In Baltimore City Officials delay bill to help buy land...

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September 11, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Officials delay bill to help buy land for homeless center

Mayor Martin O'Malley's administration shelved a City Council bill yesterday designed to aid its plans for a new homeless day center while city officials pursue the purchase of the site they're eyeing for the facility.

Legislation that was expected to be introduced at last night's City Council meeting would have authorized the acquisition -- either by purchase or condemnation -- of a parking lot at the southeast corner of East Monument Street and the Fallsway, across from Central Booking and Intake Center.

Officials chose to postpone introducing the bill because they are optimistic they can reach an agreement soon to buy the property. The homeless resource center would be the first of at least six planned by the city.

Foundation to honor Mercy Medical trustee

Sister Helen Amos, chairwoman of Mercy Medical Center's board of trustees, will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the state's chapter of the American Arthritis Foundation in a ceremonial dinner tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency hotel downtown.

Amos helped create the Center for Women's Health and Medicine at Mercy in 1994. The arthritis foundation chapter was founded in 1948 and has raised more than $10 million for research in the past five years.

State Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and Baltimore businessman Walter Sondheim Jr. are co-chairmen of the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $200. Information: 410-602-0160.

Emergency workers to be recognized at game

CSX Corp. will recognize the emergency responders called to the Howard Street Tunnel derailment and fire in a pregame ceremony tonight at Camden Yards.

More than 1,000 firefighters, police officers and public works employees involved in the July incident will be guests of CSX for a barbecue before the 7:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays. In addition, CSX President Michael Ward will present a check on the field to charities selected by the city's police and fire departments.

During the third inning, a tribute to the responders will be played on the stadium's Jumbotron screen. CSX also says it will present a new extended-breathing apparatus to the city's Fire Department.

In Baltimore County

Bail set for man charged in incident at center

ESSEX -- A 28-year-old Parkville man who police say came to a counseling center with a loaded shotgun in his truck was ordered held on $250,000 bail yesterday.

Essex District Judge Darryl G. Fletcher set bail yesterday for Adam Mathew Dunn of the 8700 block of Harford Road. Dunn was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, trespass and two counts of concealing a deadly weapon.

Police said counselors at the Eastern Family Resource Center told Dunn to leave the property Thursday after he showed up for a domestic violence counseling session and acknowledged he had been drinking. Officers found him in the parking lot about 90 minutes later with a loaded gun and a hunting knife in his truck, police said.

Reptile show to raise funds for saving rain forests

TIMONIUM-- The Mid-Atlantic Reptile Show Preservation Fund Inc. will hold its ninth annual show this weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds to raise money for the protection of rain forests and other habitats.

The MARS Reptile Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for children under 12 and seniors. Children under 5 are admitted free.

The reptile show and sale will feature vendors from across the country exhibiting captive-born reptiles and amphibians, supplies and equipment, and educational seminars. Since 1993, the nonprofit fund has helped save 2,606 acres of rain forests, organizers said. Information: 410-580-0250.

Watershed group plans event on improving rivers

CHASE -- The Bird River Watershed Leaders, representing Save Our Streams, Bowerman-Loreley Beach, Bird River Beach, Harewood Park and Oliver Beach, will hold its second "Mud Busters" workshop Sept. 22.

The workshop is for people who are interested in improving the condition of the Bird and Gunpowder rivers. It will start at 9:30 a.m. in the Business and Management Center on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Information: Brett Johnson, 410-766-9443.

Department of Aging seeks volunteers for programs

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking volunteers ages 55 and older to assist the staff of Featherbed Lane Elementary School on the county's west side, to tutor students preparing for their high school equivalency exams or to help Maryland State Police do fingerprinting at its Golden Ring Barracks on the east side.

The department is also seeking volunteers for its Project Attend program, which trains seniors to help truant students get back to school. Information: Carol Haag or Anna Jackson, 410-887-2059.

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