Jaycees deliver 30 Thanksgiving baskets to needy, then start work for Christmas

Neighbors

November 27, 1995|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ELKRIDGE AREA Jaycees, a valuable service organization to Howard County, delivered more than 30 Thanksgiving baskets last week to needy Elkridge families.

Now they're gearing up for Christmas by collecting funds, food and volunteers to again support the community's needy. The planning committee is handling donations, recipients, and details. If you'd like to help, call John Faulent at 379-9080.

The Jaycees' other holiday project involves visits with the Man In Red. For a donation, Santa will visit your home or business from Friday through Dec. 22. Donations will be given to Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

To put in your reservation, call the Santa hot line at 379-8066.

Unsung heroes

Let's sing a song of unsung heroes. These two are from Burleigh Manor Middle School.

Business people acknowledge the importance of networking, the practice of making friends for mutual advantage. Parents of teen-agers need to do the same, Barb Langridge (Abby Langridge's mother) believes, particularly given the difficulties in raising teen-agers. Barb arranges for informal meetings of parents of seventh-graders at Burleigh Manor.

The meetings are at local restaurants and attract a good following of parents, some not usually active in PTA events.

Similarly, Diana Krausman (mother of Paul Krausman) aids the Burleigh Manor seventh-grade network in her own fashion. At her own expense, she researches, types and publishes a directory of all the seventh-graders. Her husband, John, gives a hand when needed. Then she sends each student a birthday card, even through the summer. Each card mentions events and crossroads shared by the seventh-graders since they were kindergartners.

Ms. Krausman, not a member of the PTA board, likes to "hide and fade," working in the background.

Teen talk

Centennial High School's PTA executive board is holding a workshop Thursday to examine "What's Happening With Today's Teens?"

The evening will emphasize a teen-ager's normal behavior and emotional well-being, strategies and skills for the parent, including ways to enjoy your teen-ager, and resources to help parents through these often difficult years.

Speakers include professional counselor David Gold, who will discuss parental techniques; attorney Bobbie Fine, formerly with the juvenile justice system; and school system counselor Eileen Woodberry, who will discuss peer pressure.

Parents of middle-school children are welcome to attend with Centennial parents.

The workshop will begin at 7:30 p.m. The school is at 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. Call 465-1173 for information.

Oriole talk

Baltimore Orioles catcher Greg Zaun recently visited Patapsco Middle School to congratulate students for surpassing their magazine fund-raising goal of $21,310, a figure chosen in honor of Cal Ripken Jr.'s record-breaking consecutive-game streak.

Money will be used for school and PTA activities.

Local thrills

Ellicott City attorney Preston Pairo doesn't get enough of the printed word during the day so he writes thrillers at night.

His newest work and eighth novel, "Breach of Trust," which includes scenes set in Howard County, has been published by St. Martin's Press.

You can buy a signed, first edition at bookstores or have a copy signed by calling the author at Pairo and Pairo, 461-1800.

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