Parking relief on way for Brooklyn Park post office

NEIGHBORS

May 28, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ANYONE WHO USES or lives near the Brooklyn Park post office on 16th Avenue knows that parking in the area is difficult.

Del. John R. Leopold, a Republican who represents District 31, reports that relief is on the way - but not right away.

Leopold has received notice from the U.S. Postal Service that a carrier annex will be constructed at 1500 Cherry Hill Road in Baltimore, a short distance north of the city-county line.

The carriers and most postal employees will begin working out of the Cherry Hill location in the fall of 2001, and the back lot of the Brooklyn Park post office used for postal vehicles will be opened for customer parking.

Leopold said he has been working on a solution to parking problems for three years, listening to residents' complaints about postal workers parking on side streets such as Morgan Road and 16th Avenue. The move of the postal workers to Cherry Hill would take care of the parking crunch, the delegate said.

"Beginning in the fall of 2001 there will be no more carrier parking on the streets, and the problem will be solved," he said. "The post office will remain open to serve all customer needs."

Leopold said he will continue in his efforts to get a separate county ZIP code for Brooklyn Park and Orchard Beach.

"Brooklyn Park has 21225, and Orchard Beach has 21226," Leopold said. "Both are city ZIP codes. I did a study of insurance companies, and some do charge higher fees to residents in Brooklyn Park and Orchard Beach because of the city ZIP code. Not all, but some.

"The Postal Service said that the volume of mail in the area does not require a separate ZIP code. I've been working on this for 10 years, and I'll continue to work on it."

Pastor's farewell

The congregation of the St. John Lutheran Church in Brooklyn is celebrating 17 years of service of its departing pastor, the Rev. Joseph Lettrich, at today's 9:30 a.m. service. It will be followed by a farewell coffee hour in the social hall.

Lettrich will retire from St. John's on Thursday.

A native of Ford City, Pa., Lettrich is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He also studied at the Theological School and Mental Hospital in Bielefeld, Germany. He was ordained in 1967 and assigned to St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Wilmington, Del. He moved to Second English Lutheran Church in Westview in 1975, and then to St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Silver Spring.

Pastor and president of the congregation of St. John's since 1983, he is also a former covenorof the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay Ministerial Alliance. In his ministry at St. John's, Lettrich has witnessed a changing church and community.

"The congregational life has changed over the years," he said. "In the last decade, most of the early founding members have died or moved into the suburbs. This area has become increasingly multicultural."

St. John's was founded in 1916. Much of its current membership is drawn from the neighboring North County area. Lettrich said the congregation is active in reaching out to the needy with meals, medical assistance, reading readiness programs and a prison ministry. St. John's also has Sunday school and vacation school programs.

For Lettrich and his wife, Carol, retirement will not mean slowing down. Immediate plans include monthly visits to his family in Pennsylvania. They also hope to teach English, business and theology in Estonia or Slovakia, and to work in the ministry in one of the national parks, such as Yellowstone or Glacier.

Wherever they travel, the couple said they will carry fond memories St. John's. "I retire by thanking all the men and women who have served the Brooklyn congregation and community so faithfully with their time and treasure." Lettrich said. "St. John's truly is a `church who cares.' Indeed, I have learned greatly from the people in this community and in this congregation to give and to serve."

Outdoor church concert

The Brotherhood religious musical group will perform at an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Townsend Avenue Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

Admission is free, along with hot dogs, soda and popcorn.

A limited number of seats will be provided, so bringing a lawn chair is encouraged.

The church is Fifth Street and Townsend Avenue.

Information: 410-355-0347.

Bingo and lunch

The Roland Terrace Democratic Club will hold another of its popular luncheon bingo events June 4 at the club hall, 619 Matthews Ave., Brooklyn Park.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the early-bird games begin at 12:30 p.m.

Admission is $20 and includes a package of bingo cards for the regular games, a platter, beer, soda and coffee.

The cost of the early-bird games is $2.50.

Information: 410-636-1504.

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