Charles Village in top 10 'Great Neighborhoods'
Baltimore's Charles Village is one of the top 10 neighborhoods in the nation, according to a designation by the American Planning Association announced yesterday. The APA chose Charles Village as one of its 10 "Great Neighborhoods for 2008," a part of the Great Places in America program, which recognizes the role planners and planning play in creating communities of character. Originally known as Peabody Heights and connected to downtown Baltimore by streetcar, Charles Village was built at the turn of the 20th century.
Mental health coverage expands in Balto. Co.
A $770,000 gift announced yesterday will allow emergency mental-health responders to expand their services this month to western areas of Baltimore County, including Woodlawn, Pikesville and Cockeysville. The gift from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, which will be phased in over three years, means that the whole county will be covered by the emergency responders. Each mobile crisis team consists of four police officers and four clinicians. A statement issued by Baltimore County's health and police departments said the goal of the teams is to not only respond to severe mental health emergencies but to "divert residents from unnecessary hospitalizations and entry into the criminal justice system."
Truck driver crashes, dies of apparent heart attack
A 57-year-old man died Tuesday afternoon after he apparently had a heart attack while driving and cut across six lanes of traffic on Interstate 97 near Millersville, Maryland State Police said. Charles William Endley Jr., of the 8100 block of Waterford Road in Pasadena, was driving northbound on I-97 near Waterbury Road when his dump truck suddenly traveled across all northbound lanes, a median and all southbound lanes before striking trees and coming to a stop, police said. Endley was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Berry Plastics expanding Baltimore operations
Berry Plastics Corp., a maker of plastic packaging products and one of the city's biggest manufacturers, is expanding to a warehouse in Chesapeake Commerce Center in Southeast Baltimore. Berry Plastics, based in Evansville, Ind., signed a lease with industrial park owner Duke Realty Corp. for 183,055 square feet of a 374,000-square-foot warehouse on Holabird Avenue and will use the facility to store finished products. Berry, which acquired Poly-Seal Corp. in May 2000, operates Poly-Seal's manufacturing plant on Portal Street in the nearby Holabird Business Park, which employs 385 workers.
Montgomery man charged with cruelty to horses
A Montgomery County man was charged yesterday with nine counts of animal cruelty after a dead horse and several neglected horses were found on his property, according to Montgomery County police. Robert W. Curry Jr., 30, of the 17500 block of Kohloss Road in Poolesville has been charged with four counts of failing to provide food and five counts of failing to provide necessary veterinary care.