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Around town:

* Congratulations to Patricia and Michael Harrison -- he's the general manager of the Baltimore Opera -- who are expecting their first child, a baby boy, in December. I hear the Harrisons were in Scotland this summer, where they took in the Edinburgh Festival and bought a few yards of the family tartan to make kilts for the baby.


* Margaret Gaudreau, chair of the Charlestown residents' flood relief committee, was the dynamo who managed to raise more than $10,000 for flood victims in the Midwest.

* Wonder if attorney Stephen L. Miles' comedy repertoire includes lawyer jokes? He's taking his act out of the courtroom and into the Comedy Factory, above Burke's Restaurant, on Oct. 1-2. Call (410) 244-5233 for ticket information.


* It surprises nobody that Harriet Finkelstein, who co-chaired the Triple Crown Ball, which raised $150,000 for the Retinitis Pigmentosa Foundation, has been named vice chairman of the National RP Foundation Fighting Blindness. She was also one of the founding members of the Baltimore chapter.

* In 1968, Irving and Janella Cohen opened the doors to Hidden Brook, a quaint old mansion nestled amid 153 acres of rolling countryside in Harford County, where people with a chemical dependency could go for state-of-the-art treatment. During the past 25 years, thousands of people have stayed at Hidden Brook. The founders would like to locate them because they're planning a reunion picnic next Sunday. So if you're an alum and would like more information, call (800) 365-1919.

* National Public Radio's Susan Stamberg will chat with Friends of WJHU about her book "Talk" on Tuesday at Baltimore Sheraton North. The book chronicles her 22 years at National Public Radio, where she has been host of "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition." Tickets are $5 and may be reserved by calling (410) 516-9548.

* Members of the Connie and Brooks Robinson family gathered in Baltimore last month for the wedding of the Robinsons' daughter, Diana, to Wayne Farley. The next day, 50 family members gathered at Harrison's at Pier 5 to celebrate the 77th birthday of Brooks' mom, Ethel.

* Oriole players Ben McDonald and Chris Hoiles and bullpen catcher Sam Snider stopped by Padonia Station Raw Bar and Grille in the Padonia Village Shopping Center recently to help raise $400 for the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council girls softball program.

* It was about 10 years ago that Hopkins surgeon Dr. Levi Watkins and Victor Frenkil, owner of Baltimore Contractors, pioneered the first annual Minority Medical Students' reception. Last week's "do" was held at the Polo Grill. I'm told that Dr. Watkins has personally been responsible for helping a lot of minority medical students graduate.

* Twenty years of innovation, partnership and continuous growth isn't a bad record for two hippies who opened Greening of America on Sept. 10, 1973, with no goals whatsoever. Today their plant-care business serves 700 business customers, and they have 16 employees. To celebrate their anniversary, Harvey Fruman and Alvin Schenk donated a brand-new type of dogwood tree to Cylburn Arboretum Association.

* Ellen and Joel Fedder, executive committee members of the Baltimore Committee for the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, had a party at their Owings Mills home last week to honor Evelyn and Albert Weitzman, recipients of the Jerusalem Humanitarian Award, and Stephen A. Mackler, recipient of the hTC Young Leadership Award. The honorees will receive their awards on Feb. 6 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation.


* Colonel and Mrs. Richard Singleton -- he's the executive director at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School -- were welcomed to town at a recent Center Club reception. W. J. Hindman, chairman of Youth Services International Inc., which manages the school, and Joan Stephens, Youth Services public affairs officer, introduced the Singletons to Baltimore movers and shakers Henry Rosenberg, Crown Central chairman; Hal Donofrio, RM&D; advertising magnate; Jacques Schlenger, Venable, Baetjer & Howard; Walter Amprey, Superintendent of Baltimore City Schools; Nathaniel Pollard, president of Bowie State College; Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury Louis L. Goldstein and House of Delegates member John G. Gary.