Community Notes

Community Notes

September 05, 2004

Ambassador Dean to speak on security in post-9/11 world

The Howard County Library, with the League of Women Voters of Howard County, will present a talk by Ambassador Jonathan Dean, an expert on arms control and peacekeeping, at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

His topic will be "Peace and Security in the Post-9/11 World." Dean is an adviser to the Union of Concerned Scientists and former chief United States representative at the NATO-Warsaw Pact force-reduction negotiations. Copies of The 9/11 Commission Report and The Nuclear Turning Point, of which Dean is a co-author, will be available for purchase.

The talk is part of the September Project, a national program that aims to facilitate dialogue about democracy, citizenship and patriotism through public talks, roundtables and performances in observance of the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

Volunteers from the League of Women Voters will be in a branch of the library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday through Oct. 9 to register voters.

Information: 410-313-7750 or any branch library.

VFW post sets tribute to fallen patriots Saturday

The Yingling-Ridgely VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary No. 7472 will hold its third annual Patriot's Day Recognition Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the post, 4225 VFW Lane, Ellicott City.

The event is to honor and pay tribute to those who perished Sept. 11, 2001, and to all those who have sacrificed their lives for world peace.

Everyone is invited.

Information: Sandi Kriebel, 410-750-3941.

Governance panel revises schedule of discussions

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

The remaining meetings are scheduled for Wednesday in the MIS (management information services) conference room at Columbia Association headquarters; and Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 in the small conference room.

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.

County announces Labor Day closings

Howard County government offices, courts, libraries, the animal shelter and the landfill will be closed tomorrow 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 pick-up Tuesday; those with Monday recycling routes will have pick-up 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.

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 terror 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, age 14 and older, to work at blood drives. 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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