Community Notes


October 23, 2005

Howard's work for young is noted

America's Promise -- The Alliance for Youth has chosen Howard County as a winner of its first national competition to identify 100 Best Communities for Young People.

Communities are chosen for their commitment to providing healthy, safe and caring environments for youth. Howard County was selected in part for its dedication to education and its collaboration with community programs for children and youth.

Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, founding chairman of America's Promise, launched the competition in May. The America's Promise Alliance will honor the 100 Best Communities at an awards ceremony Nov. 2 in Washington. Proceeds from the event will help pay for services and support for children affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Information: www.americas

Officials to discuss transit projects

Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan, State Highway Administrator Neil J. Pedersen and others will meet with local officials and residents in Howard County to present a draft six-year capital program and discuss transportation projects and issues at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The presentation, which is offered to every county and Baltimore City, is to help in the preparation of a final report, to be presented to the General Assembly in January.

`Women's Hall' seeks nominees

The Howard County Commission for Women is seeking nominations for the 2006 Women's Hall of Fame.

The 10th Hall of Fame will recognize women who have achieved distinction in their work, made lasting contributions to the community and improved the quality of life for others. Nominees must be natives of Howard County or residents in the county for at least 10 consecutive years.

Nomination forms, which must be received by Nov. 18, are available at county libraries and at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. They can also be downloaded at us/CitizenServices/whof nominationform.htm.

Completed forms and other documents should be mailed to the Commission for Women, Women's Hall of Fame Committee, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

Anti-violence group marking 25 years

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the 2005 Meeting and Awards Dinner on Thursday at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel.

The event is to begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, cash bar and networking. A buffet dinner is planned for 6:45 p.m. The 25th anniversary program is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60.

Information: 301-352-4574.

NAMI sponsoring new support group

The Howard County chapter of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) will sponsor a new support group for parents and caregivers of children with mental health issues from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

NAMI will offer a family support group at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Day Room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community.

The support group is free and membership of NAMI is not required.

Information: 410-772-9300, or

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