Construction to start on A&P in Joppatowne, part of larger shopping center [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, March 19, 1964:

A building permit was issued 50 years ago this week for a new A&P supermarket at Joppatowne, estimated to cost $138,500. This would be the first construction in what would eventually be a shopping center on the east side of Route 40 at the intersection of Joppa Farm Road.

Six acres on the north side of Moore's Mill Road in Bel Air were transferred to the Park Terrace Stream Apartments Inc. from Mr. and Mrs. Hanlon Brown. A 131-unit apartment building would be constructed on the site that would be served with town sewer and water, subject to annexation into the Town of Bel Air.

Burglars broke into Jarrettsville Elementary School seemingly just to satisfy their appetites. Four windows in the cafeteria were broken where the burglars broke in. Once they were inside, they proceeded to consume eight half pints of milk, a large pan of pudding and a large chocolate cake. They consumed their goodies in the teacher's lounge while they watched TV. Before they left they also stole a half dozen hard rolls, two gallons of chopped chicken, a quantity of ground beef, lettuce and some silverware.

Congressman Clarence D. Long recommended to the postmaster general that a new post office be provided for Churchville. He said Churchville needs a "larger, new and better post office" and strongly recommended that the new building fit in with the beautiful colonial architecture of several structures in the community, including the Churchville Presbyterian Church built in 1736. Long also suggested that the Harford Junior College might also be served by the new Churchville Post Office. The school was then being served by the Bel Air Post Office.

The county commissioners approved moving two agencies to the newly completed county office building on Main Street. The Metropolitan Commission would occupy the basement, while the county health department would move from Hays Street so both agencies to work together. Other county departments would not be able to move in until June 1964.

The Board of Education opened bids for the construction of the Aberdeen Junior High School, which would contain 33 classrooms, including shop and home economics rooms, a library, multi-purpose room, cafeteria, health suite, administrative offices and a planetarium. The new school would have a 900-student capacity. A base bid of $1,355,000 was submitted by Carl Gonnesen and Son Inc. of Baltimore.

Nearly 200 children took the entrance examination this week to be part of the first freshman class at the new John Carroll School in Bel Air.

The third annual physical education night would be held at the Bel Air Junior High School. The evening was a sampling of the school's program which included games and sports. The program would include demonstrations in square and folk dancing, volleyball, wrestling, creative movement, gymnastics and tumbling, physical fitness and testing, mass calisthenics and girls and boys basketball. The event was free and open to the public.

The Bel Air Western Auto dealer store, 16 N. Main St., announced the opening of a new catalog order center as an added service for its customers. This new service was part of a nationwide catalog order program being launched by Western Auto through its more than 4,000 dealer stores. This would constitute the largest single group of catalog order centers in the country.

At the Bel Air Theatre: "McLintock!" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara was playing, as was "Old Dark House" starring Tom Poston.

In an ad for Ed's Master Barbers, 46 N. Main St., across from the Armory, "All haircuts still only $1, why pay more?"

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