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Arundel Business Digest

March 13, 2000

USinternetworking joins in promotion of reading at schools

Invited to join the local celebration of Read Across America Day -- which marked the 96th birthday of the late children's author Dr. Seuss -- the Annapolis-based company USinternetworking sent volunteer readers and a large donation of books this month to three area elementary schools.

The company, an applications software provider, also recruited for the cause one of its clients: AllBooks4Less.com, an online bookseller based in Hauppauge, N.Y., which added 500 hardcover books to the 250 purchased with USi employee donations.

The books were delivered to Germantown, Tyler Heights and Georgetown East elementaries by USinternetworking's shipping and receiving department after a ceremonial presentation at its Riva Road building to Susie C. Jablinske, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, and Kathy Naeseth, chairwoman of National Read Across America.

Twenty-four employees read to pupils in the schools, and "everybody I talked to came back energized by the experience," said Kimberly Elek, a company spokeswoman. So successful was the program, she said, that planning has begun to expand participation next year and to develop a year-round program, to be called USiReads, that will send employees into schools on a regular basis.

1st Mariner Bank opens 25th full-service branch

The 25th full-service branch of 1st Mariner Bank -- and its fifth in Anne Arundel County -- opened Saturday in the 7400 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.

Another Arundel branch, on Route 3 in Crofton, is under construction and scheduled to open this spring. The banking company, formed in 1995, also operates in Baltimore City, and in Baltimore, Harford and Talbot counties. In addition to the branches, it has 42 automated teller machines.

Jutta Patrick, who joined 1st Mariner in May, is manager of the Glen Burnie Branch. She has local ties, as an Odenton resident who grew up in Glen Burnie.

Video for blues festival garners award for Take One

Take One, an Annapolis-based video, film, animation and Web design firm, announced last week that it has received a Telly Award for a video it produced for the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, a fund-raiser that benefits several nonprofit and charitable causes.

The Telly Awards, begun in 1980, recognize film, video, and network and non-network commercials that meet its standards of excellence. Companies submit their work for evaluation by a panel of judges.

Take One, founded in 1981, is on Forest Drive. Information: 410-263-1800.

Names in the news

Lawyers: Michael A. Brown of Crofton and Barbara A. Light of Severna Park have been elected to the board of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers service, a nonprofit organization that provides free or low-cost legal assistance to low-income people. Brown is a partner in the Baltimore firm of Brown, Diffenderffer & Kearney, and Light has a practice in Annapolis.

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