Sixteen members of the Crofton Chamber of Commerce me Thursday for the first planning meeting of the chamber's transportation subcommittee.
The meeting, chaired by Thomas Callahan at the offices of Dieterle & Lynch, P. C., was held to outline how to make Route 3 more accessible to businesses, and established three areas for action:
* Set up a meeting schedule so that representatives of the State Highway Administration can present information to the Crofton business community and answer questions concerning access;
* Develop and conduct a survey of local businesses to find out the business community's position on the Route 3 corridor;
* Develop a contact network to ensure that all local businesses, not only chamber members, are aware of what is transpiring.
Anyone interested in getting involved should call Tom Callahan at (410) 721-3900 or (301) 262-0005 or Tony Cannetti at the chamber office (410) 721-9131.
The Crofton Civic Association will hold its general membership meeting at 8 p.m. Monday at Crofton Elementary School on Duke of Kent Drive.
The association's proposed $559,280 budget will be discussed. The budget does not exceed the previous budget by more than 5 percent, so residents' approval is not necessary and no vote is expected to be taken.
If you live in the special tax district, plan to attend.
If bad weather closes school that day, the meeting will be moved to Town Hall on Crofton Parkway and Duke of Kent.
Crofton residents are being given the opportunity to speak their minds about what they want the community to look like.
Both the Greater Crofton Council and the Crofton Civic Association are polling residents about their preferences.
Questionnaires are trickling in to the council office, but more are needed to provide a truly representative sampling of public opinion on growth, development, new businesses and community services.
Once the results are tabulated, the council will establish committees to formulate some recommendations on a comprehensive blueprint for Crofton.
The civic association is working on a separate survey for residents of the special tax district.
Residents who want more information should contact their council representative.
Council President Donna Arbogast says she will work with the civic association to coordinate the survey results.
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is holding its annual sale of birdseed.
Pickup dates are Saturday and Sunday at its Edgewater facility.
The deadline for ordering seed is today.
For more information or to place your order, call (301) 261-4190.
Two organizations will join forces Thursday to discuss gifted and talented young people and how parents can become advocates for special programs.
The Association for Gifted and Talented Youth and the Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education will meet at 7 p.m. in the media center of Crofton Middle School on Route 424.
Coffee and conversation will kick off the evening, followed by a panel discussion on "The Impact of a Gifted Child on the Family."
Panel members include Lynn Cole, Roxana DellaVecchia and Phyllis Ettinger, all of Towson State University.
For more information, call 721-9595.