Community Briefs


August 16, 2009

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 Friday. 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

FOR THE RECORD - In the Aug. 16 community briefs, an item on the Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame inductees incorrectly identified the achievements that led to Karen Brelsford's induction. She worked as the assistant sports editor for many years and later the sports editor from 1999 to 2002 for the Columbia Flier and the Howard County Times.
The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

Cedar Lane median construction

The project along Cedar Lane in Columbia is scheduled to begin on or about Aug. 24. Project includes the installation of a concrete median between the southbound left turn lane into the Howard County General Hospital entrance and the northbound left turn lane into Barnwood Place. Cedar Lane will be widened and the existing sidewalk will be relocated. Project should be completed by mid-September.

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, Hersheypark, 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.

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

Hall of Fame

The Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks, have announced its 2009 inductees. They are: sports editor Stan Ber; photographer Karen Brelsford; game official John Dye; Howard County Striders Board member Phil Lang; James McCleary of the Kangaroo Kids Jump Roping Program, figure skating coach Patricia Muth and football coach Ray Page.

Ceremony takes place Oct. 20 at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Road in Ellicott City. Former Baltimore Colts' defensive lineman Joe Ehrman will be the keynote speaker. Call 410-313-7275 for tickets and more information.

Summer camp

Howard County Recreation and Parks will offer a nature camp Monday-Friday at the proposed Blandair Regional Park in Columbia. Campers will learn about nature and the history of Blandair through guided walks, hands-on activities and group projects. Also included is a tour of the manor house, archery sessions, nature walks, wildlife identification and swimming at the Roger Carter Pool.

Camp is for ages 9-12. Cost is $199. To register and for more information, call 410-313-7275 or go to

Fire protection project

A road construction project along River Valley Chase Road near Route 32 is under way. 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

New library hours

All Howard County Library branches will open one hour later Mondays-Saturdays. New hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Central and Miller branches are open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays year-round.

All branches resume Sunday hours Sept. 13. Call 410-313-7890.

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.

Vendors wanted

Vendors and exhibitors are wanted for Howard County's 50+EXPO being held on 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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