Harford Week

March 30, 2003

Jarrettsville girl, 6, killed in Baltimore traffic accident

Annie Compson, 6, of Jarrettsville was killed last weekend in a traffic accident in Baltimore while she was on her way home from attending the circus.

Guillermo Diaz Lopez, 23, of the 400 block of Bigley Avenue, was charged with manslaughter. attempted murder, assault and driving under the influence of alcohol in the child's death.

Annie was struck Saturday evening while crossing Lombard Street south of First Mariner Arena with her family. She died Sunday after surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

"She was 6 years old, and it's just torn my family to pieces. It's just a horrible nightmare," said Annie's uncle, Tim McGann of Ann Arbor, Mich., who spoke on behalf of the girl's parents, Thomas and Megan Compson.

APG surveying awareness of mustard agent effort

A telephone survey of area residents to determine whether the community has adequate information about the neutralization of the mustard agent stockpile at the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground. The survey will continue until April 14.

Because of the public's heightened security concerns during the war in Iraq, the Aberdeen facility is notifying the news media to help assure those contacted that this is a legitimate survey to assess the effectiveness of outreach efforts about stockpile neutralization.

Information: disposal facility public affairs office, 410-436-5253; Edgewood Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office, 410-676-6800; or public outreach and information office, office of the program manager for chemical demilitarization, 410-436-4555, Ext. 6137.

Arc gets $1.47 million in matching funds

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region Inc. has obtained $1.47 million in matching funds from the state for construction of the Arc Center.

"We have met our match of $500,000 that makes us eligible for $1.47 million from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene," said Tim Quinn, executive director.

The Arc has raised more than $544,000 from individuals and corporations in Harford and Cecil counties, and foundations based in the Baltimore area and Harford County.

Alexis Melin, director of the Central Region of Maryland's Developmental Disabilities Administration, said, "DDA has recognized that The Arc and this project is worthwhile in support of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The state has committed $1.47 million toward this project and is pleased to award this grant to The Arc."

The Arc Center will consist of a 15,000-square-foot addition on its Philadelphia Road property and the renovation of the 6,600-square-foot Philadelphia Road facility, which will connect to the addition. The center is expected to be ready for occupancy in the fall.

The Arc Center will offer a drop-in center for people with disabilities who have retired or are between jobs or other meaningful day activities, nursing and clinical services, meeting rooms for parent information sessions, a work force and employee training center, play areas for children of families who receive Arc services and a computer training center.

The Arc, a private nonprofit agency, has provided services and advocacy to adults and children with developmental disabilities in Harford and Cecil counties since 1953.

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