Community Notes


October 15, 2003

Public hearing set for tomorrow on county charter

The Howard County Charter Review Commission will hold the last of three public hearings on the charter, which provides the framework for county governance, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Lisbon Fire House, 1330 Route 94, Lisbon.

Comments and suggestions for charter revisions are welcome. Speakers will have five minutes to present testimony. Written testimony can also be sent by mail to Charter Review Commission, George Howard Building, Howard County Council, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043; e-mail to; or fax 410-313-3297. Proposals for revision to the charter must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Testimony responding to proposed charter revisions must be received by 4 p.m. Nov. 13.

Information on the commission's work, including suggested charter revisions, will be posted at the county government Web site - - by Nov. 3. The commission's preliminary report of recommendations is scheduled to be completed by February.

Information: Theo Wimberly, 410-313-2001.

Columbia Association plans budget sessions

The Columbia Association will begin its fiscal 2005 and fiscal 2006 budget process with a two-day work session, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle.

Council members will present and discuss individual proposals and ideas for the draft budget. Community requests and advisory committee requests will be discussed. Division directors will present plans for strategic initiatives and major capital projects and seek council direction on budget parameters.

Residents are welcome to attend.

Public hearings will be held in January before the fiscal 2005 proposed budget is approved.

Information: www.

Mothers & More chapter seeking new members

The Southwest Baltimore chapter of Mothers & More is seeking new members. The national support group is dedicated to improving the lives of mothers.

Meetings are held twice each month, on Wednesdays, in the Catonsville-Howard County area.

Information: 410-455-0498, or

Soroptimists to meet for dinner tomorrow

Soroptimist International of Howard County will meet for dinner at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at Side Streets Restaurant in Ellicott City. The social service club will observe this month as Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Members are asked to take light bulbs and night lights to the meeting; they will be donated to Domestic Violence Center safe houses as part of the club's continuing commitment to the agency. Fifty copies of the book Every Home a Safe Home will be given to the center for distribution to clients.

Club members are participating in the group's Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence. The worldwide organization for women in management and the professions works to advance human rights and the status of women.

Information or to make a dinner reservation: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Cooking for diabetics topic of talk today

SPRING Honeybees, a diabetic support group, will sponsor a talk by Teresa Love of Howard County General Hospital, "Diabetic Healthy Cooking for One or Two," from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Information: 410-313-7213.

A 12-week grief-support group, SPRING Pretenders, will hold its first session from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1400.

The acronym SPRING stands for Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups. Registration is suggested for both groups.

Mammograms are free for those who are eligible

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Claudia Mayer Breast Cancer Foundation, in cooperation with Drs. Esposito, Mayer, Hogan and Associates and American Radiology, will provide free mammograms this month to women ages 40 to 65 who have inadequate or no health insurance. Follow-ups will also be free.

Information and to determine eligibility: 410-997-7081.

Woman's Foundation sets consignment sale

The Dorsey Search Woman's Foundation Inc. will hold its Children's Consignment Sale from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at Dunloggin Middle School, 9129 Northfield Road, Ellicott City.

Admission is $1. For safety reasons, strollers will not be admitted before 9 a.m.

Sellers, who receive 50 percent of the sale price, must register in advance. Only children's clothing, toys, books, furniture, baby equipment and maternity items will be accepted for consignment. Proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Information: 410-997-1731. Please do not call the school.

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