Buy or sell toys for your tykes at Baby Bazaar NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

October 09, 1992|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Last week I neglected to introduce myself. My husband Mark Wallace and I moved to Savage from Severn four and a half years ago. I worked part-time at the community library in Carroll Baldwin Hall. Since then Bolling Brook was built, Freestate Raceway torn down, Savage Mills renovated further, Patuxent Valley and Forest Ridge schools opened, Whiskey Bottom Elementary changed its name to Laurel Woods and the Savage library moved to Gorman Road.

These are big changes for a small area and a short time. If you have any news you'd like your neighbors to know, events to announce, please call me at 776-6796 or write to me care of The Howard County bureau of The Sun.

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Have your little tykes graduated play school? Do your Weebles wobble and fall down? Then come to the Baby Bazaar (no, not what you think) sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation at Forest Ridge Elementary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17.

For a measly $5, you too can rent a lavish space in which to part with your baby clutter. Or, if your infant still craves Duplo, come to buy; no charge for that.

The $5 fee goes to the Department of Parks and Recreation, so that it can fund more programs.

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The next meeting of the Savage Community Association will be Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Carroll Baldwin Hall, Baltimore and Foundry Streets in Savage.

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The library on Gorman Road is a wondrous place. There are videos, a health reference collection, books on tape, large print books, periodicals on computer disk, college catalogs on microfiche, books (of course), a user-friendly professional staff and a batch of committed volunteers.

Mary Spence is one of these. She collects and files grocery coupons, then shares them with the public at the library. Every week or so she takes the coupon box home and culls the outdated ones.

This is a godsend to those of us who buy diapers by the caseload. Mary is always grateful for coupons, so if you have any extras, bring them in on your next visit. Mary also volunteers as a library grandparent. She reads to preschoolers from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday, letting the children pick their favorite stories.

Wauneta Wine is the other library grandparent assigned to Savage. She is there from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays to read to any child who asks her to, especially kids who are in school during the day.

Laura Capano, one of the children's librarians will present this at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Oct. 17. Registration begins today for this half-hour session.

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Last week I wrote about Hammond Elementary School's sponsorship of Whispering Pines Elementary in Florida, a school devastated by hurricane Andrew.

Hammond's goal was to provide supplies to each of Whispering Pines 831 students, along with classroom materials for the teachers there.

Today at 2 p.m. there will be a big send-off rally to ship 720 school kits, along with physical education and instructional materials.

Hammond staff, parents and students joined to create these packs, either by providing them, or, using generous donations ,, from area businesses and buying and assembling the packs in school.

Each Whispering Pines student will receive a letter written by a Hammond student, sending love and caring along with the pencils.

Scheduled at the rally are performances by third grader Jalleh Arian-Nejad, singing the national anthem; Dean Turner, the magician who volunteered his services, and the Hammond Middle School Band.

The Hammond Elementary students will sing "That's What Friends Are For." Among those attending will be County Executive Charles Ecker and from the Board of Education, Susan Cook, along with the Oriole Bird and McGruff the Crime Dog.

Marilyn Quayle, the vice president's wife, has sent a proclamation but will be not able to attend.

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