Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

March 12, 2006

Public hearing set on bridge project

The Harford County Department of Public Works will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the cafeteria at Fallston High School, 2301 Carrs Mill Road, on the future of the historic Watervale Road Bridge in Fallston.

The bridge needs repairs, and because of its historic and scenic nature, as well as the road's importance to the county's transportation network, officials want to gain a consensus on how to proceed with the project.

County representatives will give a presentation on the existing span, its condition and possible alternatives for new construction.

A panel of residents will be formed to discuss alternatives and come up with a design that will be supported by the community.

Another public hearing will be held later to present the proposed options. After that meeting, formal design of the project will begin.

Information: 410-638-3509, ext. 1283.

Expo on serving disabled is Saturday

More than 40 vendors, agencies, organizations and support groups providing services to individuals with disabilities will showcase their products and services Saturday during "Expo 2006: Successful Futures."

The conference for teens and young adults with disabilities and their families will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the New Life Center at Mountain Christian Church on Mountain Road in Joppa.

Planned workshops include "Everything You Wanted to Know About Social Security Benefits for Individuals with Disabilities"; "Service Coordination: Unlocking the Door to Adult Services"; and "You Don't Have to Be a Magician to Be Your Own Self-Advocate."

The Harford County public schools' special education staff will present a workshop on transition services within the public schools.

Other workshops will focus on creative housing options and financial planning.

Speakers include Social Security Administration public affairs specialist Vicki DeRuggiero and Marc Weinstein, supervisor of the Harford County Service Coordination office.

Exhibitors include Harford County Public Library, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, the Harford County Partnership for Families, Care Resources Inc., Dankmeyer Inc. and Richcroft Inc.

The expo will include a performance by the Harford County Public Schools' transition resource teachers, "Packing for the Future," on programs and services available to students with special needs making the transition to adulthood.

Registration for the free conference is required.

Information: 410-638-3373 voice/TTY.

Parker leaves group working for shelter

Tyra Parker, executive director of Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United, resigned from the group as it struggles to open the county's first permanent homeless shelter.

Parker said difficulties with the county were a part of her decision but not the main factor. She said she stayed longer than the three months she originally had committed to FCCAU. She will pursue Christian urban missionary work.

Last month, Parker told The Sun that FCCAU was having difficulty getting occupancy permits from the county to open a shelter in the Riverside Business Park.

The shelter had planned to open for a month-long trial run this month but will now likely pursue a fall opening. Harford is the only metropolitan county without a permanent shelter and has had several attempts shelved in recent years because of community opposition.

"They're in a much better position," Parker said of FCCAU. "I think they're on their way. The hardest thing is getting the first [shelter]. Then people are not so afraid."

Library foundation adds Wajer to board

The Harford County Public Library Foundation has announced the addition of Kathleen M. Wajer of Abingdon to the board of directors.

Wajer works in the county Office of Economic Development to recruit and retain viable businesses to Harford. She has been a board member of the Small Business Development Center and a volunteer with Harford County Public Schools and the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce.

She is a member of the library foundation's Gala Committee and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce.

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