Business Notes

GameStop Halo tourney coming today to TownMall

TownMall of Westminster will play host to GameStop's Halo Video Game Tournament from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.


Halo has been voted the Xbox Game of the Year.

GameStop will have televisions set up for the four-way competitions, all of which will have a 10-minute limit or until the first person earns 25 points.


The winning player will move on to the next round until one gamer remains. The final winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to GameStop.

Gamers of any age can register to play. Halo is rated M (mature audience), so players younger than age 17 must have a parent or guardian with them to participate in the tournament.

Information: 410-876-8835.

Leadership Carroll date extended to Friday

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has extended its application deadline for the 2004-2005 Leadership Carroll program to Friday.

Leadership Carroll is a program of the chamber and Carroll Community College that is open to anyone who lives or works in the county.

Participants meet one day a month from September to June for site visits, lectures, expert presentations, hands-on demonstrations and networking.

Programs focus on a variety of community topics.


Applicants, chosen to represent a diverse population, should demonstrate commitment to community service; achievement in professional and community involvement; and the ability to set and achieve personal goals.

Applications are available online at www.carrollcounty or from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, 700 Corporate Center Court, Suite L, Westminster.

Tuition for the 2004-2005 program is $1,000. Payment is due upon acceptance. Applicants will be notified by Aug. 13.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Chamber of Commerce hires director of operations

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has hired Sandy Sipes as director of operations and events.


She will coordinate the daily operations of the chamber office and plan and coordinate the annual Springfest Business Fair, golf tournament and a new business conference next year.

Sipes was regional director of the United Way of Central Maryland in Carroll County.

Nazarene marks 25 years as tax professional

Certified public accountant Catherine Nazarene, owner of the Catherine Ditman Group in Mount Airy, is celebrating her 25th year as a tax professional.

After starting as a bookkeeper, she worked her way up to running the financial affairs of a small company. She earned her bachelor's degree in accounting in 1987 from the University of Maryland University College and started her company in 1990.

Nazarene's specialties include international and multistate tax consulting, litigation support, nonprofits and estate tax and administration services.


A writer and speaker on professional topics, she has been asked to review a soon-to-be published booklet, Family Child Care Tax Preparer Companion, written by Tom Copeland, director of Redleaf National Institute.

Coldwell Banker announces top agents for June

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced its top Carroll County sales agents for June.

Eldersburg: Patti Hittel and Kim Perdue.

Hampstead: Douglas Johnson.

Mount Airy: Patricia Plum.


Westminster: Rob Spring.