Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

May 20, 2006

Villa Julie graduates largest class in history

Villa Julie College celebrated its 53rd commencement exercises yesterday with the largest graduating class in the school's history, college officials said.

The 501 members of the Class of 2006 include the first group to receive master's degrees in forensic science and the first graduates with a bachelor's degree in public history.

Dr. Neal Baer, a Harvard-educated physician who is executive producer of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, was the guest speaker for the two ceremonies held on the campus in Stevenson.

Baer served on the staff of the hit TV show ER while attending Harvard Medical School. He also wrote for the TV series China Beach as well as several special programs and feature films.

Schools

Science, technology fair set today

Baltimore County public schools will host the third annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fair today with entries from 95 of the system's 103 elementary schools.

The daylong fair will be held at Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road. Judging will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by activities and presentations for fair participants from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The fair will be open to the public from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., followed by the awards program at 4 p.m.

The fair will showcase the best science displays from 188 elementary pupils. Another 271 pupils will be competing in the Safe Racer Challenge portion of the event in which teams compete to keep an egg "driver" safe as it races against other vehicles. Information: 410-887-6111.

Board to vote on teachers contract

The Baltimore County school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to hear reports about the school system's proposed wellness policy and to vote on its contract with the Teachers Association of Baltimore County.

The meeting will be held in the Education Support Services Building on the Greenwood campus, 6901 Charles St., Towson. 410-887-4126.

White Marsh

Event focuses on public safety

The Baltimore County Police Community Relations Council is sponsoring its second annual Public Safety Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. today.

The event will be held on the upper parking lot near JC Penney at White Marsh Mall, 8300 Perry Hall Blvd.

Among the displays will be police, fire and military equipment. A children's activity also will be set up. Information will be provided by the police and fire departments; sheriff's office; health department; county roads; Maryland National Guard and other local and state agencies. Information: Police Community Resources Team, 410-887-5901.

Fort Howard

Dedication for renovated plaza

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the renovated Memorial Plaza at Fort Howard Veterans Park, 9115 North Point Rd., Fort Howard, at 11 a.m. May 27.

The plaza has new paving, a flagpole, parking and landscape plantings. County officials said additional improvements will include a fishing pier, playground and renovation of the athletic field. Information: 410-887-3806.

Catonsville

Ballroom dancing at senior center

The Catonsville Senior Center will host ballroom dancing from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to the music of Don Ingram and his band.

There is no charge for the dancing, which is held weekly on Wednesdays at the center, 501 N. Rolling Road. Singles are welcome. Information: 410-887-0900.

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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