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May 21, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Council approves six-year contract renewal for Norris

Unanimously and without debate, the City Council approved the reconfirmation of Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris last night.

The council approved a six-year contract for Norris, who was brought in by Mayor Martin O'Malley in 1999 as part of his campaign against crime.

The reconfirmation occurred after a grueling four-hour hearing last week at which disgruntled police officers, city residents and council members aired complaints against Norris.

Federation to hold event for people losing their sight

The National Federation of the Blind will hold a resource fair from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow for people age 55 and older who are losing their vision.

The event, called Possibilities, will take place at the organization's national headquarters, 1800 Johnson St. in South Baltimore. Admission is $15. It will include lunch, with speakers offering information on how to deal with deteriorating vision, including improving mobility, learning to read Braille, and listening to daily newspapers over the phone using NFB's Newsline service.

Information: 410-659-9314 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Druid Heights group plans benefit for Saturday

An all-you-can-eat fund-raiser to benefit youth activities sponsored by the Druid Heights Community Development Corp. will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Katherine's Episcopal Church, 2001 Division St.

Tickets ($5) may be purchased at the door, or in advance at the community organization's office, 1821 McCulloh St.

Information: 410-523-1350.

In Baltimore County

Council proposes changes in redistrict procedure

All seven members of the County Council joined yesterday in introducing a bill calling for a charter amendment changing how their districts are redrawn after each census.

The council was heavily criticized last summer by residents who felt the redistricting process lacked community input.

The proposal basically follows the recommendations of a group the council established to study the issue. It would require future councils to establish a five-member redistricting commission after each census to take public input and propose new lines.

The council would then hold at least one more public hearing and adopt new maps.

The study group had recommended that the county executive nominate one member of the commission, but in the bill, all five would be nominated by the council. If at least five members vote for the bill, the proposal will appear on the November ballot.

Police seek 3 who robbed bank in White Marsh

WHITE MARSH -- Baltimore County police are looking for three men who robbed a bank in White Marsh yesterday afternoon.

The men walked into the Susquehanna Bank branch at 4204 Ebenezer Road about 2 p.m. and demanded money, implying that they had a gun, police said. The men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Bear Creek group to hold meeting tonight

DUNDALK -- The Bear Creek Watershed Association will hold its first public meeting today, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the North Point Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd.

Formation of the association came several years ago after several fish kills were recorded in coves off Bear Creek in eastern Baltimore County.

Tami Leaver, the group's executive director, said more residents have expressed concerns over a healthy watershed since those kills.

Information: 410-477-6782.

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