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Hagerstown briefs

September 05, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

Council discusses Trick or Treat Night



The Hagerstown City Council informally agreed Tuesday to hold the city's annual Trick or Treat Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The council decided on the date based on a recommendation from Police Chief Arthur Smith.




Augustoberfest group to host fundraiser



The Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation asked the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday for permission to host a fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. May 16 at University Plaza.

The council gave its unofficial approval.

According to a city memorandum, the fundraiser would serve German food, beer and wine to about 250 people during a sit-down dinner.

The foundation also would use the event to honor the Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant for being a staple of downtown Hagerstown for 20 years.

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City services would be paid for by the foundation, said Karen Giffin, the city's community affairs director.




Sidewalks proposed along areas of U.S. 40



City Engineer Rodney Tissue told the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday that the city recently was awarded $100,000 from the Maryland State Highway Administration to install sidewalks along U.S. 40.

Proposed sites for the sidewalks include the area between Richardson's Restaurant and Manor Drive, and on the West End near Devonshire, Nottingham and Wakefield roads.




City officials to meet with delegation



Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and the city council are scheduled to meet with the Washington County Delegation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at City Hall.

Hagerstown officials will discuss the city's legislative priorities with the delegation, including revenue sharing, the prisoner release program and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.




Rocky's New York Pizza owner plans to close



The owner of Rocky's New York Pizza on Public Square in Hagerstown said he will close the business when his lease runs out in 2010.

Vinnie DiCola said he plans to open another Italian restaurant on East Washington Street.

DiCola said the landlord offered him a $2,000 buyout to leave early, but he declined.

"(I'll stay) until the city police throw me out of this building," he said.

DiCola said he has been at the Public Square spot for 26 years.

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