An effort to help victims of layoff rise up from the devastation


We hear it every day -- the news of layoffs or the latest plant closing.

It's a harsh world out there. The 18-year-old high school graduates just entering the job market might find themselves competing with a recent college graduate for an entry-level sales position in a retail store. For someone young, the failure to get a decent job can quickly demoralize even those of strong character and determination.

And, what about the 40-year-old mid-level executive who thought he had job security, only to suddenly find himself out in the cold because of company down-sizing. Losing a job is often devastating to those in their prime with families to support and bills to be paid.

Most people overcome such moments, but survival is often a struggle. With proper help and guidance, we can overcome our problems and look to the next opportunity.

To this point, St. John Baptist Church will host its annual Men's Day Weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

On Saturday, there will be a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by a workshop of economic empowerment. There will be sessions on education, entrepreneurship, marketing and financial management.

The Rev. Michael Walker, pastor of Messiah Baptist Church, in Brockton, Mass., will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Walker is nationally known for his empowerment programs and for initiating economic development activities in churches nationwide.

He will also speak at the 11:45 a.m. service on Sunday.

Co-chairmen for the Men's Day activities are the Rev. Dr. A.F. Turner, the pastor of St. John Baptist Church, Dr. Martin L. Johnson and Leonard Clay.

There is no charge for this enlightening economic empowerment workshop, and everyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

For additional information, please contact William A. Ross Sr. at 730-8689.


Halloween is just around the corner, and parents should make plans now for their kids to attend the Halloween entertainment celebration presented by the Wilde Lake Community Association the village green on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Great Pumpkin will make his annual appearance, and will entertain the kids with some Halloween tales. The Jolly Jester will also be on hand to display his wondrous magic tricks.

Children can have their pictures taken in the pumpkin patch, go fishing for great prizes and participate in many more activities.

The festivities are for preschoolers to fourth-graders. All children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $3 and are available at Slayton House. Space is limited, so register early. The registration deadline is Oct. 23 and preregistration is required.

4( For more information, call 730-3987.


Congratulations to former Wilde Lake resident Thomas Ginovanni. He recently received a study grant from the Woodbridge, Harkins, Meredith Trinity Foundation to continue his research into the socio-economic impact of increasing government regulation upon small business.

The Trinity Foundation is an economic think-tank group that provides information to both the government and businesses.

Mr. Ginovanni lived in Columbia for 10 years and taught courses in economics and economic theory at both the University of Maryland at College Park and American University in Washington, D.C. He now resides in Hartford, Conn.

Providing contacts for those seeking in-home care of the elderly one of the services offered by St. John Catholic Church in Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills Interfaith Centers.

Through Catholic Charities of Howard County, St. John offers the Caregiver's Listing Service, which contains the names of individuals seeking employment performing private, in-home, elderly care ranging from part-time assistance to full-time live-in care.

This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking part-time work as there is a constant need for in-home and elderly services. However, before an individual's name can be listed, they must first complete a Catholic Charities Training Course.

The next training session is scheduled to begin Nov. 3.

If you are interested in this training and want additional information, please call Barbara Hope at St. John's, 964-1434, or Catholic Charities at 732-5000.


The Wilde Lake Community Association is holding an open house reception for new Wilde Lake residents Monday at 7 p.m. at Slayton House.

The welcome reception offers new residents the opportunity to meet community leaders and learn more about the neighborhood in which they live. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information, please call 730-3987.

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