Traffic safety still an issue for George Fox parents

Neighbors

September 26, 1997|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE PROBLEMS were glaringly apparent to everyone living or traveling along Outing or Catherine avenues and Duvall Highway in the early 1980s.

Scores of adolescents walking to and from George Fox Middle School spilled onto the busy streets because there were no sidewalks and only narrow road shoulders. Sooner or later, someone was going to get hurt.

It happened in December 1989. A youngster was hit by a car and injured on the way to school.

The George Fox PTA set up a committee to push for traffic safety improvements. Other neighbors got involved, along with school officials, county police and representatives from the county Department of Public Works, and the Pasadena Traffic Safety Council was created in 1991 to work for solutions.

"We, who live in the community, are a part of the traffic safety problem," said Carolyn Roeding, one of the organizers. "But we can also help solve those problems before any more children are injured or die."

Over the past six years, sidewalks have been built along busy roads and traffic patterns changed, and neighbors have become more attuned to the traffic problems that rapid development can bring.

The safety council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the school, 7922 Outing Ave.

On the agenda are reports on speed limit enforcement on Mansion House Crossing, storm drain problems on Catherine Avenue, traffic and speed control on Duvall Highway, and bus loop problems and parking lot improvements at High Point Elementary School.

"We invite the community to attend," Roeding said. "Once we get a problem corrected, we go back to see if the improvements have really helped or created another problem."

Information: 410-437-4695.

YWCA fund-raising dance

Zydeco music, guaranteed to get your fingers snapping and your toes tapping, will be featured at Sunday's fund-raising dance for the domestic violence shelter of the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

The event will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Earleigh Heights fire hall, 161 Ritchie Highway.

Terance Simien and his band will provide music from the bayous of Louisiana.

Tickets are $25 at the door. Wheels of chance, a dunking tank and a raffle are also planned.

Information: Pat Burrell, 410-255-8273.

Seminar on faith

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7859 Tick Neck Road, is sponsoring a two-part seminar Oct. 24 and 25 that is designed to rekindle faith and show the power of the Holy Spirit in Christian life.

The program, "Let the Fire Fall," for members of all denominations, will be conducted by Lee Buck and the Rev. Frank Baltz of Episcopal Renewal Ministries in Marietta, Ga.

Activities will open at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 with worship and testimony.

Sessions on Oct. 25 will begin with worship at 8: 30 a.m. Small-group discussions will follow.

The cost is $15, and will cover materials, a continental breakfast and a luncheon.

Information: Rene McCoubre, 410-647-2519.

Pub Date: 9/26/97

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