Community Notes


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Water resources in county to be topic of forum Thursday

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will sponsor an environmental forum on Howard County's water resources at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The program will focus on how the county acquires its drinking water from adjoining jurisdictions and from private wells that depend on a healthy and sustainable aquifer. Speakers will discuss the integrity of the systems that provide drinking water in the county, how sustainable they are in the face of growth and what plans are being made to ensure safe and abundant drinking water in the future.

Representatives of the Maryland Geological Survey, the Howard County and Baltimore City departments of public works, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and the Howard County Bureau of Environmental Health will be on hand.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Admission is free.

Information: Kathy Heidepriem, 410-531-2792; leave a message at 410-730-0142; or e-mail

Training for those caring for elderly, disabled kin

Howard County residents who are caring for an elderly or a disabled family member are invited to request in-home training by a registered nurse.

The service is provided by Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland and subsidized by a grant from Horizon Foundation of Howard County.

The training includes one-on-one home visits and individual instruction on safe and efficient daily care. A clinical social worker will be available to discuss problems and concerns that may arise when families struggle with aging, chronic illness or other challenges.

Fees will be based on a sliding scale.

Family and Children's Services also offers resources such as help with care, housekeeping, meal preparation and errands, as well as respite for caregivers. Its staff includes nursing assistants and registered nurses.

Information: 410-997-3557, Ext. 243.

Town Center association to discuss Rouse Co. plans

The Town Center Community Association will hold a town meeting to hear and discuss Rouse Co.'s development plans for the former General Cinema site on Wincopin Circle and the Ridgely and Sterrett building site next door.

The discussion, which will be part of the village board's regularly scheduled meeting, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Information: 410-730-4744; or e-mail towncenter@columbia

Green Party meets twice each month in Columbia

The Howard County Green Party meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Blue Cow Cafe, 5134 Thunder Hill Road, Columbia.

The group will be an advocate for peace, grass-roots democracy, the environment and social justice.

Information: Michael Ratcliffe, 301-604-7013, or Directions: 410-772-8999.

AARP, IRS to offer seniors free tax help

The AARP and the Internal Revenue Service will offer free tax-preparation assistance to Howard County senior citizens with low or moderate incomes.

The service is available at most Howard County senior centers and other locations and is by appointment only.

For appointments at the Ellicott City Senior Center: 410-313- 1400. To schedule an appointment at another location: 410- 313-7387.

Blood drive set Tuesday at Historic Oakland

The 10 Columbia village associations and the Columbia Association will co-sponsor a communitywide blood drive, conducted by the Red Cross, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

The Red Cross has issued an urgent call for donations.

Appointments: 410-730-4744.

Corrections Because of incorrect information provided to The Sun, an e-mail address for Michael Ratcliffe of the Green Party in last week's southern Howard news roundup was misspelled. The e-mail address is mike The Sun regrets the error.
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