Pardon our appearance. It's business as usual for Ferndale merchants, despite the apparent upheaval on both sides of Route 648.
Preparations for the light-rail trains that will soon whiz us to Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Myerhoff and the Lyric are moving ahead on the west side. Those plans include a rail station and landscaping.
On the east side, Streetscape is taking shape. The ambitious project is part of the Ferndale Business Corridor Plan developed during the last two years by the county Division of Housing and Community Development.
Improvements include 10-foot-wide sidewalks, with exposed aggregate and pedestrian lights to complement the rail station's design. The planting of little leaf lindens is included in the plan.
Many businesses will have barrel planters filled with colorful flowers on the sidewalk. Commercial Revitalization Manager Pat Barland expects Phase 1 of the plan to be completed by May 1. We can hardly waitto see the "new" Ferndale.
Make plans to attend the FerndaleCarnival, sponsored by the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department, through Saturday. The fairgrounds, at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Eighth Avenue, open each night at 6 p.m.
Rides, games and refreshments are the main attractions.
On Friday and Saturday nights, $1 will be deducted from the cost of a Ride-A-Rama ticket in exchange for donating four canned food items for the Easter Food Drive. For information, call Jackie Olson, 255-7745.
The fire department's food drive is scheduled from April 6-17. The food collected will provide needyfamilies in the community with an Easter dinner.
Donations can bedropped off at Hardee's at Burwood Plaza, and fire department members will be collecting canned items April 17 at the Giant Food store atCromwell Shopping Center.
Overlook Elementary School news: Congratulations to the finalists in the 1992 Science Fair. They are: third-graders Ashley Gregg, Anne Horwitz, Stacey King, Kelsey Scheitlin, Valen Welch, Adams Wisnieski; fourth-graders Regis Burket, Tara Dilday, Katie Dornbusch and Archie Jamieson; and fifth-graders Mark Bloomquist, Daniel Burke, Natalie Colley, Heather McGonigal and Brent Scheitlin.
* The health room needs volunteers. If you can give even a few hours each month, call the school office, 789-6200.
* Registration for students who will attend kindergarten in September is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6-10. Parents must bring their child's birth certificate and immunization record. Children must turn 5 years old by Dec. 31.
The annual Ferndale Community Club FleaMarket and Craft Show, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, will include many popular vendors from previous years who again will offer treasuresand bargains.
There will be a bake table, and hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks will be sold. A few outside tables are still available for rental at $5 each. To reserve a table, call Judy Roberson at 636-3479.
Why not celebrate National Library Week, April 5-11, bytaking the whole family to the nearest library to select books reflecting each member's special interests? Remind the kids that the last day for adding links to the paper chain is April 11. Each link represents a book that a child has read.
Would you be interested insharing the American dream with a teen-ager from another country? A coordinator from International Education Forum (IEF) would be pleasedto meet with your family to explain the joy of housing an international student. Call 1-800-228-4485.
Glen Elementary School news: Registration for students entering kindergarten in September is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. April 6-9. Parents should bring theirchildrens' immunization records and birth certificates. Children must turn 5 years old by Dec. 31.
* Parents of kindergartners: Mark your calendars for parent-teacher conferences on April 23 and 24. Classes will be suspended on those days.
* Grandparent's Day has been scheduled for April 16. A special morning has been planned.
Congratulations to Ben Burnett, Barry Barnett, Johnny George, Roger Harrison and Kate Stepp for submitting exciting writing entries to the Youth Writing Competition, sponsored by the Women's Club of LinthicumHeights.
Information about the Linthicum girls lacrosse program can be obtained from George Sauble, at 859-1632.
This marks the program's second season, and coordinators are planning to add a team for 8- to 10-year-olds.
Anyone who participates in the Driving for Education program will help George Cromwell Elementary School. JBA Chevrolet Service Director Dave Boggs invites family and friends of students to come in for a test drive.
No one will pressure you to buy a car. They'll only ask you to complete a proof-of-drive certificate. At week's end, the test drives will be tallied and prizes will be awarded to the school. Parents must accompany drivers, age 18 to 20. Drivers also must provide a valid drivers license. Only one drive to a family.
Call Boggs, 766-6300 or Carol Lewis, 761-8520.
Sue Latini is filling in for Rosalie Falter. If you have information, call Sue at 766-1463.