Census effort recruiting as many as 1,200 workers...

News Digest

February 06, 2000

Census effort recruiting as many as 1,200 workers

Temporary jobs paying $12.50 to $14.25 an hour -- as many as 1,200 of them -- will be available for Anne Arundel County residents to work in the U.S. Census effort.

Statewide, more than 6,500 people will be hired to work as enumerators and crew chiefs, attempting to track down missing households and conduct interviews in the once-a-decade undertaking.

Most will need to be available during daylight hours, and those who can work only part time, retirees, or those looking for temporary employment are encouraged to apply.

"We are recruiting people to work within their neighborhoods because they are the most familiar with these neighborhoods," said Kenneth Prewitt, director of the Census Bureau.

In a press release announcing the need for local workers, County Executive Janet S. Owens stressed the importance of an accurate tally of county residents in the allocation of federal dollars during the next decade. "We really can't afford not to participate and be counted," she said.

Information: 888-325-7733; and on the Internet, www.census.gov/jobs2000 or the county Web site, www.co.anne-arundel.md.us.

County library system gets $21,100 computer grant

The county library system has been awarded $21,100 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Library Initiative for expansion of public access to computers and the Internet.

The grant will provide four new computers for both the Annapolis and Brooklyn Park branches -- the only county libraries qualifying under the grant program formula based on poverty levels of surrounding neighborhoods.

Aimed at narrowing the "digital divide," the grants require that the libraries continue and expand outreach to disadvantaged and underserved populations.

Both Arundel branches will be offering expanded outreach to those for whom English is a second language, to seniors, Head Start and literacy programs, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

NSA extending hours of cryptology museum

The National Security Agency has extended the hours of its National Cryptologic Museum by an hour each weekday, to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum near the intersection of Route 32 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway presents America's cryptologic heritage through exhibits featuring such artifacts as a rare cryptography book dating to 1518 and a reconnaissance satellite.

Open since 1993, the museum attracts about 100 visitors a day and 35,000 a year.

Its Saturday hours will remain 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday is last day to register for primary

The county board of elections has issued a reminder: The last day to register to vote -- or for the elderly or disabled to apply for reassignment to a more accessible polling place -- is Friday.

All county libraries will be open until 5 p.m. that day; the board of elections office, 7320 Ritchie Highway, in the county's Glen Burnie office building, will be open until 9 p.m.

Information: 410-222-6600.

Concert Feb. 13 to benefit drug treatment facility

A benefit concert for Chrysalis House will be presented by Parris Lane, Spur of the Moment and Friends from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

Chrysalis House is a long-term residential treatment facility offering alcohol and other drug treatment services, transitional housing and extended care designed to meet the needs of low income women.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with children's tickets at $10 and $15. They are available at Annapolis Banking and Trust offices or by calling Chrysalis House at 410-974-6829.

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