The Bowie Alcohol and Drug Group Effort (BADGE) is seeking parents of students in grades 9 through 12 to participate in a research study. BADGE is a six-year-old, nonprofit school and community group which meets regularly on drug and alcohol issues.

Participants in the study will be paid $25 for the interviews, which will last about 1 1/2 hours. For more information, call the city's Human Resources Department at 262-6200 by Nov. 25.


City voters last week elected former District 5 City Council member Anna L. Owens as College Park's first woman mayor in an uncontested election, voted in two new council members and settled the controversial issue of whether the council may hold meetings that are closed to the public.

The new council members are Kristen W. McNamara, who defeated Glenn Brown, and Sherrill Murray, who defeated Bruce G. Houdesheldt. Other council members ran unopposed.

In a 857 to 633 vote, voters reversed last year's referendum result and approved a charter change that allows the council to hold meetings closed to the public for any of five reasons: to discuss the sale of property, litigation, collective bargaining, city investments and personnel issues. The old charter provision stated that all council meetings shall be open.

Last year during a special election, voters defeated the same proposed charter change by a vote of 653 to 472. The council, which favored the charter change, voted to put it on the ballot a second time.

Another issue settled during the election was the question of salaries. Sixty-two percent of the voters said yes to a salary raise for the mayor and council this year, but 60 percent said no to annual increases. The mayor's salary was raised from $2,400 to $3,500 per year and council member salaries from $1,500 to $2,500.


The Takoma Park Recreation Department will hold its fifth annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the municipal building, 7500 Maple Ave.

Among items to be sold are handmade jewelry, sweaters, pottery, clocks, wreaths and baskets.

The show is free, with profits from sales going to the department of recreation. For more information, call 270-4048 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


The University Park Town Council has passed an ordinance requiring residents to obtain a permit before they can hold yard sales and limits residents to two yard sales per year.

"People were concerned about {traffic} congestion," said the town's secretary Margaret Mallino. She said that by requiring a permit for yard sales, the town will know in advance where the sales will be held and should be better able to prevent congestion by preventing motorists stopping for the sales from blocking driveways and double parking.

The council will not enforce the new ordinance until residents have had a chance to see it posted or read about it in the town's paper, Mallino said.