TOWSON -- Opponents of the controversial Hayfields...

TOWSON — TOWSON -- Opponents of the controversial Hayfields country club development off Shawan Road are scheduled to ask a Circuit Court judge today to set aside Board of Appeals rulings that permit the golf course and housing development.

The opponents, including the Valleys Planning Council and Hayfields' neighbors, will argue that the board should have denied the project because of its impact on ground water, productive soils and historic buildings.


Developer John Mangione will ask the judge to overturn restrictions on the project, including prohibition of a lighted driving range, overnight accommodations and a publicly accessible banquet hall.

Saturday Montessori classes for toddlers to begin



LUTHERVILLE -- The Montessori Society of Central Maryland will begin Saturday toddler classes April 19 at its schools in Lutherville, Ellicott City and the Inner Harbor.

Classes for children ages 18 months to 30 months, and their parents, will meet for one hour a week for six weeks. Parents and children will work with toys and materials suited to the child's age and stage of development.

Orientation for the April session will be held at 7: 30 p.m. April 17. Another series of classes begins June 14. Information and registration: 410-321-8555.

Fire and explosions rock Bethlehem Steel facility


SPARROWS POINT -- Baltimore County fire investigators were looking for the cause of an early morning blaze yesterday at Bethlehem Steel.

The fire broke out about 1: 50 a.m. in a furance room, said Fire Department spokesman Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard. He said a natural gas line ruptured, followed by multiple explosions. Firefighters had flames under control by 4: 25 a.m., Hubbard said. No one was injured, and a damage estimate was unavailable yesterday.


The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Baltimore will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 9 a.m. today at 400 S. Bond St. for its Transitional Housing and Homeless Services Center.

To be called the Frederick Ozanam House, the center will provide transitional housing and support services for 20 homeless men.

Funding for the project was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Maryland Community Development Administration, the city's Emergency Shelter Grant Program and private sources.

Rowhouse block officially a preservation district

Baltimore's longest block of rowhouses is officially a historical and architectural preservation district under legislation recently passed by the City Council and signed into law by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

Often called the Mill Hill Deck of Cards, the south side of the 2600 block of Wilkens Ave., which has 54 rowhouses, is 1,180 feet long, nearly three times as long as a typical city block.


The dark orange-brick rowhouses were built in 1912 for streetcar conductors, slaughterhouse and garment industry workers. The hard-fired, nearly waterproof Roman brick is called iron-spot because the masonry surface is speckled with dots darker than the prevailing dark-orange background color.

Man found in back of car dies from gunshot wounds

A passer-by found a wounded man in the back of a car parked under an overpass in Gwynns Falls Park late Sunday and drove the vehicle to a nearby fire station, where the man died, police said yesterday.

Wesley Jerrard Brown, 20, of the 3300 block of Piedmont Ave. was pronounced dead at 11: 30 p.m. at Walbrook Fire Station in the 3100 block of W. North Ave. A man had found Brown 10 minutes earlier, lying on the back seat of a 1988 Acura, police said, adding that he had been shot several times in the head and abdomen.

Police said the Acura was parked on Franklintown Road under Hilton Parkway. Investigators knew of no motive or suspects.

Pub Date: 3/25/97