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OCT/NOV 2011

October 2011

Harford Awards Recipients
The 15th Annual Harford Awards, sponsored by Harford County Office of Economic Development, Harford Community College and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, were awarded Sept. 27 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood. This year’s award winners are Bowhead, a Belcamp-based government contracting firm; Celebree Learning Center, a childcare company based in Forest Hill; Aberdeen’s Johnson Family Pharmacy; Northeastern Supply Inc., which has locations in Bel Air, Aberdeen and Edgewood; and the Y of Central Maryland-Walter and Betty Ward Family Center.

PNC Gives $15,000 Gift to Community Foundation of Harford County
The Community Foundation of Harford County (CFHC) has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the PNC Foundation. With the sizable gift, PNC joins as an inaugural member of the Foundation’s Founder’s Circle. The CFHC Founder’s Circle recognizes businesses, individuals and families that pledge a minimum of $15,000 over three or more years to support the mission and operations of the Community Foundation of Harford County. Chick Hamm, PNC market executive in Harford and Cecil counties, presented the gift to the foundation. The Community Foundation of Harford County works with individuals, families and businesses to leave a legacy to benefit the causes about which they care.

HCC Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Susquehanna Center
Harford Community College and Turner Construction hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and renovation of HCC’s Susquehanna Center on Aug. 23 for political and business leaders, student-athletes and college employees. When renovations are completed in August 2012, the original 1968 athletic facility will double in size and increase opportunities for fitness, health and physical education for Harford Countians.

The new facility will house a fitness center, multipurpose gymnasium, updated swimming pool, and rooms for dance, group fitness, and a variety of other physical activities. The focal point will be a 3,200-seat, state-of-the-art arena that will serve as the home of Harford’s Fighting Owls basketball and volleyball teams.

Presbyterian Home of Maryland Selects MacKenzie to Dispose of Undeveloped Harford County Site
MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services has partnered with the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in the sale of 138 acres in Harford County. The sale of this high profile site is the culmination of nearly a decade of planning and research by the Presbyterian Home of Maryland.

The 127-year-old retirement living and health organization worked closely with the City of Aberdeen and Harford County to incorporate both the needs of the community and the long-term growth objectives for the area. As the demographics, the psychographics and the economic planning goals have transitioned to incorporate BRAC repositioning and the success of the HEAT Center, the property has become ideal for the young, highly-educated workforce that is growing in the area.

As the last, largest developable contiguous land parcel along Maryland’s heavily trafficked I-95 Corridor, the former Village at Carsins Run site is easily accessed by both local residents and interstate travelers. Situated near Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fieldside Commons and Cal Ripken Stadium, market research has shown the property is best suited for residential and retail opportunities.

“As a Harford County resident, I think this could be a tremendous opportunity to enhance our community. The right mix of housing and retail could bring a much needed economic boost to our County in the form of jobs, services and tax revenue,” says Thomas L. Fidler, Jr., senior vice president/principal of Mackenzie.

Kelli Miller, CPA, one of Baltimore’s SmartCPA’s
Kelli Miller, Senior Manager at Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Chartered (WC&S) and head of the Non-Profit Services Division, has been named one of SmartCEO’s top 100 SmartCPAs of 2011. Miller was nominated based on testimonials from several of her clients. Jay Kozak, Chief Operating Officer, KIPP Baltimore, says, “Our company has been fortunate to have Kelli Miller of Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra leading the team handling our audits. In the three years we have dealt with Kelli, we have seen dramatic improvement in the level of professionalism and the quality of work being produced.”

Candice Giordano, M.D. Joins Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates
The doctors of Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates are very pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Candice Giordano, who will see patients in the Havre de Grace and Bel Air offices. In addition to Drs. Seidenberg and Protzko, Dr. Giordano will also perform cataract surgery at the Mid-Atlantic Surgery Pavilion, located in Aberdeen. Dr. Giordano completed her undergraduate degree with honors from Bucknell University. She then attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College, and received the Carroll R. Mullen Memorial prize for excellence in ophthalmology, graduating with honors. Dr. Giordano completed her ophthalmology residency and surgical training at the Krieger Eye Institute of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, where she served as Chief Resident.

ECBC Workforce Members Donate Back-to-School Items for Military Families
The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) sponsored its fourth annual Back-to-School drive hand-off ceremony on Aug. 23. The hand-off ceremony presented the military families of the 20th Support Command and the 22d Chemical Battalion with much needed school supplies. This year, military families of the 1st Area Medical Laboratory and 9th Area Medical Laboratory also attended the hand-off ceremony and received donated school supplies.

During the month-long drive, ECBC employees donated more than 6,500 items – an 800-item increase from last year – valued at approximately $4,500. The contributions will benefit more than 300 military families and their children. To Staff Sgt. Kenneth Heningburg, 22d Chemical Battalion, the school supplies are invaluable. “I have a family of five, so any way that I can save money helps a lot … I appreciate what ECBC has done and don’t take anything for granted; I’m very thankful,” he says.

New Members of HCPS’s Leadership Team
The two newest additions to the Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) leadership team just kicked off a new school year for the first time in their current capacities. Joseph A. Schmitz, a nearly 20-year veteran of education with all of those years dedicated to HCPS, was named Executive Director of High School Performance for HCPS. Schmitz served as assistant principal of Edgewood High School before being promoted to principal of Edgewood High and then Fallston High School. In addition, James M. Jewell was named assistant superintendent of business services for HCPS. Jewell, who has 38 years of experience in finance, is the former director of budget for HCPS.

The Fitness Rave Brings New Kind of Group Fitness to White Marsh
Building on the success of its original Harford County location, The Fitness Rave group fitness studio announces its grand opening in a brand new, larger space in the Baltimore Crossroads at I-95 Business Park. The new location is at 740 Concourse Circle, conveniently located just one mile off of I-95 on Route 43, between White Marsh and the Middle River waterfront in Eastern Baltimore County. The Fitness Rave owner and CEO Lydia Haskell custom-designed the 8,000-square-foot facility that features two huge studios equipped with powerful sound and light systems designed to make group fitness workouts electrifying.

ECBC Attracts Talented STEM Professionals, MUSIP Students
The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), also known as the premier national resource for chemical and biological defense, recently celebrated the successful completion of research projects conducted by 10 students during this year’s ten-week MUSIP initiative. For the third consecutive year, ECBC’s Workforce Management Office and Diversity Advisory Committee have collaborated with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Minority College Relations Program to select highly skilled engineering, biology and chemistry students to participate in the program.

“MUSIP has proven to be a valuable opportunity for both participating students and the Center,” says the ECBC’s MUSIP Coordinator Diane Bratton. “For the first time in 2011, we hired students as temporary government employees through the Student Temporary Employment Program, also known as STEP. And, some of our mentors at ECBC plan to bring MUSIP alumni back as STEP students this fall and during the holiday break.”

Two New Personnel at MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services
MacKenzie is proud to introduce the newest member of their suburban office team, David Sciamarelli. As a real estate advisor with MacKenzie, Sciamarelli will specialize in the sale and leasing of commercial office space in the Baltimore/Washington corridor. Sciamarelli, a resident of Annapolis, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Salisbury University and a master of science degree in management from Colorado Technical University.

Additionally, MacKenzie is pleased to announce that F. Joseph Bradley III, SIOR has joined MacKenzie’s Lutherville office as vice president. Specializing in the leasing and sale of commercial office and industrial buildings in Maryland, Bradley brings more than 15 years of landlord and tenant representation experience to the MacKenzie team. Bradley’s extensive background includes both local and institutional landlord representation, in addition to providing tenant representation services to a variety of technology firms, and is a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). I95