In Baltimore CountyRuppersberger has $529,624 in campaign...


In Baltimore County

Ruppersberger has $529,624 in campaign fund, report says

TOWSON -- County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, elected to his second and final term in November, has a campaign fund of $529,624, according to his latest campaign finance report.

Ruppersberger raised $6,016 and spent $25,587 over the past two months, according to the campaign report filed Wednesday. Most of the amount raised came from interest on campaign bank accounts. Expenses included fees for political consultants, computer services and office rent.

Ruppersberger has declined to say whether he will run for governor in 2002.

Bureau to award grants for drug abuse prevention

TOWSON -- Grants of up to $2,000 for community-based substance abuse prevention programs will be awarded this spring by the county Department of Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse.

Applicants are encouraged to find creative ways to prevent substance abuse with activities such as community awareness campaigns, neighborhood fairs and parent training classes.

The program, funded by the state Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, will provide up to $25,000 in grants. The application deadline is April 19. Information: 410-887-3828.

Schoolteacher for 3 decades receives national award

TOWSON -- A veteran first-grade teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary School on Loch Raven Boulevard has been named one of a dozen 1999 Distinguished Teachers by the National Catholic Education Association.

Frances Vivirito of Bowleys Quarters, who has taught at Immaculate Heart for 28 years, will be recognized at the association's annual meeting in New Orleans in April.

Vivirito was chosen from teachers in a region extending from New Jersey to Florida. Vivirito, who has taught 31 years, most of them in first grade, began her career at the now-closed St. Michael the Archangel School in Baltimore City.

In Baltimore City

Police warn of impostor soliciting money for services

Police are warning the public about an impostor who called a Northeast Baltimore woman yesterday and told her that the Police Department would increase services in her neighborhood in exchange for a donation.

After receiving the phone call about 10 a.m., the woman, who lives on Dobler Avenue in the Lake Montebello neighborhood, dialed 911 to file a complaint. Police said the woman had Caller ID, but the number the person called from did not register.

"We do not solicit money from citizens in exchange for police services," said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a department spokeswoman. Anyone receiving such a call is urged to call police and file a complaint.

Morrell Park Middle School will reopen this morning

Morrell Park Middle School in Southwest Baltimore, which was closed yesterday because of a weekend fire that damaged a portable classroom, will reopen for classes this morning. Teachers and pupils should report to classes at the regularly scheduled times.

Police identify teen-ager found fatally shot in house

A youth found fatally shot early Sunday in a West Baltimore rowhouse was identified yesterday as John Boyd, 17, who, police said, might have been a robbery victim.

Boyd of the 800 block of W. Lombard St. was shot at least once in the chest on the second floor of a dwelling in the 1300 block of Edmondson Ave., police said.

Police said Melvin Smith, 36, was pistol-whipped by the gunman. Smith told police that he and the teen-ager were being robbed, but investigators said they have been unable to confirm his story.

Pub Date: 2/09/99

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