Baltimore County Digest


March 30, 2007

Bill seeks to halt Costco construction

A Baltimore County Council member has drafted a bill that could block the construction of a Costco store in the Hillendale area.

The bill, to be introduced at Monday's council meeting by Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, would prohibit warehouses used for membership retail and wholesale operations in areas zoned for light manufacturing.

Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat, said a developer is planning to build a Costco outlet in the 1100 block of Taylor Ave., a location that he deems unfit for the plans because the area is surrounded by homes. That area is zoned for light manufacturing.

He said nearby residents oppose the plan.

"We really don't need another major retailer" in that area, Gardina said.

He said his bill does not single out Costco because it would apply to other stores, including BJ's Wholesale Club and Sam's Club, in light-manufacturing zones countywide.

If introduced Monday, the proposed legislation would be subject to a public hearing and then face a council vote in early May.

Josh Mitchell


Museum to honor Harriet Tubman

A tribute to abolitionist Harriet Ross Tubman, including readings by local historians, will be held tomorrow at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella.

The event is the last in a series that began last month to honor Tubman, a Maryland native who is believed to have led more than 300 slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad.

Local historian Louis Diggs will also lead tours of Underground Railroad sites in the area. Guests include descendants of Tubman and William Still, who wrote Underground Railroad.

The event is to begin at 1 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is at 300 Oella Avenue.

Information: 410-783-5469, Ext. 2, or www.bbh

Laura Barnhardt

Hunt Valley

Lansdowne Elementary gets award

Lansdowne Elementary School was recognized yesterday with a statewide award during the State of Maryland International Reading Association conference in Hunt Valley.

Lansdowne Elementary was honored for developing a literacy program and helping students to excel in reading, school officials announced yesterday.

The school also is expected to be given the Exemplary Reading Program Award from the International Reading Association at a conference in Toronto in May. The group will present the award to the school's principal, Anne Gold, and teachers.


Dance team to defend title

The eight-time national champion Towson University Dance Team will defend its title next week in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The competition is to take place Thursday and Friday at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center Bandshell. The 21-member team, coached by Tom Cascella, performs a combination of hip-hop, jazz, funk and pom routines. The team holds the National Dance Alliance, Collegiate National Championship, Division I and National Grand Champions titles.

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