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In Baltimore County Board rejects proposal for bungee-jumping operation in Timonium

TOWSON -- The county Board of Appeals has denied a businessman's request to alter a one-story office and warehouse building in Timonium to open a bungee-jumping operation.

The board rejected James Riffin's bid to open a business at 1941 Greenspring Drive that would hoist jumpers 100 feet into the air, hook them up to two or three bungee cords and allow them to jump off a platform.

The board noted traffic, parking congestion and safety concerns in a Dec. 31 decision rejecting Riffin's request for the special exception and variance he would have needed to operate in a neighborhood zoned for warehouses and office buildings.

Police announce promotions, 2 new precinct commanders

TOWSON -- The commander of the county Police Department's Parkville and White Marsh precincts has been named to head the force's disciplinary hearing board under a round of reassignments announced yesterday by police.

Brian Uppercue, 42, will be promoted from captain to major as part of his assignment. Also to be promoted to major is Capt. William Kalista, 50, who will command the administrative services division.

Replacing Kalista as commander of the property crimes section is Capt. Michael DiPaula, the North Point Precinct commander. Capt. Lawrence Suther, 44, will assume command of the North Point Precinct, and Capt. Lee Russo, 34, will command the White Marsh and Parkville precincts.

Beatles' influence explored in community college course

ESSEX -- "The Beatles in the Rock Generation" will be part of a music course this semester at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, starting Feb. 1.

The history of Liverpool's "Fab Four" and their lasting influence on American culture and music will be explored in the course taught by music department head William Watson. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9: 45.

Information: 410-780-6363.

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Graphic arts group to hold environmental art contest

The Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts will hold a competition honoring eco-sensitive art from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Baltimore Zoo.

Speakers will include Roger Birkel, executive director of the zoo, who maintains part of the zoo's mission is "to inspire our visitors to protect the planet." Also speaking is Eva Anderson, founder of a newsletter dedicated to environmental issues in graphic design.

Cocktails and vegetarian food will be served as animals roam among the guests. Information: 410-832-2442.

Apartment building fire forces residents outside

A fire yesterday evening in a four-story Mount Vernon apartment building forced several residents into the subfreezing cold and caused rush-hour traffic on North Charles Street at the Washington Monument to come to a halt. No injuries were reported.

Investigator Dennis Howell said the fire at 715 Washington Place began in a third-floor rear apartment and sent smoke throughout the upper floor, causing an unknown number of residents to seek shelter in nearby buildings. The fire was reported at 4: 56 p.m. and under control at 5: 30 p.m.

Howell said damage was extensive to the apartment where the fire started and to portions of the fourth floor. The cause is under investigation.

Math and science academy to open Saturday at 4 sites

The first Math and Science Saturday Academy for elementary school pupils will take place Saturday at four locations in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

The academy, sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is a pilot program to provide hands-on classroom and laboratory instruction to 125 students in grades four, five and six.

"This is an important partnership to help give young students a competitive edge in realizing their potential in the fields of math, science, engineering and technology," said Kweisi Mfume, president and chief executive officer of the NAACP. Classes will be in session through May 29.

Pub Date: 1/06/99

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