Community Notes


August 18, 2004

Meeting set tonight on dealing with natural disasters

Howard County's Office of Emergency Management is revising its Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is designed to reduce or eliminate potential damage or loss of life as a result of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe winter weather or other natural disasters.

A plan is a prerequisite for a jurisdiction to receive federal disaster mitigation funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The public can review and comment on the draft plan at a meeting at 7 p.m. today in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. Copies of the plan will be available on compact disc.

Written comments on the plan must be submitted by Monday. They should be addressed to Lt. Ryan Miller, Office of Emergency Management, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046.

The County Council will hear testimony on the resolution to adopt the plan at its regular public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Arc of Howard County holding raffle benefit

The Arc of Howard County will raffle a luxury car to raise money for its residential services program.

The organization provides housing, employment services and support programs for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

One thousand raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each for a chance to win a Porsche Boxster or six-cylinder Porsche Cayenne SUV. A cash option of $30,000 is also available to the winner. The value of the vehicles is approximately $46,000 each.

The drawing will be held Oct. 8 at a President's Breakfast for donors and friends of the Arc.

Information or to purchase a ticket: 410-730-0638.

Volunteer of Year nominees sought; deadline is Friday

County Executive James N. Robey has asked for nominations of volunteers whose work in the community has provided an outstanding example of community caring.

Everyone nominated will be recognized at a local ceremony held by the county executive and the County Council at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

One nominee will be named Howard County Volunteer of the Year and will represent the county volunteers at the statewide Maryland You Are Beautiful volunteer recognition program Nov. 10 in Annapolis.

Nominees must be residents of Howard County or do their volunteer work in the county.

Nominations must be postmarked by Friday.

Information or to request a nomination form: 410-313-2022, or and click on the link to download the Volunteer of the Year nomination form.

Red Cross is calling for donations of blood

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross has reported a shortage of blood products for patients in area hospitals. The Department of Homeland Security's decision to raise the terrorist alert level has intensified the need for donations to prepare to respond to an increased need for blood.

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.

CA Governance Committee revises slate; to meet today

A revised schedule has been issued by the Columbia Association's Governance Committee for its public discussions on proposals that have been submitted to the board to recommend changes in the town's governance structure.

Meetings are scheduled for today in the boardroom at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Town Center, Columbia; Aug. 25 in the salon at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search village; and Sept. 1 in the boardroom at Columbia Association headquarters. All meetings will 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

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