Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

October 30, 2005

Two teens arrested in two store holdups

Sheriff's deputies have arrested two men who allegedly robbed two Edgewood-area Royal Farms stores last Sunday, police said. Jason Raab, 19, of the 800 block of Schumaker St. in Salisbury and Blaine Blackburn Jr., 18, of the 1700 block of Eloise Lane in Edgewood were charged with armed robbery and theft.

After two Royal Farms stores - on Edgewood Road and Philadelphia Road - were robbed between 3 a.m. and 3:45 a.m. Oct. 23, police spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle parked at the Edgewood McDonald's at the corner of Pulaski Highway and Edgewood Road.

The men were being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $100,000 bail.

Ground broken on Bulle Rock center

Developers broke ground Thursday on a 37,000- square-foot community center at the Residences at Bulle Rock, designed to be the social and recreational centerpiece of the waterfront resort community. County Executive David R. Craig, Havre de Grace Mayor John P. Correri Jr. and county economic development director J. Thomas Sadowski attended.

Craig, the former mayor of Havre de Grace, had a hand in the 2,000-unit project, which was host to this year's LPGA championship.

The community center, expected to be completed by 2007, is a two-story, 37,000-square-foot facility inspired by European hotels and will feature indoor and outdoor pools, a day spa, cardiovascular health and wellness center, tennis and bocce courts, and a cafM-i.

Senior apartment building dedicated

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger was on hand Tuesday to dedicate the Catholic Charities Senior Housing in Aberdeen, an apartment building that will provide 75 rent-assisted, one-bedroom apartments for qualifying adults age 62 and older.

The project is Catholic Charities' 17th senior housing complex in Maryland. Financial support was provided by Catholic Charities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harford County and the City of Aberdeen.

Harford County government contributed $233,000 toward the land purchase. Aberdeen gave $17,390 to reduce water and sewer connection charges and waived building permit and special exception fees.

Thomas named sheriff's spokesman

Robert B. Thomas Jr., a Harford County school board member and former chief deputy state fire marshal, will become the Harford Sheriff's Department's new spokesman.

Thomas oversaw the school board during the 1998-1999 school year and spent 14 years as spokesman for the state fire marshal. He takes the place of Edward Hopkins, who left recently to take a position with the state Department of Juvenile Services.

Drive-through flu shots set Thursday

The Harford County Health Department will hold a drive-through flu vaccine clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen.

Vaccination is $15. Medicare may be billed if documentation is provided.

In case of rain, the clinic will be moved inside.

Participants sought for Bel Air parade

The Bel Air Economic and Community Development Commission is seeking participants for the Bel Air 2005 Christmas Parade on Dec. 4.

Examples of possible entries are floats, mobile units, antique cars and marching units.

Deadline for submission is Friday.

Information: 410-879-9500 or 410-638-4540.

Women's chorus seeking members

The Upper Chesapeake Chorus, a women's a cappella group, is seeking members.

Those interested are invited to attend a rehearsal. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 6:45 to 10 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Route 22 in Churchville.

Information: 410-638-0777 or harmonize.com/ucc.

Arc to promote Adoption Month

Next month, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region will join thousands of individuals, government agencies and child advocacy organizations across the nation in promoting the National Adoption Month 2005 Campaign, "Answering the Call."

The campaign aims to recruit and retain foster and adoptive parents as well as ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children waiting for placement.

The Arc's Family Partnership Program helps Harford and Cecil County children with special needs who are waiting for foster homes. The program works with the foster parents, the biological parents, Department of Social Services staff, and other professionals to produce the best possible outcome for the child.

Information: Shawn Kros, 410-879-6785, ext. 373 or skros@ arcncr.org.

Wreath sale helps Special Olympics

Special Olympics Harford County is holding its annual Christmas wreath sale. Each balsam-fir wreath is 22 inches to 24 inches in diameter and adorned with natural pine cones and a red velvet weatherproof bow. Wreaths are $20.

All profits will be donated to Special Olympics Harford County for supplies and training. Donations are also welcome.

Orders must be received no later than Nov. 9, and checks should be made payable to Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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