Sobriety checkpoint tonight at Key Bridge
The Maryland Transportation Authority police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight at the Key Bridge toll plaza on the Baltimore Beltway. During the checkpoint, authorities will distribute information about the laws and penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and they will arrest motorists caught driving while impaired. MdTA Police Chief Marcus L. Brown said he is concerned about a rise in fatalities involving alcohol-impaired motorcycle riders. The MdTA Police says it apprehended more than 900 impaired drivers and issued more than 2,400 DUI citations in 2007.
Dixon panel to study access to healthy food
Mayor Sheila Dixon announced yesterday that she is creating a food policy task force to examine ways of making healthy food more available to city residents. In other cities, food task forces have looked at improving public transportation routes to grocery stores and opening farmers' markets and community gardens, according Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, the city's health commissioner. Sharfstein will co-chair the task force, and other members include officials from the planning department, staff from the Baltimore Development Corp., researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, representatives from grocery stores and elected leaders. It will meet three times, starting in December, and release a report with recommendations in the spring.
Gathering today honors city's past
The Baltimore City Historical Society will host the eighth annual Mayor's Reception and History Honors from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at First Unitarian Church at Charles and Franklin streets. The society will honor those who have helped preserve and promote the city's history. This year's nominees are Cardinal William H. Keeler, civic leader Martin L. Millspaugh, preservationist John C. Murphy and Professor Jessica Elfenbein. "In memoriam" nominees are Clarence Du Burns, Rep. Parren J. Mithcell, historian and attorney Roger D. Redden and Sun writer John Dorsey. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 410-685-3750, Ext. 379.
Ruptured gas line closes parts of U.S. 1 in Savage
A gas line ruptured by a contractor early yesterday led to the evacuation of three businesses and the closing of U.S. 1 in Savage, Howard County fire officials said. The incident occurred at 1:17 a.m. in an industrial area just south of Route 32 when a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. contractor working to bury a new gas line struck the main line, said Anna Hoffman, spokeswoman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. No residents were evacuated, Hoffman said. U.S. 1 was closed in both directions between Howard Street and Gorman Road while a BGE crew worked to repair the line, Hoffman said.
Panel discussion set at Goucher on economy
Goucher College in Towson will hold a panel discussion on the economic crisis at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Buchner Hall of Alumnae House. "The Global Financial Crisis: Who, What, Where, Why and How" will feature speakers from the fields of education, government, banking and finance, and the law. Goucher is at 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. Information: 410-337-6316.
Lanes to be closed on southbound JFX
Baltimore transportation officials are planning to close the two left lanes of southbound Interstate 83 between North Avenue and Orleans Street from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow for roadway patching. In addition, the left lane of southbound I-83 will be closed from North Avenue to Pleasant Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday as crews continue the patching. Officials say motorists should expect minor delays during the work.
Crane work to close parts of Eastern Avenue
A crane lift operation is expected to cause traffic delays this morning along a portion of Eastern Avenue, according to city transportation officials. Between South Conkling and Dean streets, Eastern will be periodically closed from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m., and parking will be prohibited along that section of the road.
Veterans Day event tomorrow in Carney
The Carney Improvement Association and Parkville Sons of the American Legion will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Carney Veterans' Memorial on the grounds of Carney Elementary School, Joppa Road and Sixth Avenue.
State panel to hold hearing on college funding
The state commission that is studying how Maryland funds higher education will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park. The commission wants to hear from students, parents, faculty and community members on issues including tuition, funding for historically black colleges and community colleges, financial aid and scholarships. The commission is to issue a final report to the General Assembly before the start of the next legislative session in January.