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Crofton Chamber to conduct first networking breakfast

The Crofton Chamber of Commerce plans to hold its first Business Networking Breakfast Aug. 11, at the Crofton Convalescent Center.

The breakfast will allow participants to present their company's products and services in a three-minute face-to-face meeting with other members.

Coordinators for this even are Bob Griffin, from Legg Mason, 486-8010, and Phil Gordon, the administrator of the convalescent center, 721-1000.

Featured businesses for the first breakfast will be Swallow Office Supplies and Cellular One. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservation are required and can be made by calling the chamber at 721-9131.

Woman hospitalized after incident at home

An Odenton woman was taken to Kimbrough Army Hospital for a psychological evaluation after she locked herself in her home yesterday and threatened to kill herself.

At 9:30 a.m., police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Brietwert Ave., where the woman's husband told them she had locked herself in the bedroom with a handgun, police spokesman Officer Terry Crowe said.

Officer Crowe said the couple had fought the night before and when the couple woke up, the woman announced she was going to kill herself. Police closed off streets leading into the neighborhood off Route 175 and began talking with her over the phone.

Although she had taken the phone off the hook at one point during the conversation, by 1 p.m. she had put the phone back on the hook and had been persuaded to come out of the house, Officer Crowe said.

No charges were placed against the woman.

500th salecommemorated

The new Piney Orchard development in Odenton will celebrate its 500th residential sale today by honoring the couple who bought the home and by having a tree planting ceremony near the main entrance.

County Executive Robert R. Neall and Rand Griffin, president of Constellation Real Estate Group, which is developing the 2,000-acre community, are expected to attend the event, which starts at 9 a.m.

The community opened May 15, 1991. The couple who bought the 500th home, Tina Frank, 24, and Mike Ladabouche, 30, are engaged to be married.

They represent the "typical family" at Piney Orchard, Constellation's news release says -- "young, double-income professionals working in opposite ends of the Baltimore-Washington corridor."

Ms. Frank works at Fort Meade; Mr. Ladabouche's office is in Laurel.


* Laurel: Burglars broke into a home in the 8200 block of Brockbridge Road between Friday and Monday and stole $7,250 worth of musical equipment and cash.

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