Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

September 22, 2004

Voter registration offered at several library branches

The League of Women Voters and the Howard County Public Library are offering voter registration to those eligible to vote.

Citizens can register to vote from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Glenwood branch library (410-313-5577); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 at the east Columbia branch library (410-313-7700); 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Savage branch library (410-880- 5975); and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Miller branch library (410-313-1950).

Library customers can fill out a registration form online at www.yourvotematters.org/ala.

The deadline to register to vote in the 2004 presidential election is Oct. 9.

Information: 410-313-7786 or visit www.hclibrary.org.

Council schedules hearing on New Town zoning

The Howard County Council will hold a public hearing on New Town zoning at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village.

The council does not have a specific proposal for use of the land; public comment is invited.

Testimony should be limited to three minutes for individuals and five minutes for those representing a group.

Information: Sheila Tolliver, 410-313-3106.

Amnesty International to hold open house picnic

Amnesty International Chapter 228, a human rights advocacy group, will hold its second open house picnic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Pavilion C at Centennial Park.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and drinks will be provided. Bring a dish to share.

Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 410-730- 6610.

Animal control limiting its services this week

Howard County animal control's services will be limited this week as employees and animals move into temporary trailers to prepare for renovation of the facility. The center will be closed for adoptions and will reopen Saturday.

Animal control will continue to receive stray animals during the week and will continue to respond to calls for service.

The 20-year-old Columbia facility will be renovated to expand its space and services. It will occupy temporary trailers until next summer, when renovations are scheduled to be completed.

American Legion post to hold oratorical contest

American Legion Adams, Hanna & Moore Memorial Post 156 will sponsor an oratorical contest for high school students early next year.

Those who proceed to the national rounds of the competition could win college scholarships.

Students interested in competing should write to American Legion Adams, Hanna & Moore Memorial Post 156, P.O. Box 2416, Ellicott City 21042, or call 410-730-3224 or 410-730-8338 by Saturday.

New community bank plans two open houses

Howard Bank, a new community bank in Howard County, will hold two open houses to introduce the institution. The bank will focus exclusively on the needs of individuals and businesses in the county.

An open house with Maggie Moo's ice cream, a moon bounce, balloon creations, prizes and other attractions is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the bank's Snowden River Branch, 6011 University Boulevard, Ellicott City.

A second open house, at the bank's Hickory Ridge branch, is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 3. The branch is in the Hickory Ridge Village Center.

The bank opened its branches last month. Information: www.howardbank.com.

Hispanic Family Day is scheduled Saturday

The Columbia Association will hold Hispanic Family Day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia SportsPark. Events include games for the family.

Admission is free. The rain date is Oct. 9. Information: 410-715-3120.

Resumes being accepted for 14th District senator

The Howard County Republican Central Committee is accepting resumes from those interested in applying to be appointed to the 14th District seat in the state Senate. The seat was left vacant by the recent death of Sen. Robert H. Kittleman.

A decision is expected by the end of the month.

Resumes should be sent to Howard County Republican Central Committee, P.O. Box 26, Ellicott City 21041. They must be received by Friday.

Information: Howard M. Rensin, chairman, 410-489-9030.

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