"We all get wrapped up in our busy lives now, but the homeless need looking after in the summer too; they don't go away when the weather gets warm," said Linda Bell.
The Linthicum resident is collecting summer and winter clothes for men, women and children. She sorts and stores the clothes in her basement, then delivers them to the needy of South Baltimore.
Ms. Bell started her crusade about five years ago after reading a story in a local newspaper. She began by volunteering at the Salvation Army, handing out sandwiches and soups from the food van.
Ms. Bell discovered, however, that people needed more than just food. They needed clothing as well.
So, Ms. Bell decided to do something about it. She began asking for clothing from her church members. The response was overwhelming.
"I was on Cloud 9 getting them," she said.
She collected enough clothing to stock her food van. Now she collects clothing all year.
"It is quite a bit of work sorting, storing and delivering the clothes, but I just love it," she said.
The homeless need clothing now because they don't have laundering facilities, Ms. Bell said.
Please think of Ms. Bell's cause when you pick through your wardrobe for unwanted clothes. She is willing to pick them up from your house. Call her at 789-1402.
It's back to school early for the students in our neighborhood. This year, school begins Aug. 31. Schools will be closed Sept. 4 and 7 for the Labor Day weekend.
Please note that the following elementary schools have new phone numbers:
Ferndale, 222-6927; George Cromwell, 222-6920; Hilltop, 222-6409; Linthicum, 222-6935; North Glen, 222-6416; Overlook, 222-6585.
The phone numbers for these schools remain the same:
St. Philip Neri Elementary School, 859-1212; Brooklyn Park Middle/Lindale Junior High School, 789-8500; North County High School, 859-5400.
* North County High School news: The guidance department will conduct a "College and Career Planning Workshop" for seniors and their parents at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the media center.
Topics will include time management, planning for a successful senior year, selecting a college or post-high school program, college testing programs, and scholarship and financial aid.
While the program is geared to seniors, students and parents from all grade levels are welcome.
A warm welcome to the following people who will join the NCHC faculty this year:
Joe Butler, assistant principal; Mary Jane Knode, home economics; Diane Dasch, mathematics; Hope Hutton, English; and Nancy Savignac, social studies.
* Alton Thompson, conductor emeritus of the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Chancel Choir, is participating this month in an international workshop for conductors in Zlin, Czechoslovakia, sponsored by Symphonic Workshops Ltd. of Canada.
Mr. Thompson is working with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra and studying with an international staff of conductors. Workshop organizers selected 24 participants from a field of over 200 applicants. Mr. Thompson is able to participate because of grants from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Manor Care System Inc.
He is music director of the Arion Gesangverein, Baltimore's historic German Chorale and the Washington-based Finzi Chamber Orchestra.
* The Notables, an entertainment group associated with the American Association of Retired Persons 3850, will practice at 3 p.m. today at St. Christopher's Church Hall, 118 Marydell Road.
The Notables, under the direction of Charles Haslup, are working on a new show for the fall season. For information, call 859-1850.
* The Patapsco Valley AARP 3850 has scheduled an executive meeting for 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church Hall, 118 Marydell Road.
* The next American Legion POW/MIA Post 289 meeting will take place at 8 p.m. Monday at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Members and veterans interesting in joining are welcome to attend. The Ferndale post of the American Legion conducts meetings the fourth Monday of every month at the senior center.
Eligibility dates for American Legion membership are as follows: World War I, April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918; World War II, Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946; Korea, June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955; Vietnam, Dec. 22, 1961 to May 7, 1975; Lebanon and Granada, Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984; Panama, Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990; Desert Storm, Aug. 2, 1990 to a date to be determined by the federal government.
At a recent convention in Ocean City, the following Ferndale members were sworn in as officers for the 1992-1993 year:
Post Commander Robert M. Burket Sr., American Legion of Anne Arundel County Council Commander; Post Chaplain George D. Ayers, American Legion of Anne Arundel County Chaplain and Post Adjutant; Albert Scarselletta, executive committeeman of Anne Arundel County.
The legion also awarded Scarselletta the POW-MIA Adjutant Award.
The Ferndale post is active in many projects. Members sponsor a Flag Program, during which they visit schools and discuss the history of the U.S. and Maryland flags with students. They provide assistance to veterans, visit gravesites, post flags and sponsor oratorical contests in high schools. They also work with Boystaters, a program that teaches students the functions of government.
Members visit the veterans hospital, support the South Maryland Youth Camp and sell Christmas trees.
Information: Post Commander Burket at 766-5388, Post Chaplain Ayers at 761-5191 or Post Adjutant Scarselletta at 766-6224.
Linthicum Library officials were pleased with the participation in the county's public library summer reading program at the Linthicum Library, which ended in July. Three hundred and three children, including 84 pre-schoolers, participated.
If you stop by the library in the next two weeks, take a look at the exhibit on Boy Scout badges and patches, courtesy of John McClerman.
A reminder: The concert at Airport Square Park tomorrow will feature one-man band Medi Braz, who will sing and play the guitar, keyboards and saxophone.
The concert, sponsored by the Airport Square Cos., runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring picnic lunches and blankets or chairs.
For information, call Donna Macauley at 850-6900.