Community Notes


October 08, 2006

Candidates forum to be held today

PATH (People Acting Together in Howard), an association of faith-based and other community groups, will hold its fall assembly from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. today at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia.

Candidates for County Council and county executive will answer prepared questions on youth, affordable housing and transportation.

Information: the Rev. Carletta Allen, 240-938-1594 or Hector R. Rodriguez, 443-631-0115.

Voter registration session set Tuesday

The Arc of Howard County, in partnership with the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, will sponsor voter registration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Department of Citizen Services, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Volunteers will be on hand to help people register to vote.

Information or directions: 410-313-6410.

School board candidates forum

Howard County Chinese School, Huaxing Chinese Language and Culture Center in Columbia and the Korean American Community Association of Howard County will sponsor a forum for Board of Education candidates and voter registration from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. today in the cafeteria at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City.

Chinese Language School of Columbia is the host.

Each candidate will have a few minutes to speak and will answer questions.

The forum is being organized by the Association of Chinese Americans - Howard County. The public is welcome.

Information: 410-461-5146, or

PFLAG schedules candidates forum

The Howard County chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will hold a candidates forum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Those seeking elected local offices will have an opportunity to discuss issues of concern to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

The Howard County League of Women Voters will provide moderators for the forum, which, because of limited time, will include only candidates for the state Senate and House of Delegates. Candidates from all political parties have been invited.

Information: Colette Roberts, 410-290-8292.

Workshop to focus on preparedness

In conjunction with Howard County's Community Readiness Week activities, volunteers from CERN (Community Emergency Response Network) will present "Neighbor to Neighbor" workshops at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

The workshops are to encourage communication within families and neighborhoods to prepare families and communities to be self-reliant for three days after a disaster or emergency.

Participants will learn how to shelter-in-place without assistance from local government or emergency personnel. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is encouraged. Information: 410-730-4744.

Hear candidates at three forums

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will co-sponsor three candidates forums with the Association of Community Services (ACS), the Commission for Women and other groups.

Candidates for county executive and County Council will speak from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Smith Theatre, Howard Community College. The Howard County Citizens Association and the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation are co-sponsors.

A forum for state Senate and House of Delegates candidates is planned from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 in Smith Theatre. The league, the Commission for Women and ACS are sponsors.

A forum for school board candidates, co-sponsored by ACS, Commission for Women, the PTA Council and the league, is planned from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 in Room B-37 of the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

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

Lake-dredging information on Web

The Columbia Association's Open Space Management Division has placed its presentation on dredging projects at Lake Kittamaqundi and Lake Elkhorn on the association's Web site:

The presentations cover lake conditions, goals, an evaluation of options and how restoration will be approached.

Information: 410-312-6330.

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.

Information: 410-313-4784.

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