Tax terror closing in? Just call Chuck


April 13, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

He found me at the dining room table carefully arranging No. 2 pencils perpendicular to my pristine 1040 forms. A package of AA batteries lay next to the calculator. A note with the phone number of Chuck, the CPA Cousin, was stuck to the phone.

Tax time was here and I was ready.

"There are less than 72 hours to the deadline," he said. "Give it up and call Chuck now."

I explained that the prominent placement of the Chuck number was an incentive, not a solution. He was unmoved.

"It takes you six hours and two trips to the bank to balance the checkbook each month. For 11 years you thought our auto insurance policy number was your Social Security number." He paused. "And could we possibly forget the year you tried to deduct your L'Oriel hair color as a medical expense because washing away the gray made you feel better?"

What's your point, I sniffed.

"I'd like to avoid spending my golden years playing tennis at a minimum security prison for tax fraud," he said.

He poked at my color-coordinated files -- red for deductible expenses, blue for nondeductions, and pink for Giant receipts I forgot to turn in to get a computer for the school. He blanched.

"We have only three receipts for deductions?"

Excuse me while I give Chuck a call, Glen Burnie.


Do you want to dance? Try Manhattan After Dark at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School April 22 and 23. The restaurants open at 6 p.m. and the clubs open at 7 p.m.

Every year the school transforms into a supper club and a comedy club and a country-western club and a deli and a sock-hop and . . .

The gym, the cafeteria and the classrooms have been transformed into New York nightspots by scores of volunteers.

"It starts with a committee of 20 people who begin meeting once a month from September on," said Home School Association President Sharon Malecki. "We end up with 300 to 350 volunteers altogether before it's over."

Visitors can spend the evening in one spot or sample several.

Stop by one room and do the Texas two-step while listening to Maria Rose and the Blue Horizon. Move down the hall and sway to the big-band sounds of Wolfetrap. Join dancers from the Moonlight Terrace dance club in Columbia, when they take to the floor in both rooms to demonstrate some fancy footwork.

If the Top 40 music is more your style, spend some time listening and dancing to today's hits performed by Skyline.

Murph the Music Man spins some platters in the '50s and '60s room. Volunteer workers help set the mood with a few poodle skirts and a leather jacket or two.

Back by popular demand is Andre Brown in MAD's comedy club. Brown's playful interaction with his audience guarantees a packed house every show.

Hungry nightclubbers can buy a full dinner at the Roadrunner Cafe or a ham sandwich at the New York Deli. Stop by the Cafe Viennese for rich desserts and flavored coffees.

Admission is $9 for Friday night and $10 for Saturday. Proceeds will be used to upgrade the school's library.

For ticket information, call the school office 766-8614.


At the monthly meetings of the Glen Burnie chapter of Business and Professional Women the issues discussed are as diverse as the women that address them: affordable day care, pay equity, educational opportunity, the elimination of violence against women.

The current political climate in Annapolis will top the agenda when the GB/BPW welcomes Del. Joan Cadden at 7:15 tonight in room 307 of the Arundel Center North. Cadden represents District 31.

Chartered in 1964, the chapter offers business women an opportunity to present a united front on political and social issues. Members have distinguishing themselves with their continued support of legislative initiatives that improve women's lives.

The club offers members a chance to refine business and social networking skills at the meetings, encouraging one another's business development.

For information on joining the GB/BPW call Christine Davenport, 761-5763.


Camping, hiking, rifle shooting, archery -- today's Boy Scouts are doing a more than tying knots.

Boy Scout Troop 857 is actively recruiting boys ages 11 to 17 who would like to give scouting a try.

"We're looking for anyone who is interested in having a good time," said assistant troop leader Frank Despot. "You don't have to have any prior scouting experience."

Despot and troop leader Walter King are preparing the boys for the regional Camporee scheduled for May 6, 7 and 8. Scouts also will be going on a rock climbing/repelling trip and a bike-hike expedition.

"We keep a full program going through the entire summer," said Despot.

The troop meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Road.

For information call King, 551-6373, or Despot, 850-8531.


Baseball memorabilia collectors and traders are invited to a show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 in the cafeteria of Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School. Proceeds will benefit the school's sport programs and area food banks.

Spaces with tables are available for rent -- $25 for one, $40 for two.

For information, call Leo Zerhusen, 859-1297, or Mike Flis of the Straight Away Center, 768-8570.


Attic treasures, crafts and home-baked goodies can be found 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the flea market/bake sale sponsored by Messiah Preschool PTA.

Bargain hunters are invited to stop by, rain or shine, for some shopping, socializing or refreshments.

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