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In Baltimore City

Board approves final formal step for biotech-park loan

The Board of Estimates approved the final formal step yesterday for obtaining a $21.2 million federal loan to help finance a redevelopment effort in East Baltimore centered on a biotechnology park.

The loan will be used to pay for demolition, acquiring properties and relocating residents whose homes are purchased by the nonprofit organization rebuilding the area north of Johns Hopkins Hospital. "It's a big step," said Jack Shannon, president and chief executive officer of East Baltimore Development Inc. "It's another key milestone."

The city will pay back the loan by diverting funds allocated annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through Community Development Block Grants.

Businesses can recycle paper in July 19 pickup

Baltimore's Department of Public Works will collect recyclable paper from city businesses July 19 to rid offices of outdated files.

Businesses can arrange for as many collections by city crews as needed for such materials as office paper, manila folders, newspapers, magazines, phone books, envelopes, colored paper, catalogs and copier paper.

To arrange a pickup, call 410-361-9310. Recyclables should be placed outside by noon July 19.

In Baltimore County

Endovascular suite opens at hospital

ROSSVILLE - A $1.4 million endovascular suite has opened at Franklin Square Hospital Center, permitting expanded noninvasive diagnostic testing and advanced surgical techniques, a hospital spokeswoman said.

New diagnostic testing includes three-dimensional imaging technology designed to enable surgeons to better treat strokes, carotid artery disease, vascular disorders and other illnesses related to the arteries and other blood vessels.

Hospital officials said the new suite will allow for more accurate test results, reduced risks and recovery time, minimal surgical scarring and less pain because of smaller incisions. Diagnosis and surgery can be carried out on the same table, eliminating patient movement, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Free concert series in Towson begins Sunday

TOWSON - The free Towson at Night concert series begins Sunday with a performance by the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band.

Also scheduled to perform during the Sunday series are Mickey Light on July 25; the Zim Zemeral Big Band on Aug. 1; Jericho Bridge on Aug. 22; and the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble on Sept. 5.

Concerts, sponsored by the Towson Business Association, will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Towson Courthouse Plaza on Washington Avenue. Concert-goers are encouraged to take blankets or other seating and a picnic supper.

Overlea community plans festival Saturday

OVERLEA - The Overlea Community Association will sponsor the Totally Overlea Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Overlea and Spruce avenues, about a block from the city line.

Celebrating a neighborhood straddling the city-county line, the festival will feature music, food, crafts, raffles and children's activities.

The rain date is July 17. Vendor information: 410-426-6585.

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