Brooklyn Park security group holds block party

NEIGHBORS

August 08, 1999|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Have a good time and support a worthy cause today at the Arundel Village Security Patrol's fourth annual Brooklyn Park Block Party from noon to 6 p.m. on the upper parking lot at Ollie's on Ritchie Highway.

The county fire and police departments will be putting on demonstrations. Sparky the Fire Dog and McGruff the Crime Dog will visit, and marching bands, games, food and door prizes every half-hour are promised. From noon to 4 p.m. parents may enroll their children in the County Sheriff's Kids ID program. At 4 p.m. county's police dogs will be on display.

The block party, one of the security patrol's efforts to reduce neighborhood crime, is a National Night Out activity. Patrol spokesman Donald Blair, said the work of the security patrol is paying off.

"We've knocked out prostitution in the community totally, and chased at least half of the drug problem out of the area," Blair said. "We've also cut down on the number of breaking and enterings."

The security patrol works much like a neighborhood watch. Patrolling the neighborhoods, they radio any suspicious activity to the police.

Proceeds from the party will go to the patrol and to the Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association's efforts to have their community designated a HotSpot area. The designation by the state would give the community extra police patrols and extra funding to reduce crime.

Information: 410-789-2442.

New principal

Starting a new job can be stressful, especially when you're taking over a position held by one person for 25 years.

That's what Mary Ann Pollack faces as the new principal of St. John Christian Day School, where Mary Wright has been in charge for as long as most Brooklyn residents can remember.

Pollack has been at St. John's since 1988, teaching the fourth and first grades. She has also taught at the U.S. Army Dependants School at Ft. Bragg, N.C., the Gibson Island Country School and Anne Arundel County public schools.

A native of Wilmington, Del., Pollack lives in Pasadena with her husband, George. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Pollack is a member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Severna Park, and has served on its congregation council.

The St. John Christian Day School offers pre-kindergarten to sixth grade classes. There are openings in grades pre-kindergarten to grade five.

Information: 410-355-7295.

Crime prevention meeting

The next meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave. Anne Arundel County Police Lt. Greg Eschelman, Capt. Harry Collier and Officer Mark Shawkey will present information on crime prevention. The meeting is a part of the association's effort to obtain designation as a HotSpot.

"The HotSpot initiative is a very involved process. Crime prevention is the key. We need to get people involved in the application process," said association President Joe Collini. All residents are welcome to attend. There will also be an opportunity to discuss community concerns. Information: Joe Collini, 410-636-8020

Free Bible classes offered

Maryland's Church on the Rock at 900 Church St. holds continuous registration for its Master's Bible School.

Free classes are held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and at 9 a.m. on Sundays. The Rev. Jim Carcellara teaches about Life in Christ, Life in the Local Church and Missionary Ministry. Information: 410-355-5922.

Move showing at center

Harbor Hospital Center will sponsor the August session of the Advantage Movie at 1 p.m. Friday at the LifeResource Center. The movie this month is "My Best Friend's Wedding," starring Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett.

The movies are part of the hospital's Advantage Program, which aims to increase health awareness and disease prevention in the community. Registration: 410-354-9655

Summer reading wrap

The Brooklyn branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will conclude its summer reading program at 1 p.m. Thursday. All are welcome. Information: 410-396-1120.

Tip Line

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