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BROOKLANDVILLE -- St. Paul's Parents Club and...


BROOKLANDVILLE -- St. Paul's Parents Club and GT Pizza of Lutherville will sponsor a clothing drive at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Volunteers will collect men's shirts, pants, sweaters and sweat shirts, hats, gloves, shoes, belts, and women's pants, coats and sweaters in the upper school arcade at 11152 Falls Road. Battered, torn or soiled items will not be accepted. Monetary donations may be made.

Donated items will be distributed to Maryland Homeless Veterans Inc., the Spanish Apostolate, Centro de la Communidad Inc., Joseph House and Brown Memorial Community Outreach Center.

Substance abuse awareness month begins with vigil


OWINGS MILLS -- A candlelight vigil Wednesday at the county's drunken driving treatment program will launch a month's activities to mark National Drunk and Drugged Prevention Month locally.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), which is sponsoring the events, hopes to prevent accidents by making people consider what can happen when drivers use mind-altering substances.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m. at 10225 Jensen Lane on the grounds of Rosewood Center. Among other events, SADD members will dress like ghosts at school Dec. 13 to note that someone dies in a drunken driving accident every 28 minutes. The group will distribute safe holiday party kits, including information on safe partying and a self-help breath testing kit.

Council expected to OK funds to fight domestic abuse


TOWSON -- With County Council approval expected tonight, police will have $200,000 more in federal dollars to fight domestic abuse.

The money will be used to hire three local nonprofit domestic violence organizations to work with abusers and those they batter. In addition, police, prosecutors and social workers will intensify their efforts to prosecute people who assault members of their families.

The goals are to increase arrests by 25 percent in one year, cut the number of offenses by 10 percent and increase the number of convictions of repeat offenders by 50 percent. Counseling for batterers would be extended from two to six months, to nine months.

Filmmaker Robin Washington will show his documentary on America's first freedom ride, talk about filmmaking and answer questions in a program at 7: 30 p.m. today at Gilman School.

The film, "A Journey Reunion Trip," brings together seven people who made the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation. The riders, a group of blacks and whites now in their 70s and 80s, reminisce about being attacked by a mob in North Carolina and being jailed for sitting together on a bus.

The program is in Alumni Auditorium on the Gilman campus. Information: (410) 323-3800.

Patterson Park group offers home-buying seminar

Patterson Park Neighborhoods Initiative, a nonprofit group in Southeast Baltimore, will hold the first of several free educational seminars on home buying from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Thursday at 17 N. Linwood Ave.

The seminar will outline the home-buying process and explain why first-time homeowners should receive home ownership counseling. Information: 522-6966.

Fire officials investigate blaze at funeral home

City fire officials are investigating a two-alarm fire that heavily damaged a West Baltimore funeral home Saturday.

No one was injured in the fire that caused an estimated $97,000 in damage to Carroll Irvin Funeral Home in the 1700 block of W. North Ave., said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman.

Torres said the cause of the fire, which was reported at 7: 36 p.m., was suspicious but he would not elaborate.

Pub Date: 12/02/96

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