Community Notes

Community Notes

March 21, 2004

Public meeting to be held on Route 216 relocation

The Maryland State Highway Administration will hold an informational public meeting on the relocation of Route 216 at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Lime Kiln Middle School, 11650 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

Doors are to open at 6:30 p.m. Displays and information about the project will be available.

The meeting is intended to inform residents about the status of the project, which includes relocation of Route 216 from east of U.S. 29 to west of Interstate 95, and address questions or concerns.

Members of the MD 216 Detail Build Team of Corman Construction Inc., Rummel, Klepper & Kahl LLP and Maryland State Highway Administration will give a PowerPoint presentation.

Written comments and requests to be included on the project mailing list should be submitted to Peter Bernat, Corman Construction Inc., 12001 Guilford Road, Annapolis Junction 20701, or 301-497-0269.

Coalition holding forum on Iraq, Afghan wars

The Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice will hold a public forum on the human and economic costs of the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Christopher Hellman, military budget analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, and Bridget Moix, foreign policy lobbyist with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak.

Del. Elizabeth Bobo will discuss the impact of the wars on Maryland and Howard County. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will also speak.

U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings have been invited. Cummings has not confirmed that he will attend, contrary to a report in Wednesday's Howard County edition of The Sun.

`Helping Girls Thrive' set as session topic March 29

The Education Committee of the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will hold a learning session, "Helping Girls Thrive: Challenges to the Emotional Health of our Daughters," from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. March 29 in the Meeting Room of the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: Jane MacCauley,

Group plans open house at senior center March 30

S.P.R.I.N.G., Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups, will hold an open house at 10 a.m. March 30 at Western Howard County Senior Center.

Information: 410-313-5440.

A program of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, S.P.R.I.N.G. offers support groups, activities, social events, and trips and opportunities to volunteer and make friends.

Information: 410-313-7213.

5K run today to benefit Howard County YMCA

The Outback Steakhouse 5K for the YMCA is to start at 8:30 a.m. today in Long Gate Shopping Center in Ellicott City.

Runners who need registration packets can pick them up between 7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. at Outback Steakhouse in the Long Gate center

Entry fees are $15 in advance; $20 on race day. Proceeds will go to the annual fund of the Howard County YMCA of Central Maryland and will be used for scholarships.

The Howard County YMCA is at 4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-465-4334.

Summer camps program registration under way

Registration is open for the Columbia Association's summer camps program. Camps are available for children ages 3 and older and include indoor and outdoor activities.

A brochure, which contains descriptions of the camps offered and registration forms, is available in the Columbia Association's 2004 Winter/Spring Activities Guide and at

Brochures are also available at the camp office at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle.

Information: 410-715-3165.

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