Our first column of the new year always feels like a new beginning. The Southview Regional Shopping Center also is having a new beginning. The center has a bright new green facade, new roofs with brick columns and a repaved parking lot. Young and old neighbors are thrilled with the fancy new look.
The center's long renovation has been a rough time for many of us. However, neighbors throughout the community will agree the renovation has been a long time coming and is well worth putting up with the inconveniences. Just a little bit longer, Brooklyn Park!
In this day and age, patience seems like an old-fashioned attitude. Think about it. If your computer doesn't respond instantly, you immediately say it's too slow.
We believe good things come to those who wait. That's why going back to school is always the answer to a dream of many new beginnings.
St. John Lutheran Church, located at 226 Washburn Ave., will hold a benefit concert featuring the Arundel Singers at 3 p.m. Sunday. The free-will-offering concert will benefit the emergency fund of the Ministerial Alliance in the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay area. For more information, call 355-7295.
As we begin a new year, we stop to consider our health. Checkups and exams for the aches and pains we all sometimes feel are important. Women may never feel any symptoms of breast disease. That is why the American Cancer Society encourages all women age 40 and older, especially if they have a family history of breast disease, to have a mammogram. This $45 procedure can be done at Harbor Hospital Center and is conducted by trained female staff members. A nurse provides education about doing your own breast examination, a must between professional exams. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the hospital at 347-3383.
To help area residents understand the new additions to Maryland's Advance Directives legislation, Harbor Hospital Center has designed a brochure, "Exercise Your Right: Put Your Health Care Decisions in Writing." If you or your loved ones are considering your choices about life-sustaining treatments, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you should get this free booklet. It contains documents for the living will and advance directives, including appointment of a health care agent and health care instructions. Harbor Hospital's Speakers Bureau also offers presentations on advance directives to area churches and community groups.
For a copy of the advance directives brochure or for more information about the Speakers Bureau, call 347-2563.