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October 16, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

UMBC president inducted into arts, sciences academy

CATONSVILLE - Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was inducted Saturday into the Academy of Arts and Sciences, an association of academics, writers and dignitaries that counts 50 Pulitzer Prize winners and 150 Nobel laureates among its 3,600 members.

Hrabowski, a mathematician, has been UMBC president since 1992. He has become a national authority on minority achievement in the sciences, giving lectures around the country and, in 1998, co-authoring Beating the Odds, a treatise on African-American men in science.

The academy, founded in 1998, discusses and studies current issues in education and society. The 185 inductees this year include filmmaker Woody Allen, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, and writers Lorrie Moore and Luc Sante.

Eastern Tech principal wins regional education award

ESSEX - Robert J. Kemmery, longtime principal at Eastern Technical High School, has been selected as the regional winner of the Association for Career and Technical Education/McDonald's Outstanding Career and Technical Education's annual award.

The region includes states from West Virginia to Maine. On Dec. 13 at the ACTE convention in New Orleans, the National Outstanding Career and Technical Educator will be chosen from among five regional winners.

35 Md. high school bands expected at championships

TOWSON - Thirty-five high school bands from across Maryland will take part in the 14th annual Maryland High School Band Championships, Freestate Spectacular XIV, on Saturday at Minnegan Stadium at Towson University.

The event will begin at 10:25 a.m. and end about 10:30 p.m.

Admission is $8; $6 for senior citizens and students; and free for children younger than age 12. Proceeds will benefit Towson Rotary Foundation. Information: 410-296- 8789.

Classes in sign language to begin Monday evening

LOCH RAVEN - Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services will offer five-week classes in basic sign language for adults and children age 6 and older.

Classes will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Monday at Loch Raven Recreation Center, 1801 Glen Keith Blvd.

The cost is $20 for individuals and $30 for a family. Registration deadline is Saturday. Information: 410-887-5370 or 410-887-5319.

In Baltimore City

Man gets probation, fine for rockfish violations

A Cecil County waterman who illegally caught and sold up to $20,000 worth of rockfish has been sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Judge Marvin J. Garbis also ordered Richard G. Gestewitz, 58, of Charlestown to refrain from hunting or fishing at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground and fined him $500 after he pleaded guilty last week to illegally taking rockfish from the waters off the site.

Gestewitz used rockfish allocations and gill tags assigned to other people for six months in 1999 and falsely reported catches to state authorities, said Assistant U.S. Attorney P. Michael Cunningham.

Chemical industry plans community reception

Representatives of South Baltimore's chemical industry will hold their 12th annual community reception tomorrow to explain to the public what they do and present an update on their safety and environmental performance.

Company representatives will answer questions and pass out product samples such as soap and batteries.

The reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, 4710 Prudence St. Refreshments will be served, and reservations are requested by calling 410-354-6703.

Church's Nearly New Shop reopens in Roland Park

The Nearly New Shop of St. David's Church in Roland Park has reopened, with gently used clothes, household items and books on sale.

The shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 4700 Roland Ave.

Profits help support church outreach programs.

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