Community Notes

August 17, 2007

Safe driving in work zones is encouraged

After the recent accident on Route 29 near the Howard-Montgomery county line in which two highway workers were killed and three were injured, the Maryland State Highway Administration urges motorists to reduce speed and stay alert when passing through work zones.

According to an announcement by the administration, more than 2,200 work-zone related crashes last year resulted in the loss of 13 lives and the injury of 1,072 people.

Motorists are urged to learn the location of active work zones (www.marylandroads .com), slow down, stay alert and drive carefully.

Divorce support groups offered

The National Family Resiliency Center is accepting enrollment for support groups for children and teens ages 5 to 18 whose parents are separated, divorced or remarried.

The groups, which are organized by age, focus on the needs of the children, who learn that they are not different from others in similar circumstances. Children and youth learn skills to express their feelings in the setting of the support group, and in their families.

Parents and family members are included in the final two sessions.

Registration is required. Information: Lauren Woodfork or Kathy Helt, 410-740-9553, ext. 200 or e-mail, sales@ divorceabc.com.

The fee, which is based on family income, ranges from $10 to $50 a session. The center is a private, nonprofit charitable organization.

Soroptimist holding a picnic Thursday

Soroptimist of Howard County will start its new club year with a picnic at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City.

A brief business meeting will include discussion of projects and fundraisers for the fall.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women that works to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. The Howard County club meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Those interested in community service are invited to attend.

Information: Joan Webb Scornaienchi, 410-290-0436.

Comments on bus cuts accepted

The Corridor Transportation Corp. is accepting comments on service cuts and fare increases that have been proposed for Laurel-based Connect-A-Ride buses.

The changes in Connect-A-Ride are being proposed in response to a deficit in CTC's budget.

In response to investment by Howard County, Howard Transit's services on the Gold, Purple and Blue routes are to be extended.

Comments will be accepted through Sept. 7.

CTC, a private nonprofit corporation, has managed public transportation services in the Baltimore-Washington corridor since 1989.

Seventy percent of its riders use the services to commute to and from work.

Information: 301-725-4000 or corridortransit.com.

Back-to-School Picnic canceled

The Back-to-School Picnic sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee and the Middle School Advisory Committee, and scheduled for Aug. 24 at Lake Elkhorn Park in Columbia, has been canceled.

Information: 410-715-5523.

Rec Dept. sponsors trip to U.S. Open

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a trip to the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York from 6 a.m. to midnight Aug. 31. Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and others are scheduled to compete.

The cost is $149, including a trip leader, transportation and reserved-seating tickets to the men's second-round and women's third-round matches.

Registration is required today.

Information: 410-313-4634. Registration: 410-313-7275.

Gangs to be topic of talk on Monday

The TRIAD/SALT Council of Howard County will sponsor a discussion about gangs by Bruce Lohr, an instructor at the Maryland Police Training Commission, at 1 p.m. Monday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

SALT, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, deals with safety, health and other issues affecting the welfare of senior citizens.

Information: 410-531-6638.

Blood need urgent for Red Cross

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross has announced that the community blood supply remains at crisis level and is urging eligible blood donors to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation.

Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123 to schedule an appointment.

Donors must be in generally good health; at least 17 years old, or in Maryland, age 16 with written parental consent; weigh 110 pounds or more; and not have received a tattoo within the past year or donated whole blood within the past 56 days.

Those who give blood will receive an "It's Hip to Give" T-shirt and a chance to win a $250 gas card in a weekly raffle.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

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