City / County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

August 30, 2004

In Baltimore City

State VA system to dedicate multiple sclerosis center

The VA Maryland Health Care System will dedicate its Multiple Sclerosis Center for Excellence this morning at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The center will offer clinical care for veterans with multiple sclerosis, and conduct research and develop resources for the people who care for them. About 25,000 U.S. veterans are affected by multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system.

The center will be the VA system's East Coast provider of multiple sclerosis treatment.

`Command centers' set up to offer school information

Baltimore school officials are operating a "command center" this week at the system's North Avenue headquarters to field parents' questions before the start of the new school year.

Volunteers will be available to address concerns related to registration, immunization, school assignments, transfers, transportation and other matters.

The center, located in the Alice G. Pinderhughes administration building at 200 E. North Ave., will be open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Friday. Parents also can call 443-984-1177 or 443-984-1178. The school year in the city begins Sept. 7.

Library to recognize teen volunteers today

The Enoch Pratt Free Library and Executive Director Carla Hayden will honor students today who spent the summer volunteering in library programs as part of the Community Youth Corps.

More than 150 middle and high school students ages 13 to 15 donated more than 1,000 community service hours this summer, receiving training in library skills and assisting with programs.

Today's recognition ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Poe Room in the Central Library, 400 Cathedral St.

In Baltimore County

Essex man identified as hit-and-run victim

ESSEX - A body discovered along a roadside in eastern Baltimore County after a weekend hit-and-run accident was identified by state police yesterday as that of Jeffrey Allen Street, 34, of the first block of Warren Road in Essex.

State police were continuing to search for a late-model Chevrolet or GMC pickup they believe struck the victim, apparently as he walked along the shoulder of Route 702 near Hyde Park Road late Friday or early Saturday. His body was spotted about 6:30 a.m. Saturday by a passing motorist.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run vehicle - which police said would likely have damage on the front passenger side, is urged to call Troopers Benjamin Neil or Joseph D. Uhler at 410-686-3101.

Police identify victim of motorcycle crash

ESSEX - A motorcyclist killed Saturday night in a crash on the outer loop of the Beltway was identified by police yesterday as a 32-year-old Abingdon man.

Kevin Michael Anderson of the 1400 block of Valley Forge Way was operating a 2001 Suzuki when the bike slammed into the rear of a 2001 Toyota pickup about 9 p.m. near Chesaco Avenue.

Witnesses told police that they saw the motorcycle traveling at high speed shortly before the crash. Police said Anderson was thrown into a concrete Jersey barrier and died at the scene. Occupants of the pickup were not injured, police said.

Officials to kick off schools initiative today

TOWSON - Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr., state Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick and Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston will visit Padonia International Elementary School in Cockeysville at 8:30 a.m. today to kick off the Pride: Maryland Public Schools initiative, which aims to increase awareness of the accomplishments of public schools.

Hairston will continue to four other schools: Cedarmere Elementary School in Reisterstown at 9:45 a.m., Catonsville High School at 10:45 a.m., Deep Creek Elementary School in Essex at noon and Parkville Middle School at 1 p.m. He will greet students, teachers and parents.

Police to dedicate new substation today

RANDALLSTOWN - The Baltimore County Police Department will dedicate its Randallstown substation at 9113 Liberty Road at 1:30 p.m. today.

Speakers will include County Executive James T. Smith Jr., police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan and County Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver, who represents the area.

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