Community Notes

October 24, 2007

Public meeting set on `Vision' paper

The Columbia Association's board of directors will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to hear comments from residents on "Downtown Columbia: A Community Vision," a document released Sept. 28 by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

The document establishes a framework for the next 30 years of development in Columbia's Town Center and outlines a three-step implementation process

The Columbia Association board plans to respond to the proposal and include comments from members of the community. The board will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 to discuss comments received from the public. Those who attend the Nov. 1 meeting will be allowed to speak for three minutes; representatives of groups will be allowed to speak for five minutes.

To access "Downtown Columbia: A Community Vision:" www. howardcountymd.gov. The document is also available at Howard County libraries and at County Council offices.

The meetings will be held at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, above Clyde's Restaurant.

Information: 410-715-3111.

HCC science, math career program

Howard Community College will hold a science, math and engineering career program for those interested in a career in one of these fields from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in Room 242 of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Science, math and engineering coaching professionals will talk about their careers, and admissions officers from the University of Maryland's Baltimore County and College Park campuses will describe admissions and transfer requirements for their schools.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Information: Paul Martin, 410-772-4855, or www.howard cc.edu/career.

Bikers set to `Ride for Our Troops'

Two hundred Harley Davidson bikers are expected to "Ride For Our Troops," to benefit the Blewitt Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving severely injured members of the military and their families, at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The ride is to start at Harley-Davidson of Maryland, 7010 Troy Hill Drive, Elkridge. Registration starts at 10 a.m. After the 20- to 30-minute ride, which is to end at Centennial Park, a picnic lunch with music is planned.

Motorcyclists who contribute $25 or more can ride. Checks should be made payable to the Blewitt Foundation.

Information: 410-796-1044, or www.theblewittfoundation.org.

Candidates sought for scholarship

The Columbia Association is seeking candidates for its annual Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award, given each year to high school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication to community service.

As many as six $2,500 scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating high school seniors who live on Columbia Association-assessed property or have a parent who works full time on assessed property. Candidates must have at least a "C" average, and a demonstrated history of voluntary service to the Columbia community.

Winners will be honored at a reception.

Applications are available at local high schools, Columbia community centers and Columbia Association headquarters (10221 Wincopin Circle). They can also be downloaded from www. columbiaassociation.org.

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Information: 410-715-3175.

Discussion topic is sewer project

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. today 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 Kiwanis fall craft fair and pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Kiwanis Wallas Park, Route 144 and U.S. 40 in Ellicott City.

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

Sellers are 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.

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.howard countymd.gov/CitizenServices/CS_HomePage.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-shoulders photograph of the nominee.

Nominations are reviewed by an independent committee, which makes recommendations to the Women's Commission. The nominees will be honored at a public ceremony during Women's History Month in March.

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