Easy ways to settle on a candidate

NEIGHBORS

September 14, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

Slowing to avoid hitting a perky young woman adhering bumper stickers on the vehicles of unsuspecting voters, I noticed my friend trotting along my car.

"Save me," she gasped. "I've been trying to get to the school to vote for an hour but I can't get past the political pep squads."

Safely inside the car she began to organize neat piles of leaflets, brochures and nail files on the --board: Democrat, Republican, pro-environment, anti-taxes, anti-crime, pro-jail.

There's an easier way to find the right candidate, I offered. Narrow down the field by eliminating these politicians:

* Has a political theme song that uses a tune you danced to at cousin Janet's wedding.

* Forces family members to risk life and limb standing in the middle of Ritchie Highway waving. They should be doing something useful -- like washing windshields.

* Refuses to use a stamp, opting to place campaign literature half in a mailbox so it flies down the street when opened.

She sat quietly for a moment. "So who does that leave to vote for?"

Write-in vote for my mom. She needs a hobby.

Poll on, Glen Burnie.

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The rights of crime victims and primary elections results will be discussed at tomorrow's meeting of the District 32 Democratic Club, 8 p.m. at the Ferndale Volunteer fire hall.

Jim Donnelly of the Maryland Coalition for a Constitutional Amendment will address a proposed amendment on the November ballot designed to guarantee crime victim's rights.

An informal dinner for members and their guests will precede the meeting at 7 p.m. Cost is $4.

For information call Evely Kellner, 969-9325, or Valerie Serio, 850-0470.

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Students at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School are selling Joe Corbi pizza kits through Sept. 23. Cheese, pepperoni, sausage and a new fruit-topped dessert kit are available.

Priced from $12 to $14, proceeds will benefit the school's cultural arts program and computer lab.

For information, call Linda Burgess, 766-2040.

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Hand-crafted jewelry, clothing and decorating items will be available at a craft fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Messiah Methodist Church, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

This is the fifth and largest craft show sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Messiah.

For information, call 761-3575.

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Democrats are in the White House, the Rolling Stones are on tour and there's football in Memorial Stadium. Maybe things haven't change as much as we thought since Glen Burnie High School's Class of '79 graduated.

Alumni can find out just how their classmates have changed this weekend when the class celebrates its 15th reunion.

Activities begin Friday night with a bull roast from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at La Fontaine Bleu, 7514 Ritchie Highway. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door.

The fun continues with a family picnic starting at noon, Saturday at Downs' Park.

For information, call Gretchen Smith, 437-4362.

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Gospel music and Christian drama make it a Super Sunday this weekend at Calvary Temple, 651 Old Mill Road.

The day begins at the 11 a.m. services with the contemporary gospel music of the Imperials.

At 6:30 p.m. the curtain rises on the first performance of the popular Christian drama, "Heaven's Gates and Hell's Flames." This production highlights the talents of the Calvary's pageant ministry, says Pastor Bert Hare.

Additional performances of the drama are scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

For additional information call the church office, 987-4714.

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The Parent Involvement Center opens tomorrow for another year of courses and presentations designed to meet the challenges of parenting and teaching.

The center at Oakwood Elementary School, 330 Oak Manor Drive, offers information on discipline, computer learning and organizational skills.

Brief counseling sessions also are available by appointment.

For information, call the center, 222-6429.

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