Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

November 09, 2005

County Heart Walk set for Saturday

The Howard County Heart Walk, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

Participants can walk as part of a team or as individuals. Walkers will receive a sponsor envelope before the walk, and are encouraged to raise money for the American Heart Association by asking friends, colleagues and neighbors to sponsor their participation. Prizes will be awarded for money raised.

The event includes testimonies by heart disease survivors, a 3K and a 5K walk around the park, a wellness expo, kiddie corner, music and food.

Information: 410-637-4512, or heartwalk.kintera.org/howardcounty.

Citizens association to discuss charrette

Howard County Citizens Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group, will discuss "Columbia Town Center Charrette: What's Next?" at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Southern District Police Station, off Route 216 west of U.S. 29.

Discussion will focus on reaction to the Town Center charrette, filling gaps in the draft master plan and changing zoning requirements.

For information or to review the draft master plan or see directions to the police station: howard-citizen.org; or Ray Cole, 443-283-3967.

Disability awareness meeting is Nov. 16

The Association of Community Services will sponsor a disability awareness meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The free meeting will focus on how local businesses and human service agencies can meet the needs of Howard County's growing number of people with disabilities.

Representatives from the Department of Citizen Services' Office of Disability Services and the Commission on Disability Issues will discuss the needs of people living with disabilities.

Lunch may be ordered for $7 by Thursday, or participants may take lunch. Requests for special accommodations must be made by Wednesday.

The ACS is a network of community advocates, nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies working to advance human services in Howard County.

Information, to order lunch or request accommodations: 410-796-7824.

Flu-shot clinics now open to everyone

The Howard County Health Department has lifted the "high priority" designation for flu-shot clinics this season. Anyone seeking a flu vaccination is now welcome to attend a clinic.

The cost of the vaccination is $20, which will be covered by Medicare Part B. Payment on a sliding scale is available upon request.

FluMist will be administered by appointment only at the county's three Health Centers: Columbia Health Center (410-313-7500); Ellicott City Health Center (410-313-2333); or Southeastern Health Center (410-880-5888). The cost for FluMist is $20. Those ages 5 to 49 are eligible to receive the live vaccine.

Adults-only flu clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Bain Center, 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Family clinics are planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Lisbon Fire Hall, 1330 Woodbine Road (Route 94), Lisbon, and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 at the Southeastern Health Center, 9525 Durness Lane, North Laurel.

Family clinics also will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia; and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane Ellicott City.

For updates: 410-313-6503 or hchealth.org.

`Women's Hall' seeks nominees

The Howard County Commission for Women is seeking nominations to honor outstanding women in 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 co.ho.md.us/CitizenServices/whofnominationform.htm.

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

Comcast running amnesty program

Comcast's amnesty program, giving anyone receiving unauthorized cable service the opportunity to report the status of their service, goes through Monday. Those who do so will avoid prosecution.

Those who report their unauthorized cable service will be able to become authorized paying customers with no questions asked. Residents can also have the unauthorized service disconnected without facing legal action. Unauthorized cable boxes can be exchanged for new, legal boxes.

After the period of amnesty, Comcast officials will conduct a house-by-house electronic audit to identify cable thieves. Anyone now facing cable theft charges by local authorities is not eligible for the amnesty, but those under investigation by Comcast for suspected theft are eligible for amnesty.

Information: 888-COMCAST, or www.cabletheft.com.

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