Cardin plans community crime forum at Slayton House

NEIGHBORS

March 02, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

Whether we want to admit it or not, crime is rapidly becoming a major problem in Columbia and the rest of Howard County.

Trapped as we are between two major East Coast crime centers -- Washington and Baltimore -- it is almost inevitable that our community will increasingly become a target.

At a recent meeting of concerned residents living in the Hannibal Grove apartment complex in Wilde Lake, one resident rightly noted that "we can't build walls to keep the criminals out."

So, we are left to seek alternatives. Some residents, like those in Hannibal Grove, and Stevens Forest Apartments, in Oakland Mills, have formed Crime Watch groups.

Sadly, this fear now resides in communities where 20 years ago most people didn't even bother to lock their doors.

In an effort to find solutions to crime, and to make our community safer, U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will sponsor a community crime forum at Slayton House, in Wilde Lake Village Green, on Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m.

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Everyone was saddened to learn of the recent death of Randy Sands. Columbia's "walkin' man" was a familiar sight on the roadways of Howard County and a source of wonderment for most of those who saw him. His unusual gait made him instantly recognizable, even from a distance.

My wife and my oldest son would stop and talk to him when they saw him at the Columbia Mall and other places around the county. My wife says Randy would always smile and ask, "Don't I know you?"

Although I seldom spoke to him, whenever I saw Randy I wondered what drove him to walk. Where was he always going in such a hurry? What were his views of the world he traveled through at such a frantic pace?

Several years ago, I jotted down a memo in my little "to do" notebook. It said: "Walkin' Randy, an unusual character. Might make a good story." But, for whatever reason, I never got around to writing it.

Now Randy is gone, and deep down inside I know I blew it. No, I'm not talking about losing a chance for a good story. I'm talking about a lost opportunity to get to know an individual who, whether by choice or circumstance, walked down a road different from the one the rest of us have taken. Maybe it was important that we understood what drove him to his journeys. Maybe not. But now, we'll never really know.

Put the phrase "all you can eat" together with the words "bull and oyster roast," and you'll get the attention of most people.

However, it's your attendance that the Atholton High School Booster Club wants when they sponsor the fourth annual bull and oyster roast at the Ellicott City Armory, on March 19, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Naturally, this all-you-can-eat extravaganza will feature plenty of beef, cooked just the way you like it, and lots and lots of oysters, both deep fried and on the half-shell.

Mike Goglia, chairman of the booster's club, says that in addition all the good food there will be casino gambling, 50-50 cash drawings and fabulous door prizes.

Do you wanna dance? If so, the fabulous Whitewalls will be on hand to play some old-time rock and roll.

This incredible evening can be yours for only $25 per person, beer and set-ups included. And, if you want to bring a whole group of hungry friends with you, let them know in advance and tables will be reserved for you.

For more information, call 301-776-6062.

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Former Harper's Choice resident and Wilde Lake High School graduate David Wang was back in Columbia over the weekend to visit friends.

Mr. Wang and business partner Charles McGehee, whose mother lives in Silver Spring, had just returned from a trip to Moscow.

"It was mostly business," says Mr. Wang. "But, we had a chance to get around and take in some of the sights. Moscow is a very cold city in the middle of winter, and, most evenings, we were content to stay around the hotel."

The pair own and operate D & C Imports Ltd. from a small building in Key Largo, Fla. David says the company is a specialty wholesale firm which deals mostly in unique, unusual and hard-to-find import items.

"Our customers are mostly businesses in South Florida. They offer our products to business friends and associates as a show of appreciation," says Mr. Wang. "We concentrate on unusual, high-end items because there's more profit, and less competition."

While in Russia, they entered into an agreement with a small Moscow company that produces intricate, and incredibly beautiful, mosaic-design crystal glassware.

"We will be the exclusive U.S. importer," says Mr. Wang. "It is very original, and very expensive glassware, rarely seen in this country. In Europe, it is highly prized."

Because the supply will be limited at first, Mr. Wang says the glassware will initially be made available only to D & C's current customers.

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The Columbia Orchestra, under the direction of Kathy Ferguson, will be in concert at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre on Saturday at 2 p.m. The concert will feature solo performances by the winners of the annual Young Artist Competition.

Two of 1994's winning soloists are from Atholton High School.

Allison Webb, a 14-year-old ninth-grader at Atholton, will perform the Tartini Concertino for clarinet. Cindy You, a 18-year-old 11th-grader, will perform Schumann's Piano Concerto, Opus 54.

Tickets for the performance will be available at the door. The cost is $6 for general admission, $5 for seniors and $4 for children.

For additional information, call 461-9194.

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