August 31, 2007

Information campaign on panhandler law in the county starts tomorrow

County police will launch an information campaign tomorrow on a law that will soon ban panhandlers from soliciting donations in roadways or medians.

Over the next few weeks, officers will distribute fliers to vehicles about the new law, which goes into effect Oct. 1.

Violators could receive a citation with a fine up to $500.

The flier also informs any persons needing assistance with food, shelter, or basic needs within Annapolis area to call the Annapolis Area Ministries at 206 West St. at 410-263-1835.

Outside the Annapolis area, people needing assistance can call the Arundel House of Hope, 514 N. Crain Highway, 410-863-4888.

"While it is important to remove panhandlers from our roadways, we should at the same time extend a helping hand to those truly needy citizens who need homeless assistance," said County Executive John R. Leopold.

He pushed the measure passed by the General Assembly in April.

Highways bureau wins safety award

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works' Bureau of Highways has won the 2007 Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Award for Local/Municipal Worker Training, county officials announced this week.

The award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association-Transportation Development Foundation honors the county's program mapping out activities in worker training, public education and enhanced public safety.

"Providing the safest environment for our workers and citizens is our Number 1 goal," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "This is the only program in the state that includes other agencies within county government and the general public. It was important to include both segments of our community to provide a safer environment for our employees, motorists, and pedestrians."

The foundation supports initiatives including scholarships, awards programs, a national exhibition on transportation and a facility dedicated to improving safety in road construction zones.

Recycle facilities closed for holiday

The Department of Public Works, Waste Management Services will close the Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility and the Glen Burnie Convenience Center on Monday in observance of Labor Day. Administrative offices will also be closed.

No curbside collection of recycling, trash or yard waste will be provided.

To learn about holiday collection schedules, customers should log on to www.aacounty.org/My AnneArundel.

People may also take recyclables to any of the following facilities:

Millersville Convenience Center, 389 Burns Crossing Road, Severn. Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Glen Burnie Convenience Center, 100 Dover Road.Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Sudley Convenience Center, 5400 Nutwell Sudley Road, Deale. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

The department will reopen its recycling and trash facilities and resume collection services Tuesday.

Information: www.aa county.org/DPW or 410-222-6100.

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