Executive Smith home after surgery
Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. was back home in Reisterstown yesterday after being released from a Towson hospital, where he was admitted last week with chest pains.
Surgeons at St. Joseph Medical Center performed triple-bypass surgery on Smith, 66, after discovering arterial blockages in his chest, although they said he had not suffered a heart attack.
Smith was released Monday and "continues to do very well," according to a statement from his office.
From home, Smith wrote a letter to Baltimore County employees in which he said it feels "great to be home." He wrote also that the employees' expressions of support during his illness were "better than any medicine I could take" and that he looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible.
Smith, a former judge, was re-elected to his second and last term as head of the county's government in 2006.
Family flees bungalow fire
A one-story bungalow caught fire yesterday morning in southern Baltimore County and a family was forced to flee, but fire officials said no one was injured.
The fire broke out about 6:30 a.m. in a home in the 3900 block of Annapolis Road, according to the Fire Department. The fire was brought under control within an hour, authorities said.
The extent of the damage to the home was not clear.
Marie Green, a next-door neighbor, said her son-in-law spotted smoke coming from behind the house and called 911. She said he was driving along Annapolis Road on his way to work when he saw the fire, thought it was coming from her garage and stopped. When he discovered it was coming from the rear of the neighbor's home, she said, he "went over to the house and woke them up."
She said about five or six people came out of the house, including two children.
"The house is badly damaged," said Green, who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years. "It was flames everywhere."
Fundraiser set for officers' memorial
The Maryland Fallen Police and Correctional Officers Memorial Inc. will hold a fundraiser for a statewide memorial to officers who have died in the line of duty.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Stoneleigh Duckpin Bowling Center, 6703 York Road. The memorial organization said it is working with the state legislature to obtain land for the memorial.
Church to honor public servants
Calvary Baptist Church of Dundalk will hold its fourth annual Public Servant Appreciation Day during its 11 a.m. worship service Sunday.
The church has invited police officers, firefighters, paramedics, correctional officers and employees, physicians and nurses, and elected officials to the service. Each of those being honored will receive a $50 gift card, the church said.
The church is at 7321 Manchester Road in Dundalk.
Hospice to offer volunteer training
Stella Maris is offering training for individuals who are interested in volunteering with hospice patients.
Volunteers should be able to spend a minimum of three to four hours a week with the patients and must complete 30 hours of training beginning Sept. 8. Deadline for applications is Aug. 29.
Stella Maris is at 2300 Dulaney Valley Road in Timonium.
Information: 410-252-4500, Ext. 7315.