SOMETIMES YOUNG LOVE lasts.
Today Jack and Viv Nadeau of Harper's Choice celebrate their 55th Valentine's Day as husband and wife.
Mrs. Nadeau was 15 when the couple wed in New York City in 1940. Mr. Nadeau was 19.
The two met at the garment factory where they worked and continued to work together for more than 40 years. They operated a menswear store in Brooklyn, N.Y., until 1988, when they sold it and moved here to be near daughter Judy Loring and her family.
Mrs. Nadeau attributes the longevity of their marriage to "true love, of course."
Mr. Nadeau is less romantic. "We worked so hard we didn't have time to fight," he said. "Plus, neither one of us died."
Community Justice Program
Two west Columbia villages are the pilot sites for the county's new Community Justice Program, which kicks off this morning with a ceremony at the Rideout Heath development in Wilde Lake.
Under the program, members of community associations, churches, PTAs, merchant organizations and other groups will meet with county prosecutors to discuss specific crime problems and come up with solutions, said Marna McLendon, the state's attorney for Howard County.
Examples of problems could be recurring vandalism, an open-air drug market, even a home that is operating as a crack house, Ms. McLendon said.
Prosecutor Janine Rice will work with the Village of Wilde Lake, and prosecutor Sang Oh will work with Harper's Choice.
A steering committee includes Verna Lawes, who is a member of the Wilde Lake Village Board, and Jim Fitzpatrick, a Harper's Choice resident, as well as police and court personnel.
Ms. McLendon expects scores of community members to participate as problems are identified and solved.
The two villages were selected because they are densely populated, already have networks of community organizations, are served by community policing programs, and because residents have said they want to help solve neighborhood problems, the state's attorney said.
Mary Lorsung, the County Council member who represents west Columbia, was instrumental in bringing the pilot program here, Ms. McLendon said.
Teddy bear drive
My teddy bear, Brownie, turned 39 last week. He's seen me through some rough times.
Now the B'nai B'rith, the world's largest Jewish organization, is holding its first national Teddy Bear Drive to collect new bears for children who could use a friend to cuddle.
Wilde Lake resident Stuart Goldman is heading the local drive to bring bears to hospitals, shelters and police departments.
To donate a bear, call 484-6200. The drive lasts through Sunday.
By the way, I got Brownie for my second birthday. You do the math.
You don't need experience to have a great time stomping and turning your way through country line dances starting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Hawthorn Center.
Tickets are $7 and on sale at the village office on Sunny Spring in Hickory Ridge through Feb. 22. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Community help lists
Town Center's 10 condominium associations are going beyond discussions of door colors and light fixtures.
Each group is compiling a list of residents with four-wheel drive vehicles, emergency medical skills or the willingness to run errands or shovel snow for neighbors in need.
The associations are also looking for residents who may need this kind of help so they can be matched with the providers.