3 high schools join with police in educational liaison program


Hammond, Oakland Mills and Long Reach high schools are three of the schools that have begun an educational liaison program with the Howard County Police Department.

The pilot program is designed to ensure a safe learning environment.

Full-time officers are assigned to assist the schools' administrators in promoting rapport with students and staff.

They will also serve as role models and mentors, deter misconduct by remaining highly visible, share knowledge of protocol and procedures, assist in educating the students about the role of police in community law enforcement issues and investigate criminal incidents.

Most of all, they hope to improve student and police relations.

Officer Mark Richmond is assigned to the east Columbia schools. School and police representatives will meet monthly to evaluate the program, exchange information and develop strategies for improvement.

It is only natural for parents to be concerned about their children and the problems that sometimes arise at athletic and social functions.

Here are some phone numbers that may be helpful.

Underage Drinking Hotline (to report underage drinking): 313-4776.

Police Youth Division: 433-4843.

Juvenile Services: 461-0245.

Youth Crisis Hotline: (800) 422-0009.

Runaway Hotline: (800) 231-6946.

Stevens Forest singers

Kudos to Stevens Forest students Moni Gbadebo and Leanne Estabrook for their selection as members of the All County Chorus.

In addition, these students completed the Howard County Library's Summer Reading Program:

C.J. Foreman, Jenna Berge and Alethia Young auditioned for the All County Chorus. Meera Cheerharan, Mark Schiffer, Megan Cable, Dean Schroyer, Jonathan Calogero, Laura Hamilton, Cooper LoPresto, Sarah Thorne, Kate LoPresto, Jennifer Thorne and Sydney Kirchhoff.

Scouting kudos

Columbia Boy Scout Troop 75 was represented by Nicholas Thomas at the recent 1996 National Pike District Good Scout Award Breakfast, at which the Good Scout Award was presented to Howard County General Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Victor Broccolino.

The annual award is given to a member of the business community whose leadership and community involvement exemplify Boy Scout ethics.

Thomas was a member of the color guard that opened the morning's ceremonies.

Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker also presented a plaque to Broccolino, and the county was well represented by local businesses and civic organizations -- active supporters of BSA were present to honor the Good Scout.

Earlier this month, Boy Scout Troop 75 held a Court of Honor, during which Scoutmaster Pat Roth and nine assistant scoutmasters presented 93 Merit Badges to troop members.

Jon Barnes is junior assistant scoutmaster. Nicholas Thomas was elected senior patrol leader. Marty Oltmann is assistant senior patrol leader.

The following were named patrol leaders of their units: David Moore (Roadrunners), Joey Wensus (Fox), Chris Luther (Wolverines), EJ Roderiquez (Phoenix), Jon Tebeleff (Ziplock) and David Morgan (Panther).

Chris Klink, Philip Grove, Lee Seidman and Brian Wilcher earned Scout rank.

Tenderfoot was presented to Stephen Levay, Corey Loftus, Jonathan Marker and David Morgan.

First Class was presented to Troy Kerr, Dominic Maccherone, James Oltmann and Danny Parker.

Life rank was earned by Chris Luther, and Jonathan Barnes earned the Bronze Eagle Palm.

Boy Scout awards were also presented to 19 Scouts in mile swim, snorkeling, BSA lifeguard and C.O.P.E.

Joe Blasi received the Boy Scout Silver Medal, which is awarded to a patrol leader when his patrol earns the Standard Patrol Award and/or Baden Powell Patrol Award.

Biz Expo candidates debate

Sharon McGrail, manager of the Oakland Mills Village branch of Columbia Bank, is co-chair of the 10th annual Biz Expo legislative debate breakfast sponsored by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

Commentator Ted Venetoulis will be the moderator at the Oct. 30 event at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, Ellicott City.

The 8 a.m. debate will feature 3rd Congressional District Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin and his challenger Republican Pat McDonough, and 6th Congressional District Representative Roscoe Bartlett and his Democratic opponent Stephen Crawford.

Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public is invited. Information: 730-4111.

Pub Date: 10/22/96

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