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Rib restaurant owners hope to reopen soon

The owners of the Corner Stable, a Cockeysville restaurant well-known to aficionados of barbecued ribs, hope to reopen as early as Wednesday after recovering from a recent electrical fire, co-owner Chip Reed said.

Last month's fire, which Reed described as "minor," started with a three-year-old hot water heater in the prep kitchen on the second floor where the restaurant's ribs are cooked. He said the fire caused little damage and covered about a 5-foot area near the heater. A cleaning crew detected the smell of smoke as they arrived for work about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 25, Reed said.

He said the Corner Stable's staff has fielded "hundreds and hundreds of calls" from customers who want to know how soon the restaurant would reopen. Reed, his wife, Randy, and friend Joe Stonik bought the Corner Stable, which has been a fixture on York Road since 1972, from its original owner five years ago .

Because they had to close the restaurant to clean after the fire, Reed said the co-owners opted for a longer closing to finish renovations they had been doing piecemeal. In addition to new carpeting, new ovens and icemakers have been purchased. The restaurant's 50-member staff, including waiters, have kept busy helping with such tasks as painting, he said.

"It was stuff we had wanted to do but didn't want to close the restaurant," he said. "Instead of closing a day here and a day there, we decided to close and do it all at once."

Gina Davis


Hearing on senior housing is today

A public hearing on a plan to build a new senior housing development in Catonsville is scheduled for 5 p.m. today.

The proposal by Baltimore-based developer Enterprise Housing Corp. is for an 83-unit affordable senior housing complex on Rolling Road near Johnnycake Road. The developer is seeking to use the planned unit development process, which while subjecting the plans to public hearings, would eliminate certain zoning rules if the project is deemed to benefit the community.

The hearing before the county's planning board will be held in Room 407 of the county Circuit Court building, 401 Bosley Ave., Towson.

Information: 410-887-3211.


Public school cable wins awards

The Education Channel, the Baltimore County public school system's cable channel, was recognized yesterday for recently having won awards, including two Emmys.

For Fossil Detectives, a program designed as a supplement to the school system's fourth-grade curriculum, producer Todd Porter received an Emmy from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an Aurora Platinum Award and a CINE Golden Eagle Award.

Graphic designer Dan Shipp received an Emmy in animation for a tape that included various projects, including his openings for the music program Upbeat and for the 2006 Superintendent's Annual Personnel Meeting.

Producer John Bushman won an Aurora Gold Award for High School Sports Scene.

County Executive James T. Smith Jr. presented a citation yesterday to channel manager Jeff Lifton.

Launched in 1983, the channel airs on Comcast Channel 73.


PAL fundraiser to be held Sept. 28

The Baltimore County Police Athletic League board of directors is holding a fundraiser to help with operating costs for the nine Police Athletic League centers in the county.

A bull roast and crab feast is scheduled for Sept. 28 at Tall Cedars Hall, 2501 Putty Hill Ave., Parkville.

Keeping children off the streets and in the centers is making a difference, officials said. The officers assigned to the centers work with youth counselors, recreational coordinators and one-on-one with the children.

Information: Officer Kevin Kahl, 410-887-5892, or Beahta Davis, area coordinator for the county Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-887-4156.

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