In Brief


August 25, 2008

Highway shut briefly as car burns; none hurt


The westbound lanes of a section of Route 32 in Howard County were closed briefly yesterday after a car caught fire, according to fire officials. The fire happened about 2:40 p.m. on Route 108 in Clarksville, said Howard County Fire and Rescue spokesman William Mould. The westbound lanes of Route 32 were shut down for about 30 minutes. No one was injured in the incident, Mould said.

Tyeesha Dixon

Opening delayed for Balto. Co. charter school


Baltimore County's first public charter school won't open today as originally planned, as organizers await a final inspection from the fire marshal for an occupancy permit, according to school officials. Officials hope students will be able to attend Imagine Discovery, located in a renovated building in Woodlawn, starting tomorrow, said Pat Crain, regional director for Imagine Schools. Parents will be notified of the school's opening day, Crain said. The school has accepted more than 450 students.

Arin Gencer

Meeting set Thursday to discuss culling deer herd


Officials who believe an overpopulation of deer is harming the forest around Loch Raven Reservoir will hold a public meeting Thursday to discuss the measures they are preparing to take to thin the herd. They say they plan to use bow hunters starting this fall and sharpshooters this winter to reduce the number of deer that are eating the young vegetation and trees that the forest needs to replenish itself. The meeting with officials from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Baltimore City and Baltimore County will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Loch Raven High School. Kurt Kocher, a city public works spokesman, said the city, which owns the land, will allow licensed bowhunters to shoot deer in the northern parts of the park between Sept. 15 and Jan. 31. Starting in January, the county will hire sharpshooters to cull the herd in the park's southern areas, Kocher said. Kocher said bowhunting has been allowed on parts of the city's Prettyboy and Liberty reservoir lands for 35 years. Surveys have indicated there are 80 to 90 deer per square mile in the park, where 10 to 20 is healthy, Kocher said. Wildlife activists say there are other ways to protect the forest than killing deer. "Before you make such a serious decision to bring hunting into Loch Raven Reservoir for the first time in history, you need to exhaust every nonlethal option first," said Enid Feinberg, who founded the group Deer Solutions MD, which promotes contraception efforts over hunting.

Kevin Rector

Harford County to launch new agriculture Web site


The Harford County Division of Agriculture will launch a retooled farm Web site at a 12:30 p.m. news conference Tuesday in Bel Air. Officials said the redesigned "electronic farm" will make it more consumer-friendly. The site,, was originally developed to assist the agricultural community with the marketing of products and services. "Now it will show consumers where they can buy everything," said C. John Sullivan, chief of the Division of Agriculture. "I want them to click on 'cheese' and find all the places where they can buy it locally." Richard Holloway, a Darlington beef and cattle farmer who is chairman of the county Agricultural Advisory Board, said he frequently fills requests from customers who have seen his products on the county's Web site. The news conference will be at The Mill, 424 N. Main St., which provides a venue for many area farmers to sell their meats and produce.

Mary Gail Hare

Road work to affect traffic in Baltimore

Baltimore transportation officials are warning of traffic delays in several areas of the city starting this week as they launch major construction projects. The planned work includes:

* A milling and resurfacing project along Harford Road between Bayonne Avenue and Chesley Avenue, expected to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday. Parking will be restricted in many areas, and Maryland Transit Administration bus stops might be affected.

* Temporary lane closures planned along Rogers Avenue from Park Heights Avenue to Wabash Avenue from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. today through Friday for curb repairs, structural adjustments and a bus pad excavation project. Parking might be restricted in some areas, MTA bus stops might be affected, and flaggers are expected to be deployed to help with traffic. Motorists are advised to use Northern Parkway.

* A resurfacing project along Wildwood Parkway, between Edmondson Avenue and Stokes Drive, set to begin Wednesday and go through Sept. 4, with temporary road closures and lane closures planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Bus routes might be adjusted during the construction, and parking will be temporarily restricted.

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