City/County Digest


March 12, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Snow forces board to add three days to school calendar

The city school board added three days to the school calendar last night to make up for class time lost to last month's record snowfall.

Two of the days, March 28 and May 16, had been set aside for teachers to receive training but will now be regular school days. The board also added June 25, extending the school year for children by one day.

Under the revised schedule, teachers will have June 26 and June 27 for training, and summer school students will get a quick break before they must return to class June 30.

Board considers contract for assessing police tactics

The Board of Estimates is scheduled to vote today on a $90,000 contract for the company that developed and implemented sweeping changes to the city's Police Department three years ago.

The board would hire Linder & Associates to assess the crime-fighting tactics it recommended in April 2000 and which former police Commissioner Edward T. Norris implemented. Mayor Martin O'Malley partially credits those tactics for helping the city reduce violent crime by 30 percent since then.

According to the new agreement, the New York company would revise its plan to continue reducing crime as Commissioner Kevin P. Clark assumes control. Linder also developed and implemented the Baltimore Believe campaign.

Southbound Russell St. to take another week to fix

The partial road collapse on southbound Russell Street will take at least another week to fix, the city's transportation office said yesterday. As a result, traffic will be restricted to one lane until next week.

A 4-by-7-foot portion of the road just south of Interstate 95 collapsed for unknown reasons early Monday. To repair the road, city crews had to expand the hole, closing two lanes.

Yesterday, crews filled in the base of the hole. It will take at least a week to finish because each stage of the new road must be given time to cure, which takes longer in cold weather.

Super Spring Sweep Thing to clean up city set April 5

City officials are encouraging residents to volunteer for Super Spring Sweep Thing 4, which will be held April 5.

Last year, nearly 4,000 volunteers in 189 neighborhoods showed up in April and helped remove graffiti and 700 tons of debris from sidewalks, alleys, parks, lots and yards.

The city will provide brooms, bags, rakes, gloves and shovels, and take away debris. Residents can volunteer by calling their community association or 311.

In Baltimore County

Middle River teen injured when train strikes ATV

ESSEX - A teen-ager who was riding an all-terrain vehicle when it was sideswiped by an Amtrak train traveling 108 mph was in serious condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, officials said.

County police said Kenny Bridges, 17, of the first block of Chadford Court in Middle River was riding along the tracks near the 12000 block of Eastern Ave. about 6:20 a.m. when he was struck by the northbound train.

It was unclear whether Bridges was the driver or a passenger on the ATV when the train sped past and knocked him to the ground, police said. Friends riding in a truck near the tracks called 911, police said.

Fire Department to hold child safety seat clinic

TOWSON - The county Fire Department, working with State Farm Insurance Co., has scheduled a child safety seat clinic from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Ruhl Armory, 1035 York Road.

Certified personnel will check for the proper installation of child seats during the event. No appointment is necessary.

Information: Capt. Glenn A. Blackwell or Sara Fosbrink at 410-887-4876.

Students from two schools to perform `Into the Woods'

CATONSVILLE - The students of Mount de Sales Academy and Cardinal Gibbons School will perform Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gibbons, 3225 Wilkens Ave.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Information: 410-744-8498.

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