Lacks group sponsors essay contest for students
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:31
    The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group is sponsoring an essay contest in anticipation of Black History Month.
    The contest is open to all middle and high school students, as well as home-schooled students, in Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
    Students may choose to write an expository essay or letter or create a five-minute video clip.
    Students can respond to one of two essay prompts.
    The first prompt asks students to answer the following question: “How has the use of Henrietta Lacks’ cells affected you or your family?”
    Alternately, students can respond to the prompt “If Mrs. Lacks were here today, I would write a letter to her telling her ....”
    All entries must be typed and written in English.     
    Middle school submissions should be 200 to 350 words in length. High school submissions should be 250 to 500 words.
    Essays should include the following information: name of student, name of school, grade level, name of teacher, email address of teacher and address of student.
    Entries will be judged in middle school and high school categories.
    The first-prize winner in each category will receive $150, while second-prize winners will win $75 and third-prize winners will get $50, plus a Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group t-shirt.
    The deadline for essay submissions is Wednesday, Dec. 31, at midnight.
    Entries should be e-mailed to
    For more information, write to the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group at P.O. Box 21882, Turner Station, MD 21222, email or visit

Angels’ Halloween candy and supply drive for U.S. troops now under waynow under way
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:49
    Angels Supporting Your Troops, Inc.  (ASYT) is now collecting surplus Halloween candy and other snacks for packages to U.S. military personnel serving overseas. Donated items must be individually wrapped.
    ASYT is also collecting the following supplies for U.S personnel: new or used shower shoes or flip-flops, squeeze pop packs (for frozen push-up pops), individually wrapped tooth brushes, toothpaste, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, packets of facial tissue, foot powder, deodorant and disposable razors. Reading material, including paperback nonfiction books, comic books and other magazines that are no more than three months old, is also being collected. Note: No hardback books will be collected.  
    Donated Halloween snacks and supplies can be dropped off at 7914 Diehlwood Road, on the picnic table under the side porch. Or, to arrange for a pick-up, contributors can call Irene Spatafore at 410-284-5275.
Dundalk KOC Tootsie Roll drive now underway
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:45
    The Dundalk Knights of Columbus will be collecting monetary donations for their annual Tootsie Roll drive in support of intellectually disabled youths through October at the following locations: Giant Food, 1400 Merritt Blvd.; Walmart, 2399 North Point Blvd.; and M&T Bank, 39 Shipping Place.
    Look for the volunteers in yellow vests. For more information, call Joe at 410-409-8173.
Senior steelworkers bull and oyster roast set for Nov. 2
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:44
    Senior Steelworkers United Local 9477 will host a gala bull and oyster roast, with raffles and a silent auction, Sunday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. at United Auto Workers Hall, 1010 S. Oldham St.
    The catered menu features raw oysters on the half shell, pit top round beef, pit roasted turkey breast, sweet Italian sausage on the pit, homemade Maryland crab soup, barbecue baked chicken, garlic whipped potatoes, sauerkraut and kielbasa, baked ziti with meat sauce, seasoned green beans, Greek salad with feta cheese, homemade pasta salad, chips and pretzels and assorted breads, rolls and desserts. Beverages include beer, sodas, bottled water, iced tea, lemonade and coffee.
    Tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10. For tickets, call Don Kellner at 410-227-8462.
Health and Safety Fair at Battle Grove Elementary on Oct. 24
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:44
    The Health, Information and Safety Fair will take place Friday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Battle Grove Elementary School cafeteria, 7828 St. Patricia Lane.
    Representatives from the following organizations will be on hand with information and materials: Johns Hopkins Bayview Outreach, CCBC Dundalk Dental Hygiene Program, On Our Own, Inc., One Voice Dundalk Recovery Community Center,  Sam’s Club pharmacy and optical services, Data Flow Computers, Rebuilding Together Baltimore, Angels Supporting Your Troops, Inc., Khov Homes, North Point Village Recreation Council, North Point Village Civic Association, Living with Grace, Baltimore Fire Company #9, Baltimore County Police Precinct 12 and the Family Crisis Center of Dundalk.
    There will be door prizes and give-aways. The Dundalk community is welcome to attend.
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