In Baltimore City $153 million project to improve light...


July 09, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

$153 million project to improve light rail service is under way

Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and several other elected officials launched yesterday the construction of a five-year, $153 million project to improve service on the state's light rail system from Hunt Valley to northern Anne Arundel County.

The project will add a second set of rails to eight segments of the track totaling 9.4 miles, state officials said.

The addition will help end the delays that riders experience when northbound or southbound trains must pull to a side track to allow a train traveling in the opposite direction to pass. It will also save maintenance costs, by allowing repair crews to fix the tracks in the daytime, instead of the nighttime repairs required in several single-track sections.

Two of the sections being improved are in Baltimore County, three in Baltimore City (including one south of Ravens Stadium) and three in northern Anne Arundel County.

Social-work school moving research groups to law site

University of Maryland School of Social Work will move its public service research groups Friday into a building shared with the law school at 550 W. Baltimore St.

School officials said the new location offers space for larger distance-education programs and seminar rooms with the latest technology. The building's primary new tenant is the Hilda Katz Center for Public Service Research, which includes family welfare research, a child welfare center and the Institute for Human Services Policy.

The 13,100-square-foot facility will relieve crowding in the school's existing building on West Redwood Street, where most classrooms and administrative offices will remain.

In Baltimore County

Officials investigate fire at Towson condominiums

TOWSON -- Baltimore County fire officials were investigating yesterday the cause of a fire Sunday at the Towsontown Condominiums that left 11 families homeless.

The fire broke out at 7:40 p.m. and caused about $230,000 in damage to the complex in the 500 block of Epsom Road, said Capt. Glenn Blackwell, a fire department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze.

Red Cross officials provided groceries and laundry supplies to displaced families, all of whom are staying with relatives and friends or at hotels in the area. "I was very fortunate," said Wesley Wilson, a librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, who returned from dinner to find his condo full of smoke. "It's one of those things you realize could happen, but until it does, you never think will."

Authorities identify body of man found in Back River

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police have identified a body found in Back River last week as that of a 21-year-old Prince George's County man.

Detectives identified Cordell Wyntly Andrews of the 9900 block of Elm St. in Lanham using fingerprints. Police do not suspect foul play, Bill Toohey, a department spokesman, said yesterday.

A motorist spotted the man's body while looking for a place to fish about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police officer files to run in GOP primary for sheriff

DUNDALK -- Russell D. Badolato, a Dundalk Republican, has filed papers to run for Baltimore County sheriff.

He joins two other Republicans, Joseph P. Callendar and former Sheriff Norman M. Peppersack Jr., in the race. Three Democrats, Charles D. Cuddy, R. Jay Fisher and incumbent Anne K. Strasdauskas, also are running.

Badolato, 41, is a police officer with the Maryland Department of General Services. He also worked for 13 years as a deputy sheriff in Baltimore.

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