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AROUND THE REGION

December 10, 2009

Cecil County woman killed in collision in Arbutus

A Cecil County woman was killed early Wednesday in Arbutus when her car was broadsided by another vehicle as she tried to make a turn, Baltimore County police said. Gail Gwiazdowski, 58, of North East was driving north on Southwestern Boulevard near Interstate 695 in a Subaru Outback station wagon about 6:25 a.m. when she changed lanes in preparation for a U-turn, police said. As she did so, a Dodge van, also traveling northbound, struck the Subaru in the driver's door. Gwiazdowski was killed upon impact, according to Cpl. Michael Hill, a department spokesman. A passenger in the Subaru, Helen Ward, 78, of Glen Park Road in Nottingham, and the driver of the van, Lawrence Murphy, 41, of Haverhill Road in Baltimore, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment.

- Nick Madigan

Stimulus funds to be used for water, energy savings

Baltimore City libraries, fire stations, City Hall and several other municipal buildings are scheduled for water- and energy-saving upgrades with $2.5 million in federal economic stimulus funds, the city's Department of General Services announced Wednesday. The funds, awarded by the Maryland Department of the Environment, are to be spent on replacing toilets and urinals, retrofitting sinks and showerheads with flow restrictors and installing more energy-efficient hot-water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines. A rainwater collection system also is planned for use in washing fire vehicles, the city said. The city's Board of Estimates awarded a $1.9 million contract Wednesday to Johnson Controls Inc. for the first stage of the work, which is expected to begin later this month.

- Timothy B. Wheeler

Recruitment seminar, open house planned by police

Baltimore police will hold two public events Friday, a recruiting seminar for women interested in becoming police officers and a communitywide ride-along and open house. The women's symposium will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at police headquarters, 601 E. Fayette St., in which prospective applicants can get information about the police academy, speak to female officers and go through an expedited processing of their application. That evening, police plan to pair up every evening shift patrol officer with a member of the community and will open up district stations and police headquarters for an open house. For more information, call public affairs at 410-396-2012.

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