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Hagerstown briefs

August 25, 2010

New law might help diner reopen



HAGERSTOWN --Alan and Frances Clingan soon might have a chance to reopen the View Street Diner.

Frances Clingan's mother, Dottie Thompson, closed the diner in 2000.

The city recently changed a law that prevented the business from reopening because it didn't conform with the zoning.

The Clingans have applied for a zoning overlay under the amended law.

The city council unanimously gave preliminary approval to their request on Tuesday.

The measure will come back for final approval next month.

City Council split on charity donation



HAGERSTOWN -- The city has agreed to give $5,000 to Food & Friends Inc., a Washington, D.C., charity that helps people with life-challenging diseases.

The city council has debated the funding in recent months, with some questioning the process of how money is given to community groups.

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The council voted 3-2 on Tuesday in favor of funding, which will come from a federal Community Development Block Grant.

Council members Lewis C. Metzner, Ashley C. Haywood and Martin E. Brubaker voted in favor.

Council members William M. Breichner and Forrest Easton were opposed.

Council approves film shoot, salt purchase



HAGERSTOWN -- As part of a package, the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday approved:

o Applying for a permit to film an education/tourism video highlighting the Battle of Hagerstown. Filming will be Sept. 5 in the village of Waterford in Loudoun County, Va.

o Buying $100,000 of bulk road salt for $60 a ton, plus $10.64 a ton for transportation, from Mid Atlantic Salt LLC of Lyndora, Pa., through a Maryland Department of General Services bid. In a memo, Alfred Martin, the city's finance director, wrote that the city spent $210,414 last winter on salt, but $100,000 is a more typical amount.

-- Andrew Schotz

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