The celebration of New Year's Eve probably was invented by some poor soul who forgot to buy Christmas presents and needed to make it up to his relatives. So, a week later, he gave a party. The idea, like resolutions and white sales, caught on. And now, every year, people stay up past their bedtime to make noise and foster a headache, which is soothed the following day by the rhythmic motion of televised football.
If you have resolved to be more informed about your community, attend the Jan. 11 meeting of the Greater Severna Park Council. Meetings are scheduled at 7:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at the Severna Park branch library.
You could learn, for example, about McKinsey Park, the adult living project going up across the street from Severna Park Mall, and the road improvements the developer is planning.
The GSPC recreation committee is encouraging more development of Kinder Park, by building unpaved walking trails from the park to the B&A; Trail and new athletic fields and ball diamonds.
The committee realizes, however, that money might not be available in the county budget for such projects and suggested asking the area's six Boy Scout troops for low-cost help in making improvements.
Wondering about the safety of Severn River water near your home? Dr. Sally G. Horner of the Anne Arundel Community College Environmental Center has completed the Operation Clearwater Final summer report for 1993.
For information, call 541-2260.
If you think you know the whereabouts of a wanted person call the county sheriff's office Fugitive Tip Hot Line, 1-800-451-TIPS.
Speakers are available to discuss the department's programs. For information, call 222-1571.
Making a difference in the lives of county residents since 1979 are the folks at Hospice of the Chesapeake.
The Millersville organization recently held a breakfast for local ministers. Rev. Steven Smith, the spiritual care coordinator, explained how a hospice eases the trauma of the final stages of a fatal disease for patients and their families.
In addition, Betty Asplund, director of bereavement, and social worker Harry Congdon visited area high schools to talk to teens about dealing with grief.
Erwin Abrams, hospice president; Eileen Lacijan, vice president and director of clinical services, and Sheila Truby, clinical nurse manager, learned more about the latest in pain and symptom management while attending the National Hospice Conference last month in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For information on how to become a hospice volunteer, contact Sarah Totushek; to arrange for a speaker, contact Frankie Hall. You can reach them at 987-2003.