Community Notes


December 06, 2006

Lectures to focus on Columbia history

Barbara Kellner, manager of the Columbia Archives, will present a slide show, "Finding History Where You Live," at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center.

The program will focus on the Columbia area's ties to its agrarian past and the Civil War, as well as its recent history and distinguished artists, architects, musicians and local celebrities.

Admission is free; registration is encouraged.

Information: Barbara Kellner, 410-715-3103.

Transition team schedules forum

Members of County Executive Ken Ulman's transition team will hold a forum for those who wish to comment on a variety of topics at 7:30 p.m. today in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Elliott City.

A nine-member committee will use the forum to gain insight from the community in preparing a report for the new county executive.

Each member of the transition team has been assigned to a subcommittee focusing on: county administration (Guy Guzzone); citizen services (Vic Broccolino); economic development (Mukesh Majmudar); education (Patti Caplan); planning and zoning/housing (C. Vernon Gray); public safety (Tim McCrone); public works/inspections, licenses and permits (Maurice Simpkins); recreation and parks (Jean Parker); and technology/finance (Mary Ellen Duncan).

The session will be televised live on Gtv Comcast Channel 70. Written comments related to the transition can be sent by e-mail, through Dec. 22, to

A final report, which will be available to the public, is expected to be issued by the end of next month.

Ulman will hold his first Citizens Budget Meeting for fiscal year 2008 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 to hear comments from the community on priorities for spending as he prepares the Capital and Operating Budgets. The meeting will be held in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Sign-in, which is required, begins at 6:30 p.m. Residents can also submit online comments at Internet testimony is public information.

To request a sign-language interpreter: 410-313-6400 or 410-313-6401 (TTY) at least three working days before the meeting.

Marines collect toys for the needy

The Howard County Marine Corps League is collecting new unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation's national program. Numerous local businesses are participating.

In cooperation with Provident Bank, the Staff Sgt. Karl G. Taylor Sr. Detachment 1084 has placed collection boxes at the bank's four Howard County branches.

Boxes are also available until Dec. 13 at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. (8308 Main St., Ellicott City) and Pastino's Upper Crust Pizzeria (8835 Centre Park Drive, Columbia). A box will be in front of Toys "R" Us (6231 Columbia Crossing) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Information: Bill Pastino, 410-336-9039.

Super Suppers North Howard County (3290 N. Ridge Road, Suite 115, Ellicott City) will also have boxes available to collect toys until Dec. 15.

Libraries to open later on Friday

Howard County library branches and administrative offices will open at 11:30 a.m. Friday (instead of at its usual opening hour, 9 a.m.) to allow library employees to attend a holiday celebration.

Information: 410-313-7890 or visit

Book fair benefits children's center

Mena Stell of Usborne Books in Columbia will sponsor an on-site and online book fair to benefit Cradlerock Children's Center, a private nonprofit organization supported by the Unitarian and Methodist congregations in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Columbia.

The fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Friday in the lobby of the interfaith center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. The online sale will be at through Monday.

Information: 410-381-0906.

Holiday lunch and tea Monday

Howard County Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Red Hatters Holiday Lunch and Tea, with sandwiches, fruit and dessert, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The Red Hat Society is a social organization for women ages 50 and older. Participants, who need not be members, should bring a favorite tea cup and saucer. The cost is $15. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-7320.

Cold-weather shelter program under way

Grassroots' cold-weather shelter program has begun its fourth season. This year, 15 churches are hosts for the shelter for one or two weeks through March 25.

Last year, participating congregations provided shelter, meals, transportation, clothing, medicine and laundry services for 97 homeless Howard countians and families who were unable to get into the Grassroots shelter.

Grassroots provides the county's only shelter for homeless people and is headquarters for the county's Mobile Crisis Team, which responds to psychiatric emergencies and family crises.

Information: 410-531-6677 or 800-422-0009.

Hospital auxiliary holding book sale

The Howard County General Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary will sponsor a book sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through tomorrow in the main lobby of the hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Proceeds will benefit the hospital's expansion program.

Information: 410-312-9140.

Service group wants nominees for award

Soroptimist of Howard County, a chapter of the international volunteer service organization, is seeking nominations for the Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes a young woman, ages 14 to 17, who volunteers in her school or community.

Applications, which are due by Jan. 3, are available from school counselors or from Eileen Singleton, 410-461-5486. The winner will receive $200, and an additional $300 to go to a charity of her choice.

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