Community Notes


November 05, 2006

Grassroots moving during construction

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center will relocate its program and services while its new facility is being constructed. Construction, which is to begin shortly, is expected to be completed in a year.

The shelter programs will move to a two-story cottage at the site of Taylor Manor in Ellicott City, where Sheppard Pratt Hospital operates. Grassroots' crisis intervention programs will operate from a county-owned house on Vollmerhausen Road. The move is planned for the middle of this month.

Grassroots' mailing address (6700 Freetown Road, Columbia 21044) and phone numbers (hot line: 410-531-6677 or 800-422-0009; business: 410- 531-6006) will remain the same. Direct access to the shelter programs will be through a new number that is not active, but callers will be referred to the shelter programs through the old numbers.

The old facility will be demolished this month. Contributors can call the numbers above for directions to Grassroots' temporary locations.

Voter-assistance hot line available

The Election Protection coalition, a nonpartisan effort led by the People for the American Way Foundation (a nonprofit organization), the NAACP and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and other groups, is offering a national voter-assistance hot line (866-OUR-VOTE) staffed by volunteer operators and a poll-location Web site (www.MyPolling

Call center operators will offer help with problems such as voter identification requirements, provisional ballots, voting machine malfunctions, voter intimidation and other issues.

Candidate forums being rebroadcast

The League of Women Voters of Howard County Inc. has arranged to have candidates forums rebroadcast on Gtv Channel 70 and HCC Channel 71.

A forum for Board of Education candidates, held Oct. 25, will be rebroadcast at 3 p.m. today and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. tomorrow.

Voters' guides, which include information on all candidates appearing on the ballot in Howard County and information on all ballot questions, have been distributed to libraries, senior center and community centers. An online version is available at

A new National League Web site with election regulations for 50 states and a national polling place locator is available at

Information: 410-730-0142.

Master gardener training planned

Registration is open for the 2007 master gardener training, sponsored by the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard County office.

New and experienced gardeners are invited to register. Those with an interest in writing, graphics and computers, as well as gardening, are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Nov. 30.

The training will cover plant, insect and disease problems, and other topics related to sustainable and environmental impacts of gardening practices.

Training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, from Jan. 29 through March 28, at the Maryland Cooperative Extension office in Ellicott City. The cost is $150.

Because master gardeners work to educate consumers, willingness to volunteer is essential.

Information : 410-313-2707.

Residents invited to talks on planning

General Growth Properties and Howard Community College are presenting "Voices of Vision," talks and discussions with experts on effective urban planning and design, and their impact on quality of life.

Residents are invited to participate in open forums on topics that relate to the future of Columbia and Howard County.

Ann Forsyth, author of Reforming Suburbia: The Planned Communities of Irvine, Columbia and The Woodlands, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Forsyth is director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota and professor and Dayton Hudson Chair of Urban Design at the university.

Admission is free, but registration is requested. Registration: 877-311-2944.

General Growth Properties Inc. is developing planned communities in Maryland (including Columbia's Town Center), Texas and Nevada.

Information: www.general

Women's `Hall' nominations sought

The Howard County Commission for Women invites nominations of outstanding women to be honored by induction into the 2007 Women's Hall of Fame.

Women who have achieved distinction in their work, made lasting contributions to the community and improved the quality of life for others will be honored. Nominees must be natives of Howard County or residents for at least 10 consecutive years.

Nomination forms are available online and can be downloaded from CitizenServices/whofnom inationform.htm or from the Citizen Services or Commission for Women's homepage on the county Web site, Forms are also available at county library branches, at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, or by calling the Department of Citizen Services (410-313-6400.)

Nominations, which must be received by Nov. 17, should be mailed to the Commission for Women, Women's Hall of Fame Committee, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

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