Around Linthicum: Hearing on MAGLEV bills set for Feb. 15

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith (D-23A) will sponsor a hearing Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. to discuss two bills that pertain to the proposed MAGLEV train project, which may run through Linthicum if approved.

The hearing will be held in the Environment and Transportation Committee House Office Bldg. 6 Bladen St. in Annapolis. It will be used to evaluate bill HB0637, which requires the governing body of a county to hold a public hearing before the transfer of an asset of the county as part of the development of a high-speed transportation system. The bill also requires notification of the public hearing to be delivered by first-class mail to homeowners and businesses within 500 feet of the asset.

Lastly, the bill requires a supermajority vote for approval by certain county and municipal entities of a transfer of an asset of a county as part of the development of a high-speed transportation system.

Bill HB0638, which requires the county to negotiate agreements if it decides to sell assets to high-speed transportation systems, if the assets fall within municipality lines, will also be discussed.

This meeting comes on the heels of a report released by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation that stated three routes have been removed from the potential path of the MAGLEV train. Issued Feb. 1, the report announced that rail routes proposed to run through Old Bowie, Odenton and Severn, have been eliminated as possible track locations.

Routes remain under consideration include two that run parallel to the Baltimore Washington Parkway on the eastern side of the highway, through Prince George’s County. Once the tracks reach past Fort Meade, they would head toward the southwest corner of the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport property.

Woman’s Club Meeting

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Linthicum Heights will hold a general meeting Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at its clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. Entitled, “And the Beat Goes On!,” the meeting will focus on heart health.

Nanette Vasconsells, a certified advanced yoga teacher, and nationally certified and Maryland state-licensed massage therapist, will lead a chair yoga workout, and teach simple exercises that attendees can do at home. Blood pressure monitoring will be available.

Attendees are asked to wear red to the meeting to support the American Heart Association and raise awareness of heart disease. The club will collect socks and underwear for donation to HOPE for All, at the meeting.

Contact Anne Yakaitis at (410) 969-7506 for more information.

LSIA General Meeting

The Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association will host its general meeting Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road.

Visit www.lsia.net for more information.

Ash Wednesday Services

St. Philip Neri Church, 6405 S. Orchard Road, will hold an Ash Wednesday service Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. Call (410) 859-0571 for more information.

  • St. John Lutheran Church will hold services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 14. For more information, call (410) 859-0020.
  • Linthicum Heights UMC will hold Ash Wednesday services on Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Call (410) 859-0990 for more information.

Linthicum Heights UMC Preschoolers Open House

The Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church Preschoolers will host an open house for prospective students for the 2018-19 school year Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The preschool program, for ages 3 and 4, provides quality education in a Christian environment, and aims to help children grow in their socialization and motor skills, cognitive abilities and Christian spiritual awareness.

Attendees can meet the staff, see the classroom and register their children for preschool. Additional childcare options are available for students enrolled in the preschool program.

For more information, call the school, 200 School Lane, at (410) 850-4147, or email preschool@LHUMC.org. Use the entrance at the far east end of the building to attend the open house.

Men Who Cook

The second annual Men Who Cook contest will be held April 7, 5-7 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, at 300 W. Maple Lane in the All-Purpose Room.

Food featured at last year’s competition included bacon-wrapped shrimp, brisket, Korean beef, Italian cavatini, wings and desserts.

Tickets are $15, or $20 per couple. To register to compete, for more information or for tickets, contact Maryann Gaspis at (410) 859-1198 or maryanngaspis@gmail.com.

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