Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

December 10, 2006

Luggage donations for youths sought

The Howard County Board of Social Services is seeking donations of luggage for foster children to use when they move from one placement to another.

The children often are forced to pack their belongings in plastic trash bags, according to a statement by Jeffrey Levitt, chairman of the Howard County Social Services Board, quoted in a news release.

The board is spearheading the luggage drive, which is focused on the goal of affording dignity to the children in spite of their difficult circumstances.

Luggage can be left at Department of Social Services, 7121 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, through Dec. 22. Donations will be accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays, starting tomorrow.

Information: 410-872-8700, Ext. 8261.

Landfill project to start tomorrow

Construction is to begin tomorrow, weather permitting, on the planned expansion of the Alpha Ridge Landfill residential drop-off area.

Improvements will include the demolition of the household hazardous waste area building and the construction of a building to replace it.

Five new waste drop-off bays will be added, and the access road will be widened to accommodate more traffic.

The landfill will remain open during construction; access will be through a temporary road that is being constructed. Detour signs will be posted, if necessary, and motorists should expect delays.

Access to the landfill's commercial drop-off area will not be affected.

Information: Susan Schubel, 410-313-4400.

Budget session to seek citizen input

County Executive Ken Ulman will hold his first citizens budget meeting for fiscal 2008 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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, is to begin at 6:30 p.m. Residents can also submit online comments at ww.co.ho.md.us. 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.

Marine Corps League is collecting toys

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

In cooperation with Provident Bank, 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 Wednesday at 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 Friday.

Columbia program seeks teenagers

The Columbia Association is seeking high school students interested in exploration, creative activity and community service to participate in a Teen Vision Program.

The goal is to encourage teens to expand their understanding of Columbia's vision and structure and, as a team, develop a book, digital video disc or compact disc to educate other teens about the planned community.

An information meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle. There is no cost.

Information: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

Holiday lunch and tea tomorrow

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Red Hatters Holiday Lunch and Tea, with sandwiches, fruit and dessert, from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow 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.

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