Around The Region

July 25, 2009

Balto. Co. to open 2nd early learning center

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Prompted by the success of its first Storyville, Baltimore County will break ground Tuesday on a second and larger early learning center, for infants through age 5, with an addition to its Woodlawn branch. Since the child literacy center opened at Rosedale Library in February 2008, more than 112,000 visitors from 150 ZIP codes have made their way through its interactive scenes. It has won national recognition with many other library systems looking into duplicating it. At times when many toddlers are eager to spend time in the child-sized house, post office and other stops, the branch relies on restaurant-style beepers to stagger or limit the numbers. The second Storyville will occupy 3,200 square feet - larger by 1,000 square feet than its predecessor. The Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library will pay a portion of the anticipated $1.7 million cost for the center, which is scheduled to open in February. The library will remain open during construction.

- Mary Gail Hare

Public comments sought on Shawan, Cuba roads traffic

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The Baltimore County Department of Public Works will hold a public forum Tuesday to seek opinions about proposed improvements to the congested intersection of Shawan and Cuba roads in Hunt Valley. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sequoia Room in the Park Lodge at Oregon Ridge Park. According to the department, the intersection is "a perennial traffic headache" with long delays. It said the meeting is one of a series at which it will seek community views on a new road design. Those who can't attend the meeting may send comments to publicworks@baltimorecountymd.gov.

- Michael Dresser

Balto. County schools receive grant for teaching U.S. history

Baltimore County public schools have received a $1 million federal grant to improve instruction and student achievement in U.S. history, school officials announced Friday. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Teaching American History Grant aims to help teachers develop a greater appreciation for and understanding of U.S. history. The money will allow 60 instructors from elementary, middle and high schools to participate in workshops and summer institutes to create innovative ways to teach the subject, according to a news release. For this initiative, the district has teamed up with the Center for History Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park and the Maryland State Archives.

- Arin Gencer

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