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Howard Bank opens Ellicott City branch

Howard Bank, Howard County's locally owned and managed community bank, has opened a new Centennial Place branch at Centennial Lane and Route 40 in Ellicott City.

Bank Vice President Daphne A. Dressler is manager of the new branch.

The Eldersburg resident was an assistant vice president and manager of Bank of America's West Friendship office before joining Howard Bank in 2007.

Howard Bank, which opened in August 2004, has branches in the Hickory Ridge Village Center, on Snowden River Parkway and on Johns Hopkins Road in Maple Lawn.

MTA expands routes and trip times

The Maryland Transit Administration's bus route No. 320 will provide four trips each way from Baltimore to Columbia Gateway Business Park.

The new schedule offers services to The Mall in Columbia, and more trip times for those who work along Route 1 in Jessup.

Information or for schedules and fares: 410-539-5000 or 866-RIDE-MTA (TTY, 410-539-3497).

Helping animals

Great Sage restaurant, 5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville, will contribute 10 percent of sales Jan. 28 to Animal Advocates of Howard County.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. A happy hour starts at 5 p.m.

Information: Animal Advocates of Howard County, 410-880-2488 or e-mail,


Business women : The Business Women's Network of Howard County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at That's Amore, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, for lunch and a presentation by Doralee Billings of Small Office Solutions on the benefits of hiring a bookkeeper. The cost is $30 in advance; guests and members pay $40 at the door.

Job skills: Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland is offering a program to help senior citizens learn job skills while working 20 hours a week with nonprofit groups. Participants must meet income requirements. Cheryl Ladota, 410-366-1980, ext. 272.

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