City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 30, 2005

BALTIMORE

EAST SIDE

`Freedom Worship'

scheduled tomorrow

A "Freedom Worship" celebration of African-American freedom in the United States is planned for 11 a.m. tomorrow at First Baptist Church, 525-527 N. Caroline St. in Baltimore. The event, intended to mark the 140th anniversary of the end of the Confederate States of America, will include talks from a variety of African-American leaders and a choir performance.

Tree disposal

City offers pickup, mulching services

Baltimore officials are offering several options for disposal of Christmas trees. The Department of Public Works will offer curbside pickup for trees on residents' second trash collection of the week - Thursday, Friday or Saturday - from Thursday through Jan. 28. Trees should be set out in the same location as trash cans. For residents who want to mulch their trees, mulching will be available on the Polytechnic Institute parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 8. Residents must bring bags or containers if they want to take the mulch home. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed before recycling. For more information, call 311.

Mass transit

Hours extended for fireworks display

The Maryland Transit Administration has extended operating hours for the Metro subway and light rail for people who want to enjoy tomorrow night's New Year's Eve fireworks at the Inner Harbor. Both public transportation systems will remain in operation for an hour after the conclusion of the fireworks, according to MTA officials.

Real estate

Free class offered for homebuyers

Tri-Churches Housing Inc. will hold free homebuyer education classes next month at the St. Jerome Head Start Center, 765 W. Hamburg St. The classes are set for Thursday and Jan. 12 and 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required. For more information, call 410-385-1463 or go to trichurcheshousing.org.

Baltimore County:

UMBC

Chess team leads in critical tournament

In its bid to compete for the prestigious President's Cup in the spring, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County chess team was assured at least a tie in the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship after winning round five last night. "Everybody's going back to the hotel and will be trying to get a good night's sleep," before facing the sixth and final round starting this morning, said Allen Sherman, UMBC chess program director. He expected UMBC to face Miami-Dade College, host of the tournament. UMBC was leading last night after winning five rounds, including victories against Harvard and archrival University of Texas at Dallas.

Carroll County

Taneytown teen killed in car crash

A Taneytown teenager was killed Wednesday evening when the car he was riding in hit a tree off Trevanion Road, state police said. Carl Richard Valentine III, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Robert Allen Duncan, 16, of Clayton, N.C., was listed in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Police said Duncan was driving a 1989 Mercedes north on Trevanion Road about 6:30 p.m. when the car went off the road, came back, skidded across the center line and hit a tree. Police said alcohol was not a factor.

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