We all like to share happiness with others, and our neighbors to the south, in Gaywood, certainly brought some to the Govans CARES food pantry last month.

Dawn Katz and Elizabeth Heubeck were joined by neighbors Jim Bealmear, Jim and Kendall Fragetta, Tricia Hayden, Rob and Peter Heubeck, Cole and Landon Katz, Francie and Will Ozonoff, Gail and Will Reid and Elizabeth Rockhill as they collected bags, loaded cars, delivered and unpacked cars on Feb. 18.

More that 80 bags of food and personal care items were delivered. It was, indeed, a terrific start to the Gaywood initiative.

It was a rousing start for the First Friday Happy Hour series on the 200 block of Overbrook Road, March 2.


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Co-hosted by Sne Shah, husband Jason Rosenberg and Tim Tinker, the evening was held at Tim's house. By all accounts, it was a spirited evening and many guests applauded the revival of this community tradition after a long hiatus.

Bullying, in all forms, is such a problem in schools, and Dumbarton Middle School's PTSA will address electronic forms of bullying and intimidation when its PTSA Parent Education Night presents a free seminar, "Cyber Bullying," on Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m., in the school auditorium, 300 Dumbarton Road.

The speakers are through the Baltimore County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the program is designed to help inform and educate parents, in addition to showing them how to help prevent cyber bullying.

Registration for the 2012-2013 school year for kindergarten and new first-grade students will take place at Rodgers Forge Elementary School, 250 Dumbarton Road, on Tuesday, April 24. Children entering kindergarten must be age 5 by Sept. 1, 2012.

Parents of prospective new students should contact the school office at 410-887-3582 to make a registration appointment. Any questions regarding registration should be directed to Nancy Kiel in the office.

As we noted in an earlier column, former Forge resident Hilary Hahn — parents Ann and Steven Hahn are still Forgers — performed at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 26.

At one point, she joined music director Manfred Honeck for Prokofiev's "Violin Concerto No. 1," selecting an essentially lyrical, soft-hued approach.

Hahn's rendition received rave reviews and the New York Times said "…Ms. Hahn's warm tone and beautifully centered vibrato soon persuaded you to accept her more ethereal view."

Although we are thinking spring these days, we're happy to relive past holidays. We just learned the winners of the Gaywood Christmas Door Decorating Contest. Judges Sasha Harris, Steve Prumo and Cindy Sommer felt every house added to making the community bright and festive.

Because the neighborhood was ablaze with such color, it was a long and hard process to pinpoint winners. However, a result was reached at last and the Fragettas and Haydens were selected for the overall appearance of their decorations. Congratulations!

In this column we conclude the tale of Chris and David Batten's cross country trip, which picks up with them traveling couple in Monument Valley, Ariz.: "Wow! It was so easy to image John Wayne and Ward Bond riding through those magnificent natural monuments."

The couple was in Mesa Verde the next morning, then Colorado Springs, for a hot air balloon ride. After stops at Fort Hays and Fort Riley, Kansas — where Dave had been stationed before the couple was married — it was on to Ohio, and finally home!

Both Dave and Chris said it was the trip of a lifetime, "six weeks and 9,345 miles of pure pleasure."

May all of our leprechaun friends have a very happy St. Patrick's Day on March 17.

Welcome to spring on March 20.

Till we meet again ...