County Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 12, 2009

Ground-breaking event held at Fort Meade

Fort George G. Meade will hold a groundbreaking at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the pavilion for the construction of the co-location of the Defense and Military Adjudication Activities Facility, the third and final BRAC-related project at the base.

Lt. Gen Richard P. Zahner, deputy chief of staff for Army G-2, will host the ceremony, part the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission Recommendations.

The $31,856,596 contract was awarded to Skanska USA Building Inc. of Rockville and will provide 151,590 square feet of administrative space for approximately 760 employees from 10 agencies.

Tenants will provide adjudication, personnel security, and hearing and appeals support across the Department of Defense for military, civilian, contractor and other personnel.

Mobilization ceremony

Fort George G. Meade will hold a Mobilization Ceremony for A Company, 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion at 11 a.m. Monday at Meade Pavilion on the base grounds.

The 323rd will be deployed to Iraq for one year for a tactical level multi-disciplined intelligence operations mission.

The battalion will provide support to the Overseas Contingency Operations.

Speakers will include Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin and Brig. Gen. Leslie Purser, Military Intelligence Readiness Command. Miss Teen Maryland 2009, Kasey Staniszewski, will sing the National Anthem.

Information: www.ftmeade.army.mil.

Safe Zone

In an effort to improve resident safety against crime, the Annapolis Police Department is setting up a "Safe Zone" in the Clay Street community from Monday through May 8.

Clay Street traffic will be affected as follows:

* Eastbound vehicles on Glenwood Street from Taylor Avenue to Clay Street will not be permitted after 4 p.m.

* Traffic from West Washington Street toward Glenwood Street will not be allowed. Glenwood Street residents may access their homes, but they will not be able to access Clay Street past the Glenwood Street high rise. First responders will have full access to the area.

* On April 18 and 25, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., all traffic will be prohibited on West Washington Street from Clay Street to Northwest Street. Detours will be posted.

A Health and Job Fair will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 on West Washington Street, open to all city residents.

The Annapolis Police Department also announced it is now participating in the Metro Crime Stoppers Program.

Anyone with information on a crime or suspect can call 866-7 LOCKUP or text "MCS and your message" to CRIMES (274637). Calls are anonymous.

Information: 410-268-9000, ext. 7294.

Boating safety

The Friends of the Anne Arundel Trails Inc. will offer a three-part Maryland Boating Safety Course 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Friday and April 20 at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company, 161 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

The class gives an overview of the rules and fundamentals of safe boating, safety equipment, right-of-way rules, and other information required for certification.

The cost is $25 for ages 10 and up. Registration is being taken at the B&A Trail Park Office, 51 W. Earleigh Heights Road.

Information: 410-222-6244.

Human relations

The Annapolis Human Relations Commission will hold an open house for residents interested in equal opportunity and human rights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in City Council chambers at 160 Duke of Gloucester St.

Mayor Ellen Moyer and Commission Chair Michael Keller will discuss the mission, programs, services and initiatives of the Human Relations Commission.

Information: 410-263-4529.

Blue crab licenses

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold an open house to address unused blue crab licenses from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Earleigh Heights fire hall, 161 Ritchie Highway.

In December, DNR proposed regulations for the blue crab fishery that included a proposal to freeze all Limited Crab Harvester (LCC) commercial licenses that had not reported any crab harvest from 2004 to 2008.

After public discussion of the proposal, DNR decided more resident participation was needed and withdrew the LCC license component from this year's regulations.

The open houses will feature educational exhibits and DNR staff who will discuss the licenses and take input on possible solutions.

Information: 410-260-8286.

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