ADA discussion set for tomorrow

COMMUNITY NOTES

October 14, 2007

The State Highway Administration, representatives from the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues, community organizations, businesses and residents will meet between 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. tomorrow in the first-floor lobby of the Gateway Building to discuss ways to enhance mobility and to hear comments on challenges facing those with disabilities.

The meeting is one of several being held in the state to encourage public involvement in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The highway administration is conducting a self-evaluation to identify features that do not meet the guidelines of the ADA.

The Gateway Building is at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Information or to request special accommodations: Linda Singer, 410-545-0370 or 866-910-8866.

Sewer project to be discussion topic

The Howard County Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting to inform residents about the design and construction of about 10 1/2 miles of the Little Patuxent parallel sewer project. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The project is necessary to increase the capacity of the sewer system. It will begin at the water reclamation plant in Savage and extend north through Savage Park; the villages of Kings Contrivance, Owen Brown, Oakland Mills, Wilde Lake and Dorsey's Search; Columbia Town Center; Lake Kittamaqundi; and Fairway Hills Golf Course, ending at Route 108.

Information: Lisa Brightwell, 410-313-3440.

Vendors sought for Kiwanis fair

The sixth annual Kiwanis Fall Craft Fair and Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at Kiwanis Wallas Park, at Route 144 and U.S. 40 in Ellicott City.

Admission to the craft fair is free. The pancake breakfast costs $5.

Sellers are still needed; those who rent a table receive a free breakfast; children to age 8 eat for free. Spaces for sellers cost $15.

Proceeds will help pay for Kiwanis community service projects. Information: Gus Katsampis, 410-465-1891.

Alzheimer's group will hold walk

The Alzheimer's Association will hold its 2 1/2 -mile Ellicott City Memory Walk from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at Centennial Park.

Registration is to begin at 8 a.m.; light refreshments and music and other entertainment are planned. Walking teams will have their photos taken, and walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a T-shirt.

Participants can register as a team (with four or more members) or individually. Registration is free and is available online at www.alz.org/maryland. To register by phone: 410-561- 9099 or 800-272-3900.

The nonprofit Alzheimer's Association provides information, consultations and support services for families, and it works to increase funding for research and seeks to influence public policy. Its goal is to prevent, treat and find a cure for the disease.

More than 600 Memory Walks are held around the nation.

Women sought for Hall of Fame

The Howard County Commission for Women invites nominations of outstanding women for induction into the Women's Hall of Fame. The 12th annual Hall of Fame induction will honor women who have achieved distinction in their work, made lasting contributions to the community and improved the quality of life for other people.

Nominees must be natives of Howard County or have lived in the county for at least 10 consecutive years.

Nomination forms, which must be received by Nov. 16, are available online at www.howardcountymd.gov/CitizenServices/CS_Home Page.htm, at county libraries, or at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. They also can be obtained by calling 410-313-6400.

Completed forms can be mailed to the Commission for Women, Women's Hall of Fame Committee, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348. They should be sent with three letters of recommendation, a typed biographical account (limited to two pages) and a 5-inch-by-7-inch black-and-white head and shoulder photograph of the nominee.

The nominees will be honored at a public ceremony during Women's History Month in March.

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