November 28, 2007

Dr. Taler records WWII story on DVD

Dr. Joseph Taler, well-known locally for lectures about his survival in Nazi-occupied Poland as a young Jew during World War II, is raising money with a new DVD for an Arnold temple.

Waiting for Another Day is a recording of a 70-minute speech he gave earlier this year at Temple Beth Shalom, in which Taler recounts how the Polish underground helped him hide his identity so he could survive, while more than 50 of his relatives perished in the Holocaust.

He immigrated to America in 1950 and became a Glen Burnie family physician. He has published two books on his experiences and made extensive public appearances.

Taler said in an interview, however, that he is nearly 85 and it is becoming more difficult for him to speak at local churches and synagogues, schools and civic group gatherings. The DVD, he said, allows him to continue to share his story while raising money for Temple Beth Shalom, 1461 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., which Taler has attended for more than 40 years.

The DVD features an introduction by Rabbi Ari Goldstein and costs $20. It is available in limited supply at the temple.

"One day it may become a rare item," he joked.

For more information, contact the temple at 410-757-0552 or templebethshalom@comcast.net.

Gazebo dedicated to former executive

A ceremony will be held at Quiet Waters Park at 1 p.m. today to officially dedicate the park's pond gazebo to former County Executive O. James Lighthizer.

During his tenure as county executive from 1982 to 1990, Lighthizer was responsible for a number of recreation and parks projects in Anne Arundel County, including the vision that led to the development of Quiet Waters Park just outside Annapolis.

"I am honored to dedicate the gazebo to Mr. Lighthizer. I share his passions for land preservation and the creation of parks for all of Anne Arundel County's citizens to enjoy," County Executive John R. Leopold said.

Ships stop in harbor for Army-Navy game

About 700 sailors will be in the Baltimore area this weekend, not only to support the 108th Army-Navy football game on Saturday, but also to volunteer with outreach projects such as Fellowship of Lights, Harbor Hospital, My Sister's Place and local high schools.

The guided missile destroyer USS Ramage, the guided missile frigate USS Taylor, the coastal patrol ships USS Hurricane and USS Thunderbolt and the high-speed catamaran USS Swift will be in the Baltimore harbor in honor of the game.

The first four ships will be open for tours from Friday to Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. The Swift will be open for tours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

The Navy will also host various displays and exhibits in the Baltimore Harbor area from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in honor of the game, which will take place at M&T Bank Stadium.

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