Park to be renamed Rotary Park in honor of club's care...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 05, 2001

Park to be renamed Rotary Park in honor of club's care of site

Downtown Glen Burnie's Urban Park will be formally renamed Rotary Park next week by County Executive Janet S. Owens, in recognition of the local Rotary Club's efforts to care for its appearance.

The small "pocket park" is at the southeast corner of Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard and Crain Highway. It was opened in the early 1980s as part of the revitalization of Glen Burnie Town Center.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Anne Arundel County edition incorrectly identified a youth arrested and charged as an adult with raping a 12-year-old girl. The suspect, according to District Court records, is Joseph Daniel Hackman, 17, of the 1900 block of Frederick Ave., in Baltimore. The Sun regrets the error.

"The Rotary Club has diligently tended the park for the last three years. Members have planted bulbs and annuals, trimmed shrubbery, mulched, picked up trash, and refinished benches," the county executive's office said. "For the holidays, club members raised money to decorate the park and Central Plaza with white lights."

In an announcement of the name change, Owens praised the Rotary Club for its leadership. "This is truly a wonderful service to Glen Burnie and our county," she said. "It tells our citizens and our businesses that Glen Burnie Town Center is a great place to be."

Owens and state Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., a Glen Burnie Democrat, will present a plaque to the club recognizing its efforts for the park at a Rotary dinner April 12 at La Fontaine Bleu. The county will permanently install the plaque at Rotary Park this spring.

Glen Burnie youth charged in rape of 12-year-old

A 17-year-old Glen Burnie youth was arrested yesterday and charged as an adult in the rape of a 12-year-old girl last week, county police reported.

The suspect, Daniel Hackman of the 800 block of Barbara Court in Sun Valley, was being held at the county Detention Center without bail yesterday. Police said Hackman knew the girl, who was attacked March 30.

The girl told police she was walking with a friend about 11 p.m. near Normandy Drive and Overhill Road in Glen Burnie when she was physically picked up, carried to a secluded area about 200 yards away and raped.

Therapeutic Riding Inc. will move to Crownsville

The nonprofit Maryland Therapeutic Riding Inc. , saying it has outgrown its old quarters, is moving from Waters End Farm in Annapolis to Arden Farms in Crownsville.

Founded in 1996, the organization provides physical and mental therapy for people with disabilities through horseback riding. The new location will allow the program to add three to five horses in a 10-stall barn and double the number of riders.

"This past fall, we had 70 riders, which is the capacity [at Waters End]," said Cynthia Horsman, development director of MTR. "We would have had to start a waiting list, and we wouldn't want to do that."

The program, which is nationally accredited by North American Riding for the Handicapped, has paid and volunteer instructors - including physical therapists - who are certified by NARH.

Information: 410-849-3200.

Arborists to donate time to help Tawes Garden

Dozens of arborists and tree-care professionals will be climbing trees Saturday at Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden in Annapolis, as the Maryland Arborist Association donates services valued at $25,000 as part of its Arbor Day celebration, the state Department of Natural Resources said.

The 5-acre garden, tucked behind the DNR headquarters off Taylor Avenue near Rowe Boulevard, is named for a Maryland first lady whose husband, J. Millard Tawes, was governor from 1959 to 1967.

Association members donate services annually to a selected site in Maryland. This year's project primarily involves pruning dead branches along the garden walkway to ensure the safety of visitors.

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