City/County Digest


January 07, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Nightclub's request to stage strip shows rejected by panel

Opponents of an adult entertainment club on downtown Baltimore's west side won a victory yesterday as the city zoning board rejected a request by Club Bunns, at 606-608 W. Baltimore St., for permission to stage strip shows. Acting on another matter, the board approved a plan for a new home for one of Baltimore's fastest-growing churches, Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The club, which has said that it has long held such shows with the city liquor board's permission, was opposed by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, which said sanctioning strip shows could harm the west side's revival. Club officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Empowerment Temple has 5,000 members who meet in the auditorium of Walbrook High Uniform Services Academy in West Baltimore. They plan to open a 1,700-seat church at 4221 Primrose Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

City expected to pledge $250,000 for B&O museum

The city's Board of Estimates is expected today to pledge $250,000 to the B&O Railroad Museum, which is rebuilding after the collapse of its roundhouse roof in a snowstorm last winter.

The money would be used toward a new $4.5 million restoration facility, where locomotives damaged in the Feb. 17 collapse would be repaired. The money would not be disbursed until the museum secures funding for the whole project.

Workshop set on finance and investing for women

Radio talk show host and author Deborah Owens will hold a workshop for women on finance and investing from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Owens was formerly vice president of Fidelity Investments and is president of Owens Media Group LLC, a company that develops financial programs for corporations and organizations. She is the author of Everywoman's Money: Confident Investing and is the host of Real Money radio show.

The central Pratt is at 400 Cathedral St. The workshop is free and open to the public.

In Baltimore County

Timber Grove teacher wins Art Educator of the Year

OWINGS MILLS -- Riselle Abrams, an art teacher at Timber Grove Elementary School, has been named the recipient of the 2004 Eastern Region Elementary Art Educator of the Year Award by the National Art Education Association.

The award is given to an association member for exemplary contributions and achievements in art. Association members include elementary, middle and high school teachers and representatives from art museums, art councils and major colleges and universities in the United States and 66 countries.

The award will be presented in April at the association's national convention in Denver.

Historical trust accepting applications for grants

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Historical Trust Inc. is accepting applications for its 2004 grants program, designed to stimulate and assist preservation efforts.

Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 will be awarded to stabilize or rehabilitate a historic property; to promote historic preservation through a project in the county; or to conduct research on a property, site or district that will enhance preservation efforts.

Individuals or organizations may apply. The deadline is March 19. Information: 410-832-1812. Applications also may be downloaded from the trust's Web site at

Chamber of Commerce hires marketing director

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce has hired its first full-time marketing and public relations director.

Kimberly Long, a Perry Hall resident and Villa Julie College graduate, began her new job last month. She is responsible for coordinating internal and external communications, editing the monthly newsletter, coordinating events and creating promotional materials.

Long graduated from Villa Julie in May with a bachelor of science degree in business communications.

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