Smith reports $750,000 in campaign treasury

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

October 28, 2006

Heading into the final week and a half before the election, County Executive James T. Smith Jr. has about $750,000 to spend on his re-election campaign, his campaign spokesman said yesterday -- the deadline for candidates to file reports with the state elections board.

Smith, a Democrat seeking his second term, has spent $1.4 million on office space, mailings and three television advertisements for local network affiliates, spokesman Sterling Clifford said.

Republican challenger Clarence W. Bell Jr. reported having $3,168 in his campaign account.

"Dollars don't vote, and you don't win campaigns solely by money," Bell said.

Josh Mitchell

Lansdowne

Pupils to get flu vaccines

Pupils at Lansdowne Elementary School are to receive influenza vaccines Monday, as officials launch a program to provide free vaccinations against the illness to students in county schools.

Schoolchildren ages 5 to 11 can receive the FluMist vaccine, which is administered by a spray to the nostrils, officials said. The vaccinations are offered as part of a statewide initiative that follows a pilot program conducted last year in Calvert and Carroll counties, officials said.

Studies have shown the vaccine reduces absenteeism among students and staff, officials said.

Owings Mills

Family volunteer fair set

A family volunteer fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills.

At the fair, sponsored by the Jewish Volunteer Connection, parents and children can learn about opportunities to volunteer in the community with organizations such as the Irvine Nature Center, Episcopal Housing Corporation, Shalom Baltimore, and Hackerman-Patz House. Families may take part in an on-site volunteer project, creating birthday baskets for organizations that serve children in need.

Organizers said the fair, free and open to the public, is geared for families with children 12 years old and younger.

Information: www.associated.org/jvc

Jacksonville

Plans to be reviewed for new park

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks has scheduled a second community meeting to review concept plans for the future Jacksonville Park, formerly the Ruth property.

The 30-acre park is north of the intersection of Jarrettsville Pike and Paper Mill and Sweet Air roads. Based on results of the first meeting, it appears that a new senior center, multipurpose gymnasium and several fields will be at the park, according to Robert J. Barrett, director of the county's Department of Recreation and Parks.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov.16 in the cafeteria of Jacksonville Elementary School, 3400 Hillendale Heights Road in Phoenix.

Information: 410-887-3871 or email: recparks@co.ba.us.

Eastern Technical

Math teacher wins statewide honor

For the fourth consecutive year, a math teacher at Eastern Technical High School has been chosen for the statewide honor of Math Teacher of the Year.

Jeremy Carlino, who graduated from Eastern Tech in 1989 and has taught at the school for nearly a decade, was selected by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics based on letters of recommendation, an essay about how he meets the needs of his students and a classroom observation of his teaching.

Carlino, who teaches Advanced Placement calculus and algebra, earned a bachelor's degree from Towson University and a master's from the Johns Hopkins University.

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