City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

October 21, 2005

Baltimore: Southwest

Church group gets eviction reprieve

An evangelical church group facing an order to leave the former Southwestern District police headquarters has received a last-minute, two-week reprieve. The state Court of Special Appeals has issued a stay of the eviction, which had been scheduled for yesterday, to give the court time to consider a last appeal by the church group, which goes by the names Metro Ministries and Charm City Church. The church group has been occupying the building at West Pratt and South Calhoun streets since last year, when it signed a lease with a landlord who later learned that the city had accidentally sold the building twice at auction.

Alec MacGillis

Reading

Poetry to raise abuse awareness

Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland and TurnAround Inc. will hold a poetry reading Sunday as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event will include poetry readings and the story of a survivor of domestic violence. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg YMCA at Stadium Place, 900 E. 33rd St.

Pratt Library

Documentarian to show film, speak

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will present an afternoon with film director Marta Moreno Vega at 2 p.m. Sunday at the central library, 400 Cathedral St. Vega's film When the Spirits Dance Mambo will be shown, and a discussion with Vega will follow. She is the founder and president of the Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora Institute in New York. Her documentary traces the role of sacred African thought and practices in the form of West African culture and music. The event is free.

Clifton Park

Museum damaged by one-alarm fire

A one-alarm fire damaged the Baltimore Black American Museum yesterday evening, fire officials said. Officials said the fire broke out about 7 p.m. at the three-story building at 1769 Carswell St., near Clifton Park. Officials said they did not know how the fire began. Capt. Bruce Shiloh of the city Fire Department said the fire is under investigation but that nothing looked suspicious. Shiloh estimated damage to artifacts and artwork at about $25,000. No one was injured, he said.

Baltimore County: Pikesville

Demonstration supports gay rights

Students and gay rights activists demonstrated outside Pikesville High School yesterday in support of activities there marking National Coming Out Week. The protest was held three days after a minister led a demonstration against the activities, including a gay film festival, by the school's Gay-Straight Alliance. "We wanted to show that Pikesville is open, that Pikesville is tolerant," said Reed Shusterman a 17-year-old senior who helped organize yesterday's demonstration, which he said included more than 125 people.

Liz F. Kay

Anne Arundel: Schools

Board hires firm to seek superintendent

The Anne Arundel County school board has hired the Maryland Association of Boards of Education to search for a superintendent to replace Eric J. Smith, who will leave his post next month. The move was announced after an executive session Wednesday, board Vice President Tricia Johnson said, and reflected a consensus more than a vote. The board did not consider any other search firms. The board will pay the nonprofit association $27,000 for the search, which is expected to take several months. Four community meetings will be held in mid-November. Johnson said the board is likely to appoint an interim superintendent soon.

Anica Butler

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