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Hagerstown briefs

August 25, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Festival to shut down city block in October



A music festival to raise money for The Maryland Theatre will shut down a city block for one day in October.

The Hagerstown City Council voted to approve a music festival proposed by Mike Deming, president of Demcore Development.

The Oct. 21 festival would have music, food and other entertainment, according to a letter Deming wrote to the city. Any profits produced from the sale of $10 event tickets would go The Maryland Theatre.

Though Deming asked to waive the city's open-container ban to allow beer and liquor at the event in the first block of South Potomac Street and a portion of Public Square, City Council approved only the possession of wine and beer in designated areas.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said she sees no reason the event should sell any alcohol at all.

"The only thing I can say is I still would like to see the event without alcohol," said Nigh, who voted against Deming's request.

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Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer said she hopes other property owners will take Deming's lead and bring more events to the city.

City Council voted 4-1 for the festival, with Nigh in opposition.




City OKs purchase of tablet computers



Tablet computers for the City of Hagerstown's engineering and inspections department will cost more than $3,000 each.

Despite one member's opposition, the Hagerstown City Council voted Tuesday to spend $51,716 on 15 tablet computers from Vision Business Products for permits, planning, code compliance and construction inspectors in the field.

City Council approved the purchase by a vote of 4-1, with Councilwoman Kelly S. Cromer voting in opposition.

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