Mental health group offers free assistance after attack...

Community Notes

September 16, 2001

Mental health group offers free assistance after attack on U.S.

The Mental Health Crisis System in Howard County is offering an opportunity for people to share experiences, fears, concerns and strategies for coping in the wake of last week's hijackings. Small groups led by professional mental health workers will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Developmental Services Group Inc., 6355 Woodside Court, off Stevens Forest Road, Columbia.

Admission is free. Teen-agers are welcome.

Information: 410-313-7350.

Race, fun run to aid children of slain officers

The 10th Howard County Police Pace 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Walk/Run, to be held at 9 a.m. today at Centennial Park in Columbia, will help fund scholarships for the children of two slain officers - Patrolman Randolph Eugene Brightwell and Recruit Officer Roger Dale Cassell Jr. - and the construction of a memorial garden at police headquarters in Ellicott City.

The event's sponsor, the Howard County Police Foundation, is holding a drive to raise money to build the memorial garden to honor county law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The police memorial project is expected to be completed in May 2002, when the county department will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The project includes a garden and a statue of an officer helping a child.

The registration fee is $15 and includes a T-shirt and free meal; family registration is $25.

Registration: www.policepace. com.

Information: Sgt. John Newnan, 410-313-3378.

Spiritual center to sponsor workshop on grieving

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will sponsor a workshop, "Grief: On the Edge of De- spair," from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29. Pastoral counselors Janet R. Merkel and K.E. Bailey III will lead the workshop about the spiritual work of grieving.

The cost is $45, including lunch. Registration is due by Friday.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Fund-raisers to benefit young adults with cancer

"Through Charlie's Eyes," the Ulman Cancer Fund and the University of Maryland Medical Center will sponsor the "Through Charlie's Eyes" 5K Run and Walk today at Howard High School in Ellicott City. A wheelchair race is scheduled at 8:30 a.m., the run and walk at 9 a.m.

Proceeds will be used to build a workout room for bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients at University of Maryland Medical Center, and provide laptops, video games and movies for those at UMMC, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Information: Joyce Hlass, 410-884-9255, or send e-mail to

Services help seniors, disabled stay independent

The Howard County Office on Aging provides services to help senior citizens and those with disabilities remain independent in their homes. Home modification and repair, a fall-prevention evaluation, mental health services and affordable in-home care are available.

Information: 410-313-6029.

Free forum to examine public transportation

The Howard County League of Women Voters will sponsor a public forum on "The Transportation Process: Why Does It Take So Long?" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Discussion will focus on the structure of area governments; who makes transportation decisions; who owns the roads; and how local, regional and state governments work together. Admission is free.

Information: 410-730-0142.

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