Harford Week

April 11, 2004

HCC professor to sing in Nightingale service at National Cathedral

Dee Jones, a Harford Community College visiting nursing professor, has been selected to sing in the Florence Nightingale Service at the Washington National Cathedral at 4 p.m. May 9.

She will perform the title song from her debut CD, "Light Your World" to commemorate Florence Nightingale's contribution to nursing.

Jones is a resident of Havre de Grace. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. While in nursing school, she worked at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Child Development Center and Havre De Grace Middle School.

Master plan approval bill withdrawn for review

A bill to approve the Harford County's Master Plan and Land Use Element Plan was withdrawn Tuesday to allow more time for review of more than 70 proposed amendments to the legislation.

County officials plan to reintroduce the plan by June 15.

County Executive James M. Harkins and Council President Robert S. Wagner met Monday and agreed that the proposed changes could not be reviewed thoroughly before the council's deadline this Tuesday to vote on the bill, according to a letter sent from Harkins to the president early last week.

Salon owner wins award for volunteerism

Donna Varady, owner of La Chic Salon in Bel Air, is this year's winner of the national Look Good ... Feel Better Sunrise Award for her work with cancer patients.

"To see a smile on the face of a woman who was close to tears is most rewarding," said Varady, who began volunteering with the program in 1990, when a friend was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Through her work in the American Cancer Society program, Varady shows women how to use makeup, wigs and turbans to help mask the effects of their cancer treatment. The Sunrise Award was presented to Varady during the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association annual meeting in Boca Raton, Fla.

Look Good ... Feel Better meetings are held twice a month in Harford County:

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month in the Oncology Center at Riverside. Registration: 410-272-9224.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in the Chesapeake Conference Room, Upper Chesapeake Hospital, Bel Air. Registration: 800-515-0044.

Sheriff's commander is FBI Academy grad

Capt. John F. Dennison, commander of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Northern Precinct, graduated last month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Academy Program in Quantico, Va., with 244 other law enforcement officials from across the country.

Dennison attended the 10-week FBI program and received training in advanced investigative management and fitness training.

Dennison, 47, joined the force in 1979. He is the eighth member of the Harford County sheriff's staff to join about 37,000 others who have graduated from the academy since it opened in 1935.

Building limit proposal delayed at least a week

Action was delayed for at least a week on a Harford County Council proposal to limit homebuilding in crowded school districts after nearly 300 people attended a public meeting on the bill.

People were lined up from the back of the chamber to the lobby as the session began, waiting to testify on the bill that would stop the preliminary plan approval process for housing developments in a district where enrollment is projected to reach 105 percent of school capacity.

The current development cutoff, which was enacted last fall, is 115 percent of school capacity.

County Executive James M. Harkins opposes the bill, which critics say could imperil legislation before the General Assembly to allow the county to impose an impact fee of up to $10,000 on each new home built in Harford.

The public hearing on the legislation is to resume at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers, 212 S. Bond St., Bel Air. Information: 410-638-3343.

Aberdeen man, 78, struck, killed by train

A 78-year-old man was struck and killed by a train Wednesday morning while walking along tracks on the outskirts of Aberdeen, state police said.

William Thomas Hobbs of the 700 block of W. Bel Air Ave. in Aberdeen was walking in the center of the tracks near U.S. 40 and Mitchell Lane, 3 miles west of Aberdeen, about 10 a.m. when he was hit by a westbound CSX freight train, said Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

The train was transporting trash from Philadelphia to South Carolina, Shipley said.

The crew told troopers they saw the man walking with his back to the train. They blew the whistle several times, but the man did not react or look back, Shipley said. Hobbs was pronounced dead at the scene, Shipley said.

Investigators said Hobbs lived alone.

Bel Air Realtor wins GOP businessman award

For the fourth consecutive year, Frederick W. Archer, a sales associate with the Bel Air Festival office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, has been named Businessman of the Year by the National Republican Congressional Committee's Business Advisory Committee, the company announced last week.

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