The West Laurel Civic Association fall general meeting is Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the West Laurel Community Building. By now, all residents should have received the Fall Hotline, which is full of hot topics that affect our community. President of the WLCA, Melissa Daston, covers many issues in the Hotline and will address them at the community meeting. Such topics include a crime report, use and rental of the West Laurel Community Building and park areas, zoning and development updates at Tommy's Shell Station, churches near Route 198 and Burtonsville Crossing redevelopment. There is much ado concerning the Intercounty Connector. Surveying has begun at Brooklyn Bridge Road to the Route 198 exit ramp. Melissa Daston expresses her appropriate anger that in a time of fiscal constraint, the State of Maryland uses taxpayer money to support unwanted and unnecessary roadway under the illusion of the ICC. It's a complicated matter but we all need to get involved. Read your Hotline and come to the meeting. Without the dedicated WLCA Board and many more civic-minded volunteers, these issues would probably never come to light until it was too late to do anything about them. They are the guardians of our community but they always need our support. We thank our civic association most sincerely for all of their hard work, absolute dedication and many hours of unpaid service to West Laurel.

Many of our seniors reap the benefits of the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center on Contee Road, behind the hospital. It's the best deal going, in the most fabulous building, with the most energetic and fun loving people, both at work and as members. If you haven't tried it, then by all means, get there and see for yourself. The Laurel Senior Friendship Club is sponsoring a craft show there on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jewelry, pottery, baskets, cross-stitch, homemade sweaters, baby blankets and dolls are just some of the crafts offered. Come and enjoy the chips, pizza, sodas and coffee. Call Betty for more information, 301 953-2503.

Jillian Whittles Vardy's son, Trevor, was diagnosed at age 5 months old with a brain tumor. After a long year of surgery and chemotherapy, the family is most happy to announce that Trevor is tumor-free and adorable. Grandparents John and Tricia Whittles along with daughter Jillian and her husband, John, are working to give back to other families who have and who will endure this heartbreak and tragedy by fundraising for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation. They invite their West Laurel community to the annual Casino Gala on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Manor Country Club, in Rockville. There will be games, buffet dinner, live music and a fantastic auction. Tickets are $100 each for a very worthwhile cause, which the Whittles and Vardy families know all about. For more information, go to http://www.childhoodbraintumor.org.


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