Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

April 07, 2007

Gardina proposes northern bike path

A Baltimore County Council member is lobbying for the construction of a bicycle path that would run from Towson to the northern part of the county.

Councilman Vincent J. Gardina has sponsored a resolution asking the county administration to set aside money for the construction of the path. The path, proposed by a committee of residents, elected officials and county planners, would run parallel to the Cromwell Valley.

Gardina said there is demand for a bike and pedestrian path in his district, which runs through Towson and Perry Hall up to the northern part of the county.

"With the population and the closeness to the Beltway, this would help provide a bikeway for people interested," said Gardina, a Democrat.

The council is scheduled to vote April 16.

Josh Mitchell

Towson

Car crash injures two women

Two women were taken to hospitals early yesterday after the car in which they were traveling crashed into a roadside pole in Towson, county police said.

About 5:40 a.m., Maria Christine Popoli of the 6500 block of Ridgeview Ave. was driving a 2005 Saturn near York and West roads in Towson when she struck a pole, county police said.

Popoli was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital and her passenger, Kelly Oxendine of the 200 block of S. Robinson St., was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, county police said.

An update on their conditions was not available as of late yesterday.

Excessive speed apparently was a factor in the crash, county police said.

Nick Shields

Countywide

Compost bins go on sale

Baltimore County will host a truckload compost bin sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology parking lot.

Compost bins valued at $80 will be available for $33.33 plus tax. Only cash or checks will be accepted, and bins will be available on a first-come basis. Residents purchased more than 700 bins at last year's sale.

Composting allows organic materials such as grass, leaves and brush trimmings to decompose into a soil-enhancing material called humus. This material can be mixed with soil in gardens or lawns, where it returns nutrients that promote plant health and growth, reducing the need for additional fertilization and decreasing nutrient run-off into the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The Carver Center is located at 938 York Road, a half-mile south of Beltway Exit 26.

Information: 410-887-2000 or visit Baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling.

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