City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 04, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police hired firm to create brochures without city's OK

The Police Department is seeking permission, after the fact, to hire a local advertising firm to produce brochures for $29,500. The brochures, which have been produced, were used to recruit police officers and promote a crime-watch program.

The department hired the Campbell Group Inc., a Baltimore firm, without the approval of the city's Board of Estimates, according to a summary provided to the board for its meeting today. Police were in a hurry to distribute the crime-watch brochures, which cost $16,000, and decided the firm could best meet its deadline because it had done work for the department before, the summary said.

In the case of the recruitment brochures, department officials held what they said were "preliminary discussions" with the Campbell Group, but the firm "came away with the mistaken belief that they were to proceed" with the $13,500 project, the summary said. By the time the department realized the miscommunication, the firm had done too much work to ask it to stop, the summary said.

Laid-off school employees invited to job fair today

The city school system is sponsoring a job fair for its laid-off employees from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Dr. Samuel L. Banks Professional Development Center, 2500 E. Northern Parkway.

Several government agencies, colleges and universities, health care facilities, contractors, nonprofit organizations and businesses will be represented at the event, to discuss possible job opportunities for former school employees.

Pimlico man fatally shot 6 blocks from his home

A Pimlico man died yesterday afternoon at Sinai Hospital, shortly after being shot several times about six blocks from his home by an unknown assailant, police said.

Responding to reported gunshots in the 3700 block of Beehler Ave. about 12:40 p.m., Northwestern District officers found Kelvin Larkins Jones Jr., 19, of the 5000 block of Litchfield Ave. lying in the street and bleeding from bullet wounds to the chest and back, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

A motive for the shooting was unknown, and police urged anyone with information to call Detective Todd Corriveau at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

School board workshop on budget set for tomorrow

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County school board budget workshop that was to have been held last night has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The board will meet in the Educational Support Services Building, 6901 Charles St., and will discuss Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's proposed $923 million operating budget.

Last night's meeting was postponed because of inclement weather.

Parent advisory panel to hold first meeting today

CATONSVILLE -- The education policy subcommittee of Maryland's Parent Advisory Council will hold its first meeting from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the Catonsville Center for Alternative Studies, 901 S. Rolling Road.

The session is the first in a two-year series of meetings designed to collect ideas and suggestions for the parent council. The policy subcommittee will focus on parent involvement and communication.

A 30-minute public comment period will be held at tonight's meeting. Comments will be restricted to the Maryland School Assessment tests. Speakers will be limited to three minutes.

Nature center seeks volunteers for program

STEVENSON -- Irvine Nature Center is seeking volunteers for its Natural Connections urban outreach program.

Volunteers will train high school students to teach science lessons to Baltimore elementary school pupils. No experience is necessary.

The Natural Connections program runs weekdays from March 15 through May 28. Information: David Pragoff, 410-484-2413, Ext. 18.

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