City/County Digest


August 19, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Junior Olympians honored at event held at City Hall

Baltimore's Junior Olympians showed off their gold, silver and bronze medals and had their pictures taken with Mayor Martin O'Malley yesterday at a City Hall ceremony. "Team Baltimore" took home a gold medal in basketball and won more than 30 medals in track and field at the 2004 Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games, which took place July 27 to Aug. 7 in Des Moines, Iowa.

More than 30 of the young athletes and their coaches gathered at City Hall to receive mayoral citations. O'Malley praised their hard work and dedication, and thanked their parents and coaches for their involvement.

Among those participating was Julius Coleman, 17, who won gold in track's 800 meters and 800-meter relay, and a bronze in the 1500 meters.

Beach volleyball tournament scheduled this weekend

A professional beach volleyball tournament that is expected to draw teams from 14 states and Canada competing for $10,000 in cash and prizes will be held at Rash Field this weekend. The event is free.

The Toyota Men's Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Championship will feature at least two dozen teams that qualified for the event by accumulating points throughout the season. Tomorrow, an open qualifier will be held beginning at 8 a.m. to fill two wild-card spots; local teams are invited to participate.

Play at the field, on the south side of the Inner Harbor, will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. On Sunday, competition will start at 10 a.m., with the championship game scheduled at 3 p.m.

Parents invited to attend meeting on charter schools

Parents interested in learning about the effort to open new charter schools in city neighborhoods are invited to a dinner meeting tonight.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Community Church, 800 N. Carrollton Ave., at Lanvale Street.

To reserve a space, call 1-800-521-2118 or send e-mail to

Faith Baptist Church plans back-to-school block party

Faith Baptist Church will sponsor a back-to-school block party Saturday with carnival games, a moon bounce, music and a health fair.

The party -- which will feature free hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and snowballs -- will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 833 N. Bond St. at Ashland Ave. Calvin B. Scruggs Funeral Home is co-sponsoring the event.

Free school supplies will be available, with registration required from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information: 410-732-0389.

In Baltimore County

Stevenson man identified as victim of fatal car crash

STEVENSON -- County police released yesterday the name of a 57-year-old man who died in a car crash Tuesday evening in Stevenson.

Michael Neil Hoffman was pronounced dead at the scene after he lost control of his Corvette in the 3300 block of Woodvalley Drive about 6 p.m. and crashed through bushes and into a brick mailbox, police said.

The Corvette overturned, and Hoffman, who was not wearing his seat belt, was partially thrown from the car, police said. Hoffman, a resident of nearby Stone Hollow Court, was driving "at a high rate of speed," police said. His son, who had been following him, told police his father had veered to avoid hitting a deer.

Guard signal battalion to report for duty today

TOWSON -- About 50 members of the Maryland National Guard's 129th Signal Battalion, which has its headquarters company in Towson, are being mobilized and will report to Fort Hood and Fort Bliss in Texas.

The unit will leave at 8 a.m. today for up to 18 months of active duty, according to a statement by Maj. Charles Kohler, a spokesman for the Maryland National Guard. The Maryland soldiers will be assigned to the 116th and 256th Brigade Combat Teams before going to Iraq.

The battalion's other companies are based in Cheltenham, Pikesville and Cumberland.

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