Baltimore County Digest

January 16, 2008

New school's boundaries to be topic at forum

The county school system and the Vincent Farm Elementary School Boundary Study Committee will hold a public forum to discuss the boundary lines for the school at 7 p.m. today at Stemmers Run Middle School, 201 Stemmers Run Road, Essex.

Parents, business leaders and the community are welcome to learn about the boundary-drawing process and consider options for boundary lines for the new school.

The school is scheduled to open in August.

Public input will be used in setting the boundary options. A recommendation will be sent to the Board of Education for approval.

Information: 410-887-6111.

Christmas trees

Curbside pickup is under way

The county has begun collecting Christmas trees for recycling.

To ensure pickup, residents must have the trees curbside by Sunday.

Residents should follow these rules when recycling Christmas trees, whether at the curb or dropping off at a county facility: Set out undecorated trees only (no decorations or tree stands); do not set trees out in bags or wrapped in plastic; and only set out trees at the front curb or street. Trees will not be collected from alleys.

The trees will be chipped and used as mulch.

County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their concierge's or property manager's rules on tree disposal.

Residents also can drop off Christmas trees through Jan. 26 at these locations: Western Acceptance Facility, off the 4500 block of Hollins Ferry Road in Halethorpe, and Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility, Drop-Off Drive, off Warren Road in Cockeysville, both open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday; and Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility, off the 11400 block of Pulaski Highway, White Marsh, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Information: www.baltimore countymd.gov/recycling or 410- 887-2000.

Basketball

Officers to play Tiny Trotters team

The Baltimore County Police Athletic League will hold its first Tiny Trotters vs. Baltimore County Police Officers Basketball Game and Show at 7 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

The Tiny Trotters are a professional team of adults, who, with one exception, are all 4 feet 6 inches tall or less.

The team will play against county police officers. The event is intended to promote good citizenship, continuing education and the benefits of staying away from drugs.

The Police Athletic League provides services to more than 5,000 youths at nine centers around the county. Free PAL membership is open to youths ages 8 to 17.

Information: 410-887-5892.

Fork

Montessori School to hold open house

Free State Montessori School will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 12536 Harford Road, Fork.

Parents can tour the classrooms and meet the teachers and head of the school.

The school offers toddler (18 months to 30 months and 24 months to 36 months), preprimary (ages 2 1/2 to 6), lower and upper elementary (grades one to six) and middle school (grades seven and eight) levels.

Before- and after-care and summer programs also are available.

Information: 410-592-3324.

Events or news items for the digest may be submitted to baltco.news@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days in advance.

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