Community Notes


March 07, 2007

Columbia Association to hold open house

The Columbia Association, its president, Maggie J. Brown, senior staff and team members -- and their accomplishments -- will be celebrated at a Community Open House from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Loft of The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

The event, originally scheduled last month, was postponed because of inclement weather.

The Columbia Association offers recreational, cultural and community services, including a welcome center, art and teen centers, before- and after-school care, summer camps, lakefront concerts, an archive, volunteer center and exchange program with sister cities in France and Spain.

Its recreational facilities include fitness clubs, roller and ice rinks, golf and tennis clubs, 22 outdoor swimming pools, an indoor swim center and a sports park.

The association's mission is to enhance to quality of life for people living and working in Columbia, and to work to make the town an integrated and caring community.

The Community Open House is sponsored by Friends of CA. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

Constituent help offered to walk-ins

U.S. Rep. John P. Sarbanes will make a constituent service representative available for walk-in consultations from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, and from noon to 1 p.m. at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

Residents of the 3rd Congressional District seeking help with difficulties related to federal government agencies are encouraged to drop in.

Information: 410-832-8890, or

Budget meeting open to public tonight

County Executive Ken Ulman will hold his second citizens' budget meeting for the fiscal 2008 budget cycle at 7:30 p.m. today in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City.

A summary of county departmental requests, as well as summary information on the capital budget as submitted to the Planning Board, is at county library branches, online at www. or by calling the county's public information office, 410-313-2022.

Sign-up for those who wish to testify at the meeting is to begin at 6:30 p.m. Speakers must sign up individually; one person may not sign up for several who wish to testify.

People who prefer to send comments via the Internet can do so by going to the county Web site.

Red Cross asking for blood donations

The Red Cross is appealing for blood donations, having reported that the blood supply reached a crisis level.

Type O positive, O negative and B negative are urgently needed. The short supply has forced hospitals in the region to cancel or delay procedures such as transplants and other surgeries.

Donors should be in generally good health, at least 17 years old (or 16 with written parental consent), weigh no less than 110 pounds, have not received a tattoo within the past year, and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Eligible donors should call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.

The Red Cross is also seeking businesses, churches, community groups and civic organizations to sponsor blood drives. Information: 800-787-9282, Ext. 4925.

Outstanding Howard women to be feted

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and the Howard County Commission for Women will be hosts for the 11th annual Women's Hall of Fame ceremony at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Five outstanding Howard County women -- Eva Anderson, Joetta Cramm, Gertrude Crist, Mary Ann Scully and Natalie Woodson -- will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Anderson is founder and creative director of the Eva Anderson Dance Company, which recently celebrated its 27th season;

Cramm, a published author and teacher, is a well-known authority on the history of Howard County. Her book, Howard County, A Pictorial History, is in its fourth printing;

Crist has served as president of the Howard County Board of Education and as state delegate to the National School Boards Association. She was instrumental in the establishment of Howard Community College and was a founding member of the Maryland State Board for Community Colleges;

Scully is a founder, with community stakeholders, of the locally owned and managed Howard Bank, the first new bank to open in the county in 15 years;

Woodson, the first vice president of the Howard County branch of the NAACP, serves on the Council of Elders of the Black Community and has volunteered for the African Art Museum, Black Student Achievement Program, Community Building in Howard County and numerous other organizations.

The awards honor contributions the women have made to improve the quality of life of residents of Howard County. A reception will be held after the induction ceremony.

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