Harford Week

December 28, 2003

Developers win preliminary OK for Bainbridge plan

Maryland developers have received preliminary approval to redevelop Bainbridge Naval Training Center, which has been closed for almost 30 years.

The approval for a 1,200-acre facility came Monday in a divided vote by the board of the Bainbridge Development Corp. Two of its nine members resigned in protest of the agency's handling of the redevelopment bid.

Cynthia Rossetti, the board's chairwoman, also stepped down from her post. She indicated she might resign from the quasi-public agency created by the legislature in 1999 to oversee development of the former Navy boot camp.

The proposal by the developers, called the Manekin team, includes 1,250 houses on 300 acres and 450 acres for an employment center. It sets aside 400 acres for open space and community use, including a library, veterans museum and cemetery, amphitheater and walking and hiking trails.

The development team includes Richard Alter, president of Manekin LLC in Columbia; Clark Turner, president of Bel Air-based Clark Turner Cos.; and John Paterakis, a commercial developer in Baltimore. The team was initially awarded exclusive negotiating rights to develop the prime property along the Interstate 95 corridor between New York and Washington late last year, but that agreement expired last month when the Manekin team could not reach a final contract agreement with the BDC.

Suspect in slaying arrested; 2 others sought

A suspect in the killing of a Baltimore man Dec. 17 in Edgewood was arrested Tuesday night in Middletown, N.J., the Harford County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday. The suspect, Yamar Auntrez Martin, 21, of Edgewood, was arrested after a drug transaction with an undercover police officer in Middletown, said Harford sheriff's spokesman Edward Hopkins. He is accused in the death of Antonio Gerard Allen, 24. Hopkins said police are searching for two other suspects, Quintin Twyman, 20, of Aberdeen and Reginald Leon Bolden, 19, of Bel Air.

Harford robotics team does well at N.J. meet

The RoboManiacs, a team of 9- to 14-year-old members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, won first place in the research category at the New Jersey First Lego League tournament in Mount Olive, N.J., recently.

The Harford team finished ahead of 23 other teams from New Jersey.

The RoboManiacs are Deon Brooks, Leon Brooks, Josh Cook, Chase Eberle, A.J. Eckstein, Matt Falter, Brandon Keech and Neil Simmons. Mark Heil, the clubs' information and technology director, and Stan Childs, an engineer with the Army Environmental Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, coach the team.

The Harford team also took second place for its robot's performance and third place for technical presentation, in which they answered questions about the engineering principles used in building and programming their robot.

The team will compete again Jan. 17 when the Maryland Lego robotics tournament is held at the Bel Air Boys & Girls Club, 525 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air.

Eleven trees planted at Whiteford library

Volunteers recently planted 11 trees on the grounds of the new Whiteford Branch of the Harford County Public Library.

The plantings were part of a community project paid for by an Urban and Community Forestry Grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources with a contribution from the Harford County Parks and Recreation Department.

The trees were provided by Country Garden Center in Creswell. The seven large red maple and sugar maple trees along with four large white pine trees were planted around the branch's playground area during the activity sponsored by the Whiteford, Pylesville, Cardiff, Street Community Council, Parks and Recreation, the library branch and DNR's Forest Service.

Chesapeake Optics opens in Havre de Grace

Chesapeake Optics LLC, a retail business specializing in telescopes, binoculars and other optical equipment, has opened at 327 St. John St., Havre de Grace.

The owner is Garry Lang.

Irish pub opens in downtown Bel Air

Sean Bolan's of Bel Air has opened an Irish pub at 12 S. Main St. in Bel Air.

The owners are Michael Leeds and Ken Krucenski, who own a similar establishment in the Federal Hill section of Baltimore. Their Bel Air partners are Brown and Andy Stack.

"This Irish pub is a perfect fit for our goal of having a vibrant and visitor-friendly downtown," said Jim Welsh, Bel Air town manager.

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