Montpelier/South Laurel: Elizabeth Ness is new School of Nursing Alumni Council president

Woodbridge Crossing resident Elizabeth Ness is the newly elected president of the University of Maryland School of Nursing Alumni Council. She brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to her new position, including six years in management and 18 years in clinical oncology trials research. 

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College and her Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is proud to note that the school, founded in 1889 by Louisa Parsons, a student of Florence Nightingale, is one of the oldest nursing schools in the country. Elizabeth is currently employed at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute where she is responsible for education and training related to clinical trials for the research staff. She was previously employed in a variety of roles at Georgetown University. A member of the University Alumni Association for six years, she served one year as council vice president. 

Having lived in the South Laurel area since 1984, Elizabeth values the community atmosphere and the convenient location near several metropolitan areas. Living close to Bedford Park has provided a rustic spot to walk her dog and to just relax. She appreciates the opportunity being on the Alumni Council provides to give back to the local community, including charitable functions such as feeding the homeless initiatives. Kudos to our neighbor for her latest achievement.

For more than 35 years, the South Laurel Recreation Council volunteers have provided a free children's holiday program for the community, with entertainment and a visit from Santa and his friends, Snowman and Teddy Bear. This year the program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at Deerfield Run Community Center. The Bob Brown Puppets will perform "The Magic Toy Shop" and each child will receive a candy cane and holiday gift. No tickets or reservations are required for this special holiday event. For more information, call 301-776-2805. 

Other activities at the Deerfield Run Community Center this month include several offerings for pre-teens ages 10-12 and teens ages 13-17. These activities, part of the Xtreme Teen program, include Bingo Night on Friday, Dec. 7, and a service night to which participants are asked to bring an item of warm clothing for the homeless on Saturday, Dec. 8. These events take place from 7 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 15, there will be a trip to the Watkins Park Festival of Lights. Admission is two canned goods per person. Transportation for this trip leaves the Community Center at 7 p.m. and returns at 9:45 p.m. For further information, call 301-953-7882. 

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