Community Notes


October 06, 2004

Awards breakfast to honor people with disabilities

Howard County Executive James N. Robey and the Commission on Disability Issues will hold the 10th awards breakfast for outstanding achievers with disabilities, and providers and employers who support them.

The event, which features accounts of how the Americans with Disabilities Act has changed lives, will be held at 8 a.m. tomorrow at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. The public is welcome.

Tatyana McFadden, 15, the U.S. Wheelchair Champion, who competed in the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, is to receive the Youth Award; Tim Daly, founder and president of the Access Group and author of Ramping Up For Profits, is to receive the Individual Achievement Award; Erik Rochard, owner of Cafe de Paris in Columbia and the restaurant's staff are to receive the Accessibility Award; and Romano's Macaroni Grill in Columbia is Employer of the Year.

The Ralph Mulloy Advocacy Award is to go to architect Andre Fontaine for his designs, advocacy and advice on the accessibility of public buildings. And Tommy DeWeese, Scoutmaster of Troop 615 in Ellicott City, is to receive the Service Provider Award for creating an inclusive, supportive program for a diverse group of boys.

Animal Advocates group plans Walk for Paws

Animal Advocates of Howard County will sponsor the fourth Walk for Paws from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

Information: 410-880-2488, or

Fund-raiser tomorrow to benefit Mayer center

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, which provides information and support services for cancer patients, will offer an evening of food, wine and cooking demonstrations on the theme "East Meets West."

The fund-raiser will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Fretz Corp.'s showroom, 9204 Berger Road, Suite H, Columbia.

The Claudia Mayer center includes a library with more than 600 books on cancer-related subjects, brochures and videotapes and audiotapes. Its Web site,, offers links to cancer databases.

The center also contains a fully equipped beauty salon, where cancer patients can receive services from cosmetologists, hairstylists and other professionals and purchase prostheses, wigs, hats and other products.

The American Cancer Society also offers a supply of free wigs at the center, 5900 Cedar Lane, in Columbia.

Tickets are $60 for the evening event. Available sponsorships range from $1,500 to $10,000.

Information: 410-740-7840.

Voter registration offered at libraries

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

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Savage branch library (410-880- 5975); and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Miller library branch (410-313-1950).

Library customers can fill out a registration form online at any Howard County library or on a home computer at www.your

The voter registration deadline for the presidential election is Tuesday.

Information: 410-313-7786, or

Registration applications are available at county and state boards of elections, post offices, MVA offices, and other public institutions. They can be downloaded from www.elections. or received by mail by calling 800-222-VOTE (8683).

Cooperative Extension offers gardener training

New and experienced gardeners are invited to register for the Master Gardener Training Program offered by Maryland Cooperative Extension's Howard County office.

Information or to request a registration packets: 410-313- 2707.

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