Community briefs

April 30, 2010

Business award winner

Michael A. Mobley, executive director for j-ref, a small business financier, has won the 2010 Individual Achievement Award from the Committee for Business and Economic Diversity, Howard County Economic Development Authority. Mobley, who was honored at an awards breakfast held at the Sheraton in Columbia on April 20, won the award as a minority for his work at j-ref.

Volunteers needed

Special Olympics needs volunteers for its track-and-field meet and bocce competition being held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. Duties include set up, assisting at the bocce courts, recording scores, staging and escorting athletes for events and award ceremonies, and cleaning up. Information and to sign up: Tracey Eberhardt, or 301-854-3535.

In addition, Special Olympics also needs volunteers for its annual softball invitational tournament being held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 at Kiwanis Wallas Park in Ellicott City. Teams from across the state will compete. Duties include scorekeepers, scoreboard operators, field marshals, lunch helpers and clean-up crew. Information and to sign up: Ryan Palm,

Grant awarded

The Nationwide Insurance Foundation has awarded the Salvation Army Howard County Family Service Center a $10,000 grant. The service center provides crisis intervention services for residents facing eviction or utility turn-off, in need of food, clothing and medications. Other services include seasonal assistance for Thanksgiving, Christmas, summer camp and life skills classes. The Nationwide Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies.

Middle school wins award

The Stream Restoration and Wetland Construction Project completed by the students at Dunloggin Middle School in Ellicott City has been selected as the middle school winner of the 2009 President's Environmental Youth Award presented by the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Environmental Protection Agency.

During the past four years, all seventh grade students at the school have been involved in this project to help benefit the local community.

Bank official

The Columbia Bank has hired Joseph M. Zajdel as vice president of Commercial Banking. He previously worked at Wachovia Bank as a senior business relationship manager. Zajdel will be responsible for business development and management of the commercial portfolio for the bank.

‘Columbia Home Tour'

Volunteers are needed to act as hosts at the various homes along the Columbia Home Tour, which will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6. Those interested should call Carol Hobelmann at 410-730-3987.

Seeking volunteers

Howard County Recreation and Parks is accepting applications from those older than 21 who are interested in volunteering at the 18th annual Wine in the Woods Festival being held May 15 and 16 at Symphony Woods in Columbia. Information: 410-313-4624 or

School news

The Howard County public school system is seeking members for a potential Attendance Area Adjustment Committee. Redistricting may be under consideration for next year. Prospective plans must be reviewed by a committee of 10 to 12 residents and might include one student. Letters and resumes should be sent to: Howard County Public School System, Office of School Planning, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042. Deadline is Monday, May 3.

Information: 410-313-1554.

International Day vendors

The Columbia Association is seeking vendors and artisans for its annual Columbia International Day on July 24 at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. This free event features live music and entertainment representing a variety of cultures, with food, crafts, children's activities and more. Applications are being accepted from those who wish to display or sell items with an international theme. There is a discounted rate for those who apply before June 2.

Information: 410-715-3161 or 410-715-3175.

Teen vocalists and bands

The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee is seeking individual performers or groups to play at "Teen Tuesdays" at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront on Tuesdays from June 22 through July 27. Teen Tuesdays is part of the annual Lakefront Festival that features outdoor concerts and movies during the summer.

Interested teens should send a CD to Carol Wasser, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Holocaust survivors

The Jewish Federation of Howard County has received a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

County residents who are Holocaust survivors and have a limited income may qualify for a grant to obtain medical care, shelter, food and clothing.

Information: 410-730-4976, ext. 120.

Mentors and tutors wanted

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