Activities abound to get you out-and-about in this season of sneezing

NEIGHBORS

May 05, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

There's a new bird in Central County this spring: the ring-eyed, red-nosed sneezer.

Sightings have been reported near its favorite roosting grounds, drug store prescription counters, buying antihistamines to counter the explosion of pollen.

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Hospice of the Chesapeake has begun construction of a 2,400-square-foot addition to its Millersville facility.

The hospice moved to it present location only a year ago, but already "we are becoming vastly overcrowded, and have used virtually every available square inch of space," said President Erwin Abrams.

He said he sees the move as a positive indication of the hospice's progress: a tangible indication of the agency's vitality and its acceptance by the community.

The hospice program was created to give terminally ill patients and their families physical comfort, emotional support, psychological counseling and spiritual care, as well as bereavement care to anyone grieving.

The current headquarters in Veterans Plaza in Millersville, the third in the organization's 15-year history (originally known as Arundel Hospice), initially seemed more than adequate.

"I remember when we moved into this office," said Eileen Lacijan, director of Clinical Services. "We all thought, 'What are we going to do with this space?' And now there's not enough."

In the past year, the number of patients nearly tripled -- from 30 to almost 90 -- and the Bereavement Center's clientele jumped from 1,500 to 1,800.

The expansion is expected to be completed by June. For more information, call 987-2003.

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Anne Arundel Community College honored retiring President Thomas E. Florestano Sr. last Wednesday by naming the new Allied Health and Public Services building in his honor. The new building is linked to the main campus by a stunning footbridge.

Highlights of the program included a tour of the facility and recognition of architectural technology student Lawrence Kuper's design at the entrance of the college's new west campus entrance next to the Big Vanilla on Ritchie Highway.

Dr. Florestano served as president for 15 years.

Ronald A. DeAbreu, associate professor of English, has been named winner of a $3,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the fiction of the English-speaking Caribbean.

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Mothers will enjoy a Mother's Day sale today through Saturday at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop on Ritchie Highway. The shop has extended its hours until 7 p.m. today. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Information: 544-0568.

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Severna Park United Methodist Church welcomes everyone to its annual spring Garage Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday.

Call 987-4700.

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The annual Spring Fun Fair at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. If it rains, the fair will be moved indoors. This one is perfect for the younger set.

Call 647-9168.

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"A Night At the Opera," is the theme of a spring dance from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday night at Severna Park High School.

Live music from the '30s to the '60s will be performed by the Windjammers. Dress is casually elegant (that's semi-formal to you baby boomers).

Sponsored by the SPHS Band Boosters, tickets are $5 at the door or by calling 544-4590 or 647-8688.

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The Benfield Elementary School Spring Fair is the perfect place to take the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 13. There will be games and prizes for the kids, a silent auction for the grown-ups, and a variety of adult-pleasing dinner entrees and Chart House mud pie for dessert. This one is on, rain or shine. Call 222-6555.

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