Running Brook explores starting crime-watch program

NEIGHBORS

November 17, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

The Running Brook area of Wilde Lake has taken the first steps toward forming a crime watch.

A community meeting on Nov. 10 featured Cpl. Tara Ball, a spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department's crime prevention office.

The Hannibal Grove residents who attended discussed their concerns about crime and talked with Corporal Ball about prevention methods.

Burt Thompson, the community director at Hannibal Grove, said the meeting went well.

"There was a lot of interest, and many good points were raised," he said.

"The main concerns seemed to be noise and public drinking."

County police report that Hannibal Grove, and the Columbia Road area in general, has a lower crime rate than other sections of Columbia.

Residents of Hannibal Grove know that several county and state police officers live in the complex, and believe their presence is helpful.

Said Mr. Thompson of the crime-watch program: "Our residents definitely want this, and we are prepared to help them in any way we can."

The residents plan to meet again, and details of the crime-watch program will be distributed to all Hannibal Grove residents.

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Storyteller Bill Wood will present stories about Thanksgiving, American Indians, the change of seasons and the holiday spirit at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Kahler Hall in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

The program is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, and is designed to be interactive. Mr. Woods interlaces his tales with songs, games and participation from the children.

Admission is free, but everyone is encouraged to donate a can of food to help feed the needy during the coming holiday season.

Reservations are suggested, and can be made by calling Cyndie Cota at 730-0770.

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In this age of credit cards, it is very easy for an individual or family to find themselves heavily in debt.

Often, the descent is slow. For many, the realization that they are in over their head comes as a shock, and often much too late.

"Getting a Handle on Debt" is the subject of a seminar to be held at 8 p.m. today at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. It is one of a series of seminars sponsored by St. John Baptist Church.

Tonight's speaker is the Rev. Bruce Clark.

He will discuss the many burdens and pitfalls associated with debt, how to avoid getting into debt, and ways to get out.

The seminar is free, and all members of the community are welcome to attend.

/%For more information, call 992-6977.

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Winter is almost here, and snow won't be far behind. If we are to believe meteorologists' long-range forecasts and the predications of The Farmer's Almanac, our part of the country will experience above-normal amounts of snow this winter.

If the predictions hold true, there will be lots of snow to shovel, and the need for lots of shovelers.

The Wilde Lake Community Association is sending out the call for shovelers to help snowbound residents.

It's a good way for youths to pick up a few extra bucks.

Those interested in being on the Wilde Lake snow-shoveling list, please stop by Slayton House to register, or call 730-3987.

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When country singer-songwriter Slim Harrison performed at Running Brook Elementary School last year, his performance made the school cafeteria feel more like the Grand Ole Opry.

By popular demand, he will be back this year.

Mr. Harrison will be making his second appearance for the children, families and staff at the Evening Hoedown, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

This year's program also will include a drawing for a Family Participation prize. The winner will receive a meal for two at Woodward & Lothrop at The Mall in Columbia.

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The sixth annual Holiday Garden of Lights, a fund-raiser for the hospital's oncology services department, is being sponsored by the Volunteer Auxiliary of the Howard County General Hospital.

The purchase of lights to honor or memorialize friends, co-workers and loved ones is a tax-deductible contribution.

One light will cost $5, $100 will illuminate a shrub, and $300 will light a tree in the holiday garden adjacent to the main entrance of the hospital.

A display in the hospital lobby will list the names of all contributors and honorees.

There will be an illumination ceremony at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5. Contributors, honorees and the public are welcome.

For more information on becoming a contributor, call 740-7980.

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