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October 25, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Funds approved for demolition of Strathdale Manor

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday the transfer of $1 million in state money to the Department of Housing and Community Development to demolish Strathdale Manor, a sprawling, decrepit apartment complex that has been a source of frustration for its Northeast Baltimore neighbors.

The 123-unit apartment complex has been vacant since April 1997 and over the years has been a favored haunt of the homeless, a refuge for stray dogs and a dumping ground.

City officials have since fenced off and cleaned up the 18-acre site in the hope of development. No final plans have been accepted, and no date has been set for the demolition.

Liquor board's secretary, top deputy get pay raises

Pay raises for the city liquor board's executive secretary and top deputy won approval yesterday from the Board of Estimates.

Nathan C. Irby Jr.'s annual salary increases $5,800 to $71,800, a raise he said was his first, other than regular cost-of-living increases, since he became the board's executive secretary in 1997. Deputy Executive Secretary Jane M. Schroeder, a lawyer who has held that post since 1989, received a $10,300 boost to $70,300, a raise Irby said he strongly supported because she does "an extraordinarily good job."

Members of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners, which is a state agency, had voted for the pay raises Aug. 30, and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer approved them, but the Board of Estimates also had to sign off on the raises before they could go into effect. The raises are retroactive to Oct. 1.

Goodwill Industries holding job fair tomorrow

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake will hold a career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at its Baltimore headquarters, 222 E. Redwood St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a variety of local employers recruiting for job openings in entry-level to managerial positions. Help with resume preparation will be available.

Information: 410-837-1800, Ext. 114. In Baltimore County

Honeygo Blvd. extension aimed at easing congestion

WHITE MARSH -- Baltimore County officials opened an extension of Honeygo Boulevard yesterday in hopes of relieving congestion and allowing access to the future Honeygo Stream Valley Park.

The 1.18-mile stretch connects Ebenezer Road to Joppa Road and continues to Cross Road. Joppa Road has been widened and realigned where it intersects the new street. The $7.1 million project, paid for with county funds, includes curbs, gutters, sidewalks and streetlights.

"Traffic congestion is as important to suburban residents as any other issue," County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said in a statement. "We're extending Honeygo Boulevard to keep traffic moving and out of people's neighborhoods."

Public meeting scheduled on criminal justice grant

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Police Department will hold a public meeting Nov. 1 to discuss how to best use federal Criminal Justice Block Grant funds that will be available after July 1.

Department members will discuss criteria and categories for spending the two-year grant, which totals $1.7 million.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 106 of the County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave. Information: 410-887-5637.

Groundbreaking is today for addition to Stoneleigh

TOWSON -- Baltimore County school and government officials will break ground at 9:30 a.m. today for an addition to Stoneleigh Elementary School, 900 Pemberton Road.

The addition will include a cafeteria/multipurpose room, which will replace the school's small basement cafeteria. The addition is scheduled to be finished in the spring.

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