City/County Digest


April 07, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Final vote expected on bill allowing ads on 1st Mariner Arena

The City Council is expected to take a final vote today on a measure that would allow 14 four-story-tall advertisements on 1st Mariner Arena.

The ordinance, which is narrowly tailored for the arena's specific high-density commercial location and is supported by Mayor Martin O'Malley, includes a compromise that requires the removal of 14 specific billboards that existed in city neighborhoods before the city's billboard moratorium went into effect.

Ronald M. Kreitner, executive director of West Side Renaissance Inc., opposes the measure. "It is essential for Baltimore to preserve the billboard moratorium," Kreitner said. "We're waiting to see what the mayor is going to do."

`Washington Week' editor to deliver lecture at college

Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of the PBS public affairs show Washington Week, will deliver a lecture at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland on Thursday.

The free talk, which is open to the public, will focus on Washington politics. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. in LeClerc Auditorium on the campus in the 4700 block of N. Charles St.

The presentation by Ifill, a former reporter for The Evening Sun and NBC, is an Elizabeth Morrissy Lecture, an endowed program that brings distinguished speakers to the college.

Learning center offers adult education classes

Adults seeking basic education, computer training and high school equivalency diplomas can register for summer classes at the South Baltimore Learning Center.

The center's summer semester begins April 28. Classes are offered at several locations. One-on-one tutoring is available for adults who are beginning readers.

Adult education classes and tutoring are free, except General Educational Development diploma classes, which cost $45 to $60. Computer classes begin tomorrow and run for six weeks. Registration is $25. Information: 410-625-4215 or www.southbalti

In Baltimore County

Stolen vehicle smashes into apartment; no injuries

ROSEDALE - A stolen Jeep Cherokee crashed through a wall of an apartment building in the Rosedale area yesterday morning, but no one inside was injured and the driver fled, Baltimore County police said.

"I was in bed and I heard this big boom. I thought it was a bomb," said Marie Hurt, who was in her first-floor apartment in the 5600 block of Leiden Road with a friend when the black sport utility vehicle slammed through the wall about 7 a.m. She moved to another unit in the building.

Three apartments in the three-story building were condemned, police said.

County executive to name communications director

TOWSON - This month, Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will name Damian O'Doherty of Washington as his new communications director.

O'Doherty, 28, grew up in Catonsville and attended the University of Delaware and the University of Baltimore Law School. He is vice president for public policy and general counsel to the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors. He also was president of a group that advocated for the Intercounty Connector and other transportation projects in Montgomery County.

He will replace Elise Armacost, 42, who has been the county's communications director since former Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's second term. She will move to a similar job in the county Fire Department.

County events to observe victims' rights this week

TOWSON - Baltimore County police will observe National Victims' Rights Week this week with events around the county.

A speaker from the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center will discuss victims' rights at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Wilkens Precinct, 901 Walker Ave. At noon Wednesday, a tree planting ceremony is planned at the White Marsh Precinct at 8229 Perry Hall Blvd. An open house is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at the Hillendale Resource Center at Loch Raven Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. At noon Friday in Cockeysville, a plaque recognizing victims will be dedicated at the memorial tree at the police station, 111 Wight Ave.

On Saturday, a tree planting ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Essex precinct, 216 N. Marlyn Ave., followed by judging of the victims' rights poster contest at 11:30 a.m. at Eastpoint Mall.

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