Councilman's son to fill House seat

Baltimore County Digest

June 10, 2006

John A. Olszewski Jr., a schoolteacher and son of a Baltimore County councilman, has been appointed to fill a vacated seat representing Dundalk and Essex in the House of Delegates, the governor's office announced yesterday.

Olszewski, a teacher at Patapsco High School Center for the Arts in Dundalk, replaces John S. Arnick, who resigned to accept an appointment to the state Board of Contract Appeals. Olszewski, a Democrat who is the son of County Councilman John A. Olszewski Sr., had been nominated to the 6th District seat by county party leaders.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. also yesterday Ocean City Mayor James N. Mathias Jr.'s appointment to a House of Delegates seat representing Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

White Marsh

Man killed in two-car crash

An 84-year-old man was killed Thursday night in a two-car crash Thursday night in White Marsh, county police said yesterday.

Ottavio Grande of the 900 block of Bird River Beach Road in the Middle River area was driving a 1993 Lincoln Town Car south on Cowenton Avenue near Interstate 95 when his car crossed the center lane into northbound traffic, police said.

His car struck a 1993 Ford Explorer driven by Arthur Weis Jr. of the 3000 block of Arizona Ave. in Parkville, police said.

Grande, who according to police suffered from Alzheimer's disease, died at the scene, police said. Weis was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was in critical condition, hospital officials said.

Nick Shields

Towson

Democrats to appear at forum

Democratic candidates for Maryland attorney general and comptroller are to speak Tuesday at an event hosted by the Central Baltimore County Democratic Club.

Thomas E. Perez and Douglas F. Gansler, two candidates for attorney general, and Peter Franchot, candidate for state comptroller, are scheduled to speak. In addition, Scott D. Shellenberger, candidate for Baltimore County's state's attorney, State Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier of the county's 8th District, and County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina are expected to attend.

A question-and-answer period will follow. The club will meet at 7 p.m., but the general meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the East Towson Community Center, 300 Lennox Ave. Information: 410-592-3003.

Countwide

Boating, crime featured in show

Preventing burglaries during the warm-weather months and boating safely and legally are among the topics addressed on the newest edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program.

The final segment of the program. which will run through Aug. 4 on Comcast Channel 25, will alert residents to neighborhood crime trends and ask viewers to help in identifying suspects.

The program is aired four times a week: Mondays at 8:30 p.m.; Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Perry Hall

Nonprofit's fundraiser Thursday

The Community Assistance Network will hold its 40th anniversary fundraising celebration Thursday in Perry Hall with a silent auction featuring a 1953 Mickey Mantle baseball card.

The event, which is scheduled for 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave., also includes a buffet dinner and music. Tickets are $40 per person.

The Community Assistance Network is a nonprofit organization that assists low-income Baltimore County residents in such matters as housing and health care. Information: 410-285-4674.

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