Community Notes


July 20, 2008

Exhibit to focus on injured soldiers

AT:LAST Inc., a nonprofit organization that operates a buying cooperative for devices to help the handicapped, will hold a "Regaining Independence" day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 31 for wounded soldiers returning from service and their families and potential employers, and members of the community.

The event will celebrate the opening of AT:LAST Inc.'s expanded Assistive Technology Learning Center in Columbia. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 3 p.m.

The celebration includes interactive exhibits of low- and high-tech devices to overcome limitations resulting from spinal cord injury, brain injury and loss of limbs, vision or hearing.

Displays range from aids for dressing and grooming to computer access equipment that responds to eye or head movement, adapted telephones and information on adapted recreational activities.

The exhibit will be available by appointment through Aug. 28.

The A.T. Learning Center is at 7050 Oakland Mills Road, Suite 160, Columbia. Information: 410-381-2667.

Song requests available for troops

Friends and family members of those serving in Afghanistan can dedicate a song to their military service member via e-mail.

Requests, which will be played on American Forces Network (AFN) Freedom Radio, should be sent to disk jockeys at

The station plays "Hits from the Home Front" in Afghanistan and at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan.

Issues of Freedom Watch magazine and broadcasts of Freedom Watch television news are available at

AFN-Afghanistan is an affiliate of American Forces Radio and Television Service, which is part of the Department of Defense.

Areas ranked high in 'Money' list

Howard County government has announced that Money magazine has ranked Ellicott city/Columbia number 8 on its "America's Best Places to Live 2008" list.

The area was cited for its economic and educational opportunities, charm, comfort and careful zoning.

The announcement came several days after the county announced that Forbes magazine had named Howard County as one of its 20 "Best Places to Raise a Family."

Bus service widens its customer service

The Corridor Transportation Corp., manager of Connect-A-Ride and Howard Transit regional bus service, has announced expanded customer service, including Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Previously, customer service representatives were available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Connect-A-Ride operates 11 routes in Laurel, Maryland City, College Park, Odenton and Fort Meade. Howard Transit's nine routes cover Columbia, Ellicott City, Elkridge, Jessup and Clarksville.

The Howard Transit Silver Route travels to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Arundel Mills.

For customer service: 800-270-9553. For routes, schedules and fares:

Officers targeting 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.

Enforcement waves are planned for Aug. 2-9, and Aug. 31 through Sept. 13.

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