City/county Digest


December 24, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Residents urged to recycle their holiday gift wrap

The city Department of Public Works is urging residents to recycle holiday gift wrap instead of throwing it away.

"On Christmas morning, the beautiful wrappings which had adorned the gifts are tattered and torn," a news release from the department says. "They can become beautiful again through recycling."

Recyclable items include cardboard boxes and packaging, paper gift wrap, tissue paper, colored paper, holiday cards, gift cards and envelopes. The city does not recycle ribbon, foil wrapping paper or foam packing material.

For more information, call 311.

Shelter for homeless open through weekend

Baltimore's "code blue" shelter for the homeless will be open tonight through Sunday, city officials announced yesterday.

The shelter, on the second floor of the Oliver Recreation Center at 1400 E. Federal St., will open at 5 p.m. each evening and remain open until 8 a.m. the following day.

A bus will transport people to the shelter between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. each night. The bus will stop at Oasis Station, 220 N. Gay St.; HOPE Drop-in Center, 1426 E. Fairmount Ave.; Health Care for the Homeless, 111 Park Ave.; My Sister's Place, 123 W. Mulberry St.; and BCDSS-HESU, 1920 N. Broadway.

Officer slightly injured when patrol car hits pole

A Baltimore police patrol car crashed into a utility pole in East Baltimore as the officer driving the car was responding to a call.

Eastern District Officer Rafiu Makanjuola, 39, was treated for minor injuries and released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Makanjuola, a seven-year veteran of the force, was traveling east in the 2500 block of E. Federal St. about 1:05 a.m. when he lost control of the car, police said. The one-car wreck is under investigation.

Hart elected chairman at School for the Blind

BALTIMORE - The board of the Maryland School for the Blind has elected John Hart its new chairman, the school announced this week.

He succeeds James Datovech, who has been chairman of the board for six years.

Hart is an urban planning and hazard-mitigation team leader at URS Corp. in Gaithersburg.

The Maryland School for the Blind is a private, nonprofit school serving children from infancy to age 21 who are blind, visually impaired or have multiple disabilities.

In Baltimore County

Musical spoof chosen for theater festival

ESSEX - Zombie Prom, a musical spoof directed by Carl Freundel, a theater professor at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex theater, has been selected to represent the Mid-Atlantic region at the 37th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, to be held Jan. 4-9 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.

The original cast of 20 CCBC students will perform the musical at 8 p.m. Jan. 6. Zombie Prom, written by Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey, tells the tale of Jonny and Toffee, two star-crossed lovers at Enrico Fermi High School in the "nuclear '50s."

"Selection as a regional winner is one of the highest recognitions that an academic theater program can receive," said F. Scott Black, chairman of the Department of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at CCBC. "And I am proud to say that this is the third time that CCBC Essex has received this important regional recognition."

St. Joseph staff collects food for 140 families

TOWSON - The staff at St. Joseph Medical Center has collected 5,000 cans of food to donate as part of its "Sharing Our Blessings" campaign.

The food is set to be delivered this week to share with 140 families through the Hispanic Apostolate in Fells Point and the Franciscan Center on West 23rd Street in Baltimore. It is expected to be about a week's supply of food for each family.

The medical center provides free care through the St. Clare Medical Outreach Program coach to the uninsured year-round through both locations.

Library to hold Winterfest for families Monday

PERRY HALL -The Perry Hall Library will hold a Winterfest from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the library, 9440 Belair Road.

The event is for families with children younger than 6. Songs and stories with Pam the Kindersinger and her puppet Rascal will be featured. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Information: 410-887-5195.

From staff reports

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