City / County Digest


October 18, 2007

$9.2 million approved for Program Open Space

The Board of Public Works approved more than $9.2 million in Program Open Space funding yesterday for Baltimore parks and recreation areas, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

The funding includes:

$450,000 for roof replacements at the Lakeland Recreation Center, Herring Run Recreation Center, Mount Royal Recreation Center and the Dome Basketball Court at Madison Square Recreation Center.

$500,000 to complete the second phase of work at the Lyndhurst Recreation Center gymnasium.

$1.8 million for a new building for the Morrell Park Recreation Center.

$925,000 for improvements at Druid Hill Park, Patterson Park, Clifton Park and Cylburn Arboretum.

$1.5 million to renovate Fort Holabird Park, Reservoir Hill Park, Union Square Park, St. Mary's Park, Conway Park, Luckman Park and Lyndhurst Park. Work will include new walks, playgrounds, playing field renovations, benches, lighting and landscaping.

$2.2 million to renovate the Druid Hill Park "bowl" athletic field complex, including a football field, soccer field and two ball fields.

$1 million to replace playground equipment at seven school and park playgrounds: Barclay/King and Kennedy Park, Hoes Heights Park, Westside Elementary, Langston Hughes Elementary, Lehigh and Gough Park, Garrett Park, and J.E. Howard Park.

$500,000 for improvements at the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena, Druid Hill Park and an abandoned fieldhouse near the athletic fields in Radeke Park.

$233,000 to assist in planning, design and construction supervision of Baltimore projects that are funded with money from Program Open Space.


: Friends School

Death penalty debate tonight

A debate on the death penalty and its future in Maryland will be held at 7 p.m. today in the Forbush Auditorium of Friends School, 5114 N. Charles St. State Sen. Jamie Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat, will debate Harford County State's Attorney Joseph L. Cassilly. Raskin is a professor of constitutional law at American University and an opponent of the death penalty. Cassilly has been state's attorney since 1982. Former Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. will moderate the debate, which is free and open to the public.

Howard County

: Columbia

Rider University student dies

PRINCETON BOROUGH, N.J. --A Rider University student from Columbia is dead, and alcohol might have played a role.

The Mercer County prosecutor's office said Justin Warfield, 18, was taken by ambulance early yesterday from a friend's apartment in Princeton to University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Prosecutors said it appears that Warfield, a freshman at the university's Westminster Choir College in Princeton, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The cause of death remains under investigation.

Several months ago, Rider freshman Gary DeVercelly Jr. died of alcohol-related causes during a suspected college fraternity hazing.

Associated Press

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