In Baltimore County
Firefighters collecting funds for New York colleagues' families
TOWSON -- Baltimore County firefighters and paramedics will collect donations tomorrow through Sunday for their counterparts in the New York Fire Department.
All money collected will go to help families of New York firefighters affected by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Cash contributions will be solicited throughout the weekend. Checks should be payable to New York Firefighter 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund and mailed to Baltimore County Professional Firefighters Association, 52 Scott Adam Road, Cockeysville 21030-3282.
Agency seeks volunteers to investigate complaints
TOWSON -- Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking volunteers for its Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, investigating nursing home complaints by speaking with residents, families and nursing home personnel.
Training sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 15; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17; and 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and 24.
Cuba Road Bridge damaged; repairs to take 3-4 months
BUTLER -- Baltimore County closed the Cuba Road Bridge for repairs after it was damaged by a northbound vehicle early yesterday, the county Department of Public Works said.
The single-lane truss bridge, built in 1893, spans Western Run east of Butler in the northwest county.
DPW expects to stabilize the bridge and complete repairs in three to four months. Only local traffic will have access to the bridge. Through traffic will be diverted to nearby Falls Road.
Household hazardous waste to be collected in Timonium
TIMONIUM -- Baltimore County will hold its fall household hazardous waste collection day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maryland State Fairgrounds.
County residents may dispose of paints, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, cleaning solvents, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, swimming pool chemicals, mercury thermometers and other household wastes.
In addition to the one-day event, the county operates a seasonal waste collection facility at Eastern Sanitary Landfill, 6269 Days Cove Road, White Marsh. The landfill is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from April through October. Information: 410-887-3745.
In Baltimore City
School transfer deadline extended to Wednesday
The deadline for Baltimore parents applying to transfer their children from a failing school to a high-performing one has been extended to Wednesday.
Children at 65 struggling elementary and middle schools are eligible to take advantage of a "parent choice" transfer option, provided under a federal grant. About 225 seats are available citywide in 14 designated schools.
Transfer requests must be received in the Office of Student Placement by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 410-396-8600.
Police Explorer program plans open houses tonight
The Baltimore Police Law Enforcement Explorer Program has scheduled open houses in eight of the city's nine police districts from 7:30 to 8:30 tonight.
Most of the sessions will be held in district stations, except for Eastern District's at 1819 E. Preston St.; Central's at 1601 Madison Ave.; and Northeastern's at 3309 Bayonne Ave. Southern District is not holding an open house.
The Explorer program encourages good citizenship through positive relationships between the community and police, character development and law enforcement training programs. It is open to Baltimore residents ages 14 to 20. Those interested are encouraged to attend with their parents. Information: Police Agent Gail Montgomery, 410-396-2372.
Labor Department honors youth carpentry program
A Baltimore-based job training program is among 10 youth employment programs across the nation being honored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Living Classrooms Foundation's Fresh Start Program was awarded a Promising and Effective Practices Network Award from the Department of Labor. Fresh Start, begun 12 years ago, is a 40-week carpentry-training program in which participants also focus on developing professional and interpersonal skills.
The program was established for out-of-school youths and juvenile offenders, who produce furniture, boats and custom projects that are sold to the public. Profits are placed in a student account, and distributed among graduates based on their performance.