Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

July 10, 2005

Volunteer Maryland coordinator sought for Neighbor Ride

Neighbor Ride has been approved for a 2005-2006 partnership with Volunteer Maryland, a program of the governor's office that develops volunteer service and learning programs to meet critical needs in the state.

Neighbor Ride, which matches volunteer drivers with seniors who need transportation to medical appointments, social outings, volunteer and paid work, religious services and other destinations, will receive the services of a Volunteer Maryland coordinator.

The position requires an 11-month, part-time commitment as a member of AmeriCorps. Extensive training, a $6,500 living allowance and a $2,362.50 post-service education award are offered.

Applications must be received by Aug. 22. The service year begins Sept. 21.

Information: Colleen Konstanzer, 410-884-3616.

Mayor O'Malley to make appearance at college

Young Democrats of Howard County are to welcome Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley to Howard County from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Instructional Lab Building at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The mayor will speak at 7 p.m. County residents and those who work in the county are invited to discuss issues and concerns in the county and the state.

Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, Del. Neil F. Quinter, County Council members and other officials are to be on hand.

Information: Ethan Moore, 301-617-0464.

Golf tournament raises more than $55,000

More than 300 golfers participated in Howard County General Hospital's 15th Benefit Golf Classic on June 10 at Waverly Woods Golf Course.

The tournament raised more than $55,000 to benefit the hospital's Rehabilitation Services.

Howard Hospital Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, raises funds to support the hospital's mission: to provide quality care and improve the health of the community.

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: www.co.ho.md.us/DPZ/DPZ [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. Associates visit patients and help worried and grieving families.

The registration deadline is Friday.

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@ mtamaryland.com.

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

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 cast.net.

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