The arrival of the new year prompts pledges, promises resolutions and an almost unhealthy need to purchase closet organizers. The need for renewal. We will be better spouses, parents, employees . . . at least until Jan. 12.
As if anyone had actually asked for my input, here is a list of suggestions on how to make Glen Burnie a better place to live in 1993.
* This community really wants this proposed cultural arts pavilion. So how do we get a green light on this project? How does the "Robert Neall Center For The Performing Arts" sound? Or maybe the "Gov. William Donald Schaefer Presents Music For The Worthy Center?" It's just a thought.
* This town would be a better place if it were a felony for one solitary driver to hold 23 motorists captive in the Glen Burnie Post Office parking lot while he is waiting for traffic to clear in three lanes to cross Ritchie Highway and make a U-turn at the Fifth Avenue traffic signal.
* Let's just get it over with and make the Starter jacket the official uniform of Glen Burnie High School.
On a personal level, I have resolved to cut back watching "thirtysomething" re-runs on the Lifetime channel to only twice a day and to try to remember the names of all my sister-in-law's children.
4 Good luck, Glen Burnie. I believe you can do it.
The images of the homeless come into our living rooms each night on the evening news and in the pages of the newspaper. We see them standing at the entrance to the shopping center and avert our eyes, wondering what can be done.
Roger Hora took the challenge and made a difference for dozens of homeless men and women in the Washington area.
Hora collected blankets and sleeping bags from members of the Church of the Crucifixion in Marley and distributed them personally to the homeless men and women on the streets of Washington.
An employee of the Justice Department, Hora was moved to action when, en route to work one evening, he observed an older woman living on the streets. The nights were just beginning to get cold and she had nothing to keep herself warm.
The next night he brought her a blanket, and the project escalated from there.
"I put an ad in the church bulletin and I got about 50 blankets," Hora said. "I gave at least one to everyone, but some received more. Some people use the manhole covers for steam to keep warm. The ones who don't use the covers get an extra blanket."
The response has been positive, although initially some of the homeless men were wary.
"Some were real mean, and some were real nice. After a while it all worked out. It's a matter of how you deal with them," Hora said. "Almost everyone said 'God bless you' and 'Thank you very much.' "
Hora credits the members of his parish with the success of his project.
"This was something I ran, but it was the people doing it," he said. "I'm just the between man."
The beginning of the new year also is the time to think about the start of the next school year. Two area churches are accepting registration for the 1993-94 school year.
* Developing social skills, letter and number recognition, Bible stories and trips to the pumpkin farm are all on the agenda for preschoolers at Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road.
Beverly George and Barbara Towers are teachers for 3- and 4-year-olds.
Classes for 4-year-olds are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The 3-year-olds will meet from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The church has targeted the re-establishment of the preschool program as a major goal this year. The school chose not to open last year due to a decline in enrollment.
For registration information, call the church office, 766-6534, Monday, Wednesday or Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon.
* St. Paul's Lutheran School and Child Care will hold an open house, 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday in January for parents of prospective students.
Members of the faculty and staff will be available to answer any questions and conduct classroom tours.
St. Paul's offers a state-accredited school for children age 4 through fifth grade. Full- and part-time care for 3-year-olds is available through the school's licensed day-care program. Both before- and after-school care are also available for students at St. Paul's.
For information concerning the school program, call 766-5790. Information on the child-care program may be obtained by calling 766-2341.
There's an opportunity this Sunday to give the "gift of life" when the Red Cross Bloodmobile visits the Church of the Crucifixion, 100 Scott Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Glen Lutheran Church and the Church of the Crucifixion are partners in the Red Cross Blood Assurance Program, which promises a supply of blood to family members of parishioners in bTC the partnership. Members of both churches and the community are encouraged to donate to reach Sunday's goal of 50 pints.
A blood donor must be 17 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health with no history of hepatitis or AIDS.