What she did for love included really big hair and blue eye shadow

NEIGHBORS

February 09, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

"Pssst!"

Looking around the parking lot, I saw nothing yet detected the unmistakable scent of AquaNet Superhold.

"Over here!" It was my friend, crouched down beside her car. Except her hair. Towering above her, it was a melange of Farrah Fawcett and early Priscilla Presley with just a hint of Little Miss Toni Perm.

"I had a coupon for Sparkin' Sassy Beauty Photos. $19.95." She was not happy. "I thought I'd get the make-over, have my photo taken and surprise my husband for Valentine's Day. Now look at me!"

That wasn't an easy request as it was difficult to find her under the mascara, foundation, blush, highlighter, contour powder and a shade of blue-frosted eye shadow that was sold only at the now-defunct Murphy Mart.

Whisps of boa feathers floated around her, creating a fowl-like aura. A studded leather necklace sparkled in the parking lot's vapor lights. She had a beauty mark.

Calculating the interior area of her car I realized she was never going home in a Reliant K car. I maneuvered her into the back of my truck, her abundant hair guaranteeing her safety in the event of an accident.

The last I heard she was planning to give her husband socks on Feb. 14.

Happy Valentine's Day, Glen Burnie.

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The vote was unanimous, and Donna Bolander was named "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School.

A member of the faculty since 1979, Mrs. Bolander teaches religion, mathematics, social studies and art for the first level. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has served as the primary math department chairwoman for nine years.

Suzanne Whitmore, Slade's director of development, sees the unanimous vote by her colleagues as a testament to Bolander's commitment.

"It sounds like a cliche, but the staff admires her dedication to teaching," said Whitmore. "She loves to teach. You can see it every day when she walks in. It's as though each day is her first day of teaching."

Her nomination at Slade makes Bolander eligible to compete next month for the Archbishop's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Parenting -- the most important challenge of our lives, and there aren't any instructions. But there is a handbook.

The Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Program offers a handbook and six weekly discussion groups, starting Feb. 15 and continuing each Tuesday through March 22.

The workshop will be held at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School, 400 A Street S.W. The classes meet from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is a $14 fee for the handbook.

The program helps parents address the problems and frustrations they face every day with children from kindergarten to grade five.

"We'll deal with nine different topics that parents frequently ask about. One of the classes deals with the goals of misbehavior, another with encouragement and self-esteem," said Mary McCormick, a guidance counselor at the school.

McCormick noted that very often parents turn to a guidance counselor for advice and information on parenting skills. The S.T.E.P. program includes the counselors but adds an element of peer counseling.

"The goal of any parent discussion group is for parents to meet and share ideas and concerns. They give support and suggestions to each other while the counselor acts as a facilitator," McCormick said.

McCormick will be joined by counselors from two area elementary schools: Millie DeSimone of Quarterfield and Marie Rafferty of Ridgeway.

The S.T.E.P. program is open to all parents of elementary age children. For information, call 222-6435.

Air conditioning, computers, science lab equipment, library books . . . the wish list for our schools is endless. The community can express its concerns at a budget hearing, 7:30 p.m. tonight at Glen Burnie High.

Interim School Superintendent Carol S. Parham and members of the Board of Education will hear public testimony on the proposed 1994-'95 school budget. Individuals will be allowed three minutes to speak while representatives of organizations will be allotted five minutes.

Written testimony can be mailed to school board President Thomas Twombley, the Board of Education, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis 21401.

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It's hearts and flowers at the Corkran Middle School Valentine's Dance, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday in the school's cafeteria, 7600 Quarterfield Road. The dance is sponsored by Corkran's Student Government Association.

Students can purchase the $2 admission tickets during lunch periods through Friday. Proceeds from the dance will benefit activities sponsored by the SGA.

For information, call the school office, 222-6493.

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Glen Lutheran Church is having a ham dinner and bake sale, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall, 106 Carroll Road.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 2 to 10 years old. Children under 2 are free.

For ticket information call the church office, 766-6534 or Bev George, 768-4134.

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Get ready for a little night music at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School annual talent show, 7 p.m. Feb. 17-18 in the multipurpose room of the school, 400 A St. S.W.

Eleanor Pieroschec, a former teacher at the school, is the show coordinator. She has "booked" 20 acts for the show with 39 participants singing, dancing, karate kicking, twirling a baton or playing the piano.

The talent show is only one of the ways Richard Henry Lee students showcase their talents. Twice a year, Pieroschec also teaches an eight-week drama class for fourth- and fifth-grade students.

Admission for the show is 50 cents. Tickets for the talent show can be purchased at school or at the door.

For information, call the school office 222-6435.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council 3413 at a dinner dance 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway.

Costumes are optional, but the prize money awarded may make it worth the extra effort: first place, $250; second place, $150; third place, $100.

Tickets are $16 and include dinner and dancing to the music of "Saturday."

For ticket information, call 647-1118.

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