November 22, 2007
Florio N. "Fran" Franetovich, a retired attorney who helped write the Harford County charter and was a former Bel Air town commissioner, died of cancer Monday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 80. A native of Union City, N.J., he was the son of immigrant Croatian parents, telling his children that he was born in the back of his uncle's barbershop. He served in the Army from 1945 to 1946 and left military service as a staff sergeant. He earned an accounting degree at Upsala College in East Orange, N.J., and while working at the Effanbee Doll Co., he met his future wife, the former Kathleen Henemier.
March 2, 2006
MEISSNER PARADE Welcome home Olympic figure skater Kimmie Meissner at a grand parade in her honor tomorrow in Bel Air. The parade, which kicks off at 4 p.m. from the corner of Churchville and Main streets and travels north on Main Street, honors the 16-year-old skater, who finished in sixth place at this year's Olympic Games in Turin. In addition to Meissner and her family, others participating in the parade will include members of the Bel Air police department and Bel Air fire department, the Fallston High School Band, Bel Air town commissioners, Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding, Harford County state delegates, representatives from Meissner's training site, Ice World, and a Bel Air public works department employee steering a snow plow along the parade route.
July 24, 1991
Columbia-based McGill Development Co., among the larger commercial real estate developers in the Baltimore area, filed for Chapter 11 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code Monday.McGill's filing, along with the reorganization filing of two of its subsidiaries, illustrates the tough times faced by shopping center developments that opened during the recession.McGill is the owner and operator of Bel Air Town Center at U.S. 1 and Route 24 and the Roberts Field Shopping Center in Hampstead. Both opened within the past year, and McGill had difficulty finding tenants, according to the developer's bankruptcy lawyer, Mitchell Stevan of Weinstock, Stevan & Harris in Baltimore.
September 6, 2002
WITH SEVERAL nominations decided by default, voters in the two predominantly Harford County state legislative districts have few choices in the Sept. 10 primary. District 35A: No Democratic primary. In the GOP race, incumbents Barry Glassman of Churchville and Joanne S. Parrott of Fallston are being challenged by David W. Shrodes of Pylesville, chairman of the Harford County Liquor Control Board. All three have long careers of public service. But Mr. Shrodes has accepted contributions from people with ties to the liquor board, from other board members and from a lawyer who frequently represents licensees.
May 28, 1995
Bel Air is about to start construction of a new road designed to help alleviate traffic congestion at one of Harford's busiest intersections: U.S. 1 and Route 24.This is news that should make Mickey Dietz and thousands of Harford motorists happy.Mr. Dietz is one of the 21,000 or so motorists passing through the intersection daily.He said he spends 15 minutes sitting at the intersection in the middle of the town and county's chief shopping area as he tries to make a simple right turn from Route 24 to U.S. 1. Mr. Dietz lives off Moores Mill Road near U.S. 1."
March 9, 1995
The election of three Bel Air town commissioners will be held Tuesday with a crowded field of 11 candidates, including two incumbents.This is the second election in a row that has produced a large number of hopefuls for the four-year positions on the town board. Two years ago, seven candidates entered the race.All of this suggests a high level of civic awareness and involvement in the town of Bel Air, the Harford County seat. That's probably true in terms of public issues, although it is not reflected in voter turnout.