Speaker to discuss county politics at Democratic Club...

Carroll Digest

March 03, 2002

Speaker to discuss county politics at Democratic Club

The Carroll County Democratic Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Salerno's Catering Hall in Eldersburg.

Martin Schmid will discuss voting patterns in Carroll County and strategies for 2002.

Salerno's is on Liberty Road west of Route 32.

Information: 410-795-0144.

Planning meeting set for transportation issues

The Carroll County Department of Planning is updating the comprehensive plan for the Westminster area.

Planning staff will hold a public workshop on the transportation element of the plan, which identifies needed road improvements and additions to maintain a safe and efficient transportation network for the Westminster area.

The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Whitney, Bailey, Cox, and Magnani LLC, an engineering consulting firm, has been working with county staff to develop a transportation study that will provide input for the transportation element of the plan.

The goal is to recommend improvements and expansions to the Westminster-area road network that will accommodate future growth. Key objectives throughout the study process include preserving existing communities, maintaining acceptable levels of service on local roadways, using land resources efficiently and minimizing environmental impact.

The workshop will introduce the revised preliminary roadway alternates. Information on the various alternates will be provided for review. While a formal presentation will not take place, staff will be available to discuss the preliminary analysis and to receive public comments and suggestions.

Information: 410-386-2145.

Homeless Board seeks applications for funds

Carroll County has been selected to receive a $30,285 award under the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

The Carroll County Homeless Board will distribute funds to qualified agencies. Many of the members serving on the Homeless Board are involved with issues relating to food, shelter, and utility needs of low-income households.

The Homeless Board is responsible for establishing priorities among community needs, allocating funds to emergency food and shelter providers, and assisting in monitoring program compliance.

Program funds are typically used for mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries and food banks, one-month utility payments to prevent service cutoffs, and one-month rent or mortgage assistance to prevent evictions or assist people leaving shelters to establish stable residences.

For information or an application for funding, qualified agencies should contact the Carroll County Homeless/FEMA Local Board, c/o Department of Citizen Services, 10 Distillery Drive, first floor, Westminster 21157, or call 410-386-3600.

The deadline for applications is March 11.

Human relations group to honor Richard Bucher

The Carroll County Human Relations Commission will honor author and teacher Richard D. Bucher with its 2002 Human Relations Award at the 10th annual awards banquet March 18.

Bucher is a founding member of the commission and a professor of sociology at Baltimore City Community College for 26 years. He was the college's first director of the Institute for Intercultural Understanding and was recently named Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The banquet will be held at the New Windsor Brethren Service Center. The speaker will be Gayle Annis-Forden.

Reservations are required. Information and tickets: 410-795- 8521.

Family Center's theme for March is `New Life'

The Carroll County Family Center will offer activities for member families this month.

The month's theme is "New Life," with the focus on babies the first week, St. Patrick's Day the second week, spring the third week and Easter the fourth week.

A parent leadership talk will be given at 11 a.m. March 12. Parents are urged to attend to find out what is happening at the center and offer ideas for programs.

A Luck 'o the Irish celebration will be held March 14. Games, crafts and a traditional Irish lunch will be featured. Registration is required by March 11.

A Spring Fling celebration will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 26. Weather permitting, the group will walk to a nearby park for an egg hunt and other treats. Registration is required by March 21.

The Family Center is at 10 Distillery Drive, Westminster. Information: 410-857-0629 or 410-876- 7805.

`Evening on Broadway' planned for spring gala

Target Community & Educational Services will hold its 15th annual spring gala from 6:30 p.m. to midnight March 23 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

"An Evening On Broadway" will feature entertainment by Spectrum, the Western Maryland College Jazz Ensemble, and Audrey and Joe Cimino.

A silent auction also will be held.

Black-tie dress is optional.

Tickets are $100 per person. Tables are available for $1,000. Corporate tables are available for $2,000 and $5,000.

Reservations are required by March 11.

Information: 410-848-9090.

Fire marshal's office relocates to Sykesville

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Metro Region offices, located in Westminster and Ellicott City, have moved to Sykesville.

The new address is Office of the State Fire Marshal, 7543 Main St., Suite 101, Sykesville 21784.

The new telephone number is 410-552-0154 or 888-214-7892; fax, 410-552-0540.

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