SHA plans to improve roundabout
A decade after the York Road roundabout opened in Towson, the intersection is on the list of improvements proposed to be funded by the state's 2009 capital budget.
State Highway Administration plans call for temporarily reducing the roundabout at York, Joppa and Dulaney Valley roads and Allegheny Avenue to one lane while upgrades are made and allowing more parking on York Road from Pennsylvania Avenue south to the Towson bypass, said David Buck, an SHA spokesman.
About $3 million is earmarked to improve traffic flow through Towson, including at the traffic circle, which opened in 1998 at a cost of $4.4 million, according to state officials.
"These are still preliminary ideas at this point," Buck said.
The capital budget proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week also includes $28 million to complete planning and the bulk of the design of a new Dolfield interchange off Interstate 795 - a longtime priority for county officials.
"Last week was a very good week for families in Baltimore County," County Executive James T. Smith Jr. said in a statement yesterday.
Other projects identified for funding in O'Malley's six-year transportation budget that would benefit the county, according to Smith's statement are:
$40 million for the Charles Street bridge over the Baltimore Beltway.
$11 million for improvements along U.S. 40 from Middle River to Route 43.
$431 million for regional metro, MARC, light rail and bus improvements.
Plan for 39 houses is topic of hearing
A hearing about a proposal to build 39 townhouses in the Woodlawn area is scheduled for tomorrow.
The proposal by Owings Mills-based owner Nicholas J. Angelozzi Jr. calls for building the homes on the north side of Dogwood Road, west of Rolling Road.
The hearing will be at 9 a.m. in Room 106 of the County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson.
Hearing on planned dormitory is Friday
In response to community leaders' requests, a rescheduled zoning hearing on a proposal to open a dormitory in connection with a religious school in Woodlawn is planned for Friday.
The school, Darul Uloom Maryland, is seeking approval from county officials to use a building on property at Dogwood Road and Gwynn Oak Avenue as a dormitory for 15 to 20 students. The Islamic school is also seeking a zoning variance for driveway width.
The hearing on the school's requests was originally scheduled for September but was postponed at the request of community leaders who said they wanted more information on plans for a boarding school for teenage boys in an area of the county with the highest concentration of homes for foster children and disabled and troubled youths in Maryland.
Friday's hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Room 407 of the County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Ave., Towson.
Bull roast to help park, nature center
Friends of the Oliver House and Marshy Point Nature Center will hold a bull and oyster roast from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Bowleys Quarters fire hall, 900 Bowleys Quarters Road.
The event will feature live music by Bobby & the Street Rods.
Money raised will be used for the development and maintenance of Robert Oliver Park and for the new education wing at Marshy Point Nature Center. Tickets are $35.
Information: 410-335-3167 or 410-335-5834.
Parent meetings set on college plans
The College Savings Plans of Maryland program is holding a series of "Parent Information Night" meetings for county parents who want information on how to plan to pay for a college education for their children.
All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. at the following schools:
Tomorrow: Pinewood Elementary, 200 Rickswood Road, Timonium.
Jan. 30: Deep Creek Middle, 1000 S. Marlyn Ave., Essex.
Jan. 31: Franklin Middle, 10 Cockeys Mill Road, Reisterstown.
Feb. 13: Windsor Mill Middle, 8300 Windsor Mill Road, Randallstown.
Feb. 20: Deer Park Middle Magnet, 9830 Winands Road, Randallstown; and Golden Ring Middle, 6700 Kenwood Ave., Rosedale.
Feb. 28: Parkville Middle, 8711 Avondale Road.
March 4: Deep Creek Elementary, 1101 E. Homberg Ave., Essex; and Dundalk Elementary, 2717 Playfield St.
March 5: Lansdowne Middle, 2400 Lansdowne Road.
Hadassah sets talk, workshop on Israel
Hadassah of Greater Baltimore will present "How to Talk About Israel" at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Hadassah office, 3723 Old Court Road, Pikesville.
Sheryl Schwartz, vice president and cofounder of the Israel Project, will speak. A hands-on workshop will follow the discussion.
Reservations are required by Friday at 410-484-9590.
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