When you read about criminal activities that take place in Howard County, you may think, "If there was only something I could do."
Here's one opportunity.
A small thing that each of us can do is support the eighth annual National Night Out, Aug. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
It's a night to educate yourself and your neighbors about crime prevention by filling the streets with community members organizing to prevent crime.
Each Night-Outer will turn on outdoor lights at home and go outside to meet neighbors and share ideas.
The Crime Prevention Unit of the Howard County Police Department has contacted more than 90 neighborhood liaisons across the county to promote Night Out and encourage block parties, hoping that revelry and food will anchor the crime prevention message.
The goal is to prompt 40 Night-Out celebrations countywide.
Several Ellicott City and Elkridge communities have paired the Night Out with block parties. Three parties are planned in the Ellicott City area: on Breezewood Drive in Woodstock, in Rockburn Township and on Misthaven Court in Mount Hebron. Three parties will be held in the Elkridge area: on Fairborne Court in Elkridge, and on Brick Court and St. Jean Court in the Deep Run Trailer Park.
Neighborhoods that have planned block parties and notified the Crime Prevention Unit will be visited by local celebrities.
McGruff the Crime Dog, County Executive Charles I. Ecker, members of the County Council and political candidates will visit as many parties as possible.
The Crime Prevention Unit will also provide Night-Outers with tips on neighborly ways to stop crime.
If your neighborhood has not planned a block party, it's not too late.
Make up a flier, run it off in a copier, and call Officer Steve Black at 313-3220 to let him know.
Burton and Veronica Eberlein of Ellicott City announce the marriage of their daughter.
Army Capt. Marie V. Eberlein will wed Brian Jenkins, a cabinetmaker of Seattle, Wash., Aug. 20. The wedding will take place in Seattle.
Attendants will include Marie's sister, Katherine Eberlein Hawley, lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve, who will act as matron of honor; 6-year-old niece Kristin Hawley and 20-month-old niece Victoria Eberlein will be flower girl.
The Eberlein family has lived in Ellicott City for 18 years.
The family belongs to St. Paul's Church in Ellicott City.
Marie Eberlein spent her school years in Baltimore County and attended Iowa State University before joining the Army.
She has most recently been stationed in Seattle, where she met her future husband.
This fall, St. John's Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City will light 40 candles on its birthday cake.
The school's PTA is hoping to celebrate the occasion throughout the year with historical events for the children.
The first planned celebration will take place the first day of school, when a display of mementos from the school's first year will greet students.
To complie the display, the PTA is asking anyone who has memorabilia from the school's early years to share it. Photos will be copied and returned to owners, and other items will be carefully preserved.
Students at St. John's Lane when it first opened are asked to contribute to the display.
Call the school office at 313-2813 or Walinda West at 767-7541 for information on lending a piece of your childhood.
Ellicott City resident Kate Malloy, a junior at Mount DeSales Academy for Girls, was accepted for a Summer Study in Engineering Program for High School Women at the University of Maryland College Park.
She will live on the campus for six weeks, until Aug. 26.
While on campus, she joins a group of 30 girls. The girls are enrolled in the university as regular students, and will earn six college credits by taking two introductory engineering courses.
The laboratory course will place the girls in groups of six. Each group will compete with the others to design a water pump.
Last month, Kate attended the weeklong Girls' State, a government and citizenship program held at Washington College.
Kate was selected for this honor by the American Legion Auxiliary's Hamilton Post. Kate is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Malloy of Rockburn Township.
Her grandparents are Reginald Malloy and Mr. and Mrs. George Frey, all of Ellicott City.
Ellicott City High School's classes of 1940 and 1941 will hold their next reunion Sept. 19.
The classes hold a reunion each fall.
If you know of someone who should be notified, call Peggy White at 465-6521.
The Ellicott City chapter of CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders, will meet tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to view a video on attention deficit disorders.
The group acts as a support and educational group for those who must deal with the effects of the disorder.
The meeting will take place at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road.
For more information, call 461-6761.