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Pat Troy named to regional panel

Pat Troy, president of the Greater Severna Park Council, has been named to a regional panel to help advise state legislators on 20-year transportation plans for the Baltimore region.

As a member of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Ms. Troy is to review technical data and make recommendations about transportation alternatives, suggest opportunities for public-private partnerships and help resolve conflicts between various interests, said Barbara S. Kaplan, communications director for the newly formed council.

The nonprofit regional planning agency will advise lawmakers on new federal legislation known as the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, or ISTEA, Ms. Troy said.

State and federal law mandate public participation at early stages in transportation planning and focus on reducing congestion by planning bike trails, walkways and historic preservation sites.

The GSPC voted to recommend a phased light be added to Malfunction Junction, the seven-way jumble where Robinson Road and state Route 648 crisscross Ritchie Highway, when the highway is widened to six lanes. The State Highway Administration plans to widen Ritchie Highway through the commercial segment of Severna Park.

The council also voted against adding a third light to the Robinson Road intersection.

Hearing set today on zoning change

A county hearing officer is to consider today a request to build a photographic studio in the 100 block of Defense Highway.

Ralph C. Simmons has asked the county Office of Administrative Hearings to change the zoning on 2.5 acres from residential to commercial to allow a studio, which will serve two to three clients a day.

The property, which has an existing residence, is on the north side of Defense Highway, near the city landfill.

The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Arundel Center.

Running shoes, jewelry stolen

Thieves stole two pairs of running shoes from the yard of one home in Round Bay and took $10,000 in jewelry from another in separate incidents over the last week and a half, county police said.

A resident of the 500 block of Old County Road in Round Bay told police the running shoes, valued at $170, disappeared Monday afternoon.

Police said burglars stole the jewelry from another house in the 500 block of Old County Road between March 1 and last Saturday. There were no signs of forced entry.


* Chartwell: Burglars stole silverware and jewelry from a home in the 500 block of Old Pasture Lane in Severna Park on Sunday afternoon.

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