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Children's Playhouse of Maryland Showcases Tomorrow's Actors Today

Fall production schedule underway for theater group at CCBC Essex.

Tomorrow’s actors are on display now as continues its fall season Saturday and Sunday with Meredith Willson's "The Music Man Jr.” at CCBC Essex.

The production features 46 student actors from across the region, including Baltimore City and Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford counties.

Dundalk resident James Ruth stars as Harold Hill while Towson’s Allison Comotto co-stars as Marian Paroo.

"The Music Man, Jr." is the story of Harold Hill, a con man who poses as an organizer for children's bands and convinces those in an Iowa town to invest in instruments. However, town librarian, Marian Paroo, is not impressed with him, but they later fall for one another and Hill risks everything for her.

Tickets are $10 for regular admission and $8 for birthday parties or scout troops. For tickets or information, contact the CCBC Box Office at
443 840-ARTS (2787).

Johns Hopkins Bayview Cancer Fair

It was interesting to cross paths with a few Patch readers at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Cancer Fair on Thursday. 

The downside to this is the fact that cancer is so pervasive within our community. The upside, of course, is that we have such fabulous resources so close to home that give residents so many options to obtain needed care.

It should be noted that the Community Health Library is available to patients as well as visitors from the surrounding communities. The library provides assistance in finding reliable health information, consumer health information, as well as magazines and Internet resources with accurate data.

“I came to Bayview by ambulance and met my cardiologist here.  I found it convenient to continue care here since I ride the bus,” said Martha Janson of Essex.  “I'm glad to see this fair here today that gives so much information that I can share with family and friends who might need this.”

Cancer Rights Conference–2011

Middle River resident Bernadette Bearry traveled to Georgetown University Law Center on Friday to learn more about the legal rights of individuals with cancer, their caregivers and their families.  Again, it proved how small this world is when a Middle River resident crosses paths with an Essex resident (me) in Washington, D.C.  

The conference drew representatives from 25 states for a daylong conference to discuss how cancer patients are impacted by discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act along with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) laws.

The conference focused on the federal statutes that impacted all who attended the conference, but there was also attention given to individual state laws for Maryland, Virginia and D.C., since a large majority in attendance represented these states.

 The conference was organized by the Cancer Legal Resources Center (CLRC) which is committed to providing information, resources and assistance to anyone traveling the tough road of cancer. 

Visit the center's website or call 1-866-THE-CLRC (1-866-843-2572) with questions or requests for assistance. The center has attorneys as well as nurses and social workers available to address your needs.

 Essex-Middle River Patch Editor Ron Snyder contributed to this story.

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