In Worcester County Dredge begins work to restore...

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August 14, 2002

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND — In Worcester County

Dredge begins work to restore shoreline at Assateague park

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND - An offshore dredge began pumping wet sand through a pipe and onto the beach at Assateague State Park yesterday, in the start of a multimillion-dollar effort to restore the vanishing shoreline.

Bulldozers at the edge of the surf pushed the sand into position to bolster flattened dunes that will stand about 6 feet high - providing a protective barrier against surging storm tides that threaten the park's campgrounds and buildings.

Work on the state park will last about a month, and then shift to the much larger Assateague Island National Seashore, where the shoreline will be extended about 100 feet. Plans to replenish the beach were in the works for six years.

In Prince George's

More students allowed to move to better schools

UPPER MARLBORO - Prince George's County will more than triple the number of students allowed to transfer to better schools in the fall under a new federal act, schools chief Iris T. Metts said yesterday.

Metts had said there was room for 100 of the 700 children whose parents had signed up for transfers under the new No Child Left Behind Act. Yesterday, she said 363 desks are available at higher-performing schools.

In Baltimore, where parents of 347 children applied for 194 transfers, officials were contacting families yesterday. Nearly 30,000 city children were eligible for transfer from schools with two consecutive years of poor performance. The State Department of Education, which is a partner in the operation of both districts, has urged officials to find more room for students in high-achieving schools.

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