Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

September 01, 2004

CA governance panel is to meet tonight in Columbia

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 will be held at 7:30 p.m. today in the boardroom at Columbia Association headquarters; Sept. 8 in the MIS (management information services) conference room; and Sept. 15 and 22 in the small conference room.

Proposals to be discussed are available at www.columbia association.com; 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.

County lists closures for Labor Day holiday

Howard County government offices, courts, libraries, the animal shelter and the landfill will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

Parking meters must be fed.

Trash, recycling and yard trimmings will not be collected on Labor Day. Households with Monday trash collection will have pickup Tuesday; those with Monday recycling routes will have pickup Sept. 13.

Police, fire and 911 services are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

County services will resume at regular business hours Tuesday.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Animal Advocates to meet tomorrow in Ellicott City

Animal Advocates of Howard County will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Miller library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The public is invited to learn about the organization's activities on behalf of animals.

Information: 410-880-2488.

Car raffle to help Arc's residential services effort

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.

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.

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. Volunteers will welcome donors 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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