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May 02, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

DUNDALK — In Baltimore County

Parents hold protest, say something at school makes kids ill

DUNDALK -- Something in Charlesmont Elementary School is making pupils sick and parents want the building tested for mold or hazardous material, said Jackie Brewster, PTA president.

About 30 parents protested yesterday outside the school, where ceiling tiles were removed last week in a renovation project. Many parents took their children out of school, Brewster said.

School system spokesman Charles A. Herndon said the school has been inspected and was visited by representatives of the Maryland Department of the Environment this week. "We don't believe there's a problem with the environment at Charlesmont," he said, adding that no further testing is planned.

O'Connor seeking 7th term as county state's attorney

TOWSON -- Baltimore County State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor announced yesterday that she is running for a seventh term.

O'Connor, a Republican known for her willingness to seek the death penalty, said she will campaign on a platform of mandatory sentences for repeat violent offenders. If re-elected, O'Connor said, she also plans to seek more effective ways to deal with domestic violence.

O'Connor has been the county's top prosecutor since 1975.

Environmental program at school recognized

TOWSON -- Loch Raven Academy has been recognized as a 2002 Governor's Green School for its environmental education program.

The academy stresses five kinds of environmental practices: solid waste recycling, safe use of chemicals, restoration of habitats, building structures for environmental learning and maintaining a healthy school environment.

The school will receive its award at a ceremony June 6 at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

In Baltimore City

Charles St. parking study expected to finish in July

The Traffic Group, a transportation planning company, is conducting a parking study of Charles Street for 32 area property owners, businesses and Mount Vernon institutions that make up Charles Street Development Corp., the consortium said yesterday.

Scarce parking is considered the greatest obstacle to those who would frequent shops, restaurants and cultural attractions in the downtown and midtown stretches of Charles Street, said Rebecca Gagalis, the organization's executive director.

The $48,500 study, expected to conclude in mid-July, will focus on parking on the one-way, northbound route from Fayette Street to North Avenue. More cohesive signs and extended parking lot hours might alleviate the corridor's parking crunch, Gagalis said.

Fire safety is topic of open house tomorrow

The city Department of Housing and Community Development will hold a Community Action Day Open House from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at its 4th District Human Services Center, 1133 Pennsylvania Ave.

Representatives from the city state's attorney's office will discuss the recent increase of arson in the district's neighborhoods, and a fire prevention safety seminar will be held.

Those attending the event will be offered a free smoke detector, and food and refreshments will be served. Information: 410-396-0893.

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