City/County Digest


December 04, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Streets to be closed today for annual lighting of monument

The city has announced street closings today in Mount Vernon for the annual lighting of the Washington Monument for the winter holidays.

Mount Vernon Place - the portion of Monument Street between St. Paul and Cathedral streets - will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The west side of Charles Street from Centre to Madison streets will be closed from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the east side from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Festivities are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Associated Black Charities names interim director

The board of directors of Associated Black Charities has named Barbara Blount Armstrong as the grant-making organization's interim executive director.

Armstrong replaces Donna Jones Stanley, who recently left the Baltimore-based group to become president of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati.

Armstrong has been Associated Black Charities' chief program officer for five years.

Children in arts program to show work at reception

Pupils who participated in the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Open Minds Art Program will display their works at a reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Highlandtown library branch, 3323 Eastern Ave.

The program, begun in 1999 and run by the library with help from the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, is intended to help pupils from ages 8 to 12 enhance their reading and communication skills. Participants engage in hands-on art projects under the direction of an artist teacher.

The art will continue to be displayed after the reception, which is open to the public.

In Baltimore County

Auxiliary officers to collect food, toys for Isabel victims

WHITE MARSH - Baltimore County police auxiliary officers from the Parkville and White Marsh precincts will hold a holiday food and toy drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to help victims of Tropical Storm Isabel.

Officers will be at Knells Crown Station at Belair Road and Henry Avenue in White Marsh collecting canned or boxed food items, new toys in their packages and new clothes. In addition, officers will go house to house collecting donations on Henry, Alberta, Kenlea, Edro, Linhigh, Leslie, Elinor and Lyndale avenues, which are behind the service station.

Information: Sgt. Laura Clark, 410-887-2587.

Catonsville meeting to focus on emergency plan

CATONSVILLE - The Baltimore County Office of Emergency Management will hold a meeting Dec. 11 for Catonsville residents who are interested in helping to formulate an emergency preparedness plan for their community.

County fire, police and health personnel will use the Community Emergency Response Team course, a nationally recognized curriculum that teaches civic leaders how to lead their communities through the first 72 hours of a disaster. Topics will include emergency preparedness, fire safety, emergency medical operations, disaster psychology and terrorism.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road. Registration: 410-887- 5996.

Fire Museum sponsors train garden this month

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Maryland will sponsor its annual holiday train garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday this month and from Dec. 28 to 30.

The museum has played host to the train garden since 1986. Also on display is a collection of 40 antique fire engines, a working fire alarm office, memorabilia from the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 and a children's Discovery Room.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for firefighters and seniors; $4 for children ages 3 to 18. Children younger than age 3 enter free. The museum is at 1301 York Road.

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