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Howard County's early holiday gift: free parking in Ellicott City's historic district until Jan. 2

County Executive Ken Ulman has given all of us an early holiday gift — he's allowing free parking at all of the meters in the historic district until Jan. 2. What a treat to be able to pull into any available space and not have to worry whether you have enough quarters with you. Even when it's paid parking, it's really inexpensive. The free parking on Main Street will still have a two-hour time limit and it would be a nice courtesy to other shoppers if you limit your time at the meters to two hours as well. Thanks, Ken! Window contest Once your car is parked and you are making your way through the historic district to "shop local," be sure to take in all...