City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

June 06, 2006

Baltimore: forum

Dixon plans event for Wednesday

City Council President Sheila Dixon will hold another in her series of "Dixon Day" community forums at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Concord Baptist Church, 5204 Liberty Heights Ave. The forum will include a discussion of the city government and the role of the City Council president's office. Information: 410-545-7457.

Fells Point

British warship to be open to public

A welcoming ceremony is scheduled for noon today for a British warship that is scheduled to dock at Broadway Pier in Fells Point and remain until Monday. The HMS Northumberland, a 439-foot frigate, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the visit sponsored by the nonprofit organization Sail Baltimore. The Northumberland was commissioned in 1994 - the sixth Royal British Navy ship to carry the name since 1679.

Zoo

Annual fundraiser scheduled Friday

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's annual black-tie fundraiser will be held from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday. This year's featured animal will be the pink flamingo, in anticipation of the opening of a flamingo exhibit. The gala is for ages 21 and older; tickets cost $250. Food from more than 60 restaurants will be available, and participants will be able to dance to live music. An auction, featuring a Mini Cooper and an animal from the zoo's retired carousel, also is planned. Proceeds will help fund zoo operations. Information or to buy tickets: 443-552-5287.

Public Works

Agency receives prize for planning

The city's Department of Public Works has received the 2006 grand prize for excellence in planning from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, city officials said. The award is for a new enhanced nutrient removal system now under design for the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant. The system, which will help keep nitrogen out of the Chesapeake Bay, is expected to save the city more than $75 million in construction costs and more in operating and maintenance costs. Construction is expected to begin in late 2007 with completion in 2011.

Carroll County: Sykesville

Main Street to close today for repairs

Main Street in Sykesville will be closed between Church Street and Oklahoma Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today for road repairs. No parking will be allowed on that part of downtown Main Street during those hours. Residents can call Public Works Director Ron Esworthy at 410-795-3186 or police Chief John Williams at 410-795-0757 with questions or concerns.

Ellie Baublitz

Baltimore County: Highways

Work to affect Beltway, U.S. 40

The State Highway Administration may close parts of the interchange between U.S. 40 and Interstate 695 in eastern Baltimore County overnight for about two weeks for a resurfacing project. Detours for Exit 35 on I-695 will be in effect between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday starting this week, according to an announcement from the SHA. Drivers on the Beltway's inner loop will be directed to eastbound Route 702 through Exit 36, to westbound 702 and back onto the outer loop to reach U.S. 40. Motorists on the outer loop will go through the interchange at Exit 34 to Philadelphia Road and back onto Exit 35. Vehicles from U.S. 40 will also follow detours to approach I-695, according to the SHA. Information: 410-321-2800 or 800-962-3077.

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