Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

September 04, 2005

State nursing board releases test results for 2005 candidates

The Maryland Board of Nursing has released the results of the 2005 NCLEX First Time Candidate Performance for Maryland schools.

The results reflect the nursing school pass rates for all students who took the NCLEX registered nurse exam for the first time from July 1, 2004, to June 30.

Ninety students from Harford Community College took the exam, and 87.78 percent passed. The required pass rate is 77.60 percent for nursing schools in Maryland.

The national average is 86.15 percent.

Lieb named to HCC post for continuing education

Harford Community College has appointed Marlene Lieb as associate vice president for continuing education and training.

A member of the HCC staff since 1982, Lieb will be responsible for non-credit programming in community education, computer training, business and industry training, and adult literacy services.

She will also continue to coordinate the Harford Leadership Academy, a program that develops a diverse network of community leaders.

Dysard appointed chief of marketing for HCC

Harford Community College has appointed Nancy M. Dysard as director of marketing and public relations.

She will be responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive plans for marketing, including programs, courses, activities and events, and oversee marketing and public relations.

Dysard will also act as the college's official spokeswoman to the media and general public.

Homeland defense firm expects to top '04 revenues

EAI Corp., a national research and development firm in Abingdon, nearly doubled its 2003 sales revenue last year with earnings exceeding $83 million.

The company, which specializes in homeland defense and life cycle solutions for military and civilian government customers, expects to top record 2004 revenues this year, with half-year sales already reaching $47 million.

The revenue surge has resulted in rapid employment growth, which has increased by an average of 30 percent each year during the past three years. As a result, EAI expanded its Harford County headquarters in September 2004 at the William Paca Industrial Park.

Workshops to offer help planning for the disabled

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region will be offering a series of workshops this fall to assist people with developmental disabilities and their families to plan for the future. The workshops are sponsored by The Arc Foundation and will be held at Mountain Christian Church.

Don Hale - a speaker on guardianship and self-determination and an advocate for people with disabilities - will present "Rethinking Guardianship." Three sessions will be offered: from 9:30 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3:30 p.m., and 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18.

Mindy Morrell - a lawyer with experience in developing special-needs wills and trusts - will speak on "Decision-Making Options and Estate Planning" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

The final session of the series will feature Diann Collins - MetDESK specialist with MetLife's Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids. She will present "Tax Planning and Financial Advice" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

Collins is a published authority on special-needs planning techniques and has been interviewed by CN8's Your Morning Show and Money Magazine.

Respite care is available for some events, but must be arranged at least one week in advance. Disability-related accommodations should be made at registration, also with a minimum of one week's notice.

Information: Janice Drake- ford, 410-836-7177, ext. 343, or www.arcncr.org.

Author on Lincoln, Booth to speak at dinner meeting

The Historical Society of Harford County will feature Michael W. Kauffman - author of American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies - as speaker for its annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1 St. Mary's Church Road in Abingdon.

The event will begin with a tour of the church; dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.; and Kauffman will speak at 8 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Reservations for the dinner are $15 and must be received by Friday. Anyone who wants to attend Kauffman's presentation but not the dinner may do so for free and should call to reserve a seat.

Information: 410-838-7691.

Public meetings planned on county zoning review

Planning and Zoning staff members have been meeting this month and last in public school auditoriums around the county to discuss properties that are part of Harford County's 2005-2006 Comprehensive Zoning Review.

Black-and-white signs on each property indicate zoning changes sought by its owner.

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

The two remaining meetings will be held Wednesday at Joppatowne High School, 555 Joppa Farm Road; and Thursday at North Harford Middle School, 112 Pylesville Road, Pylesville.

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