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Columbia Foundation announces grants to 22 organizationsThe...


Columbia Foundation announces grants to 22 organizations

The Columbia Foundation has announced grants totaling $158,000 to 22 local charitable organizations. Founded in 1969 by James W. Rouse, the foundation helps support nonprofit programs in the county.

Human service grants totaling $84,100 have been awarded to 10 organizations:

The Association of Community Services, to seed the Howard County Volunteer Center; Camp Attaway Inc., to support a counselor-in-training program for former campers of the camp for disturbed children; Cars for Careers Inc., to continue to fund its program to provide vehicles and repairs to low-income families in need of transportation; Dasher Green Cooperative Nursery School to provide affordable day care; Developmental Services Group, for equipment to expand job skills training for people with brain injuries; Ellicott City Neighborhood Partnership, for an after-school homework club for children from low-income families; Family & Children's Services Family Life Center, to continue development of its Promise to Keep mentoring program; Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Inc., to continue funding or a year-round classroom for homeless children; Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, to launch a Camp Reach Out Program for disadvantaged youth; Urban Rural Transportation Alliance, to provide transportation for low-income or disabled.

Arts and culture grants totaling $49,000 were awarded to Columbia Center for Theatrical arts, to provide scholarships; Columbia Festival of the Arts to support this year's festival and strengthen local and regional arts; Howard Community College Education Foundation Inc. and Rep Stage Company, to support the resident theater group's 2001-2002 season; Howard County Police Foundation, to support a memorial project honoring county police officers who died in the line of duty; Hua Sha Chinese Dance Center, to support a presentation at a local Asian gala.

Education and community services grants totaled $24,900. Grantees were Animal Advocates of Howard County, to expand a free pet neutering and spaying program; the Citizenship Law-related Eduction Program, to help recruit low-income students for a summer legal internship program; Elk Ridge Heritage society, to continue restoration of the historic Brumbaugh house; First Tee of Howard County, to provide low-income children with the opportunity to learn golf as an after-school activity; Howard County NAACP, to assist with the ACT-SO Enrichment Program and encourage high achievement among African-American high school students; Howard County Sesquicentennial Committee, to support the development of "story circles" to record stories from the lives of residents for Howard County's 150th birthday celebration.

County offices, courts, libraries, landfill closed

Howard County government offices, courts, libraries and the landfill will be closed in observance of Memorial Day tomorrow. County services reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

No recycling or trash service will be available. Parking meters will operate and all parking regulations will be in effect.

Trash will be collected for Monday and Tuesday routes on Tuesday. Tomorrow's recycling will be collected June 4.

Whipps Cemetery to hold Sesquicentennial Day

Friends of the Whipps Cemetery, founded circa 1833, will hold a Sesquicentennial Day at Whipps Cemetery at St. John's Lane and Frederick Road in Ellicott City from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.

There will be refreshments, a Victorian cemetery park picnic with hostesses in period dress, talks on cemetery gardening, gravestone symbolism and rubbings and how to read gravestone inscriptions. All graves will be decorated for Memorial Day. Admission is $5. Parking is allowed at the First Lutheran Evangelical Church at the corner of Frederick Road and Chatham Road, a short walk from the cemetery. Shuttles will take visitors to the cemetery.

Information or in case of inclement weather: 410-465-6721.

Cancer society wants Relay for Life helpers

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers for its Relay for Life to be held from 6 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday at Howard Community College.

Volunteers form teams to participate in the community-based overnight event. Those who register individually will be assigned to a team. Registration will be accepted any time.

The second Kids' Walk, held in conjunction with Relay for Life, will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the track. Children up to age 14 can register individually or in teams of up to eight members.

Proceeds will help pay for the society's programs. Information: 800-787-4337.

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