Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

November 19, 2003

Mock election set tomorrow to test new voting system

The Howard County Board of Elections will conduct a mock election from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at five locations around the county.

Maryland residents are invited to use the new voting system. Anyone not registered can register for the presidential primary and general elections at the mock election.

The event will test the ability of the state's new voting system to transfer election results via modem to the county election office. It will also provide an opportunity for voters to become familiar with the touch-screen system.

Voting sites for the mock election are the Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department community room, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville; the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Blvd., Elkridge; the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company, 1330 Route 94, Lisbon; Savage Volunteer Fire Company, 8925 Lincoln St., Savage; and the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-5820.

Seminar to focus on abuse, assault of children

The Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center Inc. (STTAR) will offer a seminar from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today for parents and family members whose children have experienced sexual abuse or assault.

Admission is free. Registration is required. The center is in Suite C, 9810 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia. Information: 410-290-6432.

Volunteers sought to help needy families for holidays

Mike Clark of Christ Church Link, an information and referral service, seeks individuals or organizations to sponsor needy Howard County families for the holidays.

The Link provides referrals to agencies that help prevent evictions and utility turnoffs, provide food and assist with employment and other needs.

Information: 410-309-9695.

French restaurant holding benefit luncheon tomorrow

Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant in Ellicott City will hold its Beaujolais Nouveau luncheon at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow to benefit the National Family Resiliency Center, formerly Children of Separation and Divorce Center Inc.

The event is to begin at 11:30 a.m. with the arrival of the first wine of the season - Beaujolais nouveau - by limousine, followed by the meal.

Tickets, which can be reserved, are $40. Tersiguel's is at 8293 Main St.

Information: 410-740-9553, or www.tersiguels.com.

Applicants being sought for home-repair help

Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April Howard County/Sukkot in April Howard County is accepting applications from homeowners who need assistance with home repairs and maintenance projects.

Homeowners who are elderly, disabled or are otherwise disadvantaged are invited to apply for assistance. The program, which uses volunteers, is designed to help residents live with independence and dignity.

Information or to apply: 410-381-3338, or www.howard county.rebuildingtogether.org.

Soroptimist International chapter to meet for dinner

Soroptimist International of Howard County will meet for dinner at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at Sidestreets restaurant in Ellicott City.

Dr. Michael H. Kelemen of Johns Hopkins Hospital will discuss heart disease in women. Kelemen is chief of internal medicine and cardiology at Patuxent Medical Group.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Applications are being sought for the organization's Violet Richardson and Women's Opportunity awards. The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women volunteers.

Information: Glenda Johnson, 410-465-2545.

The Women's Opportunity Award helps support women who, as heads of households, must enter the work force to support themselves and their families.

Information: Ellen Cannon, 410-461-5922.

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 15.

Soroptimist International of Howard County is part of an international organization for women in management and the professions that works to advance human rights and the status of women.

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 will be offered in crisis intervention, counseling techniques, communication and listening skills. Volunteers handle calls from their homes. Daytime and bilingual volunteers are especially needed.

Information: Jenny Landis, 410-997-0304.

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