Community Notes


July 17, 2005

HC DrugFree celebrates first anniversary

HC DrugFree, a Howard County nonprofit organization focused on helping teens avoid alcohol and other drugs, celebrated its first anniversary June 20 at a luncheon provided by Carrabba's Italian Grill of Ellicott City.

Recognition was given to founding volunteers, community members who gave presentations at the group's programs during the year, PTSA high school and middle school representatives, and HC DrugFree board members.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to the organization's founding sponsors - the Horizon Foundation; Howard County General Hospital; Howard County Health Department, Substance Abuse Services; and The Sun.

New educational partnerships with the Howard County school system and the Howard County Public Library were announced.

The organization provides free educational programs for parents and children at Howard County public high schools and library branches; parent newsletters; and a Web site addressing teen drug and alcohol-related issues that offers resources and support.

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

Information: 410-799- 4879 or

Arc sponsoring luxury car raffle

The Arc of Howard County is sponsoring the raffle of a luxury car to raise funds for its residential services program.

One thousand raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each for a chance to win a Porsche Boxster or six-cylinder Porsche Cayenne SUV. A cash option of $30,000 is also available to the winner of the raffle.

Purchase three raffle tickets and get a fourth free. The drawing will be held Oct. 12 at a President's Breakfast for donors and other friends of The Arc.

To purchase tickets: 410-730-0638, or www.arc

Ride service seeks volunteer coordinator

Neighbor Ride, a program that matches volunteer drivers with seniors who need transportation to medical and other appointments, is seeking a volunteer coordinator.

The nonprofit group 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, and is approved to 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.

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 Thursday.

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@

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