Community Notes

School board session on FY 2005 budget reset for tonight

The Howard County Board of Education's work session on the superintendent's proposed operating budget for fiscal 2005 was canceled this week because of inclement weather.


The meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. today in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The board will discuss all-day kindergarten, revenue and other issues.

Public hearings on stadium lights for northern and Oakland Mills high schools have also been rescheduled.


The hearing on stadium lights for a new northern high school will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mount View Middle School, 12101 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville. To sign up to testify: Suzanne Kershner, 410-313-6631.

The hearing on lights for Oakland Mills High School will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the school, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia. To sign up to testify: Kim Rosado, 410-313-6953.

Women's commission plans student essay competition

In celebration of Women's History Month next month, the Howard County Commission for Women is sponsoring a student essay contest on the theme "Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility."

The competition is part of the annual Women's Hall of Fame festivities sponsored by the commission and is open to students in grades six to eight and nine to 12. Entries should focus on a living woman or a woman from history.

Contest rules and instructions are available at and click on Departments, Department of Citizen Services, and Commission for Women.

Essays must be received by Feb. 20. They can be sent to Howard County Commission for Women, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348 or e-mailed to Winners will be notified by March 5 and invited to read their essays at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony March 18.

Information: 301-776-8962.


Health department offers HIV/AIDS support group

The Howard County Health Department offers a free support group for people with HIV/AIDS on Monday evenings in Columbia. The group is open to everyone.

Information: Joshua Cohen, 240-606-3093, or Howard County Health Department, 410-313-2333.

Volunteers from business sought to read to kids

The Share Time and Read (STAR) Committee - a subcommittee of the Workforce and Readiness Committee of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce - seeks volunteers from the business community to read with first- and second-graders for an hour each week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Dasher Green-Owen Brown School.

The program will include book discussions, storytelling and book-related art projects.


Information: Keisha Reynolds, 410-715-3102, or Ann Attanasio, 410-617-7745.

Donations sought to help seniors handle emergencies

The Vivian L. Reid Community Fund, named in honor of Howard County's former director of the Office on Aging, seeks donations to help seniors with emergencies.

The fund, which has assisted seniors for more than 10 years, covers emergency situations not eligible for public funds. The Office on Aging works with grant recipients to help avoid emergencies.

Donations, which are tax-deductible, should be sent to the Vivian L. Reid Community Fund, c/o Howard County Office of Aging, Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046.

Information: 410-313-7212.