Belle Grove Elementary School news: Congratulations to Emma Sachs, head of the cafeteria at Belle Grove, for receiving the Employee of the Month award from Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Emma received an engraved bell at a June 3 ceremony at the Board of Education.
She was also guest of honor at a surprise retirement party last night at Snyder's Restaurant, given by the school staff. They presented skits and poems highlighting Sachs' life.
Emma, a resident of the Belle Grove community, has worked at the school for the past 26 years. She will be retiring June 16. Congratulations and Happy Retirement!
* Teachers and staff will be treated to a luncheon tomorrow, sponsored by the PTA. What a nice way to end the year.
* An awards ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. today for grades K through 5.
* School will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. tomorrow.
* Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: Promotional exercises for sixth-grade students will begin at 9:15 a.m. today in the cafeteria. Good Luck!
* A volunteer luncheon, sponsored by the faculty and staff, will begin at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow in the media center. If you are interested in attending, please call the school at 789-1881.
* School will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m. today and 11:45 p.m. tomorrow.
* Park Elementary School news: Sixth-grade students will end their year with a dance from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
* Sixth-grade students will have their promotion ceremony at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Congratulations!
* School will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m. today and 11:20 a.m. tomorrow.
* Brooklyn Park/Lindale Junior High School news: Congratulations Megan
Miller and Jimmy Vykol for having their artwork selected from the Harundale Art Show to be displayed at Board of Education headquarters in Annapolis this summer.
* Students will be dismissed at 12:35 p.m. today and 11:05 a.m. tomorrow.
* North County High School news: If you are interested in playing the North County High School Golf Classic, registration is required by tomorrow. The date is Friday, June 26, at Bear Creek Golf Club in Westminster. Registration is $55 and includes greens fee, cart, continental breakfast, snacks on the course and a buffet after the tournament.
Proceeds will benefit the Dick Hart Scholarship Fund. For information, call Nelson Martin at 859-5400.
* Students will be dismissed at noon today and 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
* Harbor Hospital news: The center was recently selected as one six Maryland hospitals to participate in a national study to determine if the medication tamoxifen can prevent breast cancer in women.
The hospital is seeking women with a high risk of developing breast cancer to participate in the trial.
"The best weapon to fight breast cancer has been early detection, through mammograms and breast exams," said Dr. Russell DeLuca of the center. "But if this study shows that tamoxifen can help prevent breast cancer from occurring in the first place, it could make a significant impact."
Tamoxifen, in use since 1978 in the United States, has been prescribed for women who have already been diagnosed with cancer and treated. It is used to prevent the recurrence of cancer or its spread.
The study, the largest in American history, will involve about 16,000 women nationally who are at high risk for breast cancer. Approximately 100 participants will be selected in Maryland.
Women between the ages of 35 and 59 who have family histories of breast cancer are being recruited. Women 60 or older are being sought, regardless of health histories, since the disease is far more common among older women.
Participants will have regularly scheduled examinations for five years. Half of the women will take the medication, while the other half will take a placebo. Neither physicians nor volunteers will learn who is getting which until the trial is complete.
"Volunteers can help future generations as we attempt to reduce the risks of this deadly disease," DeLuca said. "Currently, one in nine women is at risk for breast cancer during her lifetime."
If you or someone you know might be interested in the study, contact the Harbor Hospital Cancer Center at 347-3386.
* The WELLth of Information series continues with a free community program, "Summer Safety for Children and Adults," beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Gruehn Auditorium. No reservation is necessary. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call 347-3472.
* Chester the library dog invites children to join C.R.E.W. (Curious Readers Exploring the World) today through July 24 at the Brooklyn Park Library. The theme this year is "Book a Trip." The program is free and open to all children entering grades one through six in the fall.