In Baltimore CountyProject Helping Hands from Bell...


In Baltimore County

Project Helping Hands from Bell Atlantic to give Internet lessons

RANDALLSTOWN -- Volunteers with Bell Atlantic's Project Helping Hands are fanning out to libraries in Randallstown and Woodlawn to teach children and adults how to use the Internet.

"Our volunteers are very patient and committed to helping the young and the old become familiar with computer technology," said Albert Grant, a Bell Atlantic specialist in network planning who coordinates the volunteer program.

Grant said the volunteer program has been so popular that it could soon expand to the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore. Information: 410-736-7528.

Short in underground cable causes power outage for 797

TOWSON -- An underground cable shorted out yesterday morning, leaving 797 customers in the area of Charles Street and Bellona Avenue without power for several hours.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. repaired the defective cable and restored power to almost all of the homes by 5: 30 p.m., said Michael Delaney, a BGE spokesman.

The light rail stop near Falls Road was without power for seven minutes, at 3: 53 a.m., but that did not cause delays, Delaney said.

HELPS meeting to address drug and alcohol awareness

COCKEYSVILLE -- Health Educators Linking Parents and Students will sponsor a community drug and alcohol awareness meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Drive.

The meeting is to educate parents and children about the dangers and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse, and trends in the community. A panel discussion will include members of the Baltimore County Police Department and the Community Counseling and Resource Center.

Information: 410-887-7775 or 410-628-6120.

In Baltimore City

Three officers honored in 'TOP COPS' program

The National Association of Police Organizations recently awarded "TOP COPS" honors to three Baltimore police officers for their efforts to dismantle a violent drug ring last year.

Detectives Christopher Graul, James Hagin Jr., Lt. Robert Stanton and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents were honored for the arrests and convictions of members of the Anthony Jones drug ring, which sold about $30,000 a day in heroin and cocaine and was linked to more than a dozen killings.

The national TOP COPS program honors law enforcement officers who worked on the 10 largest criminal cases the preceding year.

Bryn Mawr School's cottage wins architecture award

A one-story admissions cottage built by the private Bryn Mawr School has been named Baltimore's best new building in the 1999 Design Awards competition sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The cottage, designed by Cho, Wilks & Benn Architects, received the AIA's Grand Design Award in ceremonies Friday.

It was the third time a building at Bryn Mawr, at West Melrose Avenue in North Baltimore, has received the AIA's top design award. All were designed by Cho, Wilks & Benn, including a dance studio in 1992 and a science building in 1997.

Association to be honored for taking part in Night Out

The Baltimore-Highland Community Association will be honored today by the National Association of Town Watch for its participation in this year's National Night Out celebration.

At 7: 30 p.m., the association will be honored at the Southeastern District Police-Community Relations Council meeting at the precinct, 5710 Eastern Ave.

On Aug. 2, more than 700 people turned out for the association's National Night Out, designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for local police and strengthen community spirit.

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