Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

May 23, 2006

Fire burns Rosewood building

Fire officials are searching for the cause of a three-alarm fire that damaged the former administration building at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills, state fire officials said.

Shortly before 2 a.m. yesterday, medics responding to an unrelated call on the Rosewood campus spotted the fire at the two-story building at 200 Rosewood Lane, county fire officials said.

About 90 firefighters from Baltimore City and Baltimore and Carroll counties brought the fire under control after about 4 1/2 hours, said Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor. No one was injured, officials said.

Rosewood, a state institution for the developmentally disabled, has 199 residents, 51 of whom are court-committed.

A crane was ordered to help dig out the roof and portions of the floor of the building, said Jim Anzalone, facility director for the Rosewood Center.

"We know they've been vacant for 15 years, so I don't know what would be in there to start a fire," Anzalone said of the building.

Nick Shields

Towson University

Cardin to speak at commencement

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will speak at Towson University's 141st commencement exercises tomorrow.

Cardin will address graduates of the college of liberal arts and the college of graduate studies and research at 2 p.m. at the Towson Center.

The university will confer 2,308 baccalaureate degrees and 505 master's degrees during ceremonies tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.

Owings Mills

GOP club to host 3rd District hopeful

The New Northwest Republican Club will host 3rd Congressional District candidate Gary Appelbaum at its meeting at 7 p.m. today at Hertzbach and Co., 10 Music Fair Road in Owings Mills. Information: 410-484-5047.

Edgemere

Fort Howard plan to be discussed

Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. and the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System will host a town hall meeting for veterans, their families and community members concerning a proposed retirement community at the Fort Howard VA Medical Center campus.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Wells McComas Post 2678, 6521 North Point Road in Edgemere.

Representatives from the VA and Fort Howard Senior Housing Associates, the project developer, will provide an update on the proposed development. Information: 410-605- 7007.

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