City/County Digest


November 05, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Hopkins school gets $37 million to fight Third World disease

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has received a five-year, $37 million federal grant to find ways to combat diseases that kill women and children in the developing world, the school announced yesterday.

The money is a renewal of a longstanding relationship with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Hopkins will use 50 percent to 60 percent of the money for its research and distribute the remainder to other groups also looking for ways to protect people from malaria, nutritional deficiencies, HIV and respiratory and diarrheal diseases.

Research will be conducted in more than a dozen developing countries, officials said.

Schaefer and Baldwin to be honored at benefit

A former Maryland governor and a former chief executive officer of the largest independent banking company in Maryland will be honored for their contributions to society tonight at a dinner at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.William Donald Schaefer - former Baltimore City Council president, Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor who is now the state's comptroller - will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service for his accomplishments during 48 years of holding public office. H. Furlong Baldwin, CEO of Mercantile Bankshares Corp. for 25 years, will receive the award for corporate citizenship for his role in the finance industry.

Proceeds from the $500-a-ticket benefit dinner, headed by Calman "Buddy" Zamoiski, president of Independent Distributors Inc., will go to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Residents urged to start taking and bagging leaves

The city Department of Public Works is encouraging residents to rake up fallen leaves while the weather remains dry, because they are lighter and easier to bag - and because rain-soaked leaves can clog storm drains.

"It's easier for everyone when leaves are dry," said DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher. "Rake them when you get home from work."

Sanitation crews will pick up bagged leaves on the second trash collection day of the week. In heavily wooded neighborhoods where the city used to vacuum leaves, bags will also be picked up Sundays between Nov. 23 and Dec. 28. Clear plastic or labeled bags are recommended.

Leaves also may be deposited from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Sundays, in designated containers at these city yards or transfer stations: 6101 Bowleys Lane; 701 Reedbird Ave.; 2840 Sisson St.; and 5030 Reisterstown Road.

Canton fireworks display to mark bank's milestone

A Baltimore-based bank will celebrate reaching a financial milestone with a public fireworks display along the Canton waterfront Friday night.

Eight-year-old 1st Mariner Bancorp. recently surpassed $1 billion in assets.

The fireworks will begin at 8:45 p.m. and last for about 15 minutes. The display will be set off from a barge in the harbor, located near the Korean War Memorial.

In Baltimore County

Chamber to hold summit on economic development

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce will hold its economic development summit from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex campus.

The summit will include an update on the Eastern Baltimore Area Economic Development study, which was funded by the county Department of Economic Development, Baltimore Development Corp. and the county Chamber of Commerce. A series of recommendations, based on interviews with representatives of business and industry, community groups, civic and government leaders, will be discussed.

Presenters will include Anirban Basu, the lead consultant for the study, and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a 2nd District Democrat, who will discuss the history of the project. County Executive James T. Smith Jr. also will discuss the report. Information: 410-825- 6200.

Parents invited to workshop on college planning

TOWSON - A workshop for parents of middle and high school students on planning for higher education is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Baltimore County public schools' Greenwood campus, 6901 N. Charles St.

The event is sponsored by the College Board and will detail what every parent needs to know about preparing children for college. Topics to be discussed include: course selection, searching for the right college, applications, transcripts, essays, recommendation processes, financial aid and college testing.

The workshop will be held in the Education Support Services building at Greenwood.

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