County Briefs

March 01, 2009

HUD grants $2M to Meade, Pinewood

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted the county nearly $2 million to complete upgrades and renovations to two communities, according to the county.

Meade Village in Severn and Pinewood Village in Pasadena will receive renovated kitchens and bathrooms as part of a $3.1 million project, the county announced Thursday. HUD is granting $1.9 million of that money in federal stimulus funding.

"These are worthy projects that will help about 320 families," County Executive John R. Leopold said in a statement. "We hope to begin work on these communities in the spring."

Tyeesha Dixon

Fewer collisions in county cars

The number of work days that county employees missed because of vehicle collisions in county cars decreased 74 percent from 2007 to 2008, according to the county.

In 2007, there were 1,488 missed days of work because of vehicle collisions, and there were 377 in 2008, according to County Executive John R. Leopold's office.

"At-fault" vehicle accidents dropped 21 percent, and the number of employees injured as a result of vehicle accidents dropped 55 percent.

"Instituting better training, outreach and procedures leads to a safer workplace," Leopold said in a statement. "It also means that taxpayers are paying less to resolve these claims and are seeing fewer collisions on the roads involving vehicles."

Tyeesha Dixon

Volunteers needed to help homeless

Anne Arundel County is gearing up for its second annual Homeless Resource Day on March 28 at Annapolis Middle School, 1399 Forest Drive.

Initiated by County Executive John R. Leopold last year, the event offers short- and long-term services and solutions to homeless residents in one central location.

Last year, more than 300 volunteers assisted 411 homeless individuals, and helped process 73 photo identification cards and 46 birth certificates, which are required to access public services.

Volunteers, as individuals, organizations, churches and others, are needed for Homeless Resource Day. Volunteers help people of all ages benefit from transportation, medical, housing, and job assistance, as well as personal hygiene, social services and quality of life resources.

"Anne Arundel County employees as well as state and local nonprofit agencies will be working hard to provide services," Leopold said. "However, the success of Homeless Resource Day is ultimately reliant upon volunteers."

Volunteers are needed to participate and to donate items such as travel-size toiletries, socks, underwear, canned food, backpacks, and wipes. Donations can be dropped off at the Annapolis Department of Social Services, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis.

To volunteer and learn how to help, visit www.volunteerannearundel.org/AACHRD.html.

Information: 410-269-4460.

Kids' environmental programs

Annapolis Recreation & Parks is offering environmental educational programs at Back Creek Nature Park, 1314 Edgewood Road.

Programs are geared for children age 3 to 10 and cost $5. The next program, "Eight Ways to Protect the Bay," will be held at 3 p.m. March 8 for all ages, and 10:30 a.m. for age 3-6, and 3:45 p.m. March 9 for age 6 and up.

Registration is required at 410-263-7958 or www.annapolis.gov/recreation.

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