Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

December 08, 2006

Dundalk, Essex parks to be dedicated today, Dedication ceremonies will be held today for a Dundalk park that has undergone a $3 million renovation and for a new park in Essex.

Chesterwood Park in Dundalk has a lighted and irrigated atheltic field, a new parking area, a building for storage and concessions, pavilions and pathways, county officials said.

The new, $5.5 million Fields at Renaissance Park in Essex, on 40 acres at the former site of the Tall Trees apartment complex, includes a baseball diamond, another athletic field, pavilions, a playground, walking paths, parking and a regional storm water management facility.

In the early 1900s, the Chesterwood Park site was a privately owned park used as a retreat for wayward boys from Baltimore.

The county bought the property in the 1970s and used it for a highway maintenance facility.

It was renovated by the county Department of Recreation and Parks in a project paid for by a million-dollar state bond, a community parks and playground grant, and $99,000 in waterway improvements funds.

Elected officials are to participate in the dedication ceremonies, which are scheduled for 10 a.m. at Chesterwood Park, 2200 Chesterwood Road, and for 11 a.m. at Fields at Renaissance Park, 101 Stemmers Run Road.

Towson

Hit-and-run suspect free on bail

The Baltimore County woman charged in the hit-and-run death of a toddler last week has been released on bail, according to court records.

Lazara Arellano de Hogue was released on $250,000 bail Wednesday, according to court records. She is accused of striking Marjorie Thomas, 55, and her grandson Elijah Cozart, 3, in a pickup truck at Goucher Boulevard and Colbury Road near the Loch Raven Plaza shopping center.

The boy and his stroller were dragged more than three-quarters of a mile. He died at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Arellano de Hogue's bail was reduced this week from the $2 million bail set by a court commissioner after her arrest Friday.

She is charged with failing to stop her vehicle at the scene of a fatal accident and failing to return and remain at the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury.

Nick Shields

Library

System ranks high on national list

The county library system ranked high in a rating of large library systems across the country.

The Baltimore County Public Library was rated fifth in Hennen's American Public Library Ratings among systems serving populations of more than 500,000.

The rating system considered 15 factors, including circulation, staffing, materials, reference service and funding, according to the Hennen's American Public Library Ratings Web site.

The county library system has been rated among the top five six times in the seven years the ratings have been issued.

The top four libraries in this year's ratings were Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio; Multnomah County Library in Oregon; Columbus Metropolitan Library in Ohio; and the Denver Public Library.

Pikesville

Nonprofit opens new headquarters

A mental health services provider has opened a new $6 million headquarters in Pikesville.

Prologue, a nonprofit corporation, opened administrative offices and its main program site on Milford Mill road, near the Milford Mill Metro Station, replacing five vacant buildings there and keeping 100 jobs in downtown Pikesville, county officials said.

Parkville

Holiday event to be held Thursday

The Greater Parkville Community Council will hold its annual Night of Holiday Fun and general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The event will be held at the Parkville Recreation and Senior Center, 8600 Harford Road. Potluck, finger foods and desserts will be offered. Residents are asked to bring a traditional holiday dish, and prizes will be awarded for the best recipe.

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