Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

March 26, 2006

School board amends dress code

The Harford County Board of Education unanimously amended the county schools dress code Monday to enforce restrictions on loose-fitting clothing.

The motion, offered by school board member Salina M. Williams and seconded by Patrick L. Hess and Thomas L. Fidler Jr., seeks to better define what constitutes "baggy pants," said spokesman Don Morrison. The dress code policy prohibits "baggy pants" but has been difficult to enforce without specific parameters.

Director of student services Stephen Lentowski will soon assemble a group of middle and high school principals to discuss the issue, Morrison said.

Task force seizes drugs, arrests 13

A two-year investigation by the Harford County Task Force culminated early March 17 as officers served search and seizure warrants in Bel Air, Abingdon and Joppa, confiscating drugs and guns and arresting 13 people. Task force officers seized 53 marijuana plants, 33 pounds of marijuana, 16 hits of LSD and 8 grams of Ecstasy powder. Police also recovered one assault rifle, eight handguns, one shotgun and $50,000.

Those arrested include: Joshua Michael Buddenbolm, 24, of Belcamp; Jason Roger Lord, 28, of Joppa; John Thomas Wood, 19, of Abingdon; and Bel Air residents Joshua Lee Burns, 24; David Keith Hering, 21; Kevin Michael Jasovsky, 20; Timothy George Jasovsky, 24; Adam Uriah Monico, 22; Francesco Paul Monico, 19; William Raymond Penn, 20; Steven Anthony Piepiora, 18; Jessica Leigh Rose, 22; and Daniel Michael Silva, 20.

Pocock Road Bridge to close for paving

Pocock Road Bridge, which spans the Little Gunpowder Falls near the Baltimore/Harford county line, is scheduled to close one day this week to pave both ends of the bridge.

This work will complete a bridge deck replacement project.

The bridge closure and work depend on weather and may need to be rescheduled.

Motorists are asked to exercise caution as they follow detour signs.

Information: 410-638-4109.

Underage drinking program is Tuesday

Harford County will present a program on "Underage Drinking Prevention: National Town Hall Meeting" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ramada Inn Conference Center, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood.

The meeting to discuss and raise awareness about underage drinking is open to the public.

The Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, FACE-IT (Faith Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training) and the Governor's Office of Crime Control Policy, in collaboration with the Federal Government's Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Prevention of Underage Drinking, are sponsoring the event.

New data show nationwide that about 29 percent of those ages 12 to 20 have used alcohol illegally. By the time they reach eighth grade, 41 percent of adolescents have had at least one drink, and almost 20 percent report having been drunk.

Information: 410-638-3333, or e-mail jvryan@co.ha.md.us.

Sessions to discuss water, conservation

Harford County Planning and Zoning Department officials will hold two poster sessions and presentations at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Chesapeake Center's dining hall at Harford Community College.

The future of water quality and natural resource conservation in the Deer Creek Watershed will be discussed. Exhibits showcasing water quality and habitat data collected in the Deer Creek Watershed will be on display, along with exhibits from local environmental groups.

Written comments about the new watershed can be sent through April 7 to deercreek wras@harfordcountymd.gov, or to Pat Pudelkewicz, Harford County Planning and Zoning Department, 220 S. Main St., Bel Air 21014. Please print "Deer Creek Watershed" in the lower left corner of the envelope.

Information: 410-638-3135.

SARC names new executive director

Luisa Caiazzo-Nutter has been appointed the executive director of the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC) Inc.

Caiazzo-Nutter is a licensed clinical professional counselor and national board-certified counselor. She relocated from Southern Maryland, where she managed the domestic and sexual violence programs for Walden/Sierra Inc.

Caiazzo-Nutter earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from DeSales University in Pennsylvania and a master's degree in counseling psychology from Oklahoma City University.

Since 1978, SARC has provided services to victims through a 24-Hour Helpline, crisis intervention, companion services, victim's counseling, perpetrator's counseling, legal advocacy and representation, safe house services, outreach and professional training.

Information: 410-836-8430.

Origami on display at Bel Air library

An international display of origami, courtesy of Origami USA, a nonprofit, all volunteer, cultural and educational arts organization, is on display at the Bel Air branch of the Harford County Public Library through Friday.

The exhibit features pieces made by children ages 8 to 18 from the United States and abroad, including Japan, China and Israel.

Every year children are invited to submit their best folded-paper models. The best origami items are selected to become part of the annual OBC Exhibit.

Included in this year's collection is art created by Jenny Zamora, a 15-year-old Bel Air High School student and member of Origami USA. Jenny learned origami during the three years she lived in Japan.

Information: 410-638-3151.

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