Community center opens at Village of Waugh Chapel


March 12, 2002|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NEARLY 100 West County residents and community leaders gathered last week to celebrate the opening of the beautiful community center at the Village of Waugh Chapel. Against the backdrop of a beautiful fountain in a sparkling lake, Robert DeStefano, developer of the village, presented a symbolic floral key to the center to area residents, who were represented by the new community center's board of directors.

Besides DeStefano, participants in the ceremony Friday included: Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens; County Councilmen John J. Klocko III and Bill D. Burlison; John Pantelides, senior vice president of Erwin L. Greenberg Commercial Corp., which was involved in the development of the village project; Robert Johnston, president of the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce; and representatives of local businesses and community organizations.

The new center has been the site of one event, a meeting of the Four Seasons Community Association. Several other businesses, social groups and nonprofit organizations have begun planning meetings at the facility.

The community center, in the heart of the village between the commercial and residential sections, includes a large space for meetings and two smaller conference rooms.

Ed Dosek, former president of the Crofton Civic Association and a member of the center's board of directors, says the center was designed to be "a focal point for the people living in the Village of Waugh Chapel, as well as for residents of the surrounding communities."

Joining Dosek on the board are Joan Berry of the Four Seasons Community Association and Robert Scott of the Greater Crofton Council.

Cindi Johnston, executive director of the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce, said community involvement helped create the Village of Waugh Chapel, where zoning allows a mix of residential, commercial, medical, educational and community facilities.

Johnston called the project "a shining example of what can happen when business, community and government groups work together to meet the needs of the citizens."

Information about scheduling events at the Village of Waugh Chapel Community Center: Ed Dosek, 410-721-2565.

Lenten program

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Severn will present "The Lent Event: A Week in the Life of Jesus," from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church.

The program will focus on Jesus' week from Palm Sunday through Easter morning. The program includes crafts, games, drama and song.

The event is open to the public. Those who attend are asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food for the church's Lenten Food Collection.

Information or directions: 410-551-6325.

Honoring St. Patrick

It's often said that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. With that in mind, the Christian German American Women's Group will celebrate St. Patrick's Day at its monthly meeting at noon Monday in the social hall of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Odenton.

Those attending are asked to wear something green to the meeting, where the theme will be the life of St. Patrick. Lisa Beilke will offer a presentation on the path through Lent to Easter. A period of prayer will be followed by a German lunch and music, accompanied by Heidi Zech.

Women interested in practicing the German language and culture in a Christian atmosphere are invited. Information: Irene Kucholik, 301-621-7862; or Karin Jackson, 301-855-6877.

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