Community Notes

July 10, 2002

Social Services to run food stamps eligibility campaign

The Howard County Department of Social Services has announced "Project Food for Life," a new campaign to promote the availability of food stamps for county residents who qualify for them.

There are 3,366 recipients of food stamps in the county, from single mothers to senior citizens. The campaign will attempt to make more people aware of the criteria for eligibility.

Information: 410-872-4201.

Route 97 at CSX tracks to be temporarily closed

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration will temporarily close Route 97 at the CSX Railroad tracks, near the Howard-Carroll county line, at 9 p.m. Thursday to allow CSX to repair the crossing. The road will be reopened by 5 a.m. Monday.

A detour will be in place. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area during the five-day period.

Information: 800-323-6742.

The Link at Christ Church offers referral assistance

The Link at Christ Church -- an information and referral service for Howard County residents -- will be open from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

Referrals to prevent evictions and utility turnoffs, seek employment, gain access to food pantries or information about health care and public transportation are available. The Link is a ministry of Christ Episcopal Church.

Information: 410-309-9695.

Blood drive to be held Aug. 8 in Columbia

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood.

The Columbia Association and Columbia's 10 village associations will co-sponsor a communitywide blood drive, conducted by the Red Cross, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. All blood types are needed.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-730-4744 or e-mail towncenter@columbia villages.org.

@SUBHEDVision exhibit, discussion planned for seniors group

S.O.L.V.E. (Senior Outreach Low Vision Exhibit) will visit the new Ellicott City Senior Center. The SPRING Ellicott City Insighters, a new group for seniors with low vision, will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today to listen to a short presentation on the more than 80 items that can make independent living easier.

The group meets weekly. New members are welcome. Registration is suggested. SPRING -- Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups -- is a peer support program of the Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging.

Information: Dot Keczmerski, 410-313-7466.

Volunteer center holding an orientation Thursday

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will hold a general orientation for prospective volunteers from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Atrium Lounge at Columbia Gym, 6151 Daylong Lane, Clarksville.

Information on volunteer opportunities will be provided.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-715-3172.

Insurance agency slates a session on coverage

A representative from the Maryland Insurance Administration, an independent agency of the state of Maryland, will answer questions about insurance coverage and how to file a complaint against an insurance company from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Multiservice Center, 3451 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. No appointment is necessary.

The agency regulates Maryland's life, health, automobile and homeowner's insurance industry and resolves consumer complaints.

Information: 800-492-6116; TTY, 800-735-2258.

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