Stay in the know with your community association [West Laurel]

Laurel Leader

Join your West Laurel neighbors at the West Laurel Community Association’s spring General Membership meeting on May 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the West Laurel Community Building at the intersection of Bond Mill and Brooklyn Bridge roads. You will talk with neighbors and find out all that is relevant in our community now. You will also be wowed by a special brief presentation of the Bond Mill Drama Club’s, “Gone With The Breeze.”

Bond Mill Elementary School PTO’s spring carnival is this Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school on Sherwood Avenue. There will be games and prizes, Cake Walk, dunk tank, rides, fabulous raffles, and lots of great food and special treats. The carnival is the PTO’s flagship event and the kids and their families look forward to it every year. For one time only, 50th Anniversary T-shirts will be sold fon a first come, first serve bais.

The carnival is extra special this year as Bond Mil celebrates its 50th Anniversary in conjunction with it.In celebration of the 50th anniversary, there will be classroom tours and anniversary-themed activities such as musical performances and displays of Bond Mill photos and memorabilia from the past 50 years. There are many albums of yearly class pictures to go through.

Bond Mill is welcoming the entire community, including former Bond Mill teachers and students and their families, to attend. There is no charge for admission. Tickets for rides and games will be on sale onsite during the event. Principal Justin FitzGerald and his staff committee have been having a great time strolling down memory lane for the entire community to ponder, reminisce and enjoy. Hope to see you there on May 19.

Matthew Miller began his musical journey at Bond Mill Elementary under the direction of Patrick FitzGerald. Matthew plays both the oboe and English horn. He continued that journey at Chesapeake Math and IT Academy Middle School and then on to Eleanor Roosevelt High School where he is now a sophomore. All the while, he has been honing his skills and winning the praises of his instructors and peers. He is a first-place winner of Columbia Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. He will be a featured soloist at a concert on May 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia. Matthew is also a member of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and will be a featured instrumentalist at a concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Friday, May 25.

The weatherman is predicting a hot summer. What better way to survive such a scorching heat than to join the West Laurel Swim Club where you can sit poolside and read the newest novel you’ve had sitting next to your bed unread while your kids frolic with their friends and buy ice cream at the snack bar perfectly happy.

No kids or they are all grown up?

The poolside relaxation with the occasional dip and laps sounds good to me. There is no better way to spend your summer. For information about joining the club on Brooklyn Bridge Road., go to or call 240-712-4210 and leave a message. For information regarding the West Laurel Swim Team, contact

The West Laurel Swim Club swim season opens on May 26. The swim club is also sponsoring a 5k- Run and Walk on May 26, at 9 a.m. This 5k is serious business for Miguel Lambert and neighborhood runners. Register online at or contact Miguel at

Congratulations and best wishes to WL “kids” Jonathan Gans and Diana Adkins who tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in Ellicott City on April 28 and are now Mr. and Mrs.

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