County Briefs

October 02, 2008

Six county women to be honored for service

Six Anne Arundel County women will be honored for their contributions to racial justice, equal opportunity and community service at the 13th annual Fannie Lou Hamer Awards Reception, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John's College.

The event award is co-sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Inc., St. John's College and the Office of the Attorney General. Hamer was a civil rights leader who worked until her death in 1977 for voting rights and equal opportunities for minorities.

This year's recipients are:

* Laura S. Kiessling of Edgewater, a deputy state's attorney for Anne Arundel County.

* Bronte Jones of Annapolis, treasurer of St. John's College in Annapolis.

* Carolyn Burton-Page of Annapolis, principal of Annapolis Middle School.

* Betty Mack of Crownsville, a retired social worker for several federal agencies who owns and operates T&B Custom Framing and Art and TBM Travel with her husband.

* Wanda Soares Nottingham of Millersville, who works as support staff at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in the Department of Africana Studies.

* Regina Watkins-Eldridge of Glen Burnie, Annapolis city clerk.

Tickets for the reception are $35. Proceeds go toward paying for the $400,000 King memorial at AACC.

Information: 443-871-5656.

Roundtable planned to discuss grant applications

The Anne Arundel Mentoring Roundtable will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at New Life Fellowship Baptist Church, 7605 Harmans Road, Hanover, to talk about grant applications.

Eric Brenner, director of the Maryland Governor's Grants Office, will discuss how his office assists nonprofits and government agencies in navigating the grant application process.

The roundtable is a project of Leadership Anne Arundel, which brings together people and organizations interested in youth mentoring.

The meeting is free, but reservations are required. Call 410-897-9207.

Free bulbs available for planting in public spaces

The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department will hold its Fall GreenScape 2008 on Oct. 25 to encourage GreenScape participants to plant bulbs for the spring.

A limited number of yellow daffodil bulbs and red/yellow tulip bulbs will be available to plant in public spaces throughout the city. It is recommended that bulbs be planted before mid-November.

Participants also are being encouraged to conduct a fall cleanup of their GreenScape garden.

To order a public space to plant bulbs, e-mail Marisa Wittlinger at mdwittlinger@annapolis.gov. Include the type and number of bulbs requested, organization name (if applicable), and the planting location.

Bulbs will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Bulb pickup will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 to 24 at the Annapolis Recreation Center, 9 St. Mary's St.

Information: 410-263-7958.

Application, permit fee increase takes effect

Application and permit fees have increased for some environmental health services provided by Anne Arundel County.

The fee is now $630 for a permit for construction of a new well. Well construction permit fees are waived for applicants who are qualified for assistance or grants from the Well and Septic Assistance Program.

Fees have also increased for food service facility operating permits and reinspections and food service plan reviews.

The increases took effect yesterday. They were established under a county council bill passed in May.

Information: 410-222-7193 or aahealth.org.

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