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September 07, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Design panel gives initial approval to garage at harbor

The city's Design Advisory Panel gave initial approval yesterday to the Cordish Co.'s plan for a privately financed, seven-level parking garage on Pier Six at the Inner Harbor.

With up to 695 spaces, the garage would have white and gray bands designed to blend in with the taller Columbus Center next door. Cordish needs the parking for a proposed Pier Four office building.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun gave the wrong name for a woman whose body was found Thursday in Fort Holabird Industrial Park. That woman has not yet been identified. The name given, Claudia Ann Gregorek, 49, of the 1600 block of Ingleside Ave., was actually that of a Westview Park woman whose body was found Thursday in her apartment. The Sun regrets the error.

The Board of Estimates approved a $375,000-a-year lease with Cordish for the city-owned land along the end of the Jones Falls between Pratt Street and Eastern Avenue. Residents of Scarlett Place said the garage would block views from some units -- one reason the panel asked that Cordish add a roof shield to hide cars.

NAACP plans reception for ownership program

The Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold a reception at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 8 W. 26th St., to launch the second year of its Homeownership and Business Initiative Project.

The project is a series of free workshops throughout the year offering educational and technical help in expanding access to credit and capital for homebuyers and small businesses. About 200 people attended last year's workshops.

Seminars topics will include applying for a mortgage, establishing a business plan and fund raising. Workshop information: 410- 366-3302.

Woman found dead on freight company lot

An autopsy was to be performed today on the body of a woman found yesterday morning on the parking lot of a freight company in the Fort Holabird Industrial Park in Southeast Baltimore, police said.

Homicide Detective Al Marcus said workers at All Freight Distributing Co. in the 6200 block of Seaforth St. found the nude body of Claudia Ann Gegorek, 49, of the 1600 block of Ingleside Ave. about 9 a.m. near pipes and other construction material. Marcus said the woman's head and neck showed signs of injury.

Marcus said Gegorek was known to frequent the streets near the industrial park and sections of nearby Dundalk in Baltimore County and was seen walking in the area a few days ago.

St. David's church to hold back-to-school sale

A back-to-school sale of gently worn children's clothing will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Great Hall of St. David's Church, 4700 Roland Ave.

The clothing, priced from 25 cents to $5, includes items for children in preschool to middle school. Shoes and school supplies will be sold along with pants, shirts, dresses and skirts.

Information: 410-467-0476 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today.

In Baltimore County

Westview Park woman found dead in her home

WOODLAWN -- Baltimore County homicide detectives are investigating the death of a middle-age Westview Park woman who was found on her living room floor yesterday morning.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, said a man discovered the woman about 9 a.m. in the West Cliff Apartments in the 1600 block of Ingleside Ave. The woman, whose identity is being withheld until her family is notified, had suffered trauma to the upper body, Warehime said.

Warehime said the man, who had to be hospitalized with chest pains after police arrived at the apartment complex, "was somehow connected to the woman." He was being questioned by detectives last night.

School to remain closed today for water testing

LANSDOWNE -- Riverview Elementary School, closed since Wednesday because of problems in the school's water system, will not reopen today as scheduled.

Baltimore County school officials said they decided to keep the school shut until Monday to allow workers to finish testing water flowing into the building's pipes. On Tuesday, the first day of classes, officials found the water lacked chlorine, which helps keep bacteria and other harmful elements out of the water.

City workers have been flushing local fire hydrants for hours, sending chlorinated water into the school's pipes in hopes that the flow would solve the problem. Results from the latest set of tests will be available today.

Police Department plans safety event tomorrow

CATONSVILLE -- The Baltimore County Police Department will sponsor a day of safety information and crime prevention activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Salem Lutheran Church.

Children can meet McGruff the Crime Dog and the Crash Dummies. Officers will make free photo identification cards that children can take home. In addition, members of Explorer Post 9901 will hold a car wash to raise money for a trip to Flagstaff, Ariz., site of a national Explorers conference.

The church is at Frederick Road and Newburg Avenue in Catonsville.

Helen Thomas to speak about Bush White House

TOWSON -- Helen Thomas, a syndicated newspaper columnist and dean of the Washington press corps, will speak at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St.

Thomas, who will discuss the Bush White House, is the first speaker in "Focus on Contemporary Issues," a six-part series sponsored by the Baltimore County League of Women Voters.

A series subscription costs $50, or $90 for two people from the same household. Information: 410-464-1902.

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