City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

January 26, 2007

Woman dies at hospital after blaze in Westport

A woman died last night at Harbor Hospital after she was rescued by firefighters from her burning home in Westport, a city Fire Department spokesman said.

The 68-year-old woman, whose name was withheld pending notification of family members, suffered burns and smoke inhalation and died before 9 p.m., said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in the Maryland section yesterday about a fatal house fire in the 2600 block of Ridgely St. misidentified the city neighborhood. The house is in Mount Winans.
The Sun regrets the error.

Reported at 7 p.m., the single-alarm fire caused extensive damage to the two-story dwelling in the 2600 block of Ridgely St.

Firefighters found the woman, the only occupant of the house, unconscious in a smoke-filled first-floor rear room. She had gone into cardiac arrest, Cartwright said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. It was the second fire-related death in the city this year, compared with one at the same time last year, Cartwright said.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore County: Pikesville

Beth El senior rabbi to retire in 2008

Mark G. Loeb, senior rabbi of Pikesville's Beth El Congregation, has announced plans to retire next year.

Loeb, who will turn 63 next month, has held his position at Beth El for 31 years.

The Boston native said he is exploring his post-retirement possibilities, including serving as an interim rabbi for synagogues affiliated with the Conservative movement, perhaps in Europe. He is also considering teaching.

"Managers of opera companies say it's so much better when people say `so soon?' rather than `at last,' " he said. "I don't want to hang on too long where I don't feel that I'm giving my best at all times."

The congregation's board of trustees is expected to vote to select a successor next month.

Liz F. Kay

Baltimore: BCCC

Child care center sets open house

Baltimore City Community College's Clarence W. Blount Child Development Center will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in Room 100-A of the Liberty Campus Nursing Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. Preschool and daytime child care services are offered. Parents are asked not to take children to the open house.

Du Burns Arena

TreeBaltimore meeting set Saturday

The second public meeting by the Forestry Division of Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks on the city's efforts to develop TreeBaltimore is set for from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Clarence H. Du Burns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Ave. TreeBaltimore involves a management plan for the city's tree canopy. Information: 410-396-6109.

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