Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

September 17, 2006

Pedestrian facilities plan to be discussed

The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning will hold a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton, to discuss the preliminary draft of the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan.

A meeting also will be held 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, as part of the regularly scheduled Public Transportation Board meeting.

The plan is intended to create a framework for guiding and setting priorities for pedestrian improvement made by the public and private sectors, looking at 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 www.co.ho.md.us; click on "Departments," then on "Planning and Zoning," and "Transportation Planning." Comments are welcome.

Information: Brian Muldoon, 410-313-4363.

Meeting of voters to hear speakers

Unaffiliated/Independent Voters in Howard County will sponsor a voters meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Arc of Howard County, 11735 Homewood Road.

Speakers will be Angela Beltram of Citizens for an Open Process for Everyone (COPE); Steve Wallis, independent candidate for Howard County executive; and Populist Senate candidate Kevin Zeese. A panel of candidates for judgeships - Louis A. Becker and Richard S. Bernhardt (who are now serving) and David A. Titman - will be on hand.

Unaffiliated/Independent Voters in Howard County has been formed to organize support for representative government focused on the interests of its citizens.

Information: Mona Brinegar, 443-889-9070, or www.howardcountyissues.org.

Charity golf, tennis tourney tomorrow

The Elite Sportsclub Network will hold a charity golf and tennis tournament tomorrow at Hobbit's Glen Golf Course in Columbia to benefit the Active Survivors Network, an organization offering support to survivors of catastrophic or long-term illness.

Information: www.esnclubs. com.

Soroptimists to meet Thursday evening

Soroptimist of Howard County, an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women, will meet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at That's Amore Restaurant, Columbia.

The dinner meeting requires reservations. Women interested in community service are invited to attend.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

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.

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.

Stop-smoking sessions scheduled

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

The eight-week programs, which include free medication, will be held at the Howard County Health Department, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Registration is required.

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

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