Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

August 30, 2006

Meeting to discuss county deer hunt

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold an informational meeting on the status of its managed deer hunt program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the department's headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

An overview of the program, management activities for the coming season and the ecological necessity for herd reduction will be discussed.

Fewer hunt dates are planned, but Howard County has received permission from the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources to add Schooley Mill Park and to reinstate High Ridge Park to the list of parks hunted in the program. High Ridge Park was removed from the list after the 2003 hunt because of construction of facilities in the park.

Hunts are also planned in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area and Blandair Park near Columbia; the David Force Park in Ellicott city; and Alpha Ridge Park near Woodstock. Hunting hours are dawn to 1 p.m.; the parks will be closed to other uses during the hunt.

The managed hunt at Blandair Park will be archery only; at Schooley Mill Park, shotgun only. Bow hunting will be allowed at other parks in areas not conducive to gun hunting.

Information: 410-313-4700.

Executive forum set for Tuesday

Transportation Advocates will sponsor a public forum for county executive candidates to specifically address transportation issues in Howard County. The public is welcome to attend from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center. For more information, call 410-995-0125.

Safety near schools to be police focus

Howard County police will focus on enforcing speed-limit, seat belt and child safety seat laws in school zones as part of a continuing back-to-school program to ensure safety for children, parents and teachers.

The HASTE (Helping Arriving Students Through Enforcement) program was implemented several years ago to raise awareness about traffic safety in school zones.

Red Cross in need of blood donors

The Red Cross says blood donations have fallen to a state of near-depletion and that the community blood supply cannot meet the needs of hospitals. All blood types are needed.

Eligible donors are encouraged to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation. Each blood donation can help save up to three lives, the Red Cross says.

Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent in Maryland) 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.

Applebee's joins Alex's fundraiser

Ninety-seven Applebee's restaurants in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey are selling $5 paper lemons and glasses of lemonade today and tomorrow, the last two days of a monthlong effort to help Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for research on childhood cancer.

The company raised $166,000 last year; participating restaurants hope to raise more than $200,000 this year.

Alexandra "Alex" Scott, a cancer patient whose family lives in Pennsylvania, sold lemonade at a stand on her lawn for four years to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer. She died Aug. 1, 2004, at age 8.

Information: www.alexs lemonade.org.

Classes to help smokers quit

In support of the new Howard County smoking ban, the Health Department's Tobacco Control Program will offer free smoking-cessation classes, open to anyone who lives or works in the county.

The eight-week program, which includes free medication, will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays starting next week; classes will also be offered from noon to 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting next week. The program will be held at the Howard County Health Department, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

The registration deadline for September classes is tomorrow.

Information or registration: 410-313-6268, or www.hchealth. org. Or 800-QUITNOW and www.smokingstopshere.com.

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