Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

July 30, 2006

Volunteer awards deadline is Aug. 7

Aug. 7 is the deadline to nominate volunteers for Howard County's 2006 Volunteer of the Year awards.

Nominees, which can be individuals, community groups, or businesses, must live or be based in Howard County, or do their volunteer work here.

The work should have a significant impact on the community or on an individual.

The nominees will be recognized at a ceremony with county officials at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, in Ellicott City. One of the nominees will be selected to represent Howard and its volunteers at the statewide Maryland You Are Beautiful volunteer recognition program, to be held by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. on Nov. 2 in Baltimore.

Nomination forms are available through the Howard County public information office, 410-313-2022, or online at www.co.ho.md.us.

NFL referee to speak at community college

National Football League referee and Glenwood resident Terry McAulay will describe his experiences in the NFL at a luncheon to help raise scholarship funds for Howard Community College students from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

The event, co-sponsored by the Columbia Town Center Rotary, will be held in the Kittleman Room of the college's English, Languages and Business Building (ELB-100), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The cost is $75, including lunch. Reservations are requested by Aug. 7.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4147.

Register to vote at library branches

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

Registration will be held at all branches from 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, residents plan National Night Out

The Howard County Police Department and members of the Howard County community will observe National Night Out 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 crime-prevention.

The Police Department is helping residents organize 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.

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 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 says.

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

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.

Disability-issues panel seeking nominations

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

Categories include employer of the year; accessibility award; individual achievement; a service provider award; Ralph Mulloy Advocacy Achievement award; and a youth award.

Nominees can be businesses, corporations, a building or any public accommodation, an individual or agency providing exceptional services, or an individual who has positively influenced others with disabilities.

Nominees must live, work or provide services in Howard County. The nominations deadline is Sept. 1.

Award winners will be recognized at the 12th awards breakfast Oct. 5 as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Information: 410-313-6402. To download a nominations form: www.co.ho.md.us/DS/CS_ DisabilitySrvcs.htm.

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