Community Notes

November 28, 2007

Teens and driving to be program topic

The central library and HC DrugFree will co-sponsor "Dangerous and Destructive Decisions: Teen Drinking, Speeding and Distracted Driving," an interactive program for parents and high school students on avoiding the tragic consequences of hazardous behavior.

The program will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. It will be presented by Laurel Stiff, a Maryland Shock Trauma Center nurse from PADDD (Positive Alternatives to Dangerous and Destructive Decisions).

Registration is required. Those who want to attend should call or visit the branch.

Information or registration: 410-313-7860.

Norbel School sets open house

The Norbel School, 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will hold a High School Informational Night for parents of prospective high school students at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The nonprofit private school serves families in the Baltimore-Washington area whose children are bright, capable students with learning differences.

Information: admissions director Frank Pugliese, 410-796-6700 or www.norbelschool.org.

Veterans invited to tell life stories

The Howard County Public Library is seeking veterans to interview as part of the countywide "This Is Your Life" initiative to encourage residents age 50 and older to record their personal histories.

The Columbia Archives will preserve the oral histories in its permanent collection.

Veterans who have lived or worked in Howard County and are interested in recording their memories should contact Lois Sanders, 410-313-7791. For information on the project: 410-313-7750 or www.hclibrary.org.

Library offers online survey

The Howard County Library is offering an online customer-satisfaction survey in English and Spanish at www.hclibrary.org. Brief and in-depth versions of the survey are available.

Paper forms are available at all branch locations.

The library is interested in identifying areas in which services can be improved to better meet the needs of the community.

Information: Lew Belfont, 410-313-7764.

Election judges sought for primary

The Howard County Board of Elections is seeking election judges to serve in 110 polling locations for the Feb. 12 presidential primary election, according to the League of Women Voters.

Judges work from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and are paid $165; chief judges are paid $220. There is also compensation for mandatory training.

The league also said that those interested in serving on the Howard County Board of Education, the Howard County Circuit Court or as delegates to the Republican or Democratic conventions must file as candidates by Monday.

The deadline to change party affiliation has passed.

Information: www.co.ho. md.us/BOE/BOE_HomePage. htm.

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.

Applications are available at local high schools, Columbia community centers and Columbia Association headquarters (10221 Wincopin Circle). They can also be downloaded at www.columbiaassociation. org. Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Information: 410-715-3175.

Richardson award applicants sought

Soroptimist International of Howard County is seeking applicants for its Violet Richardson Award, recognizing girls 14 to 17 who volunteer in their schools or communities.

Applications, which are due Saturday, are available from high school counselors or from Eileen Singleton: 410-461-5486 or eksingleton@verizon.net.

The winner of the local award will receive $250; an additional $250 will be donated to a charity of her choice. The winning application will also be entered into the Soroptimist South Atlantic Region competition, in which the winner and her chosen charity each receive $1,000.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women. The organization works to improve the lives of women and girls in communities around the world.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

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