Harford County has received approval for five grants from the Governor's Office on Crime Control and Prevention.
The combined grants, totaling $201,866, will support efforts to reduce crime, violence and drug addiction in the county.
Harford County Executive David R. Craig directed the Department of Community Services to seek the grants.
The grants are:
$76,956 for community prosecution related to the Harford County state's attorney's office. This grant will support the state's attorney's office in providing legal services to law enforcement officers, juvenile service agents, housing inspectors and parole and probation officers working as part of the CSAFE (Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement) initiative in Edgewood.
$53,710 for a crime analyst for the Harford County Sheriff's Office to track crime patterns and repeat offenders. The crime analyst will also provide technological support to sheriff's deputies assigned to CSAFE neighborhoods.
$35,200 for a substance-abuse treatment center that provides substance-abuse treatment, aftercare, job training and educational services to residents in CSAFE neighborhoods.
$20,000 to support the formation of HEAT (Heighten Enforcement Accountability and Treatment) teams. The teams include Harford County sheriff's deputies, parole and probation officers, and juvenile services agents. HEAT teams will monitor individuals on probation and attend community meetings in CSAFE communities to address crime related concerns of citizens.
$16,000 to help Harford County public schools to continue after-school programs for students who live in or attend school in CSAFE communities. The after-school program will serve children who have been identified as "at risk."
Hosts sought for little leaguers
About 20 families are needed to host youth players coming to Harford County for the Cal Ripken World Series.
The series is the culmination of the season for 12-year-old participants of Cal Ripken Baseball, the largest division of the Babe Ruth League, said Rob Weinhold, vice president of Ripken Amateur Baseball. The series will feature 10 teams from across the country and six from abroad.
Players will begin arriving Aug. 8 and will leave Aug. 19. In addition to teams from across the United States, teams from Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico and South Korea will be playing in the series.
Families will host two or more players and must provide a separate bed for each (air mattresses can be provided); three meals a day (coupons and gift certificates are provided to all host families); transportation to games, practices and events (carpooling can be arranged); washing of uniforms; and entertainment during down time.
Each family must pass a background check, and a home inspection must be conducted. Families that have participated in the past can arrange to host players from the same team.
To become a host family or to learn more about the program, call Janice Chan or Jessica Gappa at the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, 410-823-0808, or e-mail jchan@rip kenfoundation.org.
Delegate named to BRAC committee
House Speaker Michael E. Busch has appointed Del. Donna Stifler, a freshman Harford Republican legislator, to the Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure, known as BRAC.
She joins five other House members, including Mary-Dulany James, a Havre de Grace Democrat, and six senators, including Harford's Nancy Jacobs, on the panel.
The Harford legislators were chosen from a county that will be affected by the base realignment, Busch said in a news release. In a letter last week to Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who chairs the BRAC subcabinet, Harford's three Republican senators, including Jacobs, complained that they were being shut out of the BRAC planning process.
The General Assembly created the BRAC committee during the previous session to provide continuing oversight to the state's response and to help fast-track approval and funding for construction and utility projects needed to meet the demands of the expanding military bases, particularly Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford and Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County.