City/County Digest

In Baltimore City

Police union OKs one-year contract with no pay raise


A one-year contract providing no increase in pay while requiring members to contribute 15 percent of the cost of medical benefits was ratified yesterday by the city police union, its president announced.

"We all know the city is in a fiscal crisis, but I'm glad the contract proposal was ratified," Police Agent Dan Fickus, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, said after the voting by members of its two units. One unit represents officers, agents and the aviation unit, and the other represents sergeants and lieutenants.


The contract, retroactive to July 1, covers about 3,300 sworn police personnel. It requires them to pay 15 percent of the cost of their health benefits and locks in the previous medical care coverage for the next two years, Fickus said.

City to celebrate efforts of summer youth workers

The efforts of 250 summer youth workers in city departments will be celebrated tomorrow at Cloverdale Park, on Druid Lake Drive between McCulloh Street and Druid Hill Avenue, the city Department of Public Works said yesterday.

The annual summer event began last year as a tribute to DPW summer youth worker Andrew Sparrow, who died trying to rescue a drowning friend. This year, a memorial basketball tournament will be included honoring DPW summer youth worker Crystal Gaylord, 17, who was fatally stabbed June 15 at her home on Benninghaus Road.

Tournament play will begin at 10:30 a.m., and a ceremony remembering Crystal is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on the stage of the city's BelieveMobile vehicle.

Health commissioner urges child immunization

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson reminded parents yesterday that children must be immunized before they return to school.

Children will not be able to attend class without proof of immunization. As of June, 400 children had not met the requirements.


The Health Department will offer free immunizations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Baltimore City Community College's Liberty campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. Information: 410- 396-4454.

In Baltimore County

Online checklist provides back-to-school assistance

TOWSON -- Baltimore County has created an online back-to-school checklist to help parents and students prepare for the start of classes Aug. 25.

The list includes information on registration and immunization requirements, along with a directory of county public schools and a back-to-school calendar.

The information can be found on the county Web site, www., or the public schools' site,


Rosie the Riveter reunion at Martin airport Sept. 13

MIDDLE RIVER -- The Baltimore chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association has scheduled a reunion at the Glenn L. Martin Museum on Sept. 13 for women who worked during World War II in factories, shipyards and airplane hangars, and their families.

The event, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Martin State Airport, is one of several leading up to the national convention of the American Rosie the Riveter Association being held in Baltimore in June.

Information: 410-825-8559 or e-mail Baltimorerosies@