Elkridge group to discuss proposed development

The Greater Elkridge Community Association Inc. will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Norbel School in Elkridge to discuss in-fill development that has been proposed on Old Washington Road in Elkridge and an environmental cleanup in the area.

A representative of Brantley Development Corp. will present a new plan for the properties and answer questions. A representative from Maryland Department of the Environment will also speak.


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Study-skills classes offered next month


Registration is open for the next Stressless Tests middle school study-skills classes, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Burleigh Manor Middle School.

The high school study skills classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Centennial High School.

The cost is $165, and includes the Study for Success digital video disc by Betty Caldwell. Classes are limited to 15 students.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

Around Town

Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English Conversation Club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays for people who speak English as a second language and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

Elkridge library -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, offers Games Night for Teens, ages 11 to 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. A parent-child book club for ages 11 to 17 with a parent will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. The group will discuss Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White. Registration is not required.

Chess is available for ages 11 to 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all skill levels are welcome but must know how to play. Registration is not necessary.


Help with homework will be available for ages 11 to 14 at the library. Snacks will be provided, and registration is requested. 410-313-5077.

Mah-jongg -- Drop-in mah-jongg games are held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. Admission is free. A new duplicate bridge drop-in group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays at the center. Coffee, tea and treats will be available. Admission is free. 410-313- 7279.

Legal aid -- Attorney Valerie Rocco will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program. Services offered include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost is on a sliding scale. An appointment, which should be scheduled well in advance, is required. 410-313-1400.

Knitting for charity -- A community-service knitting and crocheting group meets to knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers. The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. 410- 313-7279,