City/county Digest


Baltimore & Region

September 23, 2005

City school chiefs win tech award

Twenty-one Baltimore school administrators who participated in the Johns Hopkins' Principal Seminar on Data-Based Decision-Making will be honored today at the Congressional Black Caucus Braintrust symposium in Washington.

They are being rewarded for their use of technology to raise student achievement.

Recipients include: Rhonda Adams, Beechfield Elementary assistant principal; Deborah Barton, Beechfield principal; Jamie M. Brown, Johnson Square Elementary administrator; Bridget Dean, Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary principal; Vivian Harper, Johnson Square Elementary assistant principal; Carmen Holmes, Windsor Hills Elementary principal; Yvonne Woods-Howard, principal's coach at Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary/Middle; Joyce Hughes, Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle principal; Edith Jones, Govans Elementary principal.

Also being honored are: Vickie Lawson, Morrell Park Elementary/Middle assistant principal; Wendy Leishear, Thomas Jefferson Elementary assistant principal; Darlene Miller, Calverton Middle assistant principal; Johnetta Neal, Calverton principal; Lisa Parker, Beechfield assistant principal; Dale Parker-Brown, a system administrator; Ronald Shelley, Stadium School director; Dorothy Tana, Abbottston Elementary assistant principal; Tracey Thomas, Coldstream Park Elementary/Middle principal; Jael Yon, Govans assistant principal; Pamela Zavala, John Ruhrah Elementary assistant principal; and Deborah King, Chinquapin Middle principal.


Quintuplets born at UM Med Center

A woman gave birth to quintuplets at the University of Maryland Medical Center on Wednesday - apparently the first in Baltimore since 2001. The four girls and one boy were being cared for in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, but their mother and the doctors involved are scheduled to appear at a news conference today, the hospital announced. The infants appear to be Baltimore's first quintuplets since July 28, 2001, when Gisel Mora, the wife of Oriole outfielder Melvin Mora, had quintuplets at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Andrew A. Green


Bank VP on board of scholarship fund

The Children's Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit group that helps city children attend private or parochial schools, has elected a bank vice president to its board of trustees. The new board member is Matthew Wyskiel, vice president in the Institutional Asset Management group at Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust Company, the fund announced in a statement. Wyskiel graduated from Gilman School, earned an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a Master's in Business Administration from New York University. The fund is assisting 600 pupils, from kindergarten through eighth grade, in 97 schools in the Baltimore area.

South side

Trial as adult set in stabbing

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge yesterday rejected a request that 14-year-old Kenyona D. Dillon of South Baltimore be tried as a juvenile in the near-fatal stabbing of a girl, setting her trial for Oct 3. Dillon faces adult charges of attempted first-degree murder in the assault on Shatina Quinn, 15, on May 31 near Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Police said the attacker waved a kitchen knife in Quinn's face and yelled, "Who wants to fight me?" Quinn was stabbed in the chest. Circuit Judge Wanda K. Heard decided to keep Dillon in the adult system after hearing from Quinn.

Julie Bykowicz

Baltimore County: Cockeysville

Fire Expo tomorrow at Padonia Park Club

Baltimore County's Fire Expo 2005, showcasing fire service, will be held, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Padonia Park Club, 12006 Jennifer Road.

The free event will feature demonstrations of rescues and child car-seat installations, antique fire equipment and blood pressure screening.

Lynch Cove

Fire in warehouse was intentionally set

A three-alarm fire late Wednesday night at a warehouse in southeastern Baltimore County's Lynch Cove area was intentionally set, Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said yesterday. The fire at the warehouse in the 8100 block of Stansbury Road caused about $800,000 in damage, she said. No one was injured at the former boat manufacturing facility, and no arrests have been made, Armacost said.

Anne Arundel: Severna Park

Suicide-prevention groups plan walk

The Greater Baltimore affiliate of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Towson-based Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids will sponsor a 7-mile walk tomorrow to increase awareness about depression and suicide. The "Out of the Darkness" walk - one of dozens across the nation - will begin at 9 a.m. at the Jones Station park-and-ride on Ritchie Highway. Information: 410-377-7711.

Region: Beltway

Flag Ride cyclists to make the circuit

Several thousand motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to turn out Sunday afternoon for a ride around the Baltimore Beltway to raise money for charity. The fifth Flag Ride (Ride to Remember) will leave at noon from the Harley-Davidson/Buell Store in the 8800 block of Pulaski Highway in Rosedale. The motorcyclists will enter the Beltway at Pulaski Highway and head south on the inner loop with a police escort. They should complete circling the Beltway by 2 p.m., organizers said. Proceeds will go to the Maryland National Guard Foundation. Previous rides raised $176,000 for charitable groups, organizers said.

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