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PTA raising funds to divide rooms

The Jessup Elementary School PTA is starting its annual fund-raiser today, with this year's proceeds tentatively earmarked for the volunteer effort now under way to build walls to divide open classrooms.


The drive will last until Oct. 18. School children will be soliciting parents, family members and friends to donate money by buying candy and gift wrap. Half of the money raised goes to the company and half goes to the PTA.

Last year, the drive raised $7,000, and parent leaders said they hope to surpass that figure this year.


The PTA also is having a membership drive, hoping to increase the number of parents in the organization from 360 to 500.

For more information, call the Jessup Elementary School at 222-6590, or write to the school, located at 2900 Jessup Road, Jessup, 20794.

3 break-ins reported at Hanover business park

Three businesses in a Hanover business park were broken into Wednesday night or Thursday morning, with televisions, VCRs, radios and computers reported stolen.

Police said it appears someone pried open a door to Pro Staff Personnel Services, and then broke through a wall to get into Jani-King and Aetna Life Insurance Company.

Joseph Mon, the operations manager for Jani-King, told police he arrived at work about 8 a.m. Thursday and discovered an office chair in the lobby.

Taken from Jani-King was an IBM PS/2 computer and monitor worth $4,000, a Hewlett Packard Laserjet printer worth $1,500, a 30-inch television set worth $800, a Sony VCR worth $400, a Panasonic radio worth $120 and a case of Butcher's Green Summer Rain All Purpose Cleaner worth $40.

Reported stolen from Aetna was a VCR valued at $400 and a clock radio valued at $12.


Police are still trying to determine how the burglars got into the office building.

A police report said it appears someone hid in the building prior to closing Thursday night or knew the computer access codes to unlock the front door.

Nothing was reported stolen from Pro Staff, but an office door was forced open.

The operations manager, Nancy A. White, told police that two coin boxes were disturbed.