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Howard County resources

Howard County police daily crime reports

Howard County police crime statistics

Howard County holiday closings

Listing of Public Meetings

Howard County Calendar of Events

Online Bill Payment for County Fees
(Parking tickets, Personal Property Tax, Real Property Tax, Red Light Citations, Water Sewer Bill

Snow Plow Tracker
An interactive map that shows the progress of snow removal from county roads

Public Transit
Route schedules and maps for Howard Transit buses

Commuter Solutions of Howard County
Information and assistance regarding transit options


Board of Education
Voters elect five at-large members for staggered four-year terms.

Diane Mikulis, chairman; term expires 2008. Tel. 410-531-7489
Frank Aquino, vice chairman; term expires 2010. Tel. 443-878-9317
Larry Cohen; term expires 2010. Tel. 410-992-9616
Sandra French; term expires 2010. Tel. 410-531-2394
Ellen Flynn Giles; term expires 2008. Tel. 410-880-0828
Patricia S. Gordon; term expires 2010. Tel. 410-313-9324

You may post information for the Board in a "read only" e-mail format at

Directory of Howard County Schools


Circuit Court, 5th Judicial District
Voters elect five judges to 15-year terms.

Diane O. Leasure, administrative judge.
Lenore R. Gelfman, associate judge.
Richard S. Bernhardt, associate judge.
Louis A. Becker, associate judge.
Dennis M. Sweeney, associate judge.

District Court
The governor appoints District Court judges.

Neil Edward Axel
Marc G. Rasinsky
Mary Reese
JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones
Pamila J. Brown
Alice P. Clark
Sue-Ellen Hantman

State representatives

Del. Gail H. Bates
Tel. 410-841-3556

Del. Elizabeth Bobo
Tel. 410-841-3205

Del. Steven J. DeBoy Sr.
Tel. 410-841-3328

Del. Warren E. Miller
Tel. 410-841-3582

Del. James E. Malone Jr.
Tel. 410-841-3378

Del. Shane E. Pendergrass
Tel. 410-841-3139

Del. Guy J. Guzzone
Tel. 410-841-3471

Del. Frank S. Turner
Tel. 410-841-3246

Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer
Tel. 410-841-3653

Sen. Allan H. Kittleman
Tel. 410-841-3671

Sen. James N. Robey
Tel. 410-841-3572

U.S. Congress

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski
709 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, Tel. 202-224-4654; 410-962-4510
Web site

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin
509 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, Tel. 202-224-4524
Web site

Rep. John P. Sarbanes
426 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, Tel. 202-225-4016
Web site

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings
1632 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515, Tel. 202-225-4741; or 754 Frederick Road, Catonsville, Md., 21228, Tel. 410-719-8777.
Web site


Emergency - Dial 911, the Emergency Communications Center, to request fire, rescue, emergency medical or police services. The Department of Fire and Rescue Services or Police Department will respond with the nearest equipment and personnel.
Emergency Information - During emergency situations, recorded information is available by calling 410-313-2900. If officials determine that circumstances demand a greater response, this phone line will be converted to a staffed phone bank to help answer residents' questions. Official information will also be available online from Howard County Government at and on GTV, Comcast channel 70.


Cat and dog licenses - Licenses are required for all cats and dogs over age 4 months. Licenses may be purchased at the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits (410-313-2455). The proper fee, a current rabies certificate and proof of neutering, if applicable, are required. To download an application:
Lost and found pets - Pet owners should call the Animal Control Facility (410-313-2780) as soon as a pet is discovered missing or is found. The facility maintains a Lost and Found Log and provides temporary care and shelter for impounded pets.
Animal complaints - To report animal abuse, aggressiveness or other problems, call Animal Control (410-313-2780).
Summary of Animal Control Laws:


Child care - Parents or guardians who need help locating child care services may call LOCATE: Child Care (410-313-1930) or check the Child Care Resource Center's page on the Howard County government Web site:


Howard County Library

Central Library: 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.
East Columbia Branch: 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.
Elkridge Branch: 6540 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge.
Glenwood Branch: 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.
Miller Branch: 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.
Savage Branch: 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel.

Borrowing library materials - Howard County library cards entitle cardholders to borrow up to 30 items at one time. Borrowing is limited in some categories.
Borrowing from Maryland public libraries - Howard County library cards may be used to borrow materials from any public library in Maryland.
Library card applications - People who live, work or attend school in Howard County are eligible to apply at any library for a library card. The library imposes no age requirement, but an identification showing name and address is needed. A parent's signature is required for applicants younger than age 13.
Library collections - Besides books, libraries lend audiocassettes, compact discs, toys or videotapes. Contact a local library branch.

Other libraries

Howard County Cooperative Extension library: - References and videos cover horse, livestock and small-animal management, livestock judging, home gardening, nutrition and youth development. Information: 410-313-2707.
Community college library: - The library at Howard Community College is available for county residents to use. Hours and policies: 410-772-4922.

Museums, historic sites

B&O Railroad Station Museum: - At Main Street and Maryland Avenue in Ellicott City. Information: 410-461-1944 for details.
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park: - The award-winning restoration of this 1837 school for young women is open to visitors for guided tours, audio tours and special events. Information: 410-465-8500.

For information on how to buy a hunting or fishing license online, visit the Department of Natural Resources

Howard County tourism
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