Elkridge girl recovering at home after car accident, hospitalization


October 27, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON JUNE 27, the only thought of 3-year-old Marissa Wilson of Elkridge was to run and greet her father.

She did not see the car that struck her and sent her to John Hopkins Hospital in a coma. She stayed in a coma for three weeks but has made a remarkable recovery.

Marissa, whose diagnosis included traumatic brain injury, a fractured humerus and laceration of internal organs, has undergone several surgeries since her admission. She was in hospitals -- Johns Hopkins, then Kennedy Krieger Institute -- for two months.

Now Marissa is home with parents Pamela and Anthony Wilson. She is receiving home therapy and has started preschool.

Marissa is a bright little girl who has made a beautiful comeback. Her mother has dubbed her the "miracle girl."

Welcome home, Marissa.

Safe Halloween

Here are some places where children can celebrate Halloween in safety.

Chatham Mall, on Route 40 West in Ellicott City, will hold a costume contest, entertainment and trick-or-treat from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, participating merchants will distribute treats to children younger than age 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bethel Baptist Church, 4261 Montgomery Road, will hold a fall festival for children younger than age 12. Activities will include a moon bounce and a dunking tank.

Although the church requests that children not wear frightening costumes, they're encouraged to dress up. Information: 410-465-5690.

Glendening visit

News from Centennial Lane Elementary School comes from a release written by the student publicity group. The releases are turned out by 14 volunteer writersunder the direction of Gifted and Talented teacher Lisa Davis.

Here's their news:

On Sept. 26, Gov. Parris N. Glendening visited Centennial Lane as part of the school's participation in 'Net Weekend. Kindergartners displayed a welcoming banner. The governor visited each team area, "with a smile on his face."

The governor was happy to see all the different computer programs such as Oregon Trail, Creative Writer, Timeliner and others. Second-grade students demonstrated Hyper Card.

Glendening asked the first-graders: "Do you like those 'Net Weekend T-shirts? I sure do."

The governor earned extra credit by staying after school in the Media Center, where he visited the school's computer lab and looked at the school's Web page.

I hope we'll hear from these future public relations executives again.

College honors

Daemen College of Amherst, N.Y., announces that Michael Winebrenner of Ellicott City achieved dean's list status for the spring semester.. Michael is studying physical therapy.

Ellicott City student Aref Vohra received the John J. Leidy Foundation Scholarship from Capitol College in Laurel, a college specializing in technology. Zohra, a sophomore, attended Howard County Community College and is pursing a degree in electrical engineering.

World Series star

Tony Saunders, rookie left-handed pitcher for the Florida Marlins, was a Howard County resident for his first three years of high school. He attended Howard High School until he was a senior, when his family moved to Glen Burnie.

During the regular season, Saunders pitched 111 innings. Howard High's pitching coach Russ Bryant has followed Saunders' four-year career through the minor leagues and his first year in the majors.

"I'm glad to see he's still using the change-up I taught him," Bryant remarked. "The boy is 100 percent focused -- he doesn't blink."

New park

Join Mark Raab from the Department of Recreation and Parks for the dedication of Font Hill Wetland Park at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The park is on Font Hill Drive, two blocks south of Old Frederick Road. After the dedication, take a walk to learn the park's history and the benefits of wetland habitats.

Pro Cantare

Ellicott City will be well represented Saturday when Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus, soloists and festival orchestra present "Serenade to Music" at the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Wilde Lake High School.

Conductor Frances Motyca Dawson will lead the chorus in the title composition by British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, "Chichester Psalm" by Leonard Bernstein, "Porgy and Bess Suite" by George Gershwin and two short pieces by Handel.

This is Pro Cantare's 20th anniversary. Join Ellicott City's chorus members Steve Baughman, Kathleen Bowen, Stanley Brown, Joan Seitz, Mark Wynn, Daryl Burns, Al Morse, Sally Morse, Susan Peck, Mary Jane Daniels, Barry Eigen and Pam Matthews for the concert and reception. Tickets are $20. Information: 410-465-5744.

More music

Cellist David Shumway will be featured at the opening of the anniversary season of the Columbia Orchestra in Howard Community College's Smith Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday.

On the play list for the concert will be Mahler's most accessible work, the Symphony No. 4, and Elgar's Cello Concert with guest cellist Shumway as soloist. Shumway teaches at Towson University, College of Notre Dame of Maryland and gives lessons in his Ellicott City studio.

Tickets: 410-381-2004.

All you can eat

On Sunday, Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will serve its next all-you-can-eat breakfast, with eggs, pancakes, sausage, toast, home fries and beverages.

Adult tickets are $4.50, children's are $2.50 and children younger than 5 eat free. Breakfast is from 7: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Also Sunday, Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church will serve its fourth annual spaghetti dinner.

The church is at 2330 Mount Hebron Drive in Ellicott City. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the church building fund.

Pub Date: 10/27/97

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