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BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2013
The crowd was silent for the time it took Old Glory to rise up the sky-scraping flagpole Friday in Hagerstown's University Plaza, where a celebration of Flag Day was held. Detailing the history of the holiday, which serves to commemorate the adoption of the American flag, city Mayor David S. Gysberts spoke before an assemblage of about 40 people. “Wherever our American journey has taken us, whether on that unending path to the mountain top or high above into the reaches of space, Old Glory has followed, reminding us of the rights and responsibilities we share as citizens,” Gysberts said, reading a proclamation from President Obama.
NEWS
by KEVIN G. GILBERT / Staff Photographer | June 2, 2006
Pops Walker plays a mean slide guitar Thursday at the Lunchtime Blues Prelude at University Plaza.
NEWS
June 1, 2007
Bob Tantillo, bass guitarist for The Rhythm Kings, plays Thursday at the 2007 Blues Fest Kick Off at University Plaza in Hagerstown.
NEWS
April 17, 2009
The Read Out took place Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown. Employees of downtown businesses could pick up a copy of "The Great Gatsby" and other Big Read-related materials while relaxing in University Plaza. The event included period music, dancing and refreshments courtesy of the Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc.
NEWS
By Kevin Gilbert | July 8, 2005
Abby Barrett, a visitor from New Jersey, gives a thumbs up to The Tonehounds at Thursday's Plaza Party at University Plaza off West Washington Street in downtown Hagerstown. Abby was there with her family. The Plaza Party, sponsored by the Washington County Arts Council, is held each week during the Thursday lunch hour.
LIFESTYLE
May 3, 2013
In cooperation with 2013 Outdoor Fitness Series, there will be yoga classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 7 through June 25, on the lawn or near the fountain at the University Plaza, 32 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Two classes Tuesdays, May 14, and June 11 will be Zumba. The classes are free and open to everyone. For more information, contact the City of Hagerstown, Department of Community and Economic Development, by calling 301-797-6213.
NEWS
May 5, 2006
The City of Hagerstown and Sunrise Rotary worked together to erect the fountain at University Plaza for the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown which is at 32 W. Washington St. City Engineer Rodney Tissue wrote in a memo that city staff recommended buying a Robinson Iron fountain for $30,000, including shipping. The city's half of the cost would come from a Downtown Beautification Fund, while Sunrise Rotary Club would be donating $15,000 toward the cost of a fountain.
NEWS
by JANET HEIM | August 4, 2005
janeth@herald-mail.com The Washington County Arts Council is offering another reason to take in the sights and sounds of summer with its Plaza Party Concerts on Thursdays at noon through Aug. 18. Set in the University Plaza adjacent to the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown on West Washington Street, the hour-long live concerts draw up to 100 people, said Kevin Moriarty, executive director of the Washington County Arts Council....
NEWS
by JUDI DOMINGUEZ | August 17, 2006
New date and place The Kris Kringle Craft and Gift Show is moving back to The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center at 901 Dual Highway. It's not too late to mark your calendars for this great event taking place on Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Raffle tickets will be sold for beautiful keepsakes, with the proceeds going to charity. For vendor information, call 301-582-1233. Scouting ready to start up again Crew 3 at Noland Village will resume Boy Scouts in the fall.
OPINION
April 27, 2013
Thumbs up to the City of Hagerstown for hosting Tuesday's Earth Day Celebration at University Plaza. Pangborn Elementary School students heard from Mayor David S. Gysberts, City Engineer Rodney Tissue and Tom Stang of Waste Management about the importance of recycling and how the students' actions affect the future of the planet. Thumbs up to the hundreds of Washington County Public Schools students whose artwork is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in City Park. The museum is featuring more than 1,000 pieces of art by elementary students through early May, when the creations will be replaced by those of middle and high school students.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | August 15, 2013
Scores of area residents flocked to the University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown on Thursday night to enjoy an evening of jazz and dance. “A Night of Jazz” was presented by the Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city. The concert featured Hagerstown's OTB Jazz Band and another group called ReFreshed Band from Princess Anne, Md. Phillip Doc Martin, a saxophonist, was also scheduled to play.
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Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | August 14, 2013
The ninth annual Aspiring to Serve golf tournament will be held Friday, Aug. 23, at Black Rock Golf Course. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. All proceeds will be used to support the Aspiring to Serve Community Center renovation at the old Hagerstown Shoe building at 140 W. Franklin St.  Resources for Independence Inc., REACH Caregivers (Cold Weather Shelter), Washington County Commission on Aging, Teens Have Choices and Washington County Court Appointed Special Advocates are working together for the benefit of the community.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013
1. Back-to-school bash At Valley Mall's School Dayz Mall Bash, there will be a fashion preview, 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16; fashion show, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Performances by Alex Hilton Band, shown, 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Pocket Deep, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Interactive displays from businesses and nonprofits. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days. Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Halfway. Go to www.shopthevalleymall.com . 2. Jazz in the park The lineup includes Phillip “Doc” Martin, ReFreshed Band and OTB Jazz Band.
NEWS
August 7, 2013
Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum, Hagerstown-Washington County Conventions Visitors Bureau and the City of Hagerstown will present “A Night of Jazz” Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. in University Plaza. There is no cost to attend. University Plaza at the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown is downtown at 32 W. Washington St. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs. The lineup includes Hagerstown's Off the Block, Jazz (OTB) Band and ReFreshed Band of Prince Anne, Md., opening for saxophonist Phillip Doc Martin, whose latest CD release, “Good Day at Work,” is in stores.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013
The Top Five Clear Spring Carnival The week-long carnival continues through Saturday, Aug. 3, with nightly entertainment: The Incredible Driftin Whistle Pigs, country, Thursday, Aug. 1; Staff Infection, classic rock, Friday, Aug. 2; The Reagan Years, '80s band, Saturday, Aug. 3. Shows at 7 and 10 p.m. rain or shine. Rides open at 6 p.m. Clear Spring Carnival Grounds, Big Spring Road, Clear Spring. Go to www.clearspringfire.net . Berkeley County Youth Fair The fair opens Friday, Aug. 2, with the Miss Youth Fair Contest.
NEWS
BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2013
The crowd was silent for the time it took Old Glory to rise up the sky-scraping flagpole Friday in Hagerstown's University Plaza, where a celebration of Flag Day was held. Detailing the history of the holiday, which serves to commemorate the adoption of the American flag, city Mayor David S. Gysberts spoke before an assemblage of about 40 people. “Wherever our American journey has taken us, whether on that unending path to the mountain top or high above into the reaches of space, Old Glory has followed, reminding us of the rights and responsibilities we share as citizens,” Gysberts said, reading a proclamation from President Obama.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 20, 2013
It was seconds after taking the stage that 26-year-old Elese Wade was choking back tears. “I've had sleepless nights, tear-filled days and my finances stretched to the limit. I can honestly say that being finished now feels so good,” Wade said. “I'm the first in my family with my bachelor's degree.” The daughter of a single mother, Wade became a single mother shortly after graduating from high school, she confided to the audience in University Plaza where the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown on Monday held its annual graduation celebration to recognize students getting degrees from USM schools that offer classes in Hagerstown.
LIFESTYLE
May 3, 2013
In cooperation with 2013 Outdoor Fitness Series, there will be yoga classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 7 through June 25, on the lawn or near the fountain at the University Plaza, 32 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Two classes Tuesdays, May 14, and June 11 will be Zumba. The classes are free and open to everyone. For more information, contact the City of Hagerstown, Department of Community and Economic Development, by calling 301-797-6213.
OPINION
April 27, 2013
Thumbs up to the City of Hagerstown for hosting Tuesday's Earth Day Celebration at University Plaza. Pangborn Elementary School students heard from Mayor David S. Gysberts, City Engineer Rodney Tissue and Tom Stang of Waste Management about the importance of recycling and how the students' actions affect the future of the planet. Thumbs up to the hundreds of Washington County Public Schools students whose artwork is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in City Park. The museum is featuring more than 1,000 pieces of art by elementary students through early May, when the creations will be replaced by those of middle and high school students.
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