TOWSON -- Community groups from older, lower-income...


TOWSON -- Community groups from older, lower-income neighborhoods that need money to make physical improvements can get up to $10,000 through the county's Community Conservation Action Grant program by applying before July 20.

Groups are required to match 25 percent of the grants -- at least half in cash -- for projects such as community tree maintenance, welcoming signs, renovations to a community center building or other physical projects.

The county has up to $200,000 annually for the program, half of which is supplied by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. This year, the county distributed $166,000 to 25 groups in designated community conservation areas. For applications, call 410-887-5969.

TOWSON -- The county public school system's Office of Food and Nutrition Services will sponsor the Summer Feeding Program, todaythrough Aug. 7.

The program -- funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- provides free meals for children who participate.

For eligibility requirements, a list of serving sites and more information, call Jody Lydic at 410-887-7855, Ext. 229.

LANSDOWNE -- A second community meeting for residents to discuss ideas for improvements to Sandy Hills Park will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Riverview Elementary School.

The meeting, called by the county Department of Recreation and Parks, will be in the school gymnasium at 3298 Kessler Road. Information: 410-887-1439.

Professor's civil rights book wins theology award

A Loyola College professor of theology has received the 1998 Grawemeyer Award in Religion from the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Charles Marsh, who is also director of the Project on Theology and Community at Loyola, was awarded the $150,000 prize Thursday.

He won the award, which honors people who "help make this world a better place," for his book "God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights." The book explores the lives of a civil rights activist, a minister and an imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1964 "Summer of Freedom."

Pub Date: 6/29/98

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