In Baltimore City
Methadone clinic users to get vaccinations for hepatitis A and B
Two thousand drug addicts enrolled in methadone programs throughout Baltimore will receive vaccines against hepatitis A and hepatitis B donated by the Merck pharmaceutical company, drug treatment officials are announcing today.
The first vaccines are to be given today to addicts at the Man Alive methadone program on North Charles Street, one of nine treatment facilities where researchers with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are tracking infectious diseases that commonly run among drug addicts. The Hopkins program was started last year with a grant from the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, a private foundation.
Offering hepatitis vaccinations with drug treatment is an important step in making public health care more accessible and efficient, said Dr. Robert Schwartz of the Open Society Institute's addictions program.
Police arrest six drivers at sobriety checkpoint
Continuing a toll facilities initiative against drunken or drugged drivers, Maryland Transportation Authority Police reported stopping 318 vehicles from 11 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. yesterday near the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza on Interstate 95 and arresting six drivers.
Cpl. Greg Prioleau, a police spokesman, said any driver who showed signs of being under the influence was given a field test on the spot -- next to the sobriety checkpoint set up in the northbound lanes between the toll booths and the tunnel entrance.
In a similar operation in early September, 597 drivers were stopped near the Key Bridge toll plaza on the Baltimore Beltway and six were arrested.
Former fire spokesman to head Catholic charities
Hector L. Torres, former spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department, has been named director of two Catholic Charities programs.
Torres will head Hispanic Apostolate, which provides help with employment, English proficiency and health care to Baltimore's Latino population, and Immigration Legal Services, which represents applicants for asylum.
Torres, 49, the voice and face of the Fire Department for nine years, retired in October. He will start his new job Jan. 2.
Councilwoman's party to benefit food bank, shelter
City Councilwoman Lisa J. Stancil, a 3rd District Democrat, will be host of a holiday party at Baltimore's World Trade Center this evening to benefit the Maryland Food Bank and a shelter for abused women.
The party -- from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the 21st-floor Constellation Room -- is open to the public, with the price of admission a nonperishable food item, toy or cash donation. The food will go to the Maryland Food Bank, while other items will go to the House of Ruth shelter for victims of domestic violence.
In Baltimore County
Flu, pneumonia vaccines offered at final clinic today
WOODLAWN -- Baltimore County Department of Health offers a last chance for flu shots this year at a clinic from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Woodlawn Health Center, 1811 Woodlawn Drive.
The clinic will provide influenza shots for $10 and pneumonia vaccinations for $17. The Health Department recommends flu shots for senior citizens, people with chronic lung or heart diseases and women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy.
Eastern Technical principal recipient of national award
ESSEX -- Eastern Technical High School Principal Robert J. Kemmery has won a national award.
Kemmery was named the Association for Career and Technology Education/McDonald's Outstanding Career and Technical Education national winner at the association's annual convention last week in New Orleans. In 1999, Kemmery was named Maryland Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
"I am very proud of this honor and the validation it brings to the educational programs at Eastern Technical High School," he said in a statement. "Winning the ACTE national award is one of my proudest moments as an educator."
3 county senior centers to serve Christmas dinner
TOWSON -- Christmas dinner will be served at three Baltimore County senior centers Dec. 25.
The meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. in Essex, 600 Dorsey Road, 410-887-0267 for reservations; in Cockeysville, 10535 York Road, 410-887-7694; and in Catonsville, 501 N. Rolling Road, 410-887-0900. The three centers will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Christmas Day.
Donations will be requested from diners age 60 and older. Diners younger than age 60 must pay for the meal.