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EPA gives city four grants for watershed projects

In the effort to revitalize the Chesapeake Bay, the Environmental Protection Agency has announced $1.2 million in grants for small watershed projects in Maryland's bay region. Four of the grants, totaling more than $212,000, are earmarked for Baltimore programs.

EPA officials presented the federal grants to U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and Reps. Benjamin L. Cardin and Elijah E. Cummings yesterday at Robert E. Lee Park.

The Baltimore grants include $100,000 for environmentally sensitive landscaping at six public schools; $37,755 to the National Aquarium for schoolchildren to construct two wetland nurseries; $50,000 to manage the Jones Falls Watershed and restore its shoreline; and $25,000 to monitor water quality and restore habitat at the Herring Run Watershed.

Citizen testimony program training begins today

The Downtown Partnership's Safety Coalition will hold the first training session today for its court watch program, which will bring members of the public and the business community to District Court to testify in nuisance crime prosecutions.

The city state's attorney's office will prepare court watchers to testify about how quality-of-life crimes, such as public drinking and urination, affect the community.

Training will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 301 W. Lombard St.

Human services to hold family luncheon Thursday

The Baltimore City Human Services Division will hold a parent and family luncheon Thursday to promote stronger families.

The luncheon, which will be held at noon at the 4th District Human Services Center, 1133 Pennsylvania Ave., is open to the public. Police officers, church leaders and city officials, including City Council President Sheila Dixon, will attend.

Seventeen teen-age summer campers will recite poetry and read from camp journals. The camp, run by the Human Services Division, aims to engage city youths in various activities during the summer. Information: 410-396-0893.

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Bridge widening will close I-83, Timonium Road lanes

TIMONIUM -Lanes on Timonium Road and Interstate 83 will be closed, beginning this week, while the State Highway Administration widens a bridge.

Single-lane closures on I-83 may occur from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Lane closures on Timonium Road may occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. No lanes will be closed from 3 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday. The bridge project is expected to cost $2.8 million and be complete next summer.

Police seek city man, 41, charged in two burglaries

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are searching for a 41-year-old Baltimore man wanted in two burglaries.

David A. Beers, whose last known address is the 2900 block of Bayonne Ave. in Hamilton, is charged in a warrant with two counts of burglary, police said. He was charged in burglaries July 12 at Queen's Nails & Tanning Salon in the 7600 block of Belair Road in Overlea and Bill's Seafood in the 9000 block of Belair Road in Perry Hall. Money and other property were stolen in both incidents, police said.

Evidence recovered from both locations was linked to Beers, police said. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call police at 410- 307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Police Aviation Unit wins thermal imaging award

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Police Department's Aviation Unit won first prize in the 2002 FLIR Vision Award Contest for its use of thermal imaging to arrest a carjacking suspect near Loch Raven Boulevard in Baltimore in March 2001.

Thermal imaging allows police to locate heat sources from above. The sources appear as negative images on a monitor in a police helicopter. The manufacturer of the Forward Looking Infrared imaging technology, FLIR Systems Inc., presents the vision award to the law enforcement agency for the best capture using the system.

Each of the three officers in the helicopter - pilot David McVey, thermal operator Patrick Connolly and observer Daniel Wolf - received a jacket and a plaque. FLIR Systems Inc. also donated $300 to a charity of the officers' choice.

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