Community Notes


August 04, 2004

Nominees sought for Disabilities Act awards program

County Executive James N. Robey and the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues are seeking nominations for the 10th awards program recognizing outstanding work in promoting the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Award categories include Employer of the Year; Accessibility, for efforts to make facilities, programs and services fully available to people with disabilities; Individual Achievement; Service Provider, for individuals or agencies providing outstanding services; the Ralph Mulloy Advocacy Achievement award, which recognizes extraordinary efforts to promote full participation in community life for people with disabilities; and the Youth award, given to a youth involved in advocacy and leadership.

Nominations, which are due by Aug. 16, can be mailed to the Commission on Disability Issues, Columbia Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046, or faxed to 410-313-6424.

To request a nomination form: 410-313-6402. Forms are also available at county libraries and at the Office of Disabilities Services in the Columbia Gateway Building.

Fair in Ellicott City to help GIs make phone calls home

The Yingling-Ridgely Jr. Girls Unit 7472 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a Back Yard Mini Fair, Help a Hero Call Home, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 10372 Tuscany Road, Ellicott City.

The event, which will include games and prizes, refreshments and raffles, will raise money for free calling cards for military personnel serving overseas and for wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, as well as area veterans hospitals.

Chairing the event are Stephanie Greco, 11, and Amanda Schwarzmann, 10.

Information or to make a donation: 410-313-8025 or 410-719- 2615. The Jr. Girls Unit, a group ages 5 to 16, meets once a month to make cards and crafts, and pays monthly visits to the Baltimore VA Medical Center to take snacks and cheer the veterans.

Legion post in Columbia marking its first birthday

American Legion Post 300 of Columbia is celebrating its first birthday. The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and on the second Tuesday of each month at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

All veterans are welcome.

Information: Norm North, 410-997-8655.

Columbia panel pondering governance proposals

The Columbia Association's Governance Committee is conducting discussions on proposals submitted to the board recommending changes in the town's governance structure.

Meetings are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. today and Aug. 11 in the boardroom at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Town Center, Columbia; Aug. 18 in the Management Information Systems conference room; Aug. 25 in the small conference room; and Sept. 1 in the boardroom. All the meetings start at 7:30 p.m.

The proposals to be discussed are available at www.columbia; click on "Columbia Council," then click on "Governance Proposals."

Residents are welcome to attend the meetings and are invited to call or e-mail their representatives with comments or concerns.

Discussion at the meetings will be limited to committee members.

Information: 410-715-3115

Blood-products shortage reported; donors sought

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac blood services region of the Red Cross has reported a significant drop in donations and a consequent shortage of blood products for patients in area hospitals.

Anyone who wants to donate blood should call 800-GIVE- LIFE. Apheresis (platelet) donors can call 800-272-2123 for information and appointments.

Businesses and community groups willing to hold blood drives should call 800-787-9282, ext. 4925.

The Red Cross is seeking young people, ages 14 and older, to work at blood drives this summer. The volunteers will welcome donors in the reception area and help care for them after they donate blood. Training will be provided. Service learning credits are available.

To register for training: 800-272-0094, ext. 1.

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