Community Notes


April 26, 2006

`NAMI Walk' event to be held Sunday

The Maryland "NAMI Walk for the Mind of America" will be held Sunday at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Check-in time is 10 a.m. Start time is 11 a.m.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, provides education, support and advocacy to individuals with mental illness and their families.

The walk is intended to raise awareness of and funds for NAMI's free educational programs, including lectures, support groups and training for programs for the police and others. The peer-driven organization also promotes a sense of empowerment for those affected by mental illness.

Walkers solicit sponsorships. There is no minimum donation and no registration fee.

Information: 800-467-0075 or 410-772-9300 (Howard County affiliate). Or visit www.nami. org.

`Blossoms of Hope' to mark Arbor Day

Howard County Tourism has announced that "Blossoms of Hope: The Howard County Cherry Tree Project" will celebrate National Arbor Day at 10 a.m. Friday at Centennial Park in Ellicott City by recognizing sponsors of trees.

Howard County Executive James N. Robey will speak. Blossoms of Hope will present a check to the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, the project's beneficiary. The project's ultimate goal is to plant 1,000 pink Kwanzan cherry trees across Howard County. Nearly 500 trees have been planted.

Shred documents for free May 6

The Long Reach Community Association, in partnership with village center owner Perrine Wheeler Inc., will have a Cintas document-shredding truck on the village center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6 for residents to dispose of unwanted documents.

The service, which is free, is available to Long Reach residents only; they must present identification showing residency to participate. Those who participate will be issued "certificates of destruction" showing that their documents have been disposed of safely. The paper will be recycled.

Information: 410-730-8113.

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 Monday 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. From Monday 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.

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