Let 'Superblock' fulfill its destiny without the pizza

Neighbors/ Glen Burnie

September 23, 1992|By Bonita Formwalt

Enjoy those killer potholes while you can, Glen Burnie. Once again they're threatening to resurrect "Superblock."

Superblock, located directly behind the Arundel Center North, consists of five acres of stone, gravel, a tent full of plants and the souls of countless ruined front-end alignments.

Suggested plans for the future include condominiums, offices and small stores. A meeting has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association to solicit the community's opinions.

Frankly, I don't have any original ideas for what should be built. But I do have a few suggestions on what not to build:

* No more baseball card trading stores. This collecting thing is getting way out of hand. I could be wrong, but if everyone is collecting everything doesn't the value of anything diminish accordingly? And on top of that they don't even give you gum in the trading card packs anymore!

* No more pizza stores. The competition in this town is already fierce. Buying a pizza currently requires comparing dozens of coupons, ads, and special fliers hung on your door by phantom pizza guys, just so that you may eat your dinner secure in the knowledge that your decision to go with Pizza Bob's (the free medium cheese when a large one topping is ordered) was more cost efficient than ordering from Pepperonis R Us (the medium two topping plus an order of fries and a two-liter bottle of Mountain Dew).

* Please, not another drive-through auto repair-replenish-renew shop. It's bad enough that, while standing next to my car -- hood up, engine melted into one large, dark chunk -- I have to be reminded that there is an auto shop on just about every corner of this town. One more could just break me.

Build on, Glen Burnie.

* Gold, silver, precious gems, your son's retainer. Just a few of the treasures to be found at the beach or in your back yard with the aid of a metal detector.

The Chesapeake Society of Treasure Hunters is a group that enjoys using a metal detector to hunt. During monthly meetings at the North County Library, the members display the rewards of their hunt: money, rings, historical relics. Some of the members specialize in searching underwater or for items from a particular historical period.

Bruce Mitchell of Glen Burnie has been a member of the Treasure Hunters for a little more than a year. With his metal detector he has unearthed hundreds of items. But his favorite find came last weekend when he found an early American button on the grounds of a Howard County school.

"The school may be new, but the ground is old," said Mitchell.

The Baltimore area gives explorers a large source of Civil War paraphernalia. In the past, members of the club have brought bullets, uniform buttons and belt hardware found in the region.

Perhaps the highlight of the year for the club is the annual Maryland Fall Classic Treasure Hunt, scheduled this year for Oct. 17 in Ocean City. An area of beach is planted with metal pieces and then explorers attempt to recover the pieces. Prizes will be awarded.

Registration fees are $50 per person postmarked by Oct. 10 and $75 if postmarked Oct. 11 until the day of the hunt.

The club's next meeting is 7 p.m. tomorrow at the North County Library. Information on the treasure hunt will be discussed.

For additional information, call 247-5956.

* It went so well last year that the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring Chamber Day, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, at Kurtz's Pleasure Beach. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children. Children under 6 are admitted free.

Event chairwoman Christine Cogliano says the afternoon is filled with activities for the entire family, a volleyball tournament, horseshoes, a moonwalk, games and rides.

For a nominal additional fee, participants can play bingo, take a tethered ride in a hot air balloon, have their likeness captured in a caricature or sneak a glimpse into the future with a Tarot card reading.

An auction has been planned. Among the items for sale: weekend trips, a glass clock, karate classes, a Christmas tree, carpeting, office supplies and the use of a Lincoln Town car for a weekend.

"This is the chamber's big fund-raiser for the year to sponsor all its activities through the year including the annual Christmas party [for underprivileged children]," said Cogliano.

Pit beef, turkey, sausages, assorted salads and desserts top Sunday's menu. "We will have a ton of food," promised Cogliano.

For ticket information, call the chamber office, 766-8282 or 761-4445. Tickets also will also be sold at the door.

* Principal Janice McIntosh will welcome Archbishop William Keeler and other prominent members of the community to a rededication of Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, 10 a.m. tomorrow. Former staff members and faculty are welcome.

The school recently underwent a year-long renovation to soundproof the building to muffle noise from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

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