This week is the time to show gratitude to school employees ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE


February 01, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

Hey! Students and parents! Howard County Public Schools have designated this week as Employee Appreciation Week. Do something nice for those people -- teachers and administrators, school secretaries, custodians and bus drivers -- who work so hard to help the kids succeed. If you can't do anything else, a simple "thank you" will be much appreciated. (And if you believe that these folk have an easy job, try following one of them for a day.)

Congratulations to Thunder Hill Elementary School second grader Tessa Manolopoulos, who won the first-prize gold trophy from the Howard County Fire and Rescue Department's Buzzy and Flash Color Contest. Silver trophies went to Thunder Hill Elementary's Emily Lantrip and Rachel Rosenberg. The entire second grade took part in the contest as a class project to celebrate Fire Prevention Week.

To those environmentalists who live in parts of Ellicott City, Elkridge, West Columbia and West Laurel who still use MORT to recycle their trash: Have you started to wonder if the county's recycling program will ever come to your area? Have you been driving your recyclables to MORT for what seems an eternity, passing those lucky residents with blue bins outside their homes?

Well, Linda Fields from Howard County's recycling program reports that contractor proposals are soon due for curbside recycling for all the remaining single-family homes in the county, and that all the single-family dwellings should have service by June or July. But "gears are moving slowly," she says, because of budgetary considerations and the contract process.

When it's time to get recycling service, you will be notified with an information packet. You won't get a blue bin, though. The ubiquitous blue bins are being phased out in favor of cheaper plastic garbage bags, available at the grocery store. One thing ,, you'll have to adjust to: The schedule for garbage pickup will change. Although trash will still be picked up twice a week, one pickup will be for nonrecyclable material and the other for recyclable trash. It'll just take a little planning to remember whether to put out the newspapers and plastic bottles, or the other stuff.

How about apartments? Will they be able to have recycling pickup? Apparently, this is still being debated, because recycling programs have not generally been as effective with apartment dwellers. But there is a pilot program in the county now, which will be expanded if possible.

Has anyone lost a large, black Newfoundland-mix dog in the vicinity of Routes 29 and 108? The dog, which wore an electronic fence collar, had been wandering the Meadowbrook Farms area for nearly a week when fourth graders Kenny Kang, Bryan Geiger, and Sam Leslie brought it into tow. Neighbor Teresa Blumberg, herself the owner of three large pooches, drove the dog to her veterinarian for a check-up and shots.

Obviously, this friendly dog is well-loved and is missing his family. If you know whose dog he might be, call me at 461-4513.

At 8 p.m. on Feb 19 and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 20, Kinetics Dance Theatre will present an intriguing dance-theater program

at the Rockland Arts Center

on High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Guest soloist Sharon Wyrrick, a nationally known dancer from Virginia, will perform her original dance-theater piece "Nest," which integrates themes from the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" and feelings about breast cancer. There are 21 mattresses in the piece!

Kinetics dancers David Miller, Luke Loy, Linda Garofalo-McDevitt, Amanda Thom-Woodson and Anne Parshall perform a dance about relationships, "Ooo Baby, Baby," which features music from Nat King Cole, Lenalovich and the Platters. This dance-theater piece was written for the troupe by Sharon Wyrrick. Finally, the troupe will perform "Random Access", choreographed by Dottie Fried, Kinetic's artistic director, which is based on computers and the frustration and illumination they give us.

Tickets are $10 for general audience, and $8 for students and seniors. Contact the Howard County Arts Council at 461-9907 for further information.

Is it too late for a holiday giving story? I hope not! Century 21 Forty West, a small real estate office owned by broker Cindy Durgin, adopted two families for Thanksgiving, then enjoyed the process of helping them so much that they adopted five more families in December.

The families, some of whom were personal acquaintances of the agents, were victims of illness or layoffs.

Office manager Noreen Bottinger reports that the Century 21 employees gave most of the gifts but that Treuth Meat Market in Oella donated a 20-pound Christmas turkey, as did the Safeway store at Normandy Plaza.

Their original goal was to buy each child one nice Christmas gift, but "everyone got into the spirit," says Noreen, making it possible for the families' children to have a generous amount of presents. Normandy Safeway manager Therese Kaufman donated games.

Margaret Smith Gallery, 8090 Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, will be displaying successful New York City artist James Rizzi's portfolio for only three days, Feb. 12-14.

Rizzi, a true son of his city, was discovered while he was displaying his paintings in the streets. His artistry, which was featured on rock 'n' roll group Tom Tom Club's album cover, has a three-dimensional construction style and has found a wide audience in New York City.

He usually depicts the frenzied activity of New York City. An image of cars piled one on the other in traffic rings true, as does a hot dog vendor and the Empire State Building. Rizzi, also an athlete and sports fan, has included golf as an additional artistic subject. Telephone the Margaret Smith Gallery at (410) 461-0870 for gallery hours.

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