Alonso buys a house; Dixon talks Homeland Security
Two items of note in Laura Vozzella's column today:
1) Dr. Alonso closed Monday on a house in Fells Point. He's rented in Otterbein since his arrival in Baltimore in 2007 and thought he wanted to buy in Charles Village. But the three-story rowhouse in Fells Point was a great deal. Sorry, Mary Pat Clarke. The city councilwoman, who represents Charles Village and chairs the council's education committee, wanted him in the neighborhood so badly that she made him a poster, which has been on display in his office. On a picture of the famed Painted Ladies, it says something along the lines of, "Charles Village wants an Alonso's," referring to the restaurant a few miles north.
2) Mayor Dixon met at City Hall this week with students in the journalism class at Homeland Security Academy that Sun crime reporter Peter Hermann wrote and blogged on a couple of weeks ago. The students shared concerns about their school with the mayor, among them the fact that the nurse's office doesn't have enough staff to give them the physicals they need to participate in winter sports. They also complained about the disruptions that dropouts who have returned to school have caused.