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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 13, 2013
If you found yourself scratching your head Wednesday afternoon wondering why dozens of people were flailing about in Public Square, don't feel so bad. Hagerstown resident Brandon Shirley, who was responsible for the act, said he had only found out about the Harlem Shake dance craze 48 hours earlier. Harlem Shake, a dance that is performed to a song by the same name, is characterized by one person who starts dancing while others remain still. Then everyone begins to dance, thrusting their hips, doing backward flips, wiggling around on top of furniture - seemingly doing what ever comes natural.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2013
The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday will discuss the proposed sale of several Public Square properties owned by the city, including one that houses a longtime City Center restaurant. City officials have suggested that Mayor David S. Gysberts and the five-member council move forward with the proposed sale of 11, 12, 15 and 16 Public Square to a private developer, according to a memorandum from city Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent. Sargent said Monday that the city received two purchase proposals for the three-story, red-brick-front properties next to High Rock Studios, where North Potomac and East Washington streets intersect.
NEWS
November 9, 2011
Potomac Bridals, a business specializing in wedding dresses, prom dresses and tuxedo rentals, will move from Public Square in Hagerstown to another part of the city, Hagerstown Community & Economic Development Director John Lestitian said. Lestitian said he believed that the owners of the bridal shop intend to move to the former Richardson's Restaurant site at 710 Dual Highway by the end of the year. The owners of Potomac Bridals, which is closed on Wednesdays, could not immediately be reached for comment.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 31, 2013
Their excitement swelling with each car horn that sounded, about 20 mostly pre-teen girls took to Hagerstown's Public Square for 15 minutes Friday afternoon to flash signs decorated with anti-tobacco slogans, while cheering in unison chants such as “Be smart, don't start.” Hosted by the Tobacco Free Washington County Coalition in recognition of World No Tobacco Day, the “flash mob” event - which drew both coalition members and the red-shirted female...
NEWS
May 7, 2008
The City of Hagerstown will host Maymart from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in Public Square. Maymart is an annual event in downtown Hagerstown that kicks off the Market in the Square season. Market in the Square takes place the first and third Thursday of each month from May to October and primarily features City Farmers' Market vendors. If the event is rained out, it will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2013
Through an informal vote Tuesday night, the Hagerstown City Council gave its approval for city staff to entertain purchase offers on a city-owned property on Public Square. Later in the work session meeting at City Hall, the five-member council also informally agreed to authorize staff to enter into negotiations to purchase a blighted building along West Washington Street. Both actions, the sale of property at 11, 12, 15 and 16 Public Square as well as the “strategic” acquisition and preparation for resale of 43-53 W. Washington St., are steps toward turning city-owned or blighted properties in Hagerstown's downtown back over to private hands, according to John Lestitian, the city's director of community and economic development.
NEWS
By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | Raychel@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
Howard Leedham spent a year in Pakistan leading a force of soldiers who, among other things, raided Taliban camps and conducted other anti-terrorist activities. The retired British Royal Navy lieutenant commander recounts his experiences in a new book, “Ask Forgiveness Not Permission: The true story of an operation in Pakistan's badlands.” The book recounts how Leedham was recruited by the U.S. State Department to activate a fleet of anti-terrorist helicopters given to the Pakistan armed forces to combat terrorist activity in the region, according to a news release.
NEWS
November 12, 2011
The Herald-Mail took firsthand inventory of the first floor existing uses in the city of Hagerstown by sending reporters downtown in late October. The properties numbered and listed were identified in person and verified online. All color-coded properties were categorized using information from the city of Hagerstown's planning office, and the Herald-Mail's inventory. 1. Lapzone Inc., 120 N. Jonathan St. 2. Comp XP Inc., 64 W. Franklin St. 3. Broad Axe, 28 W. Franklin St. 4. Tina's Vintage and Variety, 26 W. Franklin St. 5. World Treasures Thrift Shop, 22 W. Franklin St. 6. The Mystikal Keep, 18 W. Franklin St. 7. Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery, 4 W. Franklin St. 8. All Good Bail Bonds, 101 N. Potomac St. 9. Laila's Kitchen, 4 E. Franklin St. 10. Applied Force Performance, 18 E. Franklin St. 11. Franklin Street Grill, 101 W. Franklin St. 12. Jewelry and Electronics Exchange and Boost Mobile, 71 W. Franklin St. 13. Stix N Phrases, 55 W. Franklin St. 14. Busy Bee Beauty Supply, 47 W. Franklin St. 15. Pioneer Hook and Ladder Co., 21 W. Franklin St. 16. Cecil's Coiffures, 19 W. Franklin St. 17. L&L Classic Clothes, 51 N. Potomac St. 18. The Gourmet Goat, 41 N. Potomac St. 19. Bikles Ski Shop, 7 N. Potomac St. 20. Spicklers Market, 17 E. Franklin St. 21. City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St. 22. Rocky's New York Pizza & Cafe Napoli, 40 N. Potomac St. 23....
NEWS
December 10, 2012
United Way's Rally on the Square will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Public Square, intersection of Washington and Potomac streets in downtown Hagerstown. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Christmas carolers will perform at 4:45 p.m. The event is to highlight the United Way's annual Campaign of Giving. For more information, contact Jenn Marlatt at 301-739-8200 or jmarlatt@unitedwaywashcounty.org .
LIFESTYLE
September 16, 2011
The Alzheimer's Association presents "Alzheimer's Action Day on the Square" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, on Public Square in Hagerstown. A community outreach table will be on the square and anyone touched by Alzheimer's disease is can stop by to learn more about Alzheimer's Association programs and services. For information about Alzheimer's disease or related dementias, call 800-272-3900 or go to alz.org/maryland .
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2013
On July 6, 1863, Confederate and Union cavalry clashed at the intersection of Baltimore and South Potomac streets in Hagerstown. That skirmish was the start of what was to become the Battle of Hagerstown, a seven-hour fight that involved roughly 2,000 soldiers and resulted in nearly 200 casualties. Stephen Bockmiller, a local historian and planner for the City of Hagerstown, said the battle was fought primarily by cavalry troops who crossed paths three days after the Battle of Gettysburg ended July 3. As the Confederates were retreating on July 4, a driving rainstorm struck the area and caused the Potomac River to swell, Bockmiller said.
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By RAYCHEL HARVEY-JONES | Raychel@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
Howard Leedham spent a year in Pakistan leading a force of soldiers who, among other things, raided Taliban camps and conducted other anti-terrorist activities. The retired British Royal Navy lieutenant commander recounts his experiences in a new book, “Ask Forgiveness Not Permission: The true story of an operation in Pakistan's badlands.” The book recounts how Leedham was recruited by the U.S. State Department to activate a fleet of anti-terrorist helicopters given to the Pakistan armed forces to combat terrorist activity in the region, according to a news release.
OBITUARIES
June 12, 2013
Arthur Joseph Nield, 83, of 711 Chestnut St., Hagerstown, Md., died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Providence Place in Chambersburg, Pa. Born Dec. 26, 1929, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Frank Nield Sr. and Margaret McNamee Nield. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jean Nield. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Morris Frock Post 42. He was retired from the Chesapake & Potomac Telephone Co. (now Verizon)
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2013
The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday will discuss the proposed sale of several Public Square properties owned by the city, including one that houses a longtime City Center restaurant. City officials have suggested that Mayor David S. Gysberts and the five-member council move forward with the proposed sale of 11, 12, 15 and 16 Public Square to a private developer, according to a memorandum from city Downtown Manager Andrew Sargent. Sargent said Monday that the city received two purchase proposals for the three-story, red-brick-front properties next to High Rock Studios, where North Potomac and East Washington streets intersect.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 31, 2013
Their excitement swelling with each car horn that sounded, about 20 mostly pre-teen girls took to Hagerstown's Public Square for 15 minutes Friday afternoon to flash signs decorated with anti-tobacco slogans, while cheering in unison chants such as “Be smart, don't start.” Hosted by the Tobacco Free Washington County Coalition in recognition of World No Tobacco Day, the “flash mob” event - which drew both coalition members and the red-shirted female...
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | February 13, 2013
If you found yourself scratching your head Wednesday afternoon wondering why dozens of people were flailing about in Public Square, don't feel so bad. Hagerstown resident Brandon Shirley, who was responsible for the act, said he had only found out about the Harlem Shake dance craze 48 hours earlier. Harlem Shake, a dance that is performed to a song by the same name, is characterized by one person who starts dancing while others remain still. Then everyone begins to dance, thrusting their hips, doing backward flips, wiggling around on top of furniture - seemingly doing what ever comes natural.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2013
Through an informal vote Tuesday night, the Hagerstown City Council gave its approval for city staff to entertain purchase offers on a city-owned property on Public Square. Later in the work session meeting at City Hall, the five-member council also informally agreed to authorize staff to enter into negotiations to purchase a blighted building along West Washington Street. Both actions, the sale of property at 11, 12, 15 and 16 Public Square as well as the “strategic” acquisition and preparation for resale of 43-53 W. Washington St., are steps toward turning city-owned or blighted properties in Hagerstown's downtown back over to private hands, according to John Lestitian, the city's director of community and economic development.
NEWS
December 16, 2012
What time is it? In downtown Hagerstown, the answer isn't clear unless you're wearing a watch or carrying a smartphone. This unsigned note came to The Herald-Mail in the mail last week: “There are 2 clocks in the square in Hagerstown and they both have the wrong time?” The tipster was right. At about 1:55 p.m. Wednesday, a clock on a pole on Public Square's southeast corner read 2:53. On the northeast corner, a clock at the top of the High Rock building read 2:20.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
United Way's Rally on the Square will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Public Square, intersection of Washington and Potomac streets in downtown Hagerstown. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Christmas carolers will perform at 4:45 p.m. The event is to highlight the United Way's annual Campaign of Giving. For more information, contact Jenn Marlatt at 301-739-8200 or jmarlatt@unitedwaywashcounty.org .
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | November 19, 2012
Complete with an enthusiastic countdown, more than 200 people helped ring in the holiday season Monday night at Hagerstown's annual tree-lighting ceremony in City Center. Capped by the 10-count and a loud cheer, the 37-foot blue spruce in Public Square, wrapped in strings of lights, decorated with dozens of ornaments made by students of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and, of course, topped with the bright star overlooking the downtown, lit up the faces of many standing nearby.
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