Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

June 19, 2005

Hearing is tomorrow on proposed cuts for 3 bus routes

Public hearings on proposed elimination or reduction of service on Maryland Transit Administration bus routes 320, 150 and 311 will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Kahler Hall Community Room, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Holiday Inn Columbia, 7900 Washington Blvd., Jessup.

Bus route 320 serves the U.S. 1 corridor, linking to connections to Columbia, Laurel, the Baltimore-Washington International Airport business district and Fort Meade; bus route 150 provides a link between Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Howard County; bus route 311 serves dense residential and business areas in Columbia and provides connections to Howard Transit and Connect-A-Ride routes.

County Executive James N. Robey urges commuters who use these bus routes to attend one or both hearings.

The transit administration requests that comment at the public hearing also be available in writing. Comments can also be sent to Glenn Litsinger, the transit administration's manager of customer information service, at 6 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21202, or sent by e-mail to glitsinger@mtamaryland.com.

Information: 410-539-5000, or 866-RIDE-MTA. Or www.mtamaryland.com.

Ride service for seniors looking for volunteers

Volunteers are needed for Neighbor Ride, a transportation service for seniors ages 65 and older.

The demand for rides has been so great that additional volunteers are needed.

An orientation for volunteers will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 410-884-7433.

Anti-tobacco presentations for young people offered

Jovenes del Barrio (Teens From the Hood), a Howard County group of five young Hispanic actors, is offering lively, free, anti-tobacco presentations for young people and community groups in the county.

The 30-minute production, Stop and Live, or Pare y Viva, can be given in English or Spanish. A group discussion follows the show.

The troupe is funded by a grant from the Howard County Health Department's Tobacco Control Program, and by FIRN, Alianza de la Comunidad and Conexiones.

Information or to book a presentation: Betty May, 410-917- 2812.

Volunteer of the Year nomination forms available

Nomination forms for Howard County's 2005 Volunteer of the Year award are available.

Nominees must be residents of the county or do their volunteer work in the county, and their work should have a significant impact on the community or on an individual. Community groups and local businesses that deserve recognition can also be nominated.

Each nominee will be recognized by the county executive and the County Council at a Sept. 21 ceremony. A winner will be selected and will represent the county at the statewide Maryland You are Beautiful volunteer-recognition program.

Nomination forms are available at www.co.ho.md.us or by calling 410-313-2022. Nominations must be postmarked by Aug. 17.

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