Community Notes


April 07, 2006

Assessment team to visit the police

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will visit the Howard County Police Department this month to examine its policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.

Members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Ellicott Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The assessment team is made up of members of law enforcement agencies in other states. The team will review written materials, interview staff and visit facilities to confirm compliance with the commission's standards.

Those who cannot attend the public information session can provide comments to the team by calling 410-313-2214 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Comments must be limited to 10 minutes and must address the department's ability to comply with the commission's standards. A copy of the standards is available at police headquarters.

Information: Tamera G. Bulla, accreditation manager, 410-313-3229.

To offer written comments, write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc., 1032 Eaton Place, Suite 1000, Fairfax, Va. 22030-2215.

Information: 800-368-3757.

Applicants sought for council seat

Because of the resignation of David A. Rakes from the Howard County Council, a vacancy exists for a council member in the county's 2nd District. Under the County Charter, the Howard County Democratic Central Committee must submit the name of a replacement to the council within 25 days of the resignation, which was effective March 31.

The candidate must be a registered voter, a resident of the 2nd District, a county resident for no less than two years before being nominated and age 25 or older.

Anyone interested in being considered should send a letter of interest, postmarked by Monday, to Tony McGuffin, Chair, Howard County Democratic Central Committee, 7050 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21046. The central committee will meet April 18 to elect a replacement.

Information: 410-290-9791.

Benefit cut-a-thon is planned Sunday

Bombshell Salon will celebrate its grand opening with a cut-a-thon to raise money for Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation, in memory of Columbia resident Scott Caplan, 19, who died in a car accident that also took the life of Theresa Howard, 18, of Eldersburg.

The cut-a-thon will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10030 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center. A silent auction is also planned.

Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation, a nonprofit organization, serves critically ill children and their families. Scott Caplan's mother, Nancy Caplan, serves on the organization's board of directors.

Information: 410-418-8222.

Doughoregan Manor slated as topic

Preservation Howard County will co-sponsor a conference tomorrow on the history of Doughoregan Manor, the 892-acre Carroll family estate, and options to protect it. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center.

Co-sponsors of the conference include the Howard County Conservancy, the Rockburn Land Trust, Preservation Maryland and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The conference will begin with a presentation by Marsha S. McLaughlin, the county planning director, on options under discussion for the preservation of the estate, which is to lose the protection of a 30-year state historic easement next year. McLaughlin will also discuss a development option. Cathy Hudson of the Rockburn Land Trust will explain how conservation easements work.

Joetta Cramm, a local historian and author, will present slides of the manor, and Burt Kummerow, president of HistoryWorks Inc., will explain the importance of the Carroll story.

Admission to the conference is free. Registration is required. Lunches are available for $10 but must be reserved.

Information or registration: 410-730-6776, or carroll_legacy

Revenue Authority applicants sought

County Executive James N. Robey is seeking applicants for the board of directors for the county's new Revenue Authority. The purpose of the authority is to finance or operate cultural, recreational and parking facilities in the county.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and brief resume by April 30 to Herman Charity, assistant to the county executive, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043, or to charity The appointments will be subject to confirmation by the County Council.

Information: 410-313-2022.

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