Community Notes


July 03, 2005

Relay for Life raises $300,000 to fight cancer

Howard County's annual Relay For Life, held June 10 and 11 at Hammond High School in Columbia, raised $300,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Money was raised throughout the year by 95 participating teams, through corporate sponsorships, donations for luminaria and a Kids' Walk. Last year's event raised $265,000.

Some 200 cancer survivors and their guests participated in the Survivors' Reception. After opening ceremonies, survivors walked their traditional lap around the track; then team members began circling the track, and at least one member from each team continued walking through the night.

At dusk, 3,000 luminaria, inscribed with the names of survivors or those who did not survive the disease, were lit along the track, in the bleachers and around the campsites where participants were to sleep.

The Kids' Walk raised $3,600 and included a visit from the Oriole Bird and a helicopter landing. Also on hand were the Howard County Canine Unit and Kangaroo Kids precision jump rope team.

Library branches to close tomorrow for July 4 holiday

All branches of the Howard County Library will be closed tomorrow in observance of Independence Day. Regular service will resume on Tuesday.

Information: 410-313-7890 or

General Plan report is at libraries, on Web

The General Plan Monitoring Report 2005 is available at Howard County libraries and on the Web site of the Department of Planning and Zoning: [underline] Homepage.htm.

The document reports on the "implementation indicators" and "trends indicators" established in General Plan 2000.

It includes an update of General Plan Monitoring Report 2000 and comments from the General Plan Monitoring Committee, a citizen review panel representing the original General Plan Task Force, the Planning Board and the League of Women Voters.

The county's General Plan presents information and guides decisions about demographic and employment trends, development, land preservation, neighborhood sustainability, capital projects, county services and other issues. It has been revised about every 10 years.

Hospital chaplaincy program needs help

Howard County General Hospital's Department of Pastoral Care is seeking volunteers to participate in its Chaplaincy Associate Program.

Volunteers are required to attend 6 1/2 months of training, two hours a week, Sept. 6 through March 21. After the training, participants must volunteer for eight hours a month for at least one year.

The program offers spiritual support to patients and their families.

The registration deadline is July 15.

Information: Jack Dunlavey, 410-740-7898.

Comment period extended on bus route proposals

The deadline to submit comments on the proposed elimination or reduction of service on Maryland Transit Administration bus route Nos. 320, 150 and 311 has been extended to July 21.

Route No. 320 serves the U.S. 1 corridor, linking to connections to Columbia, Laurel, the Baltimore-Washington International Airport business district and Fort Meade; Route No. 150 provides a link between Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Howard County; Route No. 311 serves dense residential and business areas in Columbia and provides connections to Howard Transit and Connect-A-Ride routes.

Comments can be sent to Glenn Litsinger, the transit administration's manager of customer information service, at MTA Customer Service, 6 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21202, or sent by e-mail to glitsinger@

Information: 410-539-5000, or 866-RIDE-MTA.

Need mulch, compost? Call a master gardener

Anyone who rakes and bags grass clippings, or would like to have clippings to use as compost or mulch for a garden or lawn can call Howard County master gardener Leslie Gilbert, who will match the caller with someone who will pick up the clippings or deliver theirs to be recycled.

Information or to donate or receive clippings: 301-854-6461 or 410-442-1795. Or gilbertla@com

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