By Chuck Gait, email@example.com 301-854-0867
5:33 AM EST, November 8, 2012
Don't forget that this weekend is the annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by St. Francis Catholic Church in Fulton. It begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and continues on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Folly Quarter Middle School PTA invites the Highland/Fulton community to its first community education event of this school year: an evening with Dr. Katherine S. Newman, Professor at Johns Hopkins University and lead author of the book "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings". She will speak at the River Hill School auditorium on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.
As you are all aware, not all competitions are athletic. Ask Eric Forte. He is a Reservoir High school student on a high school team representing Howard County that participated in the Maryland Cyber Challenge and Competition.
This statewide competition is funded by the National Security Agency and managed by the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Science Applications International Corp. Not only were the competitors from high schools, they also included people in college and working professionals, each participating in their appropriate division and competing for cash prizes and job opportunities.
Eric and his teammates came in second place in the high school division. Next up for Eric and his team — being part of a panel at the third annual "Shaping the Future of Cyber Security Education Workshop". This workshop is funded by the National Institute for Science and Technology and the Department of Homeland Security. Great job, Eric!
Lets talk crosswalks and traffic lights. But not just any crosswalk/traffic light pair, but the crosswalk and traffic light pair at Great Star Drive and Summer Sunrise Drive in Clarksville.
According to Maryland traffic law, all motor vehicles must stop for pedestrians (and dismounted bicyclists) in crosswalks. However, if the crosswalk is located at an intersection that is controlled by a traffic light, then the pedestrian, bicyclist and/or motor vehicle all must obey the signal.
Not too long ago, my wife Jennie was driving us back home from Clarksville via Great Star Drive. We were approaching Summer Sunrise Drive but hadn't gotten to the intersection yet. We had the right of way because the traffic light was green.
On the same side of the road as we were, but on the sidewalk and coming towards us, was a young man on a bicycle. He had just crossed over Route 32 and was coasting downhill towards Summer Sunrise Drive. We were about 10 feet from the crosswalk travelling at about 30 mph when the young man turned sharply to his right and entered the crosswalk.
Keep in mind that he had the big red "Do Not Walk" hand staring him in his face, a red light and the possibility of his becoming a hood ornament on my wife's van. Jennie slammed on the brakes and somehow she missed him. He turned his head towards us, gave us a blank look and continued on as if nothing happened.
What is the key take-away from this little tale? Obey the traffic signs; cross at crosswalks; yield the right of way, to name a few.