Baltimore County Digest

May 13, 2008

BGE seeks cause of electrical fire

About 175 senior and disabled residents of a Towson apartment complex remained displaced yesterday as utility crews worked to repair an underground electrical cable.

Burning underground wires forced the residents of the Virginia Towers complex to evacuate Sunday. A similar problem prompted an evacuation of the 15-story building in August.

"We're searching for the root cause," said Linda Foy, a spokeswoman for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. She said service would probably be restored by this afternoon.

Many residents were staying with relatives, but some were spending a second night at a nearby hotel, said Stephen Hoffman, director of operations for Bayview Management, the company that manages the building.

Laura Barnhardt

Police, firefighters to honor their dead

Separate memorial ceremonies have been planned in Towson to honor county police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

The police department will honor the seven officers killed in the line of duty in the agency's history, as well as others who have died while serving the county's citizens, at 10 a.m. Friday at the County Courthouse Plaza, 401 Bosley Ave.

The fire department will hold its annual Service of Remembrance at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fire Service Memorial Shrine outside the courthouse. The memorial honors the 40 career and volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel who died while on duty.

3 students named scholarship winners

The county school system has awarded scholarships to three high school seniors in a program that helps graduates to pursue careers in education.

The renewable annual scholarships of $4,000 each were presented recently to graduating seniors Ryan Goff of Eastern Technical High School, Brittany McNeal of Dundalk High School, and Malcolm Rowe of Pikesville High School.

After earning a degree from an approved Maryland teacher education program, the scholarship recipients will be required to teach in the county's public schools - one year of service in a Title I or priority school for each year of the award.

Hampton mansion gets federal grant

The Hampton National Historic Site in Towson has received a $195,000 matching grant as part of the National Park Service's Centennial Challenge.

The grant, obtained by Historic Hampton Inc., will help fund continuing restoration, preservation of archives and improvements to enhance visitors' experiences.

Hampton was one of 110 projects at 76 national parks to receive funding totaling $51.5 million..

Public seminars planned on zoning

The county Office of Planning will hold free informational seminars for residents interested in learning how to participate in development and zoning decisions in their communities.

Workshops on zoning variances and exceptions will be 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Towson library and May 27 at North Point library.

Reservations are requested at 410-887-3480.

Child-rearing topic of talk

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore will host a talk on being a parent at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Rosenbloom Owings Mills Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.

Molly Brown Koch, author of 27 Secrets to Raising Amazing Children, will speak.

Information: 410-356-5200, ext. 347.

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