Baltimore County Digest


Woodlawn High closes early due to smoke

Woodlawn High School dismissed students and staff early yesterday after Baltimore County firefighters were called to try to find the source of smoke inside the building, a Fire Department spokeswoman said.

Students and faculty were evacuating the school when firefighters arrived about 10 a.m., said Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

Firefighters smelled smoke throughout the building and found dense smoke in a room on the lower level, she said.

Fire officials searched about 45 minutes for the cause of the smoke but could not find the source, Armacost said.

They left at 11:17 a.m. as school maintenance workers continued to try to identify the problem, she said. A fire official returned later in the afternoon at the request of Woodlawn High's principal to follow up, she said.

Armacost said there have been about 10 to 12 calls for service for minor incidents at Woodlawn High School since Jan. 1.

Principal Daric V. Jackson referred questions about yesterday's incident to school system spokesman Charles A. Herndon.

Herndon said that just before 11 a.m. Jackson decided to close school because it was unclear how long fire investigators would be searching. Schools must coordinate with the school system's transportation office to arrange buses to pick up students when closing before the regularly scheduled time, he said.

Liz F. Kay

White Marsh

Water service to be shut off tonight

Water service will be shut off for residents in an area of northeastern Baltimore County for several hours tonight and early tomorrow, officials said.

Water service will be interrupted from 9 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. tomorrow north of the 11500 block of Pulaski Highway in White Marsh and along Loreley Beach Road south of the highway to allow contractors to relocate a water main in connection with sewer construction in the area, according to officials.


Six new 'green' schools named

Baltimore County officials honored yesterday 25 public and private schools that have been named Maryland Green Schools since 1999 for their commitment to environmental education and practices.

Statewide, 136 schools have reached this goal by incorporating investigation of environmental issues in the curriculum, promoting conservation, healthy environments and habitat restoration on the school campus and working with community groups on environmental issues. Baltimore County has the largest number of schools that have received this honor.

This year, six Baltimore County schools became green schools. They are: Berkshire, Chadwick and Hillcrest elementary schools; Dundalk and Pine Grove middle schools; and Dundalk High School. They joined 19 other county schools that have previously been certified as green schools, including Hereford Middle and High schools, which were recertified this year.


Road work planned at I-695, U.S. 40

The State Highway Administration plans to close parts of the U.S. 40-Interstate 695 interchange in eastern Baltimore County overnight for two weeks for a resurfacing project.

Detours for I-695's Exit 35 will be in effect between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday starting this week, according to the SHA.

Drivers on the Beltway's inner loop will be directed to eastbound Route 702, Southeast Boulevard, through Exit 36, to westbound 702 and back onto I-695's outer loop to reach U.S. 40. Motorists on the outer loop will go through the interchange at Exit 34 to Philadelphia Road and back onto I-695's Exit 35.

Vehicles from U.S. 40 will also follow detours to approach I-695, according to the SHA.

Information: 410-321-2800 or 800-962-3077.


Special Olympics are this weekend

More than 1,200 athletes are expected to compete in the 2006 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games scheduled Friday through Sunday at Towson University.

Throughout the weekend, Maryland athletes will compete in aquatics; track and field; bocce and softball. Also scheduled will be the parade of athletes as part of the opening ceremonies, the lighting of the Special Olympics caldron and official awards presentations.

Opening ceremonies will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the university's Johnny Unitas Stadium, and will include 2006 World Champion figure skater Kimmie Meissner; Olympic Gold medalist Dominique Dawes and other athletes. A fireworks display will be held at 9 p.m.

Competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The closing ceremonies will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Unitas Stadium.

More information can be found at: ons/05SGFacts.html.

For questions, contact the university relations office at 410-704-2230, 410-704-3300 or 410-704-4034.


Banneker museum to open exhibit

The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., will unveil its new permanent exhibition as part of its eighth anniversary celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

At the Colonial home site of the Maryland astronomer and mathematician, the museum's gallery explores Banneker's life, family and the archaeological discovery of the land.

Sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Friends of Banneker Historical Park, the exhibit showcases original items from the 18th-century Banneker farm and artifacts that have never been shown. Items on display will be the original 1700s telescope and the 1793 Almanac that Banneker published.

The celebration is free to the public. Information: 410-887-1081.

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