Halfway house expansion to be discussed tomorrow


May 07, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PLANS TO expand Damascus House substance-abuser halfway house operations in the neighborhood will be discussed at a meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn Park branch library, 1 E. 11th Ave.

Speakers will be Charles Mooneyhan, program director of Damascus House, and Lisa Keough, coordinator of special programs and supervisor of field services for the county health department.

Damascus House plans to purchase an approximately one-acre property on Edison Street near Ritchie Highway, demolish a house on the site and build a 15-bed facility that would be operated in addition to the halfway house it has had in the 4200 block of Ritchie for 27 years.

"We were requested to do this by the state and county," Mooneyhan said. "The need for beds is critical."

Damascus House is a state-certified program, operating with funding from the state and county governments in addition to client fees.

Mooneyhan said most people in the community are unaware of what Damascus House is doing. "We are quiet, but effective. All of our clients are screened to determine if they have the desire and have what it takes to change their life. We are very proud of the men here who become clean and sober individuals."

All of the clients are male graduates of 28-day intensive-care programs before staying at Damascus House for three months to a year, some under court order. They have a wide variety of backgrounds. "We have men who need to get their GED, and also doctors and lawyers who come through here," Mooneyhan said.

"We have a very high success rate. Around 70 percent of our clients complete our program."

All area residents are welcome at the meeting. Information: BHIA President Joe Collini, 410-636-8020.

Flea market season

They say one man's junk is another's treasure. On May 20, there will be two opportunities to test the saying.

First, Boy Scout Troop 188 will be holding a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Ollie's parking lot, 5105 Ritchie Highway. Spaces are $10, and vendors must supply a table. Reservations are not necessary -- just bring your treasures and be ready to sell.

Next, stop by the Mammoth Spring Flea Market sponsored by the Men's Club of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front parking lot at Church and Prudence streets.

Spaces with tables are $10. The church is accepting donations of merchandise for the sale. To reserve a table, or to donate merchandise: 410-636-6496 or 410-792-2481.

No bingo for mom?

Because of Mother's Day, the Roland Terrace Democratic Club has canceled this month's luncheon bingo. The next session will be at noon June 4.

The club also has a weekly bingo party at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the club hall, 619 Matthews Ave. Information: 410-636-1504.

Ocean City day trip

Townsend Avenue Baptist Church is inviting members of the community on a day trip to Ocean City on Thursday.

After gathering at 7: 30 a.m. for a short worship service, the group will board the church bus for a day at the ocean. Transportation is free.

The church is at Fifth Street and Townsend Avenue. To reserve a seat: 410-355-0347.

The church is planning a mother-daughter banquet, to be held at 5: 30 p.m. on Saturday. The speaker will be former TABC member Gayle Stoughton King, who is doing Ivory Coast missionary work. Her talk, "Precious Jewels," will be on mother-daughter relationships.

Mothers and daughters of all faiths are welcome. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Those younger than 3 will be admitted free.

Reservations: 410-355-0347.

Class of '75

The 25th anniversary reunion of Brooklyn Park High School's Class of 1975 is planned for 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Class spokesman Colleen Vokroy-Badger said 160 people attended its 20th anniversary event.

The reunion will feature a bull roast, shrimp feast and beer, with a disc jockey providing music. Tickets are $35. The reservation deadline is June 17.

Information: 410-789-5270 or 410-757-9694.

Harbor hospital programs

May is Better Sleep Month, and Harbor Hospital Center will mark the occasion with a talk by Dr. Brian Bonner at 6: 30 p.m. Tuesday on "Common Sleep Disorders and New Therapies" -- along with a pitch for the services of Harbor's Sleep Center for people with sleep ailments.

Also this week at the hospital's LifeResouce Center, Dr. Dawn Gretz will offer free foot screenings at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Dr. Paul Sheitel will discuss how feet change with age, and how to spot a potential problem.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, the film "Notting Hill" will be presented in Harbor's Advantage Monthly Movie Series.

Information: 410-354-9655.

Pub Date: 5/07/00

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