City/County Digest


April 21, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Two-alarm fire damages rowhouse, injuring firefighter

A two-alarm fire on a narrow Southeast Baltimore street damaged one rowhouse and filled several others with dense smoke yesterday evening.

At least 12 people, including some elderly residents dependent on oxygen, were escorted from smoke-filled homes in the 3400 block of Leverton Ave. by Southeastern District police officers Steve Szymanowski, Donnell Williams and Roan Everett after a neighbor called 911 to report the blaze shortly past 6 p.m.

"The second floor where the fire started was full of flames and smoke was moving quickly from house to house nearly all the way to the end of the block," Szymanowski said.

The only reported injury was to a firefighter, who was treated for minor burns at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said the fire started at the vacant 3437 Leverton Ave., and the cause is being investigated. Firefighters manning 20 pieces of aparatus brought the blaze under control in half an hour.

In Baltimore County

State to hold workshop Monday for Isabel victims

BOWLEYS QUARTERS - Baltimore County residents whose homes were damaged by Tropical Storm Isabel are invited to a state-sponsored workshop Monday aimed at helping them rehabilitate, renovate or replace their damaged dwellings.

Legislation passed this year authorizes the state Department of Housing and Community Development to offer Isabel victims low-interest loans, credit enhancement and interest subsidies to repair and rebuild. Applicants must own their homes and must meet income limits, among other requirements.

The workshop, one of nine to be held around the state, will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bowleys Quarters Fire Hall, 900 Bowleys Quarters Road. Information: call 1-866-227-2497 or visit

Towson U. professor receives teaching honor

TOWSON - Gloria Neubert, professor of secondary education at Towson University, has been honored by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents for outstanding teaching.

The regents, who oversee all of the state's public colleges and universities, gave Neubert the Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2004, the system's highest faculty honor.

Neubert, a national expert on reading, has given workshops on the topic for many of Maryland's public school systems. She has taught 20 different undergraduate and graduate courses, college officials say. "Dr. Neubert is a teaching exemplar," said Thomas Profitt, acting dean of Towson's College of Education.

Peace activist to speak at Goucher College

TOWSON - Author and activist Maxine Hong Kingston will give a reading from her most recent book, The Fifth Book of Peace, at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium.

Kingston's latest book is a blend of nonfiction and fiction - including a rewritten version of her fourth, never-published novel, the manuscript of which was destroyed in a 1991 wildfire that also consumed her California home.

In addition to her award-winning writing, Kingston is an outspoken peace activist, who was arrested last year in an antiwar demonstration in Washington. She is a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley.

Tickets to Kingston's reading are free but must be reserved in advance. Call 410-337-6333 to reserve seats.

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