City/County Digest

City/County Digest

April 23, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Council approves legislation to block fast-food restaurant

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Council has approved a bill that could prevent a McDonald's restaurant from being built on Joppa Road amid several apartment towers.

The bill, approved Monday night, was sponsored by Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall-Towson Democrat. It changes the uses allowed in that part of Towson so that a fast-food restaurant with a drive-through window can be built only by special exception, not as a matter of right.

McDonald's had planned to demolish two houses and build a restaurant at 207-209 E. Joppa Road, but residents in nearby apartment complexes strongly objected, fearing increased traffic, noise and trash.

Police searching for man videotaped robbing store

DUNDALK -- Baltimore County police are searching for a man videotaped holding up a convenience store.

A man pointed a handgun at a clerk in the Royal Farms Store in the 8200 block of Eastern Ave. the morning of April 7, police said. The robber, who took cash and several cartons of cigarettes, ordered the clerk at gunpoint into the restroom and told him to stay there for 10 minutes, according to police reports.

A security surveillance camera recorded the robbery. The suspect is described as black, age 25 to 30, 5 feet 10 inches and weighing about 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark flannel shirt, dark pants and a baseball cap. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 410-307- 2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Warnings posted at waters after sewage overflow

ESSEX -- Signs warning against contact with nearby waters in Back River are to be posted today because of a 140,000-gallon overflow at the Essex Sewage Pumping Station at 328 Riverside Drive, the county Department of Public Works said.

The overflow yesterday afternoon lasted about three hours, and was blamed on operator error at the station during replacement of a pump.

The county will take samples of water in the area to determine the duration of the warning of possible health risks.

In Baltimore City

Meeting today to discuss opening high school in '04

Organizations or individuals interested in opening a high school in Baltimore in fall 2004 may attend a meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 N. Charles St.

Baltimore City schools and the nonprofit Fund for Educational Excellence invite potential applicants to learn how to apply to run a new school. The school system, working with the fund, hopes to open six to eight small independent high schools over the next several years, including two in the fall that have been chosen.

Information: Chris Higgins, 410-685-8300 or e-mail chrish@ ffee.org.

Rally, march set to raise awareness of sexual assault

A rally and march to raise awareness about sexual assault will be held tomorrow at the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon.

The Take Back the Night rally will start at 7 and include art activities, music and workshops on topics related to sexual assault. Information will be available about services provided by local agencies. The event will conclude with a candlelight vigil and march through the streets.

The rally is sponsored by TurnAround Inc. The group has locations in Baltimore city and county that offer services for victims of rape, incest, child sexual abuse and domestic violence, and education to prevent sexual assault. The rain location for the rally is First Unitarian Church at Charles and Franklin streets.

Curtis Bay, Brooklyn focus of housing festival

Brooklyn and Curtis Bay will be featured in a housing and music festival that will include a bus tour of homes for sale in those southern city neighborhoods.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Farring-Baybrook Recreation Center, 4501 Farring Court. Live music and free food will be offered, but the emphasis will be on encouraging home purchases in the communities.

A festival organizer, the nonprofit community development group Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition, says the neighborhoods offer affordable housing, parks, public and parochial schools, and access to major roads. As incentive, $2,000 will be given toward closing costs for the first five homebuyers who complete the bus tour and close on a home in Brooklyn or Curtis Bay within 90 days of the housing festival. Additional restrictions apply. Information: 410- 355-1100 or www.baybrook.net.

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