Damien's Run to aid substance abuse treatment programs...

HOWARD DIGEST

May 04, 2001

Damien's Run to aid substance abuse treatment programs

Damien's Run for Recovery, an annual 5K run/walk to raise money for substance abuse treatment and recovery programs, will be held June 24 on Gateway Drive in Columbia.

Proceeds from the race - about $14,000 last year - will be donated to Phoenix II High School, a public school in Montgomery County for teen-agers recovering from substance abuse; the Howard County Addiction Center, which provides counseling and recovery programs for drug-addicted teens; the Howard County Health Department; and the Anasazi Foundation, which organizes a wilderness exploration program in Arizona for teens at risk.

"Primarily, we want to erase the stigma about substance abuse. It's a disease," said Ralph Massella, the race's organizer.

Massella launched the race in 1999 in memory of his 17-year-old son, Damien, who died of a heroin overdose in June 1998 - less than a month after graduating from Glenelg High School.

He hopes to attract as many as 750 runners and walkers and raise more than $15,000 this year.

Information or registration: 410-872-2424 or www.damien.tv.

Night fire in Ellicott City was set, investigators say

A fire that destroyed 21 hot tubs outside an Ellicott City business late Wednesday was set, fire investigators said yesterday.

The fire, which caused about $100,000 in damage, was the second since fall at the Sun Room in the 9400 block of Baltimore National Pike.

A nighttime fire Oct. 12, which destroyed 30 hot tubs, was also set, fire officials said.

Investigators have not determined whether the same person or people caused both fires, according to a spokesman with the state fire marshal's office.

Wednesday's fire, which was reported about 11:30 p.m., took about an hour to bring under control, according to a fire investigation notice issued by the fire marshal's office. Twenty-four hot tubs had been stored outside the business. All but three were destroyed, according to the notice.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-875-5450 or the arson hot line at 800-492-7529.

Columbia golf tournament to aid cancer research

More than 100 golfers are expected to tee off at Columbia's Fairway Hills Golf Course on Monday in a tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The cost to play 18 holes is $125 per person, a price that includes lunch donated by Outback Steakhouse. The event also will feature a silent auction and door prizes.

Registration takes place from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Monday. The tournament is sponsored by Vintage Cellars wine shop, Lakeside Title Co., Bob Bell Automotive Group and Susie Davis of Coldwell Banker Realty Pros of Columbia.

Information: 410-531-7860.

Howard children's chorus to present spring concert

The Howard County Children's Chorus will present its 14th spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at River Hill High School.

The program will feature folk songs from England, Scotland, Germany, Israel and the United States.

Members of the chorus are fourth- and fifth-graders who are selected by audition. They represent 34 Howard County public elementary schools.

Admission is free. Information: 410-313-2825.

HCC site of conference on history of county

Howard Community College will hold a one-day conference, "Howard County: A Sesquicentennial Celebration of History," from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow in Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Historians, scholars and prominent citizens will speak.

Admission is $10 at the door; $5 for students. Lunch and coffee are included. Information: 410-772- 4832.

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