Government offers tips to prevent arson
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:11
    Arson kills about 300 people annually and is directly responsible for $500 million in property damage per year.
    The U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Administration offer the following precautions that homeowners can take to reduce the risk and lessen the impact of arson:
    • Install smoke alarms and sprinkler systems, as well as bright, shadow-free lights around the perimeter of a home.
    • When leaving interior lights on, use timers to turn them off and on.
    • Trim trees and bushes to allow others to see your home from the street.
    • Arsonists are opportunists; lock all doors and windows.
    • Keep your property free of trash, garden cuttings and household cleaning supplies.
    • Ensure the property of vacant homes and businesses is kept clean and that utilities are turned off.
    • A neighborhood watch group with frequent communication with police and fire officials will discourage arsonists from targeting your neighborhood. 
MVA now offers emergency contact registry
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:10
    The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is offering a new service to customers.     
    Anyone holding a Maryland driver’s license or identification card can now register emergency contacts at the MVA website,
    In case of an emergency, authorities will be able to access the information.
    In order to register the emergency contacts, the cardholder must be able to provide a driver’s license number, date of birth and the last four digits of his or her social security number.
    For more information or to register visit
Angels’ Halloween drive for U.S. troops now under way
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:09
    Angels Supporting Your Troops, Inc.  (ASYT) is now collecting surplus Halloween candy and other snacks for packages to U.S. military personnel serving overseas. Donated items must be individually wrapped.
    ASYT is also collecting the following supplies for U.S personnel: new or used shower shoes or flip-flops, squeeze pop packs (for frozen push-up pops), individually wrapped tooth brushes, toothpaste, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, packets of facial tissue, foot powder, deodorant and disposable razors. Reading material, including paperback nonfiction books, comic books and other magazines that are no more than three months old, is also being collected. Note: No hardback books will be collected.  
    Donated Halloween snacks and supplies can be dropped off at 7914 Diehlwood Road, on the picnic table under the side porch. Or, to arrange for a pick-up, contributors can call Irene Spatafore at 410-284-5275.
CCBC Foundation bull roast and shrimp feast set for Nov. 1
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:07
The CCBC Foundation will host its annual bullroast and shrimp feast Saturday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 11 p.m. at UAW hall, 1010 S. Oldham St. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Marie Lloyd/Ed Lamon Scholarship for students attending CCBC.
    The menu features steamed shrimp, top round pit beef, pit honey ham, roasted pit turkey breast, mild Italian sausage on the pit, homemade Maryland crab soup, seafood alfredo over penne pasta, sauerkraut and kielbasa, whipped potatoes, seasoned green beans, sweet corn casserole, Greek salad with feta, beef gravy, assorted breads, rolls and cakes, draft beer, soda, iced tea and coffee. Activities include a live and silent auction, games, raffles and music.
    Tickets are $40 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 443-840-3675. For credit card payments, visit and click on the link for donations to the CCBC Foundation. 
Lacks group sponsors essay contest for students
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:27
    The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group is sponsoring an essay contest in anticipation of Black History Month.
    The contest is open to all middle and high school students, as well as home-schooled students, in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. Students may choose to write an expository essay or letter or create a five-minute video clip.
    Students can respond to one of two essay prompts. The first prompt asks students to answer the following question: “How has the use of Henrietta Lacks’ cells affected you or your family?”
    Alternately, students can respond to the prompt “If Mrs. Lacks were here today, I would write a letter to her telling her ....”
    All entries must be typed and written in English. Middle school submissions should be 200 to 350 words in length. High school submissions should be 250 to 500 words. Essays should include the following information: name of student, name of school, grade level, name of teacher, email address of teacher and address of student.
    Entries will be judged in middle school and high school categories.The first-prize winner in each category will receive $150, while second-prize winners will win $75 and third-prize winners will get $50, plus a Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group t-shirt.
    The deadline for essay submissions is Wednesday, Dec. 31, at midnight.
    Entries should be e-mailed to Hlackslegacy@     For more information, write to the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group at P.O. Box 21882, Turner Station, MD 21222, email or visit
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