City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 17, 2005

In Baltimore City

City approves $122,985 to relocate west-side shop

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday the payment of $122,985.72 to cover relocation costs for The Peanut Shoppe, which was forced to vacate its longtime Lexington Street home as part of the WestSide Renaissance redevelopment.

The shop moved late last year from what is called the "super block" to 13 W. Baltimore St.

"You will be seeing more acquisitions and relocations as we move ahead on that block," said M.J. "Jay" Brodie, president of the Baltimore Development Corp., the city's economic development agency.

Two suspects in killing arrested at U.S. 1 motel

A Baltimore couple sought in the fatal shooting of a young woman found dead last month in a city park were arrested yesterday at a Howard County motel by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force.

Terrence Smith, 24, of the 500 block of Chestnut Ave. and Koketa Diggins, 19, of the 2500 block of Harford Road are each charged in warrants with first-degree murder in the death of Reshawn Myers, 19, of the 700 block of Exeter Hall Ave. She was found dead Jan. 20 in a park near the 5700 block of Chinquapin Parkway, said task force Lt. Joseph Conway.

Smith and Diggins were found at the Extended Stay Motel on U.S. 1 in Savage, Conway said. Each was being held without bail last night at the city's Central Booking and Intake Center.

Program lets people teach while seeking certification

Mid-career professionals and others who are interested in teaching in city schools -- but don't have certificates -- have until March 14 to apply for the Baltimore City Teaching Residency program for the 2005-2006 school year, city and school officials announced yesterday.

Schools CEO Bonnie S. Copeland joined Mayor Martin O'Malley at City Hall to promote the program, which allows individuals with no training or background in education to begin teaching in city schools while working toward certification.

Copeland, citing a "universal teaching shortage," said the school system hopes to recruit 225 teachers through the program for the next school year. That's three times as many as the city placed in the program for the current year, and nearly as many as the 250 placed since the program began in 2002.

Information: www.bcteachingresidency.org.

Special Olympics plans bowling event tomorrow

The Baltimore City Special Olympics Middle School Bowling Tournament will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Seidel's Bowling Center, 4443 Belair Road.

The event, co-sponsored by the city school system and Seidel's, will include teams from public and private schools. Spectators are welcome.

Information: 410-979-4772.

In Baltimore County

Pupil, 8, at Wellwood wins French Week essay contest

PIKESVILLE -- Stephen Dorris, a third-grader at Wellwood International Elementary School in Pikesville, has been awarded first place in the National French Week Essay Contest held by the American Association of Teachers of French.

Stephen, 8, competed against third- through fifth-graders across the country. He is enrolled in Wellwood's French immersion program, where pupils receive half their daily instruction in French.

The subject of the essay contest was "Speak French and Understand the World." The essays were written in English.

Hairston to receive technology honor

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Superintendent Joe A. Hairston has received one of 10 annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards from eSchool News, a monthly journal about technology and education issues, the school district announced yesterday.

Hairston has been superintendent of the 108,000-student school system since 2000. During that time, the district's student-to-computer ratio has improved from 11:1 to 3:1, school district officials said.

Hairston has incorporated educational technology into instruction through programs such as Cisco Academies, designed to prepare high school students for careers in technology, and Dell TechKnow, which gives low-income middle-school pupils a chance to earn refurbished home computers. He has used technology to improve assessments and data collection.

Hairston will receive his award Saturday during a ceremony in San Antonio held in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators' national conference.

Gilman teacher named principal at St. Paul's

BROOKLANDVILLE -- Bruce Wilhelm, an English and history teacher at Gilman School, has been named middle school principal at St. Paul's School.

Wilhelm, 39, has also taught English at Buckley Country Day School on Long Island, N.Y. At St. Paul's, he will oversee 251 pupils.

St. Paul's is an Episcopal school for boys and girls in pre-first through fourth grades, and for boys in fifth through 12th grades.

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