April In Glen Burnie: It Ain't Paris, But It's Our Home

Neighbors/ Glen Burnie

April 15, 1992|By Bonita Formwalt

The pink half-car display stand at Evergreen Gene's is overflowing with market packs.Mothers are ignoring the "Do Not Bleach" label on their Little League ballplayers' white uniform pants.

It's April in Glen Burnie.

OK, so it's not exactly April in Paris, but do we really want to be in a place that considers Mickey Mouse gauche? Alors!

So, may Ioffer a few observations on April in G.B.?


A drive past the future home of Glen Burnie's Superblock finds the flower market-produce stand is back for another season. See, guys, urban renewal hasn't forgotten us. They're just going to build it one tent at a time.


As you're driving down Ritchie Highway, do you occasionally find yourself enjoying the lovely flowers and trees planted as part of theGovernor Ritchie Highway Showcase instead of wondering how many textbooks could have been purchased with the money earmarked for forsythia?

It's all right. It is politically correct to enjoy spring as long as you start grumbling about government waste no later than June 1, well in time for the November elections.


Yes, it's tax day.A few minor questions here. Isn't the entire purpose of requesting an extension on filing your income tax negated by the fact that you'reexpected to send whatever additional tax you owe with that request?

Excuse me, but if you have somehow managed to figure out how much money you owe and they want you to send it now, just what is the point of the extension?

Hope the Easter bunny is kind to you.


Before the Baltimore Blast took the field last night against the San Diego Sockers in the final playoff game, it was Glen Burnie's Tim Konig who held the attention of fans at the Baltimore Arena when he sangthe national anthem.

This is the second year that Konig, a professional deejay, has been singing the anthem for Blast and Skipjack games. This year he added the Baltimore Thunder's indoor lacrosse games and a basketball game played by the Washington Bullets at the arena.

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of money in singing the national anthem at sporting events. In fact, Konig isn't paid anything.

"I do most of it for the exposure," admitted Konig. "But I do get complimentary tickets, and when I deejay for kids in the community I get (promotional) gifts to give away to them."

Konig is looking forward to an opportunity to sing at the new stadium at Camden Yards.

Perhaps the highlight of his singing career was last July Fourth when he sang the national anthem before a crowd of 260,000 people gathered towatch the fireworks at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

"The best part about it, I was standing on the pier and there wasn't a spotlight. So all the guys who came down in speedboats to watch the fireworks turned their spotlights on me.

"I'm standing there in front of 260,000 people with all of these lights coming from all over. It was a reallygreat effect," said Konig.

What does he want from all this exposure?

"My goal is to be the best national anthem singer that I can be. I get a hell of a charge when I sing for the fans in Baltimore," said Konig. "But the greatest gift for me is when my son Alex gets older for him to say 'that's my daddy.' "


Ladies will be invitedto decide if they like skirts long or short, if fuchsia and navy arereally the color combo of the season and whether they ever plan to return to the office after the seventh annual Secretary's Day Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. April 22 at La Fontaine Bleu.

Organized by the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce and the Glen Burnie YMCA, this is a fund-raiser for the Y's scholarship program for underprivileged youths.

It's also a pretty good way to spend a lunch hour or two.

In addition to a buffet lunch there will be a fashion show, music by Paul Whitlock of Skyline and dancing by Randy "Bam Bam" Ward of the Gentlemen's Touch male dancing troupe.

The fashion show, with commentator Gregory King, will feature fashions from Casual Corner, Kids-R-Us, Robinson's Formal Wear and Cameo Formal Wear. Clothing will be modeled by members of the event's planning committee, including Hilda Hambruch, Beth Leitch, Shirley Murphy, Cecilia Ostrowski, Carol Wagner, Terri Oswald, Alexis Lahdelma and Virginia Jones.

Admission to the event is $20.

Reservations: 761-1251.


When theGlen Burnie High School Band and Auxiliary returned from a recent trip to New Orleans, they brought back a few additions for their trophycase. Under the direction of Fred Proveck, the students competed in the New Orleans Music Festival the weekend of April 3 to 5 against 11schools from Maryland, Louisiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Indiana and Illinois.

The group of 48 musicians, six flag squad members and 15 pomponers captured five first-place trophys, one second-place trophy and two awards for outstanding individual performances.

Julie Ferrara was honored as outstanding jazz soloist for her performance on the tenor saxophone, and Ryann Levi received an award as outstanding drum major.

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