Community Notes


November 20, 2008

Greater Elkridge group is meeting tonight

The Greater Elkridge Community Association will hold its general membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at the Elkridge Volunteer Firehouse, Old Washington Road. County Executive Ken Ulman will speak. There will also be reports from state and county representatives, as well as regular GECA business.

Extra parking will be provided at Norbel School and a shuttle bus provided from the school to the fire hall. If schools are closed because of inclement weather, the meeting will be canceled.

Thanksgiving closings

The county has announced government closings for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Offices, courts, the animal shelter, library branches and the landfill will be closed Nov. 27.

There will be no trash or recycling pickup; trash normally scheduled for Thursday pickup will be collected Friday. Recycling normally scheduled for Thursday pickup will be collected Dec. 4.

Parking meters are free Thanksgiving Day.

While libraries and the landfill will reopen Friday, government offices, courts and the animal shelter will remain closed.

Howard transit buses will not run on Thanksgiving but will resume regular service Friday.

Water main extension

The county will begin a project on or about Dec. 1 to extend a 12-inch diameter PVC water main about 5,000 linear feet along Cedar Lane, between Freetown Road and Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. The extension will serve the new Robinson Nature Center, which is being designed.

Most of the construction will take place on the northbound lane of Cedar Lane; there may be slight traffic delays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Weather permitting, the project should be completed by mid-March

Information: 410-313-3440.

Donate cell phones

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is collecting used cell phones in a program to raise money to benefit Howard County's Relay for Life.

The phones will be recycled for their precious metals or refurbished for use in developing countries. The program is also intended to help the county become more "green." Harmful materials such as lead or cadmium are released from cell phones as they break down in landfills.

Each donated phone is worth between $1 and $30 to the American Cancer Society, depending on the make and model.

Phones can be dropped off at the Department of Recreation and Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information: 410-313-4625.

Targeting white-tail deer

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has announced its fall and winter schedule for managing deer through sharpshooting. The program is intended to maintain a stable, balanced white-tail deer population on county lands where the managed hunt program is not feasible.

The sharpshooting program deploys trained personnel using accurate noise-suppressed rifles to shoot deer at night under a permit issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Properties will be closed to the public during the program, which will operate from 3 p.m. to midnight.

The sharpshooting hunt will be held at Alpha Ridge Landfill on Dec. 8 and March 9.

It will be held at Blandair Park on Feb. 23 and March 3; Worthington Park on Dec. 9, Jan. 27 and March 2; Gray Rock Open Space along the Little Patuxent River on Jan. 5, 12, 20 and 26; Rockburn Branch Park on Jan. 6 and 13, and Feb. 2; Timbers at Troy Golf Course on Feb. 3 and 9; and Hollifield Station/Daniel Mill Overlook Open Space on Feb. 10, 17 and 24.

A Deer Management Reference Manual is available to homeowners and gardeners at Howard County library branches. Information is also available at Page.htm. Or 410-313-1675.

A directory of resources

The Association of Community Services has published its new community resources directory, Looking for Answers? A Directory of Services. The free 2009 edition of the directory is available in schools, libraries, banks, community centers and elsewhere in Howard County.

The directory lists more than 140 Howard County public and private agencies, their services and contact information. It is available at ACS offices, 10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 920, Columbia, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Information: 410-715-9545, or

Library seeks your history

The Howard County Library invites residents to be interviewed as part of the "This is Your Life" project from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Administrative Offices Conference Room of the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

"This is Your Life" is a countywide initiative to encourage people ages 50 and older to record their personal histories, including memories of holiday seasons and past elections. The Columbia Archives will preserve the memories in its permanent collection.

Anyone who lives or works in Howard County is invited to call Lois Sanders (410-313-7791) to arrange an interview. Information about "This is Your Life": 410-313-7750, or

Thrift shop hours change

Charity's Closet, a women's thrift shop run by teenage girls, has changed its hours from Saturdays to Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

All items are $5; jeans and jewelry are sold on a buy-one-get-one-free basis. Proceeds benefit Success in Style, which provides free business wardrobes to women in need who are seeking employment. The store is at 9090 Frederick Road, at St. Johns Lane, in Ellicott City. Information: 410-750-6475.

Scholarship nominations

The Columbia Association is seeking nominations for the Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award, given each year to Columbia high school seniors who have shown dedication to community service. As many as six $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who live on Columbia Association-assessed property or have a parent who works full time on such property.

Information: 410-715-3175.

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