City/County Digest

City/County Digest

January 20, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

City to close streets, restrict parking for annual King parade

Four city streets will be closed and parking will be restricted for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade, which begins at noon today.

The annual parade will begin at the State Office Complex at Eutaw and Preston streets and proceed south along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Baltimore Street, where it will disband. The parade will be held rain or shine.

Driving and parking will be prohibited on these streets from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.: Eutaw Street from Dolphin Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard; Preston Street from Madison Avenue to Eutaw Street; and Madison Street from Dolphin Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Southbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Baltimore Street to Washington Boulevard will be closed from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The southbound side of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Eutaw Street to Washington Boulevard and the left lane of northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Washington Boulevard to Eutaw Street will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Demonstration planned to seek school funding

An informal coalition of community groups, churches and residents will demonstrate tomorrow in front of the Baltimore school system's headquarters, 200 E. North Ave., to encourage state and local leaders to offset any potential budget cuts by giving the schools more money. The district has been facing a deficit and has adopted several cost-cutting remedies.

The rally, which is being led by Tyrone Powers, chairman of The People's Plan Inc., will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Powers said he hopes as many as 1,000 people will turn out and disrupt traffic.

"This is a civil disobedience kind of rally, consistent with Dr. [Martin Luther] King's dream," Powers said. "The education system in Baltimore is in such dire condition, any cut in any area would harm our children."

Son of Martin Luther King to speak at Pratt library

Dexter Scott King, the son of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will speak Jan. 28 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

King also will sign copies of his new book, Growing Up King, in which he recounts growing up as the son of a legend and how his father's legacy affected his views on race and life.

The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium of the Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.

In Baltimore County

Volunteer advocates sought for children in foster care

TOWSON - CASA of Baltimore County Inc. is looking for people interested in becoming volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates.

CASA volunteers work as advocates for abused and neglected children in foster care. Volunteers receive 30 hours of training and spend about 10 hours a month working on behalf of a child. No special education background is needed. Volunteers must be at least age 21.

The next training class begins next month. Information and application: 410-828-0515.

County is offering funding for substance abuse projects

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Health Department's Bureau of Substance Abuse is offering community and faith-based substance abuse and prevention grants of up to $2,500 each.

A total of $25,000 will be made available to applicants who demonstrate a creative approach to substance abuse prevention in their communities. Possible projects include recreational activities for youngsters, after-school programs and parent training classes. Priority will be given to new and innovative programs needing start-up funds.

Applications can be obtained by calling the Office of Substance Abuse at 410-887-3828. The application deadline is Feb. 21.

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