Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

March 11, 2009

Legionnaires' bug at hospital

Employees and patients at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson are being warned not to use the water at the hospital after routine tests showed the presence of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease in the hot water supply. Hospital officials said the type of Legionella pneumophila found in the hospital's water is the kind that is less likely to make people sick and that there have been no cases of hospital-acquired Legionella at St. Joseph. Officials said they hope to have the situation remedied by this afternoon. In a letter dated yesterday, patients and employees in the main hospital and new expansion were told they should not take showers or tub baths, drink water from taps or fountains, or use water to wash hands (they can use Purell or waterless soap instead).

Stephanie Desmon

Proposal would keep slots from fairgrounds

Baltimore County Councilman T. Bryan McIntire proposed a zoning amendment yesterday to prohibit slots gambling at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, a measure some officials called redundant and unnecessary. "People want a fairground, not a casino there, and they don't want the people professional gambling brings into the community," McIntire said. Several council members at yesterday's work session questioned the need for the amendment because the state had ruled out the 100-acre property as a site for slots. While the zoning change would allow gambling on horse racing or at various one-day events, it might hamper the fairgrounds' ability to raise funds, said William F.C. Marlow Jr., attorney for the facility. "We don't need another piece of legislation governing the fairgrounds," Marlow said. "Anyone who has read the slots legislation should have no fear that it's coming to Timonium." The council will vote on McIntire's proposal Monday.

Mary Gail Hare

Towson U. meeting to address master plan

Towson University will hold a public meeting on its campus master plan at 6:30 p.m. today in the Minnegan Room at Unitas Stadium Field House on Auburn Drive. The public is invited to learn what the university has completed and what projects are planned for the next five years. Information: 410-704-2230.

County emphasizes recycling's savings

The sale of used paper, cans and bottles saved Baltimore County taxpayers $5 million last year, and that money came from residents recycling only a quarter of the available items. The other 75 percent - and its earnings potential - was tossed into the trash, said county officials, who this week launched "Recycle: Don't throw tax dollars away," a campaign promoting fiscally responsible handling of trash. About 4 percent of the trash generated last year was recycled and sold for about $120 a ton, officials said.

Mary Gail Hare

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