Community Notes


December 02, 2007

Residents can offer budget priorities

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is inviting residents to share their priorities at his first residents' budget meeting for the fiscal year 2009 budget cycle.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Those who wish to testify must sign up individually and in person. Signup begins at 6:30 p.m. Testimony will be heard in the order in which residents have signed up.

Testimony also can be presented via the Internet at, the county's Web site. This testimony is considered public information and is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

To request a sign-language interpreter: 410-313-6400; TTY, 410-313-6401, at least seven working days before the meeting.

Volunteer Center to hold training

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will hold training for members of the community on registering and referring people who spontaneously volunteer to help after a disaster.

Community members can serve as greeters, interviewers, facilitators and information sources for those who choose to volunteer after a disaster.

The session on the Volunteer Mobilization Center process will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Information or to register: 410-715-3179.

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 consequences of hazardous behavior.

The program will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday 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).

The program is free, and registration is not required. Information: 410-313-7860.

Symphony of Lights open through Jan. 5

The Symphony of Lights, a display benefiting Maternal Child Services at Howard County General Hospital, is open to vehicles and groups of walkers through Jan. 5.

Hours for the display of more than 70 giant animated and stationary light creations are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including holidays.

Admission is $20 a car for vehicles of up to 11 passengers; those holding 12 to 24 passengers pay $35; and buses of 25 or more passengers pay $125.

Groups of 50 or more may walk through the display between 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The cost is $5 a person.


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.

Information on the project: 410-313-7750 or www.hclibrary. org.

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 tomorrow. The deadline to change party affiliation has passed.

Information: us/BOE/BOE_HomePage.htm.

Library offers online survey

The Howard County public library is offering an online customer-satisfaction survey in English and Spanish at

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.

Emergency planning will be seminar topic

The Community Emergency Response Network and the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program of Howard County are presenting "Communication is the Key," a one-hour seminar designed to help older adults prepare for unexpected emergencies.

Participants can learn how to create an emergency kit and tag home equipment in the event of lost power, water or heat. Discussion will focus on the importance of establishing a community or neighborhood network of support before an emergency or disaster occurs.

The seminar will be offered at:

10 a.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Senior Center.

1 p.m. Tuesday at East Columbia Senior Center.

10 a.m. Thursday at Guilford Gardens.

Information or registration: 410-313-5952.

Singers invited to harmonize

Men who enjoy singing holiday songs are invited to participate in December performances with the Heart of Maryland Barbershop Chorus.

Experience and long-term commitment are not required. There are no dues.

Rehearsals are held from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Westchester Ave., Catonsville.

Information: 410-788-4595 or

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