Good deeds earn praise in Balto. County

Annual awards ceremony recognizes dedication to area's communities

May 21, 2002

A sixth-grader who helps people achieve a better quality of life, a dedicated coach and mentor for three decades, and a man who is helping to revitalize Dundalk were among the honorees last week at the seventh annual Good Neighbor Week Awards ceremony at Towson University.

The awards recognize outstanding volunteer efforts of Baltimore County organizations and individuals.

A record number of nominations -- more than 70 -- were received this year by the Good Neighbor Week Committee. Good Neighbor Week is coordinated by Baltimore County government, the Concerned Religious Leaders of Baltimore County, and Baltimore County public schools. It aims to promote harmony, fellowship and good deeds in Baltimore County.

The following organizations and people were honored:

Bridge Builder Award Recipients: Ligia Manieri of Essex, who was born in Colombia, South America, for volunteering to teach Spanish, art and music at Essex Senior Center for more than eight years; Mary E. Miller of Perry Hall, for opening her home on numerous occasions for neighborhood gatherings and events; and Greater Falls Road Neighborhood Task Force, created in 1999 by Mildred Thomas and Hal MacLaughlin, for forming an effective coalition among diverse communities in the Falls Road corridor.

Regional Bridge Builder Award: National Aquarium in Baltimore, for welcoming visitors from around the world for 20 years and celebrating diversity through its programs, partnerships, programming and exhibits.

Maryland You Are Beautiful Award: Lois Balcer of Timonium, for volunteering to monitor the attendance of chronically truant students and helping them reconnect with the school environment during her career as a teacher, reading specialist and administrator for the school system.

Volunteer Service Awards:

Eme Fulton of Towson, a sixth-grader, for helping a university professor track the migratory behavior of Eastern box turtles for a research project. More recently she helped local children with special needs at a therapeutic horseback riding facility.

Bill Hawkins of Catonsville, for working as a parent and coach for the past 36 years with Catonsville Recreation and Parks programs.

Keith Roberts of Essex, for helping the Holly Neck Community Association, the Essex-Middle River Civic Council and the Back River Neck Peninsula Community Association.

Elva Hazlehurst and June Stritehoff of Towson, for ensuring positive Girl Scouting in Community 81 of Towson.

Brian Cleavenger of Owings Mills, for his service to the Queen Anne Village Community.

Eastfield Townhomes of Dundalk, for donating space on its property to the West Inverness Community Association for use as a community center.

The Covenant Guild, Pikesville, a group of 475 women that has donated money to many causes, including nursing homes and emergency aid for the needy.

Louise and Clarence Cason of Dundalk, for service to their neighbors.

Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company, for protecting the lives and property of residents and for participating in fire safety education programs.

Marcia Perry of Parkville, who developed an adapted sports program with the Parkville Recreation Council for her son and other children who are disabled.

Corporate Partnership Awards:

FedEx Corp., for 150 workers who take daily collections for those in need at Christmas. They now help hundreds of financially disadvantaged families in Baltimore County.

People of MBNA, Hunt Valley, for helping the county Department of Social Services assist hundreds of the county's neediest residents last winter.

Associates of BD Diagnostic Systems, who also have helped many needy families, especially at Thanksgiving.

Community Development Award: H. Edward Parker, of Dundalk, head of a committee that played host to the Urban Design Assistance Team during its visit to the community and that helped create the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. by raising more than $16,000 and attracting more than 600 people in support of revitalizing Dundalk.

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