Business Notes

Business Notes

October 24, 2004

Chamber of Commerce plans Route 140 hearing

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a public hearing on the Route 140 Transportation Improvement Study at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Henry C. Evans Armory on Hahn Road in Westminster.

Exhibits will be available for viewing at 5:30 p.m. Comments from the public will be taken until 7 p.m., and the hearing will begin at 7 p.m.

The Maryland state and federal highway administrations, with the county and city of Westminster, are in the final stages of a project planning study for improvements to Route 140 from Market Street to Sullivan Road.

The proposed changes could have a serious impact on businesses, residents, commuters and shoppers. It is estimated that 60 to 70 businesses will be affected by the changes.

The public is encouraged to attend the hearing.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Carrolltown Center plans fall festival

Carrolltown Center will hold a fall festival from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the mall on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Family activities will include meet and greet with costumed characters Frog & Toad, Clifford and the Cat in the Hat at the center court gazebo. An 8-foot Frankenstein character also will be strolling the mall.

Children age 12 and younger can visit the gazebo for a trick-or-treat bag and visit participating mall merchants for Halloween goodies.

A children's costume contest and parade will be held at 2 p.m. Prizes will be given in age groups: birth to age 4, 5 to 8, and 9 to 12 years old for the scariest, most beautiful and most creative costumes. Registration begins at noon.

Parents can enter to win one of three drawings for gift baskets filled with merchandise and gift certificates from mall merchants.

Information: 410-781-7070.

Voting demonstration Saturday at TownMall

TownMall of Westminster has events for next weekend.

The Carroll County Board of Elections will offer demonstrations and information on the AccuVote Touch Screen voting machine from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in front of Steve and Barry's University Sportswear.

The mall will hold trick-or-treating starting at 2 p.m. Oct. 31. Children can pick up a Halloween treat bag at customer service, then visit mall merchants for goodies while supplies last.

Information: 410-857-0300.

Pupils invited to create fire safety slogans

Carroll County pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to participate in the McDonald's and Baltimore City Fire Department Fire Safety Slogan Contest.

Children should create an original fire safety slogan containing no more than 20 words and emphasizes easy-to-follow fire safety rules.

Entry deadline is Oct. 31. Three winners in four age groups will receive prizes.

Information: 202-448-5317.

Job resource center offers employment help

The Carroll County Business & Employment Resource Center offers a variety of workshops and programs to help individuals who may be seeking a job or looking for a new career.

Monthly programs range from career testing to job searches, aspects of being unemployed, such as time and money management, child care and dealing with life changes.

Registration is required for programs. For a detailed schedule of workshops, visit BERC at 224 N. Center St., Westminster. Information: 410-386-2820.

Tristar Martial Arts promotes students

Tristar Martial Arts of Eldersburg recently tested 25 students who were promoted to first- and second-degree black belt after studying the self-defense method for several years.

Promoted to first-degree black belt were: Jacob Lorentson, David Baquet, Jacob Butler, Emily Burke, Allison Bradley, Gabrielle Ellis, Connor McDermott, Patrick McCarron, Kim Young, Chris Selby, Abe Thouin, Jason Campion, Grace Fansler, Max Wirth, Shivani Patel, Robin Alonge (special partner), Megan Skelly, Mike Ferguson, Todd Thompson, Steve Towers, Pete Dougherty, Adam Dougherty, Beven Barnhart and Amir Patel.

Promoted to second-degree black belt were: Matthew Dean and Jarret Dixon.

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