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Business Notes

March 16, 2003

Curves center joins food drive to aid local food banks

Curves 30 Minute Fitness and Weight Loss Center in Hampstead will participate in the Curves International Inc. "Food For Friends" food drive to benefit local food banks.

Anyone joining Curves this week may bring a bag of groceries and have the normal service fee waived. Those wishing just to donate nonperishable food items may do so during business hours tomorrow through Friday.

Curves is in Robert's Field Shopping Center. Information: 410-374-8386.

Random House employee Palaia retires after 34 years

Random House Inc. has announced the retirement of Arthur Richard Palaia, vice president of credits and accounts receivable.

He has been with the company 34 years through multiple ownership changes. Random House is currently owned by Bertelsman.

Palaia began as an accounts receivable supervisor, then moved up to director of financial operations before becoming vice president of credits and accounts receivable.

A celebration for his retirement will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Wakefield Valley Golf and Conference Center.

Long & Foster offers real estate seminars

Long & Foster Real Estate will offer free seminars to people interested in "A Career in Real Estate."

Seminars tell how to get started in real estate, course requirements, costs involved in training and the pros and cons of such a career. Registration is required.

The next seminar will be held at 7 p.m. March 25 in the Hampstead office, 720 Hanover Pike, 410-239-6111.

Child Care Center honors Finch family for efforts

The Carroll Child Care Center recently held a lunch to honor two generations of the Finch family of Finch Services who helped start the child care center.

Catherine Finch was a co-founder of the center in 1969. She and several other women saw the need for quality, affordable child care so mothers who needed to work could join the labor force.

Jackie Finch, Catherine's daughter-in-law, said the founding group helped design the health regulations and nutritional guidelines for child care, which at that time was not regulated as it is now.

A plaque was hung in the lobby of the child care center and another plaque given to the Finch family in memory of Catherine Finch.

Chamber sponsors seminar for nonprofit organizations

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold a seminar, "Surviving the Tough Times: A Seminar for Nonprofit Organizations," from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 10 at New Windsor Conference Center.

Nonprofit organizations can gain information and make contacts to help them in marketing, fund-raising, and volunteer and employee recruitment and retention.

The seminar includes a networking lunch with chamber members and a presentation by Thomas J. Zirpoli of Target Community & Educational Services, and Jo Fleck of Inspirations/Gypsy's Tea Room, on "Private-Public Partnerships."

The cost is $59 and the public is welcome. Reservations are required by April 2.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Carroll Lutheran Village changes marketing unit

The Carroll Lutheran Village board of trustees has approved a restructuring of the marketing office and the addition of personnel in preparation for a new phase of development at the retirement community.

Michele Crew, vice president of communication and development, will oversee marketing efforts.

Two new marketing associates -- Steve Stewart and Timmi Pierce -- have been hired. Steve Stewart has a bachelor of science degree in business management and 26 years' experience in retail management. He was previously director of community relations for Summerville Senior Living in Westminster.

Pierce has a bachelor of arts degree in theater, and more than 20 years' experience working in radio advertising and promotions. She was manager of public relations for Eger Lutheran Homes in New York for nine years.

Keli Houle, who has been in the marketing office for almost five years, completes the marketing team.

The village also will have a marketing office coordinator who will be the front-line person to contact at 443- 605-1079 or 877-848-0095 for marketing questions about residential living.

Manger vice president of Regal Bank & Trust

B. Wesley Manger has joined Regal Bank & Trust in Owings Mills as vice president for new business development.

Previously, he was with Bank of Hanover as vice president of commercial lending and business development. Before that, he was with New Windsor State Bank, where he was chief executive officer and president.

Coldwell Banker offers real estate seminars

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's School of Real Estate offers "Principles of Real Estate" classes at offices throughout the region for anyone interested in becoming a Realtor.

Carroll classes include:

Mount Airy office from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays March 25 to April 30.

Eldersburg office from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays March 31 to April 26.

To register, call 800-992-4794.

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