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Community Notes


Robey to share transit award with Arundel's Owens

Howard County Executive James N. Robey will receive the first Frank P. Casula Transit Award for his leadership and support for an improved public transportation system in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. He will share the honor with Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens.

The county executives were named co-recipients of the award by Corridor Transportation Corporation, an affiliate of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce. The late Frank P. Casula was mayor of Laurel and a strong advocate for public transit.

Pension panel seeks applicants for vacancy

Residents who are knowledgeable about pension administration plans or actuarial funding are encouraged to apply for a vacancy on the Howard County Pension Oversight Commission.

The commission examines the workings of the county government pension plan, makes recommendations and publishes an annual report evaluating the plan's performance.

The group meets quarterly for about an hour, and members serve overlapping five-year terms. The county executive appoints members, and the County Council confirms them.

Applicants should send letters and resumes as soon as possible to County Executive James N. Robey, c/o Herman Charity, Executive Office, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043.

Meetings on crisis center to discuss proposed sites

Two public meetings are scheduled in Columbia to discuss proposed sites for a $6.5 million Crisis & Support Center in Howard County, which will house Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Domestic Violence Center and STTAR (Sexual Trauma, Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery) Center. The center will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.

One of the three sites being evaluated is on Old Dobbin Lane, across from Long Reach High School. Long Reach Community Association will hold a town meeting about the project at 7 p.m. today in the Tamar Room on the lower level of Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court.

Information: 410-730-8113.

A second site under consideration is on Guilford Road, next to Hammond High School in Kings Contrivance village. The Kings Contrivance Community Association will hold a public meeting to discuss the site at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive.

Information: 410-381-9600.

A third site proposed for the project is on a former horse farm on the northeast corner of Old Montgomery Road and Route 100, near Maryland School for the Deaf. No date has been set for public discussion of the site.

Special Olympics group needs volunteer help

Special Olympics Howard County seeks volunteers to help with spring and summer sports training, and competition in basketball, swimming, track and field, softball and bowling.

Volunteers also are needed for a one-day softball tournament May 19, which will involve about 15 teams from across the state, and to plan and organize the county group's first Inspiration Walk fund-raiser, to be held April 13 in Centennial Park.

Volunteers must be 16 or older. Opportunities are available to younger volunteers who can participate as a group or with adult supervision.

Orientation sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Special Olympics Howard County offices, 9150 Rumsey Road in Columbia. Volunteers must attend one session.

Special Olympics Howard County offers year-round sports programs for children and adults with mental retardation or related disabilities.

Information: 410-740-0500.

WeCan Team to hold volunteer orientation

The WeCan Team, a program of the Volunteer Center serving Howard County, will offer a volunteer orientation on evening and weekend service opportunities from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle.

Nonprofit and public agency representatives will be on hand. A detailed list of volunteer projects will be distributed.

Volunteer Center serving Howard County opened in November and is housed at Columbia Association headquarters. The organization is a partnership that includes the Columbia Association, the Columbia Foundation, the Horizon Foundation and other nonprofit groups.

Information or registration: 410-715-3172, or e-mail hcvolun

AARP, IRS offer help with tax preparation

AARP and the Internal Revenue Service will offer free tax-preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income senior citizens in Howard County.

The service, which began yesterday, will be available at county senior centers and other locations. Appointments are required.

Information: 410-313-7387, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Low-income taxpayers can get help from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Tax Section of the Maryland State Bar Association from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 16 and 23. Appointments are required.

To schedule an appointment: 410-547-6537, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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