Baltimore County Digest


February 06, 2007

Student is honored for science award

Anna Cyganowski, a senior at Notre Dame Preparatory in Towson, was recognized yesterday by Baltimore County officials who applauded her work on a science project that earned her a semifinalist finish in a prestigious national competition. County Executive James T. Smith Jr. gave the 17-year-old a proclamation that designated yesterday as "Anna Cyganowski Day."

Cyganowski, 17, worked last summer with scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on a research project about metal whiskers, thin, hair-like growths on metal that are barely visible to the naked eye. Her project, "Nickel Cadmium Batteries: A Medium for the Study of Metal Whiskers and Dendrites," earned her a $1,000 prize as a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search contest. Notre Dame Preparatory also was awarded $1,000 for Cyganowski's placement.

Democratic Club

Smoking ban is hot topic

The Central Baltimore County Democratic Club will host a discussion on "Should Maryland be Smoke Free?" at its monthly meeting Tuesday in Towson.

Club president Margie Brassil said Tara Andrews, director of advocacy for the American Lung Association of Maryland, and Melvin R. Thompson, vice president of government relations for the Restaurant Association of Maryland, will present opposing views on issues concerning smoking and smoke-free restaurants.

The meeting will be held at the East Towson Community Center, 300 Lennox Ave. It begins at 7 p.m. with a social/networking event. The general meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. For information about the club, including membership and events, visit

Park School

Diversity consultant to speak

Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White is scheduled to speak at The Park School at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Wise, a diversity consultant and author, provides anti-racism training to teachers, physicians and medical professionals, as well as to government, military and law enforcement officials.

The free lecture is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is no reserved seating. Park School is at 2425 Old Court Road, Baltimore.

Information: 410-339-4145.

Bus tour

African-American sites highlighted

Local historian and author Louis S. Diggs and historian Lenwood Johnson will offer a free bus tour to historic African-American communities in Baltimore County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The tour will begin at the parking lot behind Liberty Senior Center, Liberty Road and Brenbrook Road, Randallstown. The tour will cover a large section of the southeast corridor of Baltimore County and include stops at Sharp Street United Methodist Church in Chase and St. Stephen's African Methodist Episcopal Church in Essex.

A free lunch will be served at St. Stephen's and a documentary, Louis Diggs: A History in Progress, will be shown during the tour.

For information and to reserve a seat on the bus, call the Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs at 410-887-5557.

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