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In Baltimore City

Council delays vote on plan to change Board of Estimates

The City Council opted not to vote last night on a plan to wrest Baltimore's Board of Estimates from the mayor's control, sending the bill back to committee instead.

The bill calls for eliminating two mayoral appointees from the five-member board - the city solicitor and public works director. That would leave three elected officials, the mayor, council president and comptroller.

Even with council approval, the plan would have to survive a likely mayoral veto and win approval from voters as a ballot question. Councilmen Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. and Bernard C. "Jack" Young wanted to vote on the plan last night. But the rest of the council agreed to wait because the deadline to get the question on the Nov. 5 ballot passed last month. The next chance for it appear on a ballot would be 2004.

Program teaches children best ways to avoid danger

Escape School, a national program that teaches children how to avoid kidnappings and other dangerous situations, will be presented at 7 o'clock tonight at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Hickory Avenue and 37th Street in Hampden.

The free program is open to all elementary school pupils and their parents who live in the area. It teaches children how to recognize potentially dangerous people and situations and how to escape when they find themselves in trouble.

Escape School was developed by a former San Francisco police officer and is sponsored by Service Corporation International.

English language classes scheduled for this month

Registration will be held today for Greater Homewood Community Corp. classes in English for speakers of other languages, which are scheduled to begin Sept. 23.

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Classes will run for 10 weeks, with fees ranging from $20 to $90 based on the level of instruction. Morning and evening classes are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced learners.

Greater Homewood Community Corp. is at 3501 N. Charles St., in the basement of University Baptist Church, where the classes will be taught. Information: 410-261-3524.

In Baltimore County

Recycling program wins praise from national group

TOWSON - Baltimore County's recycling program has been recognized again as a national model by recycling managers and industry experts.

Charles M. Reighart, the county's recycling and waste prevention manager, accepted the National Recycling Coalition's 2002 Outstanding Government Program Award yesterday at the group's annual conference in Austin, Texas.

This is the second time in four years that the recycling program has received national recognition. Baltimore and three neighboring counties shared the coalition's Outstanding Market Development Award in 1999 for their efforts to market recyclable materials jointly. Earlier this year, the Maryland Recyclers Coalition recognized the county for outstanding government leadership.

Police to discuss use of federal block grant

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Police Department will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss the allocation of federal Criminal Justice Block Grant funds that become available July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

Members of the department will be present to discuss federal spending criteria and funding categories for the $1.7 million, two-year grant.

The hearing will be held in Room 106 of the County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave. Information: 410-887-5637.

CCBC board to meet tomorrow in Essex

ESSEX - The board of trustees of the Community College of Baltimore County will meet in public session at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Room C213 of the College Community Center, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

The agenda will be posted outside the room one hour before the start of the meeting. Anyone wishing to address the board is asked to sign in by 7:15 p.m.

Information: JoAnn Klatt, 410-869-1222.

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