Doughnut joy tempered by lack of other amenities


MY LIFE IS complete. A couple of years back, I was turning cartwheels when Starbucks coffee opened just down the road. And now Krispy Kreme Donuts has opened a Ritchie Highway location.

Like most towns, Glen Burnie has plenty of some things and not enough of others. Enough already with the car dealerships. And there are enough carpet and mattress stores to supply every hotel in the state.

But what are we missing? Judging from the wait on Friday and Saturday nights, enough good restaurants, for one thing. A really great bookstore for another. My daughters would wish for an Old Navy. My husband for a music superstore.

While I'm at it, how about a county park (like Downs Park in Pasadena or Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis), an indoor pool and an outdoor ice skating rink? A girl can dream, can't she?

A gala job

As chief executive officer at Glen Burnie Mutual Savings Bank, Marrian McCormick has her hands full. But recently her work level expanded greatly.

She was appointed to chair North Arundel Hospital's Millennium Gala Feb. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore. She has been on gala steering committees since 1996.

"Every year we hope to provide a unique evening, unsurpassed for its elegance. This year, our goal remains the same, but we hope to add a little more fun and excitement," she said. The hospital has relied heavily on the annual fund-raising effort. North Arundel Hospital Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million since 1991.

For details, call 410-553-8560.

Treasures in Fox Chase

Fox Chase Community Village has announced its events for fall. Used treasures will be sold for a song at the community yard sale Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. For details, call 410-761-1892.

Cinderella and her handsome prince, along with plenty of ghosts and skeletons, are sure to be on hand at the community's Halloween parade and games from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23. Adult volunteers are needed. Call 410-760-1819.

Group marking 23rd year

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Glen Burnie Chapter 1519, will meet Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church hall, 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. The group, with more than 800 members, will mark its 23rd anniversary at the meeting. Members, spouses and guests, along with prospective members, are invited to attend. For more information, call Stan Jacobs at 410-969-5980.

Fashions at Fall Fantasy

Fall fashions, sweaters and blazers will take center stage at the North Arundel Hospital Auxiliary's Fall Fantasy Luncheon Oct. 8 at LaFontaine Bleu. Doors open at 10: 30 a.m. for the event, with the fashion show at 11: 30 a.m. and luncheon at 1 p.m.

Children Katie Jackson, Gavin Lyle and Meghan Wanko will show off styles from the Giant Peach.

Virginia Booth, Lynn Fleming, Janet Holzhauser, Beverly Kuethe, Patricia Loughlin, and Azalea Moore will model fashions from Gantos and P.S. Plus. Al Bryan, Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., Steve Duffy, and Joseph Lyle will wear clothing from Jos. A Bank Clothiers. The luncheon features chicken Marsala and flounder Chesapeake.

Tickets are available at the hospital gift shop through Friday for $22. For additional information, call 410-787-4504.

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