Community Notes


April 16, 2006

Reporter Thomas to speak Tuesday

White House correspondent Helen Thomas will speak at Leadership Howard County's annual "Big Event," to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Turf Valley in Ellicott City.

Thomas, known as the "first lady of the press," will discuss her career covering every president since John F. Kennedy. She will highlight the leadership skills she employed to break ground for other women reporters over some 50 years.

The public is invited to attend the luncheon. Tickets are $55 for Leadership Howard County members; $70 for the general public.

Information: 410-730-4474, or

Alumni of the Leadership Howard County program are invited to attend the organization's biannual Alumni Day, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Storms conference to be held Tuesday

R. David Paulison, nominated to be undersecretary for federal emergency management and director of FEMA, and Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center/Tropical Prediction Center, will address the Maryland Emergency Management Agency's 21st Severe Storms Awareness Conference on Tuesday at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in North Laurel.

The conference, which is sold out, is to provide an opportunity for emergency managers and other first responders to hear predictions for the coming hurricane season and a review of the past season. Sessions are planned on lessons learned from the Maryland response to Hurricane Katrina, dealing with the elderly and disabled during a catastrophe, and recent floods.

Information: Ed McDonough, 410-446-3333.

Wildlife sanctuary holding garage sale

Frisky's Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary in Woodstock is holding its spring Garage Sale this month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, rain or shine.

A large selection of goods will be available to purchase -- including tools, toys, antiques, jewelry, Christmas decorations, glassware, furniture, collectibles, clothes and appliances.

Proceeds will help support the shelter's animals. Donations are also welcome.


GOP women plan legislative luncheon

Howard County Republican Women will hold a "Legislative Wrap-Up" luncheon at noon April 25 in the Crab Shanty Restaurant, 3410 Plumtree Drive, Ellicott City.

Expected to speak are Howard County Council Chairman Christopher J. Merdon and Councilman Charles C. Feaga, state Sens. Sandra B. Schrader and Allan H. Kittleman, and Dels. Gail H. Bates and Warren E. Miller.

The cost is $25 for club members; $30 for guests. Membership is open to any registered Republican woman. Associate membership is open to any registered Republican man. Everyone is welcome to attend as a guest.

Reservations are required tomorrow.

Information: Harriet McInnis, 410-740-1244.

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 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.

Grant provides summer camp funds

The Developmental Disabilities Administration has awarded funds to the Arc of Howard County to help provide an experience of summer camp for adults and children with developmental disabilities who are living with a family member.

Camps eligible to apply for funds can be local or out of the area, day or overnight, designed for people with special needs or for the general public.

Information: or to request an application: 410-730-0638, ext. 309.

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