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Nominations sought for Women's Hall of Fame

The Howard County Commission for Women is accepting nominations of outstanding women to be admitted into the 2009 Women's Hall of Fame.

The 13th annual Hall of Fame will induct up to five contemporary women and one woman from the past who have achieved distinction in their work, made lasting contributions to the community and improved the quality of life for others.

Nominees must be natives of Howard County or residents for at least 10 consecutive years. The inductees will be honored at a public ceremony March 12, during Women's History Month.

Nominations are due by Nov. 12. Forms are available online at They are also available at county library branches; by calling 410-313-6400; or by e-mailing

The nomination packet can be mailed to the Commission for Women, Women's Hall of Fame Committee, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia 21046. It must contain a completed nomination form, three letters of recommendation, a typed biographical account of no more than two pages, and a black-and-white, 5-by-7-inch head-and-shoulder photograph.

Heart group to meet

WomenHeart of Central Maryland, a support group for women with heart disease, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at That's Amore restaurant, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information: Marilyn Smedberg-Gobbett, 443-854-8333.

Register to vote

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration reminds residents that the deadline to apply to register to vote in the 2008 presidential general election is 9 p.m. Tuesday. This is also the deadline for registered voters who have moved since the last election to change their addresses.

MVA customers who are U.S. citizens can apply to register to vote or update voter registration information at any MVA branch office, as part of a driver's license or state identification card transaction.

To vote in the general election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but not yet registered - including 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before the election - must complete a voter registration application. The application will be forwarded to the appropriate county board of elections.

Residents are formally registered to vote only when they receive a voter's card in the mail from the appropriate county board of elections.

Registration applications are also available at departments of health and social services, offices on aging, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, public institutions of higher education, marriage-license bureaus, post offices and public libraries.

School board candidates

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

Sponsors are 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.

The event is open to the public and will be rebroadcast on Department of Education channels (Verizon 42 and Comcast 95) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 31; and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26.

GTV channels (Verizon 44 and Comcast 99) will rebroadcast the forum from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 31; and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight Oct. 18 and 25.

Information: 410-730-0142 or

Forum on ballot questions

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

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.

Eighth 'Walk for Paws'

Animal Advocates of Howard County will hold its eighth "Walk for Paws" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 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

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.

Information:, under "What's New."

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