Brick House Bar bites dust, but parts of building will get new lease on life PASADENA

NEIGHBORS

September 24, 1993|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

The phone rang. I knew from her dejected response that she wanted to talk. Not about her mundane life, her spouse, recipes, decorating or stain problems, but MIDDLE SCHOOL.

I had cautioned her about highs and lows of middle-school life, especially about seventh-graders.

"Middle schoolers stuck in the middle" syndrome I call it. No longer the new kid on the block, but not the seasoned, sophisticated, almost-into-high-school eighth grader, either.

The previous evening's back-to-school event wasn't as promising as she'd expected. The highlights were few; she didn't have to wear heels, and the classrooms were devoid of those dreaded one-armed desks. You know, the ones that as a youth you lithely slid into but that as an adult grip your expanded waistline like a vice.

Everything else was OK, she guessed. It was just "her baby was growing up."

That said it all.

I offered a few words of comfort, but nothing would soothe her frazzled emotions. A woman wallowing in the depths of sentimentality hears nothing.

What she really needed was another more horrifying thought to bring her back to reality. Mother-to-mother shock therapy I call it. That's when I began to rattle off the joys she still faced: teen-agers, dating, driving.

The silence was deafening. I called her name a few times to make sure she had not already passed out or hung up. With a quick "bye," I was dismissed.

Works every time!

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Another Pasadena landmark finally has bitten the dust. The Brick House Bar is no more, thanks to local businessman Tom Redmond and his crew.

Not that this former watering hole-turned-eyesore will be missed. Its deteriorating condition had generated a number of negative comments and complaints from the local citizenry for a number of years.

Today all that remains is the outline of the foundation. The bare plot, referred to as Lipins or Wolf's Corner by old-timers, will soon be the site of the "Welcome to Pasadena" sign made of bricks recycled from the old building. Construction of the sign will begin after the redesign of the intersection of Mountain and Long Hill roads.

To its credit, Redmond's outfit also managed to recycle more than 25 tons of steel and aluminum during the demolition.

"We are very pro-recycling," Redmond said. "We all need to use common sense about recycling and learn not to waste."

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You are invited to shop at the grand opening of the Cancer Resource and Support Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The shop is in Patriots Plaza, 8043B Ritchie Highway, next to New Thrift Shop.

Shoppers making a purchase of $10 or more tomorrow will receive a gift goodie bag filled with useful items.

For youngsters, the storybook character "Madeline" from the Learning Channel will be on hand until noon.

The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Sundays and Thursdays. Thursday hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All shop proceeds will benefit the CaRES Center.

For more information about the shop, volunteer opportunities, how to donate clothing or household items, or CaRES programming, call 760-2929 or 760-2273.

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Faith United Methodist Church, 905 Duvall Highway, is having a craft fair and flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the church. Proceeds will benefit the roofing fund. For more details, call 437-7538.

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Students at Fort Smallwood Elementary were treated Wednesday to a program on problem solving, presented by Involvement Theatre.

Youngsters selected to help with the presentation were: Stephanie Adams, Mary Bell, Timothy Conkling, John-Matthew Hackman, Heath Harris and Amanda Spada.

The musically oriented program was designed to foster effective problem solving, improve listening and communication skills, promote cooperative learning and boost self-esteem and teamwork, in an entertaining atmosphere, said Carolyn Keenen,

school counselor.

The program was sponsored by the school PTA.

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For hundreds of county high school students, one of the major steps along the path to higher education involves taking the the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests, the SATs and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

How important are these tests? Trying to filter fact from fantasy can be frustrating.

If one of these tests looms in your student's future, plan to attend an informational evening presented by the College Board at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Broadneck High School. The event is co-sponsored by county schools, including Chesapeake and Northeast High schools.

Dr. Martha Gannon, a consultant to the College Board, will describe the tests, explain what they measure and how they are scored. She will also discuss the best ways to prepare for the tests and how colleges use student scores.

"We urge any college-bound CHS sophomore or junior and their parents to attend this program to answer questions they may have about the test," said CHS guidance counselor Ron Wagner.

For more details, call Maryalice Todd, 757-1300.

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