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Foundation to get 2 endowments for HCC

The John G. Monteabaro Charitable Foundation will award $400,000 to Howard Community College by establishing two endowments.

The first endowment of $150,000 will be created for promising music majors at the college; the gift will provide 50 percent to 100 percent of tuition.

A second gift of $250,000 will be established to maintain the John G. Monteabaro Recital Hall, which provides a state-of-the-art performance venue for the college and the larger community.

The awards will be made to the Howard Community College Educational Foundation Inc.

The Monteabaro Foundation has awarded $750,000 to Howard Community College. Before its recent gift, the foundation established a $100,000 endowment fund to provide scholarships for gifted students majoring in mathematics or statistics, and for those pursuing a degree in engineering or science.

Ballot questions forum

A public forum on the two general election state ballot questions will be held at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Howard County school system's Applications and Research Lab TV studio, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The program will include an explanation of ballot question 1 - A Constitutional Amendment on Early Voting; Polling Places; Absentee Ballots - by Lu Pierson, president of the League of Women Voters of Maryland. State Sen. Allan Kittleman will speak against the amendment and state Sen. James L. Robey will speak for it, said Barbara Russell, communications director for the League of Women Voters of Howard County.

Ballot question 2 - A Constitutional Amendment Authorizing Video Lottery Terminals (Slot Machines) to Fund Education - will be debated by representatives from For Maryland For Our Future and Stop Slots Maryland. Andy Barth will be the moderator.

The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Association of Community Services and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

Seating is limited to 50 people. The studio will open at 9:30 a.m. Parking is available at the front and on the side of the building, and in the Board of Education building rear lot.

The forum will be rebroadcast on gtv (Verizon channel 44 and Comcast channel 99) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30. It will also be rebroadcast on the Howard Community College stations (Verizon channel 41 and Comcast channel 96) from noon to 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, and from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 30.

Information: 410-730-0142.

Disability panel's awards

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues will hold its 14th awards ceremony, "Celebrate the Possibilities," to honor achievements of citizens with disabilities, their employers, advocates and service providers, at 7 p.m. today in the Great Rooms at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Artist Dan Keplinger, subject and writer of the award-winning documentary, King Gimp, will speak. County Executive Ken Ulman and Sheri Thomas, chairwoman of the Howard Commission on Disability will present the awards.

The building is fully accessible; sign-language interpretation will be provided. Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-313-6402 or TTY, 410-313-6401.

Candidate forums

A public forum for candidates in the congressional 3rd and 7th Districts will be held at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 401 of Howard Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The candidates will answer questions posed by the forum's sponsors: the League of Women Voters of Howard County, the Association of Community Services, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Columbia Chapter, Howard County Women's Commission, and the PTA Council of Howard County.

Candidates for the Howard County school board will present their positions from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 in the TV studio at the Applications and Research Lab, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The events are open to the public.

Information: 410-730-0142.

Eighth 'Walk for Paws'

Animal Advocates of Howard County will hold its eighth "Walk for Paws" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

Dogs are welcome, but walkers without dogs may participate. Recognition will be given to "best kisser," "biggest ears" and "happiest tail-wagger." Homeless pets will be available for those who want to adopt.

Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt and bandanna. Information: 410-880-2488, or www. animal-advocates.org.

County ride-sharing

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced a new RideShare program for Howard County government employees. Those interested can go to the county's intranet to complete a registration form; the program will match registrants with other employees interested in joining a carpool. Residents who are not government employees may also take advantage of the program.

The program, which offers a way to calculate how much drivers spend on commuting and how much they will save by car-pooling, is part of the county's effort to address rising fuel costs and promote a more sustainable environment.

Last month, in an effort to help employees conserve energy and save on fuel costs, the county executive introduced a flexible work schedule.

Information: www.howardcountymd.gov, under "What's New."

Blood donations sought

The Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region is urging donors to help replenish Maryland's blood supply, which has fallen below what is considered safe and adequate.

The region relies on community blood donors to supply at least 1,000 units a day to meet the needs of hospital patients.

The Red Cross holds about 35 blood drives in the region every day. A single blood donation can save up to three lives, according to the Red Cross.

Information: 800-GIVE LIFE.

Assessing transit

Howard County is beginning an assessment of its bus service, Howard Transit, to develop recommendations for expanding service and making capital improvements.

A consultant's interim report, presented June 24 at the meeting of the Howard County Public Transportation Board, is available at www.howard countymd.gov, under "What's New."

Copies will be available at Howard County libraries, senior centers and at the reception desk of the Department of Planning and Zoning, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The county invites the public to submit comments on the report.

Comments should be sent to Fred Fravel, KFH Group, at ffravel@kfhgroup.com.

Raffle to aid hospice

Tickets are available for a raffle sponsored by Gilchrist Hospice Care (formerly Hospice of Baltimore and Howard County) to win a Ford Escape hybrid, Bullitt or Mustang convertible.

Proceeds will help fund county hospice programs.

Tickets - $25 or five for $100 - are available online at www.Gilchristhospice.org or by calling 410-730-5072. The winning tickets will be drawn at the 23rd Taste and Auction event, to be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

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