City/County Digest


In Baltimore City

Two public hearings on City Council map to be rescheduled

Heavy snow forced the cancellation of two public hearings today and tomorrow on a plan to reconfigure City Council election districts.

The hearings will be rescheduled for next week. Last month, as required by a referendum voters approved last year, Mayor Martin O'Malley introduced his plan to replace the existing council configuration with 14 single-member districts. The council now has six districts with three members each.

The council has until March 27 to approve its version before O'Malley's map becomes official election law.

Evergreen Society courses for spring to begin Tuesday

Spring courses offered by the Evergreen Society of Johns Hopkins University will begin Tuesday and continue until May 15.

Courses are geared to those of retirement age, and subjects include the Great Books, mythology, the literature of evil and physics.

Membership in the society gives students access to the university's library, opportunities to take field trips to cultural events, and other benefits. Information: 410-309-9531.

Free dental examinations set for uninsured children

Chase Brexton Dental Services will offer free dental exams and cleaning to uninsured children between ages 6 and 12 on Friday, the American Dental Association's first "Give Kids a Smile" day.

The program, carried out by dentists across the country, provides free oral health care services to children of low-income families. Space is limited at Chase Brexton, 10 W. Eager St. Appointments are necessary. Information or registration: 410-837-2050, Ext. 2602.

In Baltimore County

Meeting to discuss budget for schools is rescheduled

TOWSON - Because of the snowstorm, the Baltimore County school board meeting scheduled for last night to discuss the proposed 2003-2004 operating budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The meeting will be preceded by a closed session at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Educational Support Services Building, 6901 Charles St.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the ESS Building.

Lecture on freedom, history offered at Goucher

TOWSON - Eric Foner, a noted professor of history at Columbia University, will deliver a lecture sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society at Goucher College at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for students.

Foner will speak on "The Story of American Freedom," addressing the ways freedom has been used as a rallying cry in times of crisis, including after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon. He will also discuss meanings of freedom at other watershed moments in American history.

Foner is the author of several books, including one with the same title as the lecture. He will sign copies of that book after his talk. Tickets, information: 410-685-3750, Ext. 321.

Head of Cuba group to speak on U.S. policy

TOWSON -- Sally Grooms Cowal, president of the Cuba Policy Foundation, will speak on U.S. policy toward the Caribbean nation Monday at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center.

Cowal served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Latin America under President George Bush and was ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. She will explain her organization's position on lifting the U.S. embargo against Cuba to further U.S. economic interests and spur democratic reform.

The lecture is part of Focus on Contemporary Issues II, a six-part series sponsored by the Baltimore County League of Women Voters. It will begin at 6 p.m., preceded by light refreshments at 5:15 p.m. Single tickets are available at the door for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Trash collection attempt is being planned for today

TOWSON - Baltimore County will attempt to collect trash today, public works officials said, but residents whose refuse is normally collected in alleys should instead place it at the curb.

Recyclables will not be collected today. Residents scheduled for recycling pickup should hold those items for the next scheduled collection day.

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