Community Notes


October 31, 2004

HC DrugFree gets nonprofit status from the IRS

HC DrugFree, a partnership of parents, schools, Howard County agencies and community organizations addressing teen substance abuse, has been granted nonprofit status by the Internal Revenue Service. The group's new 501(c)(3) status allows its contributors to receive a tax deduction for their donations, and the organization will also be eligible for grants from a variety of private and public sources.

HC DrugFree has been committed to supporting parents in their efforts to reduce drug and alcohol use among their children. The group sponsors a speaker series at Howard County public schools and libraries on topics such as underage drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol, drug assessment and treatment, senior week in Ocean City, dating and leadership.

"Now What Do We Do?" - a program to prepare parents for the discovery that a child is drinking or using drugs, will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Atholton High School media center, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

"This Talk's For You," a program for parents and teens on underage drinking, will be presented from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Mount Hebron High School, 9440 Route 99, Ellicott City.

HC DrugFree also supports teens with information about job and volunteer opportunities, and safe recreational activities.

With the support of a two-year grant from the Horizon Foundation, HC DrugFree has embarked on initiatives and partnerships with other community-service organizations. It has expanded its speaker series and its Web site, and it is mailing its newsletter, HC DrugFree's Parent Bulletin, to all public middle and high school parents.

The Howard County public school system and Health Department provide support for printing and mailing.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879, or HC DrugFree at

Landscape management class starting tomorrow

Howard County master gardeners will offer a Conservation Landscape Management class - how to maintain your house and yard in ways that benefit the Chesapeake Bay - from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, tomorrow, and Nov. 8, 15 and 22, at the Maryland Cooperative Extension Office, 3525-L Ellicott Mills Drive, Ellicott City.

The first week's class will cover water quality, the state of the bay and measuring your landscape. Topics for the second week will include the hydrolic cycle, septic system management and well-water protection.

Hazardous household products and alternatives, best management practices and using fertilizer will be discussed during the third week. Information about becoming a Bay-Wise gardener will be presented in the final class.

Light refreshments will be provided. The cost is $20 for the series.

Information or registration: Georgia Eacker, 410-313-1913.

Application deadline tomorrow for council seat

The Howard County Republican Central Committee is accepting resumes from those interested in applying for appointment to the 5th District County Council seat, vacated by Councilman Allan H. Kittleman on Oct. 21.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appointed Kittleman a state senator for the 9th District, replacing his late father, state Sen. Robert H. Kittleman.

A decision is expected soon.The County Council expects to confirm the appointee Nov. 15.

Candidates who meet the legal requirements of the office (as described in the Howard County Charter) should submit a resume and letter by tomorrow to Loretta Shields, secretary, Howard County Republican Central Committee, 4580 Ten Oaks Road, Dayton 21036.

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

Comment being sought on bus route proposals

The Howard County Public Transportation Board has opened a 30-day period for public comment about the proposed restructuring of the Silver, Yellow and Purple routes.

The 30-day period began last week with a public meeting.

A second public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Tyson Room at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Information: Howard Transit, 800-270-9553, or www.howard

Written comments can be mailed to the Corridor Transportation Corp., 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel 20707 or e-mailed to support@baltwash

The public comment period will remain open until Nov. 23.

Thanksgiving celebration is in need of volunteers

The Howard County Office on Aging is in need of volunteers for the Annual Thanksgiving Celebration sponsored by County Executive James N. Robey.

The event is to be held Nov. 17 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Volunteers, who must be at least age 14, are needed for the luncheon and dinner seatings.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

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