Community Notes

Volunteers sought to clear snow, ice for aged, disabled

The Department of Citizen Services is recruiting volunteers to help clear sidewalks and driveways during snow and ice storms.


Volunteers will assist neighbors who or elderly or physically disabled.

Howard County code requires homeowners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks that adjoin their properties within 48 hours.


Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Emergency unlocking of car doors offered

Pop-A-Lock of Columbia will unlock cars free of charge, when a child or an elderly or a disabled person is locked in the vehicle.

The community "Emergency Door Unlocking" (EDU) program is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The emergency dispatch number is 800-POP-A-LOCK.

Disaster-preparedness orientation set Tuesday

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network (CERN), is recruiting community members to help local nonprofit and government agencies that need volunteers for disaster preparedness and recovery.

A disaster-preparedness orientation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.


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

Stadium-lights hearings have been rescheduled

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

The hearing on stadium lights for a new northern high school will be held 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.

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 businesses needed 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 - is seeking 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 senior citizens 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.

Grants have helped a legally blind man move from an unsafe apartment; bought a bed for a disabled woman who was sleeping on the floor; and paid a utility bill for a 70-year-old woman whose husband was on oxygen.

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.