City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 08, 2006

Preparing for 2007 bid, Mitchell hires consultants

Baltimore City Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. has hired media and fundraising consultants to assist him in his bid for a citywide office in the 2007 election.

The three-term councilman, who represents most of the Inner Harbor, downtown, Mount Vernon, Bolton Hill, Reservoir Hill and portions of West Baltimore, is expected to say next month what office he will seek. Political observers think he is considering running for mayor or City Council president.

Mitchell, 39, confirmed that he has hired Barb Clapp Advertising & Marketing of Baltimore to handle his fundraising efforts. He has also enlisted Squier Knapp Dunn to manage the message he will craft for the news media. The Washington firm has handled high-profile clients including for New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Doug Donovan

Baltimore: Tribute

City Council honors Md. attorney general

The Baltimore City Council approved a resolution last night praising retiring state Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., calling him the "conscience of Maryland."

The resolution, introduced by Curran's brother, Councilman Robert W. Curran, paid tribute to a "storied public servant" who for nearly 50 years has committed himself to "fighting tirelessly to empower those of unequal power, striving valiantly to protect the vulnerable young and the fragile aged," the resolution says.

The tribute goes on to say that the 75-year-old attorney general, who will step down next month after five terms in office, has worked "courageously to achieve equality for those treated as less equal, battling to secure protection for consumers from exploitation by big business, and holding to account profiteers whose negligence harmed those dependent upon them for sustenance."

Doug Donovan

Health

Sale of jewelry made with lead limited

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Baltimore health commissioner, issued final regulations yesterday that would ban the sale of children's jewelry found to contain dangerous levels of lead. The new rules, which are to take effect Sept. 1, 2007, target jewelry containing lead exceeding 600 parts per million, the amount commonly found in lead paint. The current standard is 1,200 parts per million.

Post offices

Hours extended for holiday season

The U.S. Postal Service is expanding hours at several Baltimore-area post offices for the holiday season. The city's main post office, on Fayette Street, will be open Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The post office in Columbia will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 22, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the next two Saturdays. The Columbia post office also will be open Dec. 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

The post offices in Glen Burnie and Ellicott City will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 22 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the next two Saturdays.

The Lutherville-Timonium post office in will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 22 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the next two Saturdays.

The Bel Air post office will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 22 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the next two Saturdays.

Complete list of expanded hours: www.ups.com

Holiday giving

Mitten campaign begins today

The 33rd annual Mitten Tree Giving Campaign begins today in the lobby of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday St. Donations of mittens, gloves, hats and scarves are sought. The event begins at 11 a.m. with music. At 11:30 a.m., officials including Public Works Director George L. Winfield, Franklin Square boys and girls club members and Glenmount Elementary School third-graders will hang the first mittens on a tree. The campaign continues through Dec. 21. Information: 410-545-6541.

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