CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In Baltimore City

$1.5 million given for medical facilities at Johns Hopkins

Steve and Mindy Geppi have given $1.5 million to benefit the Johns Hopkins Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower and Heart Institute, the planned Children's and Maternal Hospital, and programs in preventive cardiology and pediatric hematology, hospital officials announced last week.

Steve Geppi is president and chief executive officer of Diamond Comics, and publisher of Baltimore magazine. "We are grateful for the Geppis' gift, which will help us radically transform patient care at Johns Hopkins," said Dr. George J. Dover, director of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Given professor of pediatrics, in a statement.

The Hearth Institute and Children's and Maternal Hospital are part of the redevelopment of the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Medical Campus, which is to be complete in 2008, hospital officials said.

City Junior League hires nonprofit's first director

The Junior League of Baltimore has hired Sherry Terranova to be its first director, the group announced last week.

Terranova has worked in nonprofit management, including with an organization that served victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The decision to hire a director follows the pattern of many Junior League groups around the country.

The Junior League in Baltimore helps the community through volunteer work, primarily in education, family support services, and women's health and life skills. Information: 410- 662-0800 or www.jlbalt.org.

In Baltimore County

Program on kids and drugs to be offered Thursday

TOWSON - Sheppard Pratt Health System will offer "Raising Drug-Free Kids," a free program for parents, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center on the Towson University campus.

The program will be presented by Michael Gimbel, Sheppard Pratt's director of substance-abuse education. Topics will include the signs of adolescent drug abuse and where parents can seek help and support.

Information: Sheppard Pratt Office of Substance Abuse Education, 410-938-3100.

Police news releases available through e-mail

TOWSON - Baltimore County residents interested in learning more about the activities of the county Police Department can sign up for a service that will allow them to receive information about the agency through e-mail subscriptions.

Those who sign up for the Police Information Network will receive the same news releases that are distributed to the media. They also can subscribe to the department's monthly newsletter, "Business Beat," which provides crime-prevention tips for businesses. Also available is the department's quarterly newsletter, "Behind the Badge," and a monthly reminder about the department's cable TV program, Police Report.

Information: www.co.ba.md. us/agencies/police/information network.html.

Towson University to offer McGowan scholarship

TOWSON - Towson University has been selected as a participant in the McGowan Scholars Grant Program. The program will provide a full scholarship for one student in the College of Business and Economics.

This is the fifth year that Towson has been included in the program, the university said in a statement.

A committee headed by Barry Buchoff, assistant professor of accounting, will review applications for the scholarship. Information: 410-704-3228.

CASA seeks volunteers to be child advocates

TOWSON - Court-appointed Special Advocates of Baltimore County is looking for volunteers to train as advocates for abused and neglected children.

CASA volunteers must be at least age 21 and be willing to participate in 30 hours of training. Volunteers are assigned to the case of one child or sibling group, the organization said.

Information: 410-828-0515.

An item in yesterday's City/County digest about tomorrow's Sheppard Pratt Health System program on "Raising Drug-Free Kids" incorrectly described the location of the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center. The center is on the health system's Towson campus.A City/County digest item in yesterday's editions misspelled the name of Shelly Terranova, the new director of the Junior League of Baltimore.The Sun regrets the errors.
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