Community Notes


September 10, 2006

Meetings to address plan for pedestrians

The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning will hold public meetings Thursday and Sept. 26 to discuss the draft of the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan.

The plan is intended to create a framework for guiding and prioritizing pedestrian improvement made by the public and private sectors. Projects will be prioritized on the basis of safety, level of demand, engineering feasibility, cost and other factors.

The plan and a list of proposed locations for improvements are in the preliminary stage. The drafts can be found at; click on "Departments," then on "Planning and Zoning," and "Transportation Planning." Comments are welcome.

The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Tamar Room at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia; and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The latter meeting will be part of the regularly scheduled Public Transportation Board meeting.

Information: Brian Muldoon, 410-313-4363.

Memorial ceremony to be held tomorrow

County Executive James N. Robey will hold a brief remembrance ceremony to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.

The ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Garden of Hope at Centennial Park, created in memory of those who died and honoring the resilience of the American spirit. The garden was dedicated on the first anniversary of 9/11.

A brief processional ceremony will conclude with laying a wreath at the Garden of Hope stone monument and a moment of silence. Ribbons will be available to affix to a "Tree of Hope," as expressions of remembrance.

County Council members, Chief Joseph Herr of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Chief Bill McMahon of the Howard County Police Department and a police and fire honor guard will be on hand. The public is invited.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Success in Style benefit is Sept. 30

Success in Style, a nonprofit organization that provides free business attire, advice and support to women in crisis who are entering the work force, will hold its annual benefit, a black-tie Masquerade Ball, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Live music, dancing, mystery celebrity guests, roving musicians, a prize wheel, a raffle for a plasma television set and an auction for a vacation in France are planned. Fine wine and cuisine will be included, and guests receive masquerade masks.

Tickets are $200 a person.

Information or reservations: 410-750-6475.

Muslim Council picnic and food drive today

The Howard County Muslim Council, a nonprofit group focused on the well-being of Howard County residents, will hold its fifth food drive and picnic at 1 p.m. today at Meadowbrook Park, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City.

Food, games and activities are planned. Donations of nonperishable food items are needed.

Donate Life walk and run to be held

The second Donate Life 5K Walk and Run to benefit the National Transplant Assistance Fund will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

The event, which honors Oakland Mills resident David Hillen, who recently received his second liver transplant, is sponsored by the Oakland Mills High School PTSA and local businesses.

The cost is $15 in advance; $17 at the gate.

Saturday Night Out, an afternoon and evening fundraiser for the transplant-assistance fund that also honors Hillen, has been postponed; a date is still to be determined.

Information: Karen Hillen, 410-964-1175.

Red Cross calling for blood donations

The Red Cross says blood donations have fallen to a state of near depletion and 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 blood donation immediately. 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.

Harriet Tubman Day is set for Saturday

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day 2006 on Saturday. The focus of this year's event will be "Honoring Our Parents."

Parents will be recognized for providing words of encouragement to help their children strive for excellence. Also honored will be the Harriet Tubman Class of 1956, which is celebrating its 50th class reunion.

The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia. The rain date is Sept. 30.

The community is invited to share in the celebration. Family activities and refreshments are planned.

Information: Howard Lyles, 410-988-9701.

Beginner bird walk to be held today

A beginner bird walk will be held at 8 a.m. today at the Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

The walk is sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club.

Information: 410 461-3361.

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