Harford Digest


July 23, 2006

Democrats pick district candidates

The Harford County Democratic Central Committee nominated a handful of candidates who will compete for elected positions in districts where no Democrat had registered. Bill Kilby, a dairy farmer and president of the Cecil County Land Trust, was selected by the Harford and Cecil committees to run for state Senate against incumbent Nancy Jacobs, a Republican seeking her third term.

Charles J. White Jr., a county employee in the treasury department, will also run as a Democrat for County Council President. Three Republicans are competing in the primary, including incumbent Robert S. Wagner. White applied last year to replace County Executive James M. Harkins.

Kilby and White join Leonard D. Wheeler, a candidate for Council District E, and Gloria Barnhart, a candidate for Clerk of Court, as Democrats appointed after the filing deadline. A record number of candidates, more than 50, will compete for local elected positions.

Transportation meeting canceled

The Harford Transportation Management Association's meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled. The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 in Room 201 in the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center, 1201 Technology Drive, Aberdeen.

Information: 410-638-3103, ext. 1387.

Officials to sign 911 system accord

County and town officials will sign an addendum to the June 22, 2004, Memorandum of Understanding which enabled the use for communications and other public safety purposes of Harford County's Public Safety Communications and Computer Systems.

The addendum, which defines the basic parameters for the system and equipment related to the 460 MHz data subsystem, will be signed at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Harford County Emergency Operations Center at 2220 Ady Road in Forest Hill.

The original memorandum pertained to the 800 MHz voice subsystem, the 460 MHz data subsystem, the Computer Aid Dispatch/Records Management Subsystem (CAD/RMS) and call talking/dispatching operations.

Participants in the signing will include Harford County Executive David Craig; Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding; Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and Bel Air town government officials; municipal Police Chiefs Teresa Walter (Havre de Grace), Randy Rudy (Aberdeen) and Leo Matrangola (Bel Air); and Harford County Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services Association President Thomas Schaech.

The wireless data system will allow police officers, deputies and ambulance and fire command personnel with computers in their vehicles to receive the actual 911 call assigned to them.

These vehicle computers also will also permit wireless e-mail between vehicles and the dispatch center.

Law enforcement providers also will be able to access wants/warrants and MVA information from their vehicles.

Information: 410-638-3574 or 410-638-4900.

Event to educate disabled on voting

A voter education and registration event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the McFaul Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air.

Individuals with disabilities, their family members, advocates and other interested citizens are encouraged to attend this free event. A sign-language interpreter will be available.

Maryland Disability Law Center staff members will provide training on voting rights and voting accessibility issues and will register individuals to vote.

Representatives from the Harford County Board of Elections will provide interactive training with the electronic voting system.

The deadline to register to vote in the September primary election is 9 p.m. Aug. 22.

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities, People First of Harford County, the Arc Northern Chesapeake Region and the Core Service Agency of Harford County Inc. are sponsoring the event.

For information or to request other disability-related accommodations, call Disabilities Coordinator Sharon Grzanka at 410-638-3373, voice/TTY or e-mail disability@harfordcountymd.gov.

Travel training offered to disabled

Travel training for individuals with disabilities is available through a program co-sponsored by the Harford County Commission on Disabilities and agencies providing services to individuals with disabilities.

The Maryland Transit Administration and the Division of Rehabilitation Services has provided funding for mobility trainer/coordinator Cheryl Gable to assist individuals with disabilities in learning to use Harford Transit bus services.

Gable is available for one-on-one instruction on reading bus schedules and developing a trip plan.

The committee is an interagency group working to increase transportation options for individuals with disabilities.

Information: 443-617-0630 or e-mail clgable@harfordcountymd.gov.

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