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Owings Mills: Concerned county students send 'snowflakes' to Sandy Hook

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The horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut stunned a nation and left everyone wondering how they could be of help.

School children across our country wanted to do something to help the survivors and the "Snowflakes for Sandy Hook" project was born. Snowflakes, like humans, are beautiful with no two exactly alike, and hand-made snowflakes will adorn the hallways of the new school the children are attending this month.

The theme "Let's Give Sandy Hook a Winter Wonderland" will welcome the students and let them know that their peers are thinking of them all over the country and sending best wishes for a safe and happy rest of the school year. Our own Harbour School in Owings Mills already had their snowflakes delivered to Connecticut.

Speaking of the Harbour School, the students there recently held their annual decorated door contest before winter break. The overall theme was "The Gift of Family" and the interpretation of each class was creative and colorful.

The winner for Best in Show went to the Post Office Village, whose holiday gift-wrapped door was adorned with presents, pictures of the students, and written notes about their own family. The honesty and love reflected in their notes was priceless.

The Best Office winning door was Speech, with the theme of pets as family. Each student wrote a personal note about why the pet was special. The creativity of this door was the deciding factor for the two judges, Councilwoman Vicki Almond from District 2, and yours truly. Congratulations to all of the students and staff at the Harbour School for an outstanding job again this year.

"Center Stage — Five Decades of Plays" will be performed at the Gordon Center on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. .

This show will have the audience strolling down Memory Lane as selections include Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie," Eric Overmyer's "On the Verge" and August Wilson's "Jitney." Tickets are only $10 per person, or $5 for students and seniors. Go online at http://www.gordoncenter.com to register, or call TicketMaster at 410-547-SEAT. The Gordon Center is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue.

Construction continues at the Metro Center site as the community college and library are in their final stages of completion. Also being constructed there are residential buildings, which will make this a pedestrian-friendly area.

Nearby, the Owings Mills Mall continues to lose businesses, and residents in the community wonder how long it will be before the doors finally close on this shopping venue.

The third project in the area continues to be fought in the courts. The signatures on a petition against the development of the Solo Cup site are being questioned as to their validity, and this may be a long, drawn-out battle. The Shoppers supermarket is still vacant, the old Frank's Nursery and Crafts building is an eyesore, and soon the Fashion Bug will close its' doors, as it has been bought out. Slowly the mainstays of the community, once vibrant businesses, are becoming extinct.

A certain young lady on Chestnut Ridge is having a milestone birthday on Jan. 11. Dawn Michele Bosley will be turning 30 years old, but anyone who knows Dawn knows that she still looks like she is 16! She will appreciate her youthful features when she is older and still looking fabulous. May your special day be filled with family, friends, cake, ice cream and many gifts!

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, students are back in school, work schedules are set in stone, and the list of appointments and commitments are filling up the calendar. I would love to hear from our readers and share all the exciting things that are happening in your life! Has your child won an award at school or in sports? Is someone having a special birthday party? Has anyone gone on a fabulous trip that they'd like to share?

People love to read about happy things, such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and new babies. Give me a call or drop me an email with all your special news. I would love to hear from you!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year; one filled with countless blessings and great joy. See you Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day).

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