City/county Digest


Baltimore & Region

November 24, 2005

Governor picks Hoffman for university regents board

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday the appointment of Alicia Coro Hoffman, a former federal government worker and frequent donor to Republicans, to the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland.

Hoffman will serve the remainder of Adela M. Acosta's five-year term, which began July 1, 2004. Acosta was named the governor's director of intergovernmental relations.

Hoffman, a resident of Madison, worked in various capacities for the U.S. Department of Education, according to information provided by the governor's office. She is a former director of school improvement programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as a former deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary for civil rights.

According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, Hoffman has donated $2,665 to Republican candidates or organizations over the past five years. Recipients include Ehrlich and the Republican State Central Committee of Maryland.

Ehrlich appointed Hoffman, who was born in Cuba and has lived in the United States since 1964, to the Maryland Higher Education Commission in May 2004. Hoffman, who was the first Hispanic member of the panel, will resign that position to serve on the Board of Regents.

Jennifer Skalka

Anne Arundel: Glen Burnie

1 killed, 3 injured as car runs off I-97

A woman was killed and three others were injured late Tuesday when a car ran off Interstate 97 near Glen Burnie and overturned, state police said. Tanesha Davis, 21, of Pikesville was driving a 1994 Toyota Camry north near Wellham Avenue about 10:15 p.m. when it struck a guardrail, overturned, slid into a ditch and flipped several more times, police said. Dead at the scene was front-seat passenger Allisha Coleman, 22, of Baltimore. Neither she nor passenger Keyonna Mayo, 22, of Baltimore, who was critically injured, was using a seat belt, police said. The driver and another occupant were released after hospital treatment, police said.

Richard Irwin

Howard County: Council

Alternative offered to total smoking ban

With a vote looming on a bill to ban smoking in all Howard County restaurants and bars, County Councilman David A. Rakes has submitted a new measure that would allow smoking to continue in any establishment where it exists in January 2006, until a change in ownership. Rakes' bill is due for introduction Dec. 5, when a vote on County Executive James N. Robey's proposed ban is scheduled.

Larry Carson

Baltimore: Winter driving

More city streets to get blue salt

Baltimore transportation officials announced yesterday that they will expand their use of blue salt this winter on the city's secondary streets. Officials who experimented with the colored salt last winter said they believe it helps city residents see which streets have been salted during snowy or icy conditions. The city's snow brochure, providing more details on Baltimore's snow regulations, will be available at community and senior centers. Information: 410-396-SNOW, or

Baltimore: Fatality

Woman identified as 2nd fire victim

The second victim of a fatal fire Saturday afternoon in a Southeast Baltimore rowhouse was named yesterday as 70-year-old Margaret A. Kramer Farrow. She died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center from burns suffered when her home in the 400 block of Elrino St. was damaged by a single-alarm fire. A companion with whom she shared the house, Robert Miller, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 2 p.m. fire remains under investigation.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: West side

Students to serve Thanksgiving meal

University of Maryland students will serve their 16th Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless in West Baltimore from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Booker T. Washington Middle School, 1301 McCulloh St. Students from the University of Maryland schools of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work will serve "Project Feast."

Baltimore: Organizations

City groups receive grants, tax credits

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. presented more than $230,000 in grants and tax credits to Baltimore organizations in a ceremony yesterday. The money will be used to fund community improvements and historic preservation. The Baltimore Development Corp. received $50,000 and the Baltimore City Heritage Area received $25,000 from the Maryland Historic Trust. The rest of the money was disbursed in the form of tax credits. The Chesapeake Center for Youth received $19,500; New Urban Song Ministries, $37,500; Sandtown Habitat for Humanity, $50,000; and St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, $50,000.

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