School board OKs contract for Carver overhaul

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 11, 2007

The Baltimore school board approved a $30 million contract this week with Hess Construction Co. for an overhaul of Carver Vocational-Technical High School. It also approved a $1.1 million contract with Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. to manage the Carver project, with board Chairman Brian D. Morris and member Anirban Basu abstaining.

Construction at the school is set to begin in the coming weeks.

The board also approved the name change of Harford Heights Middle School to William C. March Middle School. William March was the founder of March Funeral Homes, one of the largest African-American-owned funeral companies in the country.

Sara Neufeld

Baltimore

: Civic life

Fall cleanup set for Oct. 20

Baltimore's fall cleanup is scheduled for Oct. 20, starting at 8 a.m. in neighborhoods across the city.

During the "It's Your Neighborhood - Make a Difference Fall Cleanup" residents, businesses and city workers will remove weeds, trash and debris from vacant lots, yards, alleys and sidewalks. Workers from city agencies will clear storm drains, cut grass, and trim and plant trees.

Communities interested in participating in the event must register by Friday; call 410-396-1209. Rakes, bags, brooms and shovels will be provided to participating communities. Trucks will be available to take away the debris.

North side

Crime expert to lead forum

Crime expert David M. Kennedy is set to speak at the Friends School of Baltimore at 7:30 p.m. today. Kennedy, the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and professor of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, will lead a community forum on race, culture and crime. The event - in the school's auditorium, 5114 N. Charles St. - is free and open to the public but will be limited to the first 400 people.

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