Briefs
Overeaters Anonymous holds weekly meetings
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:53
Weekly OA meetings are held every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church, 7834 Eastern Ave., across from Eastpoint Mall.
    OA offers a twelve-step program of recovery from compulsive overeating. All are welcome. Meetings are free.
    For more information contact Bob, 410-335-7748 or visit www.oa.org.
 
New lawn fertilizer law aims to protect Bay
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:48
    The Maryland Department of Agriculture [MDA] reminds homeowners that the state’s new lawn fertilizer law is in effect. The law contains provisions for both homeowners and lawn care professionals that aim to reduce the volume of pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay.
    The new law requires that lawn care professionals must now be licensed and certified by the MDA to apply fertilizer to the lawns they manage. Homeowers can verify that businesses are certified by visiting www.mda.maryland.gov/fertilizer.
 The law prohibits most fertilizer products from containing phosphorous, a key nutrient responsible for the bay’s dead zones. A zero in the middle of the numbers on bags of fertilizer sold in stores indicates no phosphorous. Special products containing phosphorous may still be used for certain applications.  
    A provision in the law also limits the amount of nitrogen contained in lawn care products and requires part of the nitrogen to be in slow-release form.
    Homeowners can complement the law and help reduce harmful storm water runoff by adopting these bay-friendly lawn management practices:
• Skip spring fertilizing, which promotes excessive top growth at the expense of roots
• Sharpen lawn mower blades for healthier grass, which will filter runoff better.
• Raise the cutting height of the mower. Taller grass shades out weeds and needs less water. A three- inch cut is recommended.
• Leave grass clippings on  the lawn to provide a free source of fertilizer.
• Do not apply fertilizer to sidewalks or other impervious surfaces or when heavy rain is predicted.
• Keep fertilizer applications 10 to 15 feet from waterways.
 
VA volunteer drivers needed
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:46
The VA Maryland Health Care System is looking for volunteer drivers to transport veterans to and from clinic appointments in VA vans.
    To qualify as a volunteer driver, candidates must pass a background check and physical, hold a current driver’s license, have private auto insurance and complete an orientation.
    To apply for positions at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and the Fort Howard Outpatient Clinic, applicants can contact voluntary service specialist David Sevinsky at 410-605-7102 or at david.sevinsky@va.gov. To apply at the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center, contact voluntary service specialist Barbra A. Swann at 410-605-7000, ext. 5877 or at barbra.swann@va.gov.
 
Head Start programs available locally
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:29
Open enrollment for the 2014-2015 Head Start/Early Head Start programs for children age 5 and younger and pregnant women is available at the Fleming Head Start Center, 641 Main St., and the Merritt Park Head Start Center, 1782 Merritt Blvd. Classes start in September.
  The Head Start/Early Head Start program offers free federally-funded comprehensive child development classes for eligible families. Proof of income, age and residency are required at the time of registration. Spaces are limited.
    To schedule an appointment and for more information, call the Fleming Head Start Center at 410-282-6977 or the Merritt Park Head Start Center at 410-282-0706, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
County schedules yard material collections
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:28
   Baltimore County is collecting yard materials for recycling separately from trash for residents with a “Y” on their schedule through mid-December.
    For residents with no “Y” days on their schedule, yard materials will be collected with the trash.
    While county residents may set out an unlimited number of bags of yard materials, the collector may not be able to pick up all bags on the same day. Residents should leave yard materials out until collection occurs.
    Yard materials acceptable for recycling include grass, leaves, vines, twigs, shrubbery trimmings and some branches and limbs. Branches and limbs must not exceed three inches in diameter or three feet in length and must be tied in bundles that do not weigh more than 30 pounds.
    While residents can use paper or plastic lawn bags to set out yard materials, paper is preferred. Do not use trash cans.
    For more information about the county’s trash and recycling collection program, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or call 410-887-2000.
 
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