Here's looking at you, Glen Burnie -- through a lens, darkly GLEN BURNIE



How does this sound: Glen Burnie becomes an incorporated city. We get a mayor. (If there is a car involved, I'll consider the position.) We pass city ordinances to protect the rights of residents. The first new law is . . .

Camcorders are illegal.

Having just spent a weekend surrounded by amateur video buffs embroiled in a contest akin to dueling zoom lenses, I may be a little sensitive to the issue.

At one point, we had an uncle and a soon-to-be in-law circling the picnic table in a weird type of cinema verite dance. For posterity we now have tapes of the following:

* My father trying to snort out the bug he had accidentally inhaled.

* Me fixing dinner while everyone is outside laughing.

* Six adults trying to get a 2-year-old to throw a ball . . . for three hours.

* Eleven pairs of legs that have not seen the sun since September '92.

* Me serving dinner while everyone is outside sunbathing.

* People eating.

* People sleeping while I'm cleaning up after dinner.

In case you haven't noticed, I didn't get a camcorder for Mother's Day.

Say cheese, Glen Burnie.


While appreciation of good art is often subjective, appreciation

of a good art teacher has resulted in "Art From the Heart," an art show at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, students at R. H. Lee will display artwork as a tribute to their teacher, Diane McGraw.

PTO co-president Lisa Case helped coordinate the show. "I was really impressed with this art teacher," she said. "She is just really amazing, the things she does with the kids. If you ask the children who is their favorite teacher, Mrs. McGraw is always at the top of the list."

The art projects in the show are examples of the artistic media the students have worked with during the school year. "Every child who has completed a project this year will be represented," said Case.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., several students will demonstrate different art techniques.

Admission to the show is $1 for adults. Refreshments will be sold.

For additional information, call the school office at 222-6435.


Shall we dance? Perhaps we can join the dance students at Glen Burnie High when they present "An Evening of Dance" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, in the school auditorium.

Dance teacher Dianne Rosso, who is directing the program, says this will be the largest high school dance show in the state.

"This is my big show. It's not only my students -- the dance company, the touring company and all the classes -- but also the All-County Dance Ensemble and the Severna Park Middle School Dance Club," Rosso said.

One of the evening's highlights promises to be a dance choreographed by Rosso in conjunction with an original piece of music by Mike Meros, keyboard player with the Beach Boys. Meros and Rosso are both members of the Brooklyn Park High School class of '68. The two have maintained contact over the years.

"We're going to tape the dance and send it to him. His piece of music is coming to life on stage with dancers, costumes and lights. It's very exciting," she said.

Collette Miller, a student teacher from Towson State University, assisted Rosso with the choreography and preparations for the recital.

Admission to the program is $3. Children ages 10 and under are free.

For ticket information, call the school office at 761-8950.


Every Saturday morning young people get together at Amber Coffman's Glen Burnie apartment and . . . what? Hang out? Listen to music? Watch TV? Feed the homeless?


Happy Helpers for the Homeless is a group of area youth that meets each Saturday morning and makes approximately 100 sandwiches that will be distributed the next day to homeless people in Baltimore.

Working in conjunction with Simple Sacrifice, a food distribution service in Severn, the youth group makes bologna and cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Simple Sacrifice supplies the bread and packaging, but the bologna, cheese, peanut butter and jelly is provided by the Coffman family -- on a single parent's income.

Although occasionally struggling with their own budget, the Coffmans found the weekly donation hasn't really hurt them financially.

"Oh, we've checked all the prices," acknowledged Mrs. Coffman.

The number of participants fluctuates each week, but a corps of workers can be depended upon to donate the one to two hours it takes to prepare the food.

In addition to Amber and her mother, the following youth are actively involved in Happy Helpers: Melissa Helmick, Pat Hagmann, Angela Taft and Henry Pomper.

Anyone wishing to join the group or contribute sandwich supplies can contact Mrs. Coffman at 766-4973.


Games of skill and chance and traditional fair foods -- everyone can enjoy the activities at Marley Elementary School's Spring Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the school grounds.

The community is invited to attend. Marley Elementary is at 201 Marley Station Road. For additional information, call the school office at 222-6415.

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