This Saturday, a local nonprofit is teaming up with the Howard County government and other community organizations to imagine what one segment of the parkway would look like if it became more accessible to bicyclists and pedestrians.
Traffic was backed up on several major roads in Columbia Thursday morning. But instead of angered honking, drivers cheered as the Special Olympics Maryland Torch Run paraded through the streets, led by local law enforcement officials and athletes.
Proposed nutritional guidelines for Howard County vending machines are similar to those implemented by a 2012 executive order during former County Executive Ken Ulman's administration and repealed by current County Executive Allan Kittleman in December; but these guidelines include more wiggle room. Popular county events such as Wine in the Woods and the Fourth of July fireworks on Columbia's lakefront would be exempt from the rules, as would nonprofits that collect money through concessions sales, such as youth sports booster clubs.
People packed the Howard County Council's Ellicott City chambers Monday night to testify on a bill that would create nutritional standards for food and drink sold on county property, in a hearing that was reminiscent of another held almost a year ago.
No hospital in Maryland earned a top score under a new, simplified ranking system from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that adds to the collection of sometimes conflicting assessments of the nation's health care facilities.
Joyce Snow plans to write a poem about surviving a brutal sexual assault as her contribution to a national project, but she's waiting for inspiration to strike at a special event in Fulton next weekend before composing it.
One runs the intensive care unit at Howard County General Hospital. Another designs wastewater and sewer systems. A third oversees fire and rescue crews for the county fire department. While their jobs are dramatically different, the three have a few things in common. They are all women. They all work in professions dominated by men, which means they occasionally have to put up with snubs, insults and an old-boy network that can leave them out. And, they all love what they do and have done it with great success ¿ male-dominated profession or not.
The Ellicott City Partnership has several events planned for the spring season. First, on April 25, is the Spring Fest. This is a day of free live music, Earth Day activities for the kids, great local food and craft beer.
Dominic J. Pistorio, a Baltimore home builder and World War II veteran who lived to 104 and wore suits almost everyday until the last week of his life, died of pneumonia at a Howard County General Hospital on March 25.
John H. Schmidt, a retired Lucent Technologies manager who had served for nearly four decades with the Maryland Air National Guard, died March 20 at Howard County General Hospital of heart failure. He was 80.
Three weeks into her new job, Patapsco Heritage Greenway Executive Director Mary Catherine Cochran has been keeping busy attending retreats, learning how to be an environmental steward of the park's natural resources and writing grant proposals for the group.
One year ago, Essien Ture was a talented if unspectacular basketball player at Columbia's Hammond High School, hoping to make the varsity squad in the fall. Today, after enduring agonizing foot pain, a grueling series of tests and surgeries that culminated with his right leg being amputated below the knee and a remarkable return to Hammond's basketball team, the 16-year-old has become an inspiration. The 16-year-old's quiet grit and determination have wowed his family, his friends and coaches
Studies show a healthy lifestyle can prevent a number of illnesses and diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and certain types of cancer. And in Howard County, achieving that lifestyle is easier than you might think.