Kids had holiday place of honor


January 07, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LOOKING BACK on the holidays, it's worth noting how Riviera Community Improvement Association recognized that Christmas truly is for kids.

Over the holidays, the association sponsored its annual Festival of Lights home-decorating contest -- and at the suggestion of a member, turned over the job of judging to a team of children.

While in past years adults made the decisions, this time the task fell to Dawn Bynaker, Stephanie Thuman and Michael Fogle, all pupils at Riviera Beach Elementary.

Riviera Beach Fire Department provided a truck to take the judges on their grand tour of the community Dec. 27, and McDonald's of Riviera Beach provided post-judging refreshments.

"We had a great time since the community went all out to decorate this year," said Lee Archibald, the association president. "There were so many beautiful displays that the kids had a hard time judging."

Four winners were selected: Barry Daniels' home in the 200 block of Arundel Road; the home of Maryann and Clyde Campbell in the 100 block of Dale Road; Pat and Bill Strevig's home in the 200 block of Kenwood Road; and the home of Charles Parrish in the 8500 block of Neptune Road.

Winners were awarded gift certificates donated by local businesses.

The association will hold its next general meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Riviera Beach Elementary School, 8515 Jenkins Road. Archibald reminds residents that the annual membership fee of $15 is due.

Membership offers Riviera Beach residents the opportunity to get involved in making their neighborhood the best place to live.

Archibald notes that whether it's leading a committee or attending monthly meetings, there is a spot open for everyone.

General information: Lee Archibald, 410-255-0158; membership, Karin Buddock, 410-360-6328.

Fishing tips

The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will cast off for the new year with boat captain Ed Krell sharing a wealth of fishing tips, tricks and techniques at its monthly meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at the Orchard Beach fire hall on Solley Road.

Krell, a popular group member, docks his boat at Taylor Island and fishes the middle Chesapeake Bay for much of the year, said group spokesman Dave Nolan. "He is a great fisherman."

Group membership and meetings are free and open to anglers of all ages. No smoking is permitted in the fire hall. Calendar magnets will be given to all attending the meeting, and food and beverages -- sold by the fire company -- will be available from 6 p.m.

Information: 410-HEY-FISH (439-3474), or

MOMS' busy agenda

With the holidays over and kids back in school, the MOMS Club of Pasadena/Severna Park has a full calendar of events open to stay-at-home mothers and their children.

Members and their children will be visiting Chuck E. Cheese today, the Baltimore Museum of Art on Jan. 21, and touring the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shop on Ritchie Highway on Jan. 25.

Weekday play groups meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays at members' homes.

The group's book club will meet at 12: 30 p.m. Monday to discuss "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian; a coupon swap is scheduled for 10: 30 a.m. Jan. 14; and a recipe exchange will be held at noon Jan. 24.

For moms only, the monthly night out will be at Chi-Chi's Mexican Restaurant on Ritchie Highway on Thursday.

The monthly club meeting will take place at 10: 45 a.m. Jan. 18 at Community Center at Woods in Severna Park. Membership is open to stay-at-home mothers and their children, and annual dues are $20.

Information: Jen Lahr, 410-360-4743.

A last alas for Y2K

With a big sigh of relief, we've made it through the first work week of 2000. Predicted disaster never materialized. Those who had cash in the bank still have it, and the rest of us -- who were secretly praying that credit card bills would be instantly zapped out of existence -- still have those bills to pay.

Looks as if it is going to be a long winter, Pasadena.

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