Rouse's secretaries, housekeeper get thousands in...


October 09, 1997|By From staff reports

Rouse's secretaries, housekeeper get thousands in will

James W. Rouse left much of his remaining wealth to charities but also allocated funds for those who did his typing, mailing and sweeping.

Records filed with the Howard County Register of Wills show that Rouse, who was 81 when he died in April 1996, willed tens of thousands of dollars in stocks to his former housekeeper and secretaries.

Emma Jane Gooden, 59, has cleaned the Rouses' Wilde Lake home two or three times a week for 18 years. When Rouse died, he left her $10,500 in Rouse Co. stock. She said she probably will use the money for her retirement.

Gooden said she was amazed by the will money. "What a wonderful, generous man he was," she said.

One of Rouse's longtime secretaries received $21,000 in stock. Three others received $10,500 in stock each, the same amount each of Rouse's seven grandchildren received.

Effort to curb adult stores gains veto-proof majority

A bill that would restrict adult video and bookstores in Howard County has four County Council sponsors, giving it a veto-proof majority before formal debate begins.

County Executive Charles I. Ecker, who had proposed an earlier version of the bill, has not given his support to the one sponsored by Council Chairman Dennis R. Schrader and supported by the four council members.

Ecker's version would allow the adult shops in business and manufacturing zones, which means most of the U.S. 1 corridor.

Schrader, seeking to prohibit such shops from most of U.S. 1, eliminated the manufacturing zones from his version but agreed to allow the shops closer to residential areas, as near as 200 feet rather than the 400-foot distance called for in Ecker's bill.

Both versions will go before the council this month. A public hearing will be held Oct. 20, and the council will vote Nov. 3.

Ex-White House usher invited to Bush event

Howard County Council Administrator Chris Emery, who was a White House usher for eight years until Hilary Rodham Clinton fired him in 1994, has been invited to the opening of the George Bush Presidential Library in Texas.

Emery, who has stayed in touch with the Bushes since they left the White House in January 1993, got a handwritten note from the former president this year shortly after Millie, the Bushes' dog, died.

The presidential library will open at Texas A&M University in College Station on Nov. 6. Emery and his wife, Howard Republican Central Committee member Penny Emery, plan to attend the opening and the informal horseshoe tournament Bush is organizing.

"Being able to attend this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Emery said. "It'll be a homecoming of sorts."

Club designed to help stay-at-home mothers

In these days of dual-career families, Brenda Kang, home alone with three young children, looks outside and sees no one around.

"When we grew up, the neighborhoods were full of kids and the mothers were home, and it's not that way anymore," Kang says.

The MOMS Club of Columbia (Moms Offering Moms Support) seeks to alleviate the isolation and loneliness of mothers committed to staying at home. Kang is the group's president.

One of more than 350 chapters in a national organization with 17,000 members, the Columbia club includes 120 mothers and 175 children.

The group runs play groups, baby-sitting cooperatives, outings, a newsletter, monthly meetings, park days and educational programs.

The club will meet from 9: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia. A talk about how to handle anger, by Dave Simpson of Parents Anonymous, is scheduled at 7: 30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Howard County Central Library.

Information: 301-617-0258.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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