Midnight basketball called a first-year success


The Columbia Association's Midnight Basketball program is finished for the summer, and Ann Scherr, assistant director of the association's Community Services Division, says its first year was considered a definite success. More than 60 young men traded Friday night ennui for the competition and camaraderie of basketball during July and August.

Next year, the association plans to run the program again, but it hasn't requested funding yet from the Columbia Council. Ms. Scherr said it might expand the games to Friday and Saturday nights and create a parallel program for women.

This summer's program ended with a championship game Aug. 26, which was won by coach Ben Daniels' Bulls.

Howard Community College donated space for weekly games and workshops on health, relationships and careers for the 17- to 24-year-old participants.

League members included Hickory Ridge residents Everett Brown, Kenneth Grant, Tyrone Hayward, Jamal Hayward, Michael Brosenne and Jared Marcus.

From Harper's Choice, Deon Wingfield, Derrice Green, Jeremy Loomis, Curtis Love, Kevon Newman, Edward Smart, Marcus Willis, Delante Harris and Daniel Whye participated.

Jeff Johnson and Tyrone Warren were league members from Wilde Lake.

Midnight Basketball is a program that originated in Glenarden and has spread to more than 40 cities.


Administrators at Running Brook Elementary School are phoning a parent or guardian of every student to invite them to special "parent partnership" meetings this month.

The meetings, to be held well before the traditional Back-to-School Night, are organized by grade level.

Parents of first-graders will meet tomorrow; parents of fourth-graders will meet Tuesday; fifth-grade parents will meet Sept. 14; second-grade parents will meet Sept. 19; and third-grade parents will meet Sept. 20. Parents of kindergarten students were scheduled to meet last night.

All meetings will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the media center.

With about 300 students at Running Brook, the women with the sore dialing fingers are Principal Deborah Drown and Assistant Principal Corita Oduyoye.


Carl Szabo, a 14-year-old runner from Hickory Ridge, overcame stifling heat and humidity to capture a silver medal in the 3,200-meter event at the Maccabi Regional Youth Games held Aug. 23 in Long Island, New York.

The Maccabi games are sponsored by Jewish Community Centers around the world. Carl was one of 70 young people representing the Washington area and competing against athletes from England, Mexico, Israel and many U.S. cities.

A freshman at Wilde Lake High School, Carl plays soccer and plans to run indoor track for his school. His parents are Teddi Fine and John Szabo.


Life in Town Center just keeps getting more fun. The village will celebrate its newest tot lot with a grand opening at 10:30 a.m. Saturday off Banneker Road near the end of Same Song Square and Cloudy April Way. Punch, cookies, swinging and sliding will be featured.

Town Center's free public tennis courts have added a backboard for those essential solo drills. The courts on Vantage Point Road are mobbed on weekends but usually are available on weekdays.


Students at Longfellow Elementary are living up to their school's literary name. Over the summer, more than 30 student readers completed the county library's "Good Book Cafe" or "Tot's Takeout" program, including Aubrey Cronin, Chioma Ebinama, Nicholas Leffner, Michelle Rotolo, Jason Pazornick, Jovon Hall, Amanda Reeder, David Gers, Stephanie Ault and Chima Ebinama.

Megan Royden, Jessica Rotolo, Stephanie Pazornick, Katie Leffner, Laura Skidmore, William Collins, Bruce Worley, Pamela Thomas and Tessa Burke also completed one of the programs.

Patrick Rotolo, Michelle Bone, Daniel Skidmore, Elizabeth Danna, Isha Agarwal, Elizabeth Thomas, Laura Leffner, Jill Hurley, Amiel Stanek, Darren Alston and Sabrina Taylor-Smith are the other Longfellow students who completed a summer reading program.

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