LUTHERVILLE -- The Lutherville post office branch...


LUTHERVILLE -- The Lutherville post office branch is opening today, ahead of schedule, in the 100 block of W. Ridgely Road near the new Metro Food Market in Lutherville Station.

Lucy Smith, an independent contractor who operated the former satellite branch at Ridgely Road and Kurtz Avenue for the U.S. Postal Service for 10 years, will oversee the 940-square-foot space, which wasn't expected to open until next month.

Because of a final inspection this morning, the branch will not open until 9: 30 a.m. Regular hours will be 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The branch will be closed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Saturday hours will be 8: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.

Social science forum to be held Wednesday


CATONSVILLE -- "Americanism: Identifying Threads of Unity," this year's Catonsville Community College social science forum, will be held at 3: 15 p.m. Wednesday at the Q Building's lounge area.

The annual event, to be held this year in partnership with the University of Baltimore's Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, will be moderated by William Rice, a Catonsville professor of philosophy.

* Information: 410-455-4379.

3 finalists announced for Teacher of the Year


TOWSON -- The county school system has announced the three finalists for the county's Teacher of the Year contest for 1998-1999.

The finalists are Elizabeth Ceanfaglione, a third-grade teacher at Stoneleigh Elementary School; Garry Smith, a physical education teacher at Oliver Beach Elementary School; and James Wharton, instrumental music teacher at Catonsville High School.

The winner, who will participate in the state Teacher of the Year competition, will be announced May 20.

A woman found dead Friday in Herring Run Park was strangled, city police said yesterday as they asked for help from the public in identifying the victim and obtaining information about the slaying.

The woman, found face-down in a stream about 500 yards west of Mannasota Avenue near Belair Road and Parkside Drive, was black with a dark complexion, in her mid-20s, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 174 pounds.

She was wearing a dark blue T-shirt and stretch pants, brown shoes and a blue-jean jacket. She had three multicolored ankle bracelets on her left leg and a multicolored scarf on her head. Police were unable to identify her through fingerprints, a department spokeswoman said, adding that anyone with information should call detectives at 410-396-2100.

Man, 34, found dead in Charles Village fire

A 34-year-old Charles Village man was found dead early yesterday in a rowhouse fire that started in his third-floor apartment in the 2700 block of St. Paul St., a Fire Department spokesman said.

The name of the victim was withheld pending notification of relatives, said Battalion Chief Hector Torres, the spokesman. The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.

Torres said the one-alarm fire, which was reported at 4: 15 a.m., began in a middle room and burned through the building's roof. He said the blaze caused extensive damage to the building, where only the victim and a young woman who lived on the first floor were home at the time. The woman escaped unhurt.

Pub Date: 5/04/98

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