Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

May 03, 2006

Hope campaign tied to cancer screening

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced that beginning this year Howard County's Blossoms of Hope project, to plant 1,000 pink Kwanzan cherry trees across Howard County, also is to serve as a reminder to women of the importance of breast cancer screening.

Howard County General Hospital and the Howard County Health Department will co- operate in an outreach effort to raise awareness and promote screening that will coincide with the trees blossoming each year. The new venture includes a mobile breast examination clinic at planting sites at the central, east Columbia and Elkridge libraries, starting Monday, and low-cost ($50) mammograms at the hospital.

The free, half-day, walk-in clinics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Boulevard; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 at the east Columbia library; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at the Elkridge library; and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 at the central library.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram: 410-740-7900. The Howard County Health Department provides free mammograms to women who qualify: 410-313-4255.

CBHC to hold its annual meeting

The public is invited to the 2006 annual meeting of Community Building in Howard County.

The gathering is to be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

CBHC will celebrate its 15 years of volunteer service and the county government's commitment to support implementation of its 2005 Report on the State of Community in Howard County, the first report on the state of community in the county, said the organization's vice president, Jean Toomer.

The group plans to disband as an organization and pass its mission of building a diverse, harmonious community to county government and community partnerships. Its members will continue to be active in the community.

Other Community Building initiatives that have become county institutions are Peer Mediation in the Howard County school system, the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center at Howard Community College and a permanent committee to review social studies textbooks to ensure the accuracy of the history of minorities taught in the public schools.

A networking group on character development, conflict resolution and cultural interaction is being developed in cooperation with the county schools.

The public is invited to attend the celebration. To read the report: www.communitybuilding- hc.org.

Statements of support from individuals and groups for implementing the ideas in the report are welcome and will be shared with the public. They can be sent to CBHC, P.O. Box 341, Columbia 21045.

Information: Alan Pflugrad, CBHC president, 410-995-6567, or Jean Toomer, vice president, 410- 730-3334.

Medicare drug plan help is available

Seniors and others who participate in Medicare are invited to meet with a mobile education team for assistance with enrolling in Medicare Part D, the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

People with limited financial resources can be screened for their eligibility to receive extra help in paying for prescription drugs.

The free, community-based educational program, My Medicare Matters, is sponsored by the National Council on the Aging and the Access to Benefits Coalition.

Enrollment events are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Ellicott City Senior Center (410-313-1400 for an appointment) and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the East Columbia 50+ Center (410-313-7391 for an appointment.)

Those who attend are asked to bring a current list of prescriptions, including dosage strengths and instructions; a Medicare card; any correspondence received from former employers, government agencies or a Medigap insurance provider about the new Medicare drug benefit.

The Ellicott City Senior Center is at 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City; the East Columbia 50+ Center is in the east Columbia library building, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Book sale under way at library branch

Friends of Howard County Library is holding a book sale through Sunday during regular library hours at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Gently used books, videos, digital video discs and compact discs will be for sale. Donations of unwanted books and other materials in good condition and can be dropped off at the circulation desk of any branch library. The donations are tax deductible.

Library hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Police promoting, checking seat-belt use

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