City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

November 15, 2006

Food bank receives grant to help feed needy kids

The Maryland Food Bank has received a $35,000 grant that it will use to purchase nutritious food to fill backpacks for needy schoolchildren.

The children will take the backpacks home over weekends and vacations to ensure that they have enough to eat, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit announced yesterday.

The money was donated by patrons of Baltimore-area Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores, and some Wal-Mart employees volunteered to help stuff the backpacks, said Shanna Yetman, a spokeswoman for the food bank, which is a member of America's Second Harvest, a national network of nonprofit organizations working to fight hunger.

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club customers contributed $3.7 million as part of the "Be a Part of the Solution to End Hunger" campaign, and the Wal-Mart and Sam's Club Foundation contributed an additional $5 million for a total of $8.7 million.

Of that, $1.5 million will be used for America's Second Harvest's "BackPack Program," which has expanded to 39 states and the District of Columbia in recent years.

Lynn Anderson

Baltimore: Museum

Sports Legends is free for four days

The Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards will be offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday as part of the city's Free Fall Baltimore program. The museum -- in Camden Station, 301 W. Camden St., next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards -- includes 22,000 square feet of sports memorabilia in Maryland's sports history. During this weekend's free admission, the museum will include programs focusing on the area's history in relation to the Civil War, including photography, embalming methods and medical practices. Songs from the era will be performed, and Civil War uniforms will be shown.

Anne Arundel: Bay Bridge

Authorities recover body from water

A body was recovered near the Bay Bridge yesterday morning, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded about 4 a.m. after receiving a report that someone had jumped from the bridge. At 5:39 a.m., Maryland Natural Resources Police recovered a body. Cpl. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the authority, said the investigation is continuing. An identification will not be released until the victim's family is notified, Green said.

Nia-Malika Henderson

Brooklyn Park

Water-main break gives pupils day off

A water-main break near Brooklyn Park Elementary School forced the cancellation of classes yesterday, Anne Arundel County school officials said. The break in an 8-inch pipe occurred early yesterday morning at 10th Avenue and Valley Drive. A public works crew worked to repair it. By 9 a.m., the water pressure and supply had been restored to the North County neighborhood, said Pamela Jordan, a public works spokeswoman. Classes at the school are to resume today.

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