As Long As We're Tinkering With Community, Try These Ideas

Neighbors/ Glen Burnie

October 16, 1991|By Bonita Formwalt

A committee in Glen Burnie has been working over the last several months to help guide the future expansion of our community. This is a great idea; some of the suggestions have shown great insight regardingour needs.

As the committee draws up its final plan, I thought I would offer a few ideas of my own to Chairwoman Kathy DeGrange.

* Move the airport.

Forget the noise. Forget property values that rise and fall with the changing runway patterns. The biggest problem with living close to the airport is that everyone assumes we loveto zip on over and pick up arrivals who just spent two weeks on the beach at Aruba. After all, we live so close and it's such fun to dodge limos and cars from Pennsylvania because no one has ever heard the word "taxi".

* Work on changing the Motor Vehicle Administration'simage.

Instead of trying to avoid the subject when friends start whining about three-hour waits and surly personnel, remind them how convenient it is to deal with MVA when you live in Glen Burnie.

Once I visited MVA for my parents, to transfer a car registration from one owner to another. (After all, I live so close I can just zip on over. . . .). After taking a number well into double digits, I was ableto get in my car and leave, go to the bank, put gas in my car, pick up my children from school and still get back to MVA with plenty of time to wait!

Only if you live, work and shop in Glen Burnie would this be possible.

* Round up all the people who work at the National Security Agency (42 percent of Glen Burnie works at NSA, another 51 percent work at Westinghouse). Explain to them that the rest of us are tired of hearing "I'm sorry, I can't discuss my job at NSA." Theyshould stop trying to make us think they're all spies; we're no longer impressed. For all we know, they could be the person who refills the Coke machine in the cafeteria.

In the future, employees of NSA should just tell people they work at a Gas 'n' Go and leave it at that.

I am still working on some suggestions concerning the traffic signal at Crain Highway and B&A Boulevard, changing the Glen Burnie High School mascot and rerouting tractor-trailer traffic from Glen Burnie and through Severna Park.

Kathy, I'll have to get back to you.


Discussing budget cuts with Glen Burnie Gophers football fanswill cause them to physically shudder. Football is an expensive sport: helmets, shoulder pads, knee pads, thigh pads, hip pads. By the time the player is fully dressed, I'm always surprised he can move.

This is where the Glen Burnie Football Boosters come in.

The boosters are holding their second annual adult benefit dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highwayin Severna Park.

Music will be provided by DJ Dave Griffith.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Proceeds from the dance have been earmarked for the team's sports banquet and its purchase of a seven-man blocking sled.

"The boosters have raised $5,000 in the past year for equipment, $4,000 for shoulder pads alone," boosterparent Betty Stapler said.

For ticket information, call 766-8516,969-3099 or 768-3849.


Dr. Robert C. Lavy will be the guest speaker at tonight's meeting of the Glen Burnie chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Support Group, set for 7 at the North County library.

Tonight's meeting will be conducted as an open forum, with Lavy answering questions from the audience.

The support group offers allergyand asthma sufferers and their families an opportunity to share problems and suggestions for coping. The group meets once a month at the library and is open to the public.

For more information, call 532 -4135.


Members of the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber ofCommerce are invited to participate in the chamber's annual PlanningRetreat, set for Tuesday,Oct. 29, at the Rose Restaurant/Comfort Innin Linthicum.

The planning session is scheduled to begin with a continental breakfast at 7:30 and continues with a full agenda until 8p.m. Lunch and dinner will be served and are included in the $50 registration cost.

According to chamber Director Lisa Pitt, "This is the most important meeting that the chamber holds each year. The future of our organization and the directions it will take in 1992 will be decided upon at this retreat."

For reservations, contact the chamber at 766-8282 no later than Friday.


Shades of Lil' Abner and Daisy Mae -- a Hillbilly Harvest Hoedown is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in the church hall at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Square dancing experience is not required, but hillbilly costumes are encouraged for adults and children alike.

"We're all amateurs," organizer Donna Safko said. "This is our third yearwe've attempted this and we just do the basic dances, like the Virginia reel. Actually, we use children's records when we're dancing."

The dance is free, but everyone is asked to bring a snack, such as potato chips or cookies.

For more information, call 766-5170.


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