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Police have arrested one man and were...


Police have arrested one man and were seeking another in a shooting and robbery that left a tap dancer paralyzed.

Detective Corey Alston said John C. Rogers, 30, of the 600 block of Pitcher St. was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with robbing and shooting James Branford Pace, 27, of New York, a dancer in "Jolson: The Musical" at the Lyric Theatre.

Alston said Pace had walked from the theater and was outside the Tremont Plaza Hotel at St. Paul Place and Saratoga Street about 11: 30 p.m. Nov. 27 when two men, one with a handgun, robbed him of $20 and a backpack. Pace, who was shot in the neck, is paralyzed from the chest down and in stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Alston said.

Public housing volunteers to receive awards today

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will hold the 33rd Annual Harry B. Weiss Citizenship Awards ceremony at 2 p.m. today at McCulloh Homes Auditorium, 501 Dolphin St.

The award recognizes the contributions that resident volunteers public housing make to their communities.

Today's 56 honorees include Louise Smith, 84, of the Ellerslie Apartments in North Baltimore and Mary Jenkins, 74, of Rosemont Towers in West Baltimore. Smith delivers newspapers the sick and shut-ins, and accompanies neighbors to doctor's visits. Jenkins is a volunteer at Rosemont Recreation Center.

Youth corps to celebrate by lighting Clifton Mansion

At 5 p.m. tomorrow, the Civic Works youth service corps will mark the start of the holiday season by lighting the tower at Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive in Northeast Baltimore.

Since 1993, Civic Works has leased the 196-year-old mansion from the city for use as its headquarters. When lighted, the four-story tower can be seen for miles.

Civic Works is an AmeriCorps program that provides community services such as rehabilitated low-income housing and tutoring of school children while enhancing the work, education and citizenship skills of its nearly 200 members. Information: 410-366-8533.

Baltimore Conservatory plans winter open house

The Baltimore Conservatory of the Department of Recreation and Parks will hold its annual Winter Open House from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

On that day, the Conservatorywill celebrate its 110th birthday in the historic palm house in Druid Hill Park.

Activities include a display of poinsettias, fun for children, live reindeer and strolling carolers. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-0180.

TOWSON -- Twelve welfare recipients will graduate tomorrow from a Baltimore County Fire Rescue Academy training program that prepared them to become emergency medical technicians.

By completing courses that ran from June to September, the graduates are qualified to work as firefighters or medical technicians, county officials said.

County fire officials started the program last year to help welfare recipients prepare for careers as rescue technicians and firefighters. Eight participants graduated Aug. 28, 1997.

Holly Manor association plans anniversary reunion


CATONSVILLE -- Holly Manor Neighborhood Association will celebrate its 31st anniversary with a reunion Saturday at the Holiday Inn, 1800 Belmont Ave., near Security Boulevard.

The group was formed in 1967 to represent the 55 homes in the neighborhood. Since then, its residents have raised money for a tot lot, started a block safety watch, purchased snow plows for the neighborhood and made Thanksgiving baskets for the needy.

The reunion will be a buffet dinner from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Information: Wilnet Bristow, 410-744-9324.

Pub Date: 12/09/98

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