Community Notes


March 25, 2007

Rights panel seeks student applicants

The Howard County Human Rights Commission is accepting applications for the position of student commissioner, to serve a one-year term, from July 1 to June 30, 2008, as a nonvoting member.

Applications are due at 4 p.m. April 6.

The student must be a Howard County resident younger than 18, have an interest in human and civil rights and be willing to attend the commission's meetings, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

Applicants must write a brief essay explaining why they want to serve on the commission. An interview will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 19. Business attire is required.

The commissioners will choose a nominee, and their recommendation will be forwarded to the county executive, who will submit the nominee's name to the County Council for confirmation.

Applications are available from public high school guidance offices or Charlotte Beckenstein, 410-313-6430. Completed applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the Office of Human Rights, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia 21046.

HCC plans social for building opening

Howard Community College invites alumni and their friends and families to attend a social for the opening of HCC's new student services building from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The free event is to be held on the fourth floor of the student services building and will include food, drinks and live music.

The social is part of HCC's DragonFest, a weeklong celebration of the four-story building, which took 18 months to construct.

Program promotes activity, fitness

The Get Active Howard County Committee is encouraging businesses and organizations to participate in the 3rd Annual Get Active Howard County program.

The 10-week program is designed to promote physical activity among county residents.

Information, to reserve a place or arrange an individual meeting: Steve Heinbach, shein

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 for 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.

Boating safety classes scheduled

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer two basic boating safety classes next month. John Galleazzi will teach the one-day classes.

The classes, which satisfy the Maryland requirement that anyone born after July 1, 1972, complete a boating safety course before operating a vessel in Maryland waters, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7 and 14. Registration is required.

Classes will be held at 22 Walker Ave., Pikesville.

The cost is $35, with a discount for additional family members or groups.

Information and directions: 410-336-7734.

Help is available finding child care

Free assistance is available to Howard County parents seeking state-licensed child care centers, family child care providers, programs for school-age children and preschools.

The service, called LOCATE: Child Care, is available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at 410-313-1930. Trained child care counselors are available to assist in identifying child care best suited to the parents' needs, preferences and ability to pay.

A service of the Department of Citizen Services' Howard County Child Care Resource Center, the program also helps parents find programs for which they can qualify, such as subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits.

Information: 410-313-1940, or

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