July 20, 2008
Some solutions are just exemplary A general rule in marketing: when you come across exceptional service, you tell five people. However, when you are unsatisfied with a product or service, you tell 20 people. I think good news deserves equal time. This is the story of one exceptionally creative solution from The Arena Club's director of aquatics. My kids (ages 6 and almost 5) are attending the summer camp at The Arena Club in Bel Air. Carrie Shaeffer called to let me know that Hunter (my 6-year-old)
January 14, 2007
Main Street in downtown Bel Air will undergo nearly $9 million in road improvements this year, including resurfacing, new sidewalks with accessible ramps at intersections, and additional crosswalks and traffic signs. The half-mile segment of Route 924 from Route 22 to Gordon Street handles about 15,000 vehicles daily with heavy pedestrian traffic from government offices, businesses, shops and restaurants. The State Highway Administration, which will fund $7.4 million of the project, has awarded a design-build contract to Corman Construction Inc. of Annapolis Junction and Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson of Hunt Valley.
August 13, 2006
Nominations sought for annual award The Bel Air Economic & Community Development Commission is seeking nominations for the Business of the Year, to be honored at a reception next month at Rockfield Manor. Nominations will be evaluated on their most significant contribution to the community during the past year by supporting town projects, events, activities or the overall town economy. Nomination forms are available from the Town of Bel Air's Planning Department, 705 Churchville Road.
July 10, 2005
Volunteers produced great July 4th parade On behalf of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee Inc., I wish to thank the greater Bel Air community for its response to the 2005 Bel Air Independence Day Parade. Buoyed by the most beautiful, perfect and appropriate weather in years, the large, enthusiastic crowds were well-behaved, appreciative, good-humored and very much in the spirit of our country's wonderful and patriotic holiday. I wish especially to thank the Town of Bel Air Commissioners and Town Administrator Christopher Schlehr; Police Chief Leo Matrangola; Deputy Chief Norman Ross; and Town of Bel Air Public Works personnel, without whom the parade never could have flourished.
July 25, 2004
Downtown Bel Air will experience a parking shortage of more than 800 spaces within the next five to 10 years, according to the Bel Air Town Center Parking Study's summary report. The study, released July 14, found that numerous projects in the Town Center will increase parking demands in the area. Such projects include a new District Court building, Board of Education building, Bel Air Cultural Arts complex, Ropewalk Tavern and an office building on South Main Street. Bel Air currently has about 4,585 public and private parking spaces ---- a surplus of 51 spaces, according to the report.
January 25, 2004
When Mary Towers and Bart Bodt decided to move from their Bel Air townhouse into a more spacious home in the same area, they knew one thing: They did not want a cookie-cutter house. What they found was anything but that. The couple ended up purchasing a 1930s bungalow in Ingleside. Shortly after moving in last year, they applied for and received local historic designation for the house. Their home was the last of eight along the 300 block of East Broadway that had been surveyed and were eligible to be nominated for local historic status.