Community Notes


July 13, 2008

Officers target dangerous drivers

More than 70 Maryland law enforcement agencies and all barracks of the Maryland State Police are participating in Smooth Operator, an education and enforcement campaign designed to curb aggressive driving.

Offenses such as speeding, tailgating, running red lights and stop signs, improper passing and other dangerous maneuvers, which increase during the summer months, will be targeted.

This month's week of targeted enforcement has concluded; enforcement waves are planned Aug. 2-9, and Aug. 31 through Sept. 13.

The educational aspect of the program includes billboards, public service announcements, Web advertising, viral marketing through Web gaming sites and other venues. The effort is designed to reach ages 15-20 as well as adults.

Malls raise funds for flood victims

The Mall in Columbia, Towson Town Center, Mondawmin and White Marsh malls are working with the American Red Cross to help raise money for the victims of tornadoes and floods in the Midwest.

Each mall is displaying signs encouraging shoppers to donate through the mall Web sites; in Columbia,

The program will run through Tuesday.

GGP displays exhibit on downtown

General Growth Properties will present "Vision in View: Columbia Town Center," a weeklong exhibit featuring key aspects and images of the draft Master Plan for Columbia's downtown.

The exhibit will open with a reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Spear Center, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

It will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18; 9 a.m to noon July 19; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 21-24.

Information about previous discussions of the draft master plan is available at

Teens to raise money for UNICEF

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee will hold a Charity Walk to help raise funds for the work UNICEF is doing to save children in the Darfur region of Sudan. The walk will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Lake Elkhorn.

UNICEF is working to feed several hundred thousand children in the Darfur region.

Information: 410-715-5523.

Golf tourney to fight cancer is Aug. 18

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults will hold its annual golf tournament Aug. 18 at Waverly Woods Golf Course, 2100 Warwick Way, Marriottsville.

The cost is $150 a person; $600 a foursome. Included are 18 holes, a cart, breakfast and lunch, drinks and prizes.

Information: Tessa Goldscher, 410-964-0202, Ext. 103. Registration:

Watershed panel's meetings planned

The Watershed Advisory Committee will move its monthly meetings to the first Tuesday of each month, starting Aug. 5. The meetings will be at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Drive, Columbia.

The committee will not meet this month.

Information: Steven Sattler, 410-715-3153.

Gehry building photos on display

Photographs of the General Growth Properties building, designed by architect Frank Gehry and built in 1974 as headquarters of the Rouse Co., are on display at the Columbia Archives until Aug. 15.

The photographs reflect the vision that Gehry shared with Columbia's founder, James W. Rouse. The Columbia Archives, on the ground floor of the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Information: 410-997-3557 or visit

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