City/County Digest


September 16, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Fire Department gets $371,910 grant for homeland security

The city Fire Department has won a $371,910 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to cover training, fitness programs and facilities modifications, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin announced yesterday.

Congress set aside $750 million for fire departments in the 2004 federal budget, said Cardin, a member of the Homeland Security Committee and a 3rd District Democrat, in a written statement. The money must be used to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, as well as firefighter health and safety.

"Our firefighters are our first responders in times of crisis," Cardin said. "It's critical that they have the tools and equipment they need to accomplish their mission."

Woman dies after her car hits rear of stopped vehicle

A 71-year-old woman died yesterday afternoon, shortly after the car she was driving struck the rear of a vehicle that had stopped on Charles Street, near the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, city police said.

The victim, whose name was withheld, was driving a 1996 Honda Accord north in the 4600 block of N. Charles about 11:45 a.m. when it hit the rear of a Volvo that had stopped, police said.

The woman sustained multiple injuries and died shortly before 2 p.m. at Sinai Hospital, police said. The male driver of the Volvo was not injured. The crash remained under investigation.

Brooklyn-Curtis Bay group schedules town meeting

The Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition will hold its fourth Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Town Meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 1201 Cambria St.

The coalition - a nonprofit community development corporation - plans to discuss its Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan. The meeting will be a chance to update residents on community priorities and discuss other plans, including a new high school scheduled to open at the middle school next fall.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Information or to arrange transportation: 410-355-1100.

In Baltimore County

Preservation fund to hold Mid-Atlantic Reptile Show

TIMONIUM - The MARS Preservation Fund will present the Mid-Atlantic Reptile Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.

The show will feature lizards, frogs, tortoises, chameleons and an 18-foot Burmese python. Other events include seminars, presentations by reptile experts and talks by authors of reptile books.

Proceeds from the event will benefit rain forests and reptile habitats worldwide, organizers said. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: Holli Friedland, program director of the MARS Preservation Fund, at 410-580-0250.

Rosie the Riveter group will meet Saturday

MIDDLE RIVER - The Baltimore Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Orems United Methodist Church, 1020 Orems Road.

Women who worked in war industry jobs during World War II and those who did volunteer work are invited to attend the meeting or join the organization.

Information: 410-825-8559.

Notre Dame Prep to hold 5K run/walk Sunday

TOWSON - Notre Dame Prep School will hold its ninth annual 5K Run/Walk - "the Blazer Dash" - beginning with registration at 7:45 a.m. Sunday on its Towson-area campus at 815 Hampton Lane.

The event starts at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the school's programs and memorial tuition scholarships, according to organizers.

Advance registration fees are $20 for adults ($30 day of the race); $15 for students (one rate only); and $50 for families ($60 day of the race). Registration: 410-583-8797 or go to www.

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