Miami Beach Park reopens to swimming
Miami Beach Park in eastern Baltimore County is set to reopen this weekend for swimming after having been closed for the past seven summers.
The beach will be open weekends only starting Saturday until mid-June, when public schools close. It also will be open Memorial Day. After June 13, the beach will be open for swimming Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Chesapeake Bay park also features a picnic pavilion, a boardwalk and a playground. It is one of three county-owned swimming areas. The others are Rocky Point Park in Essex and Oregon Ridge Park in northern Baltimore County.
Miami Beach has been closed since August 2000 because of high levels of bacteria in the water, officials said. County environmental protection officials have determined that the water is now safe for swimming. The park is located off Bowleys Quarters Road.
Admission is $3 for children 11 years old and under; $4 for seniors; $7 for adults on weekends, and $6 for adults on weekdays.
Service members to be honored
Ten members of the military from Maryland killed in Iraq since May 2007 will be honored at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.
They are: Sgt. 1st Class Collin J. Bowen, Millersville; Spec. Ari D. Brown-Weeks, Abingdon; Cpl. Brandon M. Craig, Earleville; Sgt. 1st Class Robert E. Dunham, Baltimore; Cpl. Jonathan V. Hamm, Baltimore; Sgt. Scott L. Kirkpatrick, Dickerson; Spec. Michael B. Matlock Jr., Glen Burnie; Sgt. Casey W. Nash, Baltimore; Sgt. Princess C. Samuels, Mitchellville; and Sgt. 1st Class Robin L. Towns Sr., Upper Marlboro.
The ceremony also will honor members of the military serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Speakers will include Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Maj. Gen. Bruce F. Tuxill, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard.
The ceremony will be held in the Circle of the Immortals at the memorial gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road.
Urban fiction writers to speak
The Randallstown library will host a discussion by two urban fiction writers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 8604 Liberty Road.
Dawn Desiree tells a story of survival and friendship, inspired by the struggles of her early childhood years, in Sunshine and Rain. K. Roland Williams describes what life was like as a nightclub owner trying to break into the music industry in his book Cut Throat.