Florist to distribute roses to enhance Good...


Florist to distribute roses to enhance Good Neighbor Day

Celebrating the "power of a flower," Red Rose Florist in Glen Burnie will give away about 5,000 roses in honor of Good Neighbor Day. The event offers area residents an opportunity to meet others and develop friendships.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Southgate Marketplace, 337 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Those picking up roses are asked to keep one for themselves and to give away the other 11 to 11 different people.

Information: 410-761-4445.

Business group to present seminar on leasing issues

The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will present a breakfast seminar, "Look Before You Lease," from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at Damon's Restaurant at the Village at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills.

This seminar is intended for all small-business owners and entrepreneurs, particularly those who are interested in opening or relocating a business. Representatives from A.J. Properties will help business owners better understand leasing and property management issues.

The cost for chamber members is $15 in advance. The cost for nonmembers and members at the door is $25.

Information: 410-672-3422.

Disability commission seeks noteworthy employers

The Anne Arundel County Disability Commission seeks nominees for the Annual Business Awards, which recognize employers who accommodate individuals with disabilities. The categories are Employer of the Year, Disability Friendly Business in the Historic District of Annapolis, and Employer Who Removes Barriers.

The deadline for submitting nominations is today. Businesses will be recognized on Disability Awareness Day, Sept. 28, at Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena.

The Disability Commission is appointed by County Executive Janet S. Owens and works to promote and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Information and nominations: 410-222-4383; TTY: 410-222-4355.

Bay foundation seeks nominations for awards

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is calling for nominations for its 2002 Conservationist and Environmental Educator of the Year Awards. Winners will receive a bronze osprey bust by sculptor David Turner. Nominations are due by Sept. 13. Forms can be downloaded from the group's Web site at

An individual, organization, institution or business can be nominated for Conservationist of the Year. The beneficial impact of the nominee's actions on the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and its watershed are evaluated. The long-term effect and innovation of the nominee's achievements also are considered. This award was established in 1980 to recognize superlative service and commitment to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay.

Any individual working in the environmental education field can be nominated for Environmental Educator of the Year. The impact of the nominee's actions on the advancement of environmental education, the potential for broad application and the degree to which his or her actions inspire others to save the bay will be evaluated.

The award was established in 1997. Last year's winner was Robert Nixon, founder of the Earth Conservation Corps.

Both awards give preference to nominees whose efforts support the mission and programs of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and whose efforts address crucial environmental issues. Nominations may be made by the individuals or groups involved in the activity, or by an outside person or group. Activities for which nominations are submitted need not have occurred this year. Awards will be presented in January.


Joyce A. Ohmer has been promoted to vice president and named branch administrator for Bank of Glen Burnie. Ohmer's responsibilities include supervision of the bank's seven managers and their staffs, and monitoring the bank's safety and security measures.


Volunteers needed: Volunteers are being sought for the 36th annual Maryland Seafood Festival, which will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Sandy Point State Park. Volunteers will receive free admission to the festival and $10 in complimentary food and beverage tickets. 410-268-7676, Ext. 110; or www.mdseafoodfestival. com.

Charity golf tournament: Bank of Glen Burnie will sponsor a charity golf tournament to benefit Hospice of the Chesapeake on Sunday at the Timbers at Troy Golf Course, 6100 Marshalee Drive, Elkridge. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. 410-313-4653.

Philanthropists honored: Nonprofit organizations are invited to submit nominations by Friday for the Anne Arundel County Philanthropist of the Year Award. The award - to be presented during a luncheon honoring county philanthropy, planned for Nov. 21 at the Radisson Hotel in Annapolis - will be given to a donor who has demonstrated outstanding responsibility, and who encourages the generosity of others in the community. Families also are eligible for the award. Nominations should include evidence of direct gift support, a description of the impact of the gift, details of how the nominee encourages and motivates other donors, and evidence of support for innovative approaches to problem-solving. Information, nomination forms: Carol Thompson, executive director of the Chesapeake Community Foundation, 410-268-7245 or chcommunity

Computer workshop: ToadNet Inc. of Severna Park, one of Maryland's largest privately owned Internet service providers, has scheduled workshops from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at 570 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Designed for beginning and intermediate Internet users, the free workshops provide an introduction to the Internet and teach how to connect; the basics of surfing and searching the Web; and sending and receiving e-mail. Registration is required. 410-544-6193 or 877-GET-TOAD.

Computer classes: YWCA Career Services offers basic computer classes. Topics include keyboarding, computer literacy and Windows 98, Microsoft Word, Excel, the Internet, Access, and PowerPoint. Classes are offered monthly. Fees range from $20 to $60. YWCA membership is required. 410-626-7800.

Training available: Single parents and displaced homemakers interested in job training are invited to contact YWCA Career Services. Development services include job readiness and career exploration workshops and career advising. Other services include child-care and transportation stipends, tuition assistance and computer workshops. 410-626- 7800.

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