HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Rumors are hot and heavy that Republican Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley might decide to run against Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski in the next election . . .
Joanne Aiello, certainly the prettiest dock master in the country, finally decided to tie up with Scott Ditch, a retired Baltimore businessman, so they got married last weekend. Natch, the wedding cake had a nautical theme -- fabulous chocolate mousse, topped with a white chocolate sailboat . . .
The tickets were not the only thing that sold out at the Orioles' Opening Day game. So did the 1991 Official Game Program/Scorecard, a first in the history of the book. Collectors scooped them up, as many as 20 at a time, for the score card, which read, "The Last Opening Day . . . April 8, 1991." It was so popular that Bob Brown, Orioles publications director, has ordered a few more for those of us not at the game. They are available at Memorial Stadium or by mail. Fans should send $3.50 to Programs, Baltimore Orioles, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Md. 21218.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: The staff of the United Way has been as busy as little bees over the last few weeks. First on the social agenda was a party to honor Sun chairman Reg Murphy with the United Way's first Community Spirit Award for his outstanding ,, volunteer commitment, particularly to projects that address illiteracy and hunger in Central Maryland. Nearly 200 business and community leaders gathered at the Baltimore Grand to witness Murphy testimonials by Mayor Kurt Schmoke; Joseph Green Bishop, publisher of Black Church magazine; Frank Bowens, a student at the Learning Bank; and Jan Houbolt, executive director of the Greater Baltimore Leadership, who announced the formation of a scholarship in Murphy's name.
That "do" was followed closely with a going-away party for Alan Cooper, outgoing president of the United Way of Central Maryland. After 11 years in that job, Cooper is moving on up to become senior vice president of human resources at United Way of America in Alexandria. Gov. William Donald Schaefer; Steve ,, Peck, Signet Bank's retired COB; Dr. J. Tyson Tildon, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Mary Ellen Gunter, co-chair of Partners in Giving, were among those who had many kind words for Cooper, a 37-year vet of the United Way system.
WEEKEND GLIMPSE: I always feel spring has indeed sprunwhen it's time for The Rites of Spring. So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, pay a visit to the 4-H Building at the Timonium State Fair Grounds, which is chock full of wonderful things for your home and garden. Unique items from more than 40 boutiques and seven exhibition gardens will give you food for thought about what to do with your own garden. Tickets are only $4 a person and seniors are $3.
Mrs. Gaylord Clark and Mrs. Andrew London are chairing the huge committee that worked so hard on this spring celebration. Proceeds will benefit outpatient physical therapy at Union Memorial Hospital. . .
Don't forget the March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon is Sunday morning! Let's get out there and keep it the biggest and best in the country.
One of the fastest growing fraternities in the country, Pi Kappa Phi, has come to Towson State. The Chartering Banquet of the Zeta Omega Chapter will be held tomorrow evening at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. This is the first Pi Kappa Phi chapter in the state.
BIRTHDAYS: B-104's Gary Murphy, tomorrow; WMIX's Ardie Gregory, Wednesday; WMIX's Scott Brady, Tuesday; WPOC's Diane Lyn, tomorrow; WPOC's Laurie DeYoung, Wednesday; Orioles outfielder Mike Devereaux, Wednesday.