Summer brings growth, change to shopping center WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


Summer has been anything but quiet at the Basics shopping center on Route 3.

Stores are moving, some are growing and others are getting a face lift.

By the end of the year the Basics supermarket will become a Metro Food Market. To make room for the changeover, the Hair Cuttery moved across the parking lot.

That move has allowed the shop to expand. A grand reopening celebration was thrown last week.

Other changes are coming, and I'll be sure to tell you about them in this column.


The Anne Arundel Radio Club will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center on Queen Anne Bridge and Wayson roads.

Paul Hunter, director of technology deployment for Bell Atlantic, will discuss new technologies, how they will be used and how they will change the company's services.

For more information, call (410) 923-0229.


The Ladies of the Elks BPOE 2309 will hold its fifth annual craft fair at the Bowie Elks Lodge on Route 450 in Crofton on Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Table space is available.

For more information or to rent a table, call 262-4718 or 262-3834.


Congratulations to Jane Mineweaser for being selected as the Crofton Country Club member of the month.

Ms. Mineweaser has lived in Crofton since 1977 with her husband, Jim, and three daughters, Judy, Theresa and Katie. She has spent hundreds of hours volunteering with the Crofton Crocodiles Swim Team.


It's time for the first Crofton Fall Soccer Shootout Soccer Tournament scheduled for Sept. 10, 11 and 12.

The tournament is open to boys and girls teams, ages 15 and under, 14 and under, 13 and under, 12 and under, and 11 and under. Beltway teams may enter in Division 3 and lower brackets.

The cost is $110, but a discount will be offered for organizations that enter more than one team.

The regular fall season will start the same weekend, so the tournament will be worked around county games. All first- and second-place teams will receive trophies.

If you're interested in entering a team or helping with the event, call tournament director Mary Courtney at (301) 261-0471.


The Crofton Kiwanis board of directors is pleased to welcome Mary Patterson and Mike Malone as new members.

Malone will join Paul Yates, John Hollywood, Bill Burlison, Jim Cratty, Dave Espie, Mike Canning, Jim Alford, Don Everitt, Mickey Prosser, Becky Daniel, Ginny Espie and Dick O'Neil at the 75th Capital District Convention in Delaware at the end of the month.


The Bowie/Crofton Significant Other Support (SOS) Group for Multiple Sclerosis will meet from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Church of the Redeemer, 7300 Race Track Road in Bowie. The group meets the third Friday of each month and is open to the spouses, friends and relatives of those with multiple sclerosis. To find out more about the group, call 927-0458.

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