Word about the Glenelg United Methodist Church Food Pantry has spread throughout the county. People from as far as Columbia and Elkridge are coming to the food pantry for help.
In November, the food pantry received 29 turkeys from the Clarksville Elementary School's Turkey Trot. For Christmas, they gave out 37 boxes of food to needy families.
This was possible due to the fundraising efforts of Ellie Feaga, a fifth grader from Bushy Park Elementary School. Ellie raised $2,700 from a bake sale. Donations were also received from the Bushy Park Leo Club and the Boy Scouts.
Please remember our neighbors who have fallen on hard times by donating food or money to the food pantry. People need to eat, even after the holidays.
Howard County residents can now go online to license their pets. Licenses for dogs and cats are required by law.
You can log onto http://www.myhoward.info and create a user account. You can also upload supporting documentation that is required to receive a discount for a license. The cost of a license is $24. If the pet has been spayed or neutered, the license is reduced to $6. If you are 62 or over, you will pay half of the fee.
Licenses can be paid online with a credit card. If a pet is found without a license tag, fines are $25 to $250. Howard County Animal Control has a monthly rabies clinic on the third Thursday of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for the vaccination. More information about the rabies clinic is available at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/animalcontrol.htm.
As a result of the recent school shooting, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has created a Joint Task Force on School Security. Currently, there are good processes in place for Howard County schools, but the taskforce will take a comprehensive approach to ensure that all school buildings are secure and provide a safe environment for our children.