Community Notes


December 29, 2006

General manager of Columbia to speak

Douglas M. Godine, general manager of Columbia, will speak at the annual State of Columbia Luncheon, sponsored by the Columbia Business Exchange, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Columbia Hilton Hotel.

The luncheon usually includes an overview of demographic shifts, economic developments and market forces affecting employment, real estate sales and growth. Godine will discuss the history of General Growth Properties, the company's values and the process of redevelopment in Columbia.

General Growth Properties Inc. became the primary landowner and developer of Columbia two years ago when it acquired the Rouse Co.

The luncheon begins with networking, followed by lunch and Godine's presentation. The cost is $30 for business exchange members; $40 for guests.

Information or registration: Jeff Motsco, 410-796-7497, or www.columbiabusiness

Group supports parents of diabetics

A support group for parents of children with type I diabetes meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, at U.S. 29 and Route 108.

Information: 443-226-8110.

Christmas trees can be recycled

Options for recycling Christmas tree are being offered this year through Howard County government's Merry Mulch program. The recycled trees will be delivered to a compost facility to be made into compost and mulch, saving valuable space at the county's landfill.

Christmas trees can be recycled between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week, Tuesday through Jan. 19, at drop-off sites around the county.

Sites include:

Kendall Hardware, 12260 Route 108 and River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108, both in Clarksville;

Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane and Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive (east of U.S. 29, near Route 108), both in Columbia;

Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road, Elkridge;

Circuit Court small parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive), Ellicott City;

Glenwood Park, 14675 Carrs Mill Road and Glenwood Gardens, 2945 Route 97, both in Glenwood;

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland;

Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center, 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville;

Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street, Savage.

Eastern Howard County residents who have yard-trimming collection services can set their Christmas trees out on regular curbside-recycling collection days, Tuesday through Jan. 19. Trees taller than 4 feet must be cut into smaller pieces, and decorations - including lights and tree stands - must be removed. Flocked trees, with false snow sprayed on, may not be recycled.

Materials for recycling should be put out for collection the night before collection or by 6 a.m. collection day. After Jan. 19, residents can bring their trees to the Alpha Ridge Landfill between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Drug coverage sign-up ends Sunday

The annual open enrollment for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Part D, will end Sunday.

Counselors from the Howard County Office on Aging's Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program are available to help seniors research, choose and enroll in prescription drug coverage.

Information: 410-313-7392.

Service group seeks award nominees

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

Applications, which are due by Wednesday, 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.

The winning application will be entered into the Soroptimist South Atlantic Region competition.

Applications also are being sought for the Woman's Opportunity Award, which helps women who are heads of households and must work to support their families.

Applicants must show financial need and be enrolled in a vocational or undergraduate degree program.

The winner of the local competition will receive $1,250. regional awards are $3,000 and $5,000. Applications are due by Jan. 15.

Information: 410-461-5922, or write to Soroptimist of Howard County, 8321 Main St., P.M.B. 101, Ellicott City 21043.

Soroptimist of Howard County meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Lunch planned with legislators

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual luncheon with the county delegation to the General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in the auditorium at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions. The event is open to everyone. Admission is $15 for nonmembers. Reservations: 410-730-0142.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed, active participation in government.

Linens are sought for residential homes

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