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613 drivers cited over disabled parking

County police have written more than 600 citations against drivers since increasing enforcement - and the fine - for those who park illegally in spots for the handicapped, County Executive John R. Leopold announced yesterday.

Since the county increased its fine from $100 to $500 and beefed up enforcement in June, the county reported 613 citations.

From Jan. 1 to June 4, by comparison, the county issued 246 citations for illegal parking in spaces for the disabled. In 2006, 176 disabled-parking citations were issued.

"I am pleased to see that this initiative to crack down on disabled-parking violators has produced impressive results in the first four months," Leopold said. "The administration's message that disabled-parking abuse will not be tolerated has apparently been heard loudly and clearly by county residents."

Theater seeking directors for 2008

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre is interviewing prospective directors for the 2008 season.

The slate includes On the Town from June 27 through July 26 and All Shook Up from Aug. 1 through Aug. 30. The opening show, which will be presented from May 23 through June 21, has not been confirmed.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals or questions by e-mail to 2008season@summer garden.com or by mail to ASGT Production Director, 143 Compromise St., Annapolis 21401. Directors receive a stipend.

ASGT is a community theater that presents productions outdoors between Memorial Day and Labor Day. More information is available at www.summergarden.com.

Volunteer projects honored for impact

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and volunteer coordinators from around the county honored seven volunteer projects found to have had the greatest impact in the community.

Israel "Izzy" Patoka, executive director of the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives was the keynote speaker on Friday celebrating this year's inductees into the Volunteer Project Hall of Fame:

Watermark Cruises' and Annapolis Maritime Museum's environmental education project.

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services' back-to-school program.

Hospice of the Chesapeake's inpatient vigil care team at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Partners In Care's Just in Case emergency kits project.

Anne Arundel Community College's American Society of Interior Design Project at Sarah's House.

Harmony House, the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Service's family visitation center.

A special Legacy Award went to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, which has been delivering meals in the county since 1974.

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