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June 2103: Harford politicians announce plans; landmark business burns

Harford County Executive David Craig formally launched his bid to become Maryland's next governor.

Harford State Senator Barry Glassman announced his candidacy for county executive.

Hickory Elementary School remains the only public school in Harford County that's overcrowded. The school system does not plan to redistrict any time soon because the populations at Harford County Public Schools should remain the same in the near future.

A former John Carroll School student was responsible for a fly-by during the school's commencement. The student was charged with disorderly conduct, disrupting a school event and reckless endangerment.

The Lardarius Webb Foundation hosted its fourth annual charity softball game at Ripken Stadium. Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones along with 40 other players from the Super Bowl winning Ravens came out to play in front of a sold out crowd.

The Harford Bank branch in Bel Air was robbed by a man wielding a weapon. The robber fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

The 258-unit apartment complex proposed for the Mt. Soma Farm property on Route 1 at Old Joppa Road met with community opposition. The main concern expressed was traffic safety because of the risk of an increase in the number of vehicles on the road.

The Humane Society sought approval for a new 16,000-square-foot facility to replace its building on Connolly Road in Fallston that is more than 60 years old. The plan includes a large parking lot in front of the new building.

Moores Mill Road closed and will reopen in at least 10 months after its expansion, widening and repaving from Route 1 to Southampton Road.

The Harford County Board of Education voted in favor of a budget for the 2013-14 school year. The budget includes a $50 per sports season fee to participate in interscholastic sports, a $25 fee per extracurricular activity, eliminating 115 teaching and other staff positions, removing a $7.7 million package of employee salary increases and changing bus routes.

The Army Ordnance Museum, which originally opened in 1924, was closed and would not reopen. Many of the vehicles and other artifacts stored at the APG facility were moved to Virginia. Budget cuts made the decision to close the museum necessary.

State Senator Nancy Jacobs, a Republican representing Harford and Cecil counties, announced that she will not seek re-election. Jacobs, who served in Annapolis for 20 years, cited "personal reasons" for her departure from the Senate.

Aberdeen High School will be the next Harford County public high school to get an artificial turf field for its football stadium. A $990,425 contract to install the field was approved by the Harford County Board of Estimates. The installation would get underway this summer and was expected to be completed some time in mid-October.

The landmark Anderson Hardware & Storage store on Route 40 in Joppa was destroyed by a fire. The three alarm blaze caused an estimated $1 million damage.

Wheel Road between Cedar Lane and Glenangus Drive would be closed for five to six months. The road construction would consist of realignment to reduce hazards, installation of storm drain pipe and construction of retaining walls.

Harford County Public Schools put 32 teachers and other staffers on the recall list after they were laid off earlier this month.

A Super Moon could be seen in the sky on June 23. This occurs when the moon's orbit passes closest to the earth and it appears brighter and larger than a typical full moon.

A deer was responsible for an Aberdeen man's death on the Bel Air Bypass. Robert Kleinhen, was riding his 2007 Vespa scooter north on the Bel Air Bypass when a deer ran in front of him. Kleinhen's scooter overturned and collided with the median. The accident happened on Route 1 just prior to the entrance ramp to Route 24 and north of where Route 1 crosses over Tollgate Road. The victim was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was pronounced dead.

The Harford County Board of Education is considering plans to include funding to replace Youth's Benefit Elementary School in Fallston for the 2015 fiscal year. In addition, another $9 million would be spent replacing the HVAC system at Fallston High School.

The Maryland General Assembly approved an increase in the gasoline tax. Phase one of the plan would see a 4 cent per gallon increase at the pump.

The Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge carrying Route 40 across the Susquehanna River and the Tydings Bridge carrying I-95 across the river farther north between Harford and Cecil Counties increased tolls $2 to $8 starting July 1. People with an E-Zpass standard plan will be charged $7.20 at both bridges, and AVI sticker program for commuters at the Hatem officially ended – requiring all commuters to use a special E-Zpass.

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