The city and the county can play ball together

This Just In. . .

November 24, 1995|By DAN RODRICKS

Just when city-county dialogue seems tainted by class consciousness and racial fears, along comes a genuine example of regional cooperation. And get this -- no politicians are involved.

The Arbutus Athletic Association, founded in 1926, claims to be the nation's oldest youth football organization. The Sandtown-Winchester Pop Warner League, founded in August, is one of the newest.

So in September, when they read in Sun reporter Jim Bock's story that the fledgling, cash-strapped city league had four teams with only two sets of helmets, pads and uniforms, folks in Arbutus wanted to do something.

Steve Kuhn, a city police officer who is president of the Arbutus group, dug out 40 sets of used pads and donated them to Sandtown. "The stuff was sitting there collecting dust," Mr. Kuhn says.

Then, George Kendrick, coach of Arbutus' semipro team, raised the money to buy 22 new shoulder pads. On Saturday, at halftime of Arbutus' super bowl, the coach presented the pads ** to Renay Kelley, director of the Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center, the Sandtown league's home base. Players and cheerleaders from both groups were there to applaud the gift.

"I was surprised," Kelley says. "Once I got there and started talking to them, everybody wanted to do what they could to help the program here. It is just really good. They were genuinely concerned. It was a blessing for us."

Kelley was impressed with Arbutus' youth football tradition and its strong parent involvement.

Says Kuhn: "Here's people trying to do something with the youth that everybody complains about. Here's guys trying to do something right. Let's support them."

The Sandtown league, whose slogan is "The Mighty Mites Doing It Right!," still lacks helmets for two teams and needs money to pay equipment debts. If you want to help, call Renay Kelley or

league commissioner Lemuel Thomas at 396-0937.

The inspiring Eva Salomon

A most pleasant, fascinating and dignified woman died the other day. Eva Salomon, who was 94, lived in Sykesville and was once director of social work at Springfield Hospital Center; a building there was named after her. She seemed to inspire and delight everyone who met her.

Last year, I was privileged to sit in her parlor and listen to her tale of wartime Germany and how she and her husband escaped Crystal Night and the ensuing Holocaust. They fled to America as war broke out in Europe.

On the morning of June 6, 1944, she reached for the radio in her New York apartment and said: "I wonder what Eisenhower is doing in my honor today." It was D-Day, the day the allies invaded Normandy, and, coincidentally, the day Eva Salomon became a U.S. citizen. "I thought, 'How generous this country is to make 'enemy aliens' citizens of this country," she told me. "I went to the courthouse on clouds, and when I became a citizen, I felt completely different." Completely free.

They deliver

Go figure this one: A handmade sign at Hollins Ferry Road and Lansdowne Boulevard says, "Be generous. Tip your pizza driver at least a dollar." . . . Credo of a trash-disposal company: "Satisfaction guaranteed or double your garbage back."

She shopped, he dropped

Observed and overheard in a Towson department store:

Husband leans against a display of linens, his eyes frosted with boredom, a dramatic frown on his face. He keeps glancing at his watch. The frown becomes more profound. Then, another glance at the watch. At last, wife trots up.

"See, honey," she says, "I told you I wouldn't take long. That wasn't long, was it?"

"No, of course not," says husband. "No time at all. They only lowered the price on the stuff in this department twice."

Miserable in menswear

And then there was the frazzled sales clerk who struggled to navigate through racks of clothes, boxes of unpacked goods and a throng of customers, then exclaimed: "God, I hate this job!"

1% And this was before Thanksgiving.

Polo Grill serves up new chef

The new executive chef at the Polo Grill is Jonathan Charmatz, who replaces Howard Marmulstein, a genius of culinary innovation who went off to Atlanta to open another American contemporary restaurant. Charmatz has been at the Polo since it opened in 1990, and he gets credited with Marmulstein -- these are the guys who came up with the incredible blackened center cut pork chop in raspberry sauce -- for making it so good.

Poor Bruce

The Little Campus restaurant in Annapolis is taking collections for the Bruce Bereano Legal Defense Fund. The total so far: 42 cents. . . . I hear Jody Landers is coming back to City Hall to work for the new council president, Lawrence Bell. To which we say, bravo! . . . Parting shot: American Joe should have kept the family bar.

Contact This Just In at 332-6166.

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