In Baltimore County
Schools to issue paychecks despite computer concerns
TOWSON -- The county school system plans to issue payroll checks to 17,000 employees on its computer system Friday, despite concerns that the system might not be able to function after Jan. 1.
The Board of Education recently approved a $650,000 payroll insurance contract with ADP Inc. of Owings Mills. Board members said the contract would provide protection against Y2K mishaps. They also said it would ensure employees are paid in the event of a fire or electrical failure at the school system's payroll center.
Legislators to discuss new session at high schools
OWINGS MILLS -- A series of town hall meetings will be held to allow 11th District legislators and constituents to discuss important issues of the 2000 legislative session.
Dels. Robert A. Zirkin, Michael J. Finifter and Dan K. Morhaim will preside over the sessions.
Meetings are scheduled for 7 tonight at Randallstown High School; 8 p.m. tomorrow at Pikesville High; 7 p.m. Monday at Franklin High and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Owings Mills High. Information: 410-581-1192.
Overview of college aid to be presented at school
OVERLEA -- College financial aid programs will be discussed at a workshop at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Overlea High School, 5401 Kenwood Ave.
Barbara Miller, financial aid director for the Community College of Baltimore County, will discuss the types of aid available and will help parents work through a federal student aid application. Information: 410-887-5243.
In Baltimore City
Maryland Food Bank seeks leftover Y2K rations
The cans of soup and other foodcrowding the shelves of those who were ready for possible Y2K calamity would be welcome at area food banks.
"We'll take anything people thought they were going to need when they were stuck down in their bomb shelters. There are plenty of people who can use it," said Bill Ewing, executive director of Maryland Food Bank.
Donations to the "Y Go 2 Waste" campaign can be dropped off at Metro Food Market stores in Baltimore City and Baltimore County through Jan. 31. The Center for Poverty Solutions is conducting a similar drive, and contributions can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its offices at 2521 N. Charles St.
Church thrift shop sells items for half price
The "Nearly New" shop at St. David's Episcopal Church at 4700 Roland Ave. is holding a half-price sale of used clothing, books and household items through Jan. 22.
Proceeds will be used to fund projects at the church and in the community.
The shop is open from 9: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Use the church entrance on Oakdale Road. Information: 410-467-0476.