Robey urging compliance with water-use limits Howard...

Community Notes

April 14, 2002

Robey urging compliance with water-use limits

Howard County Executive James N. Robey is urging residents and businesses to comply with mandatory restrictions in Gov. Parris N. Glendening's executive order declaring a drought emergency in Central Maryland.

Well users in the western part of the county must reduce the use of their water under "Level One Restrictions." Included are prohibitions against watering lawns; washing paved surfaces (including tennis courts and patios); using sprinklers for irrigation, gardens and landscaped areas - although hand-held containers and hoses with automatic shut-off can be used; using water for ornamental purposes; and noncommercial washing of cars, trucks and boats.

The Police Department will issue oral warnings and will consider legal action for repeat violations.

Residents in the eastern part of the county, served by water purchased from Baltimore, are urged to continue voluntary water conservation measures.

The Howard County Bureau of Utilities suggests that residents wash full loads of dishes and laundry; fix dripping faucets, showerheads and hidden leaks in toilets; take showers instead of baths; turn off the faucet when brushing teeth; and refrigerate a bottle of drinking water instead of letting the water flow until cold.

Outside, the bureau recommends using mulch to retain water in plants, and sweeping sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them down.

Information: 410-313-4900, or www.mde.state.md.us/water conservation.

U.S. 1 corridor cleanup scheduled Saturday

In celebration of Earth Day, the Route 1 Corridor Revitalization Task Force invites volunteers to join county officials, business and community leaders and residents in a Clean-Up Campaign from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The cleanup will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon and a reception at the Burlington Co. Factory Warehouse will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Volunteers can meet at locations in Elkridge, Jessup or Savage.

Information: Jessica Ritter, 410-313-2350, or send e-mail to jritter@co.ho.md.us.

Domestic violence to be topic at Kahler Hall

The National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County Section, will sponsor a discussion with Nancy Aiken, program director of Chana, and Ellyn Loy, of the House of Ruth, on Domestic Violence in the Jewish community.

The meeting will be held at 7:45 p.m. tomorrow at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia.

Chana, which offers support and assistance to victims of domestic violence in the Jewish community, is a program of the Women's Department of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-531-0270.

Resource fair slated for parents of adolescents

SPARKS (Successful Parenting of Adolescents Requires Knowledge and Support) will hold a Community Resource Fair for parents of middle and high school students from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Atholton High School.

The fair, which will include more than 30 exhibitors representing county resources that can help parents deal with challenges to their children's health and well-being, is sponsored by Howard County General Hospital and supported by a Horizon Foundation grant. Twelve break-out sessions on topics such as teen driving, decision-making, parties and the teen drug scene are planned.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-740-7605.

Homeless-aid organization is looking for help

Congregations Concerned for the Homeless, which provides transitional housing services to families in Howard County, seeks volunteers to paint and repair homes, pick up and deliver furniture, design a Web site and help with fund raising.

Volunteers who can give one hour a week or month are welcome.

Information: 410-884-5408.

Hospital seeks volunteer wheelchair technicians

Howard County General Hospital seeks volunteers to act as wheelchair technicians, who retrieve and maintain broken wheelchairs and stretchers, and to greet and accompany patients in the transfusion unit.

On-the-job training will be provided.

Information: 410-740-7980.

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