Business Notes


August 21, 2005

Renaissance Festival Web site launched

The Annapolis-based Web development company Vansant Creations has designed and launched a Web site for the Maryland Renaissance Festival that opens Saturday in Crownsville.

The new site, www.renn, organizes all the information available on the festival and is more easily updated.

Information: 410-266-0888.

Coast Guard Auxiliary holds boating safety course

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a Boating Safety and Seamanship course from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Sept. 6 at the Edgewater Elementary School, 121 Washington Road.

Successful completion of the course and the final examination qualifies applicants for the Maryland boating safety certificate. The course includes 11 classes and a final exam. The cost is $40.

Registration is required by Sept. 4.

Information: 410-798-5952.

Retailers association to honor state senator

State Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. has been chosen the Maryland Retailers Association's 2005 Legislator of the Year.

The award will be presented Sept. 10 in Ocean City during MRA's annual leadership conference.

DeGrange, a Democrat who completed his seventh year representing District 32, is a former retailer with DeGrange Lumber Co. in Glen Burnie.

He sits on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, where he is chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Safety, Transportation and the Environment.

DeGrange led efforts in 2003 and 2004 against a 20 percent sales tax increase and the elimination of merchants' sales tax collection allowance. He received a 100 percent voting record on legislation of importance to retailers in the 2005 General Assembly.

Barry Scher of Giant Food also will be honored with the Louis L. Goldstein Service Award.

Developer recognized by Chamber of Commerce

Edward A. St. John, founder, president and chief executive of MIE Properties, has received the Developer of the Year award from the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber recognized St. John and MIE for development of projects that have significant economic and community impact.

MIE has developed almost 3.4 million square feet of space in 10 flex/office parks in the county. Last year, MIE paid more than $2 million in Anne Arundel County property taxes.

Edward J. Jefferson new Jet Blast president

Edward J. Jefferson of Pasadena has been promoted to president of Jet Blast Inc.

Jet Blast has provided industrial and environmental cleaning services since 1979 to the Eastern seaboard, with approximately 80 percent of its customers in Maryland.

Jefferson, formerly vice president, will take over administrative and services management for the Baltimore office. He has an associate's degree in business from Anne Arundel Community College and continues his education through private industrial and environmental instruction.

Nonprofit picks company for public service ads

Catholic Relief Services has selected Crosby Marketing Communications to develop a national public service advertising campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

For more than two years, conflict has raged in Sudan's impoverished western region of Darfur, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives and driving millions from their homes and into refugee camps.

The advertising campaign will begin airing late this month with two television spots featuring actress Catherine Hicks.

Catholic Relief Services is the official international relief and development agency of the Catholic community, providing assistance to people in 99 countries and territories.

Crosby Marketing Communications of Annapolis provides advertising, public relations, direct-response, interactive development and graphic design services.

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