Area loses a friend as Toomey's Bookshop closes

NEIGHBORS

January 18, 1998|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WE ARE losing an old friend in the community. Toomey's Bookshop in the Shipley Linthicum Shopping Center on Camp Meade Road is closing its doors Saturday. We have been lucky to have such a store. Local people stopped in frequently to see what new books had been added. Or they picked up a used one at a resonable price. But shoppers would also come from distances if they were particularly interested in the Civil War or another military confrontation. Daniel Toomey, Ferndale resident and owner of the shop, is author and publisher of five books on Baltimore's and Maryland's participation in the Civil War. "Opening a book shop is something I always wanted to do. I tried it and I truly enjoyed it, especially the first three and four years," said Toomey. But even with the help of his wife, Carol, they couldn't keep the shop open. Toomey said that with his full-time job, teaching part time at the community college and running his publishing company, Toomey's Press, along with the fact that the shop was not making any money, entered into his decision to close.

Now would be a great time to stock up on reading material; books are going at discount prices. I saw people walking out with shopping bags full. Besides books, prints, photographs and some jewelry and bookcases are on sale.

Toomey said that without the responsibility of the shop, he will have more time to devote to his publishing company. The address will remain the same: Toomey's Press, P.O. Box 122 Linthicum 21090.

The book shop is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Geography bee

Lindale/Brooklyn Park Middle School recently conducted a geography bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Student Gil Thiess won the final round Jan. 7 and will complete a written test to attempt to qualify for state championship. Cory Senter came in second, and Joe Walker took third. The competition began before the Christmas break, when six students completed the primary round. In addition to Gil, Cory and Joe, they were Kate Francazi, Tim Delss, and Chris Wingate.

The geography bee was conducted through the social studies department, chaired by Phil Solloway.

Lions Club dinner

The Linthicum Lions Club has scheduled Ann Kimball from the Maryland Society for Sight as a speaker for its 7 p.m. dinner meeting at Our Place Restaurant, 4401 Old Annapolis Road. According to Harry Brown, secretary, the Linthicum Lions had a fruit sale and raised more than $500 for the club treasury. He said they also had good luck selling Entertainment Books. Information: John Watkins, president, at 410-859-5634.

Association meeting

The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association is meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Brooklyn Park Elementary School, Morgan and 14th Street.

On the agenda will be a discussion of the new Cultural Arts Center in Brooklyn Park. For those who could not attend the recent successful opening, you are encouraged to attend the meeting and learn what the facility is offering.

Information: Woody Bowen, 410-636-0352.

Today is "Kick-Off for Blanket Sunday" for parishioners of Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave. This means that from today until Blanket Sunday on Feb. 15, you can donate $5 toward the purchase of blankets that will be sent to Church World Services and distributed wherever in the world there is a need.

Pub Date: 1/18/98

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