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City/County Digest

March 27, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Board delays vote on loan to aid Santoni's expansion

The Board of Estimates delayed yesterday its vote on a $300,000 loan to help Santoni's Super Market expand its Highlandtown store.

The board agreed to defer the matter until next week because two of its members serve on the Baltimore Public Markets Corp.'s board of directors with Robert Santoni Sr., chief executive officer of Santoni's Super Market.

The company, founded 73 years ago by Santoni's father, is embarking on a $2.4 million expansion of its grocery at East Lombard and South Eaton streets.

City Council President Sheila Dixon and Finance Director Peggy Watson, who was sitting in for Mayor Martin O'Malley, would have abstained yesterday to avoid conflicts of interest. The five-member board agreed to wait a week until O'Malley was present to guarantee the three votes necessary to approve the loan.

Conaway says he'll try run for mayor as independent

Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway said yesterday that he is changing his tactics for challenging Mayor Martin O'Malley in the next election.

In December, Conaway announced that he would take on O'Malley in the Democratic primary scheduled for September. The state legislature will likely move the primary to February or March.

Now Conaway is mounting a petition drive that, if successful, would allow him to skip the primary and run as an independent candidate for mayor in the November 2004 general election. The former state delegate, who finished third in the 1999 Democratic primary for City Council president, will have to obtain nearly 3,000 signatures to succeed.

School board approves opening of primary school

The Baltimore school board has approved the opening in September of a new primary school that will be run by a local church.

The Empowerment Academy will serve children from prekindergarten through second grade and focus on literacy through the arts. The school board has yet to pick a location or principal.

The academy - operated by the Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church - is the system's 11th school in the New Schools Initiative, a program that provides for schools run by nonprofits but publicly funded. The initiative is in its sixth year.

Loyola students to hold teach-in on homelessness

Loyola College students are planning to stage tonight a "teach-in" to raise awareness of homelessness in the United States.

The National Coalition for the Homeless is among the sponsors. Guests are to include Rep. John Conyers Jr., a Michigan Democrat interested in the issue, a formerly homeless woman and Kathleen Baar, a policy analyst with the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.

The teach-in is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall at the college, 4501 N. Charles St. It is free and open to the public.

In Baltimore County

Health Department awards grants for education, testing

TOWSON - Baltimore County Department of Health has awarded $227,627 in grants to county hospitals and medical providers to expand health education and cancer screenings. The money is from the state's Cigarette Restitution Fund.

Recipients are: Franklin Square Hospital Center; Greater Baltimore Medical Center; St. Joseph Medical Center; Baltimore Medical System Inc.; and Northwest Hospital Center. The grants will help pay for screening and education for colon, breast, cervical, skin, oral and prostate cancers.

In addition, $75,000 has been awarded to community and faith-based groups for education and to encourage people to make appointments for colon cancer screenings.

Medical association to hold seminar on patient privacy

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Medical Association will sponsor a seminar Monday for doctors, medical office managers and staff on meeting new requirements for patient privacy under the federal Health Insurance and Accountability Act of 1996.

The seminar will be held at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center. The advance registration fee of $35 includes a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Information: 410-296-1232.

Beth Tfiloh school renamed in tribute to donor family

PIKESVILLE - Beth Tfiloh Community School has been renamed after its most generous donors, becoming Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School.

The school, which has 1,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, is changing its name in tribute to Haron and Rachel Dahan and family, who most recently contributed $2 million. The Dahans are the 80-year-old school's leading financial supporters, having endowed scholarships, adult education programs and buildings.

Haron Dahan was one of the founders of the high school, which bears his name. "We are truly honored to have our school bear his name in perpetuity," said Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg, the school's dean.

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