Community Notes


May 19, 2006

Muslim Council to help school

The Howard County Muslim Council, in cooperation with the Baltimore Muslim Council and Baltimore Jewish Council, will sponsor a day to clean up and make repairs at Falstaff Elementary School, 3801 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore.

The group will prime and paint the locker rooms, landscape and participate in other projects from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Adults and high school students are welcome to participate.

Information: Irfan Malik, 410-750-2739.

Special Olympics honored in county

The Howard County Council passed a resolution May 1 honoring Special Olympics Howard County for its contribution to the physical and emotional well-being of disabled children and adults in Howard County.

The organization recently held its fifth Inspiration Walk in Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Howard County Executive James N. Robey and athlete Nick Stewart kicked off the walk, which was attended by several hundred people and local officials.

Athletes, parents and volunteers attended the County Council meeting to receive the resolution.

Special Olympics Howard County offers a free, year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities.

The next Special Olympics Howard County event is its Softball Invitational, to be held at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at Kiwanis Wallas Park in Ellicott City. Special Olympic athletes from nine Maryland counties will participate. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies are to begin at 9:15 a.m., and the competition is to start at 10 a.m.

Information or to volunteer: 410-740-0500, or

Foundation plans golf tournament

The Alpha Foundation of Howard County Inc., a nonprofit organization, will hold a golf tournament Monday at Hobbits Glen Golf Club in Columbia.

The shotgun start, featuring a captain's choice scramble, is set for 8 a.m. The cost is $125 a person, and includes a greens fee, golf cart, breakfast and lunch, range balls and a gift bag.

Sponsorships also are available. Proceeds will help advance educational opportunities for Howard County African-American youths.

Information or registration:, or Harold Burgess, 410-730-4749;

Volunteers needed at nature area

Volunteers are needed to help control invasive species and plant alder trees from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the woodcock area of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.

The effort to re-establish a breeding area for woodcocks is sponsored by the Howard County masters gardeners and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Volunteers should take water and gloves, and dress for the weather.

Information: 410-730-4994.

Fund being started to help pay pool fees

The Columbia Foundation and the family of the late Ann Scherr, former director of the association's Community Services Division, are seeking to establish a fund to offer grants for summer pool memberships for lower-income families.

The grants, offered by the Ann Scherr Fund, will be made to families paying the Columbia Association reduced rates.

Scherr, who died in 2005, was committed to ensuring that all residents have access to the Columbia Association facilities and services.

Information: 410-730-1801.

Opinions sought on shuttle changes

The Corridor Transportation Corp. will begin a 30-day period for public comment on potential fare increases that will affect Connect-A-Ride Service (CARS) and potential changes to its G and H routes. The G route connects Laurel and College Park; Columbia travelers can take the E from The Mall in Columbia to Laurel Mall to connect to the G. The H route connects Laurel to Greenbelt. The proposed fare increase and route changes are scheduled to take effect July 3.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 1 in the first-floor conference room at the Corridor Transportation Corp.'s headquarters, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel.

The proposed increase would raise the base fare from $1.50 to $1.75; fares for people with disabilities and senior citizens will remain 75 cents. The new fare structure would include a 25-cent transfer fee with each transfer for those with disabilities and seniors, and a 50-cent transfer fee for others. Transfers will continue to be valid for a two-hour period.

Information on the proposed changes or to request special accommodations (by Thursday) for the public meeting: 800-270-9553.

Information: www.corridor

Comments will be accepted at the meeting or can be sent by June 15 to CTC, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel 20707. They can also be e-mailed to support@baltwashchamber. org.

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