Carrolltown Mall landmark gets ready for its last sale

NEIGHBORS

November 05, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A Carrolltown Mall landmark is preparing its inventory for its final sale. Darby's Men's Store is closing.

The clothier has been a steady success since the Eldersburg mall was built 19 years ago. Darby's, founded in 1961, was originally on Maiden Choice Lane in Arbutus.

Owner Tom Morris purchased the business 13 years ago after working several years for former owner Karl Okon.

"The store does nicely, and we've been very happy here in the mall," said Morris. "It's closing because I need a change."

Morris plans to keep the store open as long as there is inventory to sell. A full-scale going-out-of-business sale began Thursday.

Soccer program sets dance

The Freedom Optimist soccer program is drawing to a close, but the fun continues for the adults at the Second Annual Soccer Dance.

The Gamber Fire Hall has been reserved for Nov. 23 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dancing, door prizes, games and more will be part of the fun. Music will be provided by a disc jockey.

Tickets are $10 and include beer, wine and setups. Tables of up to 14 may be reserved. Tickets can be purchased at the soccer information table Saturday at Eldersburg Elementary School and at Freedom Park, or by calling Joan or Wayne Spindler at 781-4285.

Popular teacher leaves

Freedom Elementary School bid a fond farewell to David Kleb Friday. Kleb, a popular fourth-grade teacher, resigned to pursue interests in the business world.

Robert Munk, a native of New York, joined the Freedom staff yesterday as Kleb's replacement.

Auction for playground

New green and white playground equipment now stands at the ready on the grounds of Eldersburg Elementary School, enjoyed every day by the school's kindergarten students and neighborhood children.

The equipment was the goal of Phase I of Project Fun Feet, a PTA effort to improve or replace aging pieces of equipment.

Now volunteers are ready to launch Phase II, which would provide a larger playground for older children.

A benefit auction from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the school, 1021 Johnsville Road, will begin the fund-raising effort.

Auctioneer Mr. Memorabilia will offer items including Orioles tickets, a football helmet autographed by former Colts players and a hockey stick autographed by the new Baltimore Bandits hockey team.

Bidders can also vie for goods and services including a limousine ride, karate lessons, gift certificates for haircuts and manicures, dinner at area restaurants, a handmade quilt and tickets to the National Aquarium, complete with a backstage tour.

Organizers are also distributing an advertising booklet at the auction. Businesses or individuals may purchase booklet space for $25 a quarter-page, $50 a half-page and $100 a full page. The deadline is Monday.

Michelle Bennett, project chairman, said community support for Phase I of the project was outstanding. And area businesses have given generously to help support the auction.

Donations are still needed. Anyone who wishes to donate an item may call Bennett at 549-1631 or the school at 751-3520.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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