Community Notes


January 19, 2007

Senior Tax Credit Task Force to meet

Howard County's Senior Tax Credit Task Force met at 2 p.m. yesterday and will meet again at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Tyson Room at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. A third meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Ellicott Room at the George Howard Building.

The meetings are open to the public.

The task force is a citizens' committee created by the County Council to determine, by Feb. 15, any changes that should be made to a law that grants a 25 percent property tax cut to those ages 70 and older, whose incomes are less than $75,000 a year. The law requires a freeze at the discounted level for qualified seniors' tax bills.

The law was approved by the last council, just before the November election, and the task force is charged with determining if it is adequate or needs adjustment.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. Comments and suggestions are invited.

The committee must examine the size of the tax cut (25 percent) and the income limit ($75,000) by the February deadline. The group will continue meeting and produce a final report in November.

Information: Jeffery M. Meyers, 410-313-2001.

Women's history essay contest set

The Howard County Commission for Women will sponsor an essay contest in honor of Women's History Month, celebrated in March. The contest, focused on the theme "Generations of Women Moving History Forward," is open to Howard County students in grades six to 12.

The essay subject should be a contemporary or historical American woman and her ability to overcome obstacles, encourage dreams and bring communities together. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 7.

Winners will be invited to read their essays at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Information about the contest is available at school guidance offices, from the Department of Citizen Services (410-313-6400) or at Services/Partnerships/student essaycontest.htm. Essays should be e-mailed to women@co.ho. or mailed to Commission for Women Student Essay Contest, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

Film about Rouse to be shown Jan. 28

Barbara Kellner, director of the Columbia Archives, will offer coffee, dessert, conversation and a film about James W. Rouse and Columbia from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

The program, "Columbia: Share the Vision," is sponsored by the Town Center Community Association. Kellner will share stories about Rouse and the early days of Columbia.

Reservations are requested.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-730-4744.

Center to be closed for renovations

The Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc., 5434 Vantage Point Road in Columbia, will temporarily close for renovation and repairs.

New and renewed memberships and donations are being sought.

The center's collection is being packed to be put into storage. The staff and volunteers will be at the center's research library at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

The staff will be preparing a pictorial exhibition, Native Howard County, Md., Families: 1875-1950, and a 20th-anniver- sary celebration.

Renovations and repairs to the building on Vantage Point Road will be managed by the Columbia Association. A new sprinkler system, railings, painting, carpeting and other changes are planned.

The center plans to reopen at the end of May.

Information: Wylene S. Burch, 410-715-1921 or 410-772-4002.

4 malls to extend weekend hours

General Growth Properties Inc. has announced that four of its malls - The Mall in Columbia, Owings Mills Mall, Towson Town Center and White Marsh Mall - will be open longer on weekends.

New mall hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The change is the result of research. According to a survey conducted by GGP, 65 percent of consumers wanted mall hours extended throughout the year.

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