Community Notes

January 18, 2008

`Choose Civility' magnets available

The Howard County Library has "Choose Civility" car magnets in stock. The magnets are part of an initiative that includes 40 partners, led by the library, to position Howard County as a model of civility.

The project - funded by Friends of Howard County Library, The Horizon Foundation and Howard County General Hospital - is intended to enhance the quality of life in the county and emphasize the importance of civility for those who live and work here.

"Choose Civility" is intended to guide people to make choices that will result in improved mental, physical and spiritual health.

The book by P.M. Forni, founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct, is available at library branches. The magnets are intended to be used on cars. A $1 donation is requested.

A Choose Civility Spring Symposium is planned from 8 a.m. to noon May 14.

Information: Kelli Shimabukuro, 410-313-7763.

County to celebrate the legacy of King The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission will present its 23rd celebration of the life and legacy of the civil rights leader at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia.

This year's theme is "The Importance of the Dream: 40 Years Later." Admission is free.

Featured this year are speakers and entertainment from the Washington-Baltimore region, including musical selections by Annie Dash and Ron Oaks, and a performance by slam poet Gayle Danley. The keynote speaker will be Carl O. Snowden.

Audrey Barnes, a reporter for WUSA9 in Washington, will be master of ceremonies. Barnes, twice nominated, won an Emmy for her documentary on the Joffrey Ballet school.

The commission will present its Commission Award will be presented to a person who exemplifies the spirit of King's message. Cash awards will be given to student contest winners from Howard County for their essays on King and his legacy.

People who attend are asked to support the commission's food drive for the needy by taking a canned food item to the event. There will be an opportunity to sign up for community service projects.

Information: Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430.

Candidate forums to be rebroadcast A forum for candidates for the Board of Education, held Jan. 8 by the League of Women Voters of Howard County and the PTA Council of Howard County, will be rebroadcast on channels 42 and 72 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 5 and 9, and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 11.

A forum for candidates running in the primary election for Congress in the 3rd and 7th districts, held Jan. 10, will be rebroadcast on Gtv channels 70 and 44 at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 29-31 and 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 1-11; evening broadcasts are scheduled at 9 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Feb. 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Information: Barbara Russell, 410-730-4024.

Transportation Board `listening sessions' The Howard County Public Transportation Board will hold the first of several "listening sessions" to hear concerns, comments and recommendations for the future of Howard Transit, the county's local bus service.

The first session will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The sessions begin a six- to nine-month process to prepare a five-year transit development plan. Route structure, frequency of service, on-time performance, condition of vehicles, customer service, demand and other factors will be studied.

Ridership on Howard Transit is expected to exceed 900,000 trips this fiscal year.

To request a sign-language interpreter at the meeting, call 410-313-6401 (TDD) at least three days in advance. To request transportation to the meeting, call 410-313-1921 at least three days in advance.

Register for primary election by Tuesday

The deadline to register to vote in this year's presidential primary is 9 p.m. Tuesday, which also is the deadline for certain voters to request a change in polling place.

To vote in the primary, Maryland residents who are eligible but not yet registered (including 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before by Nov. 4) must complete a voter registration application and mail or hand-deliver it to the Board of Elections.

A hand-delivered application must be received by the local Board of Elections by 9 p.m. Tuesday; a mailed application must be postmarked by Tuesday.

Registered voters who have moved since the last election must provide their current address information to the local board by the same deadline.

To request a voter registration application: 800-222-VOTE.

An elderly or disabled voter who is unable to reach the assigned polling place must request reassignment to a more convenient polling place by 9 p.m. Tuesday. The form to request reassignment is available at www.elections.state.md.us (type "polling place reassignment" in the search field).

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