Moxley elected council chairman

The Baltimore County Council elected Catonsville Democrat Stephen G. Samuel Moxley last night to serve as the panel's chairman this year,


Moxley, who has served on the council since 1994, has served as chairman in 1998, 2001 and 2004. He replaces Councilman John Olszewski Sr., a Dundalk Democrat.

Moxley "works well with people. He's a good listener," Olszewski said.


Although the chairman can serve more than one year in a row, the job typically rotates among council members.

The chairman runs the council meetings and serves as liaison to the county executive. The job pays $6,000 more than the $54,000 annual salary for council members, according to council secretary Thomas J. Peddicord Jr.

Moxley said he thought the job would be particularly important this year. He said he expects that the council will have to deal this year with the effect of slower home sales and less revenue from the state.

"With the economy in the state it's in, and the changes in Annapolis, I wanted to more involved," Moxley said.

Only two current council members -- Kenneth N. Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat re-elected in November to his second term, and T. Bryan McIntire, who represents the northern part of the county and is the seven-member council's only Republican, have not served as chairman.

Laura Barnhardt


Police to enforce school bus rule


Baltimore County police said they would be on the lookout starting with the reopening of public schools today for drivers who pass school buses that are picking up or dropping off passengers.

Police will be patrolling the county for the next few weeks to ticket drivers who do not obey state law requiring drivers approaching and behind school buses with flashing lights to stop. Drivers who pass buses while the lights are flashing can be fined $570 and issued a three-point penalty on their driving records, and those who stop but then proceed while the lights are still flashing can be fined $570 and receive a two-point penalty, police said.


Hall to speak at land use meeting

Rich Hall, the director of Land Use Planning and Analysis at the state Department of Planning, is scheduled to speak during the North County Institute's Jan. 17 meeting. The presentation is the first in a series of meetings held by the Institute, a preservation group, about the county's comprehensive zoning map process.

The 8 p.m. meeting will be held at the home of Irving Spitzberg in Monkton. Information:



Information on college savings plan

The College Savings Plans of Maryland program has scheduled parent information meetings at 10 Baltimore County middle schools and two high schools.

Parent Information Nights provide parents with details about two state-sponsored plans created to make college more affordable. The meetings are scheduled for:

Tuesday at Arbutus Middle School, 5525 Shelbourne Road.

Jan. 10 at Sparrows Point Middle School, 7400 North Point Road.


Jan. 16 at Old Court Middle School, 4627 Old Court Road, Pikesville, and Franklin Middle School, 10 Cockeysmill Road, Reisterstown.

Jan. 17 at Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Road, Rodgers Forge, and Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Road, Timonium.

Jan. 22 at Hereford High School, 17301 York Road, Parkton.

Jan. 23 at Stemmers Run Middle School, 201 Stemmers Run Road, Middle River.

Jan. 24 at Holabird Middle School, 1701 Delvale Avenue, Dundalk, at Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Road. and Southwest Academy, 6200 Johnnycake Road, Catonsville.

Jan. 31 at Pine Grove Middle School, 9200 Old Harford Road, Carney.


All meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Information: 1-888-4MD-GRAD or


Resources book now available

Baltimore County Senior Resources 2007 is available in county senior centers and libraries.

The expanded and revised book includes sections on housing, home health care, financial and legal issues, and recreational programs. There are also new sections providing resources on emergency preparedness, speech, language and physical therapy and respite care. The book also contains the latest information on the Medicare prescription drug program.


For more information: call 410-887-2594.

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