Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

August 23, 2006

Repaired bridge opens while another is fixed

A Baltimore County bridge, recently repaired temporarily, was reopened last week so that a nearby bridge could be fixed, county public works officials said yesterday.

Mount Zion Road Bridge No. 65, over Piney Run near Upperco, received a $20,000 temporary repair order so work could be scheduled for Mount Zion Road Bridge No. 391, county public works officials said.

Both bridges, located about 3,500 feet apart, need structural repairs but cannot be closed simultaneously without stranding residents of nine homes, county public works officials said.

County officials closed Bridge No. 65 in June after discovering deterioration, but a land-preservation group and county public works officials have been at odds about the structure's proposed width and look.

Repairs on Bridge No. 391 are scheduled to begin next spring and are expected to last about four months, public works officials said.

Nick Shields


Board appoints two to posts

The Baltimore County school board named Boyd Crouse as coordinator of the county's area educational advisory council last night and appointed Hays B. Lantz as assistant superintendent for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Crouse is a member of the Southeast Area Educational Advisory Council.

Lantz formerly oversaw the system's science curriculum and instruction.

Board members also heard a report on proposed changes to the school board policy about area educational advisory councils, which include reducing the number of members from 17 to 15 and capping the number of student members at two.

In other business, board members also approved a request for nearly $1.88 million in additional county money for the partial renovation of Perry Hall Middle School. If endorsed by the Baltimore County Council, the total cost of the project would increase to nearly $15.5 million. Increasing construction costs prompted the request, according to school board documents.

The board also approved spending $245,000 to audit the school system's curriculum.

Liz F. Kay


Candidates forum set at Goucher

The League of Women Voters of Baltimore County and Goucher College will sponsor a primary election forum featuring 3rd Congressional District candidates at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The forum will be held in the Merrick Lecture Hall on the Goucher campus, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

Goucher President Sanford J. Ungar and Marc Steiner of WYPR radio will be co-moderators for the forum, which is free and open to the public.

Information: 410-377-8046 or email


LatinoFest is Saturday in Towson

The first LatinoFest in Baltimore County to celebrate Hispanic arts and culture will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Towson.

LatinoFest Baltimore County will feature Latin music, including salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, reggaeton, Latin jazz and mariachi. The festival will be held at Courthouse Square, Washington and Chesapeake avenues.

Events include a tango demonstration and dance contest; clowns and face-painting for the children; community health information; arts and crafts from the Americas and Hispanic cuisine.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support services offered free to families by the nonprofit Education Based Latino Outreach.

Information: 410-783-5404 or

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