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Rouse Co.'s Forester to brief boards on west Columbia plans


DAVID FORESTER, vice president and senior development director for the Rouse Co., will brief two village boards on plans for a residential development in west Columbia at 8 p.m. today at Oakland manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Plans call for luxury apartments and garage condominiums at Broken Land and Little Patuxent parkways. The site development plans still must be submitted to the Howard County Planning Board, which will conduct public hearings on the proposal.

Tonight's presentation will take place at a joint meeting of the boards of Town Center and the Village of Wilde Lake.

Interested residents are invited to attend.

'Midlife Transitions'

Oakland also will be the site for a seminar on "Midlife Transitions for Women," sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, from 7: 30 to 9: 30 p.m. Sept. 12.

Topics include how stress affects midlife, the importance of nutrition and exercise, and the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy.

"There's so much conflicting evidence," said Fran Dummett, a health educator and middle school counselor from Dorsey's Search. "We want to try to help women make some choices." Dummett will conduct the seminar along with Cathy Latham, a social worker from Columbia.

The seminar is free and open to the public. However, space is limited, so advance registration is requested. For reservations, call (410) 730-4744.

Which was the joke?

Hickory Ridge village manager Jane Parrish is getting more than she bargained for in her Find the Joke contest in The Log, the village newsletter. She wanted to make sure residents were reading all the news, so this summer she started slipping in a joke and awarding $5 to the resident who correctly identifies it.

Response was slow at first, but the momentum is growing. So is her amazement at the non-jokes readers are calling to identify. In the second contest, the joke was bungee jumping for 4- to 6-year-olds. Clemens West's Julie Maxham got the $5.

The next time a village crime report ended with an item on alien abductions, correctly identified by Clary's Forest resident Kate Burton. But a few callers thought the phrase "skunked out if it rains," referring to a pool picnic, was the joke.

Said Parrish: "What I want to know is, do those folks think alien abductions are normal?"

Choosing a store

Have you ever wished your favorite store was more convenient? Or that you could decide which stores end up in your village center?

Well, here's a chance to voice your opinion on what type of store will go into the vacant spot, formerly Sundaes, in the Dorsey's Search Village Center. The village association is taking suggestions until Sept. 1 and will forward them to Columbia Management Inc., which manages the center.

You can call 730-4005 with your suggestion, or mail it to Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City 21042.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day, Sept. 8, is just around the corner, and the Howard County Library is celebrating with a program for 3- to 5-year-olds. "Grandparents: A Special Kind of Love," will be held at 10: 30 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Central Library.

Activities will include stories about grandparents and life in the past. Crafts will focus on homemade toys that grand- parents might have played with.

"It's a time for grandparents to reminisce about what they did in the past," said library associate Tanis Hadley. Children are invited to bring their grandparents, and some of the library's volunteer grandparents also will participate.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. Monday and may be done in person or by calling (410) 313-7880.

Best granny contest

xTC Chico's in The Mall in Columbia is also celebrating Grandparents Day with a Grandmother of the Year contest.

Children 12 and under have a chance to win a trip to Florida by writing a brief description of why their grandmother is special. Entry forms are available at the store; the deadline is Sept. 1.

Store manager Sabrina Scott noted that the best local entries will be sent to the clothing store's home office in Florida, where a national winner will be chosen. Chico's is part of a chain of women's clothing stores.

The winning grandmother will receive a three-day, two-night trip for three to Sanibel Island Resort in Florida, plus $200 spending money and a $300 Chico's wardrobe.

Pub Date: 8/21/96

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