Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

November 17, 2006

School board approves field house

In a unanimous vote, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Wednesday approved a field house to be constructed at Old Mill High School in Millersville.

The 3,900-square-foot facility at the high school stadium will be built by the Old Mill High School boosters. The group had asked the board to keep a larger share of the school's gate receipts for five years to help fund the project. The board agreed to allow it.

The field house - which will include home and visitor team rooms, a concession area and rest rooms - is expected to cost $300,000. Supporters of the project told the board of education on Wednesday that they'd already raised $100,000. State Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. has said that he will request $150,000 from the state for the project.

At least three other county high schools have also built additional sports facilities by fundraising and requesting a larger share of their gate receipts.

Glen Burnie hospital aims to nip smoking

Baltimore Washington Medical Center announced yesterday that it would become a smoke-free campus by April 30.

The Glen Burnie hospital, part of the University of Maryland medical system, said employees would pass out smoking cessation literature to fellow employees, patients and visitors. The announcement coincided with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, in which people smoke less or quit for the day.

"The Great American Smokeout is the perfect day for us to launch our smoke-free initiative," said James Walker, president and CEO of the hospital.

A task force will guide the hospital through the transition. During this time, more smoking cessation classes and educational materials and nicotine replacement gum will be offered to help smokers quit.

Md. military bases to benefit from bill

A spending bill approved by the U.S. Senate contains $138 million for Maryland's military bases, including $37.8 million for facilities in Anne Arundel County, two senators announced this week.

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs 2007 spending bill includes $26.7 million for the Wesley Brown Field House at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and $11.1 million for a Classified Material Conversion facility at the National Security Agency, Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul A. Sarbanes announced.

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