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By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,sun reporter | September 19, 2006
It's simple math: 759 is greater than 685. But the number of students exceeding the capacity of Chapel Hill Elementary is also at the center of a real-life civics lesson. The Baltimore County school's place at the center of a debate on encouraging home construction without straining public resources led to a meeting between a county councilman and the head of the school system. Now, the councilman is accusing the school system of breaking a promise to limit the size of Chapel Hill's student body.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun Reporter | September 5, 2006
The Democratic primary in the Baltimore County Council's 5th District pits a four-term incumbent against a political novice. There's Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a tough campaigner who has survived a number of political battles over the years, and community activist Kathy Reiner Martin, who is relying on a grass-roots effort in her first run at elective office. They're running in a district that stretches from Towson and Perry Hall to the eastern edge of the county and includes older, established neighborhoods as well as fast-growing areas like Carney.
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By JOSH MITCHELL and JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER | June 20, 2006
Two bills designed to relieve school crowding in the Honeygo area were withdrawn before a scheduled vote by the Baltimore County Council last night, with a councilman saying he and school officials hope to unveil an alternative plan next month. Also last night, the council, as expected, unanimously approved a ban on liquefied natural gas facilities within five miles of homes. How the ban will affect the federal government's approval process for a facility planned for Sparrows Point was unclear.
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June 13, 2006
Councilman Gardina aims for a fifth term Baltimore County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina kicked off his re-election campaign at a dinner in Perry Hall last night, telling about 100 supporters that his record merits a fifth term. Gardina, 50, a Democrat who has been on the council since 1990, represents a district that includes parts of Towson, Perry Hall and Chase. "I really enjoy trying to make a difference," Gardina, an environmental engineer, said after a speech to family and friends at the Italian restaurant Liberatore's.
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By JOSH MITCHELL AND LIZ F. KAY and JOSH MITCHELL AND LIZ F. KAY,SUN REPORTERS | April 4, 2006
A Baltimore County lawmaker who has pushed for more County Council oversight of the school system said yesterday that education officials have agreed to report on how individual schools spend money collected from vending machines and other sources. County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina said schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston assured him the school system will send the County Council and the county budget director twice-yearly reports detailing how individual schools spent money. Also, Gardina said, the school system will allow county auditors to examine school records for evidence of illegally enrolled students, barring any objection from attorneys from the schools.
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By JOSH MITCHELL and JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER | March 23, 2006
Five months after a public tour to unveil a new jail in Towson, no inmates have been transferred into the $77 million building - a delay that has prompted a Baltimore County lawmaker to ask for a review of the project's contracts. County officials said the installation of the jail's electronic security system is taking longer than expected. Last spring, officials had hoped to transfer inmates into the facility by October. Yesterday, James P. O'Neill, director of the county Department of Corrections, said there is a "distinct possibility" that inmates could be transferred next month.
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By LIZ F. KAY AND JOSH MITCHELL and LIZ F. KAY AND JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTERS | January 5, 2006
As the state proclaims the land around the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School off-limits to development, a Baltimore County councilman is eyeing the property as a potential site for a high school. Councilman Vincent J. Gardina says the county could save money - and reduce crowding at nearby schools such as Perry Hall High - if it is able to buy land at the juvenile facility from the state at a below-market price. "While it's not the perfect location, it's certainly reasonable" to build a school there if land were sold at a discount, said Gardina, a Perry Hall-Towson Democrat.
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By JOSH MITCHELL and JOSH MITCHELL,SUN REPORTER | December 10, 2005
He says someone turned on his outdoor water spigot and left it running. Then, he says, someone damaged his roadside mailbox. Finally, when he found the wires ripped from his satellite dish on Thanksgiving Day, Vincent J. Gardina called police. "It's not just kids in the neighborhood or chance," the longtime Baltimore County councilman said. "It's somebody trying to harass me." Gardina, a Democrat who represents the Perry Hall-Towson area, said he doesn't know who is behind the vandalism that has occurred over the past two years, but he suspects it is politically motivated.
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