In Baltimore City
Police officials asked to trim $2.2 million from proposed budget
The City Council's budget committee chairman asked the Police Department yesterday to cut $2.2 million from its proposed budget without eliminating personnel, a target police officials say they don't think they can meet.
Councilman Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr., a Southeast Baltimore Democrat, made the request at a budget hearing. He said he is asking several agencies to cut their budgets 1 percent to help the city avoid layoffs. The Police Department's proposed budget for next year is $227.8 million, an 8 percent increase over this year.
The Police Department is one of the few agencies for which a spending increase has been proposed. Most of it would pay for additional staffing and increased salaries. After the hearing, police officials said they don't think they can make cuts without trimming personnel.
Paul's Place to sponsor benefit barbecue Sunday
Paul's Place Outreach Center will hold its fourth annual Pig Pickin' Party from 4:30 p.m. to dusk Sunday at Deer Park Farm, 3115 Black Road in Glyndon. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Southwest Baltimore charity organization's summer children's programs.
Paul's Place services include providing free meals, taking children to the library to help them with homework and counseling drug abusers.
Barbecued chicken, pork barbecue and hot dogs will be available. There will be games and prizes for children and a concert by bluegrass band Line Drive. Tickets are $35, $10 for children ages 6 to 8, and $2 for children younger than 6. Information: 410-625-0775.
In Baltimore County
Memorial for 2 troopers killed in war to be dedicated
PIKESVILLE -- A memorial that honors the two Maryland State Police troopers killed during World War II will be dedicated today at state police headquarters.
Col. David B. Mitchell, commander of the state police, and Maryland Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Warner Sumpter will dedicate the memorial at 11:30 a.m.
The memorial honors Trooper Samuel Wilderson, who died when his plane went down during a bombing mission, and Trooper Sherwood Williams, who was killed in house-to-house fighting. They were among 61 state police employees who served in the military during the war.
Agency urges residents to help control mosquitoes
TOWSON -- In an effort to control mosquitoes, the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management urges residents to get rid of standing water ileft after recent heavy rainfall.
The department asks that residents clear gutters; dump water from outdoor containers such as wading pools, pet dishes, wheelbarrows and flowerpots; check for trapped water in tarpaulins used to cover pools and boats; and replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week.
For more information on mosquito control, call 410-887-3778 or visit the county Web site, www.co.ba.md.us/deprm.
Free health screenings, discussions for seniors
CATONSVILLE -- The Baltimore County Department of Aging will hold a senior health and fitness day from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at Catonsville Senior Center.
Blood pressure, depression and hearing screenings will be offered, along with discussions on exercise, diet, breast and colon cancer, arthritis and other subjects.
The center is at 501 N. Rolling Road. All events and programs are free. Information: 410-887-0900.
First-graders study effects of runoff on bay
PERRY HALL -- First-graders at Perry Hall Elementary School, 9021 Belair Road, have been studying the effects of rain and runoff on the Chesapeake Bay.
The school received a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to study absorption, runoff and storm drains. The pupils' final project will be to stencil signs on storm drains around their school, reminding people that whatever goes into the drains will make its way to the bay. The project is being led by teacher Leah Doherty.
The stenciling project will begin June 11.