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November 13, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

State board OKs $1.75 million grant for Dundalk project

ANNAPOLIS -- The state Board of Public Works has approved a $1.75 million grant to aid revitalization efforts in Dundalk, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday.

The money is to be used for improvements in areas where demolition work sponsored by Baltimore County has been completed, the governor's office said.

Two years ago, an Urban Design Assistance Team, a group of community designers, visited Dundalk and recommended linking revitalization efforts to the community's 64 miles of waterfront and its industrial history. A nonprofit group, Dundalk Renaissance Corp., has been formed to pursue those goals.

County to operate pair of cold-weather shelters

TOWSON -- Baltimore County announced yesterday that it will operate two cold-weather shelters for the homeless this year -- one at Spring Grove Center in Catonsville, the other at the Eastern Family Resource Center, 9100 Franklin Square Drive in Rosedale.

The Catonsville shelter begins operations Saturday and will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. Access is only by a shuttle that operates from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The pick-up site is a half-block west of Frederick Road and Wade Avenue.

The east-side shelter opened Nov. 8 and can be reached by Maryland Transit Administration bus lines 35 and 24. Bus tokens can be obtained through the county Department of Social Services or at the shelters, which will be operated by the Community Assistance Network Inc.

St. Joseph offers flu shots Sunday and Dec. 7

TOWSON -- St. Joseph Medical Center will offer free flu shots from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 7.

Registration is required. Those wishing to register should call the Department of Community Outreach at 410-337-1479.

The medical center is at 7601 Osler Drive.

In Baltimore City

Union rally protests Morgan State layoffs

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees rallied yesterday at Morgan State University to protest the school's announcement of 11 layoffs this week.

Morgan's state funding, like that of other public colleges, was cut last year. It furloughed employees for two days in the spring, raised tuition by 9 percent this fall and is considering up to four additional furlough days this school year.

At the rally, AFSCME, the union that represents nonfaculty employees at the college, charged Morgan State with bargaining in bad faith, which school administrators deny.

City to reimburse state for building improvements

The city Board of Estimates voted yesterday to reimburse the state $410,000, half the cost of improvements to the War Memorial Building.

The Maryland Department of General Services has removed asbestos, installed emergency lighting and a generator, and made other improvements. It also plans to repair the front steps. Under state law, the city and state split the building's operating and capital expenses.

The board also voted to grant a permit to allow four billboards on 1st Mariner Arena that would hang over a city sidewalk.

BET to hold program on HIV/AIDS awareness

At the invitation of City Council President Sheila Dixon, Black Entertainment Television will hold an HIV/AIDS awareness event at Morgan State University next week aimed at educating young adults.

BET's "Rap It Up" program will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 22 at Murphy Fine Arts Center and will feature a concert starring "marquee entertainment." Since the program's inception in 1998, it has led to the testing of more than 4,000 people for HIV, managed 760,000 calls to a toll-free hot line and has been the host to dozens of other teen forums throughout the nation.

Partners in the effort include the university's Center for HIV Prevention, Baltimore City public schools, 92Q FM, Comcast, the Institute for Human Virology and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

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