After-hours club would harm Brooklyn ParkThis June marks...


May 02, 1999

After-hours club would harm Brooklyn Park

This June marks the 30th year I have lived in Brooklyn Heights. I have watched pockets of this neighborhood in Anne Arundel County blossom or go downhill.

The area surrounding 11th Avenue, Brookwood Road, First and Victory avenues has deteriorated because of the increase in rental properties. The 4200 block of Third St. that intersects with the 200 block of Edison St. blossomed with six new homes in the past 10 years.

There is a proposal to open an "after-hours club" in the lower level of Ollie's bargain store. I am for private enterprise. However, the location for the proposed club is not in the best interest of this community.

The club would be located in close proximity to a public library. The new, multimillion dollar Park Elementary sits only 840 feet away. Behind the school is open space, baseball fields and bike trails.

I see this as an invitation to vandalism and destruction of public property by elements not connected to the neighborhood.

There is a club that operates in Baltimore County that is more appropriately located in a business park, away from homes, schools, parks, libraries and churches. I have called that club.

A recorded message gave directions on how to get to the club from the following areas: Washington, Virginia, Columbia, downtown Baltimore, eastern Baltimore County, Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Annapolis, Towson and Pikesville.

When I think of the hours of operation and the crowds of people that this type of club could draw, I am horrified. I am concerned for my granddaughter, who attends Park Elementary; the elderly citizen who lives alone and residents across the street.

I am concerned about "my castle," the same way, I'm sure, you would be if such a club were six blocks from your home. The influx of people will generate noise, trash, crime, illegal use of drugs and alcohol into an already troubled area.

I have put forth a concerted effort to bring this neighborhood closer together so that we as a community will have a voice in this controversial issue.

I implore County Council members to vote in favor of Bill 28-99. A thank you to county Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle for sponsoring it.

Virginia Eidinger, Brooklyn Heights

Harold Wasson's pioneering work

The April 21 issue of The Sun contained a death notice for Harold Wasson of Severna Park.

Mr. Wasson was a part of the Westinghouse Air Arms Division in the late 1950s and '60s and was one of the small groups assigned to the Westinghouse Molecular Program, one of the two government-funded programs that ultimately led to the integrated circuits that now are so important in all aspects of our lives.

His assignment was investigating the feasibility of utilizing these devices in analog applications, as contrasted to the digital ones that much more quickly found applications in computers. These applications ultimately resulted in PCs, such as the one this letter is being typed on.

Mr. Wasson was one of the key designers of the first pieces of hardware to demonstrate that integrated circuits had promise for practical applications for analog systems. These included a molecularized multichannel transceiver for use as an astronaut wireless intercom system.

The latter was for that time in the future when the United States would have multimember teams in space. Originally developed for the Air Force, models were also procured by NASA.

While neither Mr. Wasson or other members of his team ever received any great honors for their work, they were nonetheless pioneers who showed the way to the others who followed.

William F. List, Linthicum

The writer is former manager of the Molecular Applications Group.

Pub Date: 5/02/99

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