Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

November 27, 2005

Police say stores sold tobacco to minors

Two Harford County businesses were recently found in violation of the state law against selling tobacco to minors.

Harford County Health Department's tobacco enforcement manager, a Harford county officer, and a 16-year-old volunteer conducted unannounced tobacco compliance checks at 13 county businesses to determine whether merchants are complying with the Maryland Youth Access Law.

At Meller Food Marts, 2403 Rocks Road, the 16-year-old was asked for identification and still was sold cigarettes. At a Rite Aid at 1520 Rock Spring Road, the youth was sold cigarettes without being asked to show identification.

Fines for a first violation can be up to $300 and up to $1,000 for a second.

Tax service needs laptops, printers

The Harford County Tax-Aide Service, sponsored by the Harford County Office of Aging, is accepting tax-deductible donations of new or used laptop computers and laser printers.

The service is also seeking volunteers to help low- to middle-income taxpayers, including single parents and senior citizens, complete their 2005 returns.

To make a donation: Hal Frost, 410-939-3973, or Bruce McCommons, 410-679-4835.

To volunteer: Tony Zalowski, 410-893-8192 or 410-638-4444.

Hospital is honored for its patient care

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air has been awarded the 2005 Delmarva Quality Excellence Award by the Delmarva Foundation.

The foundation recognized four hospitals in Maryland as ranking in the top 10 percent for their achievements in improving the quality of care provided to patients.

Maryland's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization established the award to provide Maryland consumers with information on hospitals that are implementing the best practices for treating patients who have suffered heart failure, heart attack or pneumonia.

College sponsors Stuff-a-Truck drive

Cecil Community College will sponsor the sixth annual Stuff-a-Truck event to collect donations for the needy during the holidays.

Suggested donations include unopened children's toys, baby supplies, winter wear for children, towels and cleaning supplies.

The truck will be stationed at the North East campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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