Hospice of the Chesapeake has a new president and foundation executive director: Erwin E. Abrams of Clearwater, Fla.
The native of Minnesota, who brings 28 years of health care experience to his new post, says, "I'm very pleased to be part of this hospice family, including the foundation and the auxiliary. The quality of the personnel and the programs here are unparalleled."
Abrams believes that many people become involved with hospice because of a personal experience.
"My work in hospice gave me the sense of fulfillment and worth unlike any other undertaking," he says.
He has served on hospice boards for more than a decade, but this is his first time as an executive director.
Moving to Maryland has been like coming home for Abrams. Although he completed his undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota, he attended graduate school at George Washington University and did his residency in hospital administration at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.
For hospice information, call 987-2003.
The annual Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Co. open house from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday combines family entertainment, education and a reminder: It's National Fire Prevention Week, and fund-raiser time.
Without the community's financial support, the men and women of the Earleigh Heights station say they cannot adequately respond to emergencies.
Because of continued generosity, the fire company on Ritchie Highway owns three engines (including new No. 121), a rescue pumper, a heavy-duty squad truck and basic and advanced life support units.
Visitors can see this lifesaving equipment at the open house and have their children finger-printed for free and an ID photo taken for a small fee.
You also can have your blood pressure checked.
Then, tour the building, see the health and safety displays, and meet Sparky the Fire Dog and Barney.
And don't forget the fire engine rides for the kids.
The Severna Park Republican Women's Club extends an invitation to its annual luncheon/fashion show: "Autumn Ambiance."
Scheduled at noon on Tuesday at La Fontaine Blue in Glen Burnie, the show features fashions by Talbots of Annapolis and Teetertotter of Severna Park. There also will be a raffle for an antique, platinum watch.
For ticket information, call 647-0822 or 757-0110.
Michael M. Gimbel, director of the Office of Substance Abuse in Baltimore County, will speak at Archbishop Spalding High School at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday.
Host of two television shows dealing with substance abuse -- "Steering Clear" and "Straight Talk" -- Gimbel received the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award in 1991. His office has received eight consecutive achievement awards from the National Association of Counties.
For information on the talk, call 969-0195.
If the recent peace accord between Palestine and Israel intrigues you, attend the Anne Arundel Community College class "The Contemporary Middle East."
The noncredit class, taught by Middle East specialist Ron Perron, will meet on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 7 through Dec. 9.
Perron will discuss the roots of Arab bitterness toward the United States, the impact of the Persian Gulf war, the new world order and today's peace accords, while focusing on politics, religion and rival groups.
How many youngsters first envision their life's work while listening to someone in that field describe the satisfaction received from his or her job?
Here's your opportunity to inspire the next generation: Career Day at Severna Park Middle School will be Nov. 10.
Call 647-6206 to volunteer to explain your profession to a bunch of eager young teens.