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Zoning agency offers Web subscriptions, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced the launch of the Department of Planning and Zoning's Web subscription service - or RSS - through which subscribers receive updates on Howard County planning issues and events. The service is open to everyone.

The technology is intended to ensure that local government is open and transparent and that residents stay involved.

To subscribe, users may sign up at the Department of Planning and Zoning's Web page: Subscribers will receive automatic updates when information or news is uploaded to the department's Web site.

Program set Aug. 15 on long-term care

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will offer a program on covering the costs of long-term care at 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

"Long-Term Living: Covering the Costs" will include discussion of long-term-care insurance and other ways to cover the costs of in-home care, assisted living, nursing home care and other expenses.

The discussion will be led by representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program of the Howard County Office on Aging.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-313-7391.

Rec Dept. sponsoring trip to Tennis Open

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a trip to the U.S. Tennis Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York from 6 a.m. to midnight Aug. 31. Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and others will compete.

The cost is $149, including a trip leader, transportation and reserved-seating tickets to the men's second-round and women's third-round matches.

Registration is required by Aug. 17.

Information: 410-313-4634. Registration: 410-313-7275.

Grant application deadline is Sept. 14

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for Human Services Master Plan grants under the Community Service Partnerships program.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Department of Citizen Services, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia.

The purpose of the grants is to support the Human Services Master Plan by funding one-time projects that will enhance delivery of services, build capacity of a nonprofit group to provide services or increase the effectiveness of a network of human service organizations.

The county's fiscal 2008 budget includes $500,000 to support the grants and advance the implementation of the Human Services Master Plan.

About $3.5 million has been awarded under the Community Service Partnerships program.

Information: 410-313-6400.

Gangs to be topic of discussion Aug. 20

The TRIAD/SALT Council of Howard County will sponsor a discussion about gangs by Bruce Lohr, an instructor at the Maryland Police Training Commission, at 1 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Admission is free, and reservations are not required.

SALT stands for "seniors and law enforcement together." The organization deals with safety, health and other issues affecting the welfare of senior citizens.

Information: 410-531-6638.

Giving Circle seeks triathlon participants

The Women's Giving Circle, a philanthropic organization seeking to improve the lives of women and girls in Howard County, is encouraging women from the community to join the group's Circle Team to participate in the Iron Girl Triathlon, which is to be held Aug. 19.

The Columbia Triathlon Association has pledged to match up to $3,000 in donations.

Information: www.womens

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