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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | February 23, 1992
A group of western Howard County residents believes the county has dealt with them in bad faith. They want it to stop.Their immediateconcern is a $285,000 capital budget request before the Planning Board to study the property next to Alpha Ridge landfill as a site for possible expansion. The county says Alpha Ridge will reach capacity inabout eight years and a new site must be found soon.What is disturbing, residents say, is that the county is considering expanding Alpha Ridge before looking elsewhere.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
Four-year-old Meg Bittinger can check one item off her wish list thanks to the Howard County Recreation and Parks Department: She is learning to use a bow and arrow like her idol, Princess Merida, the heroine of the 2012 Disney movie "Brave. " Amy Bittinger, who lives in Elkridge, said her daughter "is really into princesses, but I want her to have a diversity of interests. " Archery lessons would please both of them, she reasoned, and so she became the first to register her child for the February session of Lil' Archers, an introductory class for 4- and 5-year-olds that uses rubber-tipped arrows.
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By Donald L. Gill For the Howard County Sun | November 10, 1991
It was with great anguish that all of us in Marriottsville, West Friendship, Woodstock and the Route 99 corridor learned of plans to extend the Alpha Ridge landfill.This plan epitomizes our worst fears of the process by which our County Council makes decisions, fulfills promises and serves its residents. Indeed, if implemented, the plan provides the clearest example of how the council avoids decisions, breaks promises and destroys lives of residents.In 1978, the landfill was located on Alpha Ridge, encountering little opposition due to the then-sparse local population.
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By Steve Jones, For The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Stephanie Todd, 8, smiled broadly as she talked about the pink telescope that sits in her home. But she's even more excited about the opportunity to look through a telescope that has some history. "The first thing I'm going to look for is [the constellation] Orion," she said, "which is the kind of star that I see outside, and is always so noticeable. " If everything goes as planned for the Howard Astronomical League, Stephanie will be gazing at Orion through the Paul Watson telescope - a device built by a renowned Johns Hopkins University professor that will be the main attraction at Howard County's new observatory.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer | August 11, 1994
Planned for 15 years, the county's first landfill park is just about finished -- with one nagging exception.The Alpha Ridge Community Park, on about 72 acres on the northern edge of the 590-acre Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville, has brightly colored, molded-plastic playground equipment, baseball backstops, playing fields, picnic pavilions and tennis and basketball courts. As soon as the grass is well-rooted and the fields are playable, the park will open -- probably next spring.But, said John Byrd, chief of the county Bureau of Parks, the potential for ground-water contamination from the landfill will mean portable chemical toilets in wooden kiosks will be provided instead of flush toilets and sinks with running water.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | April 26, 1992
Contaminants were found in two test wells along the northern border of Alpha Ridge landfill, Public Works Department officials told the County Council last week."
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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1996
Howard County officials plan to spend about $15 million to cap the Alpha Ridge landfill, collect the gases it emits and contain the contaminated ground water below it.They detailed the plan at a public meeting at Mount View Middle School in Marriottsville on Tuesday night, during which about 20 area residents quizzed them and their landfill consultants, Reston, Va.-based SCS Engineers.Residents have fought for years to close the landfill and control the toxic chemicals that seep from below it. There is no evidence that contamination has reached residential wells, but neighbors say it is only a matter of time.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | June 27, 1995
Marriottsville residents living near the contaminated Alpha Ridge Landfill are going to have to wait another month to learn whether Howard County is giving them free hookups to public water or offering them low-cost loans to pay the connection charges.Councilman C. Vernon Gray, an east Columbia Democrat, wants the county to foot that bill for the residents. The county wouldn't even be thinking about offering low-interest loans if it were not responsible for the Alpha Ridge contamination, Mr. Gray said.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer | July 12, 1995
The Howard County Board of Appeals approved last night a 250-foot communications tower near the Alpha Ridge Landfill, despite an 11th-hour plea by a group of Marriottsville residents to delay the decision.The zoning exception sought for the tower by Nextel Communications Inc. was the latest in a flood of such requests from cellular telephone and pager companies, rushing to meet a booming demand for wireless communication in the county.Using negotiation and new regulations, county officials have tried to limit the proliferation of towers and thick metal poles for cellular antennas.
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September 23, 1999
Howard County residents left with broken tree branches and other storm-related debris can take them to the county's Alpha Ridge Landfill in the 2300 block of Marriottsville Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.County highway yards in Elkridge, Clarksville and West Friendship will be open for disposal of residential wood debris from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.The yards are at 7751 Mayfield Ave.; 4301 Route 32, 3.5 miles north of Route 108; and at 14212 Frederick Road.Eastern county residents may recycle fallen debris on their regular collection day.Where storm damage is heavy, residents may call 410-313-4400 to request a county worker to inspect their neighborhood and decide whether a cleanup container is needed.
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By Nayana Davis | January 23, 2014
An astronomy observatory is among the new additions coming to Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville. The observatory is part of the Howard Astronomical League's public outreach efforts to encourage the community to learn more about astronomical science in a direct, hands-on manner, according to a release announcing the project. It will feature a dome 15 feet in diameter, Watson telescope and an observing platform. One of the structure's four walls will be used as a projection screen to view live images captured by the telescope and for educational presentations.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2011
After years of planning, a local astronomy group is moving closer toward building the first publicly accessible observatory in Howard County. The Howard Astronomical League, a club of amateur astronomers, planned to submit architectural drawings to the county this week as an initial step in a more formal application to construct the observatory at Alpha Ridge Community Park in Marriottsville. Joel Goodman, observatory chairman for the league, said the application marks the culmination of more than a decade of design work and fundraising.
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By JANET GILBERT | September 16, 2007
Most of us have probably visited our local landfill to get rid of dilapidated beach chairs and particle-board tables, or to recycle batteries, paint and motor oil. Perhaps we've spent a weekend pruning everything that's green in our yards, and now it's time to throw out our lower backs along with a couple of truck-beds full of branches and clippings. In either case, the Alpha Ridge Landfill is the place to be in Howard County on the weekends. I go there often, and I find it to be a mysteriously beautiful and uplifting place.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 2, 2004
Howard County's sixth annual managed deer hunt will begin Oct. 18 and run through Feb. 10 in four parks, officials announced this week. Phil Norman, the county's deer project manager, said all the hunts at David Force Park, the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Blandair and Alpha Ridge Park will follow the same rules and safety measures used in past years. Officials are considering using a certified sharpshooter on unused land surrounding the landfill adjoining Alpha Ridge Park. Norman explained that a sharpshooter would use a high-powered rifle that might afford a more accurate shot, rather than shotguns or bows and arrows required in other county park hunts.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2003
Howard County officials announced yesterday that they will expand local deer hunts from two parks to five this fall to intensify efforts to reduce the population - a move praised by hunters but denounced by animal lovers. A bow hunt first discussed last winter for Blandair, the 300- acre former Smith farm in east Columbia, will go forward in October, officials said. The two other new hunt sites are High Ridge Park along the Patuxent River in southern Howard and Alpha Ridge Park in the western county - all largely undeveloped parkland destined for recreational use. Howard has sponsored heavily regulated hunts at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area since 1999, later including David W. Force Park in West Friendship.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2003
Howard County officials announced yesterday that they will expand local deer hunts from two parks to five this fall to intensify efforts to reduce the population -- a move praised by hunters but denounced by animal lovers. A bow hunt first discussed last winter for Blandair, the 300- acre former Smith farm in east Columbia, will go forward in October, officials said. The two other new hunt sites are High Ridge Park along the Patuxent River in southern Howard and Alpha Ridge Park in the western county -- all largely undeveloped parkland destined for recreational use. Howard has sponsored heavily regulated hunts at Middle Patuxent Environmental Area since 1999, later including David W. Force Park in West Friendship.
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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | January 29, 1997
Howard County officials -- stung by recent suggestions that the Alpha Ridge Landfill is a threat to its neighbors -- went on the public-relations offensive last night with new tests and a new expert to testify to the landfill's safety.Laura Green, a toxicologist from Cambridge, Mass., flown down by the county, told about 40 Marriottsville residents that she thought gases at the landfill exist in concentrations too low to affect their health."When you think about cancer in your neighborhood and you think about the landfill, stop and think about all these other causes," Green said, listing estrogen, sunlight, alcohol, asbestos, cigarettes and radiation.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | May 12, 1993
The county should bring public water as a safety precaution to the area surrounding Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville, Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker said yesterday.Although Mr. Ecker hopes to draft legislation and bring it before the Planning Board in June, he estimates that it will take 18 months to amend the county's water and sewer master plan, its 1993 General Plan and other documents necessary to bring water and sewer to the area."I think we're going to have to do this sooner or later," Mr. Ecker said, "and we ought to start going through all those hoops now. We ought to start the clock running now."
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2002
Howard County school board members have rejected the possibility of building a high school near the county's Alpha Ridge Landfill, making it all the more probable the school will be in the small Mount View neighborhood that has been fighting to keep it out. Board members voted last week against the landfill site, even though school system officials had not reported any environmental or topographical problems with it. Board Chairwoman Jane B. Schuchardt said...
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | January 31, 2002
Legislation that would return $1.2 million in real estate taxes to Howard County and seek more state money to help build a new public safety training facility in Marriottsville was approved without opposition by county legislators meeting in Annapolis yesterday. Other unanimous votes gave final approval to bills that would shorten Howard school board members' terms from six to four years and raise the pay for the county's Orphans' Court judges. The unanimous endorsement of the Howard delegation is an important first step in the approval of bills in the Assembly, and in cases where state spending is not involved, it often assures passage.
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