Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

March 29, 2006

Car hits officer at site of water main break

A car struck a Baltimore County police officer directing traffic around workers repairing a water main break that left more than 20 Randallstown businesses and residences without water yesterday, police officials said.

Officer Gary A. Pfaff was hit about 3 p.m. as a Baltimore City Department of Public Works crew replaced a 20-inch main that burst Monday afternoon in the 9300 block of Liberty Road.

Pfaff was taken to Northwest Hospital Center, where he was treated for a minor knee injury, said Bill Toohey, a spokesman for the county police.

One lane of traffic in each direction was opened yesterday afternoon, almost 24 hours after the main burst. Officials said additional lanes are not expected to reopen by this morning.

Darrell Owens, a superintendent for Baltimore public works, said officials dug a 10-by-30-foot hole to fix the main. The hole was expected to be filled last night and the road repaved tomorrow, said David F. Fidler, a spokesman for the county Department of Public Works.

Kurt L. Kocher, a spokesman for Baltimore public works, said a 6-foot split in the pipe appeared to be caused by a "structural weakness" or a "weak spot" in the main.

He said water service was expected to be restored last night.

Nick Shields

Windsor Mill

Board OKs boundaries for new school

Baltimore County school board members approved attendance boundaries last night for the new Windsor Mill Middle School and increased the allocation for an addition and renovation at Kenwood High School.

The board accepted a plan that would draw all children from Dogwood and Winfield elementary schools and about half of the children who attend Randallstown Elementary to the new school when it opens in August. The proposal also simplified attendance boundaries for other middle schools.

A committee considered four boundary-line scenarios and recommended an attendance area for Windsor Mill that is bounded by Liberty Road, Old Court Road, the Patapsco River and parts of Rolling Road.

Windsor Mill, which cost $32 million to construct, has room for 715 children, based on state formulas. The school system has projected that about 500 students would attend Windsor Mill under the accepted proposal.

The school was built to relieve overcrowding at Southwest Academy, Old Court and Deer Park Magnet middle schools.

The school board also approved spending $4.7 million for Kenwood because of increased construction costs. The total cost of the project is $16.4 million.

Liz F. Kay

White Marsh

Residents invited to meet councilmen

County residents are invited to a reception April 5 to meet their local officials.

The reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Johns Hopkins at White Marsh, 4924 Campbell Blvd. Councilmen Joseph Bartenfelder, Vincent J. Gardina and John Olszewski Sr. are expected to attend.

Sponsored by the Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce, the event is free, but residents must register to attend. Refreshments will be served.

For information or to register, contact the chamber office at 410-686-2233 or email at info@emrchamber.org.

Middle River

Identity theft is topic of meeting

Nick D'Adamo, director of community outreach for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, will talk about how to avoid identity theft at the April 5 meeting of the Essex-Middle River Civic Council.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Victory Villa Community Center on Compass Road near Martin Boulevard. Information: 410-335-5834.

Countywide

Special-education forums set

The Baltimore County school district has scheduled three forums across the county from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for residents to provide feedback about the system's special-education staffing plan for the 2006-2007 school year.

At the meetings, the public will have the opportunity to provide information on other special-education issues as well.

The forums will be held at Lutherville Laboratory Elementary, 1700 York Road; Dogwood Elementary, 7215 Dogwood Road; and Essex Elementary, 100 Mace Ave.

Catonsville

College to host job fair Tuesday

The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, will host a job fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the K Building, Room 100, on the campus at 800 S. Rolling Road.

A variety of employers, including representatives from the health care, finance, retail, manufacturing, hospitality and technology industries as well as from state and county government agencies, will be attending.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet local employers, interview for jobs and submit resumes. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 410-455-4435.

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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