Meetings will explain trash, recycling strategies The...

News Digest

June 04, 2000

Meetings will explain trash, recycling strategies

The county Department of Public Works has scheduled 12 public meetings this month and next to explain its plan to reduce curbside refuse collection to once a week, while placing greater emphasis on what it describes as "existing-but-underused recycling and yard waste collections."

The goal, according to DPW, is to make curbside collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste more cost-effective and efficient. It proposes "expanded recycling education" for county residents to help them make greater use of the curbside services.

The county executive will make a decision about the changes in September, the department said when announcing the meeting schedule.

Those who attend the sessions will be given a presentation by Molly Cannon, a solid-waste program manager, outlining the need for the changes, answering questions, and soliciting ideas.

The meetings, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for each site, are scheduled as follows: Tuesday and June 14 in the Glen Burnie High School cafeteria. June 20 and 29 at the Fire Training Academy on Maxwell Frye Road, Millersville. July 6 and 12 at the Heritage Center canteen, 2662 Riva Road, Annapolis.

For information, contact Cannon at 410-222-6108or mollycannon@yahoo.com.

Program aimed at children at risk for violent behavior

A grant-funded program aimed at identifying and helping preschool children who may be at risk for developing violent behavior is to be announced by county and state officials and partner agencies tomorrow morning at Anne Arundel Community College.

Backed by a $1.7 million grant from the Governor's Office of Children, Youth and Families, and annual in-kind contributions of $40,000 from the county, the program will include the establishment of child-rearing centers in county libraries, a telephone help line for child development and child-rearing questions, and home visitation for at-risk newborns.

According to a county administration spokeswoman, outreach services will be directed to children and families who may be identified through referral by such service providers as physicians, teachers and child-care facilities.

Travers appointed director for Arundel Red Cross

Deborah Travers, who has worked in Red Cross blood services in the Baltimore metropolitan area for the past four years, has been appointed district director for the Anne Arundel County Red Cross.

Replacing Leo Guerin, who is retiring after 35 years with the American Red Cross, Travers will oversee the delivery of services in Anne Arundel, including disaster relief, health and safety programs, and crime-avoidance education.

Travers' most recent job with Red Cross was managing blood donor recruitment in the metropolitan area. Married and the mother of a 7-year-old son, Travers, 39, is a resident of the Towson area. Her appointment was announced last week by William Trussell, chairman of the board for the Anne Arundel Red Cross.

Walkathon will benefit developmentally disabled

Bello Machre, a Pasadena-based program that provides care and homes for developmentally disabled children and adults, will hold a fund-raising "Every Step Counts 2000" walkathon Saturday on the B&A Trail.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., warm-ups at 9 a.m. and the event itself at 9:30 a.m. next to the Premier Cinema at Jumpers Hole Road. Participants may hike, skate or bike - at suggested distances of 3 miles, 7 miles and 15 miles, respectively - and enjoy a cookout and contests afterward.

Bello Machre has announced the winner of one contest - a drawing for an Ocean City weekend getaway, with chances given to the first 100 people who registered for the walkathon.

Bello Machre resident Steven Colona, 34, whose mother has been raising money to sponsor him in the walk, won the trip. Because his mother is unable to go, he has invited his residence manager, Denise Ryan-Oates, and her husband to accompany him.

Residents and staff of Colona's home had raised nearly $1,200 in pledges by last week, said a Bello Machre spokeswoman.

Other prizes, based on individual sponsorship amounts, including a Bahamas getaway for two, a DVD player, and T-shirts, will be awarded to walkathon participants.

County funding available for teen recreation

The county administration announced last week the availability of funding for "quality" teen recreation programs.

Offered through the county's 2001 Teen Activity Grant Program, the money is available to community groups for the development and implementation of teen recreation activities for middle through high school students.

Grant-sponsored programs must provide a positive, drug- and alcohol-free atmosphere in which teens can interact with their peers. All nonprofit community organizations or umbrella associations in Anne Arundel County are eligible. Applications for grant money are available from the Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks offices at 1 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Completed applications must be postmarked by July 21, 2000, and grants will be awarded in the fall.

Information or applications: Bob Brandenburger, 410-222-7313.

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