In her first week as new executive director of the Ellicott City Partnership, Alicia Jones-McLeod observed a Main Street business owner go out of her way to assist another merchant whose husband had died after a fall.
It didn’t take long for her to realize that such acts of kindness were the rule in town, not the exception.
Jones-McLeod, chosen from 65 applicants to lead the nonprofit after Maureen Sweeney Smith resigned in November, marvels at how giving the Main Street business community is.
“The number one thing I’ve noticed is how selfless people are here,” said Jones-McLeod, a 44-year-old Burtonsville resident whose first day was Feb. 25. “This...