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Fred Jacobs, a senior vice president for the consulting firm AKRF Inc., has been named to a post on the Maryland State Water Quality Advisory Committee.


The West Virginia Coal Association presented Foundation Coal Holdings Inc., based in Linthicum Heights, with two Mountaineer Guardian safety awards for its operations at Laurel Creek Mine 5 and the Paynter Branch Mine.


Merkle, a Lanham-based database marketing agency, signed a three-year multimillion-dollar deal with the American Heart Association to provide analytical insight, segmentation and contact optimization for donor renewal and acquisition plans.

Data Computer Corp. of America, based in Ellicott City, received a five-year $8.7 million contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide technology services to its Medicaid and State Operations centers.


Baltimore law firm Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander LLC started a real estate workout and restructuring group made up of eight lawyers from its bankruptcy and real estate practices.

Catonsville-based Erickson Retirement Communities has established a realty and moving services company to assist retirees with the sale of their homes and the move to any of its 20 campus communities.

Baltimore marketing and public relations firm Weinberg Harris & Associates launched an equestrian marketing division. The unit will focus on integrated marketing and sponsorship coordination for equestrian competitions, foundations, associations and events.

Media news

Everyday People Magazine has released its first issue in Maryland, Washington and Virginia. The regional periodical will appear quarterly and feature the contributions and accomplishments of "regular" people.

New clients

Barb Clapp Advertising & Marketing announced the addition of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland and Holiday Wonders, the new Chinese dance and musical production, to its client list.


Thomas, Thomas & Hafer announced that the Pennsylvania law firm has opened offices in Baltimore in the Sophmar Building at 6 E. Mulberry St.

Command Center Inc., a provider of on-demand personnel, has opened its Maryland office in Laurel.


The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce is forming an Electricity Purchasing Cooperative program open to any Maryland-based business. An information and enrollment meeting for the program will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at Springhouse Assisted Living, 8911 Reisterstown Road. For more information, call 410-484-8538.

Special training

Lion Technology will conduct a two-day Hazardous Materials Transportation Certification workshop on Feb. 4 and 5 at the Holiday Inn Select North, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. Sessions begin at 7:30 a.m. and the cost is $695. Pre-registration is required; call 973-383-0800, ext. PR375, or e-mail: www.lion.com.

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