After toting up cost of homecoming, son decides dating can wait

NEIGHBORS

October 12, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

Opening the door I heard it -- the unmistakable sound of my friend's apron strings being severed.

A girl had invited her 13-year-old son to a Homecoming Dance. It was his first big dance, his first real date.

"Don't you see? This is yet another step toward some strange girl buying my Mother's Day gift because he's too busy and wouldn't know what I'd like anyway!" she stormed.

She reached under the sofa cushions and pulled out a handful of Lego blocks.

"I'm still vacuuming Lego and he wants to date? He's just a child. He still orders the Happy Meal at McDonald's," she said.

I reminded her that he orders seven Happy Meals at a time, but she wasn't listening. Later that week, I saw her at the Giant. She was smiling and laughing, was her old self. I asked about her son's social life.

"He decided not to go," she said. "When he added up how much it would cost -- dinner, flowers, a new suit -- he decided buying Mortal Combat II for his Nintendo was a better investment."

Happy Homecoming, Glen Burnie.

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Glen Burnie Senior High celebrates Homecoming with a week of activities to boost school spirit for the gridiron match against Meade High at 7 p.m. Oct. 21.

The schedule of activities for the week of October 17 is as follows:

Monday -- Twin Day. Friends dress alike.

Tuesday -- Pajama Day. Favorite sleepwear.

Wednesday -- Opposite Day. Dress like another person in school.

Thursday -- School Spirit Day. Decked out in the school's colors -- red & white. The students will hold a pep rally at the stadium at 1 p.m. The Homecoming court will be announced.

Friday -- Varsity football game against Meade High starting at 7 p.m. A parade of floats will precede the game.

Saturday -- Homecoming Dance, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Tickets are $15 for singles, $25 for couples. The theme is "Mystical Dreams."

For additional information, call the school office at 761-8950.

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Members of the Country Club Estates Recreation Association took a break Saturday from sponsoring the 1994 Ariel Head of the Patapsco rowing regatta to honor Del. W. Ray Huff for his contributions to the community.

The annual regatta's fate had been in question after a torrential summer storm that destroyed the road and boat ramp leading to Marley Creek. The association's ramp provides regular access to the upper creek areas for the Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency and the county's search and rescue teams.

Recent paving of the surrounding public roads channeled overflow directly onto the association's property.

Delegate Huff was aware of the ramp's value to the community and helped coordinate the repair efforts, using various government agencies. In accepting his award, Delegate Huff lauded the association for being good neighbors to the county.

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More than 100 artisans will display and sell their work at CRAFToberfest, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, 120 Dorsey Road. Holiday gifts and decorations, jewelry, clothing and items for the home will be on sale. Refreshments will be sold.

The fair is sponsored by the Home School Association. Proceeds will benefit the association's general fund.

For information, call the school office at 766-7130.

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Tickets are available for the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie's 33rd Annual Lobster Feast. It will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Kurtz's Pleasure Beach in Pasadena.

The $29 admission includes a menu of two lobsters, fried clams, barbecue, hot dogs, salad bar, beer and soft drinks. A cash bar will be open throughout the day. Children under 6 are admitted free with a ticket holder.

There will be video horse racing and a raffle for a television.

Proceeds will support the club's college scholarship fund. Each year four $1,000 scholarships are awarded to local students.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, or by calling Pete Peterson at 923-1141.

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Beach towels and bathing trunks may be packed away but the Glen Burnie Park Swim Club will be looking to the 1995 swim season at its next general membership meeting, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School.

Agenda items include electing officers, discussing the club's budget and the proposal for a new pool.

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A limited number of tables are still available for a flea market that will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association.

Information: 761-0317.

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There's a new face behind the pulpit at Granite Baptist Church. The Rev. Wayne D. Mullen has succeeded retired pastor Dr. Richard Grammer.

A graduate of Bob Jones University and Pensacola Christian College, Mr. Mullen came to Glen Burnie from Maine, where he served as pastor of the New Life Baptist Church in Presque Isle.

Mr. Mullen leads the congregation in Sunday services at 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. He also leads the 7 p.m. Wednesday service.

4 Granite Baptist is located at 7823 Oakwood Road.

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Anyone with information for the Glen Burnie Neighbors column should call Bonita Formwalt, 766-4549.

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