In Baltimore City 3,000 grime fighters expected for...

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October 11, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

3,000 grime fighters expected for cleanup scheduled Saturday

More than 3,000 volunteers from 200 communities are expected to grab rakes, shovels and brooms Saturday as they participate in "Clean Up Is Contagious," a new initiative by Mayor Martin O'Malley to make Baltimore the "Cleanest City in America."

The campaign, the city's latest in its war on grime, will feature radio and television advertisements, exhibits, fliers, banners and other promotional items - including "Clean Up Is Contagious" logos on street-corner trash cans and trash trucks - to motivate people to clean the city.

As part of the effort, people who demonstrate a strong commitment to cleaning up Baltimore might be nominated for prizes. Information: Department of Public Works, 410-545-6189.

Dogs can be adopted today at War Memorial Plaza

Dogs and puppies will be available for adoption between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today at War Memorial Plaza in downtown Baltimore to mark National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.

The Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will have literature about canine behavior and provide information about neutering and educational classes, according to a press release from City Council President Sheila Dixon.

The plaza, between City Hall and the War Memorial, is bounded by Fayette, Holliday, Lexington and Gay streets.

Big Brothers receives grant for school mentoring project

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland has been awarded a $100,000 grant by its national organization to expand its school-based mentoring program, "Bigs in School."

The program establishes partnerships between schools and nearby businesses, which recruit volunteers to work an hour a week with children in a school setting. Volunteers are supervised and activities coordinated by the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

The grant is in its second year, with the new funding representing a fivefold increase over last year's amount. The organization said its goal for the year ending June 30 is to add 500 program slots for children in Baltimore and the five metropolitan counties. Last year's pilot program matched three Baltimore County elementaries with businesses: Villa Cresta with Black & Decker Corp.; Warren with Zurich US; and Owings Mills with Baltimore Life Cos.

In Baltimore County

Rally tonight to discuss ways to preserve valley

OWINGS MILLS - Valleys Planning Council will hold a rally tonight to discuss ways to preserve Green Spring Valley and control development there.

Jack Dillon, council executive director, said he hopes the event will help broaden interest in preservation efforts, especially among new residents.

The Rally for the Valley will take place at 7 p.m. at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, 30 Greenspring Valley Road. Information: 410-337-6877.

Psychiatrist to speak on depression tonight

PIKESVILLE - Lifebridge Chapter of Mended Hearts Inc., reacting to events in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, is sponsoring a free depression information, assessment and counseling session at 7:30 p.m. today.

The program, which includes a talk by Dr. Joel Hassam, a Sinai Hospital psychiatrist, will be held at Lifebridge Health and Fitness Center, 1836 Greene Tree Road. The public is invited.

The session is being held in conjunction with National Depression Screening Day.

Photographic retrospective set at library this evening

WOODLAWN - Local author Louis Diggs will be the host for a photographic retrospective of African-American communities in Baltimore County at 7 p.m. today at the Woodlawn library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive.

Diggs is a genealogist and author of local African-American histories.

Free tickets and information: 410-887-1337.

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