Couple donates $100,000 to Towson University

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 18, 2006

A Baltimore County couple has donated $100,000 to Towson University, school officials announced.

The gift from John G. and Barbara J. Dreyer of White Hall includes $50,000 toward the university's Campaign for the Center for the Arts.

The Center for the Arts is a $53 million project that includes a new theater, a new recital hall and new art galleries, along with performance labs, classrooms and offices.

Two studios in the Center for the Arts will be named in the Dreyers' honor.

John Dreyer is a senior executive with Citigroup. Barbara Dreyer, a 1976 graduate of the university, is president and co-founder of Connections Academy, an operator of virtual public schools for kindergarten through the ninth grade. She also serves on the university's Board of Visitors.

Countywide

Offices close for Presidents Day

County government offices, public schools, district and circuit courts, health department clinics, senior centers and libraries will be closed Monday for Presidents Day.

CountyRide vans will not operate and county parking garages and meters will be free on Monday.

Trash, recycling, and yard materials will be collected according to the normal schedule. Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, as well as other trash and recycling drop-off facilities, will be open.

Residents may call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management's 24-hour customer service line at 410-887-2000 to obtain a collection schedule, or visit the bureau's Web site, baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling, for directions to the nearest recycling drop-off center.

Randallstown

Writer speaks on black communities

Author and historian Louis S. Diggs will be the guest speaker at a program, "Historical African-American Communities in Baltimore County," at the Liberty Senior Center in Randallstown in recognition of Black History Month.

Diggs will explore how the communities came into being, the role of African-American churches, the contributions of local residents , education and social life. He will share a selection of his 8,000 photographs of African-American life in the county.

The program, free and open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the center, 3525 Resource Drive. Information: 410-887-0780.

East side

Panel to meet with energy firm

The Essex-Middle River Civic Council has scheduled a meeting with representatives from the Constellation Energy Group.

The energy group, a Central Maryland regulated electricity and natural gas distributor, will discuss deregulation and how it might affect energy bills from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. after July 1. BGE is a subsidiary of Constellation Energy.

BGE switched to a deregulated market July 1, 2000, when a price freeze went into effect. The price freeze ends July 1 for BGE's residential customers.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at the Victory Villa Community Center at Martin Boulevard and Compass Road. Information: Ray Reiner, 410-335-5834.

Events or news items for the Baltimore County Digest may be submitted to baltco.news@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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