Sign Gone With The Wind

Carroll capsule

January 26, 1992

WESTMINSTER — This month's windstorm blew away the Cranberry Mall Cinema 6 marquee, scattering plastic letters and other debris across Route 140.

However, insurance snags have delayed finding a replacement.

Mall owners filed the claim with their insurance company, only tofind that the sign is the cinema's responsibility, said movie manager Marty Kircher. The theater, owned by Hoyts, is now filing with their own company.

"You know how it is dealing with insurance companies," Kircher said. "We should have something up in the next few weeks."

EXTRA FOOD AVAILABLE

WESTMINSTER

Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. will distribute surplus food commodities to eligible Carroll County households from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, on the ground floor of the Department of Social Servicesbuilding, 10 Distillery Drive.

Food items to be distributed are butter, vegetarian beans, cornmeal, flour, peanut butter, pears, potatoes and canned tomatoes.

To receive food, a household must register, live in Carroll County, and bring one of the following identification cards: food stamps, medical assistance (not Social Security Medicare), public assistance or energy assistance letter for 1991-1992 programs.

Residents also must meet income guidelines and present written verification of the household's gross (before deductions) income (such as a letter from Social Security, pay stubs).

Income guidelines by household size and gross income per month allowed are:

* 1 person -- $828.

* 2 persons -- $1,110.

* 3 persons -- $1,393.

* 4 persons -- $1,675.

* 5 persons -- $1,958.

* 6 persons -- $2,240.

* 7 persons -- $2,522.

* 8 persons -- $2,804.

For each additional person, add $282.

An eligible household may send information with a representative to register and pick up foods.

Information: 857-2999.

PARENTS OPPOSE PLAN

DATELINE: SYKESVILLE

Parents of Freedom Elementary students oppose a redistricting plan that would transfer their children to a new Westminster school.

About 30 people attended a second hearing on the proposals to redrawn boundary lines. Redistricting is needed to balance enrollment among existing Westminster elementaries and Friendship Valley, which will open in September.

One of the three options before the school board would transfer about 75 students from Freedom Elementary to Friendship Valley.

"This is making a mess that will ruin my kids life," said Bill Fitzgerald, who lives in the Presidential Park development.

Many parents were opposed to the plan because their children would be shuffled through several schools during the course of their public education.

Marion Engel wasn't happy about the possibility of her kindergarten-age son being transferred to Westminster, but said she would "deal with it."

Other schools affected by the redistricting are William Winchester, Westminster and Robert Moton elementaries.

The school board is expected to approve a plan in March.

COUNCIL AGENDA SET

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The City Council's Finance Committee is expected to release a report tomorrow on a Pikesville man's request for a taxi license.

The council earlier this month referred the request from the Stan Cab Co. to the committee. The council will hear the committee's report at its 7 p.m. meeting at the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department hall.

The applicant, Melvin L. Wolpert, later expressed dissatisfaction with the action and said he may drop his plans. But Wolpert has since met with city officials to discuss the matter.

The council is expected to discuss several other issues, including traffic control at Western Maryland College's north entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue, a pedestrian walkway at the library and the use of a state telephone network system to save money on long-distance calls.

In addition, the council has set a public hearing on the proposed City Hall renovation and expansion project on Feb. 10.

TOWN LOOKS FOR OFFICE

DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE

The Office Search Committee will report the results of its recent tour of available sites at Monday's council session.

Members visited the Pump House and the Community Center to discuss the possibility of relocating the town offices. They also toured offices in Taneytown, Hampstead and Manchester.

Also onthe agenda will be a discussion of the findings of a comprehensive water study. Whitney, Bailey, Cox and Magnani of Timonium recently completed the $6,500 study.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 1 W. Broadway.

Information: 775-7511.

POOL REPAIR QUESTIONED

DATELINE: HAMPSTEAD

Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt defended the use of town money for fixing the public swimming pool after a resident said Tuesday he didn't think the project was necessary.

"In today's economy, it is an inexpensive family recreation," Hyatt said.

The town has set aside $10,000 this year for pool repairs. Hyatt has spoken with inspectors from the Carroll County Health Department and with a contractor about the repairs, which she said can probably be done within the budget.

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