Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

April 23, 2006

Water main repair to force limits on use

James M. Irvin, Howard County director of public works, has announced that the repair of a major water main in Baltimore County will require mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use in Howard County this summer.

Residents and business owners served by the public water system will be restricted to an odd/even usage requirement from May 1 through Sept. 1.

The 54-inch water main in southwestern Baltimore County delivers a significant amount of drinking water to Howard County and to part of Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. The pipeline is to be shut down during the repair, which is expected to take up to a year. The restrictions are deemed important to maintain adequate water supply and fire protection during the summer.

From May 1 through Sept. 1, residents and businesses with even-numbered street addresses will be allowed to use water for outdoor purposes only on even-numbered calendar days; odd-numbered street addresses are to use water outdoors only on odd-numbered days.

When outdoor water use is not allowed, watering lawns, washing paved surfaces, use of automatic watering devices for gardening, ornamentation or power-washing is prohibited. Use of water for noncommercial washing or cleaning of mobile equipment is prohibited. Filling swimming pools (unless newly constructed or repaired) is prohibited.

Hand-held containers and hoses with automatic shutoffs can be used only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., and must be personally supervised.

The Howard County police will issue warnings; repeat violations will be reviewed for possible legal action. To report noncompliance: 410-313-2200.

Anyone who feels that the water restrictions impose extraordinary hardship can apply for a waiver: Robert Beringer, 410- 313-4900.

Housing official to speak to NAACP

Leonard S. Vaughan, director of the Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development, will speak at the NAACP's general meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Dora Mack Carter Center, 7504 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

He will discuss current and projected housing for low- to moderate-income residents of Howard County.

The public is invited.

Information: Clarence Toomer, 410-730-3334.

Sponsors sought for Masquerade Ball

Success in Style, a nonprofit organization, is seeking sponsors for its Masquerade Ball, a black-tie event to be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Historic Oakland.

Food will be catered by the Iron Bridge Wine Company, and jugglers, mystery celebrity guests, roving musicians, a magician and dancing are planned. A plasma television set will be raffled.

Sponsorships range from $500 to $2,500. Individual tickets are $200.

Proceeds will benefit the organization, which provides free business attire and interview coaching to women in crisis who are seeking employment.

Information: 410-750-6475.

Parent classes are scheduled

The Family Tree is accepting registration for Positive Parenting classes, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through June 21 at Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills Village Center.

The classes, which are free, will focus on habits of healthy families, stress and anger management, good ways to communicate, positive ways to discipline, the importance of home safety, succeeding in school and ensuring a child's well-being and parent self-esteem. Child care will be provided.

Registration: Carmen Albuerne, 410-889-2300, ext. 1226. To reach a 24-hour family stress line: 800-243-7337.

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.

Information: www.friskys.org.

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@co.ho.md.us. 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.

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