Delegates to discuss legislative session at taxpayers...

Carroll Digest

May 05, 2002

Delegates to discuss legislative session at taxpayers meeting

Carroll County Taxpayers Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westminster Senior Center.

Dels. Carmen Amedori and Joseph M. Getty will discuss laws passed in the 2002 Maryland General Assembly.

The work session will include legislative proposals, drafting of legislation and strategies for enactment.

Residents can learn about their rights and procedures to fight high property tax increases.

Property owners are welcome.

The senior center is at 125 Stoner Ave. Information: 410- 857-1213.

Baltimore Mayor O'Malley to speak at Carroll college

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will discuss "Things Can't Change and Other Myths" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Decker Auditorium in Lewis Hall of Science at Western Maryland College.

O'Malley, elected in November 1999, is the one of the youngest mayors in Baltimore history.

As mayor, he has worked toward campaign promises of accountability, change and reform, especially in public safety, education and economic development.

Crime statistics have shown decreases in homicide, shootings, aggravated assault, robbery, rape and violent crime incidents.

To help clean up the downtown, a citywide survey of vacant buildings and lots was done, which will help target enforcement, demolition and redevelopment efforts.

Before becoming mayor, O'Malley served eight years on the Baltimore City Council and as an assistant state's attorney for the city. He is a graduate of Catholic University and the University of Maryland School of Law.

Information: 410-857-2290.

Family center announces activities for this month

Carroll County Family Center's theme for the month is heroes, featured in many activities. The center will offer these activities for member families this month: A Mother's Day celebration will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Children and their mothers will be treated to activities.

No programs will be held Tuesday through Friday while staff is in training. The center will be closed May 27 for Memorial Day.

A Parents Leadership meeting will be held at 9 a.m. May 21.

Memorial Day will be celebrated May 22 with a presentation and picnic at the duck pond on Route 140, weather permitting. Registration is required by May 16.

A trip to the Inner Harbor will be taken May 28. The B&O Museum and sites at the Inner Harbor will be visited. The cost is $5. Registration is required by May 23.

The Parents Night Out event will be miniature golf from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 31.

Registration is required for programs, especially trips.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876-7805.

Letter carriers association to hold canned food drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers, Oriole Branch 176 of central Maryland, will participate in a one-day food drive Saturday.

Residents are asked to place nonperishable food items by their mailbox that day for postal carriers to pick up.

Food collected in Carroll County will be given to local food banks for the needy.

Information: 410-525-2444.

Historical society to offer monthly lunch talk

The Historical Society of Carroll County will hold its monthly lunch talk at noon May 14 at Church of the Ascension at 23 N. Court St., Westminster.

Architectural historian Ken Short will discuss some notable historic barns and the role of barns in the lives of Carroll farm families.

Participants should take a lunch. Beverage and dessert will be provided. Admission is $2 for nonmembers; free for historical society members. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-848-6494.

Environmental board seeks award nominees

The Carroll County Environmental Affairs Advisory Board is taking nominations for the 2002 Environmental Awareness Awards.

The awards are given to individuals, institutions and businesses for achievements in environmental protection and conservation. Nominations will be accepted through June 3.

A nomination in each category will be selected and awards presented by the Carroll County commissioners in August.

Nominations may be submitted as a letter or nomination forms can be picked up at local branches of the Carroll County Public Library or the Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

Letters should contain the name and address of the nominee and the reason for nomination. Nominations should be submitted to the Carroll County Department of Permits, Inspections and Review, 225 N. Center St., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-386-2248.

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