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CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

City/county Digest

December 29, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

IN BALTIMORE CITY

Transportation meeting to discuss Md. spending cuts

A public forum on regional transportation that will include a discussion on reductions in state spending for mass transit will be held next week in Baltimore.

The Maryland Transit Coalition and the Citizens Planning and Housing Association will sponsor the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the University of Maryland Law School, 500 W. Baltimore St. Mayor Martin O'Malley and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan will speak. In addition to discussing spending policies, the forum will include a review of local rail plans.

The association is a nonprofit organization that supports citizen involvement, and the coalition is a statewide alliance of transit advocates.

Interfaith service set on New Year's Eve

A New Year's Eve interfaith service will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Calvert and Madison streets. Roman Catholic Bishop W. Francis Malooly, auxiliary bishop, will preach.

Mayor Martin O'Malley and City Council President Sheila Dixon will also speak. Others on the program include Rabbi Jon Kronheim of Congregation Beth Am, Imam Bashar Arafat of the Baltimore Islamic Community and the Very Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

The 11th annual service will include groups representing the city's medical, arts, educational, social, media and other professions. The event is free. Reservations: 410-727-3848.

Homebuyer education classes offered free

Countrywide Financial Corp. and Tri-Churches Housing Inc. of Baltimore will sponsor a series of free homebuyer education classes at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 15, and 22.

Industry professionals from real estate agencies will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice in a casual setting. The classes are open to the public, and no registration is required. A certificate of graduation, which can help participants obtain grants and loans, will be issued at the end of the third class.

Classes will be given at 765 W. Hamburg St., in the upper hall of the St. Jerome Head Start Center. Information: 410-385- 1463.

In Baltimore County

Prospective homebuyers are invited to workshops

DUNDALK -- Starting next week, Eastside Community Development Corp. will hold workshops for those interested in buying a home.

Sessions are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 7, 15 and 22 in the corporation's office in Suite 302 of the Atrium Offices at Eastside Mall, 7835 Eastern Ave. Prospective homebuyers must attend one session to participate in the Baltimore County Settlement Expense Loan Program and the low-interest mortgage program offered by the state through the Community Development Administration.

Reservations are required. Reservations and information: 410-284-9861.

GOP club honors members for Republican Party service

LOCHEARN -- Several members of the West-Side Republican Club of Baltimore County were presented with awards for service to the party and the community at a recent meeting.

The awards, from Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, went to Bernie Jackson; Robbie Page; Kenneth Kondner; Robert Hoffman; Victor Clark; Beverly Goldstein; club President Jacqueline A. Fleming; St. George Crosse; Gail Thies; Sylvia Wiley; and John Moylan.

County Department of Aging to mark 25 years with music

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Department of Aging will help celebrate its 25th anniversary with a "Night with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra" at 8 p.m. Jan. 28.

The concert will feature guest conductor Kirk Muspratt, with Ellen Pendleton on violin. Members of the Peabody Youth Orchestra also will perform.

Tickets are $20 and include a reception after the performance at Kraushaar Auditorium on the Goucher College campus. Information: 410-887-2040.

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