County Digest

COUNTY DIGEST

December 07, 2008

Transportation service available on demand

Harford Transit has started a new Demand Response Service for eligible senior citizens, individuals with disabilities and low-income wage earners.

The service is available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. The fare is $2 (Harford Transit-issued vouchers will be accepted) to take eligible participants wherever they need to go. Reservations must be made by 2 p.m. the working day before travel is planned.

The service area includes parts of Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewood and Havre de Grace, and areas in between. A map of the service area with boundaries is online at www.harfordtransit.org.

Individuals with disabilities are given priority for this service. Passengers must verify their disability through an existing service: ADA Paratransit, SSTAP/Demand Response, or the Reduced Fare Program.

Residents 60 and older may use the service if they are registered with Harford Transit. Low-income residents of any age may use this service if they are referred to Harford Transit by Harford County Department of Social Services or Susquehanna Workforce.

Harford Transit dispatchers will determine eligibility for those with disabilities and senior citizens, using existing procedures. For low-income residents, dispatchers should have a written referral from one of the referring agencies (e-mail is acceptable with documentation).

All trips will be on a first-come, first-served basis, but in the event that a priority needs to be established, those with disabilities will get first priority.

Information: 410-612-1620.

Assessments targeted

A group of Harford County residents, upset over high property tax assessments, is trying to form a grass-roots organization to fight what they consider unfair assessments. An informal group has been working with state legislators to get a bill passed to establish a task force to study the performance and operation of the Department of Assessments and Taxation, and to require licensing credentials of state assessors.

Residents interested in this issue are invited to a meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Abingdon library branch, 2510 Tollgate Road. Local legislators have been invited to speak and discuss their efforts on property taxation.

Space is limited to 80 people, and reservations are requested.

Information: H. LeRoy Whiteley Jr. at 410-879-7993.

Craig-Santa open house

Harford County Executive David R. Craig and his wife, with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, will hold a holiday open house for the public from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Liriodendron, 502 W. Gordon St., Bel Air. Festivities include pictures with the hosts.

Information: 410-879-4424.

Toys for Tots collection

The Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps has announced that it is a drop-off site this season for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots Campaign.

Residents wishing to help this annual campaign to supply needy children with toys for Christmas are asked to take new, unwrapped toys to the ambulance corps at 1601 Level Road. A collection box will be available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

A toy "drive through" will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, where residents can drive onto the ambulance corps parking lot, drop off their donation and receive a candy cane from Santa Claus.

Information: 410-939-6662.

Historic ornaments sale

The Bel Air Historic Preservation Commission is selling the 2008 holiday Christmas ornament, featuring Alex Fulford's Bottling Plant at 20 E. Fulford Ave.

In addition, selected ornaments from previous years, including the Bel Air Academy & Graded School, Ropewalk Tavern and the Proctor House are available for purchase.

All ornaments are $10 plus tax, available at Bel Air Town Hall, 39 Hickory Ave.; Bel Air Planning Department, 705 Churchville Road; Preston's Stationery, 319 S. Main St.; Tea By Two, 814 S. Main St.; Bel Air Library, 100 Pennsylvania Ave.; Historic Hays House, 324 Kenmore Ave.; and the Bel Air Visitors Center, 37 N. Main St.

Information: 410-638-4540.

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