City/county Digest


September 13, 2004

In Baltimore City

Cardinal Keeler to attend conference on tolerance

Cardinal William H. Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore, will attend the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Conference on Tolerance and the Fight against Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination this week in Brussels, Belgium.

Keeler is one of six people chosen by the Department of State to represent the United States at the conference, which is intended to promote tolerance, respect and mutual understanding.

The OSCE is the largest regional security organization in the world, with 55 participating states from Europe, Central Asia and North America. It is active in conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.

Registration under way for ESOL fall classes

The Greater Homewood Adult Literacy and ESOL Program will conduct registration for fall English classes for speakers of other languages from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow.

The 10-week classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced students start the week of Sept. 27. Class and material fees, dependant on the student's level, range from $20 to $220.

Students must register and be tested to enroll. The program is at 3501 N. Charles St., in the lower level of University Baptist Church.

Information: 410-261-3524.

In Baltimore County

Blood drive to be held at Dundalk center today

DUNDALK - MedStar Health is coordinating a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Ave.

Registration is required. Information: 410-887-7233.

Back River marina certified by DNR as clean

ESSEX - West Shore Yacht Center on Back River was one of two area marinas recently certified as environmentally sound by the state Department of Natural Resources.

DNR designated the Baltimore County facility a "Clean Marina" because of recent steps taken to control pollution associated with vessel maintenance and repair and sewage disposal.

The other facility cited was the Anchorage Marina in the Canton section of Baltimore City.

`Carousel' to be staged by recreation department

DUNDALK - The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold auditions for its fall production of the musical Carousel from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the North Point Government Center, 7701 Wise Ave., Dundalk.

Youths and adults - with or without disabilities - are being cast for the production, which is part of "The Sky Is the Limit," an arts program sponsored by the Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services.

The show will be presented in November. Information: 410-887- 5370 or 410-887-5319 (TTY).

Forum planned on status of health care in Maryland

TOWSON - Greater Baltimore Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Sheppard Pratt Health System will hold a forum on the status of health care in Maryland from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St.

Organizers said the program will focus on the worsening medical liability situation in Maryland.

Information: 410-938-3154.

Free booklet offered on teen substance abuse

TOWSON - The Sheppard Pratt Health System is offering a new booklet on substance abuse education for families.

"The `Teenage Use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs' information and resource booklet is intended to help families realize that our teens need to have a conversation about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs now, rather than later," said Michael Gimbel, the director of the Sheppard Pratt Office of Substance Abuse Education. Also in the booklet is information on how and why teens get involved with illegal substances, the signs of abuse, and prevention.

A free copy can be obtained by calling the Sheppard Pratt Office of Substance Abuse Education and Prevention Services at 410-938-3100.

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