Community Notes


March 11, 2007

Affordable housing set as talk's focus

The Howard County Citizens Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, will sponsor a talk by Stacy Spann, the new director of the Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hawthorn Community Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia.

The event, "A Dialogue on Affordable Housing," is free and open to everyone.

Information: Ray Cole, 443- 283-3967, or www.howard

Blood donations are urgently sought

The Red Cross is appealing for blood donations because, it reports, the blood supply has 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.

Design to highlight accessible housing

The Homes for Life Coalition of Howard County will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gateway Center, Room 303, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Eric Anderson of Accessible Housing Services Inc. will discuss "A Model Home Integrating Accessible and Universal Design," and describe about 70 design concepts that he incorporated into the renovation of a 1,000-square-foot ranch home in suburban Baltimore.

The concepts, such as no-step entrances and wider hallways and doorways, allow able-bodied people and wheelchair-users to live comfortably, safely and independently in the home without the need for further modification.

The Homes for Life Coalition, founded in 1999, advocates for homes to be welcoming to visitors, barrier-free and designed to be comfortable for everyone.

Refreshments will be served. Information: Diane Caplan, 410-917-5767, or

Open house to honor CA accomplishments

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. today at the Loft of The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

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

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

Sports Hall of Fame nominations sought

Nominations are invited for Howard County's 2007 Community Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the county's Department of Recreation and Parks.

The honor recognizes those who have gained prominence or made substantial contributions as athletes, coaches, managers, officials or behind-the-scenes contributors to community recreational sports in the county.

Nominees must have been Howard County residents or have been involved in community sports in Howard County during the time they made a contribution to community sports.

Nomination forms are available from the Department of Recreation and Parks (410-313- 4711), at library branches or online at www.howardcounty Nominations must be postmarked by Thursday and mailed or delivered to Recreation and Parks Community Sports Hall of Fame, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21046-1677.

Outstanding women to be honored

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and the Howard County Commission for Women will be hosts for the 11th Women's Hall of Fame ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Thursday 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 re- cently celebrated its 27th season.

Cramm, a published author and teacher, is an 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 other organizations.

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

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