Community Briefs

August 02, 2009

Fire protection project

A road construction project along River Valley Chase Road near Route 32 is scheduled to begin on or about Monday. The project involves minimal clearing and excavation to provide for the installation of a 30,000-gallon underground water storage tank for fire suppression. It is expected to be completed by mid-September.

There may be delays along River Valley Chase Road during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For questions or concerns about the project, call 410-313-3440 or e-mail

Adult basketball leagues

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registrations for its fall basketball leagues. Play begins Sept. 6. The $570 fee includes an eight-game regular season schedule, single-elimination playoffs, game officials and awards. Registration deadline is Aug. 21; teams that register before Friday receive a 5 percent discount. Men's leagues are on Sunday mornings and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday evenings. Men's over-30 league runs Tuesday evenings. Women's league play takes place Thursday evenings and the co-rec league on Wednesday evenings. To register, call 410-313-7275 or go to For more information about the leagues, call Mark Pendleton at 410-313-4703 or go to

Discount tickets

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, through the Maryland Recreation Parks Association, is offering discount tickets to area theme and water parks. Tickets are for one-day visits and in some cases, season passes, to Busch Gardens, Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags America, Water Country USA, Kings Dominion, Dorney Park, Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland and Sesame Place.

Tickets may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 28 at recreation and parks headquarters at 7120 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, 410-313-7275; or at the Glenwood Community Center at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville, 410-313-4840. For more information, go to and click on amusement park tickets under what's new.

Adult softball leagues

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registration for its fall softball leagues. Play begins Aug. 16. Categories include men's "D" division games every night except Saturdays, a women's Tuesday division, and Co-Rec "C" and "D" division games on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Cost is $680 for a 14-game season. Fees include officials, game balls, sanction fees, awards, playoff field reservation and lights. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. Deadline is July 24. Call 410-313-7275 or go to

Football and cheerleading

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registrations for Warhawks flag and tackle football and cheerleading.

Flag football for ages 5-6 is $85; tackle football, ages 7-14, is $160; cheerleading, ages 5-14, is $125. Practices are held at Mount View Middle School, 12101 Woodford Drive in Marriottsville.

Tackle football participants are placed on teams based on age and weight.

To register, call 410-313-7275 or go to

Hospitality industry open house

Anyone interested in starting or advancing a career in the hospitality industry can attend a free culinary or hospitality open house at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The hotel and restaurant management session will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. There will be a light lunch and gift for all participants. To register and for more information, call 410-772-4469.

Supplies needed

The program Prepare for Success, sponsored by the Community Action Council of Howard County, raises funds to purchase backpacks and collects donations of school supplies from around the county. Donors will be able to drop off pencils, paper, scissors, rulers, crayons, notebooks and other supplies through Aug. 28 at boxes throughout the county, including the Columbia Village Centers, all library branches, Columbia Association gyms, the George Howard Building and the Columbia Gateway Building. Call 410-313-6655.

Safety brochure

"Howard Transit-Safety Guidelines for Bus Passengers," available in English and Spanish, provides guidelines on boarding and exiting buses, location of emergency equipment, safety features, drivers' and passengers' responsibilities and emergency contact numbers. Brochure can be picked up from any Howard Transit bus driver or by calling 800-270-9553.

Vendors wanted

Vendors and exhibitors are wanted for Howard County's 50+EXPO, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road. This year's event features a health fair, health screenings, workshops, live entertainment and food. Fees for vendors vary and are based on category and location. For more information, call 410-313-7467 or go to and click on the 50+EXPO logo.

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