September 2013: John Carroll marks 50 years; new cancer center opens

The Aberdeen IronBirds were headed to the Penn League playoffs for the first time in the club's 12 season history. The Birds would go two and out, still the best record in franchise history.

A petition was filed for judicial review of the site plan approval for the proposed MedStar Health Ambulatory Care Campus. The project calls for construction of a three-story, 102,235-square-foot building, followed by a three-story, 27,765-square-foot building, if needed. The property is east of Walgreens and the Sonic drive-in near Patterson Middle/High School on Route 924.


Residents were up in arms about plans to build a mixed-use office and retail complex at the intersection of Old Joppa Road and Route 1 in Bel Air. Residents are concerned about the traffic increase at the "failing" intersection of those two roads.

The Harford County Council is looking into purchasing the Joppatowne Swim Club that closed earlier in the summer. Southern Baptist Church put in a contract to buy the swim club off of Joppa Farm Road, but the church had yet to follow through on the sale.


Volunteer firefighters and community groups hosted a flag-waving remembrance tribute for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Route 152 overpass at I-95.

The county is looking into buying a 21-acre site on Rock Glenn Road in Aberdeen for use as soccer fields. The site would include at least two soccer fields, parking and, perhaps, a pavilion.

An input meeting was held concerning the new Havre de Grace Branch of the Harford County Public Library to be built by the fall of 2014. The new facility will replace the existing building which was built in 1987.

Rockfield Manor was the location for this year's Chesapeake Cancer Alliance Decorator's Show House. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the alliance and proceeds would be donated to Upper Chesapeake Health's Cancer LifeNet services.

Parents continued to be frustrated with the new athletic and activity fees being enforced by Harford County Public Schools. Regardless of the controversy, the fees had been paid by 99.4 percent of the fall's student athletes.

The John Carroll School kicked off the year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary. The school opened for the 1964-65 school year. The first classes held at the school separated the boys from the girls. Members of the school's first graduating class got to design their uniforms and class rings, designs that are still in use today.

The upgrade to the interchange of Route 715 and Route 40 near Aberdeen Proving Grounds celebrated its completion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Harford County Executive David Craig were both in attendance to celebrate the completed three-year project. The interchange serves as a major access point for anyone who has business or is visiting the Army research facility.

Ravens wide receiver, Jacoby Jones, visited the Ballpark Restaurant in Street to sign autographs. Jones returned a 108-yard kick-off return for a touchdown during the Super Bowl in February and also performed on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Harford County Executive David Craig wanted to repeal the county's storm water remediation fee, also known as the "rain tax," and challenged state officials to prove that the mandate makes sense.

The Upper Chesapeake Health and the University of Maryland Medical System unveiled their new Patricia D. and M. Scott Kaufman Cancer Center at the Bel Air medical campus. A tour and ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the 75,000-square-foot facility.

The Bel Air Dark Horse Saloon Restaurant was going to close for two weeks and reopen as The Main Street Oyster House. The seafood house would be the fourth restaurant in the building since January 2005, when it was opened as The Ropewalk Tavern. The building was the original home of The Aegis from the 1860s until 1905.

The Harford County Board of Education approved the school system's Capital Improvement Plan for the 2015 fiscal year. The new plan gives top priority to two Fallston area school projects and also places more emphasis on security at some of the older elementary schools. The top priority is the replacement of the heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems at Fallston High School. The second priority is the replacement of the two buildings on the Youth's Benefit Elementary School in Fallston.


The Humane Society opened a new store in the Harford Mall called Rescue Me! This is the latest effort to have animals, especially cats, adopted by local families.

A string of unsolved bank and post office robberies plagued the county. All of these crimes occurred in the Bel Air and Fallston areas of the county. Many of the robberies have occurred in suburban or semi-rural neighborhoods.

Cassadee Pope, winner of the NBC show "The Voice," visited with fans at The Lodge in Hickory.

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