Baltimore County Digest


April 25, 2007

Computer containing personal data stolen

A laptop computer containing personal information, including Social Security numbers, was stolen from a Baltimore County Health Department building, officials said yesterday.

Syringes and medicine also were stolen April 16 from the Woodlawn Health Center in the 1800 block of Woodlawn Drive in Woodlawn, according to a letter sent by the department to the center's patients.

Dr. Pierre N. Vigilance, the county health officer, sent a letter last week to about 6,000 patients who were seen at the clinic between Jan. 1, 2004, and April 12, 2007, and whose information was entered into the computer database, said Monique Lyle, a department spokeswoman.

In addition to Social Security data, the computer contained dates of birth, addresses, telephone numbers and emergency contact information, but the computer was protected by a password, lowering the risk of identity theft or other misuses, the letter said. The computer did not contain patients' medical information, Lyle said.

In the letter, Vigilance suggested that patients concerned about identity theft contact one of the three major credit reporting companies to request a free credit report or place a fraud alert on their credit files.

Anyone with questions is asked to call the Health Department at 410-887-2723.

Nick Shields


Gardens Day to be held tomorrow

Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland will sponsor the 21st Towson Gardens Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Towson Courthouse Fountain Plaza.

More than 100 exhibitors will display flowers and plants, which will be for sale.

A tour of the Towson Courthouse Gardens will be offered at 11 a.m.

The rain date is Friday.

Firemen to hold parade Saturday

The Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association will hold its Centennial Parade on Saturday. Historic fire equipment, including horse-drawn and hand-pulled apparatus, will be included.

The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard in Towson, proceed north to Pennsylvania Avenue and east on Pennsylvania Avenue to the reviewing stand at the Fire Department Shrine at Courthouse Square.


Park School plans annual benefit

Park School will hold its seventh 5K run and 1-mile Fun Run to benefit Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity on Saturday at the school.

More than 300 adults and students are expected to participate. Registration begins at the school at 8:15 a.m. The 5K run begins at 9 a.m. and the Fun Run at 9:15 a.m. Breakfast will be provided. The fee is $10 per person or $20 per family. The school is at 2425 Old Court Road in Brooklandville.


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