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Cumiskey releases new young adult novel [Ellicott City]

Join Ellicott City resident Heather Cumiskey to celebrates the launch of her new young adult novel,I Like You Like This,” at the Ellicott City Barnes & Noble bookstore on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Set in 1984 Connecticut, this coming-of-age novel follows the life of 16-year-old Hannah Zandana during her trials and tribulations of trying to impress the popular crowd at school. Hanging out with the “cool” kids leads her into the arms of a handsome bad boy - the resident drug dealer. When Hannah’s life begins to unravel, she is forced to reevaluate her priorities and to trust in herself and the people who love her most. The book goes on sale Nov. 7. Copies for purchase will be available during the Barnes & Noble event.

Mt. Hebron High School’s theater department presents its fall production, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” on Nov. 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11 at 7 p.m.


The play is based on the Frank Capra holiday movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, adapted for the stage by James Rodgers.

Directed by Tom Sankey, the show centers on the life of George Bailey (played by sophomore Nick Brogan), a do-goer, whose dreams of traveling the world are continually halted when he aids his family and community in lieu of pursuing his own interests. After an altercation with his nemesis, the town villain Mr. Potter (role shared by seniors Trevor Conklin and Zach Wilhelm), he ponders if his life has been worth living. That is when George’s guardian angel Clarence (played by junior Max Nzone) appears to helps him realize what his life would be like if he had not married his loving and supportive wife Mary Bailey (played by senior Krista Schumm) or been born at all.

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Supporting roles are played by seniors Daniel Niezelski, Nick Jackson, Sam Nitkin, Danielle Wendt, Kaitlin Rice, Olivia Dibble, Claire Segala, Megan Holtzman, Andrew Barrett and Kate Jacob. Rounding out the cast are performers Josh Leach, Ryan McClure, Nina St.Hillaire, Jennie Hardman, Samantha Yakaitis, Jason Van Tine, Joe Nolan, James Morgan, Nick Pascarelle, Jake Scarbath, Kaegan Stottlemyer, Kevin Aguilera, Ian Luk, Kate Roucheleau, Haley Miller, Nathan Weeks and Dominique Johnson. Elementary-school children Carlee Miller and Callie Lippert share the role of Zuzu.

The creative crew includes Andrew Breazeale (lighting director), Barbara Bogart and Kathy Bondura (costume directors), Steven Barker (technical director) and Pete Johnson (set assistant). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased during school days in the cafeteria from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Or reserve tickets by calling 410-313-2880 during school hours. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended.

The Columbia Orchestra’s Chamber Concert Series begins this month with three chamber concerts held in different locations throughout the county - one in Ellicott City.

The series kicks off on Sunday, October 29 at 3 p.m at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton featuring the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio - Concertmaster Brenda Anna, violin; Music Director Jason Love, cello; and pianist Nancy Smith. The concert opens with the local premiere of impressionist Piano Trio by Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian.

On Sunday, February 11at 3 p.m, the second performance will be held at Glenelg United Methodist Church, 13900 Burntwoods Road. The third and final concert will be Sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. at Howard County Center for the Arts, Black Box Theatre, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. The February and June concerts will showcase several ensembles from the orchestra - woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings - performing an array of short masterworks.

Concert admission is free. Donations to support the Chamber Series are appreciated. For more details, call (410) 465-8777 or go to the Orchestra’s website at


The Shrine of St. Anthony invites families to its “A Night with the Saints” evening on Tuesday, October 31 (Halloween) to celebrate All Saints Eve. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with Mass, followed by a walk through the grounds where attendees will meet popular young Saints who will tell their stories and distribute candy. The evening ends with a bonfire. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite saints or biblical figures. Admission is free, however, a donation - a bag of candy per every two children to be shared at the event - is appreciated. RSVP by October 31at noon. For more information, call 410-531-2800 or email