The Board of Estimates awarded Centre Management...


The Board of Estimates awarded Centre Management a five-year contract yesterday to continue managing the Baltimore Arena.

Centre Management will be paid $435,000 a year under the contract. The properties of Centre Management, owned by Washington Sports & Entertainment, include the Washington Wizards basketball team, the Washington Capitals hockey franchise and the Women's NBA Mystics.

The Baltimore Arena opened in 1962 as the Baltimore Civic Center. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has included a new arena in his long-term capital plans and has hired a consultant to study 10 possible sites and financing.

Man convicted of murder in fatal shooting of wife

A 73-year-old Southwest Baltimore man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting last year of his estranged wife.

A Circuit Court jury returned the verdict against James Hunter on Tuesday after a three-day trial. Judge John C. Themelis set sentencing for July 24.

Verna Hunter, 65, was shot twice in the face and once in the buttocks June 9 at the couple's home in the first block of S. Monastery Ave. The husband -- who was under a court order to stay away from his wife -- said he returned to retrieve clothes and shot her in self-defense after they argued.

ESSEX -- A community festival celebrating art, nature and technology will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Ave., and June 13 at Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road.

The festival will include demonstrations, exhibitions, crafts, herbs, children's activities, music and food. Workshops include computer graphics, stamp art, floral painting, landscaping, ceramics and stained glass. The Botanical Symposium is sponsored by the county Department of Aging. Information: 410-887-4645.

Family Internet Expo at Towson this weekend


TOWSON -- National and local computer experts and vendors--will hold workshops and display information for families this weekend at Baltimore County's first Family Internet Expo at the Towson University Union.

The expo -- sponsored by county public schools, PTA Council, public library system and the university -- will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Parents will be able to learn about educational Internet possibilities and ways to ensure safety for children. Free transportation is available Saturday and Sunday from five locations across the county. Information: 410-887-4035 or check education/LibraryWeb/pie.

Expanded Honeygo park to be dedicated today


PERRY HALL -- After an expansion project that included baseball diamonds, a tot lot and sand volleyball, the county Department of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the refurbished Honeygo Stream Valley Park at 5 p.m. today.

The facilities were funded in part by Program Open Space. The event will be held at the park, at 9401 Snyder Lane in Perry Hall.

Pub Date: 6/04/98

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