Community Notes


November 12, 2006

Pedestrian plan is made public

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced the release of the Howard County Pedestrian Master Plan, prepared by the county's Department of Planning and Zoning with contributions from residents and state and local public agencies.

The plan identifies more than 160 locations in the county where sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs and other amenities are needed. The purpose of the plan is to guide the development of pedestrian improvements by the public and private sectors. Potential projects have been prioritized on the basis of safety, demand, engineering feasibility, cost and other factors.

To see the Pedestrian Master Plan map and a list of proposed improvement locations: www. Printed copies will be available later in the month.

Information or to submit comments: Brian Muldoon, 410- 313-4363, or bmuldoon@

Transit advocates set to meet Tuesday

Transportation Advocates are to meet from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Coffee will be available at 7:45 a.m. Socializing is to begin at 7:30 a.m.

Harvey Bloom of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council will discuss regional transportation plans that affect Howard County residents. Carl Balser of the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning will present changes proposed for Howard Transit bus routes that include shorter wait times, earlier and later daily service and new county destinations.

Information: Dick Kirchner, 410-203-1178.

VFW packing GI care parcels

The Yingling-Ridgely Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary will pack military holiday care packages for soldiers, sailors and marines stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW Post, 4225 VFW Lane, Ellicott City.

The packages will be filled with Christmas and personal items, decorations, food, games, drinks, calling cards and snacks. The items have been collected from VFW and Auxiliary members, senior centers, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, members of the community, Maryland for the Military and local merchants.

Information, to donate items or participate in packing them, or to suggest names of military personnel who should receive packages: Sandi Kriebel, 410- 750-3941.

Grassroots moving during construction

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center will relocate its program and services while its new facility is built. Construction, 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.

Call the numbers above for directions to Grassroots' temporary locations.

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.

`Columbia Matters' seeks new host

Columbia Matters, the Columbia Association's television program, is seeking a new host for 2007.

Current host Barbara Kellner, manager of the Columbia Archives, will continue the "Explore Columbia" segment of the program; her duties at the archives will prevent her from continuing as host for the entire program.

Candidates should communicate, plan, organize and write well. Previous television, acting or reporting experience is helpful.

The volunteer position will require about 10 hours a month.

Those interested should send a cover letter, resume and photograph to Columbia Matters TV program, c/o The Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Suite 100, Columbia 21044.

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