County Executive Allan Kittleman began the fiscal 2019 budget cycle on a somewhat somber note Monday night at the first budget public hearing, telling the community it was “not going to be an easy year for us."
From the time the readers’ poll launches in August to the issue’s delivery in December, businesses, nonprofits and readers alike are abuzz in anticipation of who might take home the coveted Best of Howard County title.
Armies of volunteers wrap presents as fundraisers over the holiday season. Over coming weeks, you’ll likely encounter teams from Howard County General Hospital at the Mall in Columbia and representatives of nonprofits at Barnes & Noble.
In a commentary column in the Howard County Times, Clive Graham of the Howard County Department of Transportation writes, "transportation planning for the Downtown has been, and continues to be, ongoing and rigorous."
To help address the growing demand for services, the hospital is in the midst of both short and long-term planning to ensure its infrastructure, much like that of the county, can keep pace with development.
Maryland hospitals didn't rank well in a national assessment of safety at health care facilities, though the hospitals say the comparisons are not apples to apples and others charge that such studies can confuse the public.
The number of opioid-related deaths in Howard County between January and June this year spiked by over 50 percent compared to the same time frame in 2016, according to state data released this week, rising from 18 deaths last year to 28 deaths in the first half of 2017.
In an op-ed in the Howard County Times and Columbia Flier, Andy Lazris writes, "we in primary care, and our patients, hope that Howard County General Hospital compels hospitalists to contact primary care doctors on admission and, if desired by the patient, at points of medical decision making. This should not be voluntary."
Columbia has long been a pioneer in building health into the community's core. For the next 50 years, we must continue leading changes that will help everyone in Howard County live a longer, better life.
As Maryland continues to grapple with its battle against opioid abuse, Howard County is taking steps towards opening its first residential detox center, something officials say is desperately needed and overdue.
At the July 6 launch, Eatough ushered in the program with Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, District 4 Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty, Bewegen representatives and several community partners, including the Horizon Foundation and Howard Community College.
Relay for Life of Howard County enters its 22nd year this weekend, featuring 27 teams in an effort to raise $65,000 for the American Cancer Society. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. June 10 to 11 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.
In the future, the Howard County General Hospital campus — strategically located and well-connected to other anchor institutions such as Howard Community College, Symphony Woods, Merriweather and the lakefront — will be greener. We will tear up our sea of asphalt, and turn it into a haven of health.
On May 19, bicycle riders pedaled into the Columbia Whole Foods parking lot, where grocery cart corrals served as bike racks and vendors offered free services, including bike checks by Race Pace Bicycles and demonstrations from the county's latest BikeShare program.