Community Briefs


August 30, 2009

CAC policy change

Effective Sept. 8, the Community Action Council of Howard County will serve clients by appointment only.

Walk-ins are available only for those whose electricity has been turned off or for those who are scheduled to be evicted the next business day.

Call 410-313-6440 to make an appointment for energy and housing assistance.

Band seeks director

The Goldenaires, an all-volunteer band that plays "oldies but goodies" to entertain senior citizens throughout Maryland, is looking for an experienced director. To apply, call Dick at 410-381-9494 or Al at 410-363-0230.

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 Tuesday 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 road construction project taking place along Cedar Lane in Columbia 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.

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; sports editor 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.

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

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 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.

Recycle old TVs

The Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services reminds residents who have decided not to continue using their analog TVs to recycle instead of throwing them away. Options available:

* The Alpha Ridge Landfill Resident's Convenience Area, 2350 Marriottsville Road, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and accepts TVs, computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, laptops, VCRs, radios and other electronics.

* Best Buy's Customer Take-Back Program allows customers to bring in their old TVs (32 inches or smaller) at no charge. Limited to two televisions per person per day. Console televisions are not accepted.

Call 410-313-6444 or go to for more information.

'Talkin' Baseball'

Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. Speaker will be S.L. Price, author of "Heart of the Game." All are welcome. 410-740-1145.

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