Community Notes


October 01, 2003

Public hearing set on distribution of law enforcement grant

The Local Law Enforcement Advisory Board will hold a public hearing to learn the public's priorities for distributing a block grant of $77,625, recently awarded to Howard County by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Community Meeting Room at Police Headquarters, 3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The grant will fund 90 percent of the applicant group's program. Applications are available at Police Headquarters in Ellicott City and Scaggsville and can be obtained at the hearing; they can also be downloaded from under "forms." The application deadline is Oct. 14.

Information or to sign up: Nancy Barr, 410-313-2299, or

Have a look Saturday at historic Oakland Manor

Natalie Tabb Brown - a descendant of Philip Tabb and Francis Morris, who bought Oakland Manor in 1864 - will be on hand at the 19th-century mansion Saturday to talk with visitors and share photographs and stories about the Howard County landmark.

The event is part of the Columbia Association's Walk Around, being held in conjunction with its BikeAbout - a 15-mile self-paced ride and tour of Columbia. The route, which begins at Columbia Town Center, includes Patuxent Branch Trail, Guilford Truss Bridge, Blandair and the Cooke family cemetery. The WalkAround is a two-mile, self-paced walk. Docents will be stationed at stops along the way for bikers and walkers.

The event is to start at 9 a.m. at Town Center Lakefront Plaza. Participation is free, but registration is requested.

Information: Barbara Kellner, 410-715-3103.

Library support group holding a tea tomorrow

The Friends of Howard County Library will hold its Best Friends' Tea from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Elkridge Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge.

Finger sandwiches, scones, entertainment and door prizes are planned. Tickets are $20.

The group will hold a weeklong book sale, starting Friday, at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Books, books on tape, videos and digital video discs will be for sale.

Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, and 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Oct. 9.

Donations of items for sale should be brought to the circulation desk of any branch.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Autumn Gala scheduled Saturday night at college

Success in Style and Howard Community College's Career Links program will sponsor an Autumn Gala from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in the college's Instructional Lab Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Wives of the Baltimore Ravens will model clothing from The Carlisle Collection. Wine and hors d'oeuvres, live and silent auctions and music are planned.

Tickets are $75. The two sponsors provide programs to empower disadvantaged people to become economically self-sufficient.

Information: 410-750-6475.

Drug use by teens set as topic tomorrow night

HC DrugFree, a grass-roots partnership of parents, school and county agencies, will present the first program in its 2003-2004 Speaker Series from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Centennial High School.

Thomas Cargiulo, director of the Howard County Health Department's Substance Abuse Services, and narcotics Officer Keith Lessner will present "Drugs & Teens in Howard County: 2003 Status Report."

The program, for parents only, will provide information on street drugs teen-agers are using in Howard County, and what parents can do.

Information: 410-799-4879.

Refuge plans `Taste for the Wild' tomorrow

Friends of Patuxent, in partnership with the Conservation Fund, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other groups, will sponsor "Taste for the Wild: Chesapeake Style!" from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center.

The event, which celebrates the National Wildlife Refuge System's Centennial Year, includes a meal prepared by 12 Washington chefs.

Tickets, which can be reserved by phone, are $200 a person. Proceeds will be used to support the refuge system through the Chesapeake Challenge, a partnership for land acquisition, habitat restoration and the preservation of natural resources in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area.

A portion of each ticket is tax deductible.

Information: 800-347-4184.

Women's support group is to start tomorrow

The National Family Resiliency Center, formerly the Children of Separation and Divorce Center Inc., will offer an eight-week women's support group from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, starting tomorrow, at the organization's offices 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, 2000 Century Plaza, Suite 121, Columbia.

Information: 410-740-9553, or

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