Howard County

HopeWorks rolls out advanced human trafficking survivor services

HopeWorks of Howard County has hired Charlee Borg as the county’s domestic violence center’s first full-time anti-human trafficking coordinator, part of a growing set of actions across the county aimed at tackling the problem. Borg, 28, came to the county from Denver, where she worked in trauma...

Ellicott City

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  • Winner of Howard County Hispanic Leadership Award brings compassion to the courtroom

    Winner of Howard County Hispanic Leadership Award brings compassion to the courtroom

    When County Executive Allan Kittleman’s office called District Court Judge Ricardo Zwaig recently to ask if he if would accept the county’s first Hispanic Leadership Award, Zwaig said his only response was “of course.” Zwaig told the story with a smile, calling the award a “great honor.” More than...

  • Howard school system accelerating search for High School 13 site

    Howard school system accelerating search for High School 13 site

    With the accelerated opening of Howard County’s 13th high school in 2022, Bruce Gist, the executive director of capital planning, says the school system is following a “tight and aggressive schedule” to decide between two possible locations by December. During the board’s quarterly meeting Oct....

  • Michael Martirano, 'a teacher, first and foremost'

    Michael Martirano, 'a teacher, first and foremost'

    In the Department of Education building, the office door of Howard County Public School System Interim Superintendent Michael Martirano is wide open. Two five-level bookshelves stand side-by-side, displaying dozens of yellow school buses, as well as family and students photos. “If I were to tell...

  • 'My calling in life' discovered in dance

    'My calling in life' discovered in dance

    An Ellicott City woman who honed her love of dance — and teaching — as a student at Mount Hebron High School has been named Maryland's K-12 Dance Educator of the Year. Kassandra Serafini, 27, who was named as the award-winner by the Maryland Dance Education Association, said that guidance and inspiration...

Columbia's 50th Anniversary

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  • Jim Rouse would recognize much of this art

    Jim Rouse would recognize much of this art

    The importance that Columbia founder James Rouse placed on the arts is reflected in an exhibit at the Howard County Arts Council that is part of the ongoing celebration of Columbia’s 50th birthday. “Selections from the Rouse Company/the Howard Hughes Corporation Art Collection” includes artwork...

  • Columbia winds down its golden anniversary by dedicating 22 iconic posters

    Columbia winds down its golden anniversary by dedicating 22 iconic posters

    Columbia capped its six-month long golden anniversary celebration on Sunday by dedicating 22 iconic posters that evoke the city’s visionary beginnings while also looking toward tomorrow. The posters were dedicated as part of the festival’s closing ceremony, which also included an evening theatrical...

  • Lakefronts star in first plein air art event in Columbia

    Lakefronts star in first plein air art event in Columbia

    A bright blue sky above both Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake was the focal point for many artists during Columbia’s first plein air painting competition Sept. 9. While clouds rolled in and out throughout the day, the setting and weather were perfect for an event organizers hope becomes a tradition....

  • Plein Air Art - Columbia

    Plein Air Art - Columbia

    As part of its 50th birthday celebration, Columbia hosted its first plein air art event where artists and their easels were set up around both Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake.

  • Folk group will dance to celebrate Columbia's 50th

    Folk group will dance to celebrate Columbia's 50th

    For their first date, Glyn Webber took his future wife to Harper’s Choice Village Center on a Wednesday night, when the Columbia International Folk Dancers met to dance. The two have been regulars of the group ever since. “We met at a folk dancing group,” Webber said. “The next week I brought her...

Laurel

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  • Open house at Laurel Volunteer Fire Department

    Open house at Laurel Volunteer Fire Department

    The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department, 7411 Cherry Lane, will hold its annual Fire Prevention Open House on Sunday, Oct. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every second counts: Plan two ways out,” which reinforces having a fire escape plan. The open house will include...

  • Laurel Board of Trade to hold candidates forum

    Laurel Board of Trade to hold candidates forum

    The Laurel Board of Trade will hold a forum for City Council candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road. Elections will be held Nov. 7. Voters will choose chose one candidate for City Council at-large and two candidates each from Ward...

  • Former Maryland City youth soccer coach gets 18-year sentence for child abuse

    Former Maryland City youth soccer coach gets 18-year sentence for child abuse

    A former Maryland City youth soccer coach received an 18-year prison sentence after he was convicted of sexually abusing a player earlier this year. Eris Murray, 56, of Hanover was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Court Judge Cathy Vitale after he was found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, second...

  • Property management company 'spruces up' Elizabeth House in Laurel

    Property management company 'spruces up' Elizabeth House in Laurel

    Elizabeth House in Laurel received a free makeover from volunteers who work with residential property manager Southern Management Corp.as part of the company’s Spruce Up service project to give back to the community. Managed by Fish of Laurel, the nonprofit meal kitchen started serving meals to...

Western Howard County

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  • Call a bingo for a win [Lisbon/Woodbine]

    St. Paul’s Church will sponsor a Basket Bingo to be held at the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Oct. 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. This fundraiser features filled Longaberger Baskets and pottery. There are 16 regular games throughout the evening and four special...

  • Hit a hole in one at the Golf Classic [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]

    Marriotts Ridge High School Boosters will hold its Golf Classic on Friday, Oct. 20, at Waverly Woods Golf Course. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start at 1p.m. This event will benefit all after-school clubs, sports and activities at MRHS. Last year, over $7,700 was raised. The event will...

  • A sensible school calendar for Howard County [Editorial]

    A sensible school calendar for Howard County [Editorial]

    Howard County is not alone in struggling to align its school calendar for the next year with the governor’s mandate to start classes after Labor Day and end the year before mid-June, an exercise aptly described as “always a puzzle.” But unlike other large districts in the state, the county’s proposals...

  • Yoga classes benefit cancer patients [Letter]

    Yoga classes at Medical Pavilion in Columbia have provided cancer survivors with consistent support, a safe place to heal, both convenient and affordable since 2009. Many participants hear about it through the Cancer Resource Center after a diagnosis. Classes inspire confidence, build strength,...

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