Baltimore County Digest


February 15, 2007

State funds approved for CCBC renovations

The state Board of Public Works has approved a grant of more than $670,000 for renovations to the Humanities and Arts building on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, state officials said.

The grant is designed to cover half the cost of a $1.36 million contract to Denver Elek Inc. Baltimore County would pay the other half.

The project includes renovations of the building's exterior masonry, waterproofing, new windows, a new heating and air conditioning system, and a new emergency generator.

Construction is expected to be completed in October.


Schools budget vote expected

The Baltimore County school board meeting has been rescheduled for 7:30 tonight at the Educational Support Services Building, 6901 Charles St., Towson.

The board is expected to vote on Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's $1.16 billion proposed operating budget for the upcoming school year.

The meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday and then rescheduled for yesterday, but was postponed twice because of inclement weather. The schedule can be checked at the school system's Web site:


Officer in fatal shooting identified

Baltimore County police identified yesterday the officer who fatally shot a man Monday as police served a warrant at the home of suspect in a homicide.

The person who fired the fatal shotwas named as Officer J. Bossi, a seven-year veteran assigned to the department's tactical unit.

Bossi has been placed on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated, officials said.

Danny Ray Hammonds, 52, was fatally shot Monday at his home in the 7200 block of Eastern Ave. His son, Jason Michael Hammonds, 16, and Dominic Alan Strong, 18, of the 2500 block of W. Woodwell Road, have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Dundalk man, charging documents show.

Nick Shields


Trash pickups as weather permits

Trash that was not picked up yesterday in Baltimore County because of inclement weather should be left out, and it will be collected as soon as conditions permit, county officials said yesterday.

All recycling collections scheduled for yesterday were canceled, and any items left out should be retrieved and placed out again on the next scheduled collection day for that type of recyclable.

New Web site for elderly care

Baltimore County's Department of Aging has created a Web site about caring for elderly adults.

The new site,, is designed to help families find information about adult day care, senior centers, retirement communities, medical facilities and other programs. It also includes links to private facilities and state agencies.

The site's language can be changed to other languages, including Korean, Spanish, German and Russian.

"This project should have a positive influence on the quality of life for our seniors and be a valuable resource for those who look after them," Arnold Eppel, Department of Aging director, said in a statement.

Laura Barnhardt

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