City/county Digest


March 29, 2006

Friends School announces $1 million gift

The Friends School of Baltimore has received a $1 million donation, the school announced yesterday. Lynn and Anthony Deering, the parents of three alumni, donated the money through the Charlesmead Foundation. The donation is the school's first $1 million gift. "The Deerings' remarkable gift represents a major leap forward in the history of giving to Friends, and will allow the school to take many bold new steps that would otherwise have been beyond our reach," said Matthew W. Micciche, head of school. "We are honored by and deeply appreciative of this dramatic support." The Friends School is a 222-year-old Quaker school for students in prekindergarten through grade 12.

Carroll County: Eldersburg

Contract awarded for senior center

Despite a possible budget deficit, Carroll County officials will build some long-promised projects, including the $3 million South Carroll Senior Center. Yesterday, the board awarded a $545,087 design contract for the center and an adjoining community gymnasium to Colimore Gallow Architects of Baltimore. "As we evaluate dollars available and the commissioners' priorities, we have identified some projects to move on," said Ted Zaleski, county budget director. "It does not mean nothing will be sacrificed." The project will be built on 10 acres near Mineral Hill and Oklahoma roads in Eldersburg.

Mary Gail Hare

Baltimore: Pratt Library

Fairy Tale Festival to begin Saturday

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold its fourth annual Fairy Tale Festival next month. Events will be offered at the central library and at 21 branches across the city. The program will begin with events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the central library, 400 Cathedral St. Participants are encouraged to attend dressed as a favorite fairy tale character. Information: 410-396-5402.

Maryland: Environment

Bay cleanup set for Saturday

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay needs volunteers to help with its annual cleanup of more than 100 streams in Central Maryland and on the Eastern Shore. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The organization will supply trash bags and gloves. In 2005, 1,300 volunteers removed 62,000 pounds of trash from area streams. Information: 410- 377-6270 or

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