Baltimore County Digest

May 19, 2008

Police substation to close this month

A police substation in a Hillendale shopping plaza will close at the end of the month, but county officials say they are searching for a new location for the service.

The substation has been at the Hillendale Center since 1998. Towson-precinct officers who specialize in community outreach, state parole and probation officers, and neighborhood groups use the substation, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

The lease expires May 31 and the owners of the shopping center do not want to renew it, according to county officials. If a new location in the area is not found by June 1, the substation will temporarily relocate to Loch Raven Elementary School, officials say.

22 graduate from Fire-Rescue Academy

The Baltimore County Fire Department recently graduated 15 men and seven women from its Fire-Rescue Academy.

The 22 members of the 93rd recruit class were trained as emergency medical technicians. They will be assigned to the county's 29 advanced life support medic units. The new graduates will be on probationary status for two years.

Free asthma forum set for Wednesday

The Asthma Sinus Allergy Program (ASAP) at Greater Baltimore Medical Center will offer a free forum at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of Physician's Pavilion North, 6535 N. Charles St., Towson.

Dr. Alvin Sanico, medical director of ASAP, will discuss "You Can Control Your Asthma." May is Asthma Awareness Month.

Reservations are required at 410-583-8393.

Presentation to focus on parking policies

The county Office of Planning and the Greater Towson Committee will give a presentation on how effective parking policies can help revitalize communities. The public meeting will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Room 407 of the County Courthouse, 401 Bosley Ave., Towson.

Jeffrey Tumlin, an expert on transportation management, will discuss strategies for creating a cost-effective mix of new parking, improved parking management and transportation alternatives to meet local access and quality-of-life goals.

Information: 410-887-3495.

AAA to offer CarFit seminar to seniors

AAA Mid-Atlantic is offering a CarFit seminar to senior citizens from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Ave.

The seminars are designed to help older drivers learn proper adjustment and use of car equipment.

Seminars take about 20 minutes and appointments are required at 410-887-0267.

Career advice for students Thursday

The Jewish Community Center will hold a college preparation program for high school and college students who are deciding on a profession from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.

The cost is $5 per family.

Information: 410-356-5200, ext. 612.

Bluegrass festival starts Friday

The Middle River Bluegrass Festival Memorial will take place for three days on the grounds of Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 10003 Bird River Road.

Carnival rides and games, live music and food will be featured from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Carnival ride bracelets will be sold for $10 before the festival at Richardson's Farm on Ebenezer Road.

Information: 410-686-3085.

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