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In Baltimore City

Ruling allows city to proceed with plans to remove El Dorado

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge denied yesterday the El Dorado strip club's request for a restraining order to prohibit the city from closing the club Friday.

The decision by Judge M. Brooke Murdock means that the city will proceed with its plans to remove the lounge, which has operated at 322 W. Baltimore St. for 27 years, to make room for the city's west-side urban renewal project, said city solicitor Thurman Zollicoffer.

The City Council passed a law in April 1999 allowing the city to use its power of eminent domain to seize the El Dorado's building. The family that owns the club sued the city last week, claiming it had not been given enough time to find a new location. The family had been negotiating to use a city-owned building at 19-21 S. Gay St., but talks fell through.

Disabilities group to hold open house, health fair

The League for People with Disabilities will hold a free open house and health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the organization's headquarters, 1111 E. Cold Spring Lane.

Screenings for breast cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure and vision will be available. Experts in health and law will lecture on nutrition, breast cancer awareness, living wills and powers of attorneys.

Information: 410-323-0500.

Mercy High School to hold flea market

More than 60 tables of goods will be on display when Mercy High School, at Northern Parkway and Loch Raven Boulevard, holds its semiannual flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 9.

Admission to the flea market, which will be held in the school's cafeteria, is 25 cents. Information: 410-433-8880.

In Baltimore County

Forum to focus on quality of life in older communities

TOWSON -- Strategies for preserving and enhancing the quality of life in older, established communities will be the focus of the 2001 Baltimore County Community Conservation Conference, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Towson University.

Workshops are scheduled on topics such as tracing a community's history, easing traffic problems in residential neighborhoods and creating safe communities through environmental design. The featured speaker will be Arnold F. Keller III, director of the county's Office of Planning.

The cost is $12 and preregistration is required. Information: Ruth Baisden at 410-668-2580 or Laurie Hay at 410-887-3480.

Deadline is extended for anti-tobacco grants

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Department of Health's Bureau of Disease Control has extended the application deadline for grants to fund community-based activities aimed at preventing and ending tobacco use.

Community groups and the county's seven colleges and universities have until Friday to file applications. A total of $25,000 is available. Information: 410-887-2717.

Middle school pupil to receive $1,000 award

MIDDLE RIVER -- Tiffany Ann Gutkowski of Stemmers Run Middle School has been named the winner of the 2001 Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce Carson Scholarship award.

Tiffany, an eighth-grader with a 4.0 grade-point average, will receive a $1,000 scholarship at a banquet Sunday at Martin's West.

The chamber's $20,000 endowment enables it to award one Carson scholarship yearly to a student from an eastern Baltimore County public school. The award is sponsored by Carson Scholars Fund. The fund was co-founded by neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson.

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