BRAC roundtable to focus on business

The Baltimore Sun

Harford Community College will host a small-business roundtable to discuss the impact of BRAC on small businesses.

The event will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Edgewood Hall on the Bel Air campus.

The Federal Regulatory Fairness Roundtable will focus on federal regulations governing small businesses.

The program will begin with networking and continental breakfast from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and continue with a discussion until noon.

The roundtable is intended to provide small-business owners an opportunity to voice their concerns about federal limitations. A panel of Harford County business leaders will discuss concerns about unfair or excessive enforcement of federal regulations.

Many panelists are trying to benefit from the federal base realignment and closure process -- known as BRAC -- by contracting with the federal government, but some say federal legislation and policies make that difficult.

National Small Business ombudsman Nicholas Owens will take complaints and issues of problems dealing with the federal government. Owens will gather information from roundtables across the country and compile a report that will be submitted to Congress and to officials of federal regulatory agencies.

The program is free to the public, but registration is required.

Information: 410-836-4237, ext. 1; or

New drop-off times for yard-trimmings

The Harford County Division of Environmental Affairs has announced new hours for the Tollgate yard-trim drop-off facility, effective Tuesday.

Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 703 N. Tollgate Road above the Ma and Pa Trail parking lot.

The yard-trim facility is for Harford residents only and may not be used by commercial operators. Commercial vendors as well as homeowners may take yard waste to the Harford Waste Disposal Center at 3241 Scarboro Road in Street.

Lawn and garden trimmings accepted at the site include leaves, grass clippings, branches up to 6 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length, brush and organic garden trimmings.

Information: 410-638-3417.

Open house set on MARC project

The Maryland Transit Administration is planning to build a new station and make pedestrian access improvements at the Edgewood MARC Station to provide customers with ADA-compliant access between northbound and southbound platforms.

The MTA will hold an open house at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Edgewood Community Center on Brookside Drive to share information with the community and customers of MARC regarding the project.

The meeting will be accessible for those requiring assistance and interpreter services are available.

Information: 410-767-3756.

Voters can change party until Nov. 19

The Harford County Board of Elections reminds residents that they have until 9 p.m. Nov. 19 to change their political party affiliation for the presidential primary election.

Voters may register with any of Maryland's recognized political parties, or register as unaffiliated with a party. To change affiliations, a registered voter can submit an application or written request to the Harford County Board of Elections, 133 Industry Lane, Forest Hill 21050; or call 410-638-3565.

Unaffiliated voters may not vote in the 2008 primary, but can vote in the general election. The presidential primary will be Feb. 12; the general election will be Nov. 4, 2008.

As of Oct. 30, Harford County has 59,097 registered Democrats; 58,472 Republicans; 18,054 unaffiliated; and 921 affiliated with the Green, Libertarian and other political parties.

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