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September 2015 - 'The Streak' turns 20, Fountain Green Elementary receives national honor

Cal Ripken Jr. makes his way onto the field before an IronBirds game in Aberdeen on Sept. 6, where he talked about breaking the MLB record for consecutive games played 20 years earlier.
Cal Ripken Jr. makes his way onto the field before an IronBirds game in Aberdeen on Sept. 6, where he talked about breaking the MLB record for consecutive games played 20 years earlier.(MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

On Sept. 6, Cal Ripken Jr. celebrated the 20th anniversary of his 2,131 consecutive game record that was set in 1995. He appeared at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen for an interview on "The Streak" with Rob Long of 105.7 FM The Fan.

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel died at the age of 95, Gov. Mandel and his administration worked with the Harford County legislative delegation in Annapolis on a variety of major school and highway construction projects in the 1970s and helped in the planning for the future Route 24 between Bel Air and I-95 in Abingdon.

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Sandra Connor, from Aberdeen, was charged with allegedly stealing $125,000 over seven years from Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School in Bel Air where she worked as a secretary.

Grenades were found in two separate Fallston homes. Both were found to be to be inert. The State Fire Marshal's office said that it was not unusual to find grenades in older homes when people clean out their basements. It was, however, unusual for two explosive devices to be found in the same week in the same neighborhood.

Aberdeen High School was ranked 480 out of the top 500 high schools by Newsweek Magazine for excelling in preparing their students for college while overcoming the obstacles of an economically disadvantaged population. The Newsweek list, called "Beating the Odds," ranks schools based on performance while also accounting for student poverty rates. Only three Maryland schools made the list of 500.

An increase in user rates for the county's water and sewer operations would take effect in January 2016. This would be the first such increase in nearly 20 years in Harford County. Households with public water and sewer service would pay about $13 more each month.

Harford County government opened its new permit center on the first floor of the administration building in Bel Air. The new center would work to consolidate the application, payment and collection parts of obtaining a permit or license from the county.

Harford remembers the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 with the annual flag-waving event from the I-95 overpass in Joppa. Members of the community and local politicians had been standing on the overpass holding American flags and waving at drivers on Sept. 11 each year since Sept. 11, 2002.

The Ocean City Brewing Company moved into the old Joe's Crab Shack location in the Boulevard at Box Hill Center.

A standing-room only town hall meeting on heroin abuse was held at Harford Community College's Darlington Hall. County Executive Barry Glassman made the heroin fight a key focus for his administration. There had been 21 fatal overdoses in Harford County as of Sept. 11, 2015.

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The Bel Air Festival for the Arts celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sept. 20. The event began in 1965 by the Harford Artist's Association. It was taken over a few years later when it became a program under Bel Air Parks and Recreation.

Charles A. Moore was sworn in as the new Bel Air police chief, replacing Chief Leo Matrangola who succumbed to cancer in July.

Allegations about possible abuses of autistic students at Hickory Elementary came to light. Attorneys said that nine students in one class suffered "pervasive and long-standing neglect" and that teachers and support staff used "aversive behavior intervention techniques."

Later a protest of Harford County Public Schools headquarters in Bel Air was held by other parents in the county concerned about the treatment of autistic children in the public school system. The school system officials agreed to institute new training for staff, improve procedures for developing and auditing students' individualized education plans and evaluating their progress. HCPS also agreed to improve how it communicated with parents of students with autism and to make other programmatic changes.

Work was completed on Veterans Park in Havre de Grace along Concord Street behind the Citizens Care Center. The new park included benches, a walking track and seven fitness stations.

Work began on another park site in Havre de Grace, named Concord Point Park, which would extend the Promenade by about 400 feet north of the lighthouse.

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Funding for the new Havre de Grace High School was removed from the capital budget plan for 2017. County Executive Glassman is still committed to the project in the future once funding could be made available.

The second of two brothers, David Corn Jr., charged with the raping of a woman in the Bel Air parking garage, was sentenced to time already served in jail and put on probation for five years. Corn reached an Alford plea agreement on the second-degree sex offense charge, which is not a guilty finding, but an acknowledgment by Corn that the state likely had enough evidence to convict him.

Fountain Green Elementary School was recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps.

Ground was broken for the new Bel Air Auto Auction's new facility off of Route 7 in Riverside.

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