Community Notes


September 20, 2006

Volunteers honored for outstanding work

Howard County Executive James N. Robey and the County Council honored outstanding volunteers Thursday in a ceremony recognizing 41 individuals and 11 community groups.

Part of the statewide "Maryland, You Are Beautiful" program, the event included the announcement of the county's Volunteer of the Year and other honors.

Richard Davis of Columbia was named 2006 Volunteer of the Year for his work on behalf of Howard County General Hospital.

A volunteer in the hospital's cardiac rehabilitation unit, Davis was instrumental in bringing the American Cancer Society's Active for Life program to the hospital's employees. He expanded the 10-week program for the Columbia Association, and about 1,000 people participated in it this year. Davis also volunteers at the National Aquarium and for American Field Services.

His brother, Ed, was Howard County's 1999 Volunteer of the Year.

The 2006 Community Organization of the Year is the Cold Weather Shelter Program of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, supported last year by 15 local congregations. Among the 97 people served were a 63-year-old man and a 9-month-old infant.

The Commitment to Service award went to Dorothy and Dean Smeins of Dayton, volunteers for Meals on Wheels.

Centennial High School seniors Carrie Gartner and Shayna Meliker, creators of the Miles for Miracles walk, a fundraiser for research on Crohn's disease and colitis, won the Student Team of the Year award.

Pedestrian facilities plan will be discussed

The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning will hold the last in a series of public meetings to discuss the preliminary draft of the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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; click on "Departments," then on "Planning and Zoning" and "Transportation Planning." Comments are welcome.

Information: Brian Muldoon, 410-313-4363.

Library trustees to meet today

The Howard County Library's board of trustees will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Elkridge branch library meeting room, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Soroptimists to meet tomorrow evening

Soroptimist of Howard County, an international volunteer service organization for professional women, will meet at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow 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 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-QUIT-NOW and

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