When a kid is yearning to drive, a parent is thankful for any respite PASADENA

NEIGHBORS

September 17, 1993|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

It's the beginning of car pooling season, and I'm this close to chucking the whole schedule.

Ordinarily I don't give up quite so easily. After a decade or so of on-the-job training, you learn to roll with the punches. But this year I reached the fork in my car pooling career.

My eldest was to embark on her quest to join the "happy motoring crowd." The promise of even a brief break was appealing, despite my apprehension.

Driving involves considerable attention to detail, nerves of steel and well, maturity, I explained somberly. With a roll of her eyes, she slowly laid out her battle plan to her semi-intelligent parents:

* Obtain learner's permit as soon as legally possible. Cost, $30.

* Breeze through driver's ed classes. Cost, $200.

* Pass the driving test.

* Drive solo. Emotional cost, beyond calculation.

If you thought leaving them home alone was frightening, just imagine that same kid alone behind the wheel.

A schedule snag has spared the motoring public the addition of one new member, at least for a few more days. Trying to arrange a rendezvous between a driving instructor and a busy teen is like an episode of "Mission: Impossible."

So, until we straighten this out, I'm back in control. Antacids may get me through this one, but I'm not counting on it.

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The popularity of Back-to-School Night at Chesapeake Bay Middle School has prompted Principal Charity McClellan to make changes in the schedule this year.

The popular event caused traffic congestion at the school last year, so Ms. McClellan has scheduled two sessions this year.

On Tuesday, the event is open to grade six and Intensity V, and on Wednesday, grades seven and eight.

The programs will begin at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. After a brief PTSO meeting, parents can visit classrooms, meet teachers and find out more about teaching plans. Families also can sign up to join the PTSO. The cost is $5.

For more details, call the school, 437-2400.

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Due to a scheduling conflict, the Long Point Garden Club will have its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 -- not Sept. 22 -- at Long Point Hall.

For more information, call Katie Haines, 255-6087.

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With summer over, it's back to Storytime for preschoolers at the Riviera Beach library.

Starting next week, children ages 2 to 6 are invited to attend Storytime at 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the library on Duvall Highway.

Parents and care-givers are required to attend Storytime sessions with 2- and 3-year-olds. Parents of older children are also welcome to attend.

No registration is required.

For more details, call 222-6285.

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The Chesapeake Christian Center, 7975 Tick Neck Road, is having a revival crusade presented by the Rev. Rick Lairsey of Deland, Fla., at 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

Mr. Lairsey has ministered and been a pastor, state evangelist, seminar speaker, radio talk show host and teacher. For the past two years, he has ministered to congregations throughout the United States. Included nightly will be prayers for the physically and spiritually sick.

For more details, call the church, 255-3168.

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The Knights of Columbus Msgr. Raymond P. Kelley Council is having an open house at 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. Jane Frances de Chantal hall in Riviera Beach.

Aldo Bartolomei, past state Knights of Columbus deputy and a member of Sacred Heart Council in Bowie, will speak. The group also will offer a "living rosary."

Members will donate a mountain bike to Capt. Tom Shanahan of the county's Eastern District Police Station to help expand the two-man patrol program. The bike was purchased by the Knights of Columbus District 10 council members.

Presenters will be District Deputy Kenneth Sassaman; Ron Thomas, of Holy Trinity Council; Charles Clark, of Fr. McGivney Council; George Ochs, of Our Lady of the Chesapeake Council; and Bob Cleckner, of Msgr. Raymond P. Kelly Council.

Families are welcome. Refreshments will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary.

For more details, call Len Switala, 437-1216.

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Travel by motor coach with the Chesapeake Womans Club to the Big Apple to see the spectacular Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall on Dec. 6.

The bus will depart from Lauer's Super Thrift on Edwin Raynor Boulevard at 7 a.m. and return between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The cost is $75 per person and includes transportation and show tickets. Lunch is on your own.

Proceeds will benefit CWC community activities.

For reservations, call 437-1376.

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Chesapeake High School juniors interested in working at the National Security Agency during their senior year should sign up for the NSA aptitude test scheduled for Sept. 29 and Oct. 7 at the school.

The test will not include business skills, but students must take a keyboarding class before starting work. Each applicant and members of his or her immediate family must be U.S. citizens. Applicants also will undergo extensive pre-employment processing, medical interview and exam and a polygraph test.

A security clearance can take up to six months to complete.

Interested students can sign up in the school office technology lab or contact a business teacher.

For more details, call Debbie Groff or Christie Hudgins, 255-9600, during school hours.

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