City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

August 12, 2006

Howard County: Endorsement

Robey announces support for O'Malley

Howard County Executive James N. Robey announced yesterday at a Columbia news conference that he is endorsing Mayor Martin O'Malley for governor.

Robey, a Democrat, has been the leader of Howard since 1998 and served as the county's police chief for seven years before his election as county executive.

"Martin O'Malley will be a governor who puts the interests of Howard County families ahead of those of the special interests," Robey said, according to a campaign statement. "Martin O'Malley has a record of making progress for the families of Baltimore, and he has the vision and detailed plans that will ensure progress for all our families over the next four years."

O'Malley's campaign said that the county will likely prove to be a major battleground in this year's gubernatorial election. The campaign said that in 2002, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. won the county by about 10,000 votes. In 2004, the campaign said, Sen. John Kerry carried Howard County by more than 12,000 votes.

Doug Donovan

Baltimore: Culture

Folklore festival planned for today

The Carrie Murray Nature Center in Leakin Park will present an African Folklore Festival from noon to 2 p.m. today. Visitors can learn about African history through folktales, story-telling and music. Admission is $2. The center is at 1901 Ridgetop Road, and the event is sponsored by the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. For more information: 410-396-0808.

Bay Bridge: Delays

Burning truck closes lanes

A moving truck that caught fire yesterday morning caused major delays on U.S. 50 approaching the Bay Bridge toll plaza. The slowdowns lasted well into the afternoon, according to police and transportation officials.

A state police spokesman said investigators were uncertain why the eastbound truck caught fire at 8:19 a.m. on Kent Island. The driver was not hurt.

Some lanes were shut down, leading to a backup that stretched into Annapolis. The road wasn't fully reopened until 1:30 p.m., after everything was removed from the truck, police said.

By 3 p.m., the backup still stretched five miles to the Severn River Bridge, with intermittent breaks, said Lindsay Reilly, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Bradley Olson

Baltimore: Recreation

Jazz concert offered tomorrow

A free outdoor jazz concert will take place at Druid Hill Park from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. The event, sponsored by the city Department of Recreation and Parks, will be held in front of the Festival Bowl near Safety City. The concert is one in a series of the city's 2006 Music in the Park concerts. The final Jazzy Sunday concert will be Sept. 10. For more information: 410-396-7900.

Baltimore: Parade

Children's art to be displayed

The Chesapeake Center for Youth Development will hold a parade today to show off children's artwork. Pupils from Brooklyn Park Middle School talked with community leaders to get ideas for artistic projects. The theme of this year's parade - which starts at 2:30 p.m. at Prudence and Church streets in Brooklyn - is "Don't Give In ... Step Up!" The summer program is sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning program. The artwork includes floats, puppets and sculptures.

Baltimore: Roadwork

Northern Parkway likely to see delays

Repair work on Northern Parkway will result in lane and ramp closures that city transportation officials warn could cause significant delays this weekend. During the work, westbound Northern Parkway from Falls Road to Rogers Avenue will be reduced to one lane. Also, the ramps from the northbound and southbound Jones Falls Expressway to westbound Northern Parkway will be closed. Routes will reopen 5 a.m. Monday. Motorists will be directed to take Cold Spring Lane west to Greenspring Avenue, Park Heights Avenue or Reisterstown Road, which will link back to Northern Parkway.

Region: Charity

Auto dealers give for cancer research

Baltimore-area Hyundai dealers have made a $45,000 contribution to the Children's Cancer Foundation to benefit pediatric oncology research at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and announced a national Hope on Wheels college scholarship program for children who have survived cancer. The donation and announcement came during a Hyundai Hope on Wheels tour stop Thursday at the Blaustein Cancer Research Building on the Hopkins East Baltimore campus. The $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to 10 students, and the application form is available online at www.hopeonwheels.com

Baltimore: Schools

Meetings set on transfers

The Baltimore school system will continue today community meetings about the coming transfer of 4,300 students whose schools closed or moved this summer.

Officials will be available to address questions from affected students, families and community members. The meetings will be held:

From 10 a.m. to noon in the media center at the Lake Clifton High School campus, 2901 St. Lo Drive, to discuss schools in North and Northeast Baltimore.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the media center at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, 1400 Orleans St., to discuss schools in East and Southeast Baltimore.

A list of which schools will be discussed at each meeting is available at www.baltimorecityschools.org.

Sara Neufeld

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