City/County Digest



7 light rail stations will be closed today for repairs

Light rail stations between Oriole Park at Camden Yards and North Avenue will be shut down today while workers fix an underground retaining wall that collapsed at Baltimore and Howard streets Friday night, a block from the site of a water main break, officials said.

The repairs will force the closure of seven light rail stations at least through the afternoon, said Richard Scher, a spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration. It was unclear whether the repairs would be finished in time to reopen the stations for the evening rush hour, he said.

The MTA will run bus shuttles between Camden Yards and North Avenue during the closure, Scher said.

Adult literacy program needs volunteer tutors

Greater Homewood Community Corp.'s adult literacy and English as a Second Language program is seeking volunteers to tutor two hours a week.

The program serves 300 to 400 city residents every year. Information: Leslie Adler, 410-261- 3524.

Cleanup of vacant lots set Saturday in Park Heights

Residents, businesses and community groups will participate Saturday in a large-scale cleanup of vacant lots used as illegal dump sites in Park Heights.

More than 200 volunteers are expected for the effort coordinated by Northwest Baltimore Corp., which will work with 20 community groups at numerous sites. Volunteers will assemble at 8 a.m. behind Park Lane Shopping Center in the 4400 block of Park Heights Ave. and work until 2 p.m., when a celebration for participants will be held at a location to be determined.

Maryland-Washington Minority Contractors' Association Inc., L&J; Construction Co. and P. Flanigan & Sons will provide equipment. The cleanup is the first phase of a neighborhood beautification program, which will include maintaining the lots and educating residents, officials said. Information: 410-542- 6610.


Insurance agency official will meet with residents

TOWSON -- The Maryland Insurance Administration will address residents' concerns about insurance coverage Aug. 11.

An agency representative will be at Hampton Plaza, at 300 E. Joppa Road, Suite 1A, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions and show consumers how to file a complaint against their insurance companies. No appointments are necessary.

Police TV show to feature burglary prevention tips

TOWSON -- The next edition of Police Report, Baltimore County Police Department's television program, will run from today to Sept. 5.

Topics will be burglary prevention, safe and legal summer recreation activities, and neighborhood crime trends.

The program airs four times a week on Comcast Channel 25 in Baltimore County. Show times are 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Class on outdoor cooking is tomorrow at library

ESSEX -- "Outdoor Summer Cooking," a demonstration and talk, will be offered at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Essex library, 1110 Eastern Blvd.

The event will feature tips and recipes from a chef from the Baltimore International School for Culinary Arts.

Information: 410-887-0295.

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