SEVERNA PARK residents will recognize Daniel D. Nataf for his work with the Greater Severna Park Council, the Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement (ASPIRE) and the Fairwinds Community Association.
Now, Mr. Nataf has assumed a new role: assistant professor of political science at Anne Arundel Community College and the new director of the Center for the Study of Local Issues (CSLI), a trend-setter in local research that is a model for similar organizations across the nation.
"We will conduct a community survey on a pivotal issue -- Anne Arundel County's review of its general development plan," Mr. Nataf said. "We want to better gauge public sentiment about the character of planning, zoning and public services in the county."
Mr. Nataf was an assistant professor of political science at UMBC from 1985 to 1995 and a political science instructor at the University of California Los Angeles from 1983 to 1985.
He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkley, earning his master's degree and doctorate at UCLA. His book "Democratization and Social Settlements: The Politics of Change Contemporary Portugal" was published this year.
Mr. Nataf was appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening to a nominating committee for District and Circuit Court judges.
A counseling center has opened at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church. It is being operated as a partnership with the Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers of Greater Washington.
The Rev. Nancy Lincoln and the Keith Braucher are the staff counselors.
Since counseling is confidential, appointments may not be made through the church office. Call (800) 336-3742.
When is older better? When it's the 75-year-old Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company.
The company, at Ritchie Highway and Magothy Bridge Road, will be having its annual bull and oyster roast from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the fire hall.
For $18 per person, you get beef, a full buffet, oysters on the half shell, music and dancing and games of chance.
For more information, call 647-3119.
Another county landmark is 75 years old: the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
The organization will celebrate its 1920s Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arnold facility.
The YW seeks information about several "founding mothers," many of whom went by their husbands' names: Mrs. Theodore W. Johnson, Mrs. Thomas J. Linthicum, Mrs. Roland Teel, Mrs. St. George Barber, Mrs. Edward Heise, Mrs. W.B. Chandler Jr., Mrs. John S. Strahorn, Mrs. A.M.D. McCormick, Mrs. W. Gardiner, Mrs. R.B. Dashield, Mrs. George Feldmeyer and Mrs. Robert Moss.
Also, Mrs. J.B. Rippere, Mrs. Edward Johnson, Mrs. W.H. Kadesch, Mrs. Theodore W. Richards, Mrs. George Heintz and Mrs. Charles C. Bramble. Also, Anna Brayshaw, Jennie Richardson and Miriam Strange.
Please call (410) 626-7800 or 974-0147.