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January 26, 2012
On behalf of the officers and members of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our fourth annual Toys for Tots campaign this year. Editor: On behalf of the officers and members of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our fourth annual Toys for Tots campaign this year. Our goal this year was to fill, from front to back, both of our Medic Units with new, unwrapped toys. We were able to fulfill this goal for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Foundation so that hundreds of boys and girls could wake up on Christmas morning and have a brand new toy under their Christmas tree. We received everything from video games and super hero figures to bicycles and baseballs. We could not have done this if it weren't for the generosity and kindness of our great community.  Thank you so much for buying that extra toy while out Christmas shopping and dropping it off at our station. Some of you even brought bags and car trunks full of toys.  We live in a very special community of caring people.  We would also like to thank the media, especially The Record and The Aegis newspapers and the Havre de Grace "Patch" for advertising our toy drive this year. As you start shopping for Christmas 2012 please remember to pick up an extra toy for Toys for Tots.  We will be back next year and our goal will again be to fill our Medic Units with new toys.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
A 22-year-old man was arrested after a peeping tom incident in a Toys-R-Us bathroom in Glen Burnie Friday night, police said. A woman was in a bathroom stall at the Toys-R-Us at 6711 Ritchie Highway around 9 p.m. when she saw a cell phone under the partition from the neighboring stall, then saw a man in the stall, police said. The woman followed the man through the store as she called security and 911, and the man was detained. Marcus Travon McCurdy, 22, of Baltimore, was charged under the peeping tom statute and released on his own recognizance.
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ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
Looney's Pub is staging an "Operation Santa" toy drive for children in New York and New Jersey whose families were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Looney's North and Looney's Maple Lawn from Nov. 30 through Dec. 14. The toys will be trucked up on Dec. 15. There are two more locations of the locally owned pub, in Canton and College Park. Follow Baltimore Diner on Twitter @gorelickingood  
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Countless famous footsteps have crossed the White House's entrance hall, but on Tuesday, some of the country's top science and technology dignitaries had to dodge a hovercraft made of foam and a paper bowl whizzing across the shiny pink-and-white marble. It was built by a group of five students at Patterson High School, selected among 30 research ventures for the fourth annual White House science fair. They won a place at the event by merit of a competition they won last fall, putting them in a room with President Barack Obama and with leaders of NASA, the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, who visited with the students and asked questions.
EXPLORE
March 4, 2013
Grace Callwood, a second-grader at William S. James Elementary School in Abingdon, donated many new and gently used toys and books to the homeless children at Harford Family House, a shelter for homeless families with children in Aberdeen. Grace has been battling cancer since 2011 and receives an abundance of toys as gifts from her friends, family and admirers. Grace had so many toys she thought she should share some of them with the families who reside at Harford Family House.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2009
General Growth Properties is giving consumers more time to shop for the holidays this week by extending hours at four of its malls - Towson Town Center, White Marsh Mall, Owings Mills Mall and The Mall in Columbia. The malls will be open 9 a.m. to midnight today and 8 a.m. to midnight Wednesday. The mall owner is extending hours to make up for lost shopping time during Saturday's snowstorm when the malls closed early. Toys 'R' Us will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. today and Wednesday. It will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. - Andrea K. Walker
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RECORD STAFF REPORT | November 28, 2012
The Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps, Inc., along with the Marine Corps Reserve and the Toys for Tots Foundation, have designated the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps station as a Toys for Tots drop-off location again this year. "We are looking for new, unwrapped toys or clothing items that will be distributed to needy children in our community during this holiday season," Ambulance Corps spokesman Mark Hemler said. Last year the Ambulance Corps was again, the 3rd largest Toys for Tots drop off site in the State.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2010
Samantha Gorsuch's 5-year-old boy has talked nonstop about the talking dump truck he expects from Santa. But the single mother of two, who works two jobs, could not afford to buy the $60 toy on her own. She found it, with batteries included, at the Baltimore County Department of Social Services' annual toy giveaway. "Look, it eats cars," said Gorsuch, who had waited in line for nearly an hour in bitter cold Monday, before the store opened at an Essex church. "It's just what my son wanted and it will mean a better Christmas for him. " Like nearly 1,000 income-eligible families in the county with a total of 3,000 children, Gorsuch was mailed an invitation to shop at the store.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 19, 2013
The annual push is on to fill The Empty Stocking Fund to help the less fortunate families of Harford County. The goal again this year is $80,000; as of Monday, donations received totaled $23,970, so there's still a long way to go to fill it. Recent donations came from Carl and Helen Schlaich, $100; Gregory and Anne Fox, $225; Lauren C. Woodburn, $100; Newcomers Club of Harford Co., $100; Robert and Susan Mengel, $100; Anne and Terry Hottie, $100;...
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | November 25, 2009
A new Web site can help holiday shoppers avoid potentially dangerous toys this year as well as report the availability of harmful products. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group has launched http://toysafety.mobi, which can be accessed via computers or Web-enabled cell phones. The site includes tips for avoiding toys that might present choking hazards for children under 3 years old or products that are dangerous because they are too loud or are made with toxic chemicals such as lead.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, Baltimore Sun Media Group | February 19, 2014
HONtown, a gift shop run by Cafe Hon owner and HonFest founder Denise Whiting, has moved out of its space at 1001 W. 36th Street (The Avenue) in Hampden and is moving across the street to Cafe Hon, 1004 W. 36th St. The space was empty last week and a sign on the door announced the move. Sugar, a sex toy shop currently located in Hampden Hall, will move into the former HONtown space, Sugar owner Jacq Jones announced at a meeting of the Hampden Village Merchants Association on Feb. 12. “I'm really excited,” Jones said, adding that she needs to expand.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
Straight from the '90s, Furby is back on store shelves this holiday season, along with classic toys that never left: Barbie, Hot Wheels and Elmo, to name a few. But more than ever, tech-related playthings are elbowing their way onto the traditional toys' turf. IPads landed on the National Retail Federation's most popular toy list for the first time this year. Even the reintroduced Furby, an electronic hamster-like robot that learns English, now interacts with a mobile app. Children "like what they see when they see their parents play with their iPads, and kids want their own share of that," said Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman for the retail trade group.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 17, 2013
With a week to go before Christmas, the Empty Stocking Fund continues to close in on its fund-raising goal for 2013, while its volunteers are busy preparing to make the holiday season a little cheerier for Harford County's less fortunate children, families and senior citizens. Employees of Harford County Public Library presented a donation of toys collected from customers and staff to The Empty Stocking Fund on Dec. 12. Eleven library locations were toy drop-off sites this year. "We thank you so much for your support," Empty Stocking Fund volunteer Jane Brown said.
NEWS
December 13, 2013
Toys for Tots The Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety is a drop-off site for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots collection program through Wednesday, Dec. 18. Take new, unwrapped toys from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. to the Central Services Building on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Toys may also be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the security desks in the front lobbies of the college's facilities at Glen Burnie Town Center, 101 Crain Highway N., and Arundel Mills, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover.
NEWS
December 13, 2013
Toys for Tots collection at community college The Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety is a drop-off site for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots collection program through Wednesday, Dec. 18. Take new, unwrapped toys from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. to the Central Services Building on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Toys may also be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the security desks in the front lobbies of the college's facilities at Glen Burnie Town Center, 101 Crain Highway N., and Arundel Mills, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover.
FEATURES
By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
For weeks now, my 12-year-old son has been working on his Christmas wish list. The kid who seems never to be able to find information on the Internet when he's writing a school report can suddenly find all kinds of details about cellphones and sneakers. As parents, we're often torn between our wish to give our kids what they want and our judgment about whether those gifts might be harmful. A recent debate in California illustrates the point. In October, police in Sonoma County fatally shot a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a real-looking air gun. Now some lawmakers want to outlaw toy guns that look like real ones.
NEWS
By Sarah Hainesworth, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Fabrics in pink, green, yellow and a black-and-purple Ravens pattern dance across the table as students at the Maryland School for the Blind create dog toys as part of a fundraiser that also teaches them motor skills. The school, which serves 185 blind and visually impaired students on its Parkville campus, has teamed with the Happy Hands, Happy Dogs fundraiser in which students make "Knots of Fun" toys for dogs and sell them on the campus. The proceeds benefit the school. "It's a project that can be done by all our students here at school," said Dareen Barrios, the school's assistant principal and career coordinator.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Toys "R" Us, alleging the company broke the law when staff at its Columbia store refused to provide a sign-language interpreter for a job applicant who is deaf. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, says the retailer discriminated against the woman, Shakirra Thomas, after she applied for a position at the store in 2011. It alleges the company violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires employers to provide "reasonable accommodations" for job applicants and workers with disabilities.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 12, 2013
More generous donations this week have continued to fill the Empty Stocking Fund, as the Harford County based charity works to help more than 300 Harford County families and senior citizens in need have a happier holiday season. Among the most recent donations is $10,000 from Darrel A. Cooper Estate. Mr. Cooper was a longtime generous supporter of the Empty Stocking Fund and many other worthy Harford County charities, as well as his church, St. Paul's Lutheran of Aberdeen. The longtime resident of Harford County died last Feb. 27 at the age of 95. Mr. Cooper's gift helps to bring Empty Stocking Fund donations this season to $54,700, closer to the annual goal of $80,000.
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