City/county Digest


December 24, 2005

Arundel says repairs to water line are complete

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works said yesterday it has nearly completed repairs to a wastewater line that collapsed last weekend, spilling 3 million gallons of sewage into a tributary of the Magothy River. The request for voluntary water conservation has been lifted.

As of yesterday, 100 feet of permanent pipe had been installed, replacing pipe that collapsed last week, according to county officials, who said that remaining repairs to that section should be completed next week.

The public works department will begin repairs to other parts of the wastewater line to the Mill Creek pumping station. Those repairs are expected to be completed in February.

Mill Creek remains closed as contractors continue to remove the sediment, officials said.

Anica Butler

Howard County: MARC trains

Freight derailment causes delays

A minor freight train derailment forced MARC trains to operate on a single track between Jessup and Savage, the Maryland Transit Administration said yesterday. The CSX train derailed on the Camden line. Six cars went off the tracks about 4 p.m. but did not overturn, and there were no injuries, CSX spokesman Gary Sease said. The train was able to continue without the six cars. The MTA said the incident caused minor delays.


Accident on I-95 claims one life

Maryland Transportation Authority Police are seeking assistance from anyone who might have spotted a single-vehicle fatal accident along Interstate 95 late Thursday night. A 1997 black F150 Ford truck struck a tree in the center median on northbound I-95 between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., just south of where the interstate splits with Interstate 895, according to Cpl. Pamela Thorne. Transportation Authority Police ask any motorists who might have witnessed the accident to call 410-537-1200.

Maryland: Toys for Tots

Motorists donate toys for area kids

Employees of the Maryland Transportation Authority and the agency's police force reported that they collected more than 5,300 new toys and $5,800 in donations for children this month as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's annual Toys for Tots campaign. The toys were collected from Dec. 7 to 9 at the state's tunnels and bridges, for donation to area children. Motorists have donated more than 101,000 toys to the annual campaign since 1990, according to Maryland Transportation Authority police officials.

Region: Education

7 students named art contest finalists

The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts has selected seven students from Baltimore City and Baltimore County as finalists in its 2005 Arts Recognition and Talent Search. Four are seniors at Towson's Carver Center for Arts and Technology: Orpheus Collar, Christopher Varlack, Benjamin Guthorn and Phylicia Ghee. The foundation also named Carver graduate Leah Goldstein, now at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Towson High School senior Michelle Alpert as finalists, as well as Shalita Grant, a senior at the Baltimore School for the Arts. The students will present their work next month in Miami, where they could be awarded prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, according to the foundation.

Chestertown: Education

College awarded $2.5 million grant

Washington College in Chestertown has been awarded $2.5 million in grants to establish merit scholarships for students studying the sciences and American history, the college announced this month. The Hodson Trust has designated $1.25 million to establish a merit-based tuition scholarship program for students majoring in the sciences.

Baltimore County: Schools

Towson High teacher selected as finalist

A Towson High School art teacher has been selected as one of four finalists for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's 2005 Outstanding Young Educator of the Year award. Juan Castro, Towson's art department chairman, was nominated for his use of photography to promote students' creative abilities. As a finalist, he will receive $1,000, an ASCD membership and the chance to win the top award -- and $10,000 -- at the international association's April conference.

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