Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

June 23, 2008

Jemicy teacher killed in New York accident

An English teacher at Jemicy School in Towson died recently in a motorcycle accident in New York as he was heading to Vermont for vacation, his mother said.

Gary Anthony "Tony" Smith, 29, of the first block of Griffin Court in Fells Point was traveling through an intersection about 11 a.m. Tuesday when a car making a left turn struck him, his mother, Nicole Gnezda, said that New York State Police told the family.

Gnezda and her husband, John Snouffer of Worthington, Ohio, had planned to meet Smith and his sister, Katharine Smith of Seattle, over the weekend for a wedding in Massachusetts.

Smith taught ninth-grade English for two years at Jemicy School and recently requested to have the most challenging students be assigned to him, Gnezda said. She said he specialized in developing individual methods of teaching children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. He also coached track and cross country, she said.

Born and raised in Worthington, Smith graduated in 2001 from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, with a degree in philosophy and music composition. He traveled a bit, taking agricultural jobs in Iowa and Vermont, and substitute teaching in underprivileged schools in Mississippi before moving to the Baltimore area about four years ago to teach at the Lab School in Baltimore.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rutherford Corbin Funeral Home in Worthington, according to the family.

In addition to his mother, stepfather and sister, Smith is survived by another sister, Yvonne Smith of Chicago.

Gina Davis

Woodlawn

Property manager wounded by gunfire

A Woodlawn apartment complex property manager remained in critical condition yesterday after he was shot Thursday.

Officers got to the rental office of the Hunters Crossing Apartment Complex in the 6300 block of Monika Place about 9:45 a.m. Thursday and found Milton John Barnes III, 36, suffering from a gunshot wound, Baltimore County police said.

Barnes, of the 8700 block of Cushman Drive in Clinton, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Detectives believe that Barnes opened the office about 9 a.m. and was shot between then and when an employee found him unresponsive and called authorities.

Police said they knew of no motive and had no suspects in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-307-2020 or 866-756-2587.

Stevenson

Nature center offers summer activities

Irvine Nature Center in Stevenson is offering summer family activities including gardening, excursions, story time, children's crafts, family camp-outs, animal and nature programs, environmental learning and hikes.

The center is on the grounds of St. Timothy School at 8400 Greenspring Ave. Information: 410-484-2413, Ext. 25.

Perry Hall

Senior center to open fitness unit Thursday

Seven Oaks Senior Center will mark the opening of a new fitness center with ceremonies at 11 a.m. Thursday at 9210 Seven Oaks Court in Perry Hall.

After the ribbon-cutting with County Executive James T. Smith Jr., a party will be held. The community is welcome.

Information: 410-887-5140.

Essex

Fiction writers to visit library

Urban fiction authors Dawn Desiree and K. Roland Williams will appear at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Essex library, 1110 Eastern Blvd., to speak about their latest books.

Desiree will discuss Sunshine and Rain and Williams will talk about Cut Throat. Sales and signings will be available. Both authors are with Triple Crown Publishing.

Information: 410 887-0295.

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