Columbia children's swim team raises more than $2,580 for Ronald McDonald House

July 24, 2005

The Clemens Crossing Cyclones, a member team of the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League, raised more than $2,580 for Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore by swimming more than 75 miles (5,602 laps) at its swimming event July 9.

The Ronald McDonald House is a residence for children who come to Baltimore for medical treatment and their families.

Erin Forest, 14, was the top female swimmer, with 274 laps, and Nick Gorbitz, 12, and Matt Fitzenreiter, 13, led the boys with 300 laps each.

In all, 21 girls and 35 boys swam in the all-night noncompetitive event at the pool.

Those who spent the night pitched tents in the grassy area around the pool. A disc jockeyplayed from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. From 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the children, ages 6-17, watched The Pacifier, and enjoyed pizzas and snacks. Swimming started at 8 p.m.

"The ones that got the 300 laps, they didn't think about the movie; they just stayed in the water," said event chairman Denise Gorbitz.

Debbie Hood of Ronald McDonald House thanked the children for their contribution before swimming began and invited them for a tour and dinner at Ronald McDonald House.

Library to teach basics of surfing Web to seniors

The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will offer "Surfing Basics for Seniors" at 11 a.m. Aug. 9.

The small-group session will provide instruction and hands-on practice to seniors who want to learn how to use the Internet.

Registration begins Tuesday at the branch. Information: 410-313-7860.


Graduates: Navy Ensign Dane A. Brown, son of Roberta C. Rhoden of Harper's Choice and Khan N. Brown of Plainsboro, N.J., recently graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis and was commissioned in the Navy. Brown successfully completed four years of academic, physical and professional training, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in electrical engineering.

Around Town

Shabbat: The Parent Resource Place, a program of Jewish Family Services in Howard County, offers a Shabbat Circle, an informal, drop-in play group, and a parent-child Shabbat program, at 10 a.m. Fridays at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row in Harper's Choice Village Center. Shabbat Circle includes "Share and Compare," a parent discussion, on the first and third Fridays of each month. "Part-time Work Outside the Home" is this week's topic. Admission is free, but registration is requested. Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, Ext. 26.

Hall of fame: Nominations for the Wilde Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be accepted until Saturday. The inductees will be recognized at a reception before the school's homecoming game, Oct. 1, and during halftime. Nomination forms can be found at http:// organizations/booster/ hall_of_fame/nomination.htm, and mailed to Wilde Lake High School Boosters, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia 21044.

Storytimes: Babies, toddlers and their older brothers and sisters are invited to hear stories, sing songs and visit with seniors from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 2 - and the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the summer - at Winter Growth, 5460 Ruth Keeton Way. Reservations are not needed. Lucille Barnum, 410-992-4128; or Winter Growth, 410-964-9616.

Teen books: Classics for Teens, a book club for those ages 12 and older at the central library, will discuss The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2. The group reads and discusses short classics. Registration is not needed. The library is at 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway. 410-313-7860.

Pool parties: Wilde Lake Community Association will offer a family pool party in each of the village's neighborhoods. The next party will be Aug. 3 at Faulkner Ridge Pool; and the last will be Aug. 9 at Bryant Woods Pool. The parties will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will cost $3 a person, which includes swimming, pizza and a beverage. Tickets, available at Slayton House, must be purchased in advance. Children to age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The parties are for Wilde Lake residents only, but pool membership is not required. There are no rain dates. 410-730-3987.

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