Community Notes


October 19, 2003

Forum to consider how to fund services county residents want

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will sponsor a public forum -- "Funding Howard County's Future: What Are Our Choices?" -- at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The presentation and discussion will focus on the county's future: How can the services residents want be funded?

Participants will include Raymond S. Wacks, the county budget director; John R. O'Rourke, superintendent of schools; Joe Mezzanotte, spokesman for the Committee to Explore Capital Funding Alternatives for Education; and Marsha McLaughlin, the county planning director.

The public is urged to attend and ask questions.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government.

Hospice's Taste & Auction is scheduled Oct. 26

Hospice of Howard County will hold its 18th Taste & Auction from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City. The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the hospice.

The top auction item is a vacation package for six people who will spend three days on a yacht off the coast of South Florida. Transportation by private jet is part of the package. A variety of other luxury items and vacations will also be auctioned.

Restaurants and caterers will offer small entrees, desserts and coffee. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Hospice of Howard County to assist in providing care for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Tickets are $65 in advance; $75 at the door.

Information: 410-730-5072.

Columbia Association budget session set today

The Columbia Association will continue its fiscal 2005 and fiscal 2006 budget process from 9 a.m. to noon p.m. today, the second day of a two-day work session, 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 seeks 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

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, is providing free mammograms this month to women ages 40-65 who have inadequate or no health insurance. Follow-ups will also be free.

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

Donations will be accepted and should be sent to 6295 Cardinal Lane, Columbia 21044.

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. Saturday 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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