Community Notes


September 18, 2005

Public forum to discuss farmland preservation

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will sponsor a public forum to discuss Howard County's Agricultural Preservation Program from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

A panel discussion will focus on the preservation policies and goals of Howard County's general plan, and compare achievements with the plan's goals. Pressures to develop land in the county and the viability of farming and preservation will be discussed.

The event will be broadcast live on Gtv Channel 70.

Admission is free.

Information: Grace Kubofcik, 410-465-7515, or Ada Bohorfoush, 301-490-0131.

MVA opens hot line for Katrina evacuees

The state Motor Vehicle Administration has announced the creation of a toll-free hot line for evacuees from Hurricane Katrina seeking information about obtaining a driver's license or identification card.

Detailed instructions are available at 877-223-8247.

ACS plans breakfast with state legislators

The Association of Community Services (ACS) will hold its annual legislative breakfast with members of the Howard County delegation to the General Assembly from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The breakfast will include a presentation and an opportunity to ask questions of legislators. ACS will announce its priority positions for action on the state level.

The cost is $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-796-7824, or

The association is a network of 150 nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies and citizens working to advance human services in Howard County through advocacy and education.

Career fair tomorrow at Applied Physics Lab

The Columbia Workforce Center, a division of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, will co-sponsor a career fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Kossiakoff Center of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in North Laurel.

The fair, which is co-sponsored by Howard County Employment and Training and the Howard County Department of Social Services, offers job-seekers access to employers. Those who attend should bring resumes, dress appropriately and be prepared to be interviewed.

Workshops will be offered for veterans, those seeking federal employment and on resume-writing.

Information: 410-312-5778.

Peace coalition providing bus ride to anti-war rally

The Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice will provide bus transportation and carpooling from Columbia for a national anti-war demonstration to be held Saturday in Washington.

The demonstration is sponsored by United for Peace and Justice and ANSWER.

Riders are to assemble at the Broken Land Parkway Park & Ride west lot, at Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway, about 9:30 a.m. The bus will leave Washington at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $15. To reserve a seat, send a check by tomorrow to HCCPJ, P.O. Box 6446, Columbia 21045, and write "9/24 bus" on the memo line. Riders are also asked to provide an e-mail address or phone number.

Information: M.E. Atkinson, 301-774-3636, or www.friendsof Or e-mail the Howard County Coalition at forpeace@aol.

Neighbor Ride service needs volunteer help

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

Drivers use their own vehicles. An orientation is provided.

Information: 410 884-7433.

Hospice sponsoring a automobile raffle

Hospice of Howard County is sponsoring a raffle to raise money for end-of-life care for Howard County residents.

The prize is a 2005 red Mustang convertible. Only 1,200 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100; three for $250.

The winning ticket will be drawn Oct. 23 at Hospice of Howard County's 20th Annual Taste & Auction fundraiser at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City.

Information or to buy a ticket: 410-730-5072.

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