City/county Digest


January 26, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Job fair to focus on laid-off city school employees

TIMONIUM - A Baltimore County job fair targeting laid-off city school employees will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Timonium campus of the University of Phoenix, 1954 Greenspring Drive.

Sponsored by the Baltimore County Office of Employment and Training, the job fair will have 50 employers looking for workers whose backgrounds include human resources, special education, social work and information technology.

Information: 410-887-2008.

County educators, parents to join Thornton rally

TOWSON - Parents, administrators and teachers from Baltimore County planned to travel to Annapolis today to join a rally calling for full funding of the Thornton education plan.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has said he does not need to provide $45 million of the Thornton funds that larger counties were expecting in the coming fiscal year. Participants in the "Rally for Thornton" were to gather at Catonsville, New Town, Perry Hall and Patapsco high schools, and at the Greenwood Administration Building in Towson between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. for a bus ride to the capital, though the weather appeared to pose a threat to the plans last night.

The Annapolis rally was scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. Alvin Thornton, who led the commission that recommended spending $1.3 billion more a year on public education by 2008, was to speak at the event at Lawyers Mall.

Lane of Joppa Road bridge closed at I-695 overpass

BROOKLANDVILLE - Traffic and construction engineers have closed one lane of the two-lane Joppa Road bridge over the Baltimore Beltway as part of a renovation project.

Two-way traffic will be maintained through the use of temporary traffic signals at each end of the bridge. The shift will allow construction crews to demolish and rebuild the 43-year- old span in stages. The new bridge will be longer and higher to accommodate the widening of the Beltway.

The lane is expected to remain closed for a year.

In Baltimore City

Anti-war coalition to sponsor King discussion

The Baltimore Coalition to End War and Terrorism will hold a panel discussion Wednesday on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The program is called "What would King do (and want us to do) today?"

The panelists will include Wiley A. Hall III, executive editor of the Afro American newspaper; Ralph E. Moore Jr., director of the St. Frances Academy Community Center; Marvin L. "Doc" Cheatham Sr., president of the Baltimore chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; and A. Robert Kaufman, a socialist activist.

The event will begin at 7:15 p.m. at St. Frances Academy, 501 E. Chase St.

Nonprofit interfaith group to hold banquet Saturday

Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality, a nonprofit and interfaith organization supporting equitable housing and education, has announced plans for a banquet Saturday at the Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave.

A grass-roots organization, BRIDGE includes 25 congregations and organizations representing about 25,000 people in metropolitan Baltimore.

Scheduled speakers for the banquet, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., are Carl Anthony of the Ford Foundation and Mary Gonzales of the Gamaliel Foundation. Tickets are $50. Information: 410-542-0395.

Renewal meeting planned for Brooklyn, Curtis Bay

Brooklyn and Curtis Bay residents are invited to a town meeting Saturday to help create a revitalization plan for the two waterfront neighborhoods. The Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan is being developed by community groups with help from the mayor's office.

At a meeting in May, about 150 residents identified their priorities: economic development, education, social programs, health, the environment, parks and recreation, housing and safety. Since then, subcommittees have been working on plans to address each issue. Those plans will be presented Saturday.

The Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition is sponsoring the meeting, scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 1201 Cambria St. Information: 410-355-1100.

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