Atholton High School Boosters plan annual spaghetti dinner on Friday

NEIGHBORS

October 05, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

If you like spaghetti, here's a feast you don't want to miss. The Atholton High School Boosters' annual All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria.

Mike Goglia, chairman of the AHS Boosters, says more than 380 satisfied customers left this event last year happily stuffed. More than 100 pounds of spaghetti and 35 gallons of sauce were consumed. He hopes those who attended last year will return this year and bring along a few friends.

Advance tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students, senior citizens and children over age 6. Children under 6 are free. The real bargain is for a family of four or more -- a family ticket is only $15 and feeds everyone.

For tickets or for more information, call (301) 776-7829 or (301) 490-7564.

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Two West Columbia students are semifinalists in the 1995 National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Justin Fuches, a senior at Atholton High School, and Ramses Rogers, a Wilde Lake at River Hill senior, are among 1,500 students to reach the semifinal level. More than 95,000 black students entered the nationwide competition. The scholarship program is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. for Afro-Americans.

Early next spring, 800 finalists will be selected to receive scholarships with a total value of $3 million.

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Dina Scarpella, a resident of Harper's Choice, recently won the top sales award at Donovan & Banks Inc., a Bethesda-based sales and marketing company.

Her efforts were rewarded with a seven-day, all-expenses-paid vacation for two to Cancun, Mexico. She invited her mother, Janis Quinton of Buffalo, N.Y., to join her on the trip.

"She's always been my best friend," says Ms. Scarpella. "It was a way I could begin to repay her for all she's done for me over the years."

The vacation started off with a bit too much time under the tropical sun.

"I was pretty well-done," Ms. Scarpella says with a laugh. "Even with tanning lotion, the sun turned me hot pink in about three hours."

For a few days, Ms. Scarpella and her mother mostly remained in the hotel room, staying up late and sleeping late. Ms. Scarpella says she was careful to stay out of the sun, and that after the first day, she pretty much became a creature of the night.

She also says that even though she used medication, the sunburn was so severe that wearing clothing and moving around caused her some pain.

"Worst of all, my lobster-toned skin was embarrassing," she says. "Everyone else had glorious tans. We would only go out in the early evening or at night. But, we still had fun."

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The Wilde Lake Interfaith Center will be filled with joyous music Saturday evening when St. John Baptist Church sponsors an anniversary celebration honoring its Gospel Choir.

The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will feature St. John Gospel Workshop Choir and the Morning Starlites from Morningstar Baptist Church in Catonsville, and will include a performance by recording artist Andrew Brown.

Donations of $7.50 for adults, $4.50 for children under 12. Seniors over 55 will be accepted at the door.

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Oops! Last week there was an error in one of the telephone numbers for information about the fourth annual Crafts Show at Atholton High School that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29.

The correct phone numbers: Rachael at (301) 725-1553 or Courtney at 992-3943.

Artisans are encouraged to call ASAP to reserve space. The cost of an 8-foot by 8-foot space at the indoor crafts show is $15.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Atholton Pom Squad, which is scheduled to compete in the National Dance Team Tournament in Orlando, Fla., in February.

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