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February 2012

Restoration Hardware Plans Warehouse for Cecil County; 150 Jobs to be Created

Home furnishings giant Restoration Hardware recently signed a 15-year lease at the Trade Center 95 in Cecil County for a 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse. The space will be utilized as a distribution hub for the East Coast region. The company will immediately move into the existing space – 600,000 square feet – and then plans on moving into the newly created space by the fall. Approximately 150 new jobs are expected to be created.

New Public Transportation Route Aids Workers

Public transportation advocates in Harford and Cecil counties lauded the recent announcement that a new bus line across the Hatem Bridge connecting the two counties will offer an inexpensive way for commuters to get to work. Maryland Transit Administration and county officials announced that the new Teal Line will run nine daily round trips between Aberdeen and Perryville, making several stops along the way and connect to the train stations in Aberdeen and Perryville. Those workers at popular attractions such as the Perryville Outlets and the Hollywood Casino will especially benefit.

U.S. News Ranks Towson/UB’s Online M.B.A.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the UB/Towson online M.B.A. program – administered by both Towson University’s College of Business and Economics and the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business, in its first-ever assessment of online graduate business programs. The UB/Towson MBA is the only online M.B.A. program in Maryland ranked by U.S. News. The national rankings include a No. 15 placement for the UB/Towson M.B.A. for admissions selectivity. U.S. News also highly ranked the online UB/Towson M.B.A. program for faculty credentials and student services and technology.

The UB/Towson M.B.A. is the only AACSB-accredited program in the state to offer the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Students can take all of their courses online, or just a few. All required M.B.A. courses as well as many electives are offered online each semester.

Judge G. Darrell Russell, Jr., Joins Parker, Pallett & Slezak, LLC

Ronald W. Parker, Donald E. Pallett and Karmen M. Slezak, principals of the law firm of Parker, Pallett & Slezak, LLC, are pleased to announce that G. Darrell Russell, Jr., who retired from the District Court of Maryland in December, has joined their law firm. At Parker, Pallett & Slezak, Judge Russell will take the lead in District Court work, especially criminal and traffic defense, and landlord-tenant law. He will also concentrate on cases needing arbitration, mediation and other alternative methods of dispute resolution. Judge Russell was appointed an Associate Judge of the District Court of Maryland, District B (Baltimore County) in 1990.

“Judge Russell really cares about people’s Constitutional rights,” says firm principal Karmen Slezak. “He is extremely well-liked throughout the entire judicial system, and I’m sure he will be a tremendously effective advocate and a truly caring, supportive legal counselor,” she adds. The law firm of Parker, Pallett & Slezak, LLC, has offices in Bel Air, Abingdon, White Marsh and Perryville.

Library Expands LEAP Science Kit Collection

Harford County Public Library recently unveiled the expansion of their LEAP: Learn, Explore and Play Science kit collection. LEAP kits consist of high quality science equipment, materials and resources, and use play as a motivator for children to explore science and technology. Housed in the Edgewood branch since 2007, this recent expansion now includes kits at Aberdeen, Bel Air and Whiteford and has grown three-fold in the last six months due to an overwhelming support from the community.

The Harford County Public Library Foundation received a $10,000 grant from NMTC (Northeastern Maryland Technology Council) to launch the LEAP Sponsorship Program, a matching funds program that offers firms and individuals interested in supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning the opportunity to sponsor one or more LEAP kits. Since its initiation six months ago, the program has attracted nine new donors and added over 20 kits to the collection.

“We are thrilled to see the outstanding response from the community,” says Amber C. Shrodes, Foundation Director for Harford County Library. “With this expansion more families will have easier access to these exciting learning tools.”

Representatives from SAIC and NMTC were on hand to see the kits arrive at the Whiteford branch and had the opportunity to explore the new LEAP space, a science-themed area designed to encourage children to get hands-on experience with the kits. “We need more young students exposed to the wonders of science so that they will become excited about the subject and be encouraged to take STEM courses in school,” says John M. Ferriter, Senior Vice President, SAIC, a sponsor of the collection. “The Harford County Public Library LEAP Program provides science activities for children and their parents, enabling them to explore at home how fun science and engineering can be. SAIC is proud to be part of this marvelous program.”

Baltimore’s Emerging Technology Center Unveils Accelerate Baltimore

To help technology companies get to market quickly, Baltimore’s Emerging Technology Centers (ETC) is launching Accelerate Baltimore with the help of $110,000 in seed funding and other financial support from The Abell Foundation. Modeled after successful accelerator programs such as Y Combinator, Betaworks, and IdeaLab, Accelerate Baltimore will target companies that are creating pioneering technologies and ensure that they are ready to go to market with a minimally viable product within three months of entering the program by attracting the necessary human and financial capital.

“Unlike the ETC, which is designed to help early-stage companies grow and prosper, Accelerate Baltimore is really geared to infuse companies that are developing truly ground-breaking technology products and services with the support they need to get to market in three months,” says ETC President Ann Lansinger.

“Accelerate Baltimore will add great energy to Baltimore’s growing IT community, which will create jobs for Baltimore’s economy,” says M.J. “Jay” Brodie, President of the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), of which the ETC is a venture.

SAIC Awarded Contract by U.S. Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) Natick Contracting Division

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Natick Contracting Division to facilitate Navy Medicine’s mission to conduct Research & Development (R&D) across its enterprise. The multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a three-year base period of performance, one two-year option, a six-month extension option, and a total contract value of more than $497 million for all awardees, if all options are exercised.

Navy Medicine is the maritime medical force deployed in support of Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide, providing a full range of functions including health and preventive care for veterans, active duty service members and their families. Under the contract, SAIC will provide operational and medical research and development services in support of Navy Medicine in areas including modeling and simulation, warfighter performance, submarine research, behavioral science, epidemiology, deployment health, aerospace medicine and environmental health, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, directed energy bioeffects, institutional review board services, and clinical investigation program support. “We’re proud to continue our long-term support of the Navy and its mission of providing high-quality care to veterans, service members and their families,” says Steve Comber, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. “We look forward to providing solutions that enhance the health, safety, operational readiness, and performance of our armed forces.”

“House of Cards” to Film in Harford County

County Executive David R. Craig announced that Media Rights Capital and Netflix have agreed to base production of the first season of the political thriller series, “House of Cards” in Harford County. The series is Netflix’s first original dramatic production and will consist of 13 one-hour episodes. The Maryland Film Office worked in conjunction with the Harford County Office of Economic Development in landing the project in Harford County and Maryland.

CPWN Donates $11,000 to Area Charities

Following the success of its annual Fashion Show fundraiser, the local women’s business networking group presented funds to five area non-profits. At its annual Holiday Party at Rockfield Manor, the Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network (CPWN) announced it would award $11,000 to five local charities. This year, the group’s 13th Annual Fashion Show raised a total of $18,000 from local sponsors, a silent auction and raffle, and CPWN board president Renee McNally announced the award of $11,000 of those proceeds to area non-profits that support local women and their families.

The five awards went to SARC, a non-profit that works to end domestic and sexual violence and stalking and to aid its victims ($5,000); Anna’s House, a non-profit that provides transitional housing for Harford County women and their children and also offers case management, counseling, career skills training and employment assistance ($1,500); Harford Family House, the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County ($1,500); Family and Children’s Services, the local chapter of a non-profit agency that provides child sexual abuse treatment services, employee assistance, general counseling and school outreach and advocacy ($1,500); and a scholarship to Harford Community College awarded to a female student who exemplifies professionalism and commitment to the community and who meets certain academic criteria ($1,500).

Additionally, the CPWN board announced that an additional $500 would go toward membership in the Community Foundation of Harford County’s Women’s Giving Circle, a group of women in Harford County that awards annual grants to a wide range of organizations whose programs benefit women, children, and/or families. The remaining $6,000 of the $18,000 raised from the Fashion Show will be distributed based on grant applications.

Travel Advantage Network Celebrates 20 Years of Business

Travel Advantage Network (TAN), a wholesale vacation accommodations program, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this March. Established March 22, 1992, the organization has grown from a staff of 12 employees to more than 115 employees while boasting a diverse portfolio of properties to enhance the leisure travel experience for its nearly 80,000 clients.

TAN was born of president and founder Brad Callahan’s desire to create a client-centric travel accommodations experience. With so many competitors focused on sales, TAN has been able to excel by upholding its pledge of personal touch with each of its clients. This pledge has resulted in years of business growth and expansion from a warehouse space to a multi-building office park.

“For 20 years, TAN has personified the spirit and value of service. Everyone in this organization has never lost sight of my founding mission to focus on the client even as so many things around us continue to change at an astonishing speed. I’m so proud of all this company has accomplished and am looking forward to an exciting 2012,” states Callahan, president of Travel Advantage Network.

In addition to its dedication to clients, TAN has been equally dedicated to charitable giving throughout its 20 years. In 2011, TAN raised more than $12,000 for various local and national charities.

Harford County Chamber Of Commerce Honors Long-Standing Members

Harford County Chamber of Commerce is proud to continue celebrating their 35th year anniversary by recognizing the long-standing members who have been crucial to their success. Most recently, the group recognized the support of seven businesses that have been with the Chamber for 31 out of their 35-year history.

“Having the support of our long standing members is crucial to the success of our organization. We want to continue to engage new members while honoring those that have been a part of our history in this community” said CEO Vanessa Milio. The following businesses were honored at a monthly luncheon on Dec. 15 at the Bayon in Havre de Grace: Boyle Buick GMC Truck, William H. Cox Jr. Real Estate, Century 21 Diana Realty, ONGUARD Industries, The Bel Air Athletic Club, Harford Mutual Insurance, and Harford County Public Schools.

Joann C. Blewett, Executive Director Of Habitat For Humanity Susquehanna, Graduates From Leadership Maryland Class

Joann C. Blewett, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, Inc., in Bel Air, recently completed an eight-month long leadership development program sponsored by Leadership Maryland. Leadership Maryland, an independent, educational leadership development organization, informs top level executives from the public and private sectors about the critical issues, challenges and opportunities facing the State of Maryland, and its regions. After participating in a broad range of experiences, these statewide leaders are prepared to address these issues and serve as important participants in the unified effort to shape Maryland’s future.

Harford County Public Library Foundation Raises $50,000 For Bel Air Early Literacy Interactive Space

The Harford County Public Library Foundation recently turned over a check for $50,000 to the Bel Air branch for its Children’s Early Literacy Interactive Space. More than 40 partners for the project including elected officials, members of the community, and representatives from several groups who donated to the campaign attended the check ceremony and reception. The Greater Bel Air Community Foundation, the Bel Air Friends of HCPL, the Morris A. Mechanic Foundation, the Bel Air Rotary, and the friends and family of Mary Beth Crisco, and many individual contributors donated to the campaign.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the completion of the Bel Air Early Literacy Center Campaign,” says Amber Shrodes, HCPL Foundation Director. “It kicked off in October 2010 and now, just 15 months later, $50,000 has been raised for this exciting project which will support the County’s youngest learners.”

Augustus F. Brown Receives New Honors

On Jan. 9, Augustus F. “Gus” Brown, principal in the law firm of Brown, Brown & Young, P.A., was a featured professor in a combined University of Maryland Carey School of Law/University of Baltimore School of Law third-year law student Litigation Skills Program. This program, coordinated by the American College of Trial Lawyers, invites experienced practitioners to address the law students, all under the supervision of faculty advisors Judge J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court for Maryland and Professor Jerome Deise of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Brown also recently marked the 20th anniversary of his achieving an “AV® Preeminent™” rating in the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory.

Harford Systems Celebrates 70-Year Anniversary

Harford Systems, Inc. recently celebrated its 70th Anniversary in Harford County. Through the years, the company has expanded, manufacturing products such as radar screens and bomb pallets during the Vietnam Conflict, sheet metal products for Western Electric, walk-in coolers and freezers and products used for laboratory animal housing, and the now 120,000-square-foot manufacturing facility utilizes some of today’s most advanced machinery.

Clark Turner to Build New Conference Center

Clark Turner and Jim Foulk of Survice Engineering are teaming up to construct a 30,000-square-foot, two-story building that will be a 400-500 person conference center and banquet hall as well as Survice Engineering’s headquarters. The building site is within the Water’s Edge Corporate Campus and overlooks the scenic Bush River. Beechtree Catering, spearheaded by Executive Chef Manny Martinez, will run the catering operation. The conference center will target corporate events, weddings and fundraisers. The building will also have an executive private dining room, rooftop deck and multiple virtual teleconference rooms for rent.

AAA Bond Rating Reaffirmed for Harford County

Rating agencies Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings reaffirmed Harford County’s AAA bond rating. Both agencies upgraded the county in 2010 and confirmation of the ratings are a result of the review of the county’s fiscal management practices and economic outlooks, as well as meeting with County Executive David Craig and members of his administration.

Churchville Veterinary Recognized for 40 Years in County

Economic Development staff members recently joined County Executive David Craig in presenting a plaque and proclamation to Churchville Veterinary Clinic (CVC). The practice was started by Dr. Richard Streett, Jr., and has expanded its facilities to include Greenbrier Veterinary Clinic (GVC) in 2000 and Swan Creek Veterinary Clinic (SCVC) in 2007.

Growing Smiles Expands

Dr. Diana Capobianco has announced an office space and staff expansion of her pediatric dental practice, Growing Smiles, located in Bel Air. “We are excited about gaining the additional treatment space so that we can serve even more members of our growing community,” says Capobianco who sees patients from Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore counties as well as Pennsylvania and Delaware. “With more clinical space and the addition of another dentist, we are better positioned to accommodate our growing patient load, which includes many families who have relocated to the area because of BRAC.” The additional 1,500 square feet of space already boasts a remodeled waiting room that is both toddler- and teen-friendly, and features an Apple iPad station.

Kefauver Lumber Recognized

Kefauver Lumber was recently recognized due to its 35-year commitment to the Harford County Chamber of Commerce and its longevity in the business community. Kefauver Lumber has been open for 74 years and has been passed through four generations. Helen Kefauver, the wife of the founder, is still living independently at 102 years of age. When able, she still stops in the store to greet her customers. The store is currently run by Ann Edie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kefauver, and the Edie’s children and granddaughter.

Cecil County Public Schools Gains New Learning Tool

Cecil County is the first school district in Maryland to receive Tabula Digita’s math learning tool ‘DimensionM,’ a digital learning program that engages students in applying mathematics with the latest 3-D video gaming technology, through the educational outreach efforts of the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) – sponsored by the National Defense Education Program (NDEP).