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Discussion series tackles challenges of parenting

The necessity of a two-income family today often leaves parents scrambling for child care and juggling countless responsibilities. It is no wonder that young parents today may feel overwhelmed. There is good news, though, and a place to go to find some much-needed guidance. Jewish Community Services is offering a new parent discussion series that addresses some of the challenges of parenthood. These groups are free and open to the public once a month on Tuesdays, meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue. The series begins Tuesday, May 21 with the topic "How to Raise Great Kids in Today's World: Guiding Your Child(ren) in Making Responsible and Wise Choices." It will be facilitated by Howard Reznick, LCSW-C, senior manager of JCS Prevention Education.

June 18 examines the topic "Marriage after Kids: Keeping the Spark Alive" and July 23 discusses "How to Talk to Your Child about Death and Dying," August 13 completes the series with "Welcome to School! Helping You and Your Child Transition to Kindergarten," which all moms know is harder on the parent than the child! This series is co-sponsored by the Parent Infant Toddler Department of the JCC of Greater Baltimore.

There will be on-site baby-sitting provided with advance registration and a small fee. For information, contact Loran Walsh at or call 410-843-7568.

A warm welcome is extended to Brooks Paternotte on his appointment as the next executive director of Irvine Nature Center, effective July 1. The Board of Trustees screened more than 300 resumes and Brooks was chosen unanimously. He was employed at the Boys Latin School in Baltimore for 13 years where he was a teacher, coach, adviser, and head of the middle school. His passions encompass education and nature, a perfect fit for Irvine.

Current Executive Director Peggy O'Neill plans to retire in June. She has been with Irvine since 2007 and led the transition from St. Timothy's School to the new campus in Caves Valley. She also brought the organization through some tough economic times while preparing a strategic plan for the future. Heartfelt thanks are sent to Peggy O'Neill as she steps down and begins a new chapter in her life. Best wishes are also sent to Brooks Paternotte as he embarks on his new venture.

What could be better than working with a friend, and bringing a new business to the area that hasn't been here before? Joy Singer and Kate Taylor decided to give it a try and in March, the Hot Air Blow Dry Bar opened at the Valley Village Shoppes. This new venture offers "quick fix" washing and blow drying, as well as head massages, conditioning treatments and up-dos, always popular during prom season.

The two friends brought the idea home to Owings Mills after they visited a Hot Air Blow Dry Bar in California. They enjoyed the fact that the salon served coffee and wine (thus the Bar part of the business). . The new salon is located at 9101 Reisterstown Road and is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday offers a 10 a.m.-3 p.m time slot. Congratulations to Joy and Kate and welcome to the community!

Mark your calendar for Electronics Dumpster Day on Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. until noon. This event will be held rain or shine and occurs on the back parking lot of the Mars Food Store at the Reisterstown Shopping Center. It is open to the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon area and surrounding communities. If an item can be plugged in, then it can be dropped in the dumpster. Many electronic devices often end up in the landfills, thus polluting the ground and ground water. This event ensures that these items are disposed of properly. There may be certain restrictions on what items will be accepted, so be sure to call Mark at 410-299-7517 or Dave at 410-833-3734. Once at the site, there will be people to help remove the items from cars. Let's all pitch in and do our part to promote a healthier planet for the next generation. Many thanks are sent to Country Club Estates Community Association and Chartley Homeowners Association, along with National Reclamation Inc.

Remember, one man's junk is another man's treasure, so be sure to check out the communitywide yard sales in the Tollgate development on Saturday, May 18. Treasure hunters can find the best bargains at 8 a.m. but "free-to-good-home" giveaways are found at 3 p.m.! Tollgate is located off of Reisterstown Road, north of the Owings Mills underpass. A rain date is May 25.

I would like to send congratulations and best wishes to all of the seniors graduating from high school and college this May and June. If you would like to see your student's name, or accomplishments in this column, give me a call or send an email with all the details. Readers love to hear about the great things going on in their neighborhood.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there; you truly are special and deserve a most wonderful day!

And in honor and memory of our veterans, everyone is wished a safe and reflective Memorial Day.

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