Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

July 28, 2006

Register to vote at library branches

The League of Women voters of Howard County, in partnership with the Howard County Library, is offering opportunities to register to vote at all six county library branches.

Registration will be held at all branches from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12.

The league, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government.

Information: Barbara Russell, 410-730-4024.

Police, citizens hold National Night Out

The Howard County Police Department and members of the Howard County community will observe National Night Out together from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The event, which is observed by communities nationwide, is intended to encourage participation in and generate support for local crime prevention activities. The police department is helping residents organize neighborhood block parties around the county.

Police are asking members of the community to turn on outside lights and spend at least an hour in front of their homes, on porches, balconies, front steps or lawns, to send a message to criminals that communities are united in fighting crime.

More than 30 neighborhood parties have been planned, including events with music and food at satellite offices in the Columbia villages of Long Reach, Harper's Choice and Oakland Mills, and in North Laurel.

For a list of party locations: www.hcpd.org.

County information office wins awards

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced that the county's Public Information Office has earned three awards in the annual Awards of Excellence Competition sponsored by the National Association of County Information Officers, a communications affiliate of the National Association of Counties.

A "Community Readiness Week" project, sponsored in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, earned an "Excellence Award in the Citizen Education category.

Employees from the public information office's Gtv group were recognized with an "Excellence Award" for KidZone: Journey through the Pages, in which two children promote the importance of reading and the resources of the county's libraries.

The Gtv group also received a "Meritorious Award" for On the Go: Civil War Trails, produced in conjunction with Howard County Tourism.

A ceremony for the Awards of Excellence Competition will be held during the summer conference of the National Association of Counties, to be held Aug. 4 in Chicago, Ill.

Donations needed for O, B blood types

The Red Cross says blood donations have fallen to a critical level, and the community blood supply is not adequate for the needs of hospitals.

A dangerously low inventory of blood types O and B is being reported. Type O blood can be used for more patients than any other type. Type B blood, prevalent in the region, according to the Red Cross, is needed for local patients.

In response, the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross is urging eligible whole-blood donors to immediately schedule an appointment to give blood.

Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. They must not have received a tattoo within the past year and not have donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Each blood donation can help save up to three lives, the Red Cross said in a news release.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE- LIFE.

Volunteer award nominations sought

Nomination forms are available for Howard County's 2006 Volunteer of the Year awards for individuals and groups.

Nominees must live in the county or do their volunteer work in the county; their work should have a significant impact on the community or an individual.

The nominees will be recognized at a ceremony with county officials Sept. 14. One of the nominees will be selected to represent Howard and its volunteers at the annual statewide Maryland You Are Beautiful volunteer recognition program, to be held by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in September.

Nomination forms are available through the Howard County public information office (410-313-2022) or online at www.co.ho.md.us. The nomination deadline is Aug. 7.

Ideas are sought for cable TV show

Columbia Matters, the Columbia Association's cable television program, is seeking suggestions for its monthly "Explore Columbia" segment, which highlights places of interest that residents or visitors may not know about.

Previous segments have featured visits to museums, a historic playground and public art displays.

The show airs at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays on Howard Community College's station, cable Channel 71.

To make a suggestion: 410- 715-3120, or e-mail, CATV Show@columbiaassociation. com.

Panel seeking nominations

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues is accepting nominations for its 2006 awards program.

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