City/County Digest

City/County Digest

October 11, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Meeting set today to discuss situation at Walbrook High

Schools officials are expected to update parents and students about security measures at Walbrook High Uniform Services Academy at a town-hall style meeting at 5:30 p.m. today.

Five students have been arrested in connection with a series of fires set in trash cans, stairwells and restrooms in the West Baltimore school this academic year. The fires have forced repeated evacuations. No one has been injured, but someone fired a gun outside the school during an evacuation last month.

Schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland and high schools officer Frank DeStefano are expected to attend the meeting in Walbrook's auditorium. They will discuss changes to instruction and where problems have been found, and will respond to concerns that parents raised at a town-hall meeting held last month.

Hospital security officer dies in traffic collision

A Johns Hopkins Hospital security officer died yesterday afternoon shortly after the motor scooter he was riding collided with a car at an East Baltimore intersection, city police said.

Terrie Chavis Jr., 52, of the 3500 block of Seapines Circle in Randallstown was riding a 1989 Honda scooter west in the 1000 block of Orleans St. about 4:30 p.m. when it was struck by a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier moving east and turning left onto Ensor Street and into its path, said Officer Richard McCarthy of the Police Department's accident investigation unit.

Chavis, a security lieutenant who had been wearing a helmet, died a short time later at Johns Hopkins, McCarthy said. The driver of the car, Arthur Oden, 80, of the 6300 block of McClean Blvd., was treated there for a minor leg injury.

The accident remains under investigation, McCarthy said.

Volunteer recruitment to be topic of forum

A forum for community organizations about recruiting volunteers and attracting sustained interest in their efforts will be held Thursday at the Maryland Historical Society in Mount Vernon.

The forum, presented by the Parks and People Foundation, will offer community groups a chance to share ideas and successful strategies.

The free meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 201 W. Monument St. Registration is required. Information: Mary Cox at the Parks and People Foundation, 410-448-5663, ext. 107.

In Baltimore County

Baby Boomer/Senior Expo scheduled at fairgrounds

TIMONIUM -- The Baby Boomer Expo/Senior Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

There will be 200 exhibitors, music of the '50s, '60s and '70s, free flu shots for those covered by Medicare Part B, health screenings, a fashion show and golf swing analyses. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of emergency medicine, medical supplies and equipment, fuel, shelter and home repairs for Baltimore County seniors in need, according to organizers.

Admission to the Exhibition Hall is $2.50. Information: www. or 410- 887-2594.

Cable show to focus on Halloween safety

TOWSON -- This month's edition of Burning Issues, the Baltimore County Fire Department's cable television program, focuses on safety during Halloween and other fall festivities.

Jason Rubenstein, vice president of the Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company, discusses tips for safe holiday decorating and trick-or-treating. Division Chief Harold Cohen also talks about the department's new drug testing program.

The program will be broadcast on Comcast Channel 25, BCTV, through Dec. 3.

Library to sponsor talk on wills, estates, trusts

CATONSVILLE -- Lawyers Louis Weinkam and Louis Weinkam Jr. will give a presentation on "Wills, Estates and Trusts" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Catonsville library branch, 1100 Frederick Road.

The talk will present information about planning for future needs.

Information: 410-887-0951.

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