Community Briefs


August 23, 2009

Pro cantare auditions

Columbia Pro Cantare is holding auditions for all parts for the coming season. Tenors and basses are especially welcome. Among the works to be performed with soloists and orchestra are Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Faure's Requiem, and "An American Celebration."

Rehearsals begin Sept. 1 and are held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road in Columbia.

Call 410-730-8549, 410-799-9321 or go to for more information.

Cedar Lane median construction

The project along Cedar Lane in Columbia is scheduled to begin on or about Monday. The project includes 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. The project should be completed by mid-September.

New board members

Human resources executive Karen Warthen and Centennial High School senior Jinchi Wei have joined the board of directors of The Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.

Warthen is a resident of Ellicott City and has a bachelor's degree from York College of Pennsylvania and a master's from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Wei, also a resident of Ellicott City, is a Leadership U graduate and a member of Youth on Board.

Grassroots is an emergency shelter program and provides 24-hour crisis intervention services. Call 410-531-6006 for more information.

Howard Bank hire

Lois Tringali joins Howard Bank as the new vice president - consumer loan operations manager.

Tringali comes to the bank from Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. in Hagerstown, where she was assistant vice president - direct underwriting manager.

Howard Bank has branches in Hickory Ridge, on Snowden River Parkway, at the intersection of Centennial Lane and Route 40 in Ellicott City, and on Johns Hopkins Road in Maple Lawn.

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 Friday 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.

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.

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 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For questions or concerns about the project, call 410-313-3440 or e-mail

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 Friday 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 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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