Panel is set to draft 2007-08 school calendar
Representatives from employee unions, parent associations and Baltimore County school system staff are poised to draft the 2007-2008 school calendar next week, amid a dispute over how Muslim holidays should be recognized.
Although the calendar committee meeting is open to the public, only members can participate in the discussion, said school system spokeswoman Kara Calder.
Last month, an ad hoc committee of the county school board recommended that the printed calendar show when two Muslim holidays are celebrated. Despite lobbying by some members of the Islamic community, that committee did not suggest that schools be closed on those days.
Superintendent Joe A. Hairston will use the calendar committee's findings to make a recommendation to the county school board. According to school system rules, the board must approve a calendar at least one year before it goes into effect.
The calendar committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the ESS building, Room 114, on the Greenwood campus, 6901 Charles St., Towson.
Liz F. Kay
Fire damage put at $600,000
A three-alarm fire in Bowleys Quarters caused an estimated $600,000 in damage, fire officials said yesterday.
Investigators continued yesterday to work to determine the cause of Monday's fire, which damaged four townhouses in the 600 block of Kittendale Circle. No one was injured in the fire, but 14 people were displaced.
Foundation to honor officers
The Baltimore County Police Foundation will recognize members of the police force today at its 26th annual award ceremony.
Officer George T. Mussini will be recognized for community service; Detectives Carl Lindhorst and James Skidmore, and Bob Monahan, senior volunteer of the department's community resources team, will be recognized for crime prevention; Capt. Thomas Busch, Capt. Gordon Skinner, Sgt. Bruce Myers, Andrew Mangle and Darlene Boblooch of the information services section, and Julia Hardgrove and Susan Hunt of the media relations section will be recognized for their "distinguished contribution to the profession"; Officer Joshua N. Rees will be recognized for exceptional performance and Officer Jason Brown will be recognized for valor.
The reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Baltimore Marriott Hunt Valley Inn.
Entries taken for writing contest
The county Department of Aging is accepting entries for its 2006 Creative Writing Contest from residents age 60 and older.
The theme this year is "Wit and Wisdom." The essays should describe how the writer's use of wit and wisdom has guided him or her through life.
Entries of no more than 1,500 words should be submitted to the Baltimore County Department of Aging: Creative Writing Contest, c/o Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore 21208, by April 3. Submissions can be e-mailed to email@example.com. An awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. May 19 at the Catonsville Senior Center.
Entries should include the writer's name, date of birth, address and telephone number at the top of each story. Information: Barbara Scher, 410-887-2040; or Debra Shindle, 410-887-1245.
Alumni fundraiser Saturday
The Parkville High School Alumni Association will sponsor a bull and shrimp feast from 7 p.m. until midnight Saturday at the Columbus Gardens off Belair Road.
Music will be provided by DJ "Wild Bill" Soutar and there will be a silent auction, raffles, and game wheels. Door prizes will include a new television set. Money raised by the alumni association will go to a scholarship program for students at Parkville High. Ticket information, 410-865-7472.