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May 6, 2013

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Time for Sneak Peek of Linwood School Nears

Parents of children with autism and educators are invited to a sneak peek at the Linwood Center’s new school facilities on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. The “walk-through-while-under-construction” will include a brief presentation about Linwood’s new programs, services and partnerships.

The new Linwood School will open in August, with grand opening festivities slated for September. Linwood Center’s mission is to work with children and adults living with autism and related developmental disabilities by providing education, vocational training, residential support and employment opportunities. For information, visit www.linwoodcenter.org or call 410-465-1352.

A rendering of Linwood Center, which is located at 3421 Martha Bush Drive in Ellicott City.

Neuman Announces Opening of 2013 Artists Without Limits Art Exhibit

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman announced the opening of the 2013 Artists Without Limits Exhibit, which will run until June 7 in the Arundel Center Lobby. The exhibit features artwork from Anne Arundel County residents of all ages with disabilities; 34 artists have their work on display this year.

The exhibit is presented by the Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. “This is the second year we’ve had the opportunity to partner with the Commission on Disability Issues on this exciting art exhibit,” said April Nyman, executive director of the council. “As jurors for the exhibit, we were so impressed with the quality of the artwork submitted.  It’s great that we can give this kind of exposure to artists with disabilities.”

Eight-year-old artist Mateo Williams is presented with an Executive Citation for Artistic Excellence by Anne Arundel County Chief Administrative Officer Karen Cook, as his mother, Pilar Williams, looks on.

The Arc Set for Annual Meeting, Awards on May 8

The Arc of Howard County will host its Annual Meeting and Celebration of Excellence event on Wednesday, May 8, at The Bain Center. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and includes election of officers. Six categories of achievement will be recognized at the awards ceremony: employment, schools, professional services, community, public service and self-advocacy. For reservations, contact Cathy Hiett at 410-730-0638, ext. 242; or chiett@archoward.org.

Davis, Geralis to Show at Artists’ Gallery

Local painters Nancy Lee Davis and Rana Geralis will treat gallery visitors to a show, titled “Motion,” that will run through May 24 at Artists’ Gallery, which is located in the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Davis and Geralis aim to depict how figures (human and equine) move within a space. For example, are the figures still, barely moving or moving rapidly? How much gesture is involved, and is it a slight gesture or an intense and dramatic one? And how much rhythm is involved as the figures move through the space?

For more information, call 410-740-8249 during gallery hours or visit www.artistsgallerycolumbia.com.

Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) Awards 2013 Grants

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Howard County has awarded $13,700 of its 2013 grants budget to support a scholarship fund to improve employment opportunities for women, emergency funding for local nonprofits and other funds to support programs.

WGC added $5,000 to the scholarship fund it established at Howard Community College (HCC) for women students taking job-related classes; and another $250 contribution to the Women’s Studies program at HCC; and $6,000 was awarded in emergency funds to local nonprofits.

Recipients of Emergency Grants for 2013 are Bridges to Housing Stability, the Community Action Council, the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, Family & Children’s Services’ Healthy Families program, FIRN and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Each of this year’s recipients has been granted $1,000.

WGC has also granted $800 to Leadership U for scholarships for girls selected for the four-month team-building and leadership development program; a grant of $250 was awarded to The Arc of Howard County to support a program about dating and relationships for young women with intellectual and development disabilities.

WGC also co-sponsored with The Horizon Foundation a series of “Mean Girl” workshops and contributed $400 in support of that effort. For more information, visit www.womensgivingcircle.org.

Clinical social worker and life coach Deborah West was the “Mean Girls” workshop leader.

Companies Donate New Walkway to Providence Center

Providence Center, a Glen Burnie-based nonprofit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities, unveiled a new walkway at its Jean Bradbury Building greenhouses in Arnold.

The walkway was donated by Chaney Enterprises, Belgard and Garner Exteriors as part of a do-it-yourself demonstration to homeowners for installing pavers. The approximate value of the new walkway is more than $8,000, the entire cost of which was donated by the three companies to the center.

“This donation by Chaney, Belgard and Garner couldn’t have come at a better time. It truly enhances the significant upgrades we are doing inside our oldest program site,” said Providence Center CEO Chuck Coble. “Because our greenhouses serve as both program space and a retail center, the new walkway is a wonderful addition to welcome participants and customers alike. We are very grateful to be the recipient of this donation and for the generosity of Chaney, Belgard and Garner.”

Garner’s Jocknowitz leads a demonstration for homeowners.

HTC Sets Annual Awards for June 11

The Howard Tech Council (BTC) is calling for nominations for its annual awards program, which will be held on June 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at The Gathering Place, located at 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville.

The event will feature at V.I.P. reception and “A Conversation With Scott Case,” the co-founder of Priceline.com and the CEO of Startup America, from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information or information on sponsorships, contact Patrick Wynn at pwynn@hceda.org or call 410-313-6550.

New Day Kicks In First of 10 $1M Donations

Fulton-based NewDay USA, a mortgage lending company, participated in the first wall washing of the season at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., after which the company presented the first installment of a $1 million donation (during a 10-year span) to the advancement of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) Education Center at The Wall.

The technologically innovative learning facility will educate visitors about the profound impact that the Vietnam War (and other wars) had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The center will display numerous military-hero stories and articulate their sacrifices so they will never be forgotten. Construction on the VVMF Education Center at The Wall is set for 2014.

Weinberg Foundation Awards Grant to Grassroots

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has presented a two-year Maryland Small Grants Program award to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. The grant of $40,000 is intended to fund crisis intervention programs and support services for low income families and individuals in Howard County.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. Its purpose is to assist low-income and vulnerable individuals and families through nonprofit grants to direct-service providers and programs. For information, call 410-531-6006 or visit www.grassrootscrisis.org.

CAC Includes Multiple Services for Victims of Child Abuse

The Howard County Child Advocacy Center held a ceremony at its confidential location in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month on April 11. In 2012, the county police department handled 92 cases of child sexual abuse and 37 cases of physical abuse.

The center, also known as The Listening Place, promotes collaborative investigations and interventions for children and their families in the cases of child abuse and domestic violence. Police detectives, state’s attorneys, social services, counseling and medical evaluation are available in the facility.

In addition to the Howard County Department of Police, other groups represented at the center include the Department of Social Services, the Health Department and the Department of Citizen Services, as well as the Domestic Violence Center, Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland and Howard County General Hospital.

Howard County Chief of Police William McMahon and Cheryl Ladota, COO of Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland, chatted after the recent ceremony at the Howard County Child Advocacy Center.

HCAC Announces Three New Exhibits

On May 10, the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) will open two new exhibits. They are the Resident Visual Artists Exhibit 2013 and Beyond the Surface: Anne Bagby, Jack Girard & Liz Wolf. 2013 marks the 29th year of the Resident Visual Artists Exhibit at the HCAC, which is located in Ellicott City.

Beginning June 3, the HCAC will also host a special exhibit, Kindness Works. The American Visionary Art Museum and students from five Howard County National Art Honors Societies collaborated on this civility/anti-bullying project, creating canvas quilts promoting kindness and courage as part of an effort to help end bullying in schools and social circles.

Funding for the exhibit was provided by the HCAC and Howard County Government via an Outreach Howard grant. The exhibit runs through July 2; a free reception will be held on June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with the Columbia Festival of the Arts.

For more information about HCAC programs and exhibits, call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit www.hocoarts.org.

Bowling Fundraiser for The Arc Raises $6K

The annual bowling fundraiser for The Arc of Howard County raised $6,000. Presenting sponsors included Wegmans and Apple Ford. Approximately 50 student volunteers from high school Horizon Clubs and other service organizations helped with the event.

Proceeds from the bowling fundraiser benefit The Arc of Howard County’s vocational and residential support and services, respite care, and other programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For information about The Arc of Howard County, visit www.archoward.org.

Howard Bank is Presenting Sponsor for Columbia Foundation Spring Party

Howard Bank is the presenting sponsor for The Columbia Foundation’s 2013 Spring Party, set for Tuesday, May 14, from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m., at the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College.

“We are honored to take this lead role for The Columbia Foundation’s highlight event, which is traditionally a ‘must do’ of the event season in the county,” said Howard Bank President and CEO Mary Ann Scully, the past chair of the foundation. The event includes a full buffet and open bar. Tickets are $100. Register online at www.columbiafoundation.org.

Glen Burnie Students Experience World of CSI

More than 100 Students in the Biomedical Allied Health Magnet Program of Anne Arundel County Public Schools got a chance to experience the world of “CSI” in late April when COLA, a Columbia-based lab quality organization, and other professionals used fun experiments to educate them about careers in the laboratory sciences.

Job growth in the lab sector is projected to rise about 16% between 2008 and 2018. However, there are more than 40,000 current lab job vacancies in the U.S., and about half of clinical laboratories across the nation report difficulties in recruiting new staff.

The event was held at Glen Burnie High School. The program coincided with National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which was held April 22–26 and celebrates the role laboratorians play in every aspect of health care.

CAA’s Second Annual Homecoming Set for May 17

The Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency (CAA) is hosting the Second Annual Homecoming Gala – Fundraiser and Charity Auction on Friday, May 17, at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, beginning at 7 p.m. The proceeds of the event will benefit the agency’s programs for children and youth.

During the event, five new members — Helen Chambers, John Greene, Dr. Eleanor Harris, Shirley Harrison and Max Ochs — will be inducted into the Community Action Hall of Fame. Also, St. Anne’s Parish will be the first recipient of the Community Partnership Award.

There will be dancing and live music provided by The Harmonic Four. The event also will feature both silent and live auctions, managed by BW Unlimited. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at www.aaccaa.org/register or by contacting Julie Snyder at 410-626-1900, ext.1026, or jsnyder@aaccaa.org.

Casino Receives Award From State Department of Ed

Maryland Live! Casino is the recipient of the 2013 Career and Technology Education (CTE) Outstanding Postsecondary Business Partnership Award of Excellence from the Maryland State Department of Education. The casino was recognized by the Division of Career and College Readiness (DDCR) for its ongoing business partnership with Anne Arundel Community College.

“Our partnership with Anne Arundel Community College has allowed us to make a real difference in the community by providing training and long-term career opportunities in the gaming industry to area residents,” said Robert Norton, president and general manager, Maryland Live! Casino. “We look forward to a continued relationship with Dr. [Dawn] Lindsay, the AACC Board, faculty and students as our gaming and entertainment offerings continue to expand.”

CCTA Receives NEA Grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa has announced that the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts is among 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. CCTA is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support innovative programming for special needs youth and young adults.

The unique design of this program offers theatrical experiences that are therapeutic as well as inspirational, in partnership with speech-language pathologists, special education instructors, the local school system and the CCTA staff.

Church of the Resurrection Winners Enjoy Third Annual Chili Cook-Off

Twelve local congregations recently joined forces to raise more than $11,000 to benefit Bridges to Housing Stability. Participating congregations offered individual chili samples and guests voted on their favorite chili by putting tips into the congregation’s tip jar. By raising the most money, members of the Church of the Resurrection went home with the Golden Ladle.

This year’s event was held at the Church of the Resurrection and included participants from Bethany United Methodist Church, Bridgeway Community Church, Catonsville Presbyterian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Church of the Resurrection, Columbia Jewish Congregation, First Presbyterian Church, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Liberty Grove Methodist Church, Lisbon United Methodist Church, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and Saint Andrews Episcopal Church.

Casino to Host Minority Business Vendor Fair on June 20

Maryland Live! Casino will host a Minority Business Vendor Fair on Thursday, June 20, for minority business enterprises (MBE) and women business enterprises (WBE) interested in working with one of the largest and most profitable commercial casinos in the country.

The “Doing Business Session” will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. at Rams Head Center Stage at Maryland Live! Casino. Registration is required for all interested MBE/WBE vendors. For information, contact the casino purchasing department at 443-759-8580 by June 14.

St. John Foundation Funds Scholarship at BSU

The Edward St. John Foundation has completed a $125,000 donation to Bowie

State University (BSU) to support the Edward St. John Endowed Scholarship Fund. St. John, founder and chairman of the Baltimore-based St. John Properties, will make a check presentation to the university to officially recognize the donation.

In addition, the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Private Donation Incentive Program has contributed funds to expand the endowment to $250,000.

The scholarship fund is one of the largest endowed funds established by a Maryland company at BSU. The endowment provides an annual scholarship to be awarded based on merit and financial need to a full-time undergraduate student majoring in business administration or mathematics, with a concentration in the dual-degree program of mathematics and engineering.

AACC Ethics Team Wins First Place in Annual Competition

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) won first place in the recent 11th Annual Community College Ethics Bowl Competition. Representing AACC were William Moynihan of Arnold, who is majoring in health, fitness and exercise studies; Cameron Smith of Glen Burnie, who is majoring in engineering; and Zach Yokel of Greenbelt and Samuel Edwards of Severna Park, both of whom are transfer studies majors. Team Coach was Kevin Murphy, assistant professor in the philosophy department.

The event was sponsored by the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics at the University of Baltimore. The event challenges community college students to explore the same cases that are used in national competition by four-year institution teams.

AACC’s Ethics Team took first place in the Community College Ethics Bowl Competition. The team included, from left, Cameron Smith of Glen Burnie; Coach Kevin Murphy, assistant professor of philosophy; Zach Yokel of Greenbelt; Sam Edwards of Severna Park; and Bill Moynihan of Arnold.

Healthy Howard Honors 56 Schools

Healthy Howard Inc. recently honored public and private elementary and middle schools at the Sixth Annual Healthy Schools Award Ceremony.

Fifty-six schools were awarded bronze, silver and gold medals based on their efforts to improve the health of their school community through physical activity and nutrition programs that reached approximately 32,000 students.

Since beginning in school year 2007–08, a total of 65 schools have participated in the Healthy Schools program. The medaling criteria were established last year and a community panel of nutrition and physical activity experts scored the applications, awarding 18 gold, 23 silver and nine bronze medal winners in the 2011–12 school year.

This year’s applications showed a significant jump with 27 gold, 27 silver and only two bronze medal winners.

Girls Running Towards a Healthier Future at 5K Event

Join more than 750 elementary and middle school girls from Howard and Carroll counties in the sixth Girls on the Run of Central Maryland 5K on May 11 at 8 a.m. This year’s 5K will be the largest yet, with almost 1,700 runners.

The run starts and ends at 6940 Gateway Drive in Columbia. Members of the community are invited to join the Girls on the Run participants, families, coaches and friends for an exciting and inspiring 5K run to support the Central Maryland Council of Girls on the Run.

To register for the event, visit www.GetMeRegisered.com and find the Girls on the Run of Central Maryland 5K link; for additional information, visit www.gotrcentralmd.org.

SECU, USM Foundation Establish Community College Scholarship Program

SECU will present a $50,000 annual gift to the University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation, to be awarded to students transferring from one of the state’s two-year community colleges to any of USM’s 11 undergraduate institutions and two regional higher education centers.

“The new SECU-USM Scholarship Program will allow would-be transfer students who otherwise might be unable to continue their educations to pursue their undergraduate degrees,” said SECU President and CEO Rod Staatz.

Noting that scholarships traditionally have been directed toward either freshmen or retention of high-achieving or needy students already enrolled in college, Staatz continued, “With more students than ever before attending community college, these scholarships fill a vital need by focusing exclusively on students transitioning from a two-year community college to one of USM’s four-year institutions.”

Exelon Awards $10K to The Arc

Exelon will contribute $10,000 to The Arc of Howard County in honor of Edward Wilson, executive director of association sales for Constellation Energy, an Exelon company.

Wilson, vice president of The Arc’s board of directors, was selected for an Exelon Community Volunteer Achievement Award, which comes with a contribution to the nonprofit organization which the winner serves. He will be presented the award in early May, at a ceremony at the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

More Than 120 Nonprofits Ready for Region’s First 24-Hour Online Fundraiser

Maryland Live! Casino has signed on as Presenting Sponsor for The Great Give, the county’s first 24-hour online fundraiser, which will be produced by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. The event will begin on Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. and run through Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

The goal of The Great Give is to raise awareness of local charities, generate mission-critical operating funds from their current donors while showcasing them to new donors; provide charities the chance to earn additional cash prizes; and inspire and strengthen a “Give Local” spirit among the citizens, businesses and organizations in Anne Arundel County.

More than 120 nonprofit organizations have signed up to participate in The Great Give. Maryland Live! has donated $25,000 to the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County towards this effort. In addition, the casino will host The Great Give Countdown Party on May 16 at Rams Head Center Stage so all participating nonprofits and sponsors can celebrate the final tallies of the fundraiser.

To learn more about The Great Give and the participating charities, visit www.greatgiveaac.org or www.youtube.com/watch?v=71eRa-7sMiU&feature=youtu.be.

Rescued Horses Receive Grant for Training From ASPCA

Day’s End Farm Horse Rescue, of Woodbine, received two grants from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) — a $4,000 Grant for training rescued horses for adoption and a $500 Staffers’ Choice Grant for general operating expenses in honor of ASPCA employee Kristen Limbert.

These funds will help Day’s End adopt out rehabilitated horses so that other horses suffering from neglect and abuse may be helped.

Kathleen Howe, executive director and founder of Day’s End, understands the importance of such grants. “New homes for horses have become more of a challenge now than in the past. But the more training the horses receive, the more adoptable they become and the more likely they are to find a new home. ASPCA’s partnership, throughout the years and specifically through this grant, goes a long way in helping us find homes for our rescue horses.”

The farm is located at 1372 Woodbine Road, Woodbine. For more information, call 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564, or visit www.defhr.org.

Unified Community Connections New Name for UCP-CM

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland (UCP-CM), headquartered in Hunt Valley, will now be known as Unified Community Connections (UC2).

“After careful deliberation, the board of directors of UCP-CM unanimously decided on a name change,” said Board Chair Ilene Salcman. “Over 50% of the individuals we support have conditions other than cerebral palsy and many have multiple disabilities. We have individuals, for example, with Down syndrome, spina bifida and traumatic brain injury, as well as other disabilities and chronic health issues.”

“More than 85% of the individuals we support have multiple disabilities,” she said. “It was important to us that our name encompasses all of the individuals supported by our agency. Our new name, along with our new slogan, ‘Connecting people with disabilities to life’s possibilities,’ truly reflects our mission.”

Director of NSA Receives Visionary Leadership Award

Gen. Keith Alexander, commander, U.S. CyberCommand/Director and NSA/Chief, CSS, was awarded the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber’s Freeman Hrabowski Visionary Leadership Award at the BWCC’s 66th Annual Meeting. The award was presented by Hrabowski, president of UMBC and one of Time magazine’s 2012 “100 Most Influential People.”

In presenting the award, Hrabowski noted that Alexander “is blazing a path where none has gone before. He is at the forefront of the fifth theater of warfare: adding cyberspace to air, land, sea and space,” and reminded the 350 people in attendance that “the general’s leadership and vision are confirmed by his being chosen to ‘stand up’ the U. S. CyberCommand while at the same time continuing his leadership role at NSA. The safety of our nation and our world is dependent on his vision and leadership.”

Hrabowski also applauded Alexander’s support of educational programs at all levels in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, noting that more than 1,000 UMBC graduates are now employed at NSA.

Candlelight Concert Society Seeks Board Members

The Candlelight Concert Society of Howard County is looking for board members. Board members promote the performance of musical and other performing arts programs, raise funds and provide other resources to support Candlelight’s objectives.

The board meets monthly. Members provide strategic direction, serve on various committees and assist at performances and events. For more information, visit www.candlelightconcerts.org or call Tracey Schutty at 410-997-2324.

Arundel Rec and Parks, Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails Working With Wegmans

The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks and The Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails will launch the Wegmans Eat Well, Live Well Passport to Family Wellness Program at an outdoor reception on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at Jonas Green Park in Annapolis.

Rec and Parks staff and representatives of the friends groups have worked together to select 25 historic locations and areas of interest along county running and biking trails. These locations will be indicated with numbered trail markers. Wegmans has funded the cost of passport printing, trail markers and incentive prizes.

The “passports” can be picked up at Wegmans Customer Service Desk in the Waugh Chapel Towne Center store or at one of Department of Recreation and Parks regional parks and trails visitor centers. Visit www.aacounty.org/RecParks/ for locations and hours.

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