Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

July 10, 2005

Commission plans celebration of disabilities act

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities will celebrate 15 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act at 5 p.m. July 25 in the McFaul Activities Center in Bel Air.

The act, which was signed into law in 1980 by President George H.W. Bush, guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications.

Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Kristen Cox will be the speaker. Also featured will be a performance by a local sign-language choir and recognition of the commission's work.

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities is made up of 16 volunteer members appointed by the county executive with the confirmation of the County Council.

Information: 410-638-3373.

Awards ceremony to honor those who help disabled

The Harford County Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities will hold its annual awards ceremony and luncheon Oct. 20 at the Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air. The awards honor individuals and groups that promote the hiring of people with disabilities.

Nominations are being accepted in these categories:

"Employee of the Year," given to a person with a disability who has shown exceptional ability and determination in entering the work force or staying employed.

"Employer of the Year," recognizing the nominee's promotion of opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities, beyond what is mandated by law.

"Harford County Student Worker of the Year," for a student enrolled in school or training that has a work component.

"Barrier-Free Design Award," to recognize a completed project that has improved the life of people with disabilities through accessible, aesthetically pleasing design.

"Ruth Helen Thompson Memorial Community Service Award."

"Print or Electronic Media Award," for a significant contribution to promote employment or change attitudes toward those with disabilities through media coverage or sponsorship of advertising.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Sept. 19. Information: Sharon Grzanka, 410-638- 3373, or www.co.ha.md.us/ services/disabilities.

Disposal center to donate 2,150 gallons of latex paint

A monthlong collection of latex paint at the Harford County Solid Waste Disposal Center in Street has yielded 2,150 gallons of paint, which will be donated to a nonprofit home improvement center.

The collection marks the 10th year the county has recycled latex paint, which has been bulked into five-gallon buckets. Since 1994, the center has sold more than 16,000 gallons of Harford County blended paint to low-income families at reduced prices.

Residents also turn in textiles, motor oil and anti-freeze, lead-acid batteries, curbside blue bag items and paper items, and scrap metal.

The next latex paint recycling event will be held in the fall.

Information: 410-638-3417.

Thomas Run Station tenants open for business

Lambdin Development Co. has announced the recent opening of the first commercial retail building at its project, Thomas Run Station, near Harford Community College on Churchville Road in Bel Air.

Tenants include Game Day Sports, a retailer of sporting products, equipment, performance apparel and footwear; the Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance and Pilates Center; and The Cup, an upscale coffeehouse that features musical performances and free wireless Internet access.

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