City/County Digest


April 10, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

O'Malley to launch campaign focusing on disaster readiness

Mayor Martin O'Malley will launch Civic Works' Project Liberty, a public awareness campaign focused on disaster preparedness, at 11 a.m. Monday at Clifton Mansion in Clifton Park.

Civic Works, a Baltimore nonprofit organization, was one of the first organizations in the country to receive a homeland security grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. A team of 15 part-time AmeriCorps members will provide public health, bioterrorism and disaster preparedness information to local community associations, schools and church groups, with presentations to begin next month.

The advisory board for the project includes the Center for International Emergency Disaster and Relief Studies at the Johns Hopkins University; the Maryland Emergency Management Administration; the city Office of Emergency Management; Baltimore fire, police and health departments; and the American Red Cross.

Community group to hold meeting about complaints

A politically active community group will hold a meeting tonight to alert city and state officials to issues that it says have gone unanswered in several neighborhoods.

The Association of Community Organization for Reform Now, or ACORN, is demanding that officials act to alleviate concerns with garbage collection, rats, vacant housing, drug trafficking, speeding cars and bus pollution. The group is focusing on the neighborhoods of Harwood, Midway, Greenmount, Waverly, Old Goucher and lower Charles Village.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Barclay Recreational Center at Barclay and 29th streets. Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young is scheduled to attend along with city officials including Public Works Director George Winfield.

Youths to meet in park to launch service activities

More than two dozen organizations and 300 youths will converge tomorrow in Druid Hill Park to launch the beginning of three days of community service activities in Baltimore.

A total of 700 young people will participate by helping the city Department of Recreation and Parks prepare for the spring season. They will assist in planting flowers, cleaning the swimming pool and sweeping tennis courts, among other activities.

The Baltimore Youth Opportunity Movement is organizing the activities as part of National Youth Service Day.

In Baltimore County

Friends of Towson Library to hold annual book sale

TOWSON - The Friends of the Towson Library will hold its ninth annual book sale today through Sunday in the Wilson Room on the first floor of the library.

A "first-choice" sale will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Admission is $10, which can be applied to becoming a friend of the library. Refreshments will be served.

Other sale hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The sale offers used books, compact discs, DVDs and other materials. Information: 410-887-6166.

Police TV show to feature ATV safety, identity theft

TOWSON - The latest edition of the Baltimore County Police Department's cable television show will feature driving all-terrain vehicles safely and avoiding identity theft.

Officer Larry Kirby of the Essex Precinct will discuss the proper operation of ATVs. Detective Mark Watkins from the Economic Crimes team will talk about the dangers of identity theft.

The program will be broadcast through May 2 on Comcast Channel 25 at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Family caregivers seminar is set for Monday evening

PARKVILLE - Baltimore County Department of Aging will offer a free seminar for family caregivers, "Hands-on Skills: Transfer Techniques to Reduce Stress and Strain," Monday evening at Parkville Senior Center.

The workshop, which will begin at 5:45 p.m., will feature a presentation by Mary Hinton, a physical therapist at Franklin Square Hospital Center.

The senior center is at 8601 Harford Road. Information: 410- 887-2594.

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