Public invited to apply for two positions on grants committee
Howard County Executive James N. Robey invites residents to apply for two citizen-at-large positions on the Community Service Partnerships Grant in Aid Committee, which helps allocate grant-in-aid funding to local private nonprofit agencies.
These groups provide human services to the community in partnership with the Department of Citizen Services.
Applicants should send a letter of interest and a brief resume to Department of Citizen Services Director Manus O'Donnell, Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046.
The nine-member committee will review grant applications that have been submitted to the Department of Citizen Services by the end of January, and present recommendations to the county executive by the end of March.
Information: Sharon Dawson, grants coordinator, 410-313-6411.
Registered Democrats sought for redistricting commission
Howard County registered Democrats interested in serving on the Councilmanic Redistricting Commission should contact the Howard County Democratic Central Committee by Dec. 4.
Gift-wrap booth proceeds to benefit nonprofit groups
Members of the National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County section, and the Maryland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will operate a gift-wrap booth on the lower level of The Mall in Columbia from Friday through Dec. 24.
The booth will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, with extended hours closer to Christmas.
Ceremony and quilt display will mark World AIDS Day
Howard County's observance of World AIDS Day will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. The ceremony will focus on hope and celebration for those living with HIV/AIDS.
A remembrance is planned for Donald Baker, a retired Army medical specialist and chairman of the AIDS Alliance of Howard County, who died this year. A panel of the AIDS quilt will be on display.
Information: 410-313-2333; TDD, 410-313-1212.
Volunteers sought to assist in search for CA president
The Columbia Council is seeking volunteers to serve on a citizens committee to assist in the search for a new Columbia Association president.
The committee will be part of the interviewing process for the top candidates, and will provide written recommendations to the council.
Send name, address and a brief letter by Dec. 4 to Lanny Morrison, chairman, Columbia Council, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044, or e-mail to LjayMorrison- @aol.com.
Ideas sought for allocation of law enforcement grants
Howard County has been awarded $136,458 in local law enforcement block grants to improve public safety. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Howard County government provided $15,162, for a total of $151,620.
The Local Law Enforcement Advisory Board will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. today at police headquarters, 3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. The public is invited to testify about how the money should be allocated.
Grant applications will be available at police facilities and at the hearing. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Dec. 1.
Closings announced for Thanksgiving, Friday
Howard County government offices, district and circuit courts, the landfill and libraries will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving. Trash and recyclables will not be collected Thanksgiving Day, and parking meters may be used free.
County government offices and courts will remain closed Friday, but the landfill and libraries will be open. Trash and recyclables will be collected, and meters will operate. Information: 410-313-2022.