City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 13, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City College principal hired to run school in N.Y.

Longtime City College Principal Joseph M. Wilson has been hired to run a high school in Ithaca, N.Y.

Wilson, who was credited with improving one of Baltimore's premier high schools by introducing more rigorous academic courses and attracting more highly qualified students, will start his new job in Ithaca during the summer, said Craig Evans, assistant to the superintendent of the Ithaca school system.

Evans said Ithaca High School is a diverse, high-achieving school in a small district. The school board approved his appointment Tuesday evening, Evans said. Wilson could not be reached for comment.

Institute awarded $75,000 to train lab technicians

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has awarded $75,000 to the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland to train seven East Baltimore residents as lab technicians, officials announced yesterday.

The money is earmarked for high school graduates living in the area north of the Johns Hopkins medical complex, which is in the early stages of a revitalization effort centered around a biotechnology park. It is a first step in preparing residents for jobs that are expected to be created by the initiative.

Announcement of the grant to the institute, set up in 1998 by the director of the cell culture lab at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was made this week at the offices of East Baltimore Development Inc., the nonprofit set up to oversee the renewal effort.

Ceremony will open Project Liberty for 2004

Civic Works, an AmeriCorps affiliate in Baltimore, will hold a kickoff ceremony today for its 2004 Project Liberty homeland security program, including the presentation of a $10,000 donation by Home Depot in support of the effort.

Project Liberty enlists AmeriCorps volunteers to spread information about disaster preparedness to Baltimore residents. Twenty new AmeriCorps participants will be sworn in during the 1:20 p.m. ceremony at Clifton Mansion on St. Lo Drive.

Home Depot's donation will add to the $168,000 in federal money awarded to Civic Works for Project Liberty.

In Baltimore County

2 victims of school shooting remain at Shock Trauma

RANDALLSTOWN - Two Randallstown High School students who were shot Friday in the school parking lot remained hospitalized yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

William Thomas, 17, was in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. He was being treated for gunshot wounds to the neck, back and lungs. His aunt reported yesterday that he was alert and sitting up, but Ann R. Godwin said it was unclear whether Thomas would be paralyzed.

Andre Mellerson, 16, who was shot in the left shoulder, was in fair condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Two other shooting victims have been released from area hospitals. Four suspects have been charged in the shootings.

Police to celebrate 50 years for Parkville Precinct

PARKVILLE - County police will mark 50 years at the Parkville Precinct with an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the precinct, 8532 Old Harford Road.

A rededication ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. There will be a 911 simulator to allow children to practice making emergency calls, free child identification fingerprinting, police helicopters and cars, and police dogs and handlers.

Police and Fire Department staff will offer safety information and demonstrations. Refreshments will be served.

Towson University names student affairs official

TOWSON - Debra Moriarty has been appointed vice president for student affairs at Towson University.

Currently the associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Moriarty will join Towson on Aug. 2. She has almost 25 years' experience in higher education.

"Her appointment is a wonderful fit for Towson University at this time," said Robert L. Caret, Towson president.

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