*TC The Running Brook Gazette is a new school newspaper published by students at Running Brook Elementary School.
The paper is the creation of Running Brook student editors Kianna Clark, Borna Ghavam, Jennifer Goines and Kelly Moses. April marked the inaugural edition of the paper, which is designed to keep students informed about the school and school activities.
The first issue contained a stinging editorial on school safety by Borna Ghavam warning students and parents that some of them are not following before- and after-school safety procedures.
Regular Running Brook Gazette features include "The Poetry Corner," with April's edition featuring poems by students Drew Barson, Alex Maione and Jesse E. Rohwer; "The Art Corner," which showcased student art by Tommy Farley; "The Fun Page," which contained a word puzzle; and "Math Wiz," featuring several math problems for student to solve.
The issue also featured two cartoon strips, "Zack," drawn and written by editor Borna Ghavam, and "Sneakers," drawn and written by editor Kelly Moses.
The newspaper also contains news items about the school, teachers and students. The editors are letting students know that they are open to ideas for future issues.
The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 8950 Route 108 in Dorsey's Search, is seeking volunteer "Helpline" counselors to help the center cope with the rise in incidents of domestic violence.
The center will offer 30 hours of crisis intervention training to volunteers interested in becoming much needed counselors for the 24-Hour Domestic Violence Intervention Hot Line, (410) 997-2272.
Training sessions will held June 3-4 and June 10-11. You must attend all four days to become a qualified intervention volunteer.
"There is a great need for help in dealing with the issue of domestic violence in Howard County," says Diane Craig, coordinator of Volunteer Services for the center.
"We have 35 shifts per week, and our goal is to have every shift covered by Helpline counselors."
If you are over the age of 21 with four hours a week to share with your community, please call 997-0304.
In December, 1990 Wilde Lake High School graduate Daniel Hobbs received a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland College Park.
Most people would be satisfied with one bachelor's degree. For Mr. Hobbs, that is not the case. He has decided to return to College Park for the spring semester and get a second degree in sociology.
College is in the future for two of Howard County's top prep athletes, Chrissy Gavin of Atholton High School and Kristen Riismandel of Wilde Lake High School. Both have accepted college athletic scholarships.
0$ Chrissy, an all-county shortstop
in softball, will take her .385 batting average and 3.85 grade point average to Furman University in Greenville, S.C. She was recruited by a number of colleges, including the University of North Carolina and Princeton.
Kristen, who is the Howard County co-player of the year in soccer and carries a 3.7 GPA, will attend the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I., this fall. She will play with the men's soccer team -- the prep school has no women's team -- before moving on to the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Jennifer Sebor, a 1993 graduate of Atholton High School, was named to the fall dean's list at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va.
Jennifer, a sophomore at VPI, is majoring in biology and has a 3.7 GPA.
This week is National Volunteers Week, and the Howard County Chapter of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Inc., would like to offer thanks to its many local volunteers.
During the past year, this dedicated group drove more than 66,500 miles while delivering more than 53,640 nutritious meals to homebound clients.
"We are blessed with the best volunteers and would like to show our appreciation and recognition," says Jeanette Lazarofsky, program administrator for Howard County.
In addition, Meals on Wheels would like to thank the Ellicott City Kiwanis Foundation for a $1,500 donation. The money will be used to help subsidize clients in Howard County who cannot afford the Meals on Wheels services.
From 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 6, the Howard County Office on Aging will hold its fourth annual "Salute to Seniors" at The Mall in Columbia.
Lynn Gardner, salute coordinator for the Office on Aging, says the event will feature a "one-stop shop" for service and information, live entertainment and much more.
Radio and television personalities will join the seniors in the May celebration of Older Americans Month. The opening ceremony will feature WJZ-TV senior reporter Leona Morris. Royal Parker, WBAL News, will be master of ceremonies, assisted by WBAL news anchor Liz O'Neill. A highlight of the day will be the Senior Citizen of the Year award.
Families, including children and grandchildren, neighbors and friends, are invited to stop in to enjoy the activities and visit the more than 60 displays. The day's activities will include hundreds of prizes and giveaways.