Community Notes


August 03, 2008

Talk to focus on energy conservation

The Green Building Institute will offer a talk by Thomas H. Marston of Energy Services Group on "Evaluating Your Family's Energy Profile" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the institute's Enviro-Center, 7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup.

He will review the audit process developed by the Building Performance Institute and speak about typical energy defects and ways to improve air quality and make a home more cost-efficient and comfortable.

Admission is free but reservations are requested.

Energy Services Group uses blower doors and infrared imaging equipment to diagnose energy problems in residences.

Information: 443-733-1234.

Firm to present update on watershed

Versar Inc., the Columbia Association's watershed consulting firm, will present an update on the Columbia Watershed Management Plan to the association's Watershed Advisory Committee at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at CA headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

The meeting is open to the public. Information: Sean Harbaugh, 410-312-6330.

Traffic to be detoured for road work

Starting tomorrow, CSX railroad maintenance work will close the Old Frederick Road crossing of the Patapsco River into Baltimore County from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday, when the work should be complete, Howard County officials announced.

While the road is closed, traffic will be detoured via Rogers Ave, U.S. 40, Rolling Road, Fairbrook Road, and Johnnycake Road.

Deadline extended for housing program

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development has extended open enrollment for the purchase of age-restricted adult housing under its Moderate Income Housing Unit Program to Aug. 31.

The application period of MIHU housing that is not age-restricted has ended.

Three homes are available for purchase in Jones Station, a 55+ adult subdivision in Jessup. The three-bedroom, 21/2-bath duplex townhouses are priced at $241,663 each.

Information: 410-313-6318.

Nonprofit to mark 25th anniversary

The National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building safer neighborhoods through community and police involvement, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its National Night Out program to strengthen police-community relations.

The celebration will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the National Mall in Washington. Musicians and dancers, family activities and safety demonstrations are planned. The event is sponsored by Target.

Information: 1-800-NITEOUT.

Columbia book available for $25

The book, Oh, you must live in Columbia, a history of the town's unusual street names and the people who chose them, is available at the offices of the Columbia Archives, the book's publisher, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

The book, which is filled with photographs, cartoons and stories, is co-authored by archives manager Barbara Kellner, Missy Burke and Robin Emrich. Many of its source materials and photographs are part of the Columbia archives' collection.

The cost is $25 and tax. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the Columbia Archives. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information: Barbara Kellner, 410-715-3103.

County to extend Long Gate Parkway

Howard County Department of Public works is extending the left-turn lane along northbound Long Gate Parkway, between Route 100 and Wheatfield Way, in Ellicott City.

Construction is planned between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. Flagging operations will direct traffic and signs will be posted. The project is expected to be completed by mid-August, weather permitting.

Information: 410-313-3639 or 410-313-3440.

Soccer coach sought for Special Olympics

Special Olympics Howard County is seeking a coach for its fall soccer program. The applicant must be age 18 or older. Previous coaching experience is helpful.

Training will be provided for the volunteer position.

Information: 410-740-0500 or e-mail,

Hall of Fame announces inductees

The Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks, has announced its 2008 inductees: Tony Brudis, Jim Carlan, Don Disney, Karen Dye, Roger Hockey, Helen Moody and Stanley "Chick" Nedzel.

The inductees include game officials, promoters, coaches and program administrators.

The induction ceremony will be Oct. 20 at the sixth annual "Celebration of Sports" at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City.

Tickets can be purchased at Recreation & Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, or online at Or call 410-313-7275.

Resurfacing project starts on Route 175

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration has started a $1.5 million project to resurface about three miles along westbound Route 175, between U.S. 29 and Dobbin Road, in Columbia.

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