Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

December 30, 2007

Government closed tomorrow, Tuesday

Harford County government offices will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday for New Year's.

The Harford County Waste Disposal Center will be closed both days, while Waste to Energy will be open tomorrow and closed Tuesday.

Harford transit will be closed Tuesday.

Harford County Public Library will be closed Tuesday.

Senior centers will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday.

Public schools will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday, and re-open Wednesday.

Abuse support training Jan. 7

The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center Inc. will hold a Crisis Response Companion Training beginning Jan. 7.

SARC is Harford County's private, nonprofit service center for domestic and sexual violence, including stalking victims.

The 30-hour training program encompasses the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, and basic techniques in crisis response. An additional 18 hours of training is available for those interested in becoming a hospital companion.

Volunteers and companions are needed to assist SARC's clients and to staff the 24-hour help line. Days and times are flexible.

Information: 410-836-8431, ext. 20.

Needlework items donated to shelters

Harford County Public Library is donating handmade needlework items to area shelters this holiday season.

More than 200 knit, crochet, and woven hats, scarves and mittens, made by library staff and customers, will be distributed to area shelters through the Harford County Department of Community Services.

Materials management assistant Kathy Foland conceived the idea from her Tuesday Night Knitters Group. With the support of the library administration, a call went out to library staff and customers soliciting items in late October.

HCPL offers stitching and craft programs at several library branches. The Tuesday Night Knitters Group meets twice a month at the Aberdeen Branch.

Information: 410-273-5608.

Budget hearing set for Jan. 16

Harford County Executive David R. Craig will host a hearing on the fiscal year 2009 budget on at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Patterson Mill Middle High School near Bel Air.

"The purpose of this public budget hearing is to hear from the people of Harford County as to what is important for them and what they would like to see funded," Craig said. "The one thing that will not be included in the FY 09 budget is a tax increase."

Members of the cabinet and county budget officials also will attend the hearing.

The FY09 fiscal budget will be prepared between January and late March. It will be presented to the Harford County Council by April 1.

The council reviews the proposed budget and has the oversight to decrease or eliminate some budget items.

The council can only increase the budget of the Board of Education.

The council is required by the Harford County Charter to pass the budget by June 30.

Those wishing to speak during the budget hearing should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the session and sign in. Individuals will be given three minutes to voice their opinion, and those representing an organization will be allotted five minutes to speak.

Information: 410-638-3258.

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