Business Notes


Zaleski to address chamber luncheon

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold a member luncheon at noon Feb. 10 at Best Western Westminster Catering and Conference Center.

Ted Zaleski, director of the county budget and management office, will discuss the fiscal 2006 county budget.

The cost is $18, and reservations are required by Feb. 3.

The Chamber of Commerce is at 700 Corporate Center, Suite L, in Westminster.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Carrolltown Center chief to take over The Plaza

Mark Seaman, recently general manager for Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg, has been named general manager for The Plaza shopping center complex in Baltimore.

He will be responsible for the center's budget and financial reporting, operations, specialty leasing, marketing, tenant communication and public relations.

Seaman has bachelor's and master's degrees from Towson University.

The Plaza is an 800,000- square-foot shopping center at Reisterstown Road and Patterson Avenue.

Chef Hanis opening new shop in Eldersburg

Barbara Hanis, chef and owner of Marina Cuisina Cafe Gourmet Takeout and Creative Catering Services, is scheduled to open a new shop tomorrow at the back of 1522 Liberty Road, Suite D, in Harper's Plaza, Eldersburg.

The family-owned and -operated cafe features gourmet takeout by the pound, or dine-in seating for up to 35 people.

Hanis said the shop pairs its food with wines in conjunction with Wine Mates of Owings Mills, featuring a Marina Cuisina (Cabernet Sauvignon) house wine made by the Gugliamo family in Morgan Hill, Calif.

Marina Cuisina wines are boutique wines, mainly from small private wineries all over the world. Foods range from Louisiana jambalaya to Atlantic salmon to seafood Zuppa.

The cafe also will cater to parties under 100 people, mainly off-site catering, bridal brunches, teas, dinner parties and hors d'oeuvres parties.

Information: 410-549-5215.

Westminster man named COO of Chimes, Intervals

Edward M. Hartman of Westminster has been appointed chief operating officer of the Chimes Inc. and Intervals, effective Feb. 1.

He will be responsible for overseeing the operation of Chimes School, the Terry Allen Perl Work Center, multiple residential options, two medical day habilitation centers, supported-employment programs, and various clinical and support services throughout Maryland.

Hartman came to Chimes as vice president of programs in 1992. He also has been chief operating officer of Chimes' subsidiaries Potomac Region and Work Inc. in Carpinteria, Calif.

Most recently, he has been assistant vice president of programs for Chimes International, providing administrative and clinical guidance to various Chimes subsidiaries.

He has more than 25 years' experience in working with people with various disabilities, including publications and presentations on autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome, dual diagnoses, and special education.

Chimes Family of Services is a group of nonprofit agencies headquartered in Baltimore, serving handicapped and disabled people of all ages.

TownMall hopes to collect $2,000 for disaster relief

TownMall of Westminster has announced that it will serve as a centralized community location to help raise money for the relief efforts of the tsunami victims in South and Southeast Asia.

The mall will donate all proceeds to AmeriCares, a nonprofit disaster-relief and humanitarian-aid organization that provides immediate response to emergency medical needs.

The mall has a goal of $2,000.

All donations are tax deductible. Cash and check donations are being accepted at the customer service desk. Individuals who donate to the fund will receive a thank-you letter and a receipt directly from AmeriCares.

Patrons can see how much money has been raised by viewing the thermometer at customer service. The collection will continue through Feb. 15 and will be extended if necessary.

Information: 410-857-0300.

Hull Co. Accountants win state recognition

Hull Company Accountants in Westminster was recently recognized by state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer's office for helping senior citizens file their taxes electronically.

The company received a certificate for having the highest number of senior citizens 65 and older from Carroll and Frederick counties file electronically in 2004.

Hull assisted 307 senior taxpayers file their taxes electronically last year, the most of any commercial tax preparer in the county.

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