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City, mayor honor late Havre de Grace councilwoman

"The work that a lot of people do is sometimes forgotten over time."

Mayor Wayne Dougherty, accompanied by City Council President Bill Martin and Director of Administration Carol Mathis, took time during Havre de Grace's city council meeting Tuesday evening to honor the late council member, Brenda Guldenzopf, and her family.

"I want people to remember Brenda," Dougherty said.

Mrs. Guldenzopf's two daughters, Ceili and Holly Grace, were at the meeting, as was her husband, David Guldenzopf. Mrs. Guldenzopf died of cancer in July 2010.

Dougherty presented the family with a certificate honoring Mrs. Guldenzopf's work on the council, where he said she always worked for the people. Mathis also presented the family with a photo of Mrs. Guldenzopf, identical to the one that hangs in city hall.

Family was also very important to Mrs. Guldenzopf, Dougherty said, in addition to the citizens of Havre de Grace.

"Those are things that I'll never forget," he said, "and most of all she was a friend."

Council approvals

During their council meeting Tuesday evening, city council members approved a resolution for the Highlands School.

The Highlands School applied to the state Department of Housing and Community Development for approval of their Sustaining the Dream Campaign, which will allow the school to raise $3 million for scholarships.

In an unanimous vote, members approved the project and acknowledged their support.

Members also extended a license agreement with Chiapparelli's of Little Italy, 400 N. Union Ave., to allow the business to place "10 for 10" signs in front of the property, on the city right-of-way. The agreement is for one year.

The Graw Days festival was also approved for Oct. 8, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival, according to the application, will celebrate the history of Havre de Grace, taking it back to 1920 in downtown.

Public comment

Local resident Tom Phelan was the only person to speak during the meeting's public comment time, asking city attorney Paul Ishak about the city's license agreement with Lori Maslin.

The license agreement for the Snowball Experience was to Lori Maslin, Ishak said, and did include a preclusion keeping Charles Maslin from selling snowballs at the stand.

In early August, police served a warrant on Charles Maslin for allegedly violating a condition of his release from the Division of Corrections in December 2007, which mandated no contact with children under the age of 18. This followed an earlier conviction of sexually abusing a boy who grew up in the Maslin family home.

Ishak said at the meeting that Lori Maslin voided the license agreement for the Snowball Experience, but Phelan still emphasized that "when you sign a contract with Mrs. Maslin, you get the interaction with Mr. Maslin."

"The things that might be good for tourism may not necessarily be the right thing to do," Phelan added.

Hurricane Irene

Several council members thanked city staff for their work during Hurricane Irene, but Dougherty and Police Chief Teresa Walter specifically mentioned reimbursement.

Walter said she submitted for reimbursement for any overtime costs incurred through the storm and Dougherty added that although the federal government lags behind by a month of two, he was assured through Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's office that FEMA funds would be available for reimbursement.


Council members approved Candice Bossoli as an alternate member for the Board of Appeals. Bossoli took her oath of office Tuesday evening, as did officers Renee Saul and Sam Richie.


National Society Daughters of American Revolution Betty Myers, Ruth Carter and Tennessee member Virginia Justice presented the city with a 9/11 Remembrance Flag during Tuesday's meeting.

The flag will be raised at 8:46 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, as part of a commemoration in the city hall parking lot, Dougherty said. It will remain raised through sunset Sept. 30.

Tiffany Robinson, of the Harford County Department of Community Services, briefly mentioned the 2011 draft CAPER Report, which tells the community how the department spent funding for projects. Havre de Grace's projects are ongoing and will be reported next year.

Havre de Grace Middle School Instructional Facilitator Helen Miller also gave a presentation on the Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, program, which starts this year in seventh grade. The program targets students in the "academic middle," Miller said, and this year, 26 are enrolled in the AVID elective class.

The class helps to prepare students for college, she added.

AVID Elective Teacher Heather Streb was also at the meeting and briefly described her class schedule, which included "hidden curriculum" of school, such as time management and note taking. Other days will feature tutors, field trips and guest speakers from the community.

Upcoming meetings

The next city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in city hall, 711 Pennington Ave.

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