Community Notes


April 09, 2006

Soroptimist club to honor 3 women

Soroptimist of Howard County will honor the 2006 winners of the organization's three awards for women at a dinner April 20 at That's Amore restaurant in Columbia.

The Women's Opportunity Award is to be accepted by LaJuan McAteer of Columbia, a mother of two who is pursuing her dream of becoming a registered nurse at Howard Community College.

The Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes girls ages 14 to 17 who volunteer in their communities, will go to Shayna Meliker, whose project "Miles for Miracles," a walk to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, has been held for three years.

The Women Making a Difference Award, which honors a woman who uses her personal or professional influence to improve the lives of other women, will go to Jean Moon, a Columbia community activist and a founder of the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, the Columbia Festival of the Arts and the Women's Giving Circle, a philanthropy dedicated to addressing the needs of women and girls in Howard County.

Reservations for dinner are required by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Information or reservations: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750- 9413.

Applicants sought for council seat

A vacancy exists for a council member in the county's 2nd District. The Howard County Democratic Central Committee will submit the name of a replacement to the council.

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 should send a letter of interest, postmarked by Monday, to Tony McGuffin, Chair, Howard County Democratic Central Committee, 7050 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21046.

Information: 410-290-9791.

Benefit cut-a-thon is planned today

Bombshell Salon will celebrate its grand opening today 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. at 10030 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center. A silent auction also is planned.

Believe in Tomorrow National Children's Foundation, a nonprofit organization, serves critically ill children and their families.

Information: 410-418-8222.

Revenue Authority applicants sought

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

The board will be responsible for hiring and supervising an executive director and ensuring that projects constructed by the authority are in the public interest and are self-supporting.

Five board members are needed to serve four-year terms. There will be no compensation, other than reimbursement for necessary expenses, including travel. Board members must be residents of Howard County or have business interests 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.

Applications of those selected are made public as part of the confirmation process.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Nominees sought for Robbins awards

Nominations are invited for the Association of Community Services' Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards, honoring the work of human services organizations and volunteers, teams and staff members who render extraordinary services to the community.

Nomination forms are due by Friday. For instructions and a nomination form: www.acs The awards will be presented at a luncheon May 17.

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