- Kathleen J. Burke, a homemaker who enjoyed playing cards, died in her sleep July 23 at Gilchrist Center in Towson. The former longtime Columbia resident was 79.
- Howard County Public School System Superintendent Michael Martirano on Friday announced that, effective immediately, masks will be required in school buildings for all students, staff and visitors regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
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- After playing the violin in two moving orchestra performances as a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, Columbia resident Melanie Kuperstein decided to form a moving orchestra ensemble of her own, which has its debut concert at The Chrysalis at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in Columbia on Saturday evening.
- While part of the facade of the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Columbia collapsed after severe storms rolled through the area Thursday, it is unclear if the storms were responsible, according to Adam Nolder, a spokesperson for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced winners of its High School Track & Field Coaches of the Year awards, and Oakland Mills' Chris Brewington and Howard's Zack Dickerson were Maryland's recipients.
- Summer, a former military and police explosive detection dog from Mount Airy, was voted the top military dog in the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards. She and six other finalists are now competing for the top title of American Hero Dog.
- Every August, residents in communities across America head outside together, turning on outside lights and spending time with one another at neighborhood events. In Clarksville, National Night Out festivities will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clarksville Commons.
- Senior midfielders Quinn Kelley (Marriotts Ridge) and Cameron Stockenberg (Mt. Hebron) headline the 2021 Howard County boys lacrosse All-County team as Co-Players of the Year.
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- Thomas Theophilus “TJ” Jenkins, a retired Baltimore City College art teacher and musician who performed in Fells Point, died of a massive heart attack July 8. He was 69 and was living in LaVale near Cumberland.
- Columbia Lakefront is hosting its free movie series through September on Monday and Friday evenings. Movies begin at dusk, typically around 8 to 8:15 p.m., and are close-captioned.
- The Howard County Police Department is investigating after it said the Harriet Tubman Building in Columbia was broken into and vandalized Monday or Tuesday. The building formerly served as Harriet Tubman High School, the only school in the county for Black students for nearly two decades until its doors closed in 1965.
- In 2022, Ellicott City will celebrate the 250th anniversary of its founding by the Ellicott brothers in 1772. As part of that celebration, Howard County Center for the Arts resident artist Lisa Scarbath is creating a large community-sourced mosaic that will be displayed next spring.
- Amid a national debate over critical race theory and standards for teaching history in K-12 public schools, Carroll and Harford county school boards have said recently that they want “politically neutral” curriculum.
- As a freshman this spring, Trinetra Vijayakumar won region and state championships as part of an undefeated season playing singles for Mt. Hebron tennis.