collect food from residents

The National Association of Letter Carriers will be conducting a one-day food drive tomorrow. In the Baltimore area, about 3,000 letter carriers will be picking up food from more than 750,000 residents on their postal routes. The drive is in the city and in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

The Maryland Food Bank, with headquarters in Baltimore, supplies food to hungry Marylanders by gathering excess and donated grocery products and then distributing them to charitable food providers.

Photography exhibit set to begin tomorrow

The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture and School 33 Art Center have announced a documentary photography exhibition will be on display in School 33's Gallery from tomorrow to June 15.

The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

An opening reception will be held tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 410-396-4641.

In Baltimore County

Public invited to precinct for open house tomorrow

WHITE MARSH -- Baltimore County Police Department's Precinct 9 will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at 8220 Perry Hall Blvd.

The public can tour the precinct house, talk with officers and see a demonstration by the police dog unit. Food, soft drinks and snowballs will be on sale to benefit the Police Community Relations Council and Explorer Post 9909.

5K run, walk to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

BROOKLANDVILLE -- The Park School will hold a 5K run and walk tomorrow to benefit Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity.

Students have spent the past year trying to raise $50,000 to build a Park House with Habitat. Construction begins May 20 at 949 Montpelier St. in the Waverly section of Baltimore.

Registration for tomorrow's event will begin at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. The 5K run will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the walk at 9:45 a.m. The school is on Old Court Road, between Greenspring Avenue and Falls Road. Information: 410-339- 4408.

Woodlawn volunteers to dedicate equipment

WOODLAWN -- The Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company will hold a ceremony tomorrow to dedicate three pieces of fire equipment -- Engine 331, Utility 333 and Paramedic 335.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will be at the fire company, 2033 Woodlawn Drive.

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