Baltimore County Digest


February 07, 2007

Apartment owners ordered to refund fees

Two companies that own and manage apartment complexes in Owings Mills have agreed to refund fees they collected from tenants who terminated their leases early, under a settlement reached between the companies and the state attorney general's office, the office announced yesterday.

Winterset Apartments LLC and Owings Park LLC also agreed to stop requiring tenants who terminate their leases early to pay the termination fees and to stop deducting the fees from tenants' security deposits, according to the attorney general's office.

The companies - along with Horning Brothers, an Elkton-based property management company - had also been accused of violating state landlord-tenant law by charging prospective tenants excessive application fees. All three companies denied violating the law but agreed to change their practices and pay restitution to tenants, the attorney general's office said.

Winterset Apartments and Owings Park would each pay reduced civil penalties of $5,000 if they comply with the terms of the settlement, the attorney general's office said.

The settlement involves the Apartments of Winterset and Owings Park Apartments, both in Owings Mills, along with apartment complexes in Frederick, Rockville and Landover, according to the attorney general's office. Consumers eligible for restitution under the settlement are to be contacted by the office's Consumer Protection Division.


Black Saga winners named

Teams from Warren Elementary School and Sudbrook Magnet Middle School won championships in the county public school system's annual Black Saga competition.

Two three-member teams from 40 Baltimore County public elementary schools and 13 middle schools competed Saturday at Randallstown High in the event, which tests students' knowledge of African-American history. All schools that participated in the county finals are eligible to send up to two teams each to the state competition, scheduled March 17 at Towson University.

The winning team from Warren Elementary was made up of fifth-grade students Tionne Barner, Regina Ledesma and Aaron Shang, the school system said. The winning team from Sudbrook Magnet Middle was made up of eighth-grade students Dallas Boodhoo, Victor Olalekan and Brook-Logann Williams.


Meeting set on Harborview Park

Dundalk residents will get a chance to voice their opinions on improvements to Harborview Park, a small park adjacent to Oaklawn cemetery, at a community meeting being held Feb. 27 by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.

The community has asked for the addition of a parking lot and park cleanup. A meeting is normally held when changes are made to a park, a representative from the county Department of Recreation and Parks said.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Eastwood Elementary School Recreation Center cafeteria, 428 Westham Way. The meeting will be rescheduled if schools are closed or close early because of inclement weather.


Pecora named to college board

Vincent C. Pecora, director of financial aid at Towson University, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Community College of Baltimore County Foundation, the college announced.

Pecora earned his associate's degree from what was then Essex Community College in 1969, then went on to earn his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of Baltimore. From 1974 to 1997, he held a variety of student services positions, including veterans affairs and financial aid, at CCBC Essex.

From 1989 to 1993, Pecora chaired the Maryland Higher Education Commission's Financial Assistance Advisory Council. Pecora, a Perry Hall resident, has served as a member of the Baltimore County Savings Bank Foundation Board since 2002.

He has served as director of financial aid for Towson University since 1997.

The CCBC Foundation coordinates fundraising for student scholarships, academic programs and construction projects for the college.

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