City/county Digest


Baltimore & Region

November 05, 2005

Baltimore: Schools

System's attorney leaving position

The school system released a statement yesterday saying its longtime attorney, Anthony J. Trotta, is leaving his job. Asked whether Trotta resigned or was fired, school system spokesman Edie House said, "The statement speaks for itself." The statement says Trotta is "at a juncture in his personal and professional life that he would like to pursue other opportunities." Trotta has worked for the school system since 1994, during which time he has overseen lawsuits involving special education and school funding, and charter school negotiations, the statement said. Trotta could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Sara Neufeld

Schools to pay fees for SAT-takers

The city school system will pay the registration fees for approximately 3,100 high school seniors to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test today. Every senior who takes the college admissions exam will receive a free movie pass, according to a statement from the school system. The registration fee for the SAT is $41.50, according to the Web site of the College Board, which administers the test. Students who cannot afford the fee may apply for waivers. The city school system also paid for its students to take the PSAT and an online preparation course for the SAT.

Sara Neufeld

East side

Food distribution today for children

Baltimore officials and the Ravens will be distributing food and goods for children today to residents of East Baltimore. The Autumn Harvest 2005 - organized by the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods, the Ravens and the Operations Blessing International - will provide bags of fresh vegetables and other food, as well as children's items to parents who are accompanied by their children. Everything will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis from noon until 2 p.m. at a triangular lot bordered by Chester, Oliver and Gay streets.

North side

Zoo sponsors races tomorrow

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is sponsoring a five-mile race through its grounds tomorrow starting at 8 a.m. A one-mile family fun run will start at 9:30 a.m. Entrants for the main race, ZooZoom, will receive T-shirts, and participants in the fun run will get goody bags. Entry fees are $30 for the five-mile run ($25 for zoo members) and $10 for the family run. Information: 410-396-6631, or

Howard County: Columbia

Institute receives $1 million grant

The Tai Sophia Institute, which founded the country's first accredited acupuncture program and four years ago began the country's first master's program in herbal medicine, is the recepient of a $1 million grant, the largest gift in the Columbia-based institute's 30-year history. The gift, announced this week, was made by the Helen M. and Annetta Himmelfarb Foundation.

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