City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

October 14, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Workshop, open house tomorrow to focus on `greening' the city

How do community groups turn vacant lots into gardens? How can those green spaces become permanent neighborhood assets? What can environmental science teach us about the city? Those are the themes of a free public workshop and open house tomorrow at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 2013 St. Paul St.

The Parks and People Foundation's "Greening Baltimore" workshop is from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It focuses on strategies for creating and protecting neighborhood green spaces.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., scientists with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study will hold an open house at the church to describe what they are learning about the links between natural forces and cityscapes. The 6-year-old study, funded by the National Science Foundation, brings together more than 30 scientists specializing in urban ecology.

City man, 21, fatally shot in Southwest Baltimore

A 21-year-old Baltimore man was found shot on a city street early yesterday, becoming the city's 204th homicide of the year, police said.

The victim, whose name was withheld pending the notification of relatives, was found about 1:25 a.m. lying in the 400 block of Colleen Road by officers responding to a reported shooting, police said. The victim, who was shot in the head, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Through the same period last year, the city had recorded 205 killings. Anyone with information on the killing is urged to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

Congressman to discuss Medicare, drug legislation

A town hall-style meeting on the status of legislation governing Medicare and prescription drug coverage will be held next week.

Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will discuss the status of the legislation at the meeting from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday in Zion Towers, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave.

The event is being held by MEDBANK of Maryland, a nonprofit organization that helps state residents who are chronically ill, have limited income or inadequate insurance obtain prescription medications.

In Baltimore County

Construction to begin soon on Southwestern Boulevard

ARBUTUS - The State Highway Administration is about to start construction on a $975,000 project to rehabilitate Southwestern Boulevard, between Sulphur Spring Road and the Baltimore line.

The project will cover one-third of a mile and include road resurfacing, shoulder reconstruction, construction of sidewalks, drainage improvements and installation of traffic signs.

The work, which is expected to be completed by late fall, might cause single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Board seeks public comment on a charter school policy

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Board of Education will seek public comment on a charter school policy, which is being drafted by the school system, during a hearing from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Educational Support Services Building, 6901 Charles St.

Under Maryland law, each school system must draft a policy on charter schools. Baltimore County's draft is expected to closely follow the Maryland State Department of Education's model policy.

After the hearing, the board will hold a work session, which the public may attend, on the school system's scores on the Maryland State Assessment tests and on its computer system for handling test scores and other data.

Forum tonight to explain education assessment tests

OWINGS MILLS - Democratic state Sen. Paula C. Hollinger will sponsor a forum tonight for 11th District parents, students and teachers to discuss how the No Child Left Behind Act will affect the implementation of Maryland State Assessment test results.

The forum will take place at 7 p.m. in the media center at New Town High School, 4931 New Town Blvd. State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and Baltimore County Superintendent Joe A. Hairston will attend to explain the assessments, how test standards were developed and how they will be used.

Information: Lisa Nissley, 410-841-3131.

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