Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

April 01, 2007

An environmental discussion set April 9

The Howard County Citizens Association invites the community to join in a discussion about protecting and improving the environment at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the Howard County Conservancy's Gudelsky Center on Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Susan Lower, a science teacher at River Hill High School, will talk about "Climate Change: Individuals Can Make a Difference."

Local organizations will provide information about their environmental programs, and members of the Howard County Commission on the Environment and Sustainability will attend.

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

Repairs on I-95 to close lanes

The State Highway Administration is to begin a $15 million project today to resurface and patch more than 5 miles of Interstate 95, between Routes 100 and 32.

Temporary single-lane closures might occur along northbound and southbound I-95 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Daytime single-lane closures are allowed between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Information: 301-624-8100 or 800-635-5119.

For those seeking a Passover Seder

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, will find a Passover Seder for those seeking to attend the festive meal tomorrow evening or Tuesday evening. Reservations are required (410-740- 2424) today.

The Lubavitch Center will hold Passover services at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Included in the services is the Torah reading of the Exodus from Egypt and the Hallel prayer of praise and thanksgiving, followed by a Passover festive buffet.

Also being celebrated are modern-day parallels to the biblical Exodus, such as the exodus of survivors of the Holocaust and the exodus of Jews from the former Soviet Union and persecution in other countries, said Rabbi Hillel Baron of the Lubavitch Center.

Arrangements can be made until this evening for the sale of chametz, or leavened foods, which are not permitted to be eaten or owned, according to Jewish law, during the eight-day holiday. (The sale is reversed after Passover.)

Unsold chametz will be burned at the center about 11:30 a.m. tomorrow. Members of the community are welcome to participate.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Day of prayer set for Wednesday

Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville, an ecumenical Roman Catholic Center, will offer a Friends' Day of Prayer from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1525 Marriottsville Road.

The Rev. Paul Concannon, an Eastern Orthodox priest, will discuss Matthew 25:40. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. Registration is requested by tomorrow.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Seniors can get free transportation

Jewish Family Services of Howard County is offering a volunteer ride program that provides free door-to-door transportation for senior citizens who need transportation to and from medical or social service appointments in Howard County.

Information: Liz Schoen, 410-730-4976, Ext. 25.

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 by 4 p.m. Friday.

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.

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: Steve Heinbach, sheinbach@howardcounty md.gov.

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.

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