Charity's Closet is expanding! The clothing re-saler has been so successful that it is now going to have Phil N. Thropy, a men's store, as well as Charity's Closet, which will become just for women.

Clothing is just $5 an item. The store also needs volunteers to work in the shop. This is a great way to learn how to work in retail, give back to the community or just have a fun time helping others. For the month of February, volunteers have a chance to win a nice handbag.


The idea of Charity's Closet is gently used clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories for resale. Proceeds support Success in Style, a program to help the unemployed with job interview skills and clothing to dress successfully. Success in Style is in the MultiService Center on Route 1. For more information, go to successinstyle.org.

The next Gator Academy, a free tutoring opportunity for any Reservoir High student for any subject, will be Sunday, Feb. 24. The academy is always looking for tutors. It will be held at the North Laurel Community Center, 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Yvona Ward at YvonaWard@verizon.net or Miriam Cruz at 240-640-7885.

Make sure you mark your calendars for the Feb. 21 meeting of the North Laurel Civic Association at 7 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Councilwoman Jen Terrasa will attend.

The North Laurel Community Center also houses our community Senior Center. On Feb. 20, at 11 a.m., there will be a free performance of Negro Spirituals, Jazz and American classics, plus a dance performance.

Later on that day, the center will hold its monthly meeting of the Spring Power over Pain Group. This group is for seniors suffering with chronic pain and starts at 1 p.m. On Feb. 27, it will start a six-week program about living with diabetics, starting at 1 p.m. To learn more, call the center at 410-313-0380.

Bollman Bridge has been collecting pennies and they have sure added up. The school raised $4,135 to help children who are sick with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.

Murray Hill Middle is proud of the following students who made the Howard County GT or Honors band: James Waters on tuba made GT Band Member, Adira Colton on alto saxophone made GT Band Alternate and Honors Band Member, Divya Singh on flute made Honors Band Member and Jake Strovel on percussion made GT Band Alternate and Honors Band Member. Way to go!