Riding the rails: easy travel, fare anxiety GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

July 14, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

Sleek, swift, a portent of tomorrow's transportation. light rail has come to Glen Burnie. For the $2.50 round trip fare, we're the Jetsons, rocketing off to work or play.

Born and bred in the suburbs, I have had little practical experience with public transportation. Fear of exact change and paper transfer slips kept me off buses for the first three decades of my life.

With this in mind, I approached the new light rail system with a certain amount of trepidation, curiosity and a roll of quarters. My findings are as follows:

* Pro -- Within minutes of the last out at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, you're zipping toward home, gleefully watching motorists trudge off in search of their cars.

* Con -- You're sitting next to a gentleman who drank 12 beers just so he could give a complete set of plastic souvenir cups as a wedding gift to his nephew.

* Pro -- Glen Burnie to the State Fair in Timonium in 24 minutes.

* Con -- Difficulty calculating light rail fare for competing livestock.

* Pro -- Large revenues added to local economy due to hundreds of visiting consumers arriving daily.

* Con -- Purchases made at the Glen Burnie Ice House leave dangerous puddles on the floor of light rail cars.

* Pro -- Free-lance employment opportunities for individuals interested in hovering around ticket machines offering fare information and assistance to confused commuters.

* Con -- No free-lancers left to explain 25-cent shopping cart rental procedure at Leedmark.

Speed on, Glen Burnie.

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The Ferndale Community Club on Fifth Avenue is the new location of the monthly dances sponsored by the Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners. The next dance is set for 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

Admission is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Beer and setups are included in the price of admission.

Parents Without Partners is a nonprofit organization addressing the needs and interests of single parents and their children.

An orientation meeting for prospective members is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 28 at the North County library.

For information on Saturday's dance or PWP, call 437-4636 or 969-2169.

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Professional soccer player Mike Stankovic will conduct a soccer camp for players ages 5 to 17 at Old Mill High School. Coaching sessions are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Aug. 9 through 13.

The players will be grouped according to age and ability.

The $80 registration fee includes a T-shirt. For an additional $10, players will also receive a soccer ball.

For registration information, call 252-2698 or 721-2764.

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As vacationers travel the freeways, the blood banks at the Red Cross often drop to precariously low levels. The congregation of St. Paul's Lutheran Church is planning a blood donor drive from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall, 308 Oak Ridge Drive.

To donate blood or for further information on the Red Cross' blood donor program, call 766-2283.

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Two-by-two, Noah and his friends from the Zoo-rrific Ark Park will be arriving next week at Messiah United Methodist Church for the start of Vacation Bible School. Crafts, Bible stories and fellowship are in store for children ages 2 through 12.

The community is invited to attend classes from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through July 23 in the Sunday school classrooms, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

For information, call the church office at 761-1944.

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There will be magic in the air at the North County library when magician Michael Chamberlin brings his powers of prestidigitation to the library's summer reading program.

Preschool children and students entering grades one through six are invited to attend the hourlong show Tuesday. Performances are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Advance registration is not required, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information, call 222-7371.

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