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Pupils at 3 schools eligible to transfer to high-performing sites

TOWSON -- Pupils from three Baltimore County public schools are eligible to transfer to higher-performing schools in the county for the 2004-2005 school year.

A series of community meetings has been scheduled to inform eligible families at Sandalwood Elementary, Winfield Elementary and Woodlawn Middle schools about their options. The meetings, all of which will be at 7 p.m., will be held Monday at Sandalwood, July 14 at Woodlawn and July 15 at Winfield.

Under federal law, the schools are selected because they have posted low test scores and serve large numbers of children from low-income families. Although Winfield and Woodlawn made significant gains on their test scores this year, they must show two years of improvement before leaving the transfer program. Pupils from Powhatan Elementary are no longer eligible to transfer.

As required under the law, the school system will provide transportation to pupils whose transfer applications are accepted.

Summer workshops begin for county educators

TOWSON -- Educators from across Baltimore County will begin a series of more than 80 workshops today to develop and refine curriculum for the coming school year.

The annual summer workshops will run through July 30. This year's focus will be on diversifying curriculum and accommodating different learning styles. All workshops will take place at Towson High School.

The public will get a chance to observe and discuss curriculum development during an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13. For the open house, satellite parking will be available at Towson University's Lot 14. Baltimore County school buses will be available for pickup beginning at 11 a.m.

3 senior centers to stay open later on hot days

TOWSON -- Baltimore County will keep three of its senior centers open late during hot weather to provide shelter for elderly residents who lack air conditioning, County Executive James T. Smith Jr. plans to announce today.

The senior centers in Lansdowne, Parkville and Essex will be open until 8 p.m. this summer on hot days instead of closing in the late afternoon, said county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler. Emergency meal packs and bottled water will also be available, she said.

The Lansdowne Senior Center is at 424 Third Ave., Parkville at 8601 Harford Road, and Essex at 600 Dorsey Ave.

In Baltimore City

Coast Guard rescues 2 men whose boat had leak

The Coast Guard rescued two White Marsh men in their 30s yesterday morning in the Patapsco River after their 23-foot motor boat started taking on water near the Key Bridge.

The two men, whom the Coast Guard did not identify, radioed for help about 11 a.m., said Coast Guard search and rescue controller John Massingill. When a Coast Guard helicopter and two rescue boats from Curtis Bay arrived, there was 6 inches of water on the deck -- "a pretty good amount of water for such a small boat," Massingill said.

The craft sank shortly after the men were taken aboard a rescue boat and was recovered later by a commercial salvage crew, Massingill said, adding that the cause of the boat's leak was being investigated.

Author, NPR commentator to discuss his latest book

Andrei Codrescu, an award-winning author and National Public Radio commentator, will discuss and sign copies of his newest book, Wakefield: A Novel, on Thursday evening at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.

Codrescu, a professor of English at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, won a Peabody Award for his travel film, Road Scholar, and the Big Table Poetry Award from Towson University. His other novels are The Blood Countess and Messiah.

Admission to the 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public. Information: 410-396-5283.

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