City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 26, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

O'Malley, GBC meet to discuss efforts to address school crisis

Mayor Martin O'Malley met with members of the Greater Baltimore Committee yesterday to update the business group on city efforts to assist the public school system through its fiscal crisis.

O'Malley asked the organization to help him recruit volunteers who are experts in business management. Late last year, the committee lent its expertise to help fix the school system's financial woes by recommending several management changes to avoid future problems.

A GBC news release said the mayor told the group that he was specifically seeking experts in financial analysis, transportation contracts, fleet management, information technology, property asset management, inventory control and health and safety.

O'Malley also reviewed details of the city's $42 million loan to the system and strategies to eliminate its $58 million deficit by the end of fiscal year 2006.

Woman, 21, fatally shot while standing on street

A 21-year-old woman was shot last night while standing with friends on a street in East Baltimore's Oliver neighborhood and died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police said a man approached several people standing near a bus stop in the 1600 block of Federal St. about 8:15 p.m. and opened fire with a handgun, hitting the woman once in a leg and multiple times in the upper body.

Sgt. Darryl Massey of the homicide squad said it was not known whether the woman - whose name was withheld - was the gunman's intended target. Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

Children's chorus to hold a free concert at church

The Greater Homewood Children's Chorus will perform original works and arrangements by Silver Spring vocalist David Griffiths at 4 p.m. Sunday at University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St.

The choir was formed last fall as part of the church's ministry and is open to children ages 7 to 15 who live or go to school in North Baltimore neighborhoods. No experience is necessary.

Griffiths, a baritone who studied at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, has performed at the Kennedy Center and around the world. The concert is free. Information: 410-467-2343.

Blessing of the Tartan to take place Sunday

The St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore will hold it annual Kirkin', or blessing, of the Tartan on Sunday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cathedral and Mulberry streets.

The blessing will be performed by Cardinal William H. Keeler at the 10:45 am. Mass. The Baltimore City Pipe Band will play as part of the celebration.

The Mass is in honor of Tartan Day, which is observed April 6, and commemorates a 14th-century event when Scottish noblemen petitioned Pope John XXII to recognize Scotland's independence.

In Baltimore County

Nature center schedules flea market and auction

STEVENSON - The Irvine Nature Center will hold a flea market and silent auction from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

"The reuse of household items is one important way we can reduce the huge amount of waste dumped in our landfills on a daily basis," said Robert Mardiney, director of the center at 8400 Greenspring Ave.

The center is one of the area's leaders in environmental education programs for children and adults. The event will be held rain or shine.

Hereford High alumni invited to 50th anniversary

HEREFORD - Northern Baltimore County's Hereford High School is calling all alumni and faculty in preparation for its 50th anniversary May 15.

All 50 classes will be highlighted during the daylong celebration, which will feature an open house, exhibits in nine classrooms, building tours and other activities. The celebration will culminate with a bull roast that evening.

Alumni and faculty should contact Andrea Holloway Holmes at queenandi@comcast. net or Gail Weldon Thompson at ellagail@att.net by Thursday.

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