Community Notes


September 24, 2006

Hear candidates at three forums

The Association of Community Services and the League of Women Voters will co-sponsor forums for candidates seeking key Howard County offices.

Candidates for county executive and County Council will speak Oct. 11; for the offices of state senator and delegate, Oct. 18; and for school board, Oct. 25. The forums will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

For the league's Voters' Guide: For information about human service issues:, or 410-796-7824.

Bobo to address political-action group

Democracy for Howard County, a grass-roots political-action group affiliated with Democracy for America, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

Del. Elizabeth Bobo will discuss problems with electronic voting machines.

Information: Dawn Popp, 443-285-1109.

Candidates forum set for Oct. 4

Citizens for an Open Process for Everyone (COPE), an activist group focused on land use and zoning, will sponsor a forum for candidates running for county executive and County Council at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Information: Angela Beltram, 410-465-6206.

Pedestrian facilities plan to 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 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.; click on "Departments," then on "Planning and Zoning" and "Transportation Planning." Comments are welcome.

Information: Brian Muldoon, 410-313-4363.

Seniors can get emergency phones

Free 911-only cell phones are available for senior citizens. Each recipient will be instructed in using the device.

Used cell phones and chargers can be donated at senior centers. The phones will be reconditioned and distributed to senior citizens.

The project is sponsored by Howard County Seniors and Law Enforcement Together - TRIAD.

Information: 410-313-4784.

Success in Style benefit is Saturday

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. Saturday 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 calls for blood donations

The Red Cross says blood donations have fallen, supplies are nearly depleted and 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 Or 800-QUIT-NOW and

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