Conference on Aging

Set for Nov. 5 in Adelphi

The Governor's Conference and Expo on Vital Aging will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at the University of Maryland's Inn and Conference Center in Adelphi. The registration deadline is tomorrow.

Speakers will focus on home- and community-based services for senior citizens, home modification, legal issues, fitness, long-term care facilities, safe driving practices, health issues, sexuality and financial planning.

The speakers will include Ric Edelman, a financial counselor and chairman of Edelman Financial Services; Eric Dishman, director of the Intel Proactive Health Research Lab; William Thomas, a doctor and founder of the Eden Alternative; and Josefina Carbonell, assistant secretary for aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Maryland senior citizens, caregivers, health services administrators, nurses and others are urged to attend.

Tickets are $55; 60 and older and caregivers, $10; students, $25.

For more information, call 410-767-1073 or go to

Weekly Leaf Collection

Begins in Laurel

Laurel's Department of Public Works has started weekly leaf collections. Residents should refer to their leaf collection schedules to learn when leaves will be picked up.

On the day before their scheduled pickup, residents should rake or carry leaves to the street but not block storm drains. Collection crews are not permitted to pick up leaves on private property or in alleys.

All cans, bottles, sticks and other debris should be removed from piles. Parked cars should be moved from the path of the leaf collection truck.

No collections will be made Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving) or Nov. 26.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 301-725-0088.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER