Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

August 28, 2005

Fallston library to close for renovations

The Fallston branch of the Harford County Public Library will be closed beginning tomorrow for renovation. The branch is expected to reopen in early October.

During renovations, the library's Rolling Reader vehicle will be on site to serve the community from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays.

The Rolling Reader will be stocked with popular items such as newly released DVDs, new fiction and nonfiction, and juvenile fiction. A limited number of public computers will be available for catalog searching and Internet access.

Information: 410-638-3003 or www.HCPLonline.info.

The Arc names chairman, sets goal for fund drive

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region has named C. Warren Mullins, vice president of business development and strategic planning for Battelle Science and Technology International in Aberdeen, the chairman of its annual fund drive.

The goal of the annual drive is to raise $25,000 to fund technology needs for individuals with developmental disabilities and to enhance computer skills through training opportunities and the purchase of equipment.

The Arc offers a wide variety of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Harford and Cecil counties to help them make informed choices in their lifestyles, vocations, education and recreational pursuits, and to ensure a stable and nurturing environment.

Information: 410-879-6785.

Havre de Grace program seeks cheerleading coaches

The Havre de Grace Recreation Committee's youth cheerleading program is seeking coaches with cheerleading experience to work from now through November.

Participants will cheer Saturdays at area football games. Prospective coaches should be willing to work with beginners.

Practices will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Havre de Grace Middle School, 401 Lewes Lane.

Information: 410-939-7536.

Employer booths available at county job fair Sept. 30

More than half of the 60 prospective employer booths have been reserved for the 17th annual Harford County Job Fair on Sept. 30, according to officials.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richlin Ballroom, Route 24 and Interstate 95 in Edgewood.

Only companies with current job openings may participate.

Information: 410-575-7268.

Public meetings set for questions on zoning

Four public meetings are to be held in public school auditoriums around the county to discuss properties that are part of Harford County's 2005-2006 Comprehensive Zoning Review.

Signs on each property indicate zoning changes sought by the owner.

The meetings begin at 7 p.m. Planning and Zoning Department staff members will be available at 6 p.m. at each meeting to answer questions about proposed zoning changes. Residents who want to speak publicly must sign up before 7 p.m. and will be limited to three minutes.

Meetings will be held Wednesday at Aberdeen High School, 251 Paradise Road; Thursday at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St.; Sept. 7 at Joppatowne High School, 555 Joppa Farm Road; and Sept. 8 at North Harford Middle School, 112 Pylesville Road, Pylesville.

Those who cannot attend can submit comments by Sept. 9 at www.co.ha.md.us (click on "Comprehensive Zoning Review"). Written comments should be sent to Harford County Planning and Zoning Department, Second Floor, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air 21014. The envelope should have "Comprehensive Zoning Review" written in the lower left corner.

Information: 410-638-3103.

Transit bus service suspended for Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, the Harford Transit Bus Service will suspend all demand-response, fixed-route and other transportation services.

Harford County Senior Centers also will be closed. The transit system and senior centers will resume service Sept. 6.

Information: Harford Transit, 410-612-1621; Harford County Office on Aging, 410-638-3025.

Bel Air First Fridays extended through October

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance, a nonprofit organization of business owners and citizens, has extended its First Fridays Series through October because of the popularity of the events.

The free outdoor celebrations of art and music are held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month on Office Street. Artists show their work on Main Street and vendors extend their store hours into the evening for shopping. Red, heart-shaped balloons mark the businesses participating in the event.

On Office Street, the center of the event, a different band is featured each month along with a beer garden offering beer and wine. The Al Maniscalco Quartet is scheduled to perform Friday, and The Middle of the Road, a classic country and rock band, will perform Oct. 7.

Other events sponsored by the alliance include the Bel Air Chocolate Festival, the Maryland Barbecue Bash and the Outdoor Movie Series at Shamrock Park.

Information: 410-638-1023.

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