In Baltimore City
Rock-throwing spurs increase in police patrols at overpass
Baltimore police have increased patrols near the Waterview Avenue overpass above Russell Street - including the use of helicopters - in the wake of rock-throwing incidents over the weekend that resulted in damage to five cars.
Deputy Maj. Eric Jordan of the city police said authorities suspect teen-agers are behind the vandalism but do not think there's a link to similar incidents on Interstate 95 in Howard County in which arrests were made last week. The limited-access section of Russell Street is the city terminus of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
About 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a Kia Sedona sustained about $400 in damage, Jordan said. Nine hours later, four other cars suffered damage that included broken windshields and at least one dented hood.
"The suspects are probably juveniles who live in that immediate area, in the Westport area," Jordan said. "We're paying special attention to the area, increasing our patrols. The helicopter unit will be conducting fly-overs to look at the area from the air."
Dyslexia resource booths to be set up at area malls
Dyslexia resource booths will be set up at Mondawmin, Owings Mills and Towson Town Center malls, and a panel discussion on the learning disorder will be presented at Morgan State University in connection with Dyslexia Awareness Week, which began yesterday and runs until May 4.
The Dyslexia Tutoring Program of Baltimore created the week to draw attention to dyslexia - and increase the knowledge of educators and the public about symptoms and related resources dealing with the learning disorder, which can be remedied with special tutoring and training.
Booths will be set up at the malls from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, and the panel discussion will be presented from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 4 in the Little Theatre at Morgan's Murphy Fine Arts Center, according to the office of City Council President Sheila Dixon.
Belair-Edison plans flea market, house tours
The Belair-Edison community will hold its annual SpringFest on Saturday at Herring Run Park, at Belair Road and Shannon Drive.
A community flea market will begin at 8 a.m., with live music at 10 a.m. An open-house tour of homes available for purchase, sponsored by Belair-Edison Neighborhoods Inc. as part of the Mayor's Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, will start at noon, with the last tour at 1:30 p.m.
House hunters should come directly to the event, where they will board a van, tour available homes, meet neighbors, and learn about below-market financing for purchase and home improvements, as well as many of the services and amenities Belair-Edison offers.
In Baltimore County
Public schools to hold job fair in Timonium
TIMONIUM - The Baltimore County public schools will hold an exposition and job fair tomorrow at the Timonium Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall.
Aspiring teachers will have a chance to be interviewed at the event, which will include administrators and faculty representatives from 163 schools. The county is anticipating hiring about 900 teachers in all subject areas for the 2004-2005 school year.
The job fair also will include an information booth for classified, clerical and technical employees. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
School board to hold session on master plan
TOWSON - The Baltimore County Board of Education is scheduled to conduct a work session tonight on the Master Plan Progress Report.
The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in Room 114 of the ESS building on the Greenwood campus, 6901 Charles Street.
The meeting is open to the public.
College expo scheduled tomorrow at Villa Julie
STEVENSON - High school students are invited to the Central Maryland College Expo tomorrow at Villa Julie College.
Representatives from colleges in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Maine, North Carolina and Ohio will be on hand to help students and parents get a jump on the college admissions process. A list of colleges scheduled to be represented is available at www. vjc.edu/admissions.
The event will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the college gymnasium. Parking and admission are free. Information: www.vjc. edu or 443-334-2241.