Olde Brooklyn Park residents caring for community


January 06, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FIRST impressions mean a lot. It's as true for a community as it is for an individual.

A community where residents maintain and improve their homes, keep their lawns neatly manicured and ensure that the streets and walkways are trash-free communicates the feelings of those who live there: "We take pride in our property, and we are to be taken seriously."

Olde Brooklyn Park is such a community - and a group of dedicated volunteers is working to make sure it stays that way.

In honor of those who lost their lives in the tragedies of Sept. 11 and those who are defending their country, longtime resident Nellie Lewis gathered a group of volunteers to tie red, white and blue ribbons on every street sign in Olde B.P.

"They did this on their own," said Arleen Hodges, president of Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association. "They tied those bows on every street sign, even those on Ritchie Highway. During Desert Storm, Nellie made yellow ribbons and did the same thing.

"There are plans to put flags behind every one of those ribbons," Hodges said. "And they will stay there. They won't come down."

This year, the association has brought back its Beautification Committee.

"We had it once, and since we've met this year we are trying to re-establish the committees that we had in the past," Hodges said.

When residents decorated their homes this holiday season, the committee recognized those who had done outstanding jobs.

"They looked at all the houses in the neighborhood, over 800 of them, drove up and down every street in the community," Hodges said.

The Mueller family on 16th Avenue, the Couser family on 17th Avenue and the Bergen family on 18th Avenue received family memberships to Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in recognition of their efforts.

"There were seven honorable mentions. One, Gertrude Rhodes on Ninth Avenue, keeps her yard in beautiful shape all year long," Hodges said.

The Beautification Committee is brainstorming new projects.

"We have two community lots. Maybe we will do plantings on them," Hodges said. "We're discussing plans now."

Have any ideas? If so, let the committee know. Even better, join up and see your ideas become reality.

Information: 410-636-3269.

Winter celebrations planned

Surely every Brooklyn Parker remembers the Frosty Frolics, the semiformal high school dance that brought a little warmth to those cold winter nights.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Thursday, the staff of the Brooklyn Park branch library will offer a Frosty Frolic of another sort for children ages 2 to 6. This Frosty Frolic will be a celebration of winter featuring stories, songs and crafts.

The Brooklyn Park library is at 1 E. 11th Ave.

Information: 410-222-6260.

Day school registration

Registration for next school year at St. John Christian Day School will end Jan 28.

The school, at 226 Washburn Ave. in Brooklyn, serves pupils in prekindergarten through sixth grade. Before- and after-school care is available.

The school will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 15.

Information: Principal Mary Ann Pollack, 410-355-7296.

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