Community Notes

December 28, 2007

Recycling offered for Christmas trees

The Howard County "Merry Mulch" program allows county residents to recycle their Christmas trees at parks, garden centers and at the landfill. Since its inception in 1993, the program has kept thousands of trees out of the landfill, helping the county's budget and its environment.

Recycled trees will be delivered to the composting site at the Alpha Ridge Landfill, to be made into compost and mulch.

Trees can be recycled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Wednesday through Jan. 21, at these drop-off sites:

Kendall's Hardware, 12260 Route 108, Clarksville; River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108, Clarksville.

Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia; Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive, Columbia.

Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road, Elkridge.

Small Circuit Court parking lot on upper Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland.

Alpha Ridge Landfill composting site, 2350 Marriottsville, Road, Marriottsville. The landfill is only open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street, Savage.

Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road, Woodbine.

Eastern county residents with yard-trimming collection services can set their Christmas trees out on the regular curbside recycling collections days, Wednesday through Jan. 21. Trees must be no taller than 4 feet high; taller trees must be cut down to 4 feet. Decorations, including lights and tree stands, must be removed. Flocked trees (with artificial sprayed snow) can not be recycled. Christmas trees and other recyclable items should be put out for collection the night before, or by 6 a.m. on collection day.

After Jan. 21, Christmas trees can be brought to the Alpha Ridge Landfill from 8 a.. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Information: 410-313-6444.

Election forum to be held Jan. 12

AAIHC (African-Americans in Howard County) will hold a presidential primary election forum from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at St. John Baptist Church's Agape Hall, 8910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The forum will cover major public offices (U.S. president, congressional representatives, judges of the Circuit Court), including delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and candidates for the Howard County Board of Education.

Topics are to include affordable housing, Medicaid cuts, transportation services, affordable health care, education and the balance of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government.

Information: Sherman Howell, 301-596-5240.

League plans events with elected officials

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual luncheon with the county delegation to the General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 5 in the auditorium of Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.

There will be an opportunity for questions.

The event is open to the public. The cost is $15 for non- members.

The league will also hold a forum for congressional candidates from the 3rd and 7th Districts at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The forum will be broadcast live on Gtv channels 44 and 70. The public is invited.

The league will also hold a forum for Board of Education candidates at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The PTA Council of Howard County will co-sponsor the forum, which will be broadcast live on Channel 72.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-730-0142.

Columbia plan topic of Jan. 8 meeting

Transportation Advocates will meet from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Gregory F. Hamm, the new regional vice president and general manager of Columbia for General Growth Properties, will present an overview of the company's vision for downtown Columbia, its potential to be more convenient for pedestrians and to support alternatives to private cars, and its role in regional transportation.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Information: 410-992-1997.

Transit to operate on holiday schedule

The Corridor Transportation Corp., manager of Connect-A-Ride and Howard Transit regional bus service, will operate on a holiday schedule through New Year's Day.

On New Year's Eve, Connect-A-Ride will operate on a Saturday schedule; Howard Transit will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

There will be no service on Connect-A-Ride and Howard Transit on New Year's Day.

Connect-A-Ride service changes, designed to address a budget deficit, are to begin Jan. 7.

Information: 800-270-9553 or 301-725-4000.

Festival of the Arts has gift certificates

Columbia Festival of the Arts will offer an opportunity to "Give the Gift of the Arts" in the form of gift certificates for the 2008 performance season.

The non-redeemable certificates, which will help support the nonprofit Columbia Festival, are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100.

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