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October 27, 2009

Hazardous waste collection set Sunday


Baltimore County is opening its Western Acceptance Facility in Halethorpe from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for a one-day collection of household hazardous-waste items. County residents may bring lawn and swimming pool chemicals, paints, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, cleaning solvents, rechargeable batteries, medicines, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, fireworks and ammunition. No trash will be accepted at this collection. The center is at 3310 Transway Road, off the 4500 block of Hollins Ferry Road. Call 410-887-3745 for more information.

Gift certificates offered in vehicle donation program


Baltimore County residents who donate to Vehicles for Change through this week can get $75 in gift certificate promotions in addition to a tax deduction. Vehicles for Change, based in Halethorpe, refurbishes donated cars for sale, at reduced prices with low-interest loans, to needy families. Cars beyond repair can be sold for parts, with the proceeds returned to the program. Donors receive a tax deduction, often equal to the market value of the car. Through Saturday, in observance of Vehicles for Change Month, donors will also receive gift certificates from Precision Auto Care, Pizza Hut and Giant Food.

FOR THE RECORD - A headline yesterday on Page 4 incorrectly stated that the Maryland Transit Administration was having hearings on the Intercounty Connector. The hearings are being held by the Maryland Transportation Authority.
The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

- Mary Gail Hare

Effort continues to aid Dundalk flooding victims


State and Baltimore County agencies are continuing efforts to aid victims of the Sept. 18 water main break and ensuing flood that damaged about 100 homes in the Dundalk area. The Maryland Housing Rehabilitation Program is offering no-interest loans with increased payment flexibility. The Maryland Insurance Administration is helping homeowners recover all funds due them. The county's Office of Community Conservation has made grants available to assist with household repairs that are not covered by insurance. Call 410-887-3124 for more information.

MTA to hold two hearings this week on ICC toll plan

The Maryland Transportation Authority will hold the first of two public hearings on its toll plan for the Intercounty Connector from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Beltsville. The hearing at High Point High School, 3601 Powder Mill Road (Route 212), is the closer to Baltimore of the two hearings. The other will be held during the same hours Thursday at Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Highway in Gaithersburg. Under the plan, motorists driving passenger vehicles could be charged as much as 35 cents a mile during peak driving times and up to 30 cents a mile for off-peak trips. That means a trip along the full length of the ICC could cost about $6 each way.

- Michael Dresser

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