City/county Digest

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Baltimore & Region

November 10, 2005

Baltimore: Training

City to participate in biological exercise

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley announced yesterday that the city, along with Anne Arundel, Howard, Harford and Baltimore counties, will conduct a biological training exercise this month. State agencies and hospitals will participate. Called Harbor Base III, it will be the third full-scale biological exercise in the city since 2003. A statement from the city Health Department says the drill is to help improve coordination between hospitals, communication between rescue and police agencies and examine how public and private agencies work together in a crisis.

Veterans Day

Part of Gay Street to close for event A section of downtown Baltimore's Gay Street, between East Fayette and Lexington streets, will be closed today for Veterans Day activities, the city's Department of Transportation announced. The closure will be between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Activities include a ceremony to honor veterans and a rededication of War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall, which has been renovated.

Nonprofits

Funds are available for aid programs

A local board of government and nonprofit agency representatives is accepting grant applications from organizations that provide emergency food and shelter programs in the city. The grant money could total $500,000. To be eligible for the money from the Baltimore City Emergency Food and Shelter Program, organizations must be private and nonprofit or part of city government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; and demonstrate the ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter to those in need. Contact Stefanie Rye for an application at 410-895-1468. Applications are due Nov. 17.

Baltimore County: Timonium

Hazardous waste drop-off is Saturday

Baltimore County environmental officials will collect hazardous household waste items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the state fairgrounds in Timonium. County residents can drop off paint, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, cleaning solvents, pesticides, swimming pool chemicals and other hazardous materials. Residents must use the Timonium Road entrance to the fairgrounds. Information: 410-887-3745.

The Region: Donations

MARC Train stations collecting food items

Nonperishable food items are being collected at several MARC Train stations as part of a Maryland Transit Administration food drive to assist the Maryland Food Bank. Items including peanut butter, evaporated milk, infant formula and canned soup, canned meat, canned fruit and cereals can be dropped off at Penn Station, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Odenton MARC stations until Nov. 18. Information: 410-539-5000, or mtamaryland. com.

Carroll County: Education

A new assistant superintendent

Carroll County school officials named R. Lorraine Fulton, a St. Mary's County educator, last night as assistant superintendent of instruction, a position that had been vacant since August. Her responsibilities will include overseeing special education, curriculum and instruction, and student services for Carroll. A deputy superintendent in St. Mary's since 1997, Fulton began her career in 1969 in Canada. Fulton succeeds Harry T. Fogle, who left Carroll to lead a team charged with overhauling Baltimore's special-education program.

Gina Davis

Transportation

$810,270 sought from the MTA

Carroll County officials have asked the Maryland Transit Administration for $810,270, a 24 percent funding increase, to upgrade the intercounty transportation system. Carroll Area Transit System detailed increases in population, jobs and demand in its request for funds for fiscal 2007. The county would provide a $263,330 match, with CATS adding $21,666 for a nearly $1.1 million budget.

Mary Gail Hare

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