Last community-input meeting about Centennial Lane in November [Ellicott City]

Proposed new Centennial Lane redesign.
Proposed new Centennial Lane redesign. (Submitted Design / Department of Public Works)

Residents will have a final opportunity to review the county's redesign plans for Centennial Lane and provide feedbackon Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Burleigh Manor Middle School cafeteria. The meetingwas requested by concerned Centennial residents at the second community meeting held on Sept. 8. Chief among the residents'complaints was that the plan did not address the existing traffic problems and the lack of input from the major Centennial Lane stakeholders, in particular thechurches, businesses, SoccerAssociationof Columbia, school parent teacher associations and residents.

Please consider attending this important meeting.


I learned that one of my favorite movies, 'A Few Good Men' starring Tom Cruise and Demi Moore, was based on a 1989 Broadway play written by acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Thanks to Mount Hebron High School theater director Tom Sankey, the play is coming to Ellicott City as the school's fall production on Nov. 3 through the 5 and Nov. 10 and 12 at 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Sankey and student director Amanda Jackson, MHHS seniors Kevin Nolan, Alyssa Tschirgi and Ilan Pluznik portray Dan Kaffee, Joanne Galloway and Colonel Jessup in roles made famous by actors Cruise, Moore and Jack Nicholson in the 1992 movie.

The cast includes seniors Sam Bishop, Rory Nolan, James Nolan, Emma Davis, Grace Dillon, Ryan Skinner and James Hogan in supporting roles; and features student actors Nick Jackson, Zach Wilhelm, Daniel Niezelski, Sam Nitkin, Cliff Ritch, Max Nzone,Jake Scarbath, Nina St. Hillaire,Joe Nolan, Nick Brogan, Ryan McClure and Jason Van Tine.

The play will be performed theater style where the audience is seated on the stage surrounding the acting space. Kudos to the production crew — spearheaded by set designer Pete Johnson, lighting director Charlotte Faust and costume director Barbara Bogart — who created this intimate theater space for the audience.

Tickets are $10. Advanced ticket reservations or purchases are recommended. Tickets will be sold at MTHS weekdays between 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. For ticket reservations, call MTHS at 410-313-2880 during school hours.

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City hosts its 15th biannual all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City.

The breakfast is $8. Children under 8 eat free. All net proceeds support the rebuilding of historic Ellicott City. For more information, contact Gus at 410-465-1891 or katsamg@yahoo.comor go towww.ellicottcitykiwanis.org.

The Dancel YMCA in Ellicott City is hosting a Happy Healthy Halloween event on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature games, healthy snacks and crafts. Space is limited. Reservations 48 hours in advance are recommended by contacting the Y in Ellicott City at 410-465-4334.

The Shrine of St. Anthony is hosting a Halloween night alternative event. Father Joe informed me about the Shrine's "A Night with the Saints" program for families to celebrate All Saints Eve on Oct. 31.

The night begins with Mass at 6:30 p.m. followed by a walk through the grounds to meet costumed Saints of Mercy who will tell their stories and distribute candy. Kids are encouraged to attend dressed as their favorite saints or biblical figures.

The event features 10 different stations to visit, followed by a Litany of the Saints. The program ends with a bonfire. Entrance is free, however, a bag of candy (per every two children) to share is appreciated. For more information, call 410-531-2800 or email info@shrineofstanthony.org R.S.V.P. by Oct. 31 at noon.