`Save Our School' Program At Owen Brown Middle

NEIGHBORS

April 29, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OWEN BROWN Middle School parents and staff members are being urged by Wanda Hurt, president of the Parent Teacher Association, to attend the "Save Our School" program at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Student test scores have decreased, the suspension rate is rising, staff and students are asking for transfers. There will be an open discussion of problems and possible solutions.

A movable feast

"Friends in Need" is a group of Oakland Mills village volunteers who plan ahead.

The Giant Food store will be closing its Oakland Mills store in June.

"Friends in Need" is offering free transportation from the village center parking lot (near the Barn) to Valu Food supermarket in Kings Contrivance village.

Beginning July 7, a van will leave the parking lot at 4: 30 p.m. and return at 5: 30 p.m. daily.

The Valu Food manager says he will provide quick checkout for the group to help meet the travel schedule.

Dedra Miller is the volunteer coordinator.

Barry Mehta will provide the van and drive it, and he is looking for other drivers.

Information: 410-730-3961.

Columbians on stage

Two east Columbia residents were star performers recently.

Gospel singer Wintley Phipps sang at the "Let There Be Peace" program sponsored by the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center.

Andy Barth of WMAR-TV was the program's emcee. The program was held this month at Howard High School and co-sponsored by Howard County schools.

The organization, founded by Jean Toomer, promotes peaceful conflict resolution.

George Martin, of St. John's Evangelical Roman Catholic Parish, is president of its s board of directors.

Past steps

Choreographer and dancer Eva Anderson's troupe performed at the Jim Rouse Theater.

The performance was a retrospective of 25 years of creative and inspiring works.

Anderson is executive director of the troupe and has turned the job of artistic director over to Charles Carter.

The program included familiar dances -- "Rhythms," "Sonata #1" and "Come Sunday," with the addition of choreographer Karen Love's new work, "Portraits."

Hosts needed

St. John's Evangelical Roman Catholic parish is inviting families to open their homes to Irish teen-agers for six weeks this summer.

The young people come as teams, one Roman Catholic and one Protestant, from Northern Ireland.

The parish pays for transportation and insurance.

Information: 410-730-9063 or 410-744-0102.

Pool of resources

"Family Fun Around Beautiful Jackson Pond" is the culmination of an environmental investigation being conducted by Phelps Luck Elementary teacher Cameron Rahnama and a group of students.

The fun starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the tot lot park off Lightspun Lane. The rain date is May 10.

Leading leaders

Rosalie Bowen, assistant principal of Oakland Mills High School, who was named Maryland's Assistant Principal of the Year in February, will attend workshops on human relations, communications and leadership at "Leadership Forum for the 21st Century." The forum will be held at McDonald's Hamburger University, Oakbrook, Ill. (McDonald's co-sponsors the award.)

Ed Rensi, McDonald's president and chief executive officer, notes: "Assistant principals are often the unsung heroes of our schools. They interact with students every day."

The conference will close with an awards ceremony.

Recipients of the award are judged on how well they anticipate emerging school issues, create a positive school climate and foster morale at their schools.

Silver anniversary

Columbia Association Nursery School, in the Locust Park Neighborhood Center at Tamar Drive and Lambskin Lane in Long Reach village, has been in operation for a quarter of a century.

School director Sandi Chapasko has been with the school since 1988; and teachers Janet Snyder and Rosalie Swenrek have been at the school six years.

"We have had families who have enrolled three and four children in our school," Chapasko says.

Information or registration: 410-997-9505 or 410-964-3291.

Yard sale

June 7 is the date for this year's annual villagewide yard sale in Owen Brown.

Red ribbons -- to be placed on streets whose residents are participating -- will be provided by the Owen Brown Community Association.

Register for the sale at 410-381-0202.

Maryland's ecology

Ecologist Charles Stine will discuss Maryland's ecosystem at 7 p.m. today at the East Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Owen Brown village.

Stine is with Johns Hopkins University's Odyssey program. Information: 410-313-7750.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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