Community Notes

Community Notes

November 09, 2003

Auxiliary officer among volunteers to be honored

Herbert Michael Sr., a seven-year volunteer auxiliary officer for the Howard County Police Department, will be among those honored during the 17th "Maryland's Most Beautiful People" volunteer awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John's College, Annapolis.

Michael averages a 60-hour workweek at the Police Department, counsels and mentors at-risk youths at the department's Camp Bear Tract, and each week collects donations for disadvantaged children and the animal shelter.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and other state and local officials will be on hand. The Rev. Sharon Smith will be mistress of ceremonies. Volunteers from the 25 Maryland counties and Baltimore City will receive a gift and certificate of appreciation.

Also from Howard County, the Relay for Life Committee, which stages an annual fund-raiser for cancer research, is Community Organization of the Year. Co-winner is Fidos for Freedom, nominated for its efforts in the D.E.A.R. (Dogs Educating and Assisting Readers) Program at the Howard County Public Library, a program that encourages children to improve their reading skills by reading aloud to a nonjudgmental audience.

Thomas Briscoe received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to human and civil rights, his work in community organizations and his founding of the Columbia chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and Christmas in April/Howard County.

Bobo to discuss reforming campaign finance system

Del. Elizabeth Bobo will talk about efforts in the coming legislative session in Annapolis to reform the state's campaign finance system. She will appear at a forum, "Paying to Play: How Private Interests Shape Public Policy With Campaign Contributions," at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

James Browning, executive director of Common Cause of Maryland, will also speak.

The program is sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Antiwar coalition changes its name, widens mission

The Howard County Coalition Against War, established to oppose the Iraq war before it started, has been reorganized as the Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice.

The new name and organization represents a formal commitment to a broad, long-term mission: To promote peace and justice, locally and globally, through education, political activism and personal witness.

The coalition includes people from many faiths and from secular organizations. It plans to renew its outreach to schools, churches and political and human rights organizations and the community.

The group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Information: Scott Hagaman, 410-746-7695 or Leslie Salgado, 410-381-4899.

Domestic Violence Center seeks help-line volunteers

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County seeks men and women, ages 21 and older, to assist with its 24-hour help line. Training that includes crisis intervention, counseling techniques, communication and listening skills will be offered Friday and Saturday.

Volunteers handle calls from their homes. Daytime and bilingual volunteers are especially needed.

Information: Jenny Landis, 410-997-0304.

Cooperative ministry seeking artisans for fair

Columbia Cooperative Ministry seeks artisans to show and sell their work at its craft fair, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10421 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The cost is $35 for a space with a table. Proceeds will go to Heifer Project International, a program to supply farm animals to low-income rural families.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862, or gwmartin@ erols.com.

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