City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 26, 2006

Baltimore: Election

Officials say voting will be smoother

Baltimore Board of Elections officials went before the City Council yesterday making assurances that the polls will be significantly better prepared for voters Nov. 7 than they were in September's primary.

But concerns still lingered as council members questioned city Board of Elections President Armstead B. Crawley Jones Sr. about everything from the availability of telephones and whether police officers would be assigned to polls.

Council members said they expect a list of all judges, police officers and facility managers assigned to each site before the election.

Cornelius L. Jones, interim elections director, said after the hearing that about 1,200 judges have been assigned to a polling station. The remainder will be assigned as training classes continue through Nov. 3, he said. About 2,100 judges are needed on Election Day, but at least 3,500 volunteers are to be assigned.

"It's going to be better than the primary," Jones said. "We're getting there. He said they have recruited 470 Republican judges, giving them at least 600, and they are continuing recruitment. Recruitment of Democratic judges has ended, as they have more than 2,000.

City Council President Sheila Dixon said though she was more comfortable about the board of election's plans, she was still waiting for resolution on some of the outstanding issues.

"I still think there could be some issues, but it seems like some of it is out of their control," she said.

Sumathi Reddy

Health

Free oral exams offered for seniors

Seniors age 62 and over are eligible for free oral exams through tomorrow, organized by Baltimore City Community College's Dental Hygiene Clinic. The exams will be in the clinic's Liberty Campus facility at 2901 Liberty Heights Ave., on the first floor of the school's Life Sciences Building. To schedule an appointment, call Valerie Hunter at 410-462-7712.

Maryland: Episcopalians

Diocese names Rabb interim bishop

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has named an interim bishop to lead after the retirement of Bishop Robert W. Ihloff this April. A standing committee of clergy and laypeople that serves as the diocese's board of directors asked the Rt. Rev. John L. Rabb to assume the role of bishop in charge, according to diocese officials. He has served as the bishop suffragan since 1998. Ihloff, 65, has been the bishop for 11 years. He announced his plan to retire last month. The standing committee has appointed a group to develop a job description to use during a search for a permanent replacement, he said yesterday.

Carroll County: Ag center

4-H schedules run-walk Saturday

The Carroll County 4-H Youth Development Program will hold the 4-H 5K Clover Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk fundraiser Saturday at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue in Westminster. The 5K race will begin at 9 a. m. and the Fun Mile at 9:45 a. m. The course will begin at the Ag Center, go down Winchester Drive to Greenvale Road, right on Smith Avenue, right on Gist Road, right on Morningstar Way and right on Greenvale Road to the end, then return the same way. Traffic may be delayed during the event. Motorists are asked to use caution in the area at that time. Information: 410-386-2760 or 888-326-9645.

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