Community Notes


March 26, 2003

Student member sought for Human Rights Commission

Howard County Executive James N. Robey is seeking a high school student to serve on the Howard County Human Rights Commission as a nonvoting student commissioner.

The commission was established to recommend general human rights policy in the county, investigate human rights complaints and make recommendations and advise residents on patterns of discrimination.

The student commissioners must attend monthly meetings.

Applications, which are available from the Office of Human Rights or by calling 410-313-6430, are due by 4 p.m. Friday.

Volunteer center planning orientation meeting April 5

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will hold a volunteer orientation from 11 a.m. to noon April 5 at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Volunteer opportunities in Howard County, ranging from one-time events to continuing programs, will be discussed. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Information: 410-715-3172, or

Caregiver Resource Center offers information, help

The Caregiver Resource Center of Howard County offers information about community resources and issues faced by people caring for the elderly or infirm.

The center is staffed from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. A lending library offers books and videos, as well as computer access to local and out-of-state resources.

A Caregivers Support Group meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. A donation is requested, but no one will be turned away.

The center, which is funded by grants from Horizon Foundation and United Way, is in the offices of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, 8950 Route 108, Suite 115A, Columbia.

Volunteers are needed. Training will be provided.

Information: 410-715-5057.

Water resources forum scheduled tomorrow

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold an environmental forum on Howard County's water resources at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Department of Recreation and Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 27, but was postponed.

Discussion will focus on arrangements by which the county acquires its drinking water from adjoining jurisdictions, private wells that depend on a healthy aquifer and how these resources can be sustained in the face of growth.

A question period will follow the presentation. Admission is free.

Information: Kathy Heidepriem, 410-531-2792; or e-mail,; or leave a message at the league office, 410-730-0142.

CA is seeking applicants for its architectural panel

The Columbia Association board of directors is seeking applicants for a one-year appointment for an at-large position on the association's Architectural Resource Committee.

The committee's objectives include developing policies and procedures to review covenant violations and making recommendations to the association's president about legal action on the violations.

Applicants should have a background in covenant enforcement, architecture or other appropriate experience and reside or have a principal residence on Columbia Association-assessed property.

Letters of interest should be sent by Friday to the Architectural Resource Committee, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044, attention: Michelle Miller.

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