ELLICOTT CITY community activists Jose E. "Pepe" Herrera and Gloria Herrera have, by sheer persistence, accomplished between them what many people can't do in a large committee.
They have gained Baltimore government approval for erecting a monument, found a prominent place for it and won the support of the Hispanic community for underwriting its cost.
A few years ago, Jose Herrera, who immigrated from Cuba to Baltimore in 1955, bumped into childhood friend Luis Queral, who lives in Towson.
While the old friends became reacquainted, they determined to build a permanent reminder of Cuban philosopher-poet Jose Marti for Baltimore residents.
Marti, born in Havana in 1853, angered Spain with his anti-Spanish writings. Under his influence, Cubans united to throw off Spanish rule.
His ideas about education for women and his opposition to slavery and racism seem contemporary, although written 100 years ago.
The monument will have a 6-foot granite base with a 22-inch bronze bust of Marti. It will be in the median on Broadway at Fayette Street.
Individuals can support the project by purchasing a brick, which will be inscribed with the name of the purchaser and laid near the monument. A brick costs $75.
For details, call the Herreras at 410-465-6548.
Elkridge resident Lenora Urie has been named the St. Agnes Health Care Vincentian Spirit Award Winner for 1997.
Urie, who has worked at St. Agnes since 1986, is a nurse in the hospital's Infection Control Unit.
She was selected from a group of 12 outstanding employees who received monthly Vincentian Spirit Awards in 1997.
Her professionalism, tactfulness in speaking about sensitive subjects and ability to translate complex concepts into ordinary language inspired her co-workers to nominate her.
Urie received a vacation travel voucher. Her photograph will be displayed in the hospital's main corridor.
The award honors St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the Order of the Daughters of Charity, and recognizes employees who exemplify St. Agnes' philosophy and tradition of caring.
Three wonderful neighbors
We were made poorer this month by the loss of three wonderful neighbors.
Stuart "Doc" Myers, who cared for generations of pets, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne Shores, Fla.
You can remember Doc Myers with a donation to the Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 214, Woodstock, Md. 21163.
Ellicott City community activist and former school board member Debbie Kendig died of cancer last week.
She served first as president of the Rockland Elementary School PTA and of the Howard County PTA Council and later was a two-term member of Howard County's school board.
A memorial check can be sent to the American Cancer Society in her name.
Elkridge artist, pacifist and civil rights advocate Florence Bahr was killed in a fire that destroyed her home and much of her artwork.
The family requests that you remember her with a contribution to the charity of your choice.
Educational pen pals
Last September, Elkridge Elementary second-grade teacher Ann Ridgeway responded to a Scholastic magazine announcement offering to match school classes as pen pals.
Her class was paired with Sue Olson's second grade in Wynet, Ill.
Ridgeway's students started the letter exchange with an introductory letter and a photo of each child.
In three weeks, Olson's class responded, writing a letter to the Elkridge children.
The Elkridge class has corresponded with Olson's students five times.
The second-grade curriculum includes a study of communities -- urban, rural and suburban -- and Olson's class provides suburban Elkridge kids with a window on rural life in Illinois.
Music every day
On Jan. 18, a crowd at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Long Gate Center was treated to an experience that my family enjoys every day: Irish music.
Jig It, a group of six musicians -- including my nearest and dearest, guitarist Steve Leslie -- played jigs and reels for a step-dancer's quick feet.
Other "Jig It" musicians include flutist Laura Quesnel and bodhran drummer Deborah Colvin Brower, both from Columbia; dulcimer player Jim Plitt from Frederick; fiddler Terry O'Neill from Westminster; and step-dancer Brigid Martin of Ellicott City.
Yard sale for lacrosse
Mount Hebron High School's girls and boys lacrosse teams are preparing for the spring season by holding a yard sale at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Funds raised will be used to defray the cost of tournaments and equipment.
The school is located at 9440 Route 99 in Ellicott City.
For details, call 410-461-8373.
All you can eat
The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Sunday.
The cost is $3.50 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2.50 for children. Children under 5 eat free.
The fire hall is at 6275 Old Washington Road in Elkridge.
Pub Date: 1/26/98